Read our four-star review of Life of Pi on Broadway, adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti from Yann Martel's bestselling novel, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
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One boy, four animals, one epic survival journey. The Oscar-winning film adaptation of Yann Martel's bestselling book wowed audiences worldwide, and now Life of Pi on Broadway is a five-time Tony Award nominee. Get Life of Pi tickets now.
Life of Pi on Broadway immerses theatregoers in the worlds of India and the open sea. The Pi of the show's title is a 16-year-old boy who is the sole survivor of a shipwreck. That is, the only human survivor — four animals on board also make it out alive. Pi and the animals — an orangutan, a hyena, a zebra, and a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker — must fight against time and each other to stay alive at sea.
The Life of Pi play brings these animals and more to life with intricate puppetry. Actors operate these puppets, and the result was a visually stunning show that won over critics in London, where the show premiered. A four-star review on London Theatre reads, "This is a gorgeous staging by adaptor Lolita Chakrabarti and director Max Webster: vivid, witty, poignant and wondrous. It conjures up whole worlds, beginning with the zoo owned by Pi's parents. A giraffe pokes its head through one of the windows, a zebra shies away from its pen, and a goat playfully butts Pi."
In a historic first, the seven puppeteers who played Richard Parker in London jointly won the 2022 Olivier Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role. Life of Pi won four additional awards out of nine nominations, including Best New Play. The show's Broadway transfer has now earned five Tony nominations, including Best Direction of a Play.
The success of Life of Pi on stage is no surprise, considering its previous iterations. The Life of Pi book has sold more than 15 million copies worldwide and won the Man Booker Prize, and the 2012 film won four Oscars out of 11 nominations, including Best Director for Ang Lee. The movie also received a Best Picture nomination.
Chakrabarti and Webster both make their Broadway debuts with Life of Pi in New York.
Is Life of Pi a musical or a play?
Life of Pi is a play, not a musical. The play first appeared in London, running from November 2021 to January 2023.
How long is the Life of Pi play?
The Life of Pi play runs just over 2 hours, including one intermission.
Tickets to Life of Pi on Broadway are available now.
Cast and creative
By: Lolita Chakrabarti, adapted from the novel by Yann Martel
Director: Max Webster
Cast list: Hiran Abeysekera (as Pi); Nikki Calonge, Rowan Ian Seamus Magee, Jonathan David Martin, Betsy Rosen, Celia Mei Rubin, and Andrew Wilson, Fred Davis, Scarlet Wilderink (as Richard Parker); Adi Dixit (as Pi alternate); Brian Thomas Abraham (as Cook/Voice of Richard Parker), Rajesh Bose (as Father), Avery Glymph (as Father Martin/Russian Sailor/Rear Admiral Jackson), Mahira Kakkar (as Nurse/Amma/Orange Juice), Kirstin Louie (as Lulu Chen), Salma Qarnain (as Mrs. Biology Kumar/Zaida Khan), Sathya Sridharan (as Mamaji/Pandit-Ji), Daisuke Tsuji (as Mr. Okamoto/Captain), Sonya Venugopal as Rani
Design: Tim Hatley
Costumes: Tim Hatley
Lighting: Tim Lutkin
Sound: Carolyn Downing
Other info: Puppetry and movement direction by Finn Caldwell, puppet design by Nick Barnes and Caldwell, video design by Andrzej Goulding, original music by Andrew T Mackay, dramaturgy by Jack Bradley, wig design by David Brian Brown
Latest Life of Pi on Broadway News & Features
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