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 August 1, 2019. 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.
AIN’T TOO PROUD- THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE TEMPTATIONS: 2019 Tony Award: Best Choreography
Ain't Too Proud is a new musical about the life and times of the Temptations, ranked the top R&B group in history by Billboard magazine in 2017. At first, the band members were just five young guys on the streets of Detroit. Then they were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his legendary new label. After 24 attempts, they finally scored a hit, and the rest is history — how they met, how they rose, the heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the nation fell into civil unrest. Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo, and multi-Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff bring this thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal to the stage. Ain't Too Proud includes iconic hits like "My Girl," "Just My Imagination," and "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" as well as the signature dance moves that made the "Classic Five" Temptations part of American cultural history.
In the middle-eastern town of Agrabah, Princess Jasmine is feeling hemmed in by her father’s desire to find her a royal groom. Meanwhile, the Sultan’s right-hand man, Jafar, is plotting to take over the throne. When Jasmine sneaks out of the palace incognito, she forms an instant connection with Aladdin, a charming street urchin and reformed thief. After being discovered together, Aladdin is sentenced to death, but Jafar saves him by ordering him to fetch a lamp from the Cave of Wonders. Where there’s a lamp, there’s a Genie, and once Aladdin unwittingly lets this one out, anything can happen! Will Aladdin’s new identity as “Prince Ali” help him win Jasmine’s heart and thwart Jafar’s evil plans? Will the Genie’s wish for freedom ever come true?
It's showtime, folks! Beetlejuice is ruder, raunchier, and frankly, more repellent than ever in this musical based on Tim Burton's wonderfully demented film. Beetlejuice tells the story of Lydia Deetz, an unusual teenager obsessed with the whole "being dead thing." Luckily for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with-the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages, and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits. Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman (School of Rock) stars, and multi-Tony nominee Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher) directs.
BETRAYAL: Performances begin August 14
Harold Pinter’s Betrayal will open on Broadway following its smash-hit, extended run in London’s West End. Directed by Mr. Lloyd, Betrayal stars Golden Globe, Olivier, and Evening Standard Award winner Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox, all making their Broadway debuts as Robert, Jerry, and Emma. With poetic precision, rich humor, and an extraordinary emotional force, Betrayalcharts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order.
BIRTHDAY CANDLES: Performances begin April 2, 2020
Debra Messing (Will & Grace) returns to the stage as Ernestine Ashworth, who spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe. Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Her 70th. Her 101st. Five generations, dozens of goldfish, an infinity of dreams, one cake baked over a century. What makes a lifetime…into a life? Noah Haidle makes his Broadway debut with a poignant new play as fearless in scope as it is tremendous in heart.
BLUE: Performances begin Spring 2020
Three generations of a small-town South Carolina family. Feisty matriarch, Tillie, gives son Sam Jr. unsolicited advice about running the family business. Sam III runs with the girls, 12-year-old Reuben runs errands, and fashion-conscious Peggy runs up the credit cards. Blue explores the complexities of identity and trust behind the carefully constructed façade of the Clarks, a socially prominent family that is struggling with the legacy and pitfalls of their own good fortune. Infused with a searing jazz and soul score, Blue celebrates the love and spirit of a family coming to terms with itself.
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
The Book of Mormon follows two young missionaries who are sent to Uganda to try to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. One missionary, Elder Price, is an enthusiastic go-getter with a strong dedication to his faith, while his partner, Elder Cunningham, is a socially awkward but well meaning nerd whose tendency to embroider the truth soon lands him in trouble. Upon their arrival in Africa, Elders Price and Cunningham learn that in a society plagued by AIDS, poverty and violence, a successful mission may not be as easy as they expected. Winner of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Musical, The Book of Mormon 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.
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.
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.
DAVID BYRNE’S AMERICAN UTOPIA: Performances begin October 4, 2019
David Byrne’s American Utopia is the once-in-a-lifetime Broadway event that marks a major cultural milestone in the worlds of music and theatre. Innovative pop/rock icon David Byrne (Talking Heads, Here Lies Love) shares the spotlight with a diverse ensemble of 11 musical artists from around the globe. Together with choreographer Annie-B Parson and production consultant Alex Timbers (his collaborators on Here Lies Love), Byrne and ensemble deliver a show that’s as surprisingly poignant as it is supremely funky.
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.
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME: Performances begin September 13, 2019, Closes January 5, 2020
Conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale, Freestyle Love Supreme features six talented performers providing nonstop action throughout a fast-paced evening, spinning cues from the audience into humorous bits, instantaneous songs and fully realized musical numbers. The vocals of the performers—from singing to rapping to beat-boxing with harmonies and freestyle flow—are backed by keyboards and human percussion.
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 features brand new songs as well as beloved favorites from the hit film.
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY: Performances begin February 7, 2020
1934. A time-weathered guesthouse in the heartland of America. Only a song can shake off the dust for one group of wayward souls—and old dreams may hold the promise of new beginnings. As they pass in and out of each other’s lives, their stories awaken with passion, fury and extraordinary beauty. Reimagining the music of Bob Dylan as roof-raising ensemble pieces and soul-stirring solos, celebrated playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir, The Seafarer) writes and directs this heartbreaking and universal story about family and love. After critically-acclaimed, smash-hit runs at The Public Theater, The Old Vic London, and in the West End, Girl from the North Country brings its rousing spirit to Broadway.
GRAND HORIZONS: Performances begin December 20, 2019
Bill and Nancy have spent fifty full years as husband and wife. They practically breathe in unison, and can anticipate each other's every sigh, snore and sneeze. But just as they settle comfortably into their new home in Grand Horizons, senior comunity, the unthinkable happens: Nancy suddenly wants out. As their two adult sons struggle to cope with the shocking news, they are forced to question everything they assumed about the people they thought they knew best. By turns funny, shocking and painfully honest, Bess Wohl's new play explores a family turned upside-down and takes an intimate look at the wild, unpredictable, and enduring nature of love.
THE GREAT SOCIETY: Performances begin September 6
Capturing Lyndon B. Johnson's passionate and aggressive attempts to build a great society for all, the new play follows his epic triumph in a landslide election to the agonizing decision not to run for re-election just three years later. It was an era that would define history forever: the rise of the Civil Rights Movement, the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, the destruction of Vietnam and the creation of some of the greatest social programs America has ever known—with one man at the center of it all: LBJ.
HADESTOWN: 2019 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Original Score, Featured Actor in a Musical (Andre DeShields) Senic Design of a Musical, Lighting Design of a Musical, Sound Design of a Musical, Best Direction of a Musical, Best Orchestrations,
In the warmth of summertime, songwriter Orpheus and his muse Eurydice are living it up and falling in love. But as winter approaches, reality sets in: these young dreamers can’t survive on songs alone. Tempted by the promise of plenty, Eurydice is lured to the depths of industrial Hadestown. On a quest to save her, Orpheus journeys to the underworld where their trust is put to a final test.
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.
Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda has given words and music to the story of an unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. Miranda's work is an exploration of a political mastermind who went from being a bastard orphan to George Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury Department secretary who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and Aaron Burr, lifelong friend and foe of Hamilton, 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- Parts 1 and 2: 2018 Tony Awards: Scenic Design of a Play, Costume Design of a Play, Lighting Design of a Play, Sound Design of a Play, Direction of a Play
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
THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM: Performances begin September 10
Two-time Olivier and Tony winner Jonathan Pryce joins three-time Olivier Award winner Eileen Atkins to bring the acclaimed West End sensation by Florian Zeller, and translated by Christopher Hampton, to Broadway. For 50 years the lives of André and Madeleine have been filled with the everyday pleasures and unfathomable mysteries of an enduring marriage, until suddenly their life together begins to unravel, and this loving relationship is faced with the inevitability of change. Jonathan Kent directs this thrilling production.
THE INHERITANCE: Performances begin September 27
This epic new play by Matthew Lopez marks the Broadway debut of a bold new voice in American theatre, directed by visionary two-time Tony Award® winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, Netflix’s "The Crown"). The Inheritance is a life-affirming journey of tears and laughter, through conflicts and connections, heartbreak and hope. A new play, generations in the making. Re-envisioning E. M. Forster’s masterpiece “Howards End” to 21st-century New York, The Inheritance follows the interlinking lives of three generations of gay men searching for a community of their own – and a place to call home.
JAGGED LITTLE PILL: Performances begin November 3
The Healys appear to be a picture-perfect suburban family—but looks can be deceiving. When the cracks beneath the surface begin to show, they must choose between maintaining the status quo or facing harsh truths about themselves, their community, and the world around them. Featuring lyrics by seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette and music by Morissette and six-time Grammy winner Glen Ballard, Jagged Little Pill is directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Waitress, Pippin) and features an original story by Academy Award-winning writer Diablo Cody (Juno, Tully). Movement Direction & Choreography is by Olivier Award winner and frequent Beyoncé collaborator Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and Musical Supervision, Orchestrations and Arrangements are by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, American Idiot).
LINDA VISTA: Performances begin September 19
Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts takes a brutally comedic look at Wheeler, a 50-year-old divorcee in the throes of a mid-life spiral. Just out of his ex-wife’s garage and into a place of his own, Wheeler starts on a path toward self-discovery — navigating blind dates, old friends, and new love. Full of opinions, yet short on self-examination, Wheeler must reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be.
THE LION KING: 1998 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design, Best Lighting Design, Best Choreography, Best Director (Julie Taymor)
Based on the 1994 Disney film, The Lion King continues to reign as one of the most popular shows on Broadway and around the world. With a powerful score by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, The Lion King amazes with astounding stage wizardry from visionary director Julie Taymor. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by an enormous company of international performers whose detailed costumes, carved masks, and intricate makeup will transport you to the gorgeous vistas of the African savanna. Experience the stunning visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the exhilarating choreography of this musical theater phenomenon — one of the most awe-inspiring productions ever brought to life onstage. A remarkable tale of hope and adventure, The Lion King has found its way into the hearts of millions.
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.
THE MINUTES: Performances begin February 2020
This Broadway production reunites playwright Tracy Letts with director Anna D. Shapiro after a premiere production at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 2017. A 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist, The Minutes is Letts’ brisk, scathing new comedy about small-town politics and real-world power. Full of chicanery, back-stabbing, manipulation and perhaps some mistruths, the play refracts the current state of America and our politics through a town meeting in the very small fictional city of Big Cherry.
MOULIN ROGUE! THE MUSICAL
Enter a world of splendor and romance, of eye-popping excess, of glitz, grandeur and glory! A world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows and revel in electrifying enchantment. Pop the champagne and prepare for the spectacular spectacular... Welcome to Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Baz Luhrmann’s revolutionary film comes to life onstage, remixed in a new musical mash-up extravaganza. A theatrical celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and—above all—LOVE, Moulin Rouge! is more than a musical; it is a state of mind. How wonderful life is...at the Moulin Rouge.
THE MUSIC MAN: Performances begin September 9, 2020
There is trouble in River City when con artist Harold Hill arrives in town. There's only one problem with his plans--he falls in love with the straight-laced librarian, Marian. Featuring songs such as "Seventy-Six Trombones," "Trouble," "'Til There Was You," "Pickalittle" and "Gary, Indiana. Two-time Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman and two -time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster return to Broadway as Professor Harold Hill and Marian the librarian in the beloved classic musical.
MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON: Performances begin January 6, 2020
Four-time Emmy winner, two-time Golden Globe winner, three-time Academy Award and four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney returns to Broadway in a haunting new solo play adapted by Rona Munro from the bestselling novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout. A sold-out sensation originally produced by the London Theatre Company at the Bridge Theatre in London, Ms. Linney reprises her role as Lucy Barton, a woman who wakes after an operation to find – much to her surprise – her mother at the foot of her bed. They haven’t seen each other in years. During their days-long visit, Lucy tries to understand her past, works to come to terms with her family, and begins to find herself as a writer. This spellbinding story is directed by five-time Olivier Award winner Richard Eyre.
OKLAHOMA!: Closes January 19, 2020: Best Revival of a Musical, Featured Actress in a Musical (Ali Stroker)
Daniel Fish's acclaimed production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! will move to Broadway this spring. The intimate production brings audiences and artists together and makes this classic musical feel as though it were written for today's America. The production has no chorus, a seven-piece band, and a theater repurposed as a community social hall,which coincides with the iconic Rodgers & Hammerstein musical's 75th anniversary.
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 ROSE TATTOO: Performances begin September 19
Celebrated film star, Marisa Tomei reunites with director, and Roundabout alum, Trip Cullman following their acclaimed production of The Rose Tattoo at Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2016. This is one Tennessee Williams woman you won’t soon forget. Marisa Tomei plays Serafina, a widow who rekindles her desire for love, lust and life in the arms of a fiery suitor. Sharply directed by Cullman, Williams’ lesser-known gem sizzles with humor and heart in sultry New Orleans. Serafina erupts from the depths of despair to the heights of passion in this Tony Award-winning Best Play.
SEA WALL/A LIFE
Meet Alex, a photographer on a holiday with his family in the south of France. Meet Abe, a music producer with a baby on the way. Two men – both fathers, husbands, and sons – take us on a journey you will never forget. The finest actors of their generation, Academy Award® nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (Sunday In The Park With George) and Tony Award® nominee Tom Sturridge (1984), had audiences roaring to their feet at the sold-out engagement at The Public Theater. Now Sea Wall/A Life, from the visionary creative team behind The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Constellations and A Doll’s House, comes to Broadway.
SLAVE PLAY: Performances begin September 10
The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation — in the breeze, in the cotton fields...and in the crack of the whip. Nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems. Slave Play rips apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender, and sexuality in 21st-century America.
THE SOUND INSIDE: Performances begin September 14
A Tenured Professor. A Talented Student. A Troubling Favor. The riveting and enthralling new play The Sound Inside is a stunningly suspenseful piece of theatre that proves: everyone has a story—the question is how it ends. Tony, Golden Globe, Emmy winner Mary-Louise Parker will star in the Broadway premiere of The Sound Inside, written by Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter), directed by Tony Award winner David Cromer (The Band’s Visit). Ms. Parker will revisit her acclaimed performance as Bella in Rapp’s new play following its world premiere last summer at Williamstown Theatre Festival (New York Times “Critic’s Pick”). Will Hochman will make his Broadway debut reprising his role as Christopher.
TAKE ME OUT: Performances begin April 2, 2020
In this Tony Award®-winning Best Play, playwright Richard Greenberg celebrates the personal and professional intricacies of America’s favorite pastime. When Darren Lemming, the star center fielder for the Empires, comes out of the closet, the reception off the field reveals a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices. Facing some hostile teammates and fraught friendships, Darren is forced to contend with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution. As the Empires struggle to rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question tradition, their loyalties, and the price of victory. Directed by Scott Ellis.
TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Tina Turner didn’t just break the rules, she rewrote them. This new stage musical reveals the untold story of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race. The critically acclaimed new musical based on the life of Tina Turner transfers from London with Tony & Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren reprising her role as the legendary artist.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: 2019 Tony Awards: Featured Actress in a Play (Celia Kennan-Bolger)
Aaron Sorkin's new play is an adaptation of Harper Lee's classic novel about life and (in)justice in a small Alabama town. Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger star as Atticus Finch and Scout, respectively. Bartlett Sher directs.Published in 1960, Harper Lee’s debut novel To Kill a Mockingbird was an immediate and astonishing success. It won the Pulitzer Prize and quickly became a global phenomenon, with more than 50 million copies in print to date. Considered one of the great classics of modern American literature, the novel has never been out of print since its original publication 57 years ago. Inspired by Lee’s own childhood in Alabama, To Kill a Mockingbird features one of literature’s towering symbols of integrity and righteousness in the character of Atticus Finch, based on Lee’s own father. The character of Scout, based on Lee herself, has come to define youthful innocence—and its inevitable loss—for generation after generation of readers around the world. In a Library of Congress survey on books that have most affected people’s lives, To Kill a Mockingbird was second only to the Bible. In 1999, American librarians named it the “Best Novel of the Twentieth Century.” Now, for the first time ever, Harper Lee’s open-hearted dissection of justice and tolerance in the American South will be brought vividly to life on the Broadway stage.
TOOTSIE: 2019 Tony Awards: Best Book of A Musical, Lead Actor in a Musical (Santino Fontana)
Based on the Academy Award-winning movie starring Dustin Hoffman, the musical Tootsie tells the story of a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime. The show features an original score by Tony Award winner David Yazbek (The Band's Visit), a book by Robert Horn (13), choreography by Tony nominee Denis Jones (Holiday Inn), and musical direction by Andrea Grody (The Band's Visit). Eight-time Tony nominee and Olivier Award winner Scott Ellis (She Loves Me) directs. Leading the company are Tony nominee Santino Fontana, Lilli Cooper, Sarah Stiles, John Behlmann, Andy Grotelueschen, Julie Halston, Michael McGrath, and Reg Rogers.
WAITRESS: A NEW MUSICAL: Closes January 5, 2020
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.
WEST SIDE STORY: Performances begin December 10
The most exciting musical theater masterpiece of the 20th century. The most visionary theatrical talents of the 21st century. Is there any wonder it’s “the most eagerly-awaited production of the new season”? (NY Post) When four theatrical giants — Jerome Robbins, Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim — created West Side Story, it was immediately hailed as an "indisputable, boundary-busting masterpiece” (The New York Times) that “explodes every imaginable idea of what a musical can be” (New York Magazine). Now, three of the most daring theater-makers of our time — director Ivo van Hove (A View From the Bridge and The Crucible), choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, and designer and frequent Van Hove collaborator Jan Versweyveld — offer a radical, thrilling new interpretation of this iconic work, with extraordinary dancing, breathtaking vision, and 23 young, brilliantly gifted performers all making their Broadway debuts. Don’t miss this opportunity to see a landmark in musical theater history as if for the very first time.
WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINA WOOLF?: Performances begin March 2, 2020
Edward Albee won the Tony Award for his first major play, in which a college professor and his wife invite a younger academic and his wife over for drinks after a late-night party, leading to an evening of sadistic games, attempted seductions and shattering revelations. Two-time Tony Award and three-time Emmy Award winner Laurie Metcalf and two-time Emmy Award winner Eddie Izzard will star on Broadway Edward Albee’s seminal drama.
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.
BLUE MAN GROUP
Blue Man Group features 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 BRIGHT ROOM CALLED DAY: Performances begin October 29
Agnes, an actress in Weimar Germany, and her cadre of passionate, progressive friends, are torn between protest, escape, and survival as the world they knew crumbles around them. Her story is interrupted by an American woman enraged by the cruelty of the Reagan administration, and a new character, grappling with the anxiety, distraction, hope, and hopelessness of an artist facing the once unthinkable rise of authoritarianism in modern America.
CAMBODIAN ROCK BAND: Performances begin February 4, closes March 8, 2020
Guitars tuned. Mic checked. Get ready to rock. This electric new play with music tells the story of a Khmer Rouge survivor returning back to Cambodia for the first time in thirty years as his daughter prepares to help prosecute one of Cambodia's most infamous war criminals. Backed by a live band playing contemporary Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian oldies, this thrilling story toggles back and forth in time as father and daughter face the music of the past. Directed by Chay Yew, the New York premiere of this intimate rock epic about family secrets is set against a dark chapter of Cambodian history.
CONFEDERATES: Performances begin May 12, closes June 14, 2020
Sarah, a savvy slave turned Union spy, and Sandra, a brilliant professor in a modern-day private university, are facing similar struggles, even though they live over a century apart. This New York premiere by MacArthur Genius Fellow Dominique Morisseau, directed by Kamilah Forbes (By the Way, Meet Vera Stark), leaps through time in order to trace the identities of these two black American women and explore the reins that racial and gender bias still hold on American educational systems today.
COAL COUNTRY: Performances begin February 18, 2020
In this riveting, emotionally stunning new work based on first-person accounts by survivors and family members, Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen, award-winning writers of The Exonerated, and three-time Grammy Award-winning country/folk legend Steve Earle, dig deep into the lives and loss of the most deadly mining disaster in recent U.S. history.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOF (IN YIDDISH): Closes January 5, 2020
Don’t miss the beloved story of a community and its struggle to balance traditions and desires in a changing world. The little town of Anatevka will bustle with the sounds of mame-loshn in the Yiddish language adaptation of Fiddler.
FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE CONSIDERED SUICIDE/WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF: Performances begin October 8
Filled with passion, humor, and raw honesty, legendary playwright/poet Ntozake Shange’s form-changing choreopoem tells the story of seven women of color using poetry, song, and movement. With unflinching honesty and emotion, each woman voices her survival story of getting by in a world shaped by sexism and racism.
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!
THE HOT WING KING: Performances begin February 11, closes March 15, 2020
Ready, set, fry! It’s time for the annual "Hot Wang Festival" in Memphis, Tennessee, and Cordell Crutchfield knows he has the wings that’ll make him king. Supported by his beau Dwayne and their culinary clique, The New Wing Order, Cordell is marinating and firing up his frying pan in a bid to reclaim the crispy crown. When Dwayne takes in his troubled nephew however, it becomes a recipe for disaster. Suddenly, a first place trophy isn’t the only thing Cordell risks losing.
Jersey Boys is the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn't get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect onstage, offstage it was a very different story — a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Oh What a Night," "Walk Like a Man," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You," and "Working My Way Back to You."
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.
THE MICHAELS: Performances begin October 19
Dinner is cooked, modern dances are rehearsed, and the meal is eaten — all amidst conversations about art, death, family, dance, politics, the state of America, and how the world sees our country... and a host of everyday questions that make up the richness of ordinary life.
THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
The Play That Goes Wrong follows the antics of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, who are trying their very best to stage a production of a 1920s murder mystery. As the show’s title might suggest, this is not as easy as it sounds with everything that can go wrong doing just that. Despite the setbacks, the actors of CPDS struggle bravely to reach the final curtain.
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.
SOFT POWER: Performances begin September 24
One of the most exciting theatrical collaborations in recent memory, Soft Poweris an exploration of America's current place in the world, told through an East-West musical from China's point of view, in which a theater producer from Shanghai forges a powerful bond with Hillary Clinton. Soft Power is a fever dream of modern American politics amidst global conversations, asking us all – why do we love democracy? And should we?
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.
TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992: Performances begin April 28, closes May 31, 2020
One verdict can change the course of history. The news of the police officers’ acquittal in Rodney King’s police brutality case reverberated throughout the streets of Los Angeles. Variously called a “riot, a revolution, or a social explosion,” the events that followed the verdict drew worldwide attention. Playwright, actor and scholar Anna Deavere Smith responded artistically by dissecting the anatomy of the unrest. She interviewed over 350 Los Angelinos in preparation for the performance. Declared a “rich, panoramic canvas of a national trauma” by The New York Times, Smith’s transformative study of the 1992 L.A. riots reveals the fault lines that set the city ablaze. Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 is equal parts meticulously researched reportage and stirring cry for reform.
THE VAGRANT TRILOGY: Performances begin March 17, 2020
In 1967, Adham, a Palestinian Wordsworth scholar, goes to London with his new wife to deliver a lecture. When war breaks out at home, he must decide in an instant what to do – a choice that will affect the rest of his life. The two parts that follow explore alternate realities based on that decision. Each part in the trilogy speaks to the others, together painting a rare and moving picture of Palestinian displacement and a refugee’s life of permanent impermanence.
THE VISITOR: Performances being March 24, 2020
Widowed and living alone, Walter is a college professor whose life has lost a sense of purpose. When he discovers two young undocumented immigrants living in his New York apartment, the drummer Tarek and jewelry maker Zainab, Walter finds himself in the middle of their battle to stay in an America that’s lost its better angels.