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Part flesh, part felt, and packed with heart, Avenue Q is still the funniest and freshest show in New York City! This laugh-out-loud musical tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. Still, the neighbors seem nice. He meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman), and other new friends! Together they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.
Harlem Blues Project specializes in soulful New York blues with a twist! The band features blues masters Jerry Dugger, Junior Mack, and Barry Harrison, plus a revolving cast of NYC's finest blues musicians, including Bill Sims Jr., Michael Hill, Irving Louis Lattin, and Solomon Hicks.
Beardo is a Russian indie-rock musical from the outrageous minds that brought us Beowulf — A Thousand Years of Baggage and Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. Beardo explores the mad inner workings of Rasputin, the infamous mystic who sexed his way to the fall of the Russian monarchy. Join Pipeline Theatre Company this February and catapult through the mysterious ascent of one of the most peculiar and seductive figures in modern history.
Beardo received its world premiere with the Shotgun Players at the Ashby Stage in March 2011. This production marks its New York premiere.
All aboard for a Western musical adventure the likes of which you've never experienced! As a wanted woman of mythic proportions looking to begin life anew out west, Bella takes us on the trip of a lifetime to escape her scandalous past and bounce into the arms of her waiting Buffalo Soldier. Rowdy, wild, and hilarious, Kirsten Childs (Bubbly Black Girl…) infuses this tall tale with soulful tunes and madcap antics aplenty. Giddyup to this get-down!
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."
A thrilling and relentless game of cat and mouse comes to life in Cruel Intentions: The Musical, when the gorgeously despicable step-siblings Sebastian and Kathryn set a wager on Sebastian's next sexual conquest, Annette – daughter of the new headmaster at their Manhattan prep school. This bittersweet symphony of seduction and revenge will make you laugh, cry and – the cruelest fate of all – fall in love, all over again.
Twelve iconic divas wrapped into one! This versatile, rambunctious show features live vocals and onstage costume changes. New York's Dorothy Bishop pays hilarious, loving tribute to performers from Cher and Madonna to Stevie Nicks and opera star Renée Fleming.
Nominated for Best Tribute Show by the Manhattan Association of Cabaret in 2015!
Elephant Gerald is a formally-attired worrywart. Piggie is a perky bundle of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!, a musical adaptation of Mo Willems' best-selling children's books, Elephant and Piggie are BFFs. The two sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense, facing fundamental questions like "What do you wear to a fancy costume pool party?" "Should you share your ice cream?" "How can two friends play with one toy?" Assisted by nutty backup singers The Squirrelles, Elephant and Piggie will have you giggling out loud in this romp of a musical!
A musical adaptation of the Jane Austen novel! Emma Woodhouse is one of Austen's most delightful heroines, an effervescent ingénue whose matchmaking mischief inevitably misfires. Obsessed with romance but clueless about her own feelings, Emma navigates the course of true love with a generous heart and an indomitable spirit. A record-breaking success in earlier productions in California, Cincinnati, and St. Louis, this funny, irresistible musical features a glorious score by the Tony Award-nominated composer of Jane Eyre and Daddy Long Legs.
An Evening With Phyllis Hyman brings to life the untold story of the life, career and music of the singer/songwriter and actress in her own words. With her sultry vocals, Ms. Arnold channels Hyman, taking the audience on an inspirational evening of joy and pain with no regrets.
This funny boy-meets-girl musical, with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, recently celebrated 20,000 performances in New York City. The Fantasticks is a captivating and simple love story about a girl, a boy, two fathers, and a wall. The audience uses its imagination to accompany the narrator as he creates a world of moonlight and magic, followed by pain and disillusionment. Ultimately, the boy and girl find their way back home and to one another. The score, which includes "Try to Remember," "They Were You," and "Soon It's Gonna Rain," is as timeless as the story itself.
Note: The Fantasticks offers guided backstage tours at all performances!
The groundbreaking 1947 musical Finian's Rainbow follows an Irishman who steals a feisty leprechaun's pot of gold and escapes with his daughter, Sharon, to Missitucky, a mythical region in the United States that is part of the Jim Crow South. The daughter and the sprite each find romance with others, but also encounter bigotry, economic disparity and cultural injustice. The score is spiked with such popular show tunes as "Old Devil Moon," "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" and "Look to the Rainbow," plus spicy comic and satiric songs such as "When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love," and "When the Idle Poor Become the Idle Rich."
I Like It Like That – A Musical is the story of the Rodríguez family living in New York City in the early 1970s. At that time music was the proudest expression of "El Barrio," their East Harlem neighborhood. I Like It Like That takes the audience on a historical musical journey amid neighborhood volatility and social activism. As neighborhood residents deal with the ever-present pull between escape and social conscience, so too members of the Rodríguez family navigate the challenges they face living in the heart of a volatile environment. Instilled in them is the importance of family and the desire to succeed. Starring as the patriarch is Tito Nieves, Grammy nominee and Latin music superstar.
Join world-renowned mixologist and raconteur Anthony Caporale for a boozy romp through the history of spirits and cocktails in this smash — make that smashed — hit! Playing in an authentic New York speakeasy once used as a meeting place by the notorious Tammany Society, The Imbible chaperones audiences on a trip through 10,000 years of world history. The journey is accompanied by music — the a capella stylings of The Backwaiters — and craft cocktails. You can sit back, drink up, and enjoy as Anthony holds forth on the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, traces their economic and political impact on our cultural development, conducts live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits, and, like any good bartender, keeps his guests laughing throughout the night. Tickets to this critically acclaimed comedy sell out weekly, so get yours early.
Note: Each ticket includes three cocktails.
When a famous psychologist and author calls a temp agency for an apprentice, the perfect candidate appears at his door. Witty, studious, and eager to please, Matt Sinclair quickly makes an impression with Dr. Eugene Harper. All is not as it appears, however, and what starts as an interview quickly turns sinister as the author's true motives are revealed. Interview tells the story of a psychologist, a criminal defendant, and a legal system that stops at nothing to gain an alleged killer's confession…even if it means driving the accused to the brink of insanity.
Once upon a time, there was a girl who talked to God. She built a nation, and they burned her for it. Golden Globe, Grammy, and Oscar winner David Byrne, lead singer of the Talking Heads and creator of Here Lies Love, explores the rise of Joan of Arc with 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 new show about challenging the powerful and believing in the impossible.
Seventeen-year-old Luke returns to his small Kansas town after a wrenching one-year absence. As his friendship grows with the town misfit, Emily, his parents realize that in order to truly find their son, they must confront some unnerving truths about his disappearance.
Kid Victory is the latest collaboration between composer John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago) and playwright Greg Pierce (Slowgirl, Her Requiem). Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed, winner of a Susan Stroman Directing Award) directs this musical about breaking out and breaking through.
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.
An honest U.S. senator travels to Louisiana to investigate corruption in the Louisiana Purchase Company. The company's lawyer attempts to divert him via the attentions of two beautiful women, but the senator maintains his integrity and ends up marrying one of them.
Louisiana Purchase is a 1940 musical by Irving Berlin. Set in New Orleans, it satirizes then-Louisiana governor Huey Long.
Based in Cape Town, South Africa, and comprising performers drawn primarily from the city's townships, the Isango Ensemble has garnered international acclaim for its musical, theatricalized adaptations of classic works. With A Man of Good Hope, the company draws inspiration from a contemporary work whose subject matter hits close to home. In a coproduction with the Young Vic — which partnered with Isango on 2014's Olivier Award-winning The Magic Flute — the company adapts for the stage South African native Johnny Steinberg's 2015 book about a Somali refugee's journey from Mogadishu to Johannesburg and finally to the United States. Driven by Isango's powerhouse vocals and signature marimba, the resulting work is a clear-eyed portrait of the compromises and resilience necessary for survival. This ensemble effort transforms a single man's story into an expansive African epic.
Mr. Wonderful focuses on nightclub entertainer Charlie Welch, especially his personal and show business struggles. The source of those struggles? Being black in a "white world."
This 1956 musical was written to showcase the talents of Sammy Davis Jr. and Chita Rivera. The Musicals Tonight production is the show's first revival.
The three-show Musicals in Mufti series launches with Milk and Honey — book by Don Appel, music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. Marking the Broadway debut of Jerry Herman, this musical centers on the romance between two Americans in Israel — a lonely widow on tour and an unhappily married man visiting his daughter. Set against the backdrop of Israel's struggle for recognition as an independent nation, the show is a tale of love, optimism, and second chances.
It is followed by Berlin to Broadway With Kurt Weill: A Musical Voyage — music by Kurt Weill, text and format by Gene Lerner, lyrics by Maxwell Anderson, Marc Blitzstein, Bertolt Brecht, Michael Feingold, Ira Gershwin, Paul Green, Langston Hughes, Alan Jay Lerner, Ogden Nash, and others. The musical is a joyous and moving celebration of Kurt Weill, a cantor's son and one of the most extraordinary composers of the 20th century. Weill's greatest theater songs are presented in a fluid blend of music and story, spanning 20 eventful years — from Von Hindenburg and Hitler in Germany to Roosevelt and Truman in the U.S.
The Winter 2017 series concludes with Dear World — book by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, new version by David Thompson (based on an adaptation by Maurice Valency of the play The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux), music and lyrics by Jerry Herman. When a group of businessmen scheme to drill for oil in Paris, there is only one force in the world that can stop them: Countess Aurelia, the Madwoman of Chaillot. With the help of idealism, love, and poetry — not to mention two other madwomen, a local sewerman, and a pair of young lovers — the Countess fights to save Paris and the world from greed. This production stars Emmy and Tony Award winner Tyne Daly.
Happening in conjunction with the Musicals in Mufti series is Hello, Jerry!, a multimedia presentation by Charles Troy, a musical theater historian, graphic designer, and former lyricist.
NEWSical the Musical lampoons current events, newsmakers, celebrities, and politicians. No one in the news is safe! With songs and material updated regularly, this topical musical revue is an ever-evolving mockery of all the news that's fit to spoof!
In 2010 NEWSical received two Drama Desk Award nominations: one for for Outstanding Musical Revue and one for Outstanding Lyrics. The lyrics were written by Rick Crom, who also composed the music.
The Nose is the story of a government worker whose position is upset when his nose leaves his face and masquerades as a higher-ranking official. This family musical, adapted from Nikolai Gogol's story of the same name, features Russian-themed music and lessons we can all relate to.
In 1853, Commodore Matthew Perry sailed to Japan on a U.S. mission to open trade relations at any cost. This remarkable musical by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman tells the tale of a samurai and a fisherman who get caught up in the westernization of the East. George Takei stars; John Doyle directs.
Peer is a brash young man on a journey to discover his ultimate self in this rock music odyssey about risk, reinvention and going roundabout. Ma-Yi Theater Company's remaking of Ibsen's classic verse drama asks what it means when we sacrifice everything to be most fully ourselves.
Enter The Portal and follow Dante through epic deserts and alpine mountains as he seeks the beautiful and mysterious Beatrice while being pursued by his inner demons. Driven by epic rock music that pulses with tribal and electronic beats, The Portal is part concert, part movie, and part performance. It not only entertains but also immerses the audience in a journey of transcendence and empowerment.
On the fringes of the frontier, a messenger embarks on an arduous journey to collect a debt from a man he's never met. Friends set out to atone for a mistake that can't be undone. Strangers look for a little comfort wherever they can find it. Samara is a spiritual and visceral celebration about whatever it is we call home.
This family-friendly musical was inspired by a true story: that of Stubby, the first American war dog. Originally a stray from New Haven, Connecticut, Stubby became a hero in World War One. He fought in 17 battles and earned a Purple Heart. He even met the president of the United States and received a lifetime membership to the YMCA. What more could a dog hope to achieve?
Multiple Tony Award winner Hinton Battle and JenKay present Sistas: The Musical, a hilarious and touching musical journey of a multigenerational family. Through that family, this musical play reveals the struggles, joys, and triumphs of being a woman and being black in America. Sistas includes the lyrics of music made famous by artists like Ma Rainey, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne, the Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Beyoncé, and many others. Cast members power through such classics as "Oh, Happy Day," "Mama Said," "I Will Survive," "Ain't Nobody's Business," "God Bless the Child," "Respect," "My Man," "Baby, I'm Yours," "Say a Little Prayer," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)," and "We Are Family."
From Gerard Alessandrini, the mastermind behind the legendary Forbidden Broadway, comes a musical sneak peek into his obsession with Hamilton. For 18 performances only, audiences have the opportunity to share in the Spamilton madness. This production features a virtuoso cast, plus special guest star Christine Pedi and other Forbidden Broadway divas.
Stomp is a fusion of dance, music, and theater. The performers "play" matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, and other everyday objects. The resulting sounds and rhythms energize audience members, who have included Quincy Jones and Big Bird. Among Stomp's other claims to fame: two Emmy Awards (for the HBO special Stomp Out Loud), an Oscar nomination, and being an answer on Jeopardy!
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. The Barrow Street Theatre re-creates the pie shop atmosphere, even selling pies on-site. Rest assured, the cook is no relation of Sweeney's. He is Bill Yosses, a former White House pastry chef whom Obama dubbed "the Crust Master."
With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is a musical that never goes stale. It won eight Tony Awards when it debuted on Broadway in 1979. The following year, it opened in the West End. A 2007 film adaptation directed by Tim Burton earned an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.
The View UpStairs pulls you inside the UpStairs Lounge, a vibrant '70s gay bar in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This forgotten community comes to life in all its gritty, glam rock glory when a young fashion designer from 2017 buys the abandoned space, setting off an exhilarating journey of seduction and self-exploration that spans two generations of queer history. Inspired by one of the most significant yet all-but-ignored attacks against the LGBTQ community, The View UpStairs examines what has been gained and lost in the fight for equality, and how the past can help guide all of us through an uncertain future.
Strap on your ruby slippers, and join the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion, Dorothy, and her little dog too for this adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. Lots of people love this classic story of the girl who wakes up in a strange land filled with witches, munchkins, and monkeys — and befriends a cowardly lion, a tin man without a heart, and a scarecrow with no brain in her quest to find her way back home. Journey down the yellow brick road through the land of Oz to meet the wizard while humming along to memorable songs from the Oscar-winning film, including "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and "If I Only Had a Brain."