Broadway and Beyond Performance Guide
A guide to Broadway and off-Broadway performances available for adult and student groups traveling to New York City with Pro Musica Tours.
BROADWAY AND BEYOND PERFORMANCE GUIDE
Click on the show posters below for show descriptions, or scroll below the posters for a complete listing of all shows, including Off-Broadway performances.
Broadway and Beyond is a guide to New York’s vibrant theater scene, prepared by Pro Musica Tours. Although space limitations prevent us from listing every theater offering in the city, the staff at Pro Musica have compiled a comprehensive cross-section of the season’s offerings. We invite you to contact one of our Broadway and Beyond tour consultants by clicking here, or by calling (212) 541-5122 for further details on all of these performances. Your tour consultant has the most up to date information about upcoming performances, as well as access to tickets for our groups to the most in-demand performances – often before they are on sale to the general public.
Please Note: The following listing was updated on November 26, 2017. All information is believed to be accurate, but as casting and performance schedules often change with little notice, we advise you to consult with your tour coordinator before making decisions for your group. In addition, not all shows are suitable for all groups. Pro Musica’s staff thoroughly evaluates every show, and we are pleased to make specific recommendations based on the age and nature of your group.
Disney’s smash hit movie Aladdin finally makes its way to the Broadway stage! Directed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) and featuring the classic Alan Menken, Howard Ashman, and Tim Rice score with songs like “Friend Like Me” and the Academy Award-winning “A Whole New World,” Aladdin will use a new book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). Aladdin is sure to bring joy and laughter to the whole family!
From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, the new musical, Anastasia, is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past. The new musical is inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Picture.
ANGELS IN AMERICA: Performances being February 23
A quarter-century after stunning the theater world, one of the greatest theatrical journeys of our time returns to Broadway in an acclaimed new production from the National Theatre. As politically incendiary as any play in the American canon, Angels in America also manages to be, at turns, hilariously irreverent and heartbreakingly humane. It is also astonishingly relevant, speaking every bit as urgently to our anxious times as it did when it first premiered. Tackling Reaganism, McCarthyism, immigration, religion, climate change, and AIDS against the backdrop of New York City in the mid- 1980’s, no contemporary drama has succeeded so indisputably with so ambitious a scope.
THE BAND’S VISIT
An Egyptian police band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix-up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. The Band's Visit celebrates the deeply human ways music and laughter connect us all.
BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical: 2014 Tony Award: Actress in a Leading Role (Jessie Mueller), Sound Design of a Musical
Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
THE BOOK OF MORMON: 2011 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Featured Actress (Nikki M. James), Best Direction, Best Orchestrations, Best Scenic Design, Best Lighting, Best Sound Design
From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park comes this hilarious Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that’s about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. The Book of Mormon is written in collaboration with Robert Lopez, the Tony Award-winning writer of Avenue Q, and co-directed by Mr. Parker and three-time Tony nominee Casey Nicholaw (Spamalot, The Drowsy Chaperone). Winner of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Musical, The Book of Mormon has certainly captured the hearts of many in the Broadway community by presenting modern, in-the-know, and often profane content in the tried-and-true form of a very traditional integrated book musical, complete with tap dancing.
THE BOYS IN THE BAND: Performances begin April 30
Mart Crowley's groundbreaking 1968 play, The Boys in the Band, centers on a group of gay men who gather in a New York City apartment for a friend's birthday party. After the drinks are poured and the music gets cranked up, the evening slowly exposes the fault lines beneath their friendships and the self-inflicted heartache that threatens their solidarity. A theatrical game-changer, The Boys in the Band helped spark a revolution by putting gay men's lives onstage — unapologetically and without judgment — in a world that was not willing to fully accept them. This revival, directed by multi-Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, stars Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, and Andrew Rannells.
A BRONX TALE
Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, A Bronx Tale is a streetwise musical that takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s—where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Featuring a doo-wop score, A Bronx Tale is a story about respect, loyalty, love, and above all else: family.
CAROUSEL: Performances being February 2018
Carousel follows the tragic romance of carousel barker Billy Bigelow (Tony Nomine Joshua Henry) and mill worker Julie Jordan (Tony-Award Winner Jessie Mueller). The show features a catalogue of musical-theater standards including “If I Loved You,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
CHICAGO: 1997 Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Best Director of a Musical, Best Choreography and Best Lighting Design
Murder, greed, corruption, violence, exploitation, adultery and treachery–all those things we hold near and dear to our hearts. Chicago is the kiss-and-tell tale of Roxie Hart, a chorus girl who kills her lover as a career move; Billy Flynn, a sharp lawyer who turns Roxie into a celebrity; and Velma Kelly, a dancing jailbird with an ear for headlines and an eye for talent. Chicago is a loving look back at vaudeville, a timely satire of the justice system.
Direct from an acclaimed run in London, the powerful Royal Court Theatre production of Lucy Kirkwood's astonishing new play makes its American debut with the heralded original cast. In a remote cottage on the lonely British coast, a couple of retired nuclear engineers are living a quiet life. Outside, the world is in utter chaos following a devastating series of events. When an old friend turns up at their door, they're shocked to discover the real reason for her visit.
CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD: Performances begin March 22, 2018
Following the story of a relationship between a deaf former students and her teacher, Mark Medoff’s groundbreaking 1980 Tony-Award winning drama returns to Broadway using both spoken word and sign language.
COME FROM AWAY: 2017 Tony Award: Best Direction of a Musical
Come From Away is based on the true story of when the isolated community of Gander, Newfoundland played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleep-over when 38 planes, carrying thousands of people from across the globe, were diverted to Gander’s air strip on September 11, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the people of Gander cheered the stranded travelers with music, an open bar and the recognition that we’re all part of a global family.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN: 2017 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Lead Actor in a Musical (Ben Platt) Featured Actress in a Musical (Rachel Bay Jones), Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Orchestrations
All his life, Evan Hansen has felt invisible. But when a tragic event shocks the community and thrusts him into the center of a rapidly evolving controversy, Evan is given the opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to be somebody else. A new American musical, Dear Evan Hansen is a deeply personal and profoundly contemporary story about a little lie that changes everything. Once you've seen it, you will be moved. You will be changed. You will be found.
ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE: Performances begin February 16, 2018
Featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer names Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out.
FARINELLI AND THE KING
King Philippe V of Spain (Mark Rylance) lies awake in his chamber, plagued by insomnia. The queen, desperate for a cure, hears of Farinelli — a castrato with a voice so divine that it can captivate all who hear it. Astonished when Farinelli sings, Philippe begs him to stay. But will Farinelli, one of the greatest celebrities of his time, choose a life of solitude over fame and fortune in the opera houses of Europe?
FROZEN: Performances begin February 22, 2018
Frozen follows two royal sisters, Elsa and Anna, whose relationship is put to the test when Elsa’s magical ice powers are unleashed. Also in the mix are a strapping iceman, his reindeer, a fast-talking snowman and a too-good-to-be-true prince. The score will feature brand new songs as well as beloved favorites from the hit Disney film.
GETTIN’ THE BAND BACK TOGETHER: Performances begin July 19
Mitch Papadopolous always dreamed of being the next Bruce Springsteen, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while, he thought he had everything — the high-paying job, the high-rise apartment — until his 40th birthday, when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his mom in Sayreville, New Jersey. And when his high school archnemesis (with a 20-year-old grudge and a tangerine spray-tan) threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can…by winning the Battle of the Bands. So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang (a math teacher who isn't good at math, an Irish cop who dreams of being on Broadway, a dermatologist who can't get a date, and a 16-year-old Jewish rapper who makes Vanilla Ice look cool), and sets out to win the battle and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind — proving it's never too late to give your dreams one last shot.
HAMILTON: 2016 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Book of a Musical, Original Score, Leading Actor in a Musical (Leslie Odom Jr), Featured Actor in a Musical (Daveed Diggs) Featured Actress in a Musical (Renee Elise Goldsberry), Costume Design of a Musical, Lighting Design of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography, Orchestrations.
From the creative team behind the In The Heights comes Hamilton, a new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda wields his pen and takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD: Performances begin Spring 2018
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places
HELLO, DOLLY!: 2017 Tony Awards: Best Revival of a Musical, Lead Actress in a Musical (Bette Midler), Featured Actor in a Musical (Gavin Creel), Best Costume Design of a Musical
Bette Midler stars as Dolly Gallagher in the revival of the 1964 musical. Featuring music and lyrics by Jerry Herman and a book by Michael Stewart, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of an outspoken matchmaker and her attempts to marry "half-a-millionaire" Horace Vandergelder. Produced by Scott Rudin, the show has a book by Michael Stewart, based on The Matchmaker by Thornton Wilder. It won a then-record 10 Tony Awards in 1964, including Best Musical, and ran 2,844 performances, making it briefly the longest-running musical in Broadway history.
THE ICEMAN COMETH: Performances begin March 22
Multi-Academy Award winner and Tony Award winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in one of the signal roles in the American theater in Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh. Washington, fresh off his extraordinary sell-out runs in both Fences and A Raisin in the Sun, comes back to the Main Stem. Multi-Tony winner George C. Wolfe directs this strictly limited engagement.
JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART: Performances begin December 21, 2017
Virtuosity and imagination combine in John Lithgow: Stories by Heart as Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow creates a singularly intimate evening. With equal measures of humor and heart, he evokes memories of family, explores and expands the limits of the actor's craft, and masterfully conjures a cast of indelible characters from classic short stories by Ring Lardner and P. G. Wodehouse.
KING KONG: Performances begin October 8, 2018
From Jack Thorne, the acclaimed writer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, comes a thrilling theatrical take on an epic modern myth. Directed and choreographed by Olivier Award winner Drew McOnie, with an electrifying new score by Marius de Vries (La La Land) and Eddie Perfect (Strictly Ballroom the Musical), King Kong comes alive through an innovative mix of robotics, puppetry, and stagecraft. Follow an ambitious young actor and a maverick filmmaker as they voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the greatest wonder the world has ever seen. At the center of this 21st-century re-imagining is a 2,000-pound gorilla brought to life by a team of seamlessly integrated artists and technicians. Don't miss this larger-than-life encounter with a legend that's always been too big to contain.
KINKY BOOTS: 2013 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Leading Actor in a Musical (Billy Porter), Best Original Score, Best Choreography, Best Orchestrations, Best Sound Design of a Musical
In Kinky Boots, 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. Inspired by a true story and based on the film, Kinky Boots features a warm and witty book by Harvey Fierstein (La Cage, Torch Song Trilogy, Newsies) and a richly diverse musical score from Cyndi Lauper, in her Tony Award winning theatrical debut.
LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS
Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo (Ghetto Klown) returns to Broadway in this original one-man comedic play. In Latin History for Morons, Leguizamo schools his son — and the audience — on the buried history of Latinos in the Americas. Spurred by the near total absence of Latinos in his son's American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Hispanic hero for his son's school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown patriots of the American Revolutionary and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 95 irreverent, uncensored minutes in his trademark style.
THE LION KING: 1998 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Choreography, Best Director (Julie Taymor)
Giraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap! The entire savanna comes to life and, as the music soars, Pride Rock slowly rises out of the stage. This is The Lion King. The winner of six 1998 Tony Awards, including Best New Musical, it is the story of a young lion cub named Simba who struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destined role as king. To bring the classic 1994 film to life, Disney turned to the story’s roots, its rich mythology, powerful human drama and primal African rhythms to create a fantastic new musical unlike anything Broadway has ever seen.
LOBBY HERO: Performances begin March 1
What happens when emotions come in conflict with principles, and how do choices under pressure define who we really are? The lobby of a Manhattan apartment building is much more than a waiting area for four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation. It's a testing ground for what happens when personal and professional personas find themselves at odds. A young security guard with big ambitions clashes with his stern boss, an intense rookie cop, and her unpredictable partner in a play from the 2017 Oscar-winning writer of Manchester by the Sea. Emmy Award nominee Brian Tyree Henry, Michael Cera, and Chris Evans star; Trip Cullman directs.
Inspired by Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, David Henry Hwang’s modern classic, M. Butterfly charts the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer—a remarkable love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. Their 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, east and west—while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit.
MEAN GIRLS: Performances begin Spring 2018
After years of living with her zoologist parents in Africa, Cady Heron moves to Illinois and must find where she fits in the social hierarchy. A sweet, naive newbie, Cady quickly attracts the attention of The Plastics, a trio of popular frenemies led by the vicious and calculating Regina George. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. Full of razor-sharp wit and remarkable insight, Mean Girls takes a look at friendships—and human nature—through a ferociously funny lens.
Written by Tony Award-nominated playwright and comedy icon Steve Martin, Meteor Shower is a new play starring Emmy Award winner Amy Schumer in her Broadway debut, Emmy winner Keegan-Michael Key (also making his Broadway debut), Tony winner Laura Benanti, and Alan Tudyk. Jerry Zaks, a multi-Tony winner, directs. Meteor Shower is set in Ojai, California, on a hot night. Corky (Schumer) and her husband, Norm (Tudyk), are having another couple over for dinner. However, Gerald (Key) and Laura (Benanti) aren't looking for a casual evening of polite small talk with new friends. Instead, the two couples find themselves in a marital free-fall matched in velocity and peril only by the smoldering space rocks tearing through the sky.
MY FAIR LADY: Performances begin March 22, 2018
Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s play and Gabriel Pascal’s motion picture Pygmalion, My Fair Lady premiered on Broadway on March 15, 1956. Boasting a score that contains such now-classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Get Me to the Church on Time,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “On the Street Where You Live,” “The Rain in Spain,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face,” My Fair Lady was hailed by The New York Times as “one of the best musicals of the century,” by the Christian Science Monitor as “a work of theatre magic,” and by the NY Herald Tribune as “a miraculous musical.”
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
Once On This Island follows Ti Moune, a peasant girl in the Antilles who falls in love with Daniel, a young man she saves from a car crash. When he returns to his wealthy family on the other side of the island, four Gods: Mother of the Earth Asaka, God of Water Agwé, Goddess of Love Erzulie and Demon of Death Papa Ge, guide Ti Mourne through a test of her love against prejudice and hate.
THE PARISIAN WOMAN
The Parisian Woman is set in Washington, D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having, especially after the 2016 election. At the center is Chloe, a socialite armed with charm and wit, coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage and an uncertain future. Dark humor and drama collide at this pivotal moment in Chloe's life, and in our nation's, when the truth isn't obvious and stakes couldn't be higher.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA: 1988 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Actor, Best Featured Actress, Best Director, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical tale is legendary becoming the longest running show in Broadway history! Unexplained accidents have been occurring at the Paris Opera, and the stuck-up diva, Carlotta, refuses to go on. Christine, a young singer, takes her place and is a triumph. Christine meets the Phantom who has taught her to sing so beautifully, as the romantic and haunting story drives forward to its dramatic climax.
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG: 2017 Tony Awards: Best Scenic Design of a Play
The Play That Goes Wrong is a riotous comedy about the theatre. The play introduces The 'Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society' who are attempting to put on a 1920s' murder mystery, but as the title suggests, everything that can go wrong…does, as the accident prone thespians battle on against all the odds to get to their final curtain call.
PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL: Performances begin July 20
Vivian and Edward are unlikely soulmates who overcome all odds to find each other…and themselves. Experience moments from the beloved movie — and get to know these iconic characters in a whole new way — in this dazzlingly theatrical take on a love story for the ages. Brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood, and Broadway, Pretty Woman: The Musical may just lift your spirits and lighten your heart.
ROCKTOPIA: Performances begin March 20
Created through the unique vision of vocalist and recording artist Rob Evan and maestro Randall Craig Fleischer, a pioneer in the fusion of symphonic rock and world music, Rocktopia delivers one-of-a-kind, spine-tingling musical arrangements with insanely talented lead vocalists, a five-piece rock band, an orchestra of 20, and a choir of 40. Developed over eight years, Rocktopia is inspired by the idea that if Beethoven and Mozart were alive today, they would be rock stars. With extensive knowledge of both genres, Evan and Fleisher looked for common themes, potency, and emotional resonance in the songs before fusing them together to create explosive and moving new musical arrangements.
SAINT JOAN: Performances being April 3
Multi-Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (A Doll's House, Part 2) will star as one of history's greatest heroines in a new production of George Bernard Shaw's epic work, directed by Daniel Sullivan (The Little Foxes). Set in 15th-century France, Saint Joan follows a country girl whose mysterious visions propel her into elite circles. When the nation's rulers become threatened by her popularity and influence, they unite to bring her down, and she finds herself on trial for her life. This timeless and powerful play dramatizes the limits of an individual in a society dominated by overwhelming political and religious forces.
SCHOOL OF ROCK
In School of Rock - The Musical, down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.
SPONGE BOB SQUAREPANTS
Stakes are higher than ever before as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, an unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. Acclaimed Steppenwolf director Tina Landau and the groundbreaking designers behind Fun Home,Hedwig and the Angry Inch, and Spring Awakening have reimagined Bikini Bottom for the Broadway stage, bringing the spirit of SpongeBob to life with humanity, heart, and theatricality. With an original score featuring songs by Sara Bareilles, John Legend, the Flaming Lips, and more, SpongeBob SquarePants explodes with energy.
TRAVESTIES: Performances begin March 29
Direct from sold-out productions at London's Menier Chocolate Factory and the West End comes the first Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard's Tony Award-winning play Travesties. Tony nominee Patrick Marber returns to direct the London production's acclaimed star Tom Hollander as Henry Carr. A kaleidoscopic thrill ride, Travesties is set in 1917 Zurich. There an artist, a writer, and a revolutionary (Tristan Tzara, James Joyce, and Vladimir Lenin, respectively) collide.
WAITRESS: A NEW MUSICAL
Based upon the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, the new musical with music by five-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles follows the story of Jenna an inventive waitress trapped in a small-town diner and a loveless marriage. Pregnant and lonely, Jenna finds relief in making creatively-titled pies — and in a budding romance with an unlikely newcomer. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must weigh her commitments against a rare shot at freedom and recognition.
WICKED: 2004 Tony Awards: Best Actress in a Musical, Best Costume Design and Best Scenic Design
Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald-green skin, is smart fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two unlikely friends end up as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch makes for the most spellbinding musical in years. Over a decade into its incredible blockbuster run, Wicked continues to sell out one of Broadway’s largest houses nightly. If popularity is any indication, you will likely fall in love with this show too. Whether it’s the breathtaking stagecraft, the vocal pyrotechnics, or the lush score, something will reel you into this fresh twist on a classic American story.
OFF BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS
New York City is home to some of the most vibrant and innovative theater in the world. Renowned Off-Broadway producers include The Public, New York Theatre Workshop, The Vineyard Theatre, Atlantic Theater Company, Primary Stages, MCC Theater, and many more! These theater companies often do not announce their full seasons far in advance, but if you are interested in exploring the riches of Off Broadway, please check with your Pro Musica tour representative for the most up to date listing of shows available.
AT HOME AT THE ZOO: Performances begin January 30, 2018
This new production of Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo, directed by Lila Neugebauer (Everybody), honors Albee, who passed away in 2016. In Act 1, "Homelife," we meet Peter and his wife, who live a comfortable but vaguely unhappy bourgeois existence; in the second act, the classic "The Zoo Story," Peter is forever altered by an oddly persistent stranger in Central Park. With jolts of brutality and Albee's signature dark humor, this seminal play explores both the love and the cruelty that we inflict on each other every day.
Tony-winning musical Avenue Q, the hilarious and heartfelt story of a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York with big dreams and little money, is now delighting off-Broadway audiences! Brian can only afford to live on Avenue Q but—good news!—his neighbors turn out to be a remarkably funny bunch of characters. Picture a grown-up episode of Sesame Street, with satirical songs (“It Sucks To Be Me”) and jokes replacing preschool-style banter. The actors remain visible at all times and mimic the action of their puppets, adding yet another level of humor.
THE BLACK ANGELS OVER TUSKEGEE
Black Angels Over Tuskegee is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen told in narrative of six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Forces. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The play goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them.
BLUE MAN GROUP
Blue Man Group feature three enigmatic bald and blue characters who take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theatre, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else.
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE
This award-winning and electrifying production of A Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess's literary masterpiece, arrives in New York direct from a sold-out run in London. A Clockwork Orange lures audiences into a glass-edged, testosterone-filled underworld of a dystopian future. The explosive story of little Alex and his band of droogs is a groundbreaking classic teeming with sexuality and "a bit of the old ultra-violence." The story feels as hauntingly relevant today as when the book was published in 1962 and when Stanley Kubrick's Oscar-nominated film caused a stir in 1971. A Clockwork Orange remains an unapologetic celebration of the human condition and individual freedoms.
THIS FLAT EARTH: Performances begin March 16, 2018
At a middle school in this seaside town, the unthinkable has happened, placing a bewildered community in the national spotlight. Stuck at home in a state of shocked limbo, Julie and Zander, two thirteen-year-olds, try to make sense of the chaos they witnessed, their awkward crushes, and an infinitely more complicated future — but the grown-ups are no help at all. An urgent response to our times, This Flat Earth is a startling and deeply felt story of growing up in our confounding world.
FOR PETER PAN ON HER 70th BIRTHDAY
Playing Peter Pan at her hometown children’s theater is one of Ann’s fondest, most formative memories. Now, 50 years later, Neverland calls again, casting her and her siblings back to this faraway dreamscape where the refusal to grow up confronts the inevitability of growing old. In her highly anticipated return to Playwrights, Sarah Ruhl conjures a tender, yearning tale that flies in the face of time, in the search for a second youth.
GAZILLION BUBBLE SHOW
Bubble Artist Fan Yang brings his magnificent show to New York! Over the past two decades, Fan Yang has explored the fragile and mysterious world of soap bubbles and emerged with a completely new medium, blending art and science to dazzle audiences around the globe. Hailed by David Letterman of The Late Show, as “The Greatest Bubble Artist in the World”, Fan Yang’s gorgeous and unique creations defy gravity and logic as we know it. Gazillion Bubble Show is the first and only interactive stage production of its kind, complete with fantastic light effects, lasers, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry. Children and adults of all ages are sure to be amazed, mystified and enchanted!
LOG CABIN: Performances begin June 1, 2018
It’s a faraway age of hope and inclusivity; in other words, it’s 2015. When a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians – comfy in the new mainstream – see themselves through the eyes of their rakish transgender pal, it’s clear that the march toward progress is anything but unified. With stinging satire and acute compassion, Jordan Harrison’s pointed comedy charts the breakdown of empathy that happens when we think our rights are secure, revealing conservative hearts where you’d least expect.
THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES
The Marvelous Wonderettes takes a cotton-candied colored musical trip down memory lane to the 1958 Springfield High School prom where we meet "The Wonderettes", four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. Audiences experience their lives and loves from prom night to their ten year reunion as told through more than twenty chart topping hits of the era!
MAD LIBS LIVE!
Mad Libs Live! follows four teenagers, Virtuosa, Gogo, Geyser and Merrily, as they band together to win a singing competition. But when they realize their songs have some holes, its up to the audience to help them out. So essentially, whether they win or not is up to you.
PARADISE BLUE: April 24-June 3, 2018
In 1949, Detroit’s Blackbottom neighborhood is gentrifying. Blue, a troubled trumpeter and the owner of Paradise Club, is torn between remaining in Blackbottom with his loyal lover Pumpkin and leaving behind a traumatic past. But when the arrival of a mysterious woman stirs up tensions, the fate of Paradise Club hangs in the balance. Paradise Blue is the first production of Obie Award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau’s Signature Residency. Directed by Tony Award-winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Piano Lesson, Jitney), it is a thrilling and timely look at the changes a community endures to find its resilience.
SLEEP NO MORE
A legendary hotel. Shakespeare's fallen hero. A film noir shadow of suspense. Emursive presents Punchdrunk's Sleep No More at The McKittrick Hotel. Emursive produces immersive theatre in extraordinary places. Punchdrunk's Sleep No More is an award-winning theatrical experience that tells Shakespeare's classic tragedy through the lens of a film noir movie. Audiences move freely through the epic world of the story at their own pace, choosing where to go and what to see, and everyone's journey is different and unique. *No one under sixteen will be admitted.
Stomp has been an answer on Jeopardy!, nominated for an Academy Award, won two Emmy Awards for the HBO special Stomp Out Loud, and jammed with everyone from Quincy Jones to Big Bird. Rather than using conventional instruments, the ensemble uses everyday objects to create amazing sounds and celebrate rhythm.
SWEENEY TODD: THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET: Closes December 31, 2017
Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled and imprisoned barber, returns home to Victorian London hungry for revenge. He takes up the tools of his trade again, this time using them to cut throats as well as hair. A neighborhood pie shop proprietress quickly becomes his partner in crime and business. She suggests making meat pies out of Sweeney's victims, and together the two of them carve out a niche for themselves in the market. Now the Tooting Arts Club is serving up a fresh production of this musical theater classic. Their immersive revival is transferring to New York City after a sold-out run in London, where it premiered at Harrington's Pie and Mash Shop.
TORCH SONG: Performances begin September 26, 2017
Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie (Buyer & Cellar) will star in a new, retitled revival of Harvey Fierstein's classic play Torch Song, directed by Moisés Kaufman. It's 1979 in New York City and Arnold Beckoff is on a quest for love, purpose and family. He's fierce in drag and fearless in crisis, and he won't stop until he achieves the life he desires as a doting husband and a Jewish mother. Now, Arnold is back…and he's here to sing you a torch song.
THE TREASURER: Performances begin September 22, 2017
Ida Armstrong is broke, lonely, and fading fast. And she’s spending all of her children’s money, forcing her son to assume the unwanted role of The Treasurer: an arrangement that becomes untenable the more he questions his devotion to her. In this darkly funny, sharply intimate portrait, Max Posner chronicles the strained ties between a son and his aging mother, and the hell of a guilty conscience.