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 29, 2018. 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 features a new book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer). Aladdin is sure to bring joy and laughter to the whole family!
AMERICAN SON: Performances begin October 6
A Florida police station in the middle of the night...a mother searching for her missing teenage son...American Son is a gripping tale of two parents caught in our national divide, with their worst fears hanging in the balance. Golden Globe, Emmy, and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Kerry Washington (Scandal) and Drama Desk Award nominee Steven Pasquale (Bridges of Madison County) star in the Broadway premiere of American Son, written by Christopher Demos-Brown and directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun).
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.
THE BAND’S VISIT: 2018 Tony Awards: Best Musical, Actor in a Leading Role (Tony Shaloub), Actress in a Leading Role (Katrina Lenk), Actor in a Featured Role (Ari’el Stachel), Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, Best Lighting, Best Sound Design, Best Direction, Best Orchestrations
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 CHER SHOW: Performances begin November 1
The Cher Show stars Tony Award nominee Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos), Teal Wicks (Wicked), and Micaela Diamond (making her Broadway debut) in the role of the iconic singer and actor at various times in her life and career. These performers are joined by Tony nominee Jarrod Spector (Beautiful) as Sonny Bono, Tony nominee Michael Berresse (Kiss Me, Kate) as Bob Mackie, Michael Campayno (Wicked) as Rob Camilletti, Matthew Hydzik (It Shoulda Been You) as Gregg Allman, and Tony nominee Emily Skinner (Prince of Broadway) as Georgia Holt.
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. Chicagois 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.
CHOIR BOY: Performances begin December 27
For half a century, the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys has been dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men. One talented student has been waiting for years to take his rightful place as the leader of the legendary gospel choir. But can he make his way through the hallowed halls of this institution if he sings in his own key? This soaring, music-filled work is by Tarell Alvin McCraney, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Moonlight and a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship Grant. Trip Cullman (Murder Ballad) directs.
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.
THE FERRYMAN: Performances begin October 2
Northern Ireland, 1981. The Carney farmhouse is a hive of activity with preparations for the annual harvest. A day of hard work on the land and a traditional night of feasting and celebrations lie ahead. But this year, they will be interrupted by a visitor. Following unanimous five-star critical acclaim and a thrice-extended yearlong run in London, Jez Butterworth's The Ferryman finally premieres on Broadway this October. This play is directed by Academy and Tony Award winner Sam Mendes and has won three Olivier Awards, including Best New Play and Best Director; three Evening Standard Theatre Awards, including Best Play and Best Director; three WhatsOnStage Awards, including Best New Play and Best Director; and was named the Best New Play at the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards.
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 film.
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 - 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
HEAD OVER HEELS: A New Musical
An inspired mash-up of posh and punk, Head Over Heels is an unpredictable Elizabethan romp about a royal family who must prevent an oracle's prophecy of doom. In order to save their beloved kingdom, the family members embark on an extravagant journey during which they grapple with mistaken identities, love triangles, sexual awakening, and self-discovery. Set to the iconic pop music of the Go-Go's — including the hit songs "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," and "Vacation" — Head Over Heels delivers an experience unlike anything you've ever seen.
INK: Performances begin April 2, 2019
It's London, 1969. The brash young Rupert Murdoch purchases a struggling paper, the Sun, and sets out to make it a must-read smash that will destroy — and ultimately horrify — the competition. He brings on rogue editor Larry Lamb, who in turn recruits an unlikely team of underdog reporters. Together, they will go to any lengths for success, and the race for the most ink is on! Inspired by real events and a recent hit in London's West End, James Graham's electrifying new play comes to Broadway in the exhilarating Almeida Theatre production directed by Rupert Goold.
KING KONG: Performances begin October 5, 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 reimagining 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 Bootsfeatures 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.
KISS ME, KATE!: Performances begin February 19, closes June 2
Kiss Me, Kate! centers on a cast putting on a musical version of William Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew and the conflict on and off-stage between Fred Graham, the show's director, producer, and star, and the leading lady, his ex-wife Lilli Vanessi. Tony Award winner Kelli O’Hara stars along side Tony-nominated Will Chase.
THE LIFESPAN OF FACT: Performances begin September 20, 2018, Closes January 13, 2019
Daniel Radcliffe, Cherry Jones, and Bobby Cannavale star in The Lifespan of a Fact, a world-premiere Broadway play. Based on the book by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal, the work has been adapted for the stage by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell. Tony Award nominee Leigh Silverman directs. Jim Fingal (Radcliffe) has a small job: fact-checking articles for one of the best magazines in the country. Jim's boss (Jones) has given him a big assignment: applying his skill to a groundbreaking piece by legendary author John D'Agata (Cannavale). Now Jim has a huge problem: John made up some of his article. Well, a lot of his article. OK, actually, maybe the majority of it? What starts professional quickly becomes profane as one question rises to the surface: Can Jim ever just shut the fact up? The Lifespan of a Factis based on the stirring true story of John D'Agata's essay "What Happens There," about the Las Vegas suicide of teenager Levi Presley. Fingal, assigned to fact-check the piece, ignited a seven-year debate on the blurred lines of what passes for truth in literary nonfiction.
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.
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.
MY FAIR LADY; 2018 Tony Awards: Best Costume Design of a Musical
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.”
THE NAP: Performances begin September 4
By the author of the rollicking, award-winning Broadway comedy One Man, Two Guvnors, The Nap is a funny look at the world of snooker — the British version of pool. Dylan Spokes, a fast-rising young star, arrives for a championship tournament only to be confronted by authorities warning him of the repercussions of match fixing. Before he knows it, Dylan's forced into underhanded dealings with a cast of wildly colorful characters who include his ex-convict dad, saucy mum, quick-tongued manager, and a renowned gangster to boot. The Nap is a fast-paced comedy thriller with an exciting twist: The tournament unfolds live onstage. Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan directs.
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND: 2018 Tony Award: Best Musical Revival
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 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.
PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL
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.
THE PROM: Performances begin October 21
We've got trouble, folks, right here in Indiana! When Broadway's brassiest hear a student is unceremoniously sidelined from a small-town Indiana prom — and the press is involved — they are ready to kick-ball-change the world. A new musical comedy showcasing the power of love (and a good 11 o'clock number), The Prom is about so much more than just a dance.
SCHOOL OF ROCK: Closes January 20, 2019
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.
SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL
This vibrant musical charts the incomparable life of Donna Summer — the undisputed queen of disco. Features more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits and electric dancing, all in tribute to the voice of a generation. Three actors play her in different phases of her life: Tony Award winner LaChanze (The Color Purple) as "Diva Donna," Ariana DeBose (A Bronx Tale) as "Disco Donna," and Storm Lever (Freaky Friday) as "Duckling Donna." It features a book by Colman Domingo, Robert Cary, and Des McAnuff, with songs by Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Paul Jabara, and others. McAnuff also directs; Sergio Trujillo choreographs.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: Performances begin November 1
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.
TORCH SONG: Performances begin fall 2018, Opens November 1
After a smash-hit run off-Broadway, Harvey Fierstein's Torch Song heads to Broadway for a strictly limited engagement. This critically acclaimed production of the Tony Award-winning comedy stars Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) and Academy Award and Tony winner Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King) and is directed by Tony nominee Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project). Hilarious and heart-wrenching, Torch Song follows Arnold Beckoff's odyssey to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child, and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect. Join Arnold on this all too human journey about the families we're born into, the families we choose, and the battles to bring them all home.
TRUE WEST: Performances begin December 27
Opposites attack in Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-nominated play about two brothers with more in common than they think. Holed up in their mother's California house, screenwriter Austin (Paul Dano) and lowlife Lee (Ethan Hawke) wrestle with big issues — and each other. Order vs. chaos. Art vs. commerce. Typewriter vs. toaster...Shepard's rip-roaring classic returns to Broadway, gleefully detonating our misguided myths of family, identity, and the American dream.
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.
APOLOGIA: Performances begin September 27
Direct from London, Alexi Kaye Campbell's biting play makes its New York debut with Stockard Channing in a powerhouse performance as a woman facing the repercussions of her past. You do not mess with Kristin Miller (Channing). In the 1960s, she was a radical activist and political protester. Now a celebrated art historian, the publication of her memoir threatens to split her family apart. But Kristin has never been one to shy away from a fight. Apologia is a passionate, human, and humorous clash of generations and beliefs — a lively look at yesterday's rebels living in today's reality.
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.
BE MORE CHILL
It's called a Squip. A tiny supercomputer inside a pill. Swallow one and a personalized voice will tell you how to dress, how to speak, how to…become cool. Jeremy Heere is your average, nothing-special teenager at Middleborough High in nothing-special New Jersey...until the day he finds out about "the Squip." Thus begins a journey that pits Jeremy's desire to be popular against his struggle to remain true to his authentic self. Be More Chill is an honest, edgy, super-hilarious look at coming of age in the digital age, set to some of the most exciting songs in contemporary musical theater. This original musical comedy looks at modern issues like depression, bullying, and anxiety through the lens of sci-fi films of the 1950s, horror flicks of the '80s, and teen movies of the '90s.
BLKS: Performances begin April 18, 2019
As sharply funny as it is poignant, BLKS introduces us to Octavia, Imani, and June — three twenty-somethings in New York City hunting for intimacy and purpose in a city that doesn't seem to care. They drink a lot, they smoke a lot, and they try to have sex...a lot. When they need one another the most, the women rally to "resurrect their fly" in a day full of humorous and painful attempts to be heard through the noise that surrounds them. Poet Aziza Barnes's playwriting debut signifies the arrival of a wholly original voice.
BLUE MAN GROUP
Blue Man Groupfeature 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.
BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK: January 29-March 10, 2019
It’s the Golden Age of Hollywood, and aspiring starlet Vera Stark works as a maid to Gloria Mitchell, an aging star grasping at her fading career. Worlds collide when Vera lands a trailblazing role in an antebellum epic starring…her boss. While Vera’s portrayal of a slave turns out to be groundbreaking, decades later scholars and film buffs still grapple with the actress’ legacy in Hollywood and the impact that race had on her controversial career. Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage’s fast-paced, sly satire, directed by Kamilah Forbes, will take you on a seventy-year journey through Vera’s life and the cultural climate that originally shaped her and continues today.
DAYS OF RAGE: Performances begin October 2
Against the backdrop of an endless, unwinnable war raging halfway across the world and a polarizing president recklessly stoking the flames of racist backlash at home, a generation of young people rises up to demand change from a corrupt political establishment. It is October of 1969, and unbeknownst to the rest of the world, three 20-something radicals are busy planning the impending revolution from a quiet college town in upstate New York. But when two strangers appear and disrupt the group's delicate balance, new dangers and old wounds threaten to tear the collective apart. By the Tony Award-winning book writer of Dear Evan Hansen, Days of Rage is a timely new play about means and ends, ideals and extremes, and the perils of changing the world.
Desperate Measures is a hilarious new musical that tells the tale of Johnny Blood, a handsome young man whose life is in danger because of a saloon brawl. Set in the early 1890s, Johnny must put his fate into the hands of a colorful cast of characters, including a wily sheriff, an eccentric priest, an authoritarian governor, a saloon girl gone good, and a nun out of the habit. Laws are broken and hearts are won as they try to find justice in a world that often doesn't seem just. Sound familiar? Inspired by Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, this musical is a joyful, madcap comedy that also manages to ponder the nature of justice. Will the good guys pull off the greatest caper yet, or will Johnny be left hanging? One thing is certain...audiences will exit smiling.
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 Showis 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 PRETTY HURTS UGLY MUST BE A MUHFUCKA: February 15-March 31, 2019
In the village of Affreakah-Amirrorkah, no one questions that Akim is the one true, perfect beauty — not even her jealous classmates. But they’ll be damned before they let her be the leading lady in this story. A decidedly contemporary riff on a West African fable, Tori Sampson’s explosive epic is brimming with live music and dance, as these frenemies jockey for their rank in a culture built on ideals forever out of reach.
Jersey Boysis 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."
THE MARVELOUS WONDERETTES
The Marvelous Wonderettestakes 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.
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG: Performances begin January 12, 2019
This audacious musical about a trio of friends in showbiz who fall apart and come together over two decades emerges as newly personal and passionate in this revival from Fiasco Theater. The ensemble brings to life a reimagination of George Furth and Stephen Sondheim's creation in an emotionally rich production that confronts the pains and pleasures of fame, fortune, and old friends.
THE PAIN OF MY BELLIGERENCE: March 29-May 12, 2019
Twenty-something and brilliant, Cat is a journalist at the top of her game: tack-sharp and ambitious, and rapidly establishing her place in the field. Until she meets Guy — magnetic, devilishly charming, and married — and the attrition begins. Charting their spiky relationship over eight years, following a rapidly changing America, Halley Feiffer’s harrowing comedy sheds light on how we perpetuate our roles within a patriarchal culture, and the promise of a new paradigm.
SCHOOL GIRLS; or, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY: Performances begin October 16
In School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play, Paulina, the reigning queen bee at Ghana's most exclusive boarding school, has her sights set on the Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of Ericka, a new student with undeniable talent and beauty, captures the attention of the pageant recruiter — and Paulina's hive-minded friends. This buoyant and biting comedy explores the universal similarities (and glaring differences) facing teenage girls across the globe.
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.
SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ
This Grammy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated smash made history as Broadway's longest-running musical revue and celebrates the best songs of the legendary song writing duo Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs climbed the Billboard charts and provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, the Coasters, and the Drifters. With themes of love won, lost, and imagined, their songs touched global audiences with wit and emotion. Audiences will be treated to more than 30 showstopping tunes, including classics like "On Broadway," "Yakety Yak," "Charlie Brown," "Jailhouse Rock," "Hound Dog," "Love Potion #9," "Spanish Harlem," and "Stand by Me."
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.
A STRANGE LOOP: May 24-July 7, 2019
Usher is a black, gay writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical: a piece about a black, gay writer, working a day job he hates while writing his original musical. Michael R. Jackson’s blistering, momentous new musical follows a young artist at war with a host of demons — not least of which, the punishing thoughts in his own head — in an attempt to break out of this strange loop.
WHITE NOISE: Performances begin February 19, 2019
Following her critically acclaimed trilogy Father Comes Home From the Wars, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and the Public's Master Writer Chair Suzan-Lori Parks returns with a world-premiere play about race, friendship, and our rapidly unraveling social contract. Longtime friends and lovers Leo, Misha, Ralph, and Dawn are educated, progressive, cosmopolitan, and woke. But when a racially motivated incident with the cops leaves Leo shaken, he decides extreme measures must be taken for self-preservation. The Public's artistic director, Oskar Eustis, directs this fierce new drama about what happens when the unspoken and the unspeakable come head-to-head.