Lincoln Center Theater sets 2024-25 season

Three newly announced productions join the previously announced McNeal on Broadway, starring Robert Downey Jr., and the Off-Broadway show Six Characters.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Lincoln Center Theater, the nonprofit theatre company located within the Lincoln Center performing arts complex, has announced its 40th-anniversary season of Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. Five productions are set to premiere between 2024-25, with an additional production to be announced.

As previously announced, the season will begin with the Off-Broadway premiere of Six Characters at the Claire Tow Theater beginning July 13. Written by Phillip Howze and directed by Dustin Wills, the play follows a group of citizens who break into a cultural center, causing all hell to break loose.

The next production in the season, also previously announced, will be Ayad Akhtar's play McNeal on Broadway at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. Oscar winner Robert Downey Jr. makes his Broadway debut in the role of Jacob McNeal, a writer whose old grudges and unhealthy hangups begin to seep into his excellent writing.

The next two productions in LCT's season will take place off Broadway at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Beginning October 30, Lileana Blain-Cruz will direct playwright Katori Hall's The Blood Quilt. The show follows four sisters who gather to make a quilt in honor of their recently deceased mother. But when they read her will and find out what they've all inherited, the sisters might tear apart from each other.

The spring production at the Newhouse, beginning February 13, is a production of Henrik Ibsen's classic play Ghosts, in a new version by Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe. Jack O'Brien directs the story of Helena Alving, whose son returns home after many years and brings a terrifying secret with him.

Finally, from March 27, LCT will present the Broadway premiere of the musical Floyd Collins at the Beaumont. The show had its world premiere in 1994 and its Off-Broadway premiere two years later, winning the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical. Now, after 30 years, Broadway will experience the story of of a cave explorer who got trapped in a Kentucky cave in 1925, creating the first American media circus as we know it and captivating the nation as they hope for his survival, and as he fights for it.

Floyd Collins features a folk and bluegrass-inspired score by Adam Guettel (The Light in the Piazza, Days of Wine and Roses) and direction by Tina Landau.

Casting and additional creative team members for all of LCT's productions have yet to be announced.

Additionally, the season will include a one-night-only concert presentation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's South Pacific on December 9 and a 40th-anniversary celebration event on May 19.

Photo credit: Robert Downey Jr. (Photo courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater)

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