Mike Birbiglia's The New One begins performances on Broadway
An official opening night is scheduled for November 11, 2018, at Broadway's Cort Theatre.
The previously announced Broadway transfer of Mike Birbiglia's The New One, marking the Broadway debut for comedian Mike Birbiglia, begins previews at Broadway's Cort Theatre tonight. The acclaimed solo show is set to play a 9-week limited engagement, officially opening on November 11, 2018 and running through to January 20, 2019. The production premiered at off-Broadway's Cherry Lane Theatre this past summer, instantly selling out and earning praise from fans and critics alike.
Mr. Birbiglia previously commented: “I’m so excited to be bringing The New One to The Cort Theater on Broadway which is where I saw the great Kenneth Lonergan play This Is Our Youth. Which is fitting because this show is about somebody’s youth. Not mine. But somebody’s! I won’t tell you any more than that. The truth is I try not to tell people anything about my new show because, I find, the less you know about the show the more you will enjoy it. My goal is to make as many people laugh as possible and ideally several hundred will cry. My producer Kevin McCollum and the Shubert Organization are letting me do that in a space that will accommodate the right amount of people. Which is about 1,100. I’m pretty sure there are union regulations about entertaining more than 1,100 people at once. So we will limit it to 1,100 people laughing and 300 people crying. A lot of people thank their spouses when they make something but with this show I really do have to thank my wife, Jennifer Hope Stein, because she wrote a lot of the best lines. She’s a writer on the show and that was important to me because I wanted to convey the truth about what we experienced together- which I will tell you nothing more about. But man is it gonna make you laugh. And cry. (Please abide by the union crying vs. laughing regulations.) And I’m thrilled to share this journey with my wife Jen, my director Seth Barrish and designers Beowulf Boritt, Aaron Copp and Leon Rothenberg, as well as my longtime collaborators Ira Glass and Joe Birbiglia. We’re bringing this squad to a new party. Hopefully there’s pizza.”
Mike Birbiglia made his off-Broadway debut in his first solo show Sleepwalk With Me (presented by Nathan Lane) in 2008, earning a Lucille Lortel Award nomination. He returned with his Lucille Lortel Award-winning solo show Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend in 2011 and earned his third Lortel Award nomination for 2016's Thank God for Jokes. Mike Birbiglia's The New One played the Cherry Lane Theatre from July 26 through to August 26, 2018. He is also known for his acting roles of Danny Pearson on Netflix's “Orange is the New Black” and Oscar Langstratt on Showtime's “Billions” and has appeared on TV shows such as “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Girls,” and “Broad City,” and in films such as “Don't Think Twice,” “Trainwreck,” “The Fault in Our Stars,” and “Popstar.”
Mike Birbiglia's The New One features additional writing by Jennifer Hope Stein and is directed by Seth Barrish. The creative team features scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, lighting design by Aaron Copp, and sound design by Leon Rothenberg.
The New One is produced on Broadway by Kevin McCollum, with Ira Glass serving as Executive Producer, Joe Birbiglia as Associate Producer and Mike Lavoie as Production Consultant.
Mike Birbiglia's The New One Tickets are available now for performances through to January 20, 2019.
(Photo by Joan Marcus)