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  • Arnie Burton

    Arnie Burton has joined the cast of Fairycakes at the Greenwich House Theater. Burton will replace previously announced cast member Brooks Ashmanskas, who has departed the show to pursue a television opportunity.Burton joins Mo Rocca, Alfie Fuller, Sabatino Cruz, Jackie Hoffman, Kuhoo Verma, Z Infante, Ann Harada, Jamen Nanthakumar, Julie Halston, Chris Myers, and Jason Tam in the cast. Five-time Tony nominee Douglas Carter Beane, who created Fairycakes, will also direct, and Ellenore Scott will...

  • Aleshea Harris

    Casting has been announced for What To Send Up When It Goes Down, the season-opening production at Playwrights Horizons. Rachel Christopher (as One/Made), Ugo Chukwu (as Six/Miss), Kambi Gathesha (as Two), Denise Manning (as Eight/Song Leader), Javon Q. Minter (as Seven), Adrianna Mitchell (as Three), and Beau Thom (as Five/Man/Driver) will perform in Aleshea Harris's play.What To Send Up When It Goes Down is described as a play, ritual, pageant, and homecoming experience played out in a series...

  • Irish Repertory Theatre

    Irish Repertory Theatre has announced its fall 2021 season, including four in-person productions and one virtual audio event. When the first show premieres on October 8, it will be the theatre's first in-person production since the pandemic began.The first show of the season is the North American premiere of Kevin Barry's Autumn Royal, beginning previews October 8 ahead of an October 18 opening. The dark comedy play follows a son, Timmy, and daughter, May, who, after caring for their...

  • Photo of a baseball on grass

    Batter up! The Pitch, a new baseball drama, will make its Off-Broadway debut in September. Performances begin September 26 ahead of an October 5 opening night, and the show will run until November 14.Stan Freeman's play follows a duo of sportswriters, a rookie and a veteran in the business, who team up to write a biography about a baseball pitcher named Vernon Peters. The veteran sportswriter, Roger Pennell, knew Peters in high school, prior to the pitcher's one-game stint in major league...

  • The Karate Kid

    Wax on (Broadway), wax off (Broadway)! The world premiere of The Karate Kid - The Musical is set to open May 25, 2022. STAGES St. Louis in Missouri will host a monthlong engagement of the musical ahead of a hopeful Broadway run.The 1984 movie follows a young boy who is trained in martial arts to win a competition against his bullies. It is a semi-autobiographical account of Robert Mark Kamen's life. Kamen wrote the original screenplay and now provides the book for The Karate Kid - The Musical....

  • Mrs. Warren's Profession

    George Bernard Shaw's infamous play Mrs. Warren's Profession will return to the New York stage in a rare revival. David Staller, who played Mr. Praed in the show's last Off-Broadway revival at the Irish Repertory Theatre, will return to direct Gingold Theatrical Group's new Off-Broadway production at Theatre Row.Performances begin October 12 ahead of an October 27 opening, and the play will run through November 20.Shaw's play centers on the life and career of Kitty Warren, brothel owner and...

  • Bruce Willis

    Heads up! Award-winning actor and producer Bruce Willis will join The Burgess Group to mount My Mother's Severed Head at Theatre One on Theatre Row. Performances will begin off Broadway September 10 ahead of a September 13 opening.In Charles Cissel's play, the playwright Robert and his father find themselves constantly fighting following the death of Robert's mother. But she's not entirely out of the picture — she was decapitated, and her head rests in the family home, talking at Robert as...

  • Barry Manilow

    Harmony, a new musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, will make its New York debut more than 20 years after its world premiere. The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene will present a seven-week run of the musical at Edmond J. Safra Hall at the Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust. Performances begin March 23, 2022, ahead of an April 13 opening.Harmony tells the true story of a six-man musical ensemble called the Comedian Harmonists. This group of German men gained...

  • Pershing Square Signature Center

    Signature Theatre's production of Annie Baker's Infinite Life has been postponed due to "ongoing health and safety concerns," the production announced Friday.The show was originally scheduled to run at the Pershing Square Signature Center from October 5 to November 7. New performance dates have not yet been specified."Signature will continue, in discussion with artists, to evaluate on a case-by-case basis how to proceed with other programming planned for this season," a representative for the...

  • Photo credit: Tom Kitt, Shaina Taub and Erika Dickerson-Despenza (Photos courtesy of Tom Kitt, Shaina Taub and Erika Dickerson-Despenza)

    The Public Theater has announced its 2021-22 season, returning to in-person productions at its Astor Place theatre for the first time since the pandemic began. The lineup includes seven new productions, including multiple world and New York premiere plays and musicals.The season opens with The Visitor, initially scheduled for the Public's 2019-20 season. Daniel Sullivan directs the world-premiere musical based on the independent film of the same name about a college professor seeking renewed...

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