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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.
Re-invents the classic tale of a maid-turned-princes. With pumpkin, glass slippers, Fairy Godmother and other story elements intact, it is now Cinderella's turn to rescue the Prince, reminding us once again that in a cruel world the act that matters most is kindness.
Experience an amazing night of the high-flying feats and stunning imagery that Cirque du Soleil is famous for, and take home a special gift as a keepsake of your memorable evening. Your ticket for Amaluna comes with a souvenir gift, plus one soft drink, one large popcorn and one candy to enjoy during the show. This magical romance, inspired by Shakespeare's The Tempest, takes you to a mysterious island where goddesses walk the land and the rhythm of life is ruled by the cycles of the moon. The daughter of Queen Prospera is undergoing the rituals of her coming-of-age ceremony when a group of young men, caught up in a storm, become stranded on the island. Prospera's daughter falls in love with one of the brave sailors, but the two lovers must overcome many trials and setbacks before finding peace together. As the story unfolds, the dazzling arts of Cirque du Soleil illustrate the tale. The island world of Amaluna bursts to life with jugglers, aerial performers, dancers, unicyclists and much more.
Based on the life story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. The musical chronicles the lives of a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks who became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were thirty. Features their hit songs 'Sherry', 'Big Girls Don't Cry', 'Rag Doll', 'Oh What a Night' and 'Can't Take My Eyes Off of You'
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 daughterís quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her motherís past back to the island they last visited twenty years ago.
Follows the story of teenager Peter Parker, whose unremarkable life is turned upside-down-literally-when he's bitten by a genetically altered spider and wakes up the next morning clinging to his bedroom ceiling. This bullied science-geek-suddenly endowed with astonishing powers-soon learns, however, that with great power comes great responsibility as villains test not only his physical strength but also his strength of character. Spider-Man's battles will hurtle the audience through an origin story both recognizable and unexpected--yielding new characters as well as familiar faces--until a final surprising confrontation casts a startling new light on this hero's journey.
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.
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.
Two of TV's most talented comic actors -- and real-life husband and wife -- Megan Mullally (the two-time Emmy winner from Will & Grace) and Nick Offerman (the hilarious "Ron Swanson" from Parks and Recreation) star in this Off-Broadway comedy-drama. Written by critically acclaimed playwright Sharr White (The Other Place, Six Years), the two-hander tour-de-force finds this pair of pros portraying an unlikely couple who divorced 20 years ago. Their intense dramatic, and sometimes comic, encounter begins when Emma, matching luggage in tow, barges into the squalid Colorado motor home belonging to her former husband, cowboy-poet Ulysses, now dying of lung cancer and taken to cooking in the nude. What follows is the final reckoning of their relationship, as the shocking reasons behind its demise are ultimately revealed.
This hour-long work-in-progress from the riveting performer Dikran Tulaine (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) examines one of Shakespeare's most controversial plays through the lens of a major modern-day trial and subsequent media frenzy. Scholars through the centuries have fiercely debated Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice over its anti-Semitic portrayal of the villainous Shylock and over the sexual preference of Antonio, who is willing trade a pound of his own flesh to the merchant to save his friend Bassanio. As the deal for Antonio's flesh unfolds in Antonio & Shylock: Monsters and the trial ensues, videographers greedily capture the action over two live feeds, zooming in on the drama's implicit anti-gay and anti-Jewish bigotry and proving the timeless relevancy of this centuries-old tale with crackling urgency.
The big top circus was the creation of Phineas Taylor Barnum, a consummate showman who wasn't above creating a tall tale or two to entertain the crowds and make a buck. The musical Barnum delves into the life of this unique personality from inside the center ring of his own circus. You'll thrill to the spectacular circus acts as the play tells Barnum's tale complete with the famous characters he introduced to the world, all set to toe-tapping ballads, dazzling marches and ragtime tunes composed by Cy Coleman and Michael Stewart. Don't miss this fun and magical show about the man who brought us one of the country's most enduring entertainment institutions.
CBS reporter Thomas F. Flynn was on the ground when the twin towers fell. The veteran journalist chronicled his two hour-experience at the horrific scene in his 2008 book Bikeman, an epic narrative poem of the September 11 events. In this gripping adaptation, also written by Flynn, the action is brought to life on stage by actor Robert Cuccioli (, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark) and four other performers. Experience Flynn's real-life story for yourself with this powerful production.
Bill W. and Dr. Bob is an emotionally powerful and entertaining play. It's played to sold-out audiences around the country, and now it's making its way to the Soho Playhouse. Written by Stephen Bergman and Janet Surrey and based on a true story, this is the amazing and often amusing account of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous. The play artfully illustrates Bill and Bob's journey from the pain and isolation of alcoholism to the hope and inspiration they found in sobriety and helping others.
Black Angels Over Tuskegee, at Actors Temple Theatre, is the true story of six men embarking upon a journey to become Tuskegee Airmen in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow laws, their intelligence, their patriotism, their dreams of an inclusive fair society and the brotherhood they found in each other as they persevered -- and excelled -- in the face of the enormous obstacles acting against them.
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.
Some of the brightest Broadway and nightclub stars in the city take the stage to belt out the best show tunes and more in Broadway Ballyhoo, a weekly one-hour musical revue created and hosted by impresario Scott Siegel. A different lineup is on tap each week, filled with seasoned cabaret artists, Tony nominees and winners and up-and-coming talent too, making every edition of the show is worth seeing. Singers like Alice Ripley, Larry Gatlin, Steve Ross, Lauren Kennedy, Marilyn Maye and Barbara Walsh have already joined in the fun, and among those celebrities who've dropped by to take in the Ballyhoo are Angela Bassett, Kim Cattrall and Clive Davis, among many others.
Ruth. Berra. Mantle. DiMaggio. Gehrig. Jeter. The New York Yankees have never had a shortage of star players... or controversy. Bronx Bombers follows beloved icon Yogi Berra and his wife Carmen through a century of the team's trials and triumphs, bringing generations of Yankee greats together on one stage.
Tells the story of aspiring young playwright 'David Shayne.' Newly arrived on Broadway in 1920ís New York, Shayne is forced to cast 'Olive Neal,' the talentless girlfried of the mobster 'Cheech,' in his latest drama in order to get it produced. The one advantage to the arrangement is that the mobster has great ideas for rewrites of the play. As opening night approaches, Shayne finds himself in trouble: The leading lady 'Helen Sinclair' is a man-obsessed alcholoic; his leading man Warner Purcel
Now in its fourth smash season at the Soho Playhouse and a winner of the 2008 Fringe Producers Award at FringeNYC, The Complete Performer is a bursting-to-the-entertainment-seams comedy extravaganza, starring Late Show with David Letterman's Emmy Award-winning writer Ted Greenberg. The show may include, but is not limited to, improv, mind-reading, magic, escape artistry, mascot/puppetry, male burlesque, and modern dance. And, as a bonus, one lucky audience group will receive a free licensed cab ride home -- with Greenberg himself behind the wheel!
Cougar the Musical was developed over eight years by creator Donna Moore, from a two-person cabaret to a full-blown musical comedy about three divine but disillusioned women who develop a taste for hot young men. They let their inner cougars loose and the hilarious, soulful and heartwarming journey that follows leads them to confidence and empowerment. Three fabulous-over-40 stars and their multi-talented boy toy perform original songs that span a variety of genres, from blues to doo-wop and pop, including the hilarious romantic ballad "Julio," a tender ode sung to a beloved vibrator. Join these vivacious ladies on a madcap adventure as they sashay from the bar to the nail salon, then to the boudoir and back. Along the way you will learn that getting older is okay and that love and friendship are truly ageless.
Funny and deeply touching, Deathbed explores the boundaries of human compassion in the midst of personal suffering. Is there a correct way to react to the news that a loved one is terminally ill? Or maybe even worse, that your loved on doesn't love you anymore? Find out the answer during a brisk hour during which a large cast of characters search for the answers. These pivotal, gripping and even humorous stories of people going through personal tragedy explore whether it's better to embrace one's vulnerability and face impending death head-on, or just go read a good book and have a sandwich.
Writer-director Karen Sklaire humorously tackles the "do-gooder teacher" cinematic genre in Drama at the Point, where a schoolteacher follows in the footsteps of the notable educators found in films like To Sir With Love and Stand and Deliver to help kids in peril. This teacher travels through the troubled NYC school system -- complete with rubber rooms, baby gangstas and dashed dreams -- in the hopes of connecting with her students. Don't miss this comedy about making a difference, any way you can.
A self-proclaimed "drinking club with a Shakespeare problem," the merry members of The Drunk Shakespeare Society invite you to join them for a night of suds and sonnets, cocktails and couplets, booze and ... well, you get the idea. As one member of this talented cast of lead-livered actors imbibes more than their fair share of liquid courage, an outrageous evening of theatre ensues as they attempt to lead the rest of the cast through a Shakespeare story in approximately one hour. Rest assured, the results will be sloppy, silly and occasionally iambic as the night devolves into inevitable debauchery.
Edie Beale Live at Reno Sweeney is back in New York following acclaimed performances in San Francisco and Washington. Jeffrey Johnson captures the essence of "Little Edie" Beale of Grey Gardens fame in this re-creation of her brief 1978 foray into the cabaret world. This compassionate, unsentimental and fascinating solo performance was created by Gerald Duval, the original show's producer, and has earned praise from Grey Gardens director Albert Maysles, along with several of Edie's friends.
Part one-man show, part puppet theater and part musical performance, Extraordinary Extremities is a touching story of lost love that combines myth and fairy tale with real life. Designed and performed by Carlo Adinolfi, Extraordinary Extremities was inspired by an NPR story about biomedical engineer Hugh Herr, who created technologically advanced artificial limbs after losing his legs in a terrible climbing accident. Adinolfi portrays the puppeteer Geppetto, who has recently lost his wife and performance partner and must perform their signature piece, based on the myth of Perseus and Andromeda, alone for the first time. In his efforts to rework the piece to be performed alone, Geppetto must invent new scripts and ideas and eventually, new limbs. Lewis Flinn's hauntingly beautiful score, performed live, highlights the mythical proportions of Geppetto's transformation from one half of a duo to a solo performer.
When Matt and Luisa fall in love against the wishes of their feuding families, a modern-day Romeo and Juliet unfolds, with plenty of comedy, drama and music, along with a healthy dose of moonlight and magic. Featuring the beloved songs "Try to Remember," "They Were You" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," the original off-Broadway run of this timeless musical lasted an astonishing 42 years and continues to charm sold-out audiences all over the world. The legendary Tony-winning actor Jerry Orbach (Promises, Promises, Law & Order) played the narrator El Gallo in the original cast, and the show now runs in the theater named after him.
Following a hit run at the New York International Fringe Festival and two sold-out runs at the Duplex Cabaret, the award-winning "Best Ensemble" of Christian Mansfield, Philip Mutz and Ken Urso is back for another summer of Gay Camp. This quick-change farce follows the stories of several young campers who've been shipped off by their parents to Camp Acceptance -- a gay reform camp -- in a desperate attempt to be "fixed." Once there, they encounter an evil headmaster, electrified fences, disco balls and even Michelle Bachmann on the way to ultimately learning how to love one another as well as themselves just the way they are.
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.
It's 1945 and baseball history is about to be made. A black, female baseball team is set to play an exhibition game against the reigning champs, the Rockford Peaches. Two weeks into their training, however, their coach is found dead. Inspired by the film A League of Their Own, The Girls of Summer takes a look at baseball from the perspective of those who were left out of mainstream sports. It's also a powerful drama of racism and betrayal that's brought to light as the hidden story beneath the surface is revealed.
This soaring new Radio City spectacular starring the high-energy, highly-talented Rockettes celebrates the city of New York. An engaging storyline and an unforgettable soundtrack of original music and pop favorites sets the energy for fantastic new choreography and incredible Rockettes dance numbers -- not to mention exciting 3-D special effects and state-of-the-art animatronics. Heart and Lights tells the enchanting story of two cousins who take a bite out of the Big Apple, scouring the city to solve the mystery of their grandmother's secret past. Directed and choreographed by Linda Haberman (Radio City Christmas Spectacular), the show boasts a script by Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens, Disney's The Little Mermaid, and Hands on a Hard Body); an original song by Zina Goldrich and Marcy Heisler, lyricists and composers of Junie B. Jones and Dear Edwina; and original music by composer-arranger Alex Lacamoire, who won a Tony and a Grammy for In the Heights.
September, 1989. Westerberg High is terrorized by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the dark sexy stranger J.D., who plans to put the Heathers in their place -- six feet under.
Honor Bound is provocative new drama about an arrogant and ambitious young reporter at a small newspaper in a Connecticut suburb. She's on the warpath, trying to dig up dirt on a respected local physician whom she believes to be a draft-dodger. What she uncovers instead are long-buried conflicts between the physician and her boss, two old friends who bonded over baseball. Moving back and forth between past and present, the play recaptures cherished memories and throws a few curveballs as it reveals what really happened between the two friends.
Think you know how to act like a real New Yorker? Fuggedaboutit! In How 2 B A New Yorker, you'll learn everything you need to know about what it takes to be a real resident of the Big Apple ... or at least not stand out as a tourist. Comedians -- and licensed New York City tour guides -- Margaret Copeland and Kevin James Doyle play over 60 characters as they take you on a hilarious whirlwind odyssey filled with stories about the city's 400-year history, from the world's largest landfill in Staten Island to the home of the Bronx Bombers. A full catered Italian buffet meal from Planet Hollywood and Buca di Beppo, featuring salad, spaghetti marinara, fettuccine Alfredo, chicken parmigiana plus cookies and brownies, is included with each ticket, and a cash bar is available for purchasing drinks.
Edgar Oliver, the esteemed actor, host of Science Channel's Odd Folks Home and regular on Discovery Channel's Oddities, takes on his own childhood memories for his latest solo show. In The Park finds him exploring hidden landscapes in the familiar territory of Prospect Park, wandering down a path of loss, hope, sadness and joy. Called "a living work of theater all by himself" by The New York Times' Ben Brantley, Oliver is a staple of NPR's The Moth Radio Hour, a storytelling series that brings true tales to a nationwide audience. In The Park is a chance to see this master storyteller at his most personal and vulnerable.
Few iconic figures continue to intrigue and fascinate like former First Lady Jackie Kennedy and movie star Marilyn Monroe. Complete opposites, they seemingly had little in common -- except for the fact that, if the rumors are true, they both loved the same man. Jackie and Marilyn is a fictional imagining of what might have gone on behind closed doors of the most famous love triangle of all time. Written by Sheri Graubert and directed by Sanja Bestic, the musical explores all that these two women represented: the divided female psyche, lost love, beauty, fashion, quintessential style, the challenges of marriage and relationships and more. Be one of the first to see the show when it premieres off-Broadway at The Lion Theater.
The international hit Jamaica, Farewell returns to New York's SoHo Playhouse. Debra Ehrhardt's solo show is based on a mostly true story about her journey to the USA from Jamaica in the turbulent 1970s of the Manley Era. When Ehrhardt was an 18-year-old secretary in Kingston, Jamaica, she and her passion for America bumped into a handsome CIA agent over a bowl of oxtail soup. She decides to squeeze through the pinhole of opportunity with the help of this love-struck American. Her way out of Jamaica is blocked by many obstacles: an alcoholic father, a bible-spouting mother, the price of an air ticket, and U.S. government suspicions. Nevertheless, she begins a dangerous adventure that only the single-minded passion of a teenage girl would chance. The boundary between bravery and foolishness becomes blurred as she becomes more desperate. When she agrees to smuggle a million dollars in cash to a mysterious contact somewhere in Miami, the agent becomes her unwitting accomplice. Every part is played by NAACP award winner Ehrhardt, an actress capable of amazing mimicry. This one-woman caper's got generous dollops of humor, laughter and light. Jamaica, Farewell has been optioned for film by a major Hollywood producer.
Believed by many to be Shakespeare's greatest play, King Lear depicts an aging monarch's descent into madness as his family and country are torn apart by the ambition and jealousy of his children. This sweeping legend depicts the devastating consequences of pride, as King Lear's hubris and his daughters' ambitions destroy not just their own family, but an entire nation as well. Arin Arbus, called the "most talented new director to emerge in 2009" by The New York Times, directs the two-time Olivier Award nominee Michael Pennington in this iconic role.
Engagements are nerve-racking enough, but Zoe's pre-nuptial worries take the (wedding) cake when her partner Michelle decides to undergo sexual reassignment surgery. This is the crisis at the heart of A Kiss in the Dream House, the new play by Ashley Lauren Rogers, the outspoken writer, director and transwoman. Amidst planning a Vietnamese engagement ceremony, Zoe must reconsider everything in the wake of Michelle's choice in this humorous and insightful world premiere. Selected for Stage Left's annual Left Out Festival!, A Kiss in the Dream House features performers Keeko Nakidai and RG Belle.
Selected as one of Hollywood Fringe Festival's "Best of the Fest," The Last of the Knotts is a semi-autobiographical solo show from performer/poet Doug Knott. In it, Knott's character -- a carefree L.A. hipster -- agonizes over whether or not to become a father after putting up with a lifetime's worth of pain from his own dad, an abusive Florida judge. A well-known poet and stage performer, Knott has produced and emceed a hit cult variety show, had his own nightclub, toured the country as part of performance group the Carma Bums and was named winner of the revived Gong Show.
Literally Alive Children's Theatre presents The Little Mermaid, adapted from Hans Christian Andersen's tale about the mermaid who wants to explore the vast and enticing world above the waves. After rescuing a drowning prince and falling in love with him, the mermaid makes a dangerous bargain with an evil Sea Witch to win the prince's heart. Arrive early for a kids' arts and crafts workshop, beginning an hour before every performance of Michael Sgouros and Brenda Bell's charming musical.
This very cool interactive murder mystery is like starring in your own '70s crime drama. You're a rookie cop attending a briefing at police headquarters before heading out in small teams to solve a murder in a seedy Lower East Side squat. During your two-hour journey through the real neighborhood streets, you and your fellow amateur Kojaks and Serpicos will canvass the alleyways, streets and parks, interacting with actors playing crooked cops, junkies, drag queens, mobsters and pimps to get the skinny you need to nab the killer. Come dressed in your 1970s best to blend in with your informants and really immerse yourself in this gritty and creative group experience.
Anthony Minghella's breathtakingly beautiful vision of Puccini's Madama Butterfly returns, starring Amanda Echalaz in her Met debut. One of the world's best-loved operas, Madama Butterfly tells the tragic story of an innocent young geisha who catches the eye of an American Naval officer and becomes his temporary "wife," only to be left behind when the officer returns to America. What began as a beautiful love story becomes a heartbreaking tragedy when the abandoned bride must make an agonizing choice. The role of "Madama Butterfly" offers South African sensation Amanda Echalaz the opportunity to perform one of the most famous arias in the soprano repertoire, "Un bel di," sung as Butterfly waits faithfully for her lover to return from across the sea. Complete your elegant evening at this iconic masterwork with a glass of champagne (or any other non-alcoholic beverage), included with your ticket.
Twenty years after her son's death, a mother turns up at the door of his former lover, who is now married to another man and has a young son. This man and his family challenge the woman to confront the truths of their shared past, and a future she never imagined. Values clash as they struggle to reconcile their vastly different worlds.
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.
One of the most intense conflicts of the Civil War didn't happen on the ground, but under it. The riveting new drama Near Vicksburg is set during the Siege of Vicksburg, the harrowing 47 days of Union artillery fire and mortar attacks suffered by the Confederate-held city. To escape the relentless fire, the citizens of Vicksburg have fled to caves dug into the city's bluffs. In one of these caves hides Jane, a middle-class Southerner, George, her husband's slave, and her teenage daughter. As the war rages only inches away, Jane and George recreate their own version of society in the claustrophobic confines of their new home, a tiny world with its own set of rules and customs. Playwright Sara Farrington directs this production as a part of Phoenix Theatre Ensemble's First Stories Festival.
Mere months after its sold-out debut run, The Norwegians, the off-off-Broadway hit that made audiences howl and The New York Times gush, returns to the stage with its acclaimed original cast. Playwright C. Denby Swanson has brewed a strong and bitter comedy about a pair of scorned women and the really nice, Norwegian gangsters they hire to whack their exes. Film noir atmosphere shades the blinding white snowdrifts of a Minnesota winter in this oddball but inspired play from the writer of The Death of a Cat and Atomic Farmgirl. Catch the cast the Times found "hysterical" delivering "90 minutes of good-hearted laughter."
Winner of eight 2012 Tony Awards including BEST MUSICAL, ONCE is a truly original Broadway experience. Featuring an impressive ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments onstage, ONCE tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. As the chemistry between them grows, his music soars to powerful new heights... but their unlikely connection turns out to be deeper and more complex than your everyday romance. Emotionally captivating and theatrically breathtaking, ONCE draws you in from the very first note and never lets go. It's an unforgettable story about going for your dreams... not living in fear... and the power of music to connect all of us.
For more than 27 years, the mystery-thriller Perfect Crime has kept audiences guessing with its comic, romance-filled take on the whodunit, making it the longest-running non-musical play in New York City history. The complex, twisty story unfolds in the secluded Connecticut mansion of Harvard-educated psychiatrist Margaret Brent, who's accused of murdering her wealthy British husband, and soon finds herself tangling with a handsome detective, who may just have fallen for her. Catherine Russell has starred as Brent, missing but a scant four performances, since the show opened in 1987, earning her a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
This funny and touching one-woman show, based on real events, tells the tale of Trisha Lee, a Christian widow whose life is turned upside-down with her teenage daughter's pronouncement that she is "gender queer." Already struggling to swallow this surprising news, the further fact that her daughter is planning to start up a chapter of the Gay and Straight Alliance at the local high school is of particular concern to this shellshocked mother, as their small Texas town isn't exactly renowned for its acceptance of diversity. Inevitably, violence and anger erupt, and Trisha must forego her previously held convictions for the sake of her daughter, sparking a journey from ignorance to advocacy as persecution and prejudice threaten to tear her family apart. Written and performed by Elise Forier Edie, this solo theatre piece is an award-winning glimpse into one woman's poignant and often hilarious struggle to make sense of what is best for her daughter.
Struggling small time Philly boxer, Rocky Balboa, gets a once-in-a-lifetime shot to go the distance against heavyweight champ Apollo Creed. However, will the blossoming relationship between Rocky and his shy girlfriend Adrian survive the contest.
An ensemble of eight women explore the sad, underground world of queer Paris in the '30s through the art of clowning, accompanied by live percussionist Abby Fisher. Developed through a collaborative process, this devised theater work interprets the unfulfilled feelings of longing and desire from that devastating period through the laughter and tears of a clown. The Secret Paris Project is directed by Claire Hamoor and was inspired by the work of Hungarian photographer Brassai, famed for his 1933 collection of pictures entitled Paris de nuit (Paris by Night). The ensemble includes Johana Barral, Corrie Blissit, Marjorie Conn, Lauren Durdach, Jamie Law, Jessica Ranville, Dana Scurlock and Kamaria Williams. Please see the full event description for info on post-show activities.
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 celebrated New York event since 2010, the Bistro Award-winning series that celebrates Stephen Sondheim and his legendary career takes the stage at 54 Below. Sondheim Unplugged features some of Broadway and cabaret's most dynamic voices, accompanied solely by piano, singing numbers from A Little Night Music, Company, Into the Woods, Follies, Passion, Dick Tracy and more. Past special guests have included actors who originated roles in Sondheim's musicals, including Len Cariou, Victoria Mallory, Chip Zien and Donna McKechnie, so you never know who might drop in. Series creator Phil Geoffrey Bond hosts the show, and in between numbers shares Sondheim facts, history and related theatrical lore.
Isaac Geldhart, the volatile and brilliant patriarch of his family publishing house, is stubbornly holding on to his place at the head of the company while his three children try to convince him to publish a desperately needed best-seller. Faced with a changing literary landscape and potential takeover of the company, the Geldhart children must either come to terms with their father and band together or break apart and forfeit the legacy he risked everything to build.
Inspired by The Golden Girls, the beloved Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning sitcom of the '80s and '90s, Thank You For Being a Friend returns to the stage by popular demand. In this hilariously unauthorized musical parody, four women over the age of 60 -- the promiscuous Blanchette, the ball busting Dorthea, the ditzy Roz and the bitingly sarcastic Sophie (all played here by beautifully bewigged men) -- live relatively peacefully together in a bungalow in Miami. But when neighbor Ricky Martin's noisy outdoor sex parties begin interrupting the ladies' cheesecake feasts, a battle begins that can only be settled in one place: the annual Shady Oaks Retirement Home Talent Show.
The legendary interactive dinner show Tony n' Tina's Wedding returns to the heart of Times Square for a special 25th anniversary production. You'll be treated like family in this interactive comedy where audience members play the part of lovebirds Tony and Tina's eccentric family and friends, joining them for the reception, feast and hilarious family drama. After the wedding ceremony at the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Theater, the party heads to Guy's American Kitchen & Bar for the wedding reception, complete with dinner, dancing and plenty of laughs. All tickets include an Italian vegetarian pasta dinner, salad and wedding cake. "VIP Family Seating" also includes preferred seating, pictures with the cast plus personal concierge service by one of the show's "certified wedding planners."
The stakes are high in this classic courtroom drama. A 19-year-old has just stood trial for the fatal stabbing of his father and a jury of 12 men and women must decide his fate. These dozen nameless jurors find themselves in the role of potential executioner, but first they must face themselves, their biases and their own sense of justice. What starts as an open-and-shut case soon twists into an edge-of-your-seat drama as each juror begins to question the reasoning behind his or her vote in this brilliant and popular drama adapted from Reginald Rose's play, originally titled Twelve Angry Men.
Swirls around Alexandra, a 79-year-old artist in a showdown with her family over where she'll spend her remaining years. In Alexandra's corner are her wit, her volcanic passion and the fact that she's barricaded herself in her Brooklyn brownstone with enough Molotov cocktails to take out the block. But her children have their own secret weapon: estranged son Chris who returns after 20 years, crawls through Alexandra's second floor window, and becomes the family's unlikely mediator. No sooner are
Tells the story of a young woman's quest for beauty amidst the image-obsessed landscape of the 1960s. Facially disfigured in a childhood accident, Violet dreams of a miraculous transformation through the power of faith. Convinced that a televangelist in Oklahoma can heal her, she hops a Greyhound bus and starts the journey of a lifetime. Along the way, Violet forms unlikely friendships with her fellow riders, who teach her about beauty, love, courage and what it means to be an outsider.