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The Tony Award-winning hit Take Me Out, written by Richard Greenberg and directed by Scott Ellis, is back for another limited run starring Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. Get Take Me Out tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
She's stronger than yesterday! Having run to acclaim in London's West End for three years and counting, the pop musical & Juliet is making its North American premiere in Toronto ahead of a planned Broadway transfer. Get & Juliet tickets now.This musical, set to modern pop songs from the catalog of Max Martin, features an original story about what might happen if Juliet did not die at the end of Romeo & Juliet. Before you go, discover more about what to expect from this energetic, larger-than-life pop extravaganza.What is & Juliet about?The & Juliet musical kicks off nearly where Romeo & Juliet left off: right before Juliet's death. This isn't a retelling of Shakespeare's tragedy, though; it's a whole new story in which Juliet decides losing Romeo doesn't mean she should die. Instead, she goes on a journey of self-discovery to Paris. Accompanied by her friends — which include some characters from the original play, like the nurse, as well as new characters, like her friends Francois and May — she goes to parties, makes new friends, falls in love (again), and sees what the world has to offer beyond the stifling walls of Verona. The whole story is narrated by Shakespeare and his wife, Anne Hathaway, who are actually writing the story as they go along. Anne learns of Shakespeare's original Romeo & Juliet ending and dislikes it, so she takes over. With Anne at the helm, Juliet gets more agency and depth independent of her relationship with Romeo, and a more positive lease on life. Anne even writes herself and Shakespeare in as characters, and debating their different ideas for the story ends up helping them work out the issues in their marriage.The story is full of energy and laughs, as the & Juliet book is by David West Read, a writer on the Emmy Award-winning Schitt's Creek.What songs are in & Juliet?You may listen to top 40 radio, but you've never heard your favorite songs like this. & Juliet has one new song, but the show mostly includes existing popular music. All 30 pop songs in & Juliet were written or co-written by Max Martin, who's behind the hits of stars like Britney Spears, P!nk, Kesha, Katy Perry, *NSYNC, and The Backstreet Boys. Anyone who grew up with, or just knows all the words to, hits from the 90s through today will relive their teenage dreams at this show. Here are all the songs you'll hear — how many do you know? "Larger than Life" "I Want It That Way" "...Baby One More Time" "Show Me the Meaning of Being Lonely" "Domino" "Show Me Love" "Blow" "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" "Overprotected" "Confident" "Teenage Dream" "Oops!... I Did It Again" "I Kissed a Girl" "It's My Life" "Love Me Like You Do" "Since U Been Gone" "Whataya Want From Me" "One More Try" "Problem" / "Can't Feel My Face" "That's the Way It Is" "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" "As Long as You Love Me" "It's Gonna Be Me" "Shape of My Heart" "Stronger" "Fuckin' Perfect" "Roar" "Can't Stop the Feeling!"More information about & Juliet& Juliet had its world premiere in 2019 in London's West End, where it's still playing as of 2022. The show received nine Olivier Award nominations and critical acclaim; a London Theatre review reads, "Frequently resembling a series of pop videos come to life — thanks to performance platforms that come out of the floor, or benches that take on an aerial life of their own in Soutra Gilmour's sets, aided by Andrzej Goulding's dazzling projections — it is performed with a glinting knowingness and powerful pop theatre voices."Since debuting in London, & Juliet has now made its North American debut in Toronto; that production is the pre-Broadway tryout ahead of the planned premiere of & Juliet on Broadway. The musical is also scheduled to make its Australian premiere in Melbourne in February 2023.As long as you love pop music, contemporized classics, and plenty of fun, it's gonna be you that sees & Juliet in New York soon. Tickets to & Juliet are available now.See & Juliet if you like: Moulin Rouge! The Musical, Six, MJ The MusicalPhoto credit: The company of & Juliet in Toronto. (Photo by Matthew Murphy)
The global phenomenon of K-pop is now taking over Broadway with a new musical. Check back for information on tickets to KPOP on Broadway. KPOP tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon. The KPOP musical takes audiences behind the scenes of the competitive, energetic, high-stakes Korean pop music industry, and the talent, ambition, and commercial interests that drive it in equal measure. The show centers on a K-pop singer dealing with an inner struggle that could bring down a major K-pop music label and rock the industry. She's dealing with this, though, on the day of a special one-night-only concert featuring some of K-pop's biggest stars. Amid the drama, you can expect plenty of high-octane, joyous, and catchy music and choreography that will have you grooving along. The characters in KPOP on Broadway may be fictional, but they're played by real-life K-pop stars. The lead role is originated by Luna, a member of the K-pop group f(x) who also has a solo career as a singer and Korean musical theatre actress. Kevin Woo of U-KISS, Min-Young Lee of Miss A, and Bohyung Kim of Spica are also part of the original KPOP Broadway cast. The world premiere of KPOP was at Ars Nova in 2017, starring Mean Girls' Ashley Park and Be More Chill's Jason Tam. That production, co-produced by Ars Nova and Ma-Yi Theater Company and conceived by Woodshed Collective, was immersive. Audiences played the part of "focus groups" brought in by a K-pop agent wanting to know how to make K-pop and its stars appealing to an American audience. The audience was taken through two floors' worth of rooms set to look like rehearsal spaces, recording studios, and finally a theatre where the stars put on their finished performance. In between, audiences also saw them deal with perfectionist pressure, gaining fame and likability at the expense of tireless work and distancing themselves from aspects of their ethnicity. The Broadway production, taking place in the more traditional, Circle in the Square Theatre, has likely changed in terms of setup and scope; that is, become less immersive. But the show's themes remain the same, and with the Off-Broadway writing team and Woodshed Collective still on hand, KPOP on Broadway still promises to be a multimedia spectacle that combines live music and dancing with video projections and more to transport audiences into the concert world, and also still dive deep into the dark underbelly of the industry. Before the premiere of KPOP in New York, the musical was slated to have a pre-Broadway run at Signature Theatre in Washington D.C from December 2021. This run was canceled amid the pandemic, so the show is opening directly on Broadway. Tickets to KPOP will be available soon.
The critically celebrated play by David Lindsay-Abaire, Kimberly Akimbo, now becomes an exciting new musical. Lindsay-Abaire is joined by beloved composer Jeanine Tesori for Atlantic Theater Company's world premiere of Kimberly Akimbo, a must-see new musical about loneliness, found families, and creating some happiness when time is against you. Kimberly Akimbo tickets are available on New York Theatre Guide now.Kim is a wonderful, charming New Jersey teen who just happens to look like a 72 year old woman. Kim suffers from a disease which causes her body to age nearly five times faster than most. Yet somehow, that might be the least of her problems. Kim's family is collapsing as long-held secrets come out, and she's caught up in crazy money making schemes which might put her in jail. With the help of her only friend, a teenage boy, can Kim figure it all out?Kimberly Akimbo began as a play, written by Lindsay-Abaire and first produced at South Coast Repertory in 2001. The play was later produced in New York by Manhattan Theatre Club in 2003, earning rave reviews, particularly for its star Marylouise Burke. Burke played Kim, a teenager trapped in an older woman's body. Lindsay-Abaire is a Pulitzer Prize winning playwright, also known for works such as Rabbit Hole and Good People. For the Kimberly Akimbo musical adaptation, Lindsay-Abaire has teamed up with Jeanine Tesori, a Tony Award winner for Fun Home and one of the most celebrated musical theater composers of her generation. Tesori has previously worked with Lindsay-Abaire on Shrek: The Musical, and her other works include Thoroughly Modern Millie, Caroline, or Change, and Violet. Together, this dream team now crafts Kim's singular and heartbreaking story into a must-see new musical. Kimberly Akimbo Off-Broadway will play at Atlantic Theater Company, which just a few years ago debuted new musical The Band's Visit before it travelled to Broadway and won 10 Tony Awards. Tickets to Kimberly Akimbo are available now. Get your Kimberly Akimbo tickets on New York Theatre Guide today.
It's all happening in October 2022, when a musical adaptation of Almost Famous, the hit 2000 movie, will premiere on Broadway. Cameron Crowe, who wrote the semi-autobiographical screenplay, has penned the book and lyrics for the musical adaptation. Check back for information on Almost Famous tickets on New York Theatre Guide.The Almost Famous musical centers on William, a child prodigy who eventually decides he wants to be a rock music journalist. While on his first assignment covering a Black Sabbath concert, the guitarist for the opening act, the up-and-coming band Stillwater, takes a liking to him. Soon, he's sent on the road with the band on assignment for Rolling Stone magazine, where he quickly discovers the inner conflicts among the band members. But he finds himself losing his objectivity as he becomes part of their inner circle and falls for their lead groupie, Penny Lane.The original movie featured a star-studded cast including Patrick Fugit, Kate Hudson, Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Zooey Deschanel, and more. The film was nominated for four Oscars and won for Best Original Screenplay, and also won a Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media and two Golden Globe Awards, for Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy and Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture for Hudson as Penny Lane.Almost Famous is partly inspired by Crowe's own experiences writing for Rolling Stone as a teenager and includes multiple real people as characters, including rock journalists Lester Bangs and Ben Fong-Torres. Fictional characters like Penny Lane and William's mom are also loosely based on groupie Pennie Lane Trumbull of The Flying Garter Girls and Crowe's actual mother, respectively. All these characters are preserved in the musical.Crowe is making his Broadway debut with the show. But collaborating with him on Almost Famous on Broadway is a veteran composer/lyricist: Tom Kitt, who's won Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Awards, as well as a Pulitzer Prize, for his work. He won multiple accolades for composing the Pulitzer-winning musical Next to Normal in 2008, and more recently, he's been nominated for Tony Awards at three of the past four ceremonies leading up to 2022: for Flying Over Sunset in 2022, Jagged Little Pill in 2020, and SpongeBob SquarePants in 2018.The Almost Famous musical adaptation premiered at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego in 2019 to positive reviews, and the cast from that run is also leading the premiere of Almost Famous in New York.Almost Famous tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.
With a 65-year long career as a playwright under her belt, Adrienne Kennedy finally makes her Broadway debut with Ohio State Murders. Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald stars in the production, directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon. Check back for information on Ohio State Murders tickets as well as information on a venue, Broadway performance dates, and additional casting.Ohio State Murders is a play about a fictional Black writer, Suzanne Alexander, who goes to deliver a talk about the violence in her writing at Ohio State University. When she arrives, she is met with a sinister mystery, one that reveals racism to be an antagonist in and of itself. Through the work, Kennedy explores the extent of just how destructive of a force racism is in the United States. Kennedy is known for her distinctive surrealist style, writing plays that lack a clear plot and instead symbolically portray historical and mythical figures to explore the Black experience. However, Ohio State Murders is less explicitly surreal, though the play still avoids a clear-cut, linear narrative and focuses on Suzanne's "process of turning memory into meaning," as Alisa Solomon, a Columbia University professor, wrote in the foreword to a collection of some of Kennedy's plays.Kennedy is also known for writing "autobiographically inspired" work, and Ohio State Murders is no exception. In some ways, Suzanne Alexander and her experiences reflect Kennedy, herself a 1931 graduate of Ohio State University. In fact, Ohio State Murders is one of four plays that centers on the character. She Talks to Beethoven, The Film Club (a monologue), and The Dramatic Circle (a radio drama) are known, together with Ohio State Murders, as "the Alexander plays" after their common main character. Beethoven was published in 1989, and the rest came out in 1992. Kennedy also wrote a letter from Suzanne Alexander's perspective, "Letter to My Students on My Sixty-First Birthday by Suzanne Alexander," in 1992.Ohio State Murders and the Alexander plays are just a small portion of Kennedy's theatrical canon. She has written three Obie Award-winning plays: her most famous work, Funnyhouse of a Negro, won the 1964 Obie for Distinguished Play, and June and Jean in Concert and Sleep Deprivation Chamber both won the Best New American Play Obie Award in 1996. Some of her other works include The Owl Answers, A Rat's Mass, and The Lennon Play, among many others. All this work led to Kennedy being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2008 Obie Awards and an induction into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2018.Check back for information on tickets to Ohio State Murders on Broadway.Audra McDonald photo credit: Allison Michael Orenstein
Comedian Mike Birbiglia returns to Broadway for two months only with The Old Man and the Pool, following hit runs in California and Chicago. Get Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool tickets on New York Theatre Guide now. The Old Man and the Pool is a play written and performed by Birbiglia, which he describes as a "coming-of-middle-age story." Birbiglia learns he's inherited his family's history of heart problems, and his doctor recommends plenty of healthy habits to help. Birbiglia unpacks why he's reluctant to do any of them — particularly swimming, thanks to a childhood encounter at a YMCA pool — and how that doesn't mesh well with his fear of death. But yes, The Old Man and the Pool is a comedy show, and though there are profound reflections on life and mortality, there's plenty of Birbiglia's signature comic storytelling about growing older, and perhaps wiser. Dad jokes and other clever punchlines also abound — even the title of the show is a riff on the classic Ernest Hemingway novel The Old Man and the Sea. Birbiglia's first, and most recent, Broadway show was The New One, another one-man comedy show about a different life milestone: becoming a father. That show premiered off Broadway at the Cherry Lane Theatre, a popular comedy venue in Greenwich Village, in 2018 and moved to Broadway's Cort (now James Earl Jones) Theatre later that year for a two-month stint. That show earned Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance. His last New York gig before The Old Man and the Pool on Broadway was behind the scenes, as presenter for fellow comedian Alex Edelman's hit show Just For Us off Broadway. Birbiglia himself has also performed other specials off Broadway including My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend, Thank God for Jokes and Sleepwalk with Me. My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and Thank God for Jokes were filmed for Netflix, and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend earned Birbiglia a Lucille Lortel Award. Sleepwalk With Me became an indie film which Birbiglia wrote, directed, and starred in. Birbiglia also directed, wrote, and starred in the film Don't Think Twice, and he has appeared in films and TV shows like The Fault in Our Stars, Trainwreck, Orange is the New Black, and Billions. Get tickets to Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool in New York. Top image credit: Craig Schwartz Photography
Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford will star in the latest Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Check back for Sweeney Todd tickets on New York Theatre Guide. The Sweeney Todd musical is a tale of malice, murder, and meat pies. The title character, a barber from London, has returned to the city after being wrongly imprisoned by a merciless judge many years before. He's determined to reunite with his family, but equally importantly, get revenge, and uses his old profession to do it. After all, his razors can cut not just hair, but throats. Todd also finds an unlikely accomplice in a meat pie shop owner named Mrs. Lovett, who, unbeknownst to her customers, disposes of Todd's victims by serving them up as dinner. Todd initially plans to only target the judge and his servant, but his and Mrs. Lovett's scheme quickly spirals out of control. Sweeney Todd features well-known Sondheim songs like "A Little Priest," "Johanna," and "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd." The 2023 revival will be the first to feature Jonathan Tunick's original orchestrations, written for a 26-piece band, since the premiere of Sweeney Todd on Broadway in 1979. Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury made the roles of Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett iconic with their performances in that production. Both won Tony Awards for their portrayals, and Sweeney Todd won six additional Tonys, including Best Musical. Sondheim won for Best Original Score, Hugh Wheeler won for Best Book of a Musical, and legendary Broadway multihyphenate Harold Prince won for Best Direction of a Musical. Sweeney Todd has been revived on Broadway twice before: in 1989 with Bob Gunton and Beth Fowler, and in 2005 with Michael Cerveris and Patti LuPone. All four actors received Tony Award nominations for their performances. The show has also played four times in London; its 1980 premiere won the Best New Musical Olivier Award, and two of its revivals won Best Musical Revival. The musical was last revived off Broadway in 2017. That production was immersive: The Barrow Street Theatre was converted into Harrington's Pie & Mash Shop, the action took place all around the audience members, and a resident pie maker cooked and served traditional pie and mash before each performance. Josh Groban leads Sweeney Todd in New York in 2022. This is his second Broadway outing, following his turn as Pierre in Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 in 2017. He got a Tony nomination for his performance the following year, and his performance at that Tonys ceremony earned him two Emmy nominations. He's also a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum musician known for songs like "You Raise Me Up" and "Believe." Opposite Groban as Todd is Annaleigh Ashford as Mrs. Lovett. A theatre veteran, she's a Tony winner for You Can't Take it With You and a Tony nominee for Kinky Boots. Her last Broadway appearance before Sweeney Todd was in another Sondheim revival: 2017's Sunday in the Park with George opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. She's also performed in popular musicals like Wicked, Legally Blonde, and Rent during her career. Thomas Kail, a Tony Award winner for Hamilton, directs Sweeney Todd. He reunites with fellow Tony-winning Hamilton collaborator Alex Lacamoire, who serves as music supervisor. Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd in spring 2023. Sweeney Todd tickets will be available soon. (Top image by Franz Szony)