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 February 15, 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!
AMELIE: Performances begin March 9
The musical follows the mesmerizing journey of the inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie who turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. After discovering a mysterious photo album and meeting a handsome stranger, Amélie realizes that helping others is easier than participating in a romantic story of her own.
ANASTASIA: Performances begin March 23
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.
BANDSTAND: Performances being March 31
Set in the smoke-filled, swing-fueled nightclubs of 1945, Bandstand brings the against-all-odds story of singer-songwriter Donny Novitski (Corey Cott) and his band of mismatched fellow World War Two veterans to the stage. When a national radio contest to find America's next big swing band offers a chance at instant fame and Hollywood fortune, Donny must whip his wisecracking gang of jazzers into fighting shape. Teaming up with the beautiful young war widow Julia (Laura Osnes) as their singer, they struggle to confront the lingering effects and secrets of the battlefield that threaten to tear them apart. Playing for every voiceless underdog in a world that has left them behind, they risk everything in the final live broadcast to redefine the meaning of victory. With an explosive original score and choreography inspired by the high-energy swing rhythms of the era, Bandstand is a truly American story of love, loss, triumph, and the everyday men and women whose personal bravery defined a nation.
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.
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.
Based on T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, the show is set amongst a larger- than-life junkyard playground and is alive with our favourite feline characters including Rum Tum Tugger, Mr. Mistoffelees, Macavity, Jennyanydots, Old Deuteronomy, Grizabella and Skimbleshanks. The Jellicle Cats come out to play on one special night of the year – the night of the Jellicle Ball. One by one they tell their stories for the amusement of Old Deuteronomy, their wise and benevolent leader, who must choose one of the Cats to ascend to The Heaviside Layer and be reborn into a whole new Jellicle life.
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY: Performances begin March 28, 2017
When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it's the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he's always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as down the sugary corridors and amongst the incredible edible delights, the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems. A chocolate garden, an army of squirrels and the curiously peculiar Oompa-Loompas must be believed to be seen in this gigantic new musical that is choc-full of fantastical treats to dazzle your senses.
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.
CIRQUE du SOLEIL’S PARAMOUR: Closes April 16
Prepare to get swept off your feet by Paramour, a rapturous and passionate new experience that unites the signature spectacle of Cirque du Soleil with the storytelling magic that defines Broadway. Set in the glamorous world of Golden Age Hollywood, this groundbreaking event spins the tale of a beautiful young poet forced to choose between love and art. Featuring a cast that blends the best in circus arts and musical theatre, Paramour will transport you to a world of sublime beauty and emotion as it walks the exhilarating tightrope of the heart.
COME FROM AWAY
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
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.
A DOLLS HOUSE, Part 2: Performances begin April 1
In the final scene of Ibsen's 1879 ground-breaking masterwork, Nora Helmer makes the shocking decision to leave her husband and children, and begin a life on her own. This climactic event — when Nora slams the door on everything in her life — instantly propelled world drama into the modern age. In A Doll's House, Part 2, many years have passed since Nora's exit. Now, there's a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind?
FROZEN: Performances begin Spring 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.
THE GLASS MENAGRIE
The Glass Menagerie is the play that brought a brilliant young writer named Tennessee Williams to national attention, and, in his own words, "changed my life irrevocably" when it first premiered on Broadway in 1945. More than seventy years later, Williams's most personal work for the stage continues to captivate and overwhelm audiences around the world. The Glass Menagerie is Tennessee Williams’ poetic masterpiece, anchored by the ageing southern belle Amanda Wingfield (Sally Field), who hopes for her son Tom (Joe Mantello) to fulfill her dreams of finding the perfect “gentleman caller” for her shy and damaged daughter Laura.
GROUNDHOG DAY: Performances begin March 16
Groundhog Day is the story of Phil Connors, a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman who is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in the isolated small town of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, when he finds himself caught in a time loop, forced to repeat the same day again and again...and again. As each day plays out exactly the same as before, Phil becomes increasingly despondent, but is there a lesson to be learnt through his experiences, will he ever unlock the secret and break the cycle?
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!: Performances begin March 15
Bette Midler is set to star 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.
Featuring an a cappella score from the talents behind Frozen and Pitch Perfect, In Transit is a new musical about the modern world, bringing to life a tapestry of people and music in the city that never sleeps…or stands still. Inspired by the vibrant rhythms of life on the subway, In Transit follows the intertwining lives of 11 New Yorkers, all hoping to catch the express train to success, love, and happiness — and their stops along the way.
INDECENT: Performances being April 4
Indecent is a deeply moving play inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance — a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture and by others as an act of traitorous libel. Indecent charts the history of an incendiary drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.
JUNK: Performances begin September 14
It's 1985. Robert Merkin, the resident genius of the upstart investment firm Sacker Lowell, has just landed on the cover of Time magazine. Hailed as "America's alchemist," his proclamation that "debt is an asset" has propelled him to dizzying heights. Zealously promoting his belief in the near-sacred infallibility of markets, he is trying to reshape the world. Junk is the story of Merkin's attempt to take over an iconic American manufacturing company and, in the process, to change all the rules. What Merkin sets in motion is nothing less than a financial civil war, pitting magnates against workers, lawyers against journalists, and ultimately, pitting people against themselves.
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.
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.
THE LITTLE FOXES: Performances begin March 29
Set in Alabama in 1900, The Little Foxes follows Regina Giddens and her ruthless clan, including her sister-in-law Birdie, as they clash in often brutal ways in an effort to strike the deal of their lives. Far from a sentimental look at a bygone era, the play has a surprisingly timely resonance with important issues facing our country today. In a first for Manhattan Theatre Club, Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon will alternate between the roles of Regina and Birdie, both members of a strong-willed, aristocratic Southern family. The actresses will play the characters in repertory, appearing opposite each other at each performance.
MARVIN’S ROOM: Performances begin June 8
Estranged sisters Lee and Bessie have never seen eye to eye. Lee is a single mother who's been busy raising her troubled teenage son, Hank. Bessie's got her hands full with their elderly father and his soap opera-obsessed sister. When Bessie is diagnosed with leukemia, the two women reunite for the first time in 18 years. Are Lee's good intentions and wig-styling skills enough to make up for her long absence? Can Bessie help Hank finally feel at home somewhere... or at least keep him from burning her house down? Can these almost-strangers become a family in time to make plans, make amends, and maybe make a trip to Disney World? Exploring an unsentimental reality with hope, compassion and a dose of wonderfully absurd humor, Marvin's Room is a life-affirming reminder of the gift we give ourselves when we love unconditionally.
Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American G.I. and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub, owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as "The Engineer." John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night—a night that will change their lives forever.
NATASHA, PIERRE AND THE GREAT COMET OF 1812
Drawing inspiration from a 70-page portion of Leo Tolstoy’s Russian masterpiece War and Peace, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 follows Natasha, a young girl who forms a relationship with the attractive rebel Anatole while her betrothed Andrey is off fighting. Andrey's best friend Pierre (Josh Groban) remains on high alert as the new romance blossoms.
ON YOUR FEET! - The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan
On Your Feet! is the story of two people who—through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream—showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom. Set to Gloria Estefan's chart-topping, smash hits such as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "1-2-3," "Mi Tierra," and "Conga," in addition to new music penned by the Estefans, the show will be choreographed by four-time Drama Desk nominee Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) with a book by two-time Drama Desk nominee Alexander Dinelaris (The Bodyguard Musical).
OSLO: Performances begin March 23, 2017
A darkly comic epic, Oslo tells the true but until now untold story of how one young couple, Norwegian diplomat Mona Juul (Jennifer Ehle) and her husband social scientist Terje Rød-Larsen (Jefferson Mays), planned and orchestrated top-secret, high-level meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization, which culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. Featuring dozens of characters and set in locations across the globe, Oslo is both a political thriller and the personal story of a small band of women and men struggling together—and fighting each other—as they seek to change the world.
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: Performances begin April 2
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.
THE PRESENT: Closes March 19
Cate Blancehtt makes her Broadway debut in The Present, set in post-Perestroika in the mid-1990s at an old country house where friends gather to celebrate the birthday of the independent but compromised widow Anna Petrovna. At the center is the acerbic and witty Platonov with his wife, his former students and friends and their partners. They may appear comfortable, but boiling away inside is a mess of unfinished, unresolved relationships, fuelled by twenty years of denial, regret and thwarted desire.
PRESENT LAUGHTER: Performances begin March 10
Noel Coward's totally-irresistible comedy, Present Laughter, follows a self-obsessed actor (is there any other kind?) in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Freely indulging his considerable appetite for wine, women and sleeping late (not necessarily in that order), the theatre's favorite leading man suddenly finds himself caught between fawning ingénues, crazed playwrights, secret trysts and unexpected twists.
When the Great Depression cost his family their fortune, Victor Franz gave up his dream of an education to support his father. Three decades later, Victor has returned to his childhood home to sell the remainder of his parents' estate. His wife, his estranged brother, and the wily furniture dealer hired to appraise their possessions all arrive with their own agendas, forcing Victor to confront a question, long‐stifled, about the value of his sacrifice. One of the most personal plays by the consummate voice of the American everyman, Arthur Miller's The Price is a riveting story about the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future.
PRINCE OF BROADWAY: Performances begin August 3
Harold Prince is a legend in the American theatre - the acclaimed director and producer behind a long list of America's most iconic musicals and the winner of a staggering, record-breaking 21 Tony Awards. Now, he's bringing together six decades of magical moments in a new musical event, Prince of Broadway. This thrilling night of theatre includes hits from such celebrated musicals as West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Evita, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Sweeney Todd, The Phantom of the Opera and more, in an unforgettable tribute to an unmatched Broadway career.
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.
Jordan Berman would love to be in love, but until he finds Mr. Right, he spends his nights with his trio of close girlfriends. As their evenings turn into bachelorette parties, Jordan finds that supporting the ones you love can be just as impossible as finding love itself.
SIX DEGREES OF SPEARATION: Performances begin April 15
Six Degrees of Separation tells the story of Ouisa and Flan Kittredges, a wealthy New York couple who take in Paul, a young man who cons them into believing he’s a friend of their son at Harvard and the son of Sidney Poitier. After they discover his lies, Ouisa and Flan piece together his true identity and their connection to him, as well as the similar encounters their upper class friends have had with Paul.
SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE
Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's masterpiece follows painter Georges Seurat (Jake Gyllenhaal) in the months leading up to the completion of his most famous painting, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." Consumed by his need to "finish the hat," Seurat alienates the French bourgeoisie, spurns his fellow artists, and neglects his lover Dot (Tony Award winnder, Annaleigh Ashford), not realizing that his actions will reverberate over the next 100 years.
In her mansion on Sunset Boulevard, former silent-screen goddess Norma Desmond lives in a fantasy world. Impoverished screenwriter Joe Gillis stumbles upon her reclusive abode while on the run from debt collectors. Persuaded to work on Norma's "masterpiece," a film script that she believes will put her back in front of the cameras, he is seduced by her and her luxurious lifestyle. Joe becomes trapped in a claustrophobic world until his love for another woman leads him to try and break free. The consequences are dramatic. Sunset Boulevard swells with a lush score by the acclaimed composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. Its songs include "With One Look," "As If We Never Said Goodbye," and "Perfect Year."
SWEAT: Performances begin March 4
With warm humor and tremendous heart, Lynn Nottage's Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets and laughs while working together on the line of a factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in the hard fight to stay afloat.
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.
WAR PAINT: Performances begin March 7
War Paint tells the remarkable story of cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, who defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th Century. Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both women were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country's first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry that would forever change the face of America. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their intense rivalry was ruthless, relentless and legendary—pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men.
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.
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.
BULL IN A CHINA SHOP
Galloping through 40 years in a New England seminary, Bull in a China Shop follows Mary Woolley and her partner Jeannette Marks as they reform and revolutionize women's education at the height of the suffrage movement. As evolving ambitions and desires strain the couple's relationship, this fast-paced comedy explores how we change the world, how the world changes us, and how we try to grow old together.
Cagney, a dramatic new musical, follows the life of the legendary James Cagney from the streets of New York to his rise as one of the brightest stars of Hollywood, from a vaudeville song-and-dance man to the cinema's original tough guy. Broadway's Robert Creighton leads a cast of six who tap dance through a score that blends original music with classic George M. Cohan favorites: "Give My Regards to Broadway," "You're a Grand Old Flag," and "Yankee Doodle Dandy."
EVERYBODY: Performances begin January 31, 2017
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who The New York Times calls "one of this country's most original and illuminating writers," comes back to Signature for the second production of his residency with the world premiere of Everybody. Directed by Lila Neugebauer, this modern riff on one of the oldest plays in the English language promises to be just as unique as Gloria, An Octoroon and the award-winning Signature production of Appropriate.
The Fantasticks tells the story of a young boy and girl who fall madly in love at the hands of their meddling fathers, but soon grow restless and stray from one another. Will their separation provide a deeper appreciation for the love they once shared—or create a permanent gulf between them? The Fantasticks is a quintessential celebration of love in all its gorgeous simplicity and heartbreaking complexities. The Fantasticks originally opened at New York's Sullivan Street Playhouse on May 3, 1960, and played 17,162 performances before closing January 13, 2002, making it the world's longest-running musical. This production, directed by librettist Tom Jones, inaugurates the new Snapple Theatre Center and includes the beloved songs "Try to Remember," "Soon It's Gonna Rain" and many more. If you've never seen this classic romantic fable—or if you've seen and loved it—now is the time to fall under the spell of The Fantasticks again.
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!
IF I FORGET: Performances begin February 2, closes April 30, 2017
In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his two sisters to celebrate their father's 75th birthday. Each deeply invested in their own version of family history, the siblings clash over everything from Michael’s controversial scholarly work to the mounting pressures of caring for an ailing parent. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, the three negotiate—with biting humor and razor-sharp insight—how much of the past they’re willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning. If I Forget tells a powerful tale of a family and a culture at odds with itself.
JOAN OF ARC: INTO THE FIRE: Performances begin February 14, closes March 26, 2017
Once upon a time, there was a girl who talked to God. She built a nation, and they burned her for it. Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winner David Byrne, lead singer of the Talking Heads and creator of the Public Theater hit Here Lies Love, explores the electrifying, meteoric rise of Joan of Arc through the lens of a one-of-a-kind rock musical concert. Directed by Golden Globe winner Alex Timbers (Here Lies Love, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), Joan of Arc: Into the Fire is a thrilling and provocative new show about challenging the powerful and believing in the impossible.
THE LIGHTING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL: Perfromances begin March 23
Percy Jackson has newly discovered powers he can't control, monsters on his trail, and he's on a quest to find Zeus' lightning bolt and prevent a war among the Greek gods. Normal is a myth when you're a demigod. Based on the best-selling novel by Rick Riordan and featuring live music, The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is an action-packed theatrical adventure. Chris McCarrell (Les Misérables) stars as Percy.
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.
A PARALLELOGRAM: Performances begin Summer 2017
If you knew in advance exactly what was going to happen in your life, and how everything was going to turn out, and if you knew you couldn't do anything to change it, would you still want to go on with your life? That is the question facing Bee who, much to Jay’s confusion, can click through different moments in her life with the touch of a remote control. Past, present and future collide in this existential farce that questions whether we can make peace with those things we don’t have the power to change.
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
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
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.