New York theatre to see in January 2021
Here's our top picks of theatre to check out in January 2021.
The landscape of New York theatre definitely changed in 2020. For most of the year, the presence of Covid-19 forced Broadway theatres to shut down, with all theatres remaining closed until at least May 30, 2021. If upcoming productions in January 2021 are anything to go by, New York audiences are in for theatre treats all year round. Here’s our top recommendations on what to see in January 2021, including livestreamed performances, concerts and festivals.
Yes, you read that correctly. Inspired by the numerous TikToks based on the Disney film, say bon appetit to Ratatouille. It’s even impressed the Tik Tok officials, with Lizzy Hale saying: “In a year where we saw Broadway close, the TikTok community brought musical fans together virtually with one of the most unique trends we have ever seen on platform." So far, we know Ratatouille creatives include a lineup of TikTokkers, music from the Broadway Sinfonietta and direction by Six’ Lucy Moss. Casting is to be confirmed, but Ratatouille will feature some incredible Broadway stars, with donations going towards The Actors Fund. Remy the rat really will be the rat of all our dreams all 2021.
Online, January 1.
After an engagement of off-Broadway performances, the Mint Theater Company's production of Days To Come will be available to stream throughout January 2021. An upstairs downstairs story, the play follows an arguing family in a small Ohio town. In a review for New York Theatre Guide, "boasting top notch production values and veteran actors, it is highly watchable, if not highly relatable... getting an 82-year-old play to resonate is a tough trick and, here, the melodramatic turns and existential crises of the night ultimately keep us at a distance."
Online, from January 4 – February 21.
The Public Theater continue their annual Under The Radar festival for 2021, albeit virtually. Over 11 days, there’ll be works from contemporary artists worldwide, including Inua Ellams’ Borders and Crossings, as well as visual and auditory projects from award-winning companies. If you’re wanting to explore just how far reaching theatre can be and how theatre can be redefined, you’ll want to check out what this festival has to offer.
Online, January 6 - 17.
Arguably one of the jazziest musicals of all time, the 1930s musical Swingin’ the Dream saw Louis Armstrong and Benny Goodman perform on Broadway. For the first time in 80 years, Theatre For A New Audience has teamed up with the Royal Shakespeare Company and London’s Young Vic Theatre to present a concert revival. Kwame Kwei-Armah presents this syncopated sensation, with songs including ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’’ and ‘Jeepers Creepers.’ The one-off concert will celebrate jazz as an art form, and we can’t wait to listen.
Online, January 9.
Atlantic Theater Company continues to champion the stories of diverse playwrights with their upcoming festival. Over the course of African Caribbean MixFest, new works by African Caribbean playwrights will be premiered through virtual readings, with panel discussions set to tackle the issues of representation through theatre. Highlights include new plays by Kwame Kwei-Armah, Jasmine Lee-Jones, as well as new works by Guadalís Del Carmen.
Online, January 19 - 29.
The Wright Stuff
In the latest series from Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Doug Wright, he investigates how comedians are both American patriots as well as being akin to court jesters. Throughout the five-part series, he'll speak to Andy Borowitz, Aasif Mandvi, Nancy Giles, Paul Rudnick and Jenny Hagel, asking just how important comedy is to society. The Wright Stuff will stream via New York Theatre Workshop.
Online, from January 19.
You won’t want to be late for this very important show. Plunge yourself into Wonderland as Alice and see if you can save the day. During the immersive experience, you’ll have tea with the Mad Hatter and solve puzzles with the White Rabbit — just make sure the Queen of Hearts doesn’t chop your head off. Saving Wonderland is a family-friendly production, perfect for introducing little ones to Lewis Carroll’s make-believe world.
Online, January 21 - 23.
Reflections of Native Voices Festival
For one fortnight from January 25, New York Theatre Workshop will present a series of works designed to celebrate Native American voices. Productions include Don’t Feed the Indians: A Divine Comedy Pageant; Everything is a Circle by Ikidowin, Este Cate by Nicholson Billey, Duke by Moses Goods and Tipi Tales from the Stoop by Murielle Borst-Tarrant. It's created in collaboration with La MaMa Indigienous Initiative too.
Online, January 25 - February 7.