Category Archives: Openings

OFF-oFF THE (4th) WALL:  NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED, 4/14–4/26, 2024  ·

Here’s a compilation of new Off-Off-Broadway and Off-Broadway (and one on Broadway) shows:

  1. Bardcore (Episodic Theatre Project) (Comedy): Written by The Episodic Theatre Project ensemble, this comedic play follows the fallout of a polyamorous breakup at a Renaissance Faire. The play is divided into five episodes, each exploring a different stage of grief, with leading cast members Major Curda, Charlie Foster, Leah Getz, and Alyssa James. Directed by Ellis Stump, Melissa Lewyn, Maya Davis, Lee Melillo, and Jean Carlo Yunén Arostegui, Bardcore runs at UNDER St. Marks (94 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009) from April 25 to May 16 (every Thursday at 7:30 pm). Tickets are $15 and available at https://www.frigid.nyc/event/6897:651/. –Emily Owens
  2. Bring Them Back (Meta Dark Comedy): Playwright and Director David Willinger brings us Bring Them Back, a dark comedy about screenwriter Paul (played by Paul Korzinski) who attempts to bring back deceased loved ones through a faulty Cabalistic ritual. Carole Forman* co-stars as Trudy. The play explores themes of loss, aging, and unfinished business. Bring Them Back runs at Theater for the New City (155 First Avenue, New York, NY 10003) from May 9-19 (Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 3 pm). Tickets are $18 General Admission, $15 Students/Seniors (Run Time: 90 minutes with no intermission).–Paul Siebold
  3. Odd Salon NYC: Blunder (Live Performance & Watch Party): Curated by Olivia Owre-Bell (Odd Salon Co-Producer), Odd Salon NYC: Blunder is an evening featuring six speakers sharing strange-but-true stories on historical blunders, scientific mishaps, and social faux pas. The event offers both an in-person experience at Under St. Marks (94 St Marks Place, New York, NY 10009) and a livestream watch party at St. Dymphna’s (117 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009) on Wednesday, May 8th at 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm). Tickets are $25 in-person, $20 streaming (available at https://www.broadwayworld.com/off-broadway/article/FRIGID-New-York-to-Present-ODD-SALON-BLUNDER-at-UNDER-St-Marks-20240416). (Run Time: Approximately 2 hours)–Emily Owens
  4. Unbroken Blossoms (East West Players) (Historical Drama): Written by Philip W. Chung and directed by Jeff Liu, Unbroken Blossoms is a historical drama about the challenges of Asian American representation in Hollywood during the silent film era. The play dives into the making of the silent film “Broken Blossoms.” Leading cast members include Gavin Kawin Lee, Ron Song, Arye Gross, Alexandra Hellquist, Conlan Ledwith, Paul Dateh, Ty Aldridge, and Valerie Rose Lohman (understudies). Show Dates are from June 27 to July 21 (various times) at the David Henry Hwang Theater (120 Judge John Aiso Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012). Tickets range from $39 to $69 (discounts available) and can be purchased at https://www.eastwestplayers.org/unbroken.–TJ Ramirez and Peter Goldman
  5. Blue Man Group: Sensory-Friendly Performance (Theatrical Show): A sensory-friendly performance designed for autistic and sensory-sensitive audiences. Partnering with YAI (YAI Network of Agencies), the Blue Man Group offers a modified version of their theatrical show featuring reduced sound and light levels, limited audience interaction, and quiet areas outside the theater. This special performance takes place on Sunday, October 6 at 2:00 pm at the Astor Place Theatre (434 Lafayette Street, New York, NY). Special pricing is available for tickets, which can be purchased at https://www.blueman.com/new-york/buy-tickets/sensory-friendly. (Run Time: 90 minutes with strobe lights)–Christian Heino
  6. A Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical (Broadway Musical): This upcoming Broadway musical chronicles the life and career of legendary jazz musician Louis Armstrong. The story unfolds through the eyes of his four wives, highlighting their influence on him. While the show’s creative team is still under wraps, Tony Award winner James Monroe Iglehart is confirmed to star as Armstrong. Book writer Aurin Squire weaves the narrative around songs made famous by Armstrong. Directed by Christopher Renshaw (who co-conceived the musical with Andrew Delaplaine), A Wonderful World is set to premiere later this year. Previews begin on October 16, 2024, with an opening night scheduled for November 11, 2024. The show will be staged at Studio 54 (254 West 54th Street, New York, NY). Tickets will go on sale soon at CriterionTicketing.com. (Please note: This is a Broadway production, not an Off-Off-Broadway show.)–Jim Byk

 

OFF-oFF THE (4th) WALL:  NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED, 4/8–4/14, 2024 ·

Discovering the vibrant landscape of Off and Off-Off Broadway reveals a tapestry of diverse narratives and artistic innovations that defy conventional norms. Here’s a glimpse into the upcoming performances that promise to captivate audiences with their unique storytelling and creative prowess.

Off and Off-Off Broadway Shows

  1. Scarlett Dreams (Drama) blends reality and fantasy when a VR fitness app transports a woman into a mysterious virtual world. Previews began April 6 with Opening Night set for April 15 at Greenwich House Theater (27 Barrow St, New York, NY). Written and Directed by S. Asher Gelman, the cast features Brittany Bellizeare, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Caroline Lellouche, and Boris Anthony York.–Jim Byk/Shane Marshall Brown/Nina Marie Ward
  2. Winesday: The Wine Tasting Musical (Musical, Comedy) opens May 8 at The Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theater Center (216 W 42nd St, New York, NY). A hilarious look at a group of women who use a book club or yoga class as an excuse to indulge in wine and share their lives. Each scene is paired with a wine tasting for the audience. Book & Lyrics by Jenne Wason, Music by Joseph Benoit, Directed by Jamibeth Margolis, Musical Director Alec Bart. Starring Dawn Cantwell, Jennifer Diamond, Debra Thais Evans, Shannen Hofheimer, and Amanda Lea Lavergne–Joe Trentacosta
  3. Lighthouse Series at SoHo Playhouse (April 18 – May 5) (230 Thompson St, New York, NY) This competition showcases new works by NYC up-and-coming talents. Each night features a group of short plays. Winners move on to the next round and an overall winner is chosen for a full production in 2025. Visit https://www.sohoplayhouse.com/lighthouse-series for the full lineup.–David Gibbs
  1. Awkward Teenage Years (Comedy Storytelling) FRIGID New York and Pale Girl Productions (Will Clegg and Grant Bowen, producers) bring you a night of hilarious true stories about the agonies and triumphs of adolescence. Storytellers share their experiences with first loves, academic struggles, finding your tribe, and navigating the awkward journey of growing up. Hosted by Will Clegg, this month’s lineup features Adam Selbst, David Hu, Hamdan Azhar, Bailey Swilley, and more. Catch it on Wednesday, May 1st at 7:30 PM at UNDER St. Marks (94 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009). Tickets are $15 and available online at https://www.frigid.nyc/event/6897:26/ –Emily Owens
  2. Redemption Story (Drama) The Associates Theater Ensemble presents a new drama by Peregrine Teng Heard, directed by Sarah Blush. Set in a 1971 Los Angeles diner, Redemption Story explores themes of alienation, complicated family dynamics, and self-discovery. Connie Lee, a faded actress haunted by past mistakes, is forced to confront them when a young man enters the diner. Redemption Story runs May 4-19 at the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019). Press performances are Saturday, May 4 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 5 at 7:30 PM, with opening night on Monday, May 6 at 7:30 PM. The show runs approximately 100 minutes with no intermission.–Emily Owens
  3. In the Common Hour (Abstract, Phantasmagoric Multimedia Performance Piece) The New Stage Theatre Company (NTSC) presents “In the Common Hour,” an abstract and phantasmagoric multimedia performance piece conceived and directed by Ildiko Nemeth from an original text by Marie Glancy O’Shea, developed in collaboration with the ensemble. Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Crossed Destinies series, the play explores the unspoken anxieties and desires of a group of travelers stranded at a Route 66 motel. Known for their bold visuals and dark humor, NTSC promises a unique theatrical experience. “In the Common Hour” runs April 19 to May 4 at New Stage Performance Space (36 W. 106th Street).—Jonathan Slaff

Note: While not technically Off-Off Broadway, the new musical Guns & Powder is also worth mentioning.

7. Guns & Powder (Musical)

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee – Producing Artistic Director; Michael Stotts – Executive Director) brings you a brand new musical based on the incredible true story of African American twin sisters, Mary and Martha Clarke.

Disguised as white men in the unforgiving landscape of the 1890s Texas Wild West, Mary and Martha embark on a daring adventure to save their family’s home. Their journey confronts them with complex issues of race, the enduring strength of family bonds, and the pursuit of self-discovery.  Runs April 4 – May 5, 2024 at Paper Mill Playhouse (22 Brookside Drive, Millburn, New Jersey). Opening Night: April 14.–Emily Owens

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(Gemini, Perplexity, and Chat GPT provided writing for this article.)

NOW ON BROADWAY: NEW SHOWS ROUNDUP (APRIL 6th – APRIL 14TH, 2024) ·

Something’s coming, something good . . .

On Broadway:

Lempicka (Play): Opens Sunday, April 14th at the Golden Theatre. This captivating play by Elaine May explores the life and art of Tamara de Lempicka, a Polish Art Deco painter known for her bold portraits and flamboyant lifestyle. Directed by Michael Blakemore.1

Off-Broadway:

Still (Play): This new play by Lia Romeo, which follows a former couple rekindling an old flame, opens April 18th at DR2 Theatre. The production stars Jayne Atkinson and Tim Daly, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt.1

Scarlett Dreams (Play): Playwright S. Asher Gelman’s new work explores the lines between reality and the virtual world, opening April 15th at The Linda Gross Theater. The cast features Brittany Bellizeare, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Caroline Lellouche, and Borris Anthony York.1

Fabulation, OR, THE RE-EDUCATION OF UNDINE (Play): This comedic social satire by Lynn Nottage opens April 18th at The Billie Holiday Theatre. Felicia Curry takes on the lead role of Undine Barnes Calles, directed by Martavius Parrish.1

Perfect Crime: This long-running thriller returns Off-Broadway on April 25th at The Theater Center.

The Twenty-Sided Tavern (Play): This new fantasy adventure play by playwright R.A. King opens April 14th at The Playroom at 151.1

Looking Ahead to Broadway:  The Tony Awards are due to be held on June 16th, 2024, so expect a buzz around shows vying for nominations. It’s also common for new productions to open in the lead-up to the ceremony. While official announcements haven’t been made yet, keep an eye out for exciting debuts around the second week of June.

(written with Gemini and Perplexity.)

OFF-oFF THE (4th) WALL:  NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED, 4/2–4/8, 2024 ·

Discovering the vibrant landscape of Off and Off-Off Broadway reveals a tapestry of diverse narratives and artistic innovations that defy conventional norms. Here’s a glimpse into the upcoming performances that promise to captivate audiences with their unique storytelling and creative prowess.

Off and Off-Off Broadway Shows

  1. Mary Jane (Drama): Captivating story of a single mother facing challenges with humor and the support of the women around her. Opens April 21st at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway (261 West 47th Street, New York, NY). Stars Rachel McAdams.–Michelle Farabaugh
  2. Fat Ham (Comic Tragedy): A modern, award-winning, hilarious take on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with a Black protagonist. Runs April 17th to May 12th at TheatreSquared’s West Theatre (477 W. Spring Street, Fayetteville, Arkansas)Andrea Newby
  3. Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis/ Phoenix Theater ensemble (Immersive, Absurdist): An interactive and strange experience based on Kafka’s novella, combining physical theatre and audio tech. Plays May 7th-12th at STUDIO EXHIBIT | 62 ORCHARD ST (62 Orchard St, New York, NY).—Elise Stone, Craig Smith
  4. The Bread And Roses Gala (Staged Reading, Drama): A staged reading of a play about a wrongly accused rape victim, followed by a tribute to legendary lawyer Martin Garbus, the iconic folk singer and songwriter Judy Collins, and former NYPD Deputy Chief Special Victim’s Unit Mike Osgood. Held on April 21st at Adler Hall at The New York Society for Ethical Culture (64th Street and CPW, New York, NY).–Gary Springer
  5. GRENFELL at St. Ann’s Warehouse (Drama): A powerful story based on verbatim interviews and public inquiries, following the Grenfell community in London before, during, and after a deadly fire. Presented by St. Ann’s Warehouse. Special offer: Use code GFPUBLIC at checkout for $39 tickets to all performances through April 20th.—Blake Zidell
  6. Rosie’s Theater Kids: Passing It On Gala (Musical Theater): An evening celebrating 21 years of mentorship, honoring writer, director, and producer Charles Randolph-Wright. Featuring performances by Rosie’s Theater Kids and professional artists and mentors. Held on Monday, April 15th, at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College, with a dinner to follow hosted by Judy Gold.–Shane Marshall Brown
  7. Constellations (Romantic Drama): The Company We Keep (TCWK) Theater Company presents a Latinx take on Nick Payne’s play exploring love, destiny, and infinite possibilities. Performances are April 18-28 at Chain Theatre (312 W. 36th Street, 3rd Floor).—Jonathan Slaff
  8. In Scena! Award Ceremony (Award Ceremony): IndieSpace’s Executive Director Randi Berry is awarded the 2024 In Scena! Award for her dedication to supporting indie theater. Playwright Rossella Fava receives the 2024 Hystrio Scritture di Scena Mentorship with her play M(o)thers. www.inscenany.com –Emily Owens

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NOW ON BROADWAY: NEW SHOWS ROUNDUP (MARCH 21ST – APRIL 6TH, 2024) ·

The recent arrival of a powerful new production:

On Broadway:

The Who’s Tommy (Rock Musical):  Opened Thursday, March 28th, 2024 at the Nederlander Theatre. This new production of the iconic rock opera by The Who, with music and lyrics by Pete Townshend and book by Pete Townshend and Des McAnuff, tells the story of a deaf, blind, and mute young man named Tommy who overcomes his limitations and becomes a pinball champion. Directed by Des McAnuff.

Reception of The Who’s Tommy, from critics:

  • “The new staging by Des McAnuff is a marvel of theatrical invention, bursting with color, energy, and sheer rock-and-roll exhilaration.” – The New York Times
  • “While the story itself might feel a tad dated, the power of The Who’s music and the show’s undeniable theatricality make this a thrilling night out.” – Variety

Looking Ahead (April 7th – June 6th, 2024)

Eight exciting productions are on the horizon for the next two months! Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming to Broadway and Off-Broadway:

Broadway:

  • The Outsiders (Musical):Opens Thursday, April 11th at the Shubert Theatre. This highly anticipated stage adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s classic coming-of-age novel, with music and lyrics by Justin Paul and Pasek F. Benj and book by Idris Elba and Johan Larson, follows the rivalry between the Greasers and the Socs, two teenage gangs in 1960s Tulsa, Oklahoma. Directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus.
  • Lempicka (Play):Opens Sunday, April 14th at the Golden Theatre. This captivating play by Elaine May explores the life and art of Tamara de Lempicka, a Polish Art Deco painter known for her bold portraits and flamboyant lifestyle. Directed by Michael Blakemore.

Off-Broadway:

  • Agreement (Drama):Opens Thursday, April 11th at Irish Arts Center. A timely drama by Vanessa Garcia about a married couple navigating the complexities of international adoption. Directed by Jaime Castañeda.
  • King Lear (Play):Opens Wednesday, April 17th at The Public Theater. Shakespeare’s classic tragedy about an aging king who divides his kingdom amongst his daughters with disastrous results. This new production stars Oscar nominee Ruth Negga as King Lear. Directed by Oskar Eustis.
  • Mad Hatter Musical (Musical):Opens Tuesday, April 30th at New York Theatre Workshop. A world premiere musical based on the life of Lewis Carroll and the fantastical world of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Featuring music by Rachel Carvin and book and lyrics by Melissa James Gibson. Directed by Moisés Kaufman.

Plus, three more shows to tantalize your theatrical taste buds!

  • Soft Power (Comedy):Opens Friday, May 3rd at Playwrights Horizons (Peter Jay Sharp Theater). A hilarious new satire by Tanya Saracho about a struggling American theater company that attempts to win back international funding with a controversial play. Directed by Mark Wing-Davey.
  • Cry, Wolf (Drama):Opens Monday, May 13th at MCC Theater (The Newman Theater). A powerful drama by Rajiv Joseph that explores themes of race, privilege, and the complexities of friendship on a college campus. Directed by Kimberly Gee.
  • Facsimile (Play):Opens Tuesday, May 28th at The Atlantic Theater Company (The Linda Gross Theater). A thought-provoking play by Deborah Zoe Laufer that examines the ethics of artificial intelligence and the nature of human connection. Directed by Trip Cullman.

Remember, this is just a glimpse into the vibrant theater scene that awaits! Stay tuned for more updates on exciting new shows and don’t forget to check your local listings for the latest information.

(Article written with Gemini and Perplexity.)

OFF-oFF THE (4th) WALL:  NEW SHOWS ANNOUNCED  ·

And don’t forget . . .

Off-Off Broadway

  1. How to Eat an Orange

Experience the narrative of visual artist and activist Claudia Bernardi in “How to Eat an Orange,” written by Catherine Filloux and directed by Elena Araoz. This one-person drama explores Bernardi’s upbringing in Argentina during the military junta and her quest to uncover the past.

Catch this compelling production from May 30 to June 16, 2024, at La MaMa ETC. Downstairs Theater (66 East 4th Street New York, NY 10003). Tickets are priced at $30 and can be purchased at La MaMa’s website.—Emily Owens

  1. Herself

Delve into the comedic tale of Maureen in “Herself,” written by Tim McGillicuddy and directed by Hamilton Clancy. Presented by The Drilling Company Theatrical Productions, this play navigates Maureen’s return to her Irish hometown for her brother’s funeral, inheriting his pub, and confronting family dynamics and local gossip.

Enjoy the laughter from March 29 to April 20, 2024, at the Gural Theatre at A.R.T/New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street). Tickets range from $20 to $35 and can be purchased at The Drilling Company’s website or by calling 212-877-0099.—Jonathan Slaff

  1. Redemption Story

Experience the poignant journey of aging actress Connie Lee in “Redemption Story,” written by Peregrine Teng Heard and directed by Sarah Blush. Presented by The Associates Theater Ensemble and featuring a talented cast led by Christine Toy Johnson and José Espinosa, this drama unfolds against the backdrop of 1970s Los Angeles.

Witness “Redemption Story” from May 4 to May 19, 2024, at the Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at the A.R.T./New York Theatres (502 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019). Ticket prices range from $15 to $45 and can be purchased at Universe.–Emily Owens

  4. La Musica Deuxième

Journey into the complex world of former lovers in Marguerite Duras’s “La Musica Deuxième,” directed by Jessica Burr and produced by Blessed Unrest. Featuring Taylor Valentine and Matilda Woods, this drama unfolds with charged dialogue, revealing the intricacies of a past filled with passion, betrayal, and desire.

Experience this riveting play from May 2 to 18, 2024, at the Drawing Room (247 West 30th Street, Unit 9R, New York, NY 10001). Tickets are priced at $25 and can be purchased at Blessed Unrest’s website.–Paul Siebold

  1. Tuesdays with Morrie (EXTENDED)

Join the heartfelt journey of Mitch Albom’s bestselling memoir in “Tuesdays with Morrie,” adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, and directed by Erwin Maas. Produced by Sea Dog Theater and starring Tony Award winner Len Cariou and Chris Domig, this poignant drama explores life’s profound lessons through the bond between a journalist and his former sociology professor.

Now catch this moving production from April 1 to 20, 2024, at St. George’s Episcopal Church (209 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003). Ticket prices range from $35 to $75 and can be purchased at Sea Dog Theater’s website.–David Gibbs

NOW ON BROADWAY: NEW SHOWS ROUNDUP (MARCH 16TH – MARCH 23RD, 2024) ·

This week on Broadway, we saw the arrival of a powerful new production:

On Broadway:

  • An Enemy of the People (Drama): Opened Monday, March 18th. A scathing social commentary by Ibsen, this new production tackles themes of truth, power, and the dangers of conformity in a modern light.
  • Where it’s playing: Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019)
  • Reviews (so far):
    • Positive: “A powerful and timely production, with a searing performance by Jeremy Strong.” – Ben Brantley, The New York Times
    • Mixed: “Intriguing themes and sharp dialogue, but the pacing feels uneven at times.” – Aisha Sultan, Time Out New York

Looking Ahead

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the shows expected to open on Broadway and Off-Broadway in the next month :

Broadway:

  • The Who’s Tommy(Rock Musical): Opens Thursday, March 28th. The iconic rock opera returns to Broadway in a new production.

Off-Broadway:

  • Agreement(Drama): Opens Thursday, April 11th at Irish Arts Center. A timely drama exploring the complexities of international adoption.

(Bard [Gemini], the large language model from Google AI, and Perplexity AI, the innovative AI search engine and knowledge discovery platform, provided information, insights, and materials for this article.)

NOW ON BROADWAY: NEW SHOWS ROUNDUP (MARCH 9 – MARCH 16, 2024) ·

The next few weeks promise new excitement on Broadway with noteworthy productions due to open:

  • An Enemy of the People(Golden Theatre, 252 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036). Previews begin March 14th, with an opening set for March 18th. This Ibsen classic, a scathing social commentary on truth and power, stars Jake Gyllenhaal.
  • The Who’s Tommy(St. James Theatre, 246 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036). This rock opera based on The Who’s iconic album kicks off previews on March 23rd, with an opening slated for March 28th.
  • Lempicka(New York City Center Stage I, 131 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019). A new musical about the life and art of Polish Art Deco painter Tamara de Lempicka opens Off-Broadway on April 14th.

Beyond Broadway:

While there weren’t any major Off-Broadway openings this past week either, keep an eye out for these upcoming productions:

  • Agreement(Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 West 22nd Street, New York, NY 10011). This new play by Lisa Dillon explores the complexities of family and forgiveness, opening Off-Broadway on April 11th.

Looking Ahead (Off-Broadway):

Here are some interesting Off-Broadway shows scheduled for the coming month:

  • Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir(Earthchxrch, 550 Vanderbilt Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238). This unconventional performance piece by the environmental activist Reverend Billy Talbott opens on April 10th.
  • Aanika’s Elephants(New Victory Theater, 209 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036). A charming children’s play about a young girl and her love for elephants takes the stage on April 12th.

(Bard [Gemini], the large language model from Google AI, and Perplexity AI, the innovative AI search engine and knowledge discovery platform, provided information, insights, and materials for this article.)

NOW ON BROADWAY: SATURDAY, MARCH 2  – SATURDAY, MARCH 9, 2024 (NEW SHOWS)   ·

(Bard [Gemini], the large language model from Google AI, and Perplexity AI, the innovative AI search engine and knowledge discovery platform, provided information, insights, and materials for this article.)

This week was a busy one on the New York theater scene, with a vibrant mix of productions gracing both Broadway and Off-Broadway stages. Let’s dive into the shows that premiered between March 2nd and March 9th, 2024:

On Broadway:

  1. The Outsiders

(Opened at: The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036) on Wednesday, March 7th.)

About: This highly anticipated stage adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s classic novel follows the rivalry between two teenage gangs in 1960s Tulsa, Oklahoma, exploring themes of loyalty, identity, and the complexities of growing up.

Reviews:

  • Positive:“A powerful and visceral production that captures the raw energy and emotional resonance of the novel.” – Jesse Green, The New York Times
  • Mixed:“Engaging performances and stylish direction, but the adaptation feels somewhat rushed at times.” – Frank Rizzo, New York Theatre Guide
  1. The Wiz

(Opened at: The Marquis Theatre (210 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036) on Monday, March 5th.)

About: This vibrant revival of the beloved musical based on L. Frank Baum’s “The Wizard of Oz” follows Dorothy and her dog Toto on a magical journey to the fantastical Land of Oz, encountering unforgettable characters along the way.

Reviews:

  • Positive:“A joyous and visually stunning production that brings fresh energy to this beloved classic.” – Marilyn Stasio, Variety
  • Mixed:“Charming performances and delightful music, but the production design feels a bit cluttered at times.” – Roma Torre, New York Post

Off-Broadway:

  1. Lempicka

(Opened at: The Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street, New York, NY 10036) on Wednesday, March 7th.)

About: This captivating play explores the life and art of Tamara de Lempicka, a Polish Art Deco painter known for her bold portraits and flamboyant lifestyle.

Reviews:

  • Positive:“An immersive and visually stunning production that celebrates the artistic genius and captivating life of Lempicka.” – Naveen Kumar, TheaterMania
  • Mixed:“Strong central performance, but the script struggles to delve deeper into the complexities of Lempicka’s life.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Looking Ahead:

Get ready for more exciting upcoming productions like the highly anticipated drama “The Inheritance,” by Matthew López, opening on March 18th at the Vivian Beaumont Theater and the return of the Tony Award-winning musical “Hadestown” to Broadway on March 21st at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Stay tuned for further updates!

NOW ON BROADWAY: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH  – SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd, 2024 (NEW SHOWS)  ·

(Bard [Gemini], the large language model from Google AI, and Perplexity AI, the innovative AI search engine and knowledge discovery platform, provided information, insights, and materials for this article.)

This week saw a single captivating production grace the Broadway stage, while Off-Broadway welcomed a thought-provoking play that garnered critical acclaim. Let’s delve into the shows that premiered between February 24th and March 2nd, 2024:

On Broadway:

  1. Water For Elephants

(Opened at: The Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036) on Tuesday, February 20th.)

About: This captivating musical adaptation of Sarah Gruen’s bestselling novel takes audiences into the world of a 1930s circus, following the story of a veterinarian who joins the troupe and finds unexpected love amidst hardship.

Reviews:

  • Positive:“Spectacular visuals, soaring score, and a moving story create a magical theatrical experience.” – Charles Isherwood, The New York Times
  • Mixed:“Impressive production values, but the emotional depth of the novel gets lost at times.” – Roma Torre, New York Post

Off-Broadway:

  1. Cost of Living

(Opened at: The New York Theatre Workshop (79 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003) on Thursday, March 1st.)

About: This Pulitzer Prize-winning play explores the interconnected lives of four individuals facing various challenges in different regions of the United States, offering a poignant and insightful look at contemporary American life.

Reviews:

  • Positive:“A beautifully written and deeply affecting play that captures the complexities of human connection and resilience.” – Marilyn Stasio, Variety
  • Mixed:“Compelling characters and strong performances, but the interconnected story elements feel somewhat disconnected at times.” – David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter

Looking Ahead:

Mark your calendars for exciting upcoming productions like the revival of the iconic musical “Rent” returning to Broadway on March 7th and the world premiere of the highly anticipated play “The Skin of Our Teeth” on March 15th at The Lincoln Center Theater. Stay tuned for further updates!