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Hedwig And The Angry Inch - brilliantly innovative, heartbreaking and wickedly funny, John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask's landmark American musical is now the winner of four 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Tony Award nominee Andrew Rannells and Tony winner Lena Hall star as "internationally ignored song stylist" Hedwig Robinson and her companion Yitzhak. Hedwig brings her fourth-wall-smashing rock 'n' roll saga to New York to set the record straight about her life and loves. Don't miss Hedwig And The Angry Inch.
Jean Valjean, released on parole after 19 years on the chain gang, finds that the 'ticket-of-leave' he must display by law, condemns him to be an outcast. Only the saintly Bishop of Digne treats him kindly and Valjean, embittered by years of hardship, repays him by stealing some silver. Valjean is caught and brought back by the police, and is astonished when the Bishop lies to save him, also giving him two precious candlesticks.Valjean decides to start his life anew. Things go well but 8 years l
The story of a very bright and rebellious little girl, with special powers. Matilda’s parents, Mr and Mrs Wormwood, have no time for her and treat her as a nuisance. She spends most of her time reading books from the library astonishingly quickly, whilst they watch the telly and Mr Wormwood sells dodgy used cars. At school things are no better as despite the care and support of her teacher, the lovely Miss Honey, Matilda has to contend with the terrifying headmistress Miss Trunchbull who rules the school with cruelty and fear. Matilda fights against the injustices at home and at school. Eventually she decides the grown-ups should be taught a lesson and in the process discovers her supernatural powers.
The worldwide phenomenon Fifty Shades of Grey has captivated audiences across the globe. So, clearly the time has come for a musical parody of it. 50 Shades! The Musical is a hilarious, sexy romp featuring dance numbers, songs and a live band ready to bring the steamy words to vivid life. A hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 50 Shades! makes for an unexpectedly funny roller-coaster ride through the book, featuring original songs like "They Get Nasty" and "There's a Hole Inside of Me." You won't want to miss this laugh-out-loud mix of music, comedy and sexual shenanigans.
An innocent young boy accidentally discovers his father's secret collection of X-rated video tapes in comedian Andrew Goffman's The Accidental Pervert. The boy watches the tapes, of course, leading him to grow up addicted to porn. In this show, Goffman takes you along on a hilarious and self-deprecating journey through a world of video vixens, X-rated fantasies and dirty movies that he discovered at age 11 and that controlled him until age 26, the year he met his wife.
The grandest of grand operas, Giuseppe Verdi's Aida strikes a brilliant balance of spectacular pageantry and emotional intimacy, all of which you'll enjoy with an included glass of Champagne. Composed at the request of the King of Egypt for the opening of the Suez Canal in 1871, the opera tells the tragic tale of a love triangle in which an enslaved Ethiopian princess' love for the military leader Radames is doomed by his selection as the future groom of the Pharaoh's daughter. Marco Armiliato conducts and Marjorie Owens and Tamara Wilson share the title role in these performances, sung in Italian with Met titles in English, German, Italian and Spanish.
For actors, fighting on stage can be much more difficult than fighting in a movie. There are no second takes, no chances to slap on a Band-Aid if someone gets nicked. Expert stage fighting is a joy to watch, and you'll see plenty of that at New York's 13th Street Repertory Company in Antioch. This new play tackles the question of whether a warrior can get into heaven, placing an Iraq War veteran at the pearly gates alongside a Christian and a Muslim from the Crusades. And that's when the debate, and the fighting, begins.
After a six-year run at Broadway's Golden Theatre, the massively popular, Tony-winning adult puppet musical Avenue Q now calls New World Stages its home. Full of humor and hummable tunes, Avenue Q is a hilarious look at life in New York, featuring a fantastic cast of people and puppets. In its Broadway debut, Avenue Q scored the "Triple Crown" of Tony wins, grabbing honors for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book. The lovable cast of characters, both flesh and felt, includes recent college grad Princeton, who moves to Avenue Q full of hope for the future, Kate (the girl/monster next door), and the colorful collection of neighbors who help Princeton discover his purpose in life.
Ben's Rimalower (Patti Issues) suffers from an addiction that has driven him to extreme lengths all his life. His new one-man play Bad With Money -- opening at New York's The Duplex -- examines his harrowing struggle with spending beyond his means. And we're not just talking about eating ramen as a result of a costly limited edition sneaker fetish, or a penchant for luxury wares. Rimalower's journey has taken him through drug addiction, prostitution, fraud and multiple betrayals. In this gripping play-by-play of some his biggest mistakes and their consequences, he offers a no-holds-barred self-portrait of an addict.
Grab your caffeine pills, giant cell phone and acid-washed jeans because Saved by the Bell is back in an unauthorized parody starring Dustin Diamond. Produced by National Lampoon, Zack Morris, Kelly Kapowski, Screech, Slater and the rest of the gang get up to their old hijinks in this hilarious show that's been called "Saved by the Bell meets The Book of Mormon." It's a tacky, wacky romp that finally answers the burning questions leftover from that beloved Saturday-morning sitcom, like will Zack and Kelly break up? Can Slater quit wrestling? Does Screech die? Now you can find out thanks to Bayside! The Musical! Plus, after each performance you'll have the chance to meet the cast.
New York City is currently facing a bed bug scourge. But who's sticking up for those annoying little mattress pests? Cheekily described as "a vulgar hemoglobic fantasy with lofty intent," Bed Bugs and Beyond gives voice to a host of sympathetic bug characters -- including a victimized female bed bug fighting to correct injustices, a bed bug of questionable gender and a male bed bug fueled by testosterone poisoning -- along with a self-proclaimed "exterminating angel." With their second-class status and perceived "perverse" sex lives, this original play slyly draws metaphorical parallels between the vitriol with which we speak about bed bugs and the political attacks currently being waged against women and members of the LGBT community.
Returning to New York City's The Duplex, this hilarious, highly personal solo show explores playwright-performer Ben Rimalower's journey of self-discovery. When his father came out of the closet and began taking drugs, Rimalower found comfort in musical theater, especially in the transportive voice and larger-than-life personality of Broadway legend Patti LuPone. With a mix of comic irreverence, stark candor and show-biz bravado, Patti Issues poignantly examines the challenges facing LGBT families while shining a light on gay men's fascination with divas. The show has garnered rave reviews from numerous luminaries of the theatre world, including Tony Kushner, Alan Cummings and Patti LuPone herself.
Based on the beloved series of children's books, the Berenstain Bears come to life on stage, singing, dancing and just having a honey of a good time. Of course, Mother Bear is there to help her brood overcome some issues: Brother Bear needs to get his grades up, Sister Bear needs help making new friends, and Papa Bear needs to take a serious break from the junk food. Aimed at cubs ages 2 to 10, older folks who remember the books from their own childhood will have a great time as well. Plus, after each performance, there's a chance for face-painting and picture-taking with the bear-y cool stars of the show.
Stephen Adly Guirgis made waves in 2011 with the Broadway hit The Motherf**ker With the Hat, a critical and commercial hit that was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Play. Now the buzzworthy playwright ups the ante with his latest work, the dark comedy Between Riverside and Crazy, which comes to Second Stage Theatre after a sold-out summer run at Atlantic Theater Company. Encompassing a world that's "south of cozy and north of dangerous, west of sitcom and due east of tragedy" (The New York Times), Between Riverside and Crazy centers around ex-cop and recent widower Walter "Pops" Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, whose shared struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests and a final ultimatum.
Under the Big Apple Circus Big Top, you're never more than 50 feet from the oohs, ahhs and WOWS! of the circus troupe's all-new show, Metamorphosis. This circus spectacular packs the ring with more thrills, more magic and more animals than ever before. Aerialists will swoop and swirl, horses will parade and clowns -- including the beloved Francesco -- will amuse and captivate. Backed by the Big Apple Circus Band, John Kennedy Kane, the circus' famed ringmaster, keeps things merry and moving during this wondrous show. So "step right up" to the cutting-edge wonders and age-old pleasures of Metamorphosis.
Married for 27 years and making people laugh for just as long, performers and real-life interracial couple Epstein and Hassan, known as "The Black and The Jew" have shared their hilarious and provocative thoughts on race, sex, politics and relationships in award-winning stage productions (She's Black, He's Jewish, They're Married, Oy Vey!) and through an acclaimed podcast. Now, they present their newest show, The Black and The Jew Go Buddhist, the funniest and most outrageous distillation yet of their personal-yet-surprisingly-universal insights. Laugh and learn as the secrets to a happy relationship are revealed by this duo beloved by such comedy icons as Joan Rivers, Jerry Stiller and Dan Aykroyd.
Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group's shows have been described by critics as "innovative," "energetic" and "wildly entertaining." But the only way to truly understand Blue Man Group's global popularity is to see the show for yourself.
Based on a book by Christopher Isherwood and featuring a score by Kander & Ebb, Cabaret tells the story of a seedy nightclub in 1930’s Berlin where a young English performer strikes up a relationship with an American writer, all while a zealous Master of Ceremonies commands the action at the Kit Kat Klub.
From the moment its central family of feathered friends hatch from their vibrantly yellow eggs, Can Do Duck: The Musical proves to be a whimsical romp with a powerfully emotional message about believing in yourself and pursuing your dreams. Based on a beloved series of children's books, this frisky production follows both a family of ducks and a family of humans as they learn to love each other despite their differences. Along the way, irresistibly catchy show tunes and delightful dance numbers will motivate and inspire your little ones, and if sitting in the front row, they might just get pulled into the action! Making its Off-Broadway debut at New York's wonderfully intimate Lynn Redgrave Theater, Can Do Duck: The Musical could be entertaining viewers of all ages for years to come.
A prize-winning performer and recording artist, Latvian mezzo soprano Elina Garanca and French tenor Roberto Alagna reprise their roles from 2010's Carmen. The Met's latest staging of Richard Eyre's acclaimed production is set to be conducted by Louis Langrée. Filled with passion, jealousy, drama and death, Georges Bizet's classic opera revolves around a beautiful but hot-tempered Spanish gypsy girl who seduces a young corporal named Don José. The naive young man gives up everything for her, leaving his former love, rebelling against his superiors and joining a gang of smugglers. But when Carmen tires of him and moves on to the bullfighter Escamillo, Don José is driven by betrayal and jealousy to exact violent revenge. The French composer's score includes the instantly recognizable "The Toreador Song," Carmen's habanera and more.
Based on the character Casey from the cult film Basket Case, Casey: 30 Years Later! catches up with the bartender three decades after the events of the film. Written by and starring Beverly Bonner, who played Casey in the horror movie, this bawdy live comedy captures the twisted spirit of the original film. Frank Henenlotter's Basket Case followed the exploits of formerly conjoined twin brothers, one of whom was a hideously deformed monster carried in a basket. Flash forward 30 years and Casey is still slinging drinks in the East Village while also running a call-girl service for aging prostitutes. She's surrounded by a cast of vulgar characters including the Sexy Senior Hookers, dumb waitresses, fans of the cult movie and her old friend Hands in the Basket.
Catch Me offers awesome acrobatics and astonishing aerial acts in a performance that's been specially adapted for individuals with autism and sensory sensitivity. This talented troupe from Quebec City bounces their way through some of the best circus routines in the world, including hula hoop acrobatics, juggling and lyra (aerial hoops). In order to make the show more accessible to individuals on the autism spectrum, they've lowered the sound in the production and staff will warn you of any upcoming loud noises. Lights in the seating area will be dimmed rather than fully dark and a relaxed atmosphere allows you to talk and vocalize as you wish, as well as leave and re-enter the seating area as needed.
It is March 1946. In the past year, Winston Churchill has led Britain and the Allies to victory in the European Theatre of World War II. He has also shockingly been defeated for re-election as Prime Minister. Sitting in forced retirement with his wife Clementine at their Chartwell home, Churchill receives an invitation from President Harry Truman to speak in the States at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, where he will deliver his legendary, emphatic 'Iron Curtain' speech. He arrives in Fulton to an informal and esoteric gathering of friends and supporters, and shares his life in flashback and in storytelling. Experience the man who famously proclaimed, 'I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.' In Churchill, the influential Nobel Prize laureate discusses his failures and his successes; his love of art, liquor and women; and the bravery of Britain's finest hour.
See the classic fairy tale come to life on stage in the intimate Players Theatre. In this musical adaptation by Michael Sgouros & Brenda Bell, the beautiful but put-upon Cinderella must toil all day under the smirking demands of her awful stepsisters -- and then sleep among the cinders come night. Cinderella finds a way to make it to the Prince's ball, though, and even manages to capture his heart. Yes, she loses one of her shoes in the process, but what she gains is more precious than all the gold in the kingdom. Before the one-hour musical begins, you and your family can participate in interactive arts workshops where you'll learn about the original book and how it was brought to the stage. Kids can even make their own pumpkin carriage and magic wand to take home as a souvenir.
If you're old enough to remember the hit TV show Little House on the Prairie, or even caught the syndicated reruns, you likely felt the same hatred that everyone else did for the nasty Nellie Oleson -- the biggest bitch the Western prairie had ever seen. Now all grown up (and no bitch), Alison Arngrim brings her hit one-woman show to New York. In Confessions of a Prairie Bitch, Alison talks about surviving seven years of being one of the most despised characters on television, and pulls back the curtain on the beloved family show as she recounts her most cherished and often hilarious behind-the-scenes stories from the Little House set, including her experiences growing up in an eccentric Hollywood family.
From JDate to Holy Communion to Ricky's Strip Club, and from pole dancing to drunk yoga to sharp shooting, Dating, Depression, & Dirtbags: A Love Story explores all avenues of where and how not to meet a potential mate. A one-woman show written and performed by Elza Zagreda (Corn Bread and Feta Cheese: Growing Up Fat and Albanian, Divorce Albanian Style!), Dating finds its heroine strapping on her stilettos and reentering single life in the wake of a disastrous relationship. By turns funny and touching, Dating is painfully real and hilariously relatable at Stage Left Studio.
Brilliant author Oscar Wilde was exiled from England to Paris after his so-called "indecency" led to a notorious trial and incarceration. Financially struggling, Wilde's only recourse was to accept public speaking engagements. Fortunately, his appeal was undeniable, as most onlookers viewed him as a curiosity of decadence and debauchery. In playwright John Gay's Diversions and Delights, Wilde speaks to his audience about his life, his work and his love for Lord Alfred Douglas. Playing at Stage Left Studio in New York City, this one-man show starring Craig Dudley is outrageous, funny and touching.
This world-premiere satire, making its debut at New York's Frigid Festival, peels away yet another mask hiding the true face of the Phantom of the Opera, to explore the 21st-century's continuing obsession with youth and beauty. Set at a carnival freak show, Erik incorporates the darker side of the puppetry arts as it retells its timeless tale of obsessive love, first seen in the novel by Leroux, then on film with the legendary Lon Chaney and of course, in the blockbuster musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber. This Rising Sun Performance Company production, written by John Patrick Bray, comes to the stage at the Kraine Theater.
1. Ice cream, 2. Water fights, 3. Things with stripes, 4. Christopher Walken's voice, 5. Rollercoasters. In Every Brilliant Thing, a young boy attempts to ease his mother's depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Everything worth living for. Through adulthood, as the list grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. Every Brilliant Thing is a new play about depression and the lengths we will go for those we love.
Fabulous!, the high-spirited high seas musical romp, is extending its run after wowing audiences and receiving critical praise last season. The production -- dubbed "The Queen of New Musical Comedies" -- follows two down-on-their-luck female impersonators who must keep their cool and concoct a little Some Like It Hot-style confusion while aboard a cruise ship. The cast includes Josh Kenney and Nick Morrett as the two "dames at sea," Adam Kemmerer as the iconic Hollywood film-star and Jane Aquilina as the ship's lovable cruise director. Produced by Roy Nevans, John Lant and FABCO Productions in association with Write Act Repertory and Tamra Pica, Fabulous! features a book and lyrics by Dan Derby, music by Michael Rheault and is directed by Rick Hamilton with choreography by Mary Lauren.
The strange-but-true story of Jennie Gourlay, an actress whose dreams of stardom on the stage of Ford's Theater were shattered by Lincoln's assassination, becomes entertainingly intertwined with that of Billy Hipkins, a current-day performer who also somehow missed his shot at the big-time. An award-winner at several solo theater festivals, the one-man show For the Benefit of Miss Jennie Gourlay stars Hipkins, a Broadway actor and costumer who's convinced that his strong identification with Gourlay might be karmically tied to their status as showbiz "also-rans." This entertaining history-comedy mash-up appears at Tribeca's Walkerspace.
Monty Navarro has just received some really great news! He's a long-lost member of a noble family and could become the next Earl of Highhurst. There are only eight minor issues, namely the other relatives who precede him in line for the title. So Monty does what any ambitious, highborn gentleman would do: he sets out to eliminate them one by one, all while juggling his mistress (she is after more than just love), his fiancee (she's his cousin, but who's keeping track?), plus the constant threat of landing behind bars! But it will all be worth it if he can slay his way into Highhurst Castle... and be done in time for tea.
The music of Ghost Opera enshrouds you like a spectral mist on a dark night: If the underworld has a soundtrack, this may well be it. Though Ghost Opera is a work for string quartet and pipa (Chinese lute) with special effects made by water, metal, stones and paper, the description does little to convey how all-encompassing the piece feels. You don't listen to this seminal work by composer Tan Dun ... so much as you are pulled down deep inside it, descending to a netherworld where European traditions meet East shamanic ritual, where shadow puppetry, visual art, classical and folk music merge and undergo fascinating permutations. Take the journey when the Momenta Quartet, joined by pipa virtuoso Zhou Yi, performs this spooky fusion of drama and music at Flushing Town Hall.
In a springtime offering of uplifting works, Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presents Grant Us Peace, an orchestral and choral concert featuring soul-stirring compositions by Mozart and Vaughn Williams. Presented at the world-famous Carnegie Hall, this sumptuous evening concert launches directly into Mozart's triumphant Mass in C Major, K. 317, popularly known as the Coronation Mass. Then the concert pushes a century and a half forward with British composer Vaughan Williams' impassioned cantata Dona nobis pacem. Written between the World Wars in 1936, Vaughan Williams' melodic plea for peace not only draws from the traditional mass, but also from a trio of powerful poems by Walt Whitman.
After stumbling upon an outdoor production of a Shakespeare play in Manhattan, landscaper Bob Malone decides to try his hand at writing, inspired to craft a play about his troubled marriage. That sets the stage for Marc Palmieri's warm comedy The Groundling, in which Bob hires two skeptical New York theatre pros to spend a week at his home and develop the play with a cast of everyday actors. Meditating on the final moments of Love's Labour's Lost, this heartfelt work explores the surprising effects a play can have on the most unsuspecting, and most deserving, of us all.
With Nazi power growing by the day, and their beloved Berlin turning strange and hostile, a Jewish family must decide whether to leave Germany in A Happy End, the gripping new play from Iddo Netanyahu. His father a legendary scholar, his brother current Prime Minister of Israel, Netanyahu draws on his own background in creating this remarkable fictional family and its struggle to decide whether Germany's traditions of art, science and democracy will survive Hitler's increasingly brutal rise to power. Feel the pressure and poignancy of their dilemma during the New York premiere of this illuminating exploration of self-delusion, memory and hope. Abingdon Theatre Company, famed for staging numerous world premieres, presents A Happy End directed by Alex Dmitriev.
Margaret Morrison's provocative love story, Home in Her Heart, returns to New York City's Stage Left starring Morrison and once again directed by Cheryl King, but this time with a new production, script and award-winning co-star Ava Jenkins. Set in London in 1939, Home in Her Heart explores the loving bond between lesbian couple Jimmie and Claire, a white male impersonator and a black pianist, as they prepare to return to the U.S. Though they've lived and performed together as a nightclub act for several years, the looming war and the racial and homophobic hatred they'll undoubtedly face at home threatens to derail their relationship.
When a story begins with animal sacrifice, you know you're in for an interesting night of theater. In this NYC premiere of the twisted and sharp-witted satire -- written by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb and directed by Wall Street Journal's Director of the Year, Eric Tucker -- Pam and Richard are hosting their annual dinner date with best friends Wendy and Tom. But things are going to get a bit weird this year. From its animal sacrifice shocker this pitch black comedy moves on to dabble in sex, violence, deception, dancing and wrestling. Lines will be crossed on the stage of the historic Duo Theatre in the heart of The East Village. And yes, lines will also be blurred -- particularly those between our modern sense of civility and our more primal urges. Only time will tell if everyone in the award-winning Hunter Gatherers will make it to dessert ...
Not only does your ticket to The Imbible come with three free craft cocktails (yes, you read that right -- three!), but you also get to spend the evening in the company of world-renowned mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale for a booze-fueled journey through the history of spirits and cocktails. Joined by The Backwaiters, who lend their vocal stylings to the show, The Imbible is filled with music, drinks, science, live demonstrations, drinks, history, comedy and ... did we mention drinks? (You'd better plan on taking the subway home.) Unfolding in an authentic New York speakeasy that was once home to the notorious Tammany Society, you do not want to miss this intoxicating show in the Huron Club at the SoHo Playhouse.
What happens after "happily ever after?" This McCarter Theatre Center and Fiasco Theater production of Stephen Sondheim's Tony-winning musical Into The Woods skillfully interweaves and reimagines several classic fairy tales into one epic story that goes beyond the happy endings to show what happens when a fairy tale world gets real. It's a fresh twist on the Brothers Grimm that brings together Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack (of beanstalk fame), a Baker, his Wife and, of course, the Witch. But this time around, the beloved storybook characters take on startling complexity as they discover that wishes come with a price. Sondheim's score features such unforgettable songs as "No One Is Alone," "Children Will Listen" and "Giants in the Sky."
It’s opening night of Peter Austin's (Matthew Broderick) new play as he anxiously awaits to see if his show is a hit. With his career on the line, he shares his big First Night with his best friend, a television star (Nathan Lane), his fledgling producer (Megan Mullally), his erratic leading lady (Stockard Channing), his wunderkind director, an infamous drama critic, and a wide-eyed coat check attendant on his first night in Manhattan. It’s alternately raucous, ridiculous and tender — reminding audiences why there’s no business like show business. Thank God!
For more than 30 years, James Van Praagh has conducted lively chats with dead people. As an intermediary for those on the "other side," the amiable Van Praagh has traveled the world, relaying the departeds' astonishing, detail-filled messages to those still here on earth. Since sharing his gift on Oprah and Larry King Live, this psychic medium has become a cultural phenomenon and ubiquitous presence on TV and radio. He has written best-selling books (Ghosts Among Us, Talking to Heaven and Healing Grief), hosted his own talk show and served as the inspiration for the hit CBS series, Ghost Whisperer. Now James Van Praagh brings his message of life beyond death to Queens in An Evening of Spirit. Witness his remarkable skills and uncannily accurate revelations firsthand at Queensborough Performing Arts Center.
Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family's shoe factory in Northern England following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag performer named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalizes the failing business, while stepping out from their fathers' shadows and transforming an entire community through the power of acceptance.
New York City's longest-running variety burlesque show, Le Scandal is an authentic, edgy and sexy cabaret featuring comic, classic and neo-burlesque, circus and variety acts, live music and more. Le Scandal's performers include the wildly talented likes of a sword-swallowing belly dancer, a contortionist, a lasso-trick cowboy, a sexy juggler comedian, a trapeze striptease artist and countless other exciting, titillating acts. You can even participate in the Le Scandal Sex Quiz to win fun burlesque prizes.
French Romantic composer Jacques Offenbach never finished his 1881 opera, Les Contes D'Hoffmann, but its witty libretto and wonderful score have made it popular around the world. Based on the works of the writer E.T.A. Hoffmann, the story finds a young French poet pining after the prima donna who's performing next door to his local tavern. While he waits for her show to end, he reminisces over three of his lost loves, in fanciful stories featuring a beautiful automaton, a voice from the dead and a scheming courtesan. The "Barcarole" is the most famed of its musical highlights and appears in the film Titanic. Les Contes D'Hoffmann is sung in French with Met titles in English, German and Spanish.
A baseball fan, a handsome young man, a middle-aged woman, her milquetoast husband and a philosopher wait in a Line -- for what, it's not exactly clear -- in this classic absurdist comedy-drama by prolific playwright Israel Horovitz (Park Your Car in Harvard Yard). Their subsequent jockeying for position creates a biting satire on the American desire to get ahead at all costs. Line is New York's longest-running Off-Off-Broadway play, opening in 1974 and running continuously ever since. It's also kicked off many a career, including that of Richard Dreyfuss, Chazz Palminteri, John Cazale and Christopher Meloni. Obie Award-winning Horovitz is not only the most-produced American playwright in French theater history, but he's also the father of Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz.
Singer-songwriter Benjamin Scheuer is known for his stunning lyrics, which have won him such recognition as the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Cole Porter Award for songwriting. With his new show, The Lion, he's doing something different, using his guitar -- actually, six guitars -- to tell his own gripping coming-of-age story. It's a rock 'n' roll journey from boyhood to manhood, through good times and bad, showing the incredible healing power of music. Don't miss Scheuer's show, called "an irresistible winner" and "deeply moving" by the New York Daily News, at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in New York City.
Stratford-upon-Avon -- Shakespeare's birthplace and the home of the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Company -- comes to Manhattan with this live HD screening of Love's Labour's Lost at Symphony Space. This acclaimed new production sets Shakespeare's mischievous early comedy in a world that'll be instantly familiar to fans of Downton Abbey -- in an aristocratic London country estate circa 1914. One of Shakespeare's most flamboyantly intellectual comedies, Love's Labour's Lost follows the King of Navarre and his three feckless friends, who take an oath to immerse themselves in their studies, swearing off contact with women for three years. As if on queue, the Princess of France arrives with her three gorgeous ladies-in-waiting and the young men must struggle to keep their oath. Will they succeed or will the game of love prove too enticing? Only at the play's end is the merriment curtailed as the lovers agree to submit to a period apart, unaware that the world around them is about to be utterly transformed by "the war to end all wars."
You probably know Love's Labour's Won by its far more common title, Much Ado About Nothing -- but did you know there's evidence that suggests the former title was actually used during Shakespeare's lifetime? Whatever you call it, now you can experience this magical early comedy -- presented live from Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon -- with a special HD screening at Symphony Space. For this sumptuous new production, Royal Shakespeare Company has relocated the tale of love and courtship to England during the First World War. A a group of soldiers returns home from the trenches, and as memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio and Hero fall madly, deeply in love, while the world-weary Benedick and Beatrice reignite their own altogether more combative courtship. Shakespeare's comic romance plays out amidst the brittle high spirits of a post-war house party, as youthful passions run riot, lovers are deceived and happiness is threatened -- before, as Puck puts it, "all is mended" in the end.
Inspired by the songs of ABBA. This original musical is a story of family and friendship as it unfolds on a tiny Greek island. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter’s quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother’s past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago.
Emmy Award-winning writer Ron Hutchinson's clever behind-the-scenes comedy follows producer David O. Selznick, director Victor Fleming and writer Ben Hecht as they race against the clock to rewrite the screenplay for the much-anticipated epic Gone With the Wind. In real-life 1939, with filming already begun and under intense pressure to deliver a cinematic blockbuster of the best-selling novel, Selznick fires the film's first director and locks himself, new director Fleming and writer Hecht (who hadn't read the book) in his office for five days, where they subsist on bananas and peanuts while Selznick and Fleming act out scenes from the book for Hecht. Moonlight and Magnolias, at the Burgdorff Center for the Performing Arts in Maplewood, is a fast-paced, funny look at the old Hollywood system. See all of the drama that hit the fan long before Rhett and Scarlett lit up the screen in one of the most successful and beloved films of all time.
After a stellar experience on America's Got Talent and a U.S. tour, David Hanbury finally brings Mrs. Smith to New York City, where she'll be appearing at The Laurie Beechman Theatre. All of Mrs. Smith's outrageous antics and outsized personality will be on full display in her latest one-woman musical-comedy extravaganza, MRS. SMITH - LIVE! The cat lady's got her claws out when it comes to describing her experience on America's Got Talent during this story- and song-filled evening of entertainment, while she and her Broadway Boys belt out some of Broadway's biggest hits, including "Cabaret," "There's No Business Like Show Business," "The Cat That Got Away" and "The Ladies Who Lunch."
First there was the off-Broadway hit My Big Gay Italian Wedding. Now there's been a death in the family, and the Staten Island funeral home quickly fills up with zany and over-the-top family members who haven't seen each other in years. They might have come to pay their somber last respects, but the baggage they drag in with them soon upstages the deceased. The ensemble of 17 comedic actors in My Big Gay Italian Funeral will make you die laughing!
A hit in its previous run, My Big Gay Italian Wedding returns to St. Luke's Theatre off-Broadway. Anthony Pinnunziato wants to marry his boyfriend, Andrew Polinski, in a traditional Italian wedding. But then everyone else starts to get involved, pitching in with ideas and "help." The situation quickly spins into a hilarious fiasco as Anthony's friends and family try to have their way with the ceremony. From a saboteur ex-boyfriend to a loud, opinionated and very outspoken Italian mother, personalities, cultures and characters collide in this music- and dance-filled extravaganza that tackles the issue of gay marriage with heart and humor.
The title says it all -- this is a unique evening of entertainment, even for New York City. Eight hunks display all of their charms as they celebrate the splendors of male nudity in comedy, song and dance. This sensational revue features 16 original songs, from the sassy opening number, "Gratuitous Nudity" to the hilarious "Bliss of a Bris." Naked Boys Singing, which made its triumphant return to off-Broadway last year, has been hailed by audiences and critics alike as a sure-fire crowd pleaser for bachelorette parties, girls and boys nights out or just a roaring good time for anyone who appreciates the male form, a good laugh and great music.
Winner of the 2012 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, The Nether is both a serpentine crime drama and a haunting sci-fi thriller that explores the darkest corners of our imagination -- and the consequences of living out our most private dreams. In the play, there's an exciting new virtual wonderland that provides total online sensory immersion. You just log in, choose an identity and then vanish into a dizzying array of online realms while you indulge your every whim. It's a world of complete freedom from any societal rules or expectations. When a young cyber-detective discovers a realm of hideous crimes being committed within this online world, she moves to interrogate its creator, a mysterious man called Papa. As the case deepens, she begins to question whether moral law can govern human connection. MCC Theater presents this thought-provoking examination of the implications of the mass exodus from our "real lives" to the world of cyberspace.
Nevermore - The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allan Poe is a musical play about the enigmatic writer who has fascinated the world for more than a century. A literary rock star in his day, Poe struggled with tragedy and addiction, poverty and loss, yet produced some of the world's most original, visionary and enduring literature before dying in mysterious circumstances at the age of 40. At once gorgeous and grotesque, Nevermore blurs the line between fact and fiction, exploring the events that shaped Poe's character and career and giving powerful expression to Poe's words 'all that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.'
Newsical is back lampooning current events, headlines, newsmakers, celebrities and politicians of the day, including the Tea Party, immigration in Arizona, Don't Ask Don't Tell, the Crazy Jet Blue Flight Attendant, bed bugs, Lindsay Lohan, Oprah's Final Season and more!
Get ready for a feast of bite-sized entertainment with this collection of short comedies by prolific playwright Rich Orloff when Nothing Serious comes to The Producers' Club in New York. Quirky characters and unexpected storylines abound in each 10-minute play, representing Orloff's most popular and acclaimed work. Included are Bride and Gloom, which finds a soon-to-be-married woman focusing on her divorce instead of her wedding. And speaking of splits, God and Man face off in divorce court in Can This Marriage Be Saved? Other selections include Last-Minute Adjustments, Eve and Adam: The Untold Story and Oh My God, It's Another Play!
The Bronx is up, the Battery's down, and three sailors are hoping to get just a little bit lucky on their one day of leave in the Big Apple. From the Brooklyn Navy Yard and Coney Island to Times Square and Carnegie Hall, ON THE TOWN zigzags through New York City as the sailors and the three high-spirited young women they meet chase love, dreams, and each other during an unforgettable day in the city that never sleeps.
It's nonstop laughs aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury coach travelling from Chicago to New York City. Luck, love and mischief collide when the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffe (Gallagher) embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet Lily Garland (Chenoweth) into playing the lead in his new, non-existent epic drama. But is the train ride long enough to reignite the spark between these former lovers, create a play from scratch, and find the money to get it all the way to Broadway?
Do you like tea? Do you like parties? Then you're going to love this Tea Party-inspired comedy-musical sensation when Palin: The Live Musical Campaign storms the stage at The Laurie Beechman Theatre in New York City. You'll cry "you betcha!" when Sarah Palin hosts an hour-long spot on Foxx News to set the record straight and make a very important announcement regarding the 2016 presidential election. This is your chance to be part of the live studio audience when history is made, right before your eyes!
Peter and the Starcatcher, the multiple Tony Award-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," is the swashbuckling, madcap prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story combine to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure, now playing at the State Theatre in New Brunswick. A comedic journey through the Neverland you never knew, you'll join in on an action-packed adventure that brings pirates, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), Peter and the Starcatcher boasts an all-star creative team and weaves an enchanting tale that appeals to both adults and kids.
Climb aboard, get your sea legs steady and get ready for adventure with The Secret Theatre's children's musical, Pirate Pete's Parrot. In the tradition of English pantomime shows (first produced in the 1700s and still wildly popular today), Pirate Pete's Parrot delivers music, mischief and a boatload of laughs for both children and adults. The play revolves around Pete, a lovable rogue on a mission to find his runaway parrot, Polly. He decides it can't hurt to try to find some some buried treasure as well, since he's already on a journey. He still needs to make this month's rent, after all. With Pete's endearing crew of misfits, his adventures are filled with songs, sword fights and plenty of audience interaction.
When Jason meets his sister Randi for the first time, two lives steeped in sex, drugs and grifting collide -- and almost immediately risk crossing the line. Pretty Babies is a searing exploration of using societal taboos as weapons in a no-holds-barred plan for manipulation. Provocative, funny and wildly original, Pretty Babies is written and directed by Antony Raymond (director of the Edinburgh Festival hit Bette Davis Ain't for Sissies) and presented by 13th Street Repertory Company.
If you've ever thought the stories of Rapunzel, Snow White and Cinderella have a lot of similarities, you won't be surprised to learn they've been recast as triplets in the charming musical Rapunzarella White. In this play for kids, the sisters are stolen by an angry witch and catapulted into their own fairy tales. Someday their princes will come, but those saviors might be a little more bumbling than you remember from the original stories. Who says fairy tales can't be fun? Definitely not the folks at New York's 13th Street Repertory Company.
"Marihuana makes fiends of boys in thirty days; hashish goads users to bloodlust," proclaimed a Hearst newspaper article in 1936, the same year the now cult-classic anti-drug propaganda film Reefer Madness was released. Though we now all know a little Mary Jane does not create fiends and induce bloodlust, the exploitation film's anti-"marihuana" message continues to entertain, this time through the AlphaNYC Theater Company's performance of this over-the-top stage adaptation of the same name. Following a group of swell kids who are lured into a world of death, destruction and -- gasp -- jazz after hitting a single joint, Reefer Madness is a tongue-in-cheek comedy that continues the movie's high jinks in an even wackier form.
An inflatable puppet, debaucherous monks, sumo wrestlers and one aroused donkey: It's not every day a visual artist is asked to direct an opera. Known for his provocative interrogations of Eastern culture, Chinese visual artist Zhang Huan -- in his directorial debut -- transforms a restored 17-ton, 450-year-old Ming Dynasty temple into an altar, palace, crematory and heaven to tell the tale of a princess whose attempt to trade sexual favors for divinity goes up in flames. Based on a Greek myth, George Frideric Handel's opera Semele thunders into Brooklyn, with award-winning soprano Jane Archibald in the title role at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House.
Set inside a local university auditorium, where the featured event is an interactive discussion with the author of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. With the help of Stefan, a hunky stage assistant, author Dan Anderson encourages the shy and studious moderator of the event, Robyn, to follow her dreams while following his tips.
A quartet of seasoned New York stand-ups star in this comedy, which finds four Italian-Americans waiting to participate in a group session with a shrink. But when it becomes obvious they've been stood up, they decide to give the therapy thing a shot on their own. Dubbed a "plomedy" for the way it mixes a traditional play with stand-up comedy, Shut Up Sit Down & Eat is deliciously relatable. Running at the Snapple Theater Center in Times Square, the show stars Tina Giorgi (Comics Unleashed), Joe Moffa, Chris Monty and Eric Tartaglione (Last Comic Standing).
When a trio of African-American sisters, their mom and their white sister-in-law arrive for the funeral of the family matriarch, they begin to unearth mementos that lead them to look back at their own relationships as well as the history of black women, as told through the hit songs of each era. Dorothy Marcic's musical takes you through the struggles of the '30s and the girl group sounds of the '60s, right up to the power decade of the '90s with songs ranging from Billie Holiday to Beyonce, including ""Oh, Happy Day," "Mama Said," "I Will Survive" and "A Woman's Worth."
Who needs spells, when there are princesses, fairies, true love and the music of Tchaikovsky to enchant you? A stage production set to the music of the famous ballet, Sleeping Beauty begins with a terrible curse: Angry over her exclusion from a party celebrating the birth of Princess Aurora, Morgana, a powerful and wicked fairy, casts an evil spell over the infant. Protected by three good fairies, Aurora grows into a beautiful woman only to be overtaken by Morgana's spell at age 16, falling into a deep sleep after pricking her finger on a spindle. Will her true love, handsome Prince Ferdinand, defeat Morgana and break the spell? Everyone can help wake Beauty and ensure a "happily ever after" outcome in this delightful adaptation from Kathryn Schultz Miller.
Unique, interactive and occasionally downright surreal, Speakeasy Dollhouse's The Bloody Beginning returns by popular demand to its secret location in New York. Bringing to life the actual unsolved Prohibition-era murder of Frank Spano in a downtown building that was once the hangout of notorious organized crime figure Meyer Lansky, this immersive experience comes complete with live jazz music, burlesque dancers and real moonshine. Explore every locked door and secret passageway. Talk to strangers. Find clues to help solve Frank's murder and be sure to read the emails you'll receive from Frank's granddaughter a few days before the event, as they'll contain not only secret passwords required for entrance and instructions to follow thereafter, but important evidence. Then don your finest fedora or fringiest flapper dress and travel back to The Bloody Beginning, when Prohibition was law, mobsters ran moonshine by moonlight ... and murder ran rampant.
The Orpheum Theatre hosts the international smash hit STOMP. This famed high-energy show features a cast of eight performers, creating a wildly rhythmic noise with unconventional instruments -- everything from brooms and garbage cans to matchboxes and hubcaps and more -- and also features plenty of unexpected comedy and audience interaction. A true worldwide phenomenon, STOMP has been running continuously at the Orpheum since 1994 and is the winner of both Obie and Drama Desk Awards. Since the first performance in 1991, this thrilling production has toured to more than 350 cities and earned praise as one of this generation's most mesmerizing theatrical events.
Almost anyone who's ever been in therapy knows the weird feeling of sitting in the waiting room and staring at the other patients, wondering just why they're there. This feeling is compounded in the musical Triangle, which features two married psychiatrists who can't stand each other or their patients. The people in the waiting room include a woman who carries her husband's ashes everywhere, her dead husband's undertaker, a cross-dresser and a guy who just came out of the closet. When their stories collide, be prepared for a romp at New York's 13th Street Repertory Company.
Music, merriment and swashbuckling adventure abound in Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's zany, gender-bending comedy of unrequited love and romantic mischief. When twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck and wash ashore in the beautiful but mysterious land of Illyria, they're quickly caught up in a maze of mistaken identity and mismatched passions. Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man to enter his world. Filled with juicy comedic characters and beloved scoundrels, Twelfth Night features some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay.
Resist the urge to hold your breath as Steve Underwood takes you down into the depths of both the planet's incredible waterways and his own remarkable life in Underwaterguy. A stunning combination of HD footage and live performance, this solo show is Underwood's love letter to all things aquatic, a passion he has pursued as a dedicated diver and underwater photographer. Playing 30 characters against a stunning backdrop of water-themed imagery, Underwood takes you swimming with apex predators, spinning in the grip of a whirlpool and on a 117 foot dive ... on a single breath. No swimming lessons are required for this fast and funny trip The Phoneix described as "Busby Berkeley meets Esther Williams meets Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds." Take the plunge when Underwaterguy comes to Stage Left Studio.
Playwright Laura Shamas, winner of Drama-Logue and Edinburgh Fringe First awards, brings one of her most popular shows to the Corner Office NYC Theater in New York. Up to Date is a series of linked monologues that take a funny and touching look at the current state of romance and relationships through the eyes of eleven very diverse women. We all have our issues, and some of the ones these women are dealing with range from internet and same-sex dating, to dealing with an expiring biological clock.
After an international tour of their acclaimed off-Broadway hit musical comedy The Vaudevillians, Jerick Hoffer (RuPaul's Drag Race favorite Jinkx Monsoon) and Richard Andriessen (known here as Major Scales) bring the world premiere of the funny follow-up, The Vaudevillians: Bringing Up Baby, to The Laurie Beechman Theatre. Caught in an avalanche while touring Antarctica in the '20s, The Vaudevillians were lucky to be frozen alive -- and thanks to today's warmer temperatures, they've now thawed out. But they're a bit shocked to discover that many of music's modern stars have stolen their songs and drastically altered their original meanings. As an added surprise, in this all-new show, Kitty finds herself pregnant ... and no one's quite sure where exactly the baby came from. Now, wigs will fly as the two triumphantly take the stage to reclaim and perform their "original" music in The Vaudevillians: Bringing Up Baby.