What to see in New York in April
Here's our top picks of theatre to check out in April 2021.
For the first time in over a year, New York theatres will be allowed to open from April. Even though full capacity audiences aren't allowed just yet and Broadway theatres remain shut, going to the theatre is now an activity you can do again. Seeing live theatre after a deprived year is something we’re definitely craving.
From in-person picks to virtual offerings, charity events to installations, here’s our top 10 theatre picks for April 2021.
TodayTix Presents Concerts
Hear the sounds of Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast members from the Showfields rooftop, in a series of TodayTix Presents concerts taking place throughout April. To kick off proceedings, there’s performances from Jagged Little Pill stars Lauren Patten and Derek Klena, as well as Ana Villafañe and Bradley Gibson later in the month. So, get ready to be welcomed into the live theater space once more and listen to live performances rather than the same playlist on repeat.
Showfields, from April 2. TodayTix Presents concerts are on sale now.
The five-time Tony Award-nominated musical gets an online revival this April, sure to conjure up plenty of theatrical magic. Waitress’ Drew Gehling plays Dusoleil, an ordinary man with intangible qualities, including the ability to walk through walls. This musical will walk into your mind though, especially with Kara Lindsay and Adam Pascal in the Amour cast.
Online, from April 2.
After a London premiere at the Donmar Warehouse, Blindness transfers to the Daryl Roth Theatre, bringing the installation to New York audiences. Staged under social distancing rules, audiences are plunged into a dystopian world in the middle of a blindness epidemic. Rather than action happening in front of you, Blindness is an audio play. But, this allows you to imagine yourself in a new environment.
The Super Crazy Funtime Show
We’ve watched a lot of television this past year. So, imagine you’re at a TV show filming at The Super Crazy Funtime Show. Anything can happen in this wacky off-Broadway show, complete with games, prizes and plenty of laughter.
Players Theatre, from April 3. The Super Crazy Funtime Show tickets on sale now.
Boy Band Brunch
Know your NSync from your Backstreet Boys? Think you could be a New Kid on the Block? Well there’s only One Direction you’ll want to go this April, and that’s to the Boy Band Brunch. A celebration of nineties boybands and beyond, stars from Wicked, The Book of Mormon and Rock of Ages will have you screaming like you’re at an arena tour.
Green Room 42, from April 4. Boy Band Brunch tickets on sale now.
Angry Raucous and Shamelessly Gorgeous
Broadway stars and real-life sisters Debbie Allen and Phylicia Rashad star in an online production of Pearl Cleage’s play, as part of the upcoming Spotlight on Plays spring season. It’s all about Anna, an elderly actress who begrudgingly offers advice to a younger generation. This star-studded event is just one of seven plays in the series, with turns from Meryl Streep and Audra McDonald as part of the season.
Online, from April 9.
The Office! A Musical Parody
We’ve spent months working from home. Our living rooms have now become our offices. So, what could be better than a musical parody of hit sitcom The Office. Michael Scott is now an off-Broadway star and Dunder Mifflin is open for business again. But, can they make their profits? Put pen to paper and jot The Office! A Musical Parody into your April plans.
Jerry Orbach Theater at The Theater Center, from April 9.
Eight is Never Enough
Ever considered yourself a budding writer? Think you’ve got the brains behind the “next big thing?” Well, test your ideas at Eight is Never Enough, an improvised comedy event where performers will create scenes and songs based entirely on your suggestions. The wackier your ideas, the better.
The cast includes world-class performers from shows like Blue Bloods, Power and Orange is the New Black. But for those who want to get involved, you may even make your stage debut if you’re called on to join the action.
Broadway Comedy Club, from 11 April. Eight is Never Enough tickets are on sale now.
Tell The Story: Celebrating Assassins
Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award-winning musical Assassins turned 30 last year. To mark the occasion, original cast members will talk all about their experiences in a virtual Assassins event. Those taking part are to be confirmed, but names may include Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Cerveris, Eddie Cooper and Will Swenson. The events end with a chat between Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman, and we can’t wait to tune in.
Online, from April 15. Free tickets on sale now.
The sixth annual presentation of BroadwayCon will take place online this month, but it’s guaranteed to be a celebration of all things Great White Way. Events this year include backstage stories with Broadway stage managers, game nights and cabarets, as well as mental health and political conversations.
Online, from April 17.
Photo credit: Blindness in London (Photo by Helen Maybanks)