Here is everything you need to know about the Broadway and Off-Broadway shows in NYC in 2022. Big Apple stages are alive with new plays and musicals, so it’s not surprising that theatre lovers are busy plotting their Broadway and Off-Broadway adventures. Even the most jaded theatregoer can’t help but be impressed by the elevated star stats rocking New York’s theatre scene right now. Not only are Broadway notables out in full force, but Hollywood has unleashed several of its A-listers onto Big Apple stages. So get ready for some serious celeb spotting under the lights (as well as out and about in Manhattan).
BROADWAY SHOWS IN NYC 2022
AUGUST BROADWAY SHOWS
New to the Aladdin cast: Dennis Stowe takes on the role of Jafar.
Aladdin (New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St.) (Opened 3/20/14) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) Like The Lion King, this Disney musical developed from animated origins has been a total crowd-pleaser since it arrived in 2014. This family-friendly magic carpet thrill ride flies onto the stage teeming with romance, mischief, and, of course, a wildly madcap Genie! The end result is a not-to-be-missed Broadway spectacular! (aladdinthemusical.com)
Beetlejuice (Marriott Marquis Theatre, 210 W. 46th St.) (Reopened 4/8/22) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) This wild ride of a musical returns to Broadway bringing with it an edgy and madcap take on life—and afterlife, once the gloriously irreverent and unapologetically scruffy title ghost insinuates himself into the life of “a strange and unusual” teen who has befriended the deceased former owners of her family’s new home. (beetlejuicebroadway.com)
Kim Exum and Cody Jamison Strand in The Book of Mormon, photo by Julieta Cervantes.
The Book of Mormon (Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 230 W. 49th St.) 2011 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 3/24/11) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) One of Broadway’s most successful, Tony-winning (nine in 2011!) musicals, from Trey Parker and Matt Stone—the duo behind South Park—follows a couple of wide-eyed Mormon missionaries whose first official assignment takes them to a remote village in Uganda. Divinely profane in all the right places!(bookofmormonbroadway.com)
Chicago reopening night, 2021. Photo: Daniel Rader.
Chicago (Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St.) 1997 Tony, Best Musical Revival (Opened 11/14/96) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) Kander and Ebb’s musical vaudeville about those murderous tootsies Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly picked up a Tony for Best Musical Revival back in 1997 and has reigned as one of Broadway’s fiercest hits ever since. Sparkling with Bob Fosse’s choreographic legacy, the show’s cavalcade of colorful characters includes everyone from Billy Flynn and Mamma Morton to Amos Hart and Mary Sunshine. (chicagothemusical.com)
Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Come From Away (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St.) (Opened 3/12/17) (100 mins., no intermission) One of Broadway’s most celebrated musicals is based on the true story that unfolded on 9/11, 2001 when 38 planes were ordered to land in the remote town of Gander, Newfoundland. What unfolded when the stranded international strangers deplaned was amazing: the locals stepped up to host them, leading to extraordinary camaraderie. Worth noting: Christopher Ashley picked up the 2017 Tony for Best Direction of a Musical. Thru 10/2. (comefromaway.com)
Photo: Matthew Murphy.
Dear Evan Hansen (Music Box Theater, 239 W. 45th St.) 2017 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 12/4/16) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) It picked up the 2017 Best Musical Tony, with its compelling story line about the title high school character who felt like an invisible outsider until a tragic event thrust him into the center of controversy and he’s given the chance to be somebody else. Unique and deeply personal, this unique show is about a little lie that changes everything. Thru 9/18. (dearevanhansen.com)
Ramin Karimloo (Nick Arnstein) and the cast of Funny Girl. Photo: Matthew Murphy, 2022.
Funny Girl (August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St.) (Opened 4/24/22) (2 hrs., 50 mins.) This long-awaited first Broadway revival of the celebrated Fanny Brice musical bio comes to life with a revised book by Tony winner Harvey Fierstein and starring Beanie Feldstein (American Crime Story: Impeachment), Jane Lynch (Glee), and Ramin Karimloo (Les Misérables). (funnygirlonbroadway.com)
Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad, and Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer of Hadestown. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Hadestown (Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St.) 2019 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 4/17/19) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) This unique musical follows the overlapping love stories of Orpheus & Eurydice and Hades & Persephone. The action unfolds in both a stylized New Orleans setting and Hades' stomping ground, The Underworld. As for the score, think New Orleans jazz melded with American folk music. (hadestown.com)
Miguel Cervantes and the ensemble of Hamilton, (c) Joan Marcus 2021.
Hamilton (Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St.) 2016 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 8/6/15) (2 hrs., 55 mins.) Visionary Lin-Manuel Miranda’s white-hot historical musical that redefined Broadway. Told through a score of musical theatre, hip-hop, jazz, and R&B, the Pulitzer Prize-winning show has also scooped up Tony, Olivier, and Grammy awards. Act fast. (hamiltonmusical.com)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Lyric Theatre, 214 W. 43rd St.) 2018 Tony, Best Play (Opened 4/22/18) (3 hrs., 30 mins.) Now a single night of exciting theatre, this visually spectacular production begins where the film series ends and follows the friendship between Harry’s son Albus and Draco’s son, Scorpius—BFFs whose magical misadventures involve Time-turner shenanigans and a mysterious friend. Familiar characters plus a new generation of Hogwarts students make this a must-see for fans of the books and movies. (harrypottertheplay.com)
Into the Woods (St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.) (From 6/28/2022) (2 hrs., 45 mins.) Direct from its sold-out New York City Center Encores! run, this latest revival of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Tony-winning musical weaves together some of the Brothers Grimm’s most beloved fairy tales and characters for a show that enchants. Limited run thru 10/16. (intothewoodsbway.com)
The Kite Runner (Official opening is July 21st at the Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St.) In this new play with music based on the best-selling novel, it’s a beautiful afternoon in Kabul, Afghanistan where the skies are filled with the excitement of a kite-flying tournament. But neither Hassan nor Amir—two close childhood friends—can foresee the terrible incident that will shatter their lives forever. Limited run thru 10/30. (thekiterunnerbroadway.com)
The Lion King (Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St.) 1998 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 11/13/97) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) The longest-running Disney production to grace Broadway—it arrived in November of 1997—this Tony-winning stage adaptation of the animated classic is a musical and visual treasure-trove to be savored. Set in the flourishing African Pride Land, the story follows lion prince Simba as grows from cub to king. Along the way, he makes friends, falls in love, and is subject to the machinations of his power-hungry uncle, Scar. (lionking.com)
Myles Frost as Michael Jackson, photo by Matthew Murphy.
MJ the Musical (Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St.) (Opened 2/1/22) (2 hrs., 35 mins.) The new musical bio featuring over 25 Michael Jackson hits comes with a staggeringly impressive pedigree: book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and direction/choreography by Tony-winner Christopher Wheeldon. (mjthemusical.com)
Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St.) 2020 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 7/25/19) (2 hrs., 35 mins.) A gleefully flamboyant stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 cinematic jukebox mashup, this Tony-winning musical from the 2019/2020 season takes place in a world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows, reveling in the decadence and high kicks in the legendary Parisian night spot once upon a retro time. Add a love triangle, Toulouse-Lautrec, and a score of over 70 songs!(moulinrougemusical.com)
Photo by Steve Schofield.
Mr. Saturday Night (Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St.) (Opened 4/27/22) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) Tony and Emmy winner Billy Crystal returns to Broadway in this new musical comedy based on his 1992 film of the same name. The story follows Buddy Young Jr., a one-time famous TV comedian who now some 40 years later seeks one more shot at the spotlight— and while he’s at it, one last shot at fixing the family he fractured along the way. Thru 9/4. (mrsaturdaynightonbroadway.com)
Photo by Joan Marcus.
The Music Man (Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway) (Opened 2/10/22) (2 hrs., 25 mins.) Meredith Willson’s beloved musical comedy returns to Broadway with an all-star cast led by Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. When con man Harold Hill arrives in River City to sell the townspeople the promise of a marching band, he gets more than he bargained for—including romance with Marian the librarian. No surprise this is one of the season’s hottest tickets! (musicmanonbroadway.com)
Meghan Picerno as Christine and Ben Crawford as The Phantom. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
The Phantom of the Opera (Majestic Theatre, 247 W. 44th St.) 1988 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 1/26/88) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) This long-running record breaker opened in January, 1988 and picked up a Tony a few months later. Based on the Gaston Leroux thriller, Phantom centers on a beautiful young soprano and the mysterious masked figure who adores her. Featuring Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Music of the Night,” the musical is as iconic as it is a visual masterpiece. (us.thephantomoftheopera.com)
POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass Are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive (Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St.) (Opened 4/27/22) (1 hr., 50 mins.) This modern farce unfolds when the U.S. President unwittingly spins a PR nightmare into a global crisis. Thankfully, the seven brilliant and beleaguered women whom he relies upon most are ready to risk life, liberty, and the pursuit of sanity to keep the commander-in-chief out of trouble. Limited run thru 8/14. (potusbway.com)
SIX (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St.) (Opened 3/12/20) (80 mins., no intermission) Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry XIII take the mic to remix 500 years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st-century girl power. This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their heads over! (sixonbroadway.com)
Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
A Strange Loop (Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St.) 2022 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 4/26/22) (100 mins., no intermission) Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, blisteringly funny musical exposes the heart and soul of Usher, a young gay artist grappling with desires, identity, and instincts he both loves and loathes. Hell-bent on breaking free of his own self-perception, he wrestles with the thoughts in his head, brought to life on stage by a hilarious ensemble. (strangeloopmusical.com)
Nkeki Obi-Melekwe in TINA. Photo by Manuel Harlan, 2021.
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St.) (Opened 11/7/19) (2 hrs., 45 mins.) From humble Tennessee beginnings to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. Featuring her most loved songs, the acclaimed production soars as it celebrates her resilience, talent, and overall star power. Big wheel [absolutely] keeps on turning, in this sparkling stage bio! Thru 8/14. (tinaonbroadway.com)
Brittney Johnson makes history as the first Black actor cast full-time as Glinda in Broadway’s Wicked. Photo by Joan Marcus.
Wicked (Gershwin Theatre, 222 W. 51st St.) (Opened 6/10/03) (2 hrs., 45 mins.) One of Broadway’s biggest success stories, this fantasy musical, based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, follows the friendship between two young girls—one smart, misunderstood, and green-hued; the other beautiful, ambitious, and popular. Wicked takes the world of Oz’s fairy tale roots and replants them into an eye-popping production that turns the original story spectacularly upside down. (wickedthemusical.com)
Coming Soon to Broadway
September 13th: Cost of Living (Official opening is October 3rd at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St.) Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, Martyna Majok's powerhouse play is about the forces that bring people together, the complexity of caring and being cared for, and the ways we all need each other in this world. (manhattantheatreclub.com)
September 14th: Leopoldstadt (Official opening is October 2nd at the Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St.) Set in Vienna, Tom Stoppard’s latest work takes its title from the Jewish quarter. A passionate drama of love and endurance begins in the last days of 1899 and follows one extended family deep into the heart of the 20th-century. Full of wit and beauty, this Olivier Award-winning play spans 50 years of time over two hours. (leopoldstadtplay.com)
September 16th: 1776 (Official opening is October 6th at the American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St.) What will it take to get two dozen powerfully passionate, exceedingly complicated, and all-too-human individuals to settle their differences while they hold the future in their hands? With this “revolutionary” revival of the Tony-winning musical you may never think about our country—who we are and why—the same way again. Limited run thru 1/8/23. (roundabouttheatre.org)
September 17th: Death of a Salesman (Official opening is October 9th at the Hudson Theatre, 141 W. 44th St.) Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke reprise their roles as Willy and Linda Loman from the Old Vic revival of Arthur Miller’s classic, told from the perspective of an African American family. A powerful interpretation, it illuminates the dark underbelly of the American Dream and its elusive promise of equality and opportunity for all. Limited 17-week run. (salesmanonbroadway.com)
September 19th: The Piano Lesson (Official opening TBA at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, at 243 W. 47th St.) August Wilson’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece stars Samuel L. Jackson in the story of a brother and sister locked in a war over the fate of a family heirloom: a piano carved with the faces of their ancestors. Only by revisiting history can the siblings move forward. Limited 17-week run. (pianolessonplay.com)
September 27th: Topdog/Underdog (Official opening is October 20th at the John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St.) Susan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning play is a darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, centering on two brothers, Lincoln and Booth—names given to them as a joke by their father. Haunted by the past and their obsession with three-card monte, the two come to learn the true nature of their history. Limited run. (topdogunderdog.com)
Casey Likes and Solea Pfeiffer in Almost Famous. Photo by Neal Preston.
October 3rd: Almost Famous (Official opening is November 3rd at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St.) In 1973, idealistic 15-year-old William Miller is an aspiring music journalist, when Rolling Stone magazine hires him to go on the road with an up-and-coming band. Thrust into a rock ‘n roll circus, his love of music, longing for friendship, and integrity as a writer collide. The musical, based on Cameron Crowe’s iconic film, is a celebration of community, family, fandom, and the power of music. (almostfamousthemusical.com)
October 12th: Kimberly Akimbo (Official opening is November 10th at the Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.) In this new musical Kim is a bright and funny Jersey teen who happens to look like a 72-year-old lady. And yet her aging disease may be the least of her problems. Forced to maneuver family secrets, borderline personalities, and possible felony charges, Kim is determined to find happiness in a world where not even time is on her side. (kimberlyakimbothemusical.com)
October 13th: KPOP (Official opening is November 20th at Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St.) Starring K-POP superstar Luna, this new musical follows global pop sensations putting everything on the line for a one-night only concert, when one singer’s inner struggle threatens to dismantle a mega industry label. The multimedia production explores the discipline, talent, and ambition behind the international phenomenon. (kpopbroadway.com)
November 1st: Some Like It Hot (Official opening is December 11th at the Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St.) Starring Tony winner Christian Borle and Kinky Boots alum J. Harrison Ghee, this new musical comedy based on the classic film follows two musicians fleeing Chicago after witnessing a mob hit. With gangsters in pursuit, they join in an all-girl band, but can they hide in plain sight, or will the mob and/or love be their undoing?(somelikeithotmusical.com)
November 2nd: A Beautiful Noise, the Neil Diamond Musical (Official opening is December 4th at the Broadhurst Theatre 235 W. 44th St.) How did a poor Jewish kid from Brooklyn become one of the most universally adored showmen of all time? There’s only one way to tell it: a musical bio set to his era-defining smash hits that entranced the world. (abeautifulnoisethemusical.com)
November 3rd: Ain’t No Mo’ (Official opening is December 1st at The Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St.) Jordan E. Cooper’s acclaimed comedy about being Black in today’s America seamlessly blends sketch comedy, satire, and avant garde theatre as it asks the incendiary question, What if the U.S. government offered Black Americans one-way plane tickets to Africa? (aintnomobway.com)
November 11th: Ohio State Murders (Official opening is December 8th at The James Earl Jones Theatre, 138 W. 48th St.) When writer Suzanne Alexander (Audra McDonald) returns to her alma mater as a guest speaker, in which she explores the violence in her works, a dark mystery unravels. Adrienne Kennedy’s intriguing and unusual suspense play is also a pertinent look at the destructiveness of racism in our society. (ohiostatemurdersbroadway.com)
November 29th: The Collaboration (Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St.) In the summer of 1984, Andy Warhol and art scene wunderkind Jean-Michel Basquiat agree to work together on what may be the most talked about exhibition in the history of modern art. But can they co-exist, or even thrive? Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope star in the U.S. premiere of the London sensation. (manhattantheatreclub.com)
November 30th: Between Riverside and Crazy (Official opening is December 19th at the Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St.) In this Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy, City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the landlord wants him out, and the church won’t leave him alone. For ex-cop Walter “Pops” Washington and his recently paroled son, holding on to one of the last rent stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, new houseguests, and a final ultimatum. (2st.com)
BROADWAY THEATRE ARRIVING IN 2023
March 9th: Lerner & Loewe’s CAMELOT (Official opening is April 13th at Lincoln Center Theaters’ Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St.) This new version of the classic musical has been reimagined for the 21st-century by award-winning writer Aaron Sorkin. Based on the original book by Alan Jay Lerner, the epic tale, centering on King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, and Sir Lancelot, features an iconic score that includes “If Ever I Would Leave You” and “Camelot.” (lct.org)
BROADWAY YOUR WAY: A VISITOR'S GUIDE
With the arrival of t-shirt and shorts weather, New York is awesome personified, and this is especially evident on Broadway where—in the span of just 11 blocks—the number of shows playing at one time outshines any other theatrical stretch on the planet. As a bonus, Tony nominations, awards, and celebs are currently front and center, so show time is officially prime time for Big Apple Broadway!
THE CLASS OF 2022 ON BROADWAY
The new show count for the season leading up to this year’s Tony Awards has been impressive and, in the category of musicals, eclectic. A concert format (along with some awesome contemporary costumery) brings the wives of Henry VIII to vivid, anachronistic life in SIX—a mega-hot ticket and deservedly so.
Nostalgia your thing? Opt for the highly anticipated first revival of Funny Girl and/or Hugh Jackman’s return to Broadway in The Music Man. Then there’s Mr. Saturday Night, the musical comedy version of the 1992 Billy Crystal film, starring Mr. Crystal himself. MJ, Broadway’s latest jukebox musical/bio zeroes in on a portion of Michael Jackson’s life. Finally, the year’s most lacerating, rule-defying, essential new musical, A Strange Loop, hit Broadway in a flurry of critical accolades—and the 2019 Pulitzer Prize already gracing playwright Michael R. Jackson’s award shelf.
PERFECT SCORES FOR BROADWAY MUSICALS
Whether it’s Tony trophies, rave reviews, cult status, or all of the above, some Broadway musicals continue to sell-out long after opening night. The Book of Mormon, e.g., has been showering audiences with blasphemous hilarity for 11 years, while June 10th marks Wicked’s 19th birthday, a celebration of multi-generational proportions. Hamilton, of course, is legend for being a colossal draw, while theatregoers are so moved by Come From Away they return again and again. Stylized and haunting, both Hadestown and Moulin Rouge! continue to beguile their audiences, just as Dear Evan Hansen, with its contemporary score and compassionate storyline, ranks as a top tier Broadway must-see.
FUNNY BUSINESS ON BROADWAY
No matter how you like your laughs—understated, sophisticated, or slapstick—New York stages have you covered. The Play That Goes Wrong, a former Broadway hit that’s now an Off-Broadway hilarity tour de force, captures the hapless antics of an amateur theatrical troupe attempting a murder mystery while navigating serial cast, set, prop, and costume catastrophes.
FAMILY FABULOUS BROADWAY
If introducing a young family member to New York theatre is on your must-do list, there are a few shows you you’ll want to consider…and I promise, as an adult, you’ll be equally smitten! For starters, on Broadway, Disney’s Aladdin and The Lion King are brilliant, kid-friendly versions (with a little grownup humor tucked in here and there) of the animated classics we grew up on. And for fans of J.K. Rawlings’ ever-expanding wizarding world, I’m pleased to report the next generation of Hogwarts students are not so “mischief managed” in the magically eye-popping Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Off-Broadway, I say why not indulge the kids—and your inner child—in off-the-wall high jinks served up by the three colorful deadpan dudes known as Blue Man Group.
ABOVE & BEYOND ON BROADWAY
When mere snippets of escapism no longer suffice, it’s time to cut the reality cord and head to Broadway’s fantasy other-worlds: the breathtaking Pride Lands of The Lion King, Aladdin’s fictional town of Agrabah (where a genie and flying carpets are standard issue), the Land of Oz and Shiz University where Elphaba and Glinda are roomies in Wicked, and, of course, Hogwarts, providing the backdrop for two young wizards to push the boundaries of magical shenanigans in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
38th Marathon of One-Act Plays (Ensemble Studio Theatre, 545 W. 52nd St.) Comprised of work from artists who identify as Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC), this year's selection of 11 plays is described by EST co-artistic director Collette Robert as “funny, heartbreaking and true.” Visit website for a complete list of plays and their descriptions. 10/16 thru 11/13. (ensemblestudiotheatre.org)
300 el x 50 el x 30 el (BAM’s Harvey Theater at the BAM Strong, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn) With some OT inspiration (the title refers to the dimensions of Noah’s Ark), Belgian theater collective FC Bergman transform the theater into a village in the woods. As a film crew circles the scene, the stories luring behind closed doors build to a fever pitch in the face of an oncoming flood. Part of Next Wave 2022. Adult content. Running 9/28 thru 10/1. (bam.org)
Adventures in Vegas (AMT Theater, 354 W. 45th St.) A hilarious, true-life romp from Andrea Bell Wolff’s diary, circa 1970, when she starred in Breck Wall’s Bottom’s Up on the Las Vegas Strip. Adventures in Vegas features sequins, scandal, romance, feathers and guaranteed laughs! Recommended for mature audiences. Thru 8/24. (amttheater.org)
Alison Leiby: Oh God, A Show About Abortion (Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce St.) In her new show, Alison Leiby walks audiences through the stupid minutiae, backwards practices, and surprising perspective that come with exercising your reproductive rights— from a visit to Planned Parenthood to a scary trip to the "Fertility" section of a Missouri CVS to a dozen meltdowns about what to wear to your abortion. Running 8/8 thru 8/26. (ohgodshow.com)
american (tele)visions (New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th St.) In this new work about an undocumented Mexican family set in the 1990s, playwright Victor I. Cazares has created an epic multiverse where time is fluid and the characters are refracted through literal televisions, imagined video games, endless Walmart aisles, and a double-wide torn in two. 9/9 thru 10/16. (nytw.org)
As You Like It (Delacorte Theater in Central Park) Public Works’ musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic comedy brings together a diverse ensemble of professional actors and community members from across New York. Set in the Forest of Arden, the leading characters, forced from their homes, discover a community of acceptance and transformational love. 8/10 thru 9/11. (publictheater.org)
Asi Wind’s Inner Circle (The Gym at Judson 243 Thompson St.) (75 mins.) The moment audiences enter the intimate theatre space, they become a part of acclaimed magician Asi Wind’s exhilarating, mysterious, and hilarious show. The unique setting intensifies the performance and creates a logic-defying experience: theatregoers not only witness the magic, they become the magic itself. 9/15 thru 4/2/23. (asiwind.com)
Audience (Bohemian National Hall, 321 E. 73rd St.) (60 mins.) Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre’s dark comedy of spying in a brewery is staged with live projected closeups of puppets from security cameras in order to suggest surveillance. 9/1 thru 9/4. (audiencebyhavel.brownpapertickets.com)
Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge (Pubic Theater, 425 Lafayette St.) Noted theater company Elevator Repair Service applies its trademark verbatim textual technique to the1965 debate between writer James Baldwin and ultra-conservative William F. Buckley, Jr. on whether “the American Dream is at the expense of the American Negro”. The production concludes with an imagined scene between Baldwin and his close friend Lorraine Hansberry. 9/24 thru 10/16. (publictheater.org)
The Bandaged Place (Black Box Theatre, Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 W. 46th St.) Struggling to recover after an assault, Jonah realizes the only way to heal is by mending the relationships with his family. This world-premiere production offers a humane statement about the scars we inherit—and the beauty they create. 10/20 thru 12/18. (roundabouttheatre.org)
Becky Nurse of Salem (Official opening is 11/21 at Lincoln Center Theaters’ Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, 150 W. 65th St.) In Sarah Ruhl’s dark comedy, Becky (Tony winner Dierdre O’Connell), descendant of accused witch Rebecca Nurse, is dogged by bad luck. Is it a curse from her past or her inability to navigate the present? A play about the legacy of misogyny, witchcraft, and even Arthur Miller, Becky Nurse is a truth-teller for our times. From 10/27. (lct.org)
Jake David Smith (Prince Oliver), Arielle Jacobs (Delilah) in Between The Lines. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
Between the Lines (Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater, 305 W. 43rd St.) This empowering and enchanting new musical for any of us seeking to find our place in the world follows Delilah, an outsider in a new school who seeks comfort in the pages of her favorite book, where she feels heard and understood. But as the lines between reality and fantasy begin to blur in extraordinary ways, Delilah has to confront whether she alone has the power to rewrite her own story. Thru 10/2. (betweenthelinesmusical.com)
Bloom Bloom Pow (Jeffrey and Paula Gural Theatre at A.R.T./New York Theaters, 502 W. 53rd St.) Inspired by 1950s monster movies and the real-life 2014 crisis in Toledo, Ohio, when the tap water became deadly for humans because of toxic algal blooms, the play follows a nonbinary 20-something’s homecoming to a town plagued by weirdness, “The Creature,” and rabid algae. 9/16 thru 10/2. (bloombloompowtheplay.com)
Blue Man Group (Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St.) (105 mins., no intermission) No plot, dialogue, or ripped from headlines drama, just a romp and a half orchestrated by three blue-hued alien dudes. This long-running Off-Broadway show and international sensation combines music, paint drums, snacks, high-tech hijinks, and unpredictable physical comedy. (blueman.com)
Bluey’s Big Play the Stage Show (Madison Square Garden, Hulu Theater) In this theatrical take on the Emmy-winning animated TV series, audiences get to see Bluey, Bingo, Bandit, and Chilli as they’ve never seen them before—on stage! Featuring puppetry, live actors, iconic sets, and new music, the show follows Bluey and Bingo as they pull out all kinds of games and cleverness to get Dad off his bean bag! Running 11/18 thru 11/20. (msg.com/bluey)
Blurring Boundaries 2022 (Tada! Theater, 15 W. 28th St.) New Ambassador Theatre Company’s annual short play festival features two 90-minute programs of original, and unconventionally-themed, works celebrating characters who think, dwell, identify, evolve, are born, love, or live outside the box. 8/10 thru 8/21. (newambassadortheatre.com)
Body Through Which the Dream Flows (The Tank, 312 W. 36th St.) Intersecting theatre artist Soomi Kim’s personal history as a veteran gymnastics coach, the aftermath of the Larry Nassar scandal, and the deconstruction of the sport’s governing body, this dance/theatre work navigates the sport in the time of #metoo and #cancelculture. Featuring dance and gymnastics inspired movement generated by an ensemble of 6 competitive gymnasts. 9/22 thru 10/15. (thetanknyc.org)
The Butcher Boy (Irish Repertory Theatre, 132 W. 22nd St.) In this musical adaptation, Francie Brady lives in a comic book dreamland with his best friend Joe in a gossipy Irish village in the 1960s. But when he taunts a newcomer, his uptight mother calls Francie’s family a bunch of pigs. This triggers a violent pig obsession, which grows as Francie’s life falls apart around him. Running 7/21 thru 9/11. (irishrep.org)
Camp, a New Musical (Theatre Row’s Theatre Five, 410 W. 42nd St.) Camp Goody Goody, a summer retreat for children of the elite, is run by fading socialite Tres Faux. When the less fortunate camp across the lake mysteriously burns down, as a goodwill gesture Tres offers to take in the neighbors, leading to unexpected tensions, comedic antics, and surprising twists. A fast-paced musical comedy for the whole family! 8/4 thru 8/21. (bfany.org/theatre-row)
Camp Siegfried (Tony Kiser Theater, 305 W. 43rd St.) One summer at real-life Camp Siegfried on Long Island, two teenagers find themselves on a collision course with youthful passion and unbridled extremism. Are they falling in love or falling for something more sinister? Set on the cusp of World War II, this boy-meets-girl-meets-cautionary tale about the seductive nature of fascism reminds us how easily darkness can sneak up on us. From 11/2. (2st.com)
Matt de Rogatis. Photo by Miles Skalli.
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Theater at St. Clements, 423 W. 46th St.) Tennessee Williams’ classic, set on Big Daddy Pollit’s 65th birthday, the play centers on the tempestuous relationship between his alcoholic, former star athlete son, Brick, and his fiery wife, Maggie; his scheming elder son Gooper and his wife Mae; and the diagnosis of Big Daddy’s terminal cancer. Running 7/15 thru 8/14. (ruthstage.org)
Chamber Magic (Lotte New York Palace, 455 Madison Ave.) Theatregoers, dressed to impress in cocktail attire, experience the mystifying artistry of Steve Cohen in an elegant and intimate salon within the legendary New York Palace. Recreating the up-close parlor entertainment of Manhattan in the early 20th century, Cohen conjures, mind-reads, and performs sleight of hand, along with a trick called Think-A-Drink. (chambermagic.com)
Circus Abyssinia (New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St.) Celebrating Ethiopian runner Derartu Tulu's trailblazing 1992 gold medal win, the production excites with juggling flags and flames to the sounds of ’70s funk and modern-day Ethio-pop. This tribute to teamwork showcases the incredible athleticism and artistry of Ethiopian circus and the pride that Tulu’s triumph inspired. 12/9 thru 1/1/23. (newvictory.org)
Committed (Theater for the New City, 155 First Ave.) A work of historical fiction about the last two days of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh's life. When his highly controversial documentary causes a violent uproar, Theo’s downward spiral brings to light the collision of his radical temperament and unyielding vision with modern political realities and the inevitable tragedy when the two clash. Running 9/22 thru 10/9. (theaterforthenewcity.net)
Complicity (New Ohio Theatre, 154 Christopher St.) In 2018, an actress, along with her sister/agent and a top female producer, seek advancement in the film industry only to find themselves navigating a system of complicity surrounding a predator. It’s a story that asks should women holding women accountable for enabling the open secret of sexual abuse and harassment in Hollywood to run rampant. Running 9/28 thru 10/16. (edentheater.org)
Cookin’ (New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St.) Working against the clock to prepare a wedding feast, four zany chefs make a manic menu of non-stop, high-speed action that whips up into an all-you-can-eat frenzy of martial arts and Korean samul nori drumming. The explosive percussion show that sliced, diced and banged its way across the globe is back! 10/14 thru 10/30. (newvictory.org)
Crossing the Line Festival (Various venues throughout Manhattan) This annual international arts festival produced by the French Institute Alliance Francaise (FIFA) features a number of exciting performances, including five impressive theatre pieces. For dates, descriptions and venues, please visit their website. 9/9 thru 10/28. (fiaf.org/2022-crossing-the-line-festival)
Dodi & Diana (HERE, 145 Sixth Ave.) It’s August 2022—25 years after the Car Accident that made the world stand still. A Wall Street banker and a Hollywood starlet, locked in the Hôtel Ritz Paris, unearth a strange connection to the legendary couple. As past and present collide, can their love survive the exposure of their darkest secrets? 10/1 thru 10/29. (here.org)
Dream Up Festival (Theater for the new City, 155 First Ave.) This annual new works festival, dedicated to the joy of discovering new authors and edgy and innovative performances, offers 23 plays, 21 of which are world premieres and two of which are American premieres. Audiences will savor the excitement, awe, passion, challenge and intrigue of new plays from around the country. Visit website for a complete list of this year’s shows and playing schedules. 8/28 thru 9/18. (dreamupfestival.org)
F*ck7thGrade (wild project, 195 E. 3rd St.) An adolescent romance, a brief rise to pop stardom, a queer musical memoir (about how we’ll never get out of middle school) conceived by award-winning singer-songwriter Jill Sobule—whose 1990s hits include “Supermodel” and the original “I Kissed a Girl.” 10/12 thru 11/5. (thewildproject.org)
The Far Country (Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St.) This Atlantic commissioned play by Guggenheim fellow Lloyd Suh is an intimate epic that follows an unlikely family's journey from rural Taishan to the wild west of California in the wake of the Chinese Exclusion Act. 11/17 thru 1/1/23. (atlantictheater.org)
Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St.) Featuring English supertitles, the acclaimed production is back, once again directed by the legendary Oscar and Tony Award winner Joel Grey. Also returning to recreate his award-winning performance is Steven Skybell as Tevye, a milkman navigating family, faith, upheaval, and changing traditions in the little Russian shtetl of Anatevka. 11/13 thru 1/1/23. (nytf.org/fiddler)
First Gen Mixfest (Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St.) A series of readings of full-length plays by Ngozi Anyanwu, Katie Đỗ, Keiko Green, and Alex Riad. Additionally, Atlantic Theater Company has commissioned Bleu Beckford-Burrell, Shayan Lotfi, Roger Q. Mason, and juliany taveras to create short one-acts and present them as an evening of readings. 8/8 thru 8/17. (atlantictheater.org)
Floyd Collins (Theatre 71 at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 152 W. 71st St.) In this acclaimed musical, after turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction in 1925, Floyd Collins is trapped 200 feet underground. With only sporadic contact with the above world, he fights for his sanity and life as media and gawkers descend, fueling hysteria and a nation into holding its collective breath. 11/11 thru 12/18. (dreamupfestival.org)
Fraternity, A Fantastic Tale (NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square.) In a freak incident, part of the human race disappears from the planet. Those who remain try to heal and make sense of the unexpected loss as they navigate their world without partners, parents and friends. A cast of professional and amateur actors ages 16 to 79 perform in French, Arabic, Vietnamese, and English with supertitles. 9/16 & 9/17. (nyuskirball.org)
Friends! The Musical Parody (Jerry Orbach Theater, 210 W. 50th St.) The unauthorized comedic musical that lovingly pokes fun at TV’s Friends celebrates the adventures of Ross, Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, and Chandler as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life, and love in 1990s Manhattan. The show recreates favorite moments from all 10 seasons of the iconic sitcom through an uncensored, fast-paced, music-filled romp! (ticketmaster.com/friends-the-musical-parody-new-york)
Gazillion Bubble Show (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St.) A family phenom for your family from the Yang family of bubble virtuosos. "We are so thrilled to be bringing bubbles back to the stage and smiles to our audiences,” says master bubble maker Melody Yang. (gazilllionbubbleshow.com)
Get Your Ass in the Water and Swim Like Me (The Performing Garage, 33 Wooster St.) Based on a 1976 LP, the Black American genre of Toasts—rhyming epic poems about legendary street heroes—unfolds in a radio studio with Eric Berryman performing classic Toasts from the album, with commentary. Jharis Yokley on drums accompanies him in an approach inspired by Korean Pansori, storytelling performed by a vocalist and a drummer. 9/16 thru 10/8. (thewoostergroup.org)
God Doesn’t Mean You Get to Live Forever (Theatre Row’s Theatre Two, 410 W. 42nd St.) In a quaint Baptist church, pastor and parishioners get a surprise visit from pop star Reese Noel, who lures favorite son and Gospel musician Q into a night of clubbing, and suggests that Q’s belief in God doesn’t have to mean a promise of everlasting life. When tragedy strikes, the church Deacon (Dr. Jeff Gardere) tries to make sense of it all. Gospel, jazz, and pop music with a boxed Soul Food sampler (included in ticket price) set the flavor for this immersive experience. Thru 10/17. (bfany.org/theatre-row)
Hamlet (BAM’s Harvey Theater at the BAM Strong, 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn) From its mud-splattered, rain-soaked opening, Thomas Ostermeier’s Hamlet delivers on its reputation as one of the great interpretations of Shakespeare. Pop music, drag shows, and courtly duels coexist in riotous harmony in the German auteur’s legendary production, which finally comes to New York after traveling the globe to international acclaim. Running 10/25 thru 11/5. (BAM.org)
Heart (Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Ln.) Written and performed by London-based actor/poet Jade Anouka, this life-affirming new play centers on a woman shaken by a broken relationship, who finds herself discovering love in the last place—and with the last person—she ever expected. With her sexuality awakened to a new truth, she battles her own and society’s expectations of what love looks like. 8/14. (hearttheplay.com)
Hedda Gabler (Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford St., Brooklyn) Bedlam continues its 10th anniversary season with a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s classic drama by Jon Robin Baitz. Playing in repertory with Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. 10/5 thru 11/20. (bedlam.org)
Asad Mecci and Colin Mochrie ©Aaron Cobb.
HYPROV: Improv Under Hypnosis (Daryl Roth Theatre, 101 E. 15th St.) From improv legend Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?) and master hypnotist Asad Mecci comes a totally unique and completely unforgettable theatrical experience combining both art forms. Once Mecci finds 4 or 5 hypnotically receptive audience volunteers, the group joins Mochrie to improvise the rest of the show while fully under hypnosis. Running 8/12 thru 10/30. (hyprov.com)
I Wanna F*ch Like Romeo and Juliet (59E59 Theaters, Theater C, 59 E. 59th St.) Snow in July, comets falling from the sky...the world is thrown into chaos as Cupid rips off her wings and gives up on Love. But her old flame St. Valentine has a plan to bring her spirit back up; and it involves reigniting the flame between two men. Part of the 2022 New Light New Voices Fall Festival. 10/20 thru 11/5. (59e59.org)
I’m Revolting (Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater, 336 W. 20th St.) At a skin cancer clinic in NYC (not the famous one), patients wait to find out how much of themselves they're about to lose. 9/8 thru 10/16. (atlantictheater.org)
The Inconvenient Miracle: A Mysterious Birth Musical (Episcopal Actors Guild, 1 E. 29th St.) When Abigail, a self-described prophet, declares that Vanessa, the lone atheist, will be the next Virgin Mary, Vanessa punches Abigail, ending her in detention with Sister Florence, who’s been begging God for any sign of His existence. Vanessa may be the miracle Florence is looking for, but not in the way either of them expected. 8/11 thru 8/27. (inconvenientmiracle.com)
Ink’dWell (59E59 Theaters, Theater c, 59 E. 59th St.) Kendra returns to her childhood home on Martha’s Vineyard after her brother accidentally drowns. While searching for the truth about the accident, she’s tormented by a childhood ghost story. The ghost story, paired with her grief as the mystery of his death unfolds, begins to impact her relationship with her family and the ocean itself. Part of the 2022 New Light New Voices Fall Festival. 9/29 thru 10/16. (59e59.org)
Jasper (Alice Griffin Theatre, Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 W. 42nd St.) Trapped by the reality of their son’s illness, a couple struggles to keep their child and their marriage alive. A chance encounter changes everything and forces them to re-evaluate their circumstances and strive towards what is missing in their lives. 9/8 thru 10/6. (yonderwindow.co)
Kinky Boots (Stage 42, 422 W. 42nd St.) Harvey Fierstein and Cindy Lauper’s Tony & Olivier-winning musical in its Off-Broadway debut. Based on true events, the story follows Charlie, a factory owner struggling to save his family business and Lola, a fabulous entertainer with a groundbreaking idea: to create a line of sturdy stilettos for drag performers! From 7/26. (kinkybootsthemusical.com)
A Little Life (BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn) Based on the award-winning novel by Hanya Yanagihara and adapted for the stage by director Ivo van Hove, the play follows the complex relationships between four ambitious friends—a lawyer, an actor, an architect, and an artist—as they unfold over more than three decades, from college through the pressures of middle age in New York City. Running 10/20 thru 10/29. (BAM.org)
Little Shakespeare Festival, iPhoto credit Rengim Mutevellioglu.
The Little Shakespeare Festival (UNDER St Marks, 94 St. Marks Pl.) This year, FRIGID New York’s annual celebration of The Bard is comprised of several different shows featuring casts of five or less. From improvised As You Will and a queer/ gender-blind take on Romeo & Juliet, to the twofer Brawls & Burlesque, and Unspoken Garden/El Jardin que calla, a bilingual one-woman show. Visit website for scheduled performances and times. 8/4 thru 8/14. (frigid.nyc)
Skylar Astin in Little Shop of Horrors. Credit: Emilio Madrid.
Little Shop of Horrors (West Side Theatre, 407 W. 43rd St.) The wildly acclaimed Tony-winning musical revival is now a long-running Off-Broadway hit! The story follows hapless flower-shop employee, Seymour, who finds himself trapped under the blood-thirsty fronds of the plant he's named Audrey II, after the girl of his dreams. (littleshopnyc.com)
Love All Alices (Connelly Theater, 220 E. 4th St.) A live play by Lavinia Jones Wright telling the story of legendary New York City acting teacher Alice Spivak, who taught for more than 60 years and died in 2020 at the age of 85. Composed of the greatest stories of Spivak’s life, the play is performed by actors who knew her. Over two nights the play will be shot and incorporated into an upcoming documentary film of the same name. 8/11 & 12 only. (tickettailor.com/events/loveallalices/724537#)
Love Quirks (AMT Theater, 354 W. 45th St.) In this award-winning musical fable based on actual events, a group of thirty-somethings explore the bizarre tribulations of love, friendship, and all the blurry lines in-between. Running in repertory with An Unbalanced Mind. Thru 9/2. (lovequirks.com)
Macbeth-Redux (Theatre Row/Theatre One, 410 42nd St.) A unique adaptation of Shakespeare’s drama with brief modern language off-text passages performed in the style of a Greek chorus. Focusing on the moral questions of transfer of power, adaptor/director Kathy Curtiss says the aim is to evoke feelings of recognition in anyone who has stood helplessly by as our nation grappled with the struggle over succession. 8/21 thru 8/20. (renaissancenow.com)
macbitches (Chain Theatre, 312 W. 36th St.). When a freshman acting major is unexpectedly cast as Lady Macbeth, a few upperclassmen invite her over to celebrate. As the Fireball and Svedka flow, the girls interrogate their own sense of ambition as well as the power structures that have shaped their education. 8/19 thru 9/10. (chaintheatre.orh)
A Man of No Importance (Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St.) This acclaimed musical by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty and Terrence McNally tells the story of an amateur theatre group in 1960s Dublin and their leader, Alfie Byrne (Jim Parsons). Determined to stage Oscar Wilde’s Salome despite objections by local church authorities, Alfie confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over a love "that dare not speak its name.” Running 10/11 thru 12/4. (classicstage.org)
Marie It’s Time (HERE, 145 Sixth Ave.) NYC’s Minor Theater delivers a three-person f*cked-up mixtape about love, motherhood, and violence. A fresh stab at Woyzeck that collides song and text, as the show pumps hot blood through the veins of theater’s favorite murder-victim. 9/7 thru 9/24. (here.org)
The Memory Exam (59E59 Theaters, Theater C, 59 E. 59th St.) Set in a future world where forgetting can be fatal, vigilante laws are in play as three people in their autumn years hire an expert to coach them for the perilous Memory Exam. Failure is almost all but certain, but the coach has a method that depends on how well they can recall their most enduring memory. 9/3 thru 9/25. (59e59.org)
Merrily We Roll Along (New York Theatre Workshop, 79 E. 4th St.) Spanning three showbiz decades, this Stephen Sondheim-George Furth musical charts the turbulent relationship between composer Franklin Shepard and his two lifelong friends—writer Mary and lyricist and playwright Charley. An inventive cult-classic ahead of its time, the show features some of Sondheim’s most celebrated and personal songs. Starring Daniel Radcliffe. 11/21 thru 1/21/23. (nytw.org)
Mister Miss America (Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place) It's the 86th Annual Miss Southwestern Virginia Pageant, and Derek Tyler Taylor is fightin' tooth and well-manicured nail to win the crown. But when the road to victory is bumpier than a sock fulla Skittles™, Derek must decide how dirty he's willing to play to make his lifelong dream come true. Written and performed by Neil D’Astolfo (Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News). Thru 8/7. (afo.nyc)
Mistresses: A New American Play (Theatre Row’s Theatre Four, 410 W. 42nd St.) Written and directed by Liz Linkewitz, this poignant solo piece, inspired by actual people, chronicles the infidelities which have shaped our country’s past, blurring the lines our society draws between the political and personal, morality and indecency, love and lust. 8/7 thru 8/13. (bfany.org/theatre-row)
The Near Disaster of Jasper & Casper (Theatre Row’s Theatre Five, 410 W. 42nd St.) Written and performed by Jason Woods, this fantastical new solo show/adult fairy tale finds Jasper setting out on a quest to find his true family. Along the way, he discovers a blunt witch, and an articulate dragon. As he gets closer to the truth, he confronts his fears, his brother Casper’s self-obsession, and a path to his own destiny. 8/24 thru 9/18. (bfany.org/theatre-row)
Next Wave Festival 2022 (Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn) Returning for the first time in three years, BAM brings back celebrated favorites and welcomes new and international artists for thrilling theater, music, and dance engagements. Visit website for full line up with info and dates. Running 7/16 thru 8/28. (BAM.org)
The Nosebleed (Lincoln Center Theaters’ Claire Tow Theater, 150 W. 65th St.) This intimate, darkly humorous autobiography explores playwright/director Aya Ogawa’s fractured relationship with their long-deceased father. Through a series of vignettes, Ogawa reveals the seemingly insurmountable cultural and generational gaps between child and father, and the questions they face in their own motherhood today. The play considers how we inherit and bequeath failure, and what it takes to forgive. Running 9/28 thru 2/22. (lct.org)
On That Day In Amsterdam (59E59 Theatres, Theatre A, 59 E. 59th St.) After a one-night stand in Amsterdam, a refugee from the Middle East wakes up next to an American backpacker. The two set off on a romantic journey through the city, counting down their remaining hours together as they discover the meaning of art, love, and loss. Running 7/23 thru 9/4. (primarystages.org)
Oresteia (Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave.) Aeschylus’ final play is a searing familial saga that examines the sins of a family over several decades and explores whether justice can ever really be done. Robert Icke‘s Olivier Award-winning adaptation of this moral dilemma comes to the Armory for its North American premiere following sold-out runs in London’s West End. Running 6/9 thru 8/13. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Our Man in Santiago (AMT Theater, 354 W. 45th St.) In this comic spy thriller, a CIA agent and his naive but brilliant protégé clash over the best way to overthrow the president of Chile. Pulling the strings from the shadows are the bickering puppet masters Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger. Spies, double-crosses, intrigue, and murder are all on the bill. From 9/13. (amttheater.org)
The Panic of ‘29 (59E59 Theaters, Theater B, 59 E. 59th St.) In this dark screwball comedy about the stock market crash 1929, Dot, secretary for the VP of the New York Stock Exchange, skips town with a band of misfits and embarks on a decades-spanning journey involving financiers, lounge singers, crime novelists, cops, hobos, vigilantes, beekeepers, and even the French. Thru 8/20. (59e59.org)
Patience (Second Stage Theater’s McGinn/Cazale Theater, 2162 Broadway) In this sports-inspired fantasia, professional solitaire player is one of the best, but he’s ready to retire and settle into a perfect new house with is husband-to-be. He’s just got to hold it together through one final, career-defining match. 8/2 thru 8/16. (2ST.com)
peerless (59E59 Theatres, Theatre A, 59 E. 59th St.) A darkly comedic twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth set in the cutthroat world of elite college admissions. The story centers on twin Asian-American siblings who have given up everything to get into The College. When another classmate claims what they feel is rightfully “their spot,” the twins decide they have only one option: murder. Running 9/24 thru 11/6. (primarystages.org)
Photo by Jeremy Daniel.
The Play That Goes Wrong (New World Stages/Stage 4, 340 W. 50th St.) (2 hrs.) A madcap hybrid of Monty Python and Sherlock Holmes, this award-winning comedy is bringing down the house—literally—Off-Broadway. It’s opening night of The Murder at Haversham Manor where an unconscious leading lady, corpse that can’t play dead, and actors who trip over everything are only some of the hilarious mishaps. (broadwaygoeswrong.com)
Plays for the Plague Year (Joe’s Pub at The Pubic Theater, 425 Lafayette St.) During the pandemic lockdown, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks set out to write a play every day, resulting in a chronicle of our collective experience – at once a personal story of one family’s daily lives as well as an account of what we faced a city, a nation and a global community. 11/4 thru 11/27. (publictheater.org)
THE PUPPET CYCLE: Small World Stories (Manhattan West; Zuccotti Park; Brooklyn Commons) This series of new mobile puppet performances features a trio of original family-friendly marionette plays by Dipika Guha and Jen Silverman that will travel between properties via a specially adapted cargo bike with a solar-powered, moveable stage. Thru 8/21. (octopustheatricals.com)
Radio Macbeth (NYU Skirball, 566 LaGuardia Pl. at Washington Sq.) Late at night in an abandoned theater, actors circle around a rehearsal table, moving through Shakespeare’s magnetic play, while around them hover the ghosts of all previous productions. The actors cling to the sanity of words while the chaos of history grows to be undeniably present with them in the room. Inspired by Orson Welles’ Mercury Theatre on the Air. 10/20 thru 10/22. (nyuskirball.org)
A Raisin in the Sun (Pubic Theater, 425 Lafayette St.) In this innovative new production of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic drama, Lena Younger is ready to use her late husband’s life insurance to move her family out of their cramped Chicago apartment, however her son, Walter Lee, has other ideas. 9/27 thru 11/6. (publictheater.org)
Rakugo (New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St.) Master Storyteller Katsura Sunshine returns to New York with his acclaimed work. With a minimal set, Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in a kimono, kneeling on a cushion, and using only a fan and a hand towel for props; Sunshine entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by traditional stories. (rakugo.lol)
Randy’s Dandy Coaster Castle (A.R.T./New York Theatres, 502 West 53rd St.) The complex and darkly comedic lives of five coworkers doing their best to hold a scrappy amusement park together. Working at Randy's is no joke, but this little piece of life, detailing the experience of a day job that's also killing you, is too funny and relatable not to leave you laughing through the cringe. 8/23 thru 9/2. (eggandspoontheatre.org)
Romeo and Juliet (New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St.) Set in the contemporary chaos of a Southern city steeped in class and racial conflict, two star-crossed souls collide and fall fast in love, only to take their own lives in a tragic twist of fate. A fresh look at Shakespeare’s cataclysmic romance. Playing in repertory with the Three Musketeers. 11/11 thru 11/20. (newvictory.org)
Sesame Street the Musical (Theater Row, 410 W. 42nd St.) Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby, Grover, Rosita, Bert, Ernie, Oscar the Grouch, The Count, Gabrielle, and a host of Honkers, Martians and other favorites appear onstage in their very own musical! Special guest stars from Broadway and beyond join the gang in this unique show featuring Sesame Street’s classic songs and new numbers created especially for this production. 9/8 thru 11/27. (sesamestreetmusical.com)
Photo by Molly Broxton.
Shut UP, Emily Dickinson (Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St.) Tanya O’Debra’s dark comedic play is a pseudo-historical, quasi-biographical, hysterically existential, sadomasochistic psycho-romance about America's most brilliant and annoying poetess. Holed up for all eternity in the bedroom of our minds, “the woman in white” stretches into a projection screen for truths, half-truths, truthiness, and truth-less-ness. Thru 8/13. (bfany.org/theatre-row)
Simon and His Shoes (The Tank, 312 W. 36th St.) In this family-friendly show, a pair of shoes walk out on their owner, Simon, because he doesn’t wear them. With his little sister, Izzy, Simon chases after them and they find themselves on an adventure into a world of larger-than-life characters and increasingly bizarre situations. Featuring original puppets by The Ladies of Mischief. 10/1 thru 10/30. (thetanknyc.org)
Sistas! The Musical (Actors Temple Theatre, 339 W. 47th St.) After a matriarch’s death, the women in the family clean Grandma’s attic and find love and old memories packed away, and in the process, hit tunes that trace the history of Black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the girl groups of the '60s to the empowerment of the '90s. Featuring 40 hit songs by such black legends as Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, Alicia Keys, and The Supremes. (sistasthemusical.com)
Photo by Robin Roemer.
Sleep No More (McKittrick Hotel, 530 W. 27th St.) This award-winning theatrical experience tells Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Macbeth through a darkly cinematic lens. Audiences move freely through the epic world of the story at their own pace, choosing where to go and what to see, ensuring that everyone’s journey is different and unique.(mckittrickhotel.com)
Stomp (Orpheum Theatre, 126 Second Ave.) (1 hr., 45 mins.) “For us, Stomp has always been about connecting with the audience, having a shared experience with them and celebrating rhythm together. We can’t wait to bring Stomp and New York audiences back together again,” says show co-creators Steve McNicholas and Luke Cresswell. Clearly, the exuberance of cacophony has returned. (stomponline.com)
Straight Line Crazy (The Shed, 545 W. 30th St.) David Hare’s new play offers an imagined retelling of the arc of Robert Moses’s (Ralph Fiennes) controversial career in two decisive moments: his rise to power in the late 1920s and the public outcry against the corrosive effects of that power in the mid-1950s. It homes in on the power Moses had to manipulate and intimate his way to remaking the city’s parks, bridges and expressways, often at the expenses of disempowered New Yorkers. 10/18 thru 12/18. (theshed.org)
Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical (Playhouse 46 at St. Luke’s, 308 W. 46th St.) A wild send-up of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things. Take a trip back to Hawkins, Indiana, 1983, when times were simpler, hair was bigger, and unsupervised kids were getting snatched by inter-dimensional creatures. Get ready for a night of pubescent angst, heavy synth, poor parenting, convoluted love triangles, cheap effects, and dancing monsters. 9/12 thru 1/1/23. (strangersings.com)
SUGAR HILL The Ellington/Strayhorn Nutcracker (New York City Center, 131 W. 55th St.) A jazz-steeped reimagining of the beloved classic ballet, the show celebrates the music and magic of the jazz heartbeat of Harlem in Sugar Hill. Based on the genre-defying collaboration of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, the production shines a light on the beauty of diversity and power of individuality. 11/15 thru 11/27. (nycitycenter.org)
Teacher! Teacher! or PS I Love You (Free performances tour parks in Manhattan and other boroughs.) This original musical tells the story of two teachers and a beleaguered principal in an underserved neighborhood. Featuring music ranging from bossa nova to hip hop to musical comedy, the show offers a joyride through the undulations of the body politic, with astute commentary couched in satire, song and slapstick. 8/6 thru 9/18. (theaterforthenewcity.net)
The Three Musketeers (New Victory Theater, 209 W. 42nd St.) Serving swagger, style and swordplay, The Acting Company mashes up waltz with spoken word and high court drama with high fashion hip-hop in this new adaptation based on the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Playing in repertory with Romeo and Juliet. 11/12 thru 11/27. (newvictory.org)
Titanique (Asylum Theatre, 306 W. 26th St.) A musical celebration that turns one of the greatest love stories of all time into a hysterical and joyful slay-fest. Want to find out what really happened to Jack and Rose on that fateful night? Leave it to Céline Dion to casually hijack a Titanic Museum tour and enchant the audience with her totally wild take, recharting the course of Titanic’s beloved moments and characters with her iconic song catalog. Thru 9/25. (housesonthemoon.org)
To My Girls (Second Stage’s Tony Kiser Theater, 305 W. 43rd St.) For one tight group of gay men, a post-pandemic getaway is the perfect chance to reunite, reclaim their time, and replace the gloom with some gossip. But as soon as the drinks start pouring, truths start spilling and this chosen family quickly realizes the world has changed. (2ST.com)
Trevor (Stage 42, 422 W. 42nd St.) In this timely musical, 13-year-old Trevor struggles with what it means to become a teenager, including the challenges of harnessing his imagination and homing in on just how to fit in. (trevorthemusical.com)
Two Jews Talking (Theatre at St. Clement’s, 423 W. 46th St.) Two one-act plays bring Lou and Bud together in the Biblical past, and Phil and Marty together in contemporary Long Island. They philosophize about women, sex, food, the divine, and destiny in this tale of companionship and friendship. Starring Tony and Emmy winner Hal Linden (The Rothschilds; Barney Miller) and TV star Bernie Kopell (The Love Boat). From 8/20. (stclementsnyc.org)
An Unbalanced Mind (AMT Theater, 354 W. 45th St.) A five-character revue featuring a collection of Mark Tapper (Sessions) songs—some new, some of which have been seen in his Off-Broadway shows. Running in repertory with Love Quirks. Thru 8/23. (amttheater.org)
The Unbelieving (59E59 Theaters, Theater B, 59 E. 59th St.) A penetrating look into the lives of practicing clergy members of all faiths who have stopped believing in God. Using their actual words, obtained during a groundbreaking study, the play looks at their struggles, courage, and humor as they decide whether to continue in secret or risk everything by telling the truth. 10/20 thru 11/20. (59e59.org)
Under the Dragon’s Tail, 4 Short Plays (Matthew Corozine Studio Theater, 357 W. 36th St.) Snakes, myths, space, and self-help gurus collide in four tragicomic short plays by playwright/director Isaac Byrne. The works – some silly, some searing --are thematically linked by our country’s growing mental health epidemic and our burgeoning relationship with self-help platitudes. 7/20 thru 8/14. (theatre4thepeople.org)
Under the Radar Festival (Pubic Theater, 425 Lafayette St.) The Public Theater’s UTR 2023 is built around the enormous changes in theater and performance since 2020. Joyous, outrageous, witty, and powerful, the festival is partnering with stages across the city to highlight and celebrate the innovation and provocation of national and international artists. 1/4 thru 1/22/23. (publictheater.org)
United Solo Festival 2022 (Theatre Row’s Studio Theatre, 410 W. 42nd St.) The world’s largest solo theatre festival returns with a roster of works from artists both here and abroad. Spanning drama, comedy, music, poetry, movement, and spoken word, this season, topics range from family stories to allegories for the issues facing our world today. 10/3 thru 11/20. (bfany.org/theatre-row)
Vatican Falls (The Tank, 312 W. 36th St.) Based on factual accounts and event this multi-genre, non-linear play examines the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal and the Church’s complicity, while telling real survivor stores and exploring the fictional journey of one particular survivor. 10/27 thru 11/20. (thetanknyc.org)
Where the Mountain Meets the Sea (New York City Center, Stage I, 131 W. 55th St.) A Haitian immigrant travels from Miami to California on a once-in-a-lifetime road trip. Years later, his son makes the same journey in reverse. Along the way, blurring the lines of time, these two finally discover common ground and make a connection that has eluded them for decades. Featuring a script by Jeff Augustin and live folk songs from The Bengsons. 10/1 thru 11/27. (manhattantheatreclub.com)
Where We Belong (Pubic Theater, 425 Lafayette St.) In this intimate solo piece, Mohegan theatre-maker Madeline Sayet asks what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world. Moving between England at the height of Brexit and the U.S., she finds comfort in the journeys of her Native ancestors who had to cross the ocean in the 1700s to help her people. 10/28 thru 11/27. (publictheater.org)
The Winter’s Tale (Irondale Center, 85 South Oxford St., Brooklyn) Bedlam continues its 10th anniversary season with this Shakespearean work that’s playing in repertory with a new adaptation of Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. 10/5 thru 11/20. (bedlam.org)
You Will Get Sick (Laura Pel Theatre, Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, 111 W. 45th St.) In this humane and piercing new play by Noah Diaz, Tony winner Linda Lavin stars as an older woman hired to break the news of a young man’s life-changing diagnosis to his family and friends—thus setting in motion a series of events that will reshape both their lives. 11/6 thru 12/11. (roundabouttheatre.org)
Be sure to check websites for Covid-related performance cancellations before heading to the theatre, and do have a back-up show or two on your must-see radar!
For the latest news on Broadway scheduling and cancellations, check out this great resource from the Broadway League.
Vaccination and Mask Policy for Broadway Shows in NYC
The owners and operators of all 41 Broadway theatres in New York City have adopted a “mask optional” policy for the month of August. Audience members are still encouraged to wear masks in theatres (some theatre policies may still require masks of audience members).
Audience masking protocols for August and beyond will be evaluated on a monthly basis as we continue to monitor the science and will be announced in mid-July.
For more information regarding safety and safety protocols, please consult your show’s official website or the website of the theatre you are planning to visit. Please verify the theatre policies and requirements before making your purchase.
More information is available here.—The Broadway League Sq..S