Bernadette Peters, Lea Salonga featured in Manhattan Theatre Club's 2024-25 season

The nonprofit theatre company has set the first three productions in its upcoming season, including two shows from London on Broadway and a play off Broadway.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Manhattan Theatre Club has set the first three productions in its 2024-25 season, encompassing Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.

The first production to be announced for the season is the world premiere if Erika Sheffer's Vladimir, playing off Broadway at New York City Center. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, the show follows a Russian journalist covering Vladimir Putin's first term in office, wondering whether the explosive story she's uncovered is worth risking her safety for. Performances begin September 24.

The remaining two productions will play on Broadway at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. First, beginning performances on November 25, is the 2018 play Eureka Day, written by Jonathan Spector and directed by Anna D. Shapiro. The fictional private elementary school must reassess its lax vaccination policy when a mumps outbreak occurs, causing backlash from various sides.

The show played in London in fall 2022. London Theatre's critic wrote in a four-star review, "Eureka Day is incredibly funny [...] It’s easily the most I’ve laughed in a theatre this year."

Also coming to MTC from London is the Broadway premiere of Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends, with Bernadette Peters and Lea Salonga once again set to star. The show is a concert-style celebration of late composer Stephen Sondheim's most beloved shows and songs.

Stephen Sondheim's Old Friends is devised by Cameron Mackintosh, directed and staged by Matthew Bourne alongside Julia McKenzie, and choreographed by Stephen Mear. All the music and lyrics in the show are by Sondheim.

The revue premiered in London in 2023. A five-star London Theatre review reads, "A sense of community, not competition, is on full view throughout a glorious ensemble."

Additional cast and creative team members for all three productions have yet to be announced. Additional productions in MTC's 2024-25 season will also be announced later.

Photo credit: Bernadette Peters and Lea Salonga. (Photos courtesy of production)

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