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Into the Woods had a sold-out run in May 2022 as part of the Encores! 2022 season, and now the musical transfers to the St. James Theatre on Broadway with a star-studded cast. Get Into the Woods tickets on New York Theatre Guide now.Into the Woods is a musical about fairytales — but this show tells them differently than you might remember them. Into the Woods draws on versions of fairy tales by the Grimm Brothers, whose stories often have dark themes and endings. The central story is a totally original one, though, of a baker and his wife trying to conceive. They've been having trouble for a long time, and they soon discover that because the baker's father angered a witch years ago, she put a curse on his family to make them barren.The witch tells the couple that she'll reverse the curse if they bring her four enchanted items: a red cape, a gold slipper, yellow hair, and a white cow. So they venture into the woods near their house to get these items and cross paths with classic fairytale characters like Cinderella and her prince, Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf, Rapunzel, and Jack (of the beanstalk), who are all trying to fulfill wishes and wants of their own. But nothing is as it seems in the wood, and the path to happy ever after isn't always a clear one.Into the Woods features a book by James Lapine and music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and it's one of the composer's most well-known musicals. The premiere of Into the Woods on Broadway was in 1987, two years after Lapine and Sondheim's previous collaboration, Sunday in the Park with George, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and got nominated for Best Musical. Into the Woods had plenty of success of its own, winning three Tonys of its own including Best Book and Best Score. The show also further cemented the star status of Bernadette Peters (as the Witch) and propelled Chip Zien and Joanna Gleason (as the Baker and the Baker's Wife) to Broadway fame; Gleason won the production's third Tony.The last Into the Woods revival took place in 2002, and now 20 years later, Into the Woods returns. The current revival joins another Sondheim revival on Broadway: Company, which was nominated for nine 2022 Tony Awards and features a female Bobbie (Katrina Lenk) in place of the originally male lead, Bobby. Sondheim's Assassins was also revived off Broadway shortly beforehand, in winter 2021, just before Sondheim's death in November 2021.Tickets to Into the Woods in New York are on sale now.
Tom Stoppard's Olivier-winning play, Leopoldstadt, will open on Broadway in a limited engagement at the Longacre Theatre. Get Leopoldstadt tickets on New York Theatre Guide. Tickets to Leopoldstadt on Broadway are on sale now.The Leopoldstadt play is named for the Jewish quarter of Vienna, Austria. The drama begins at the end of 1899 and ends in 1955, following multiple generations of one Jewish extended family that live through that period. The many family members (there's a 41-person cast) in the different generations all have different backgrounds, lived experiences, and depths of faith as Jews. But historical circumstances — including one of the darkest eras of human history — force them all to reckon with their identity. The play is at once a deep dive into Jewish history, a recognition of Jewish people's endurance, and one playwright's deeply personal declaration of his own heritage.The family in Leopoldstadt is not directly based on Stoppard's own, but the play is loosely based on history he learned at a late stage of his life. The 85-year-old Stoppard only discovered that he was fully Jewish in the 1990s, when a Czech relative of his contacted him and taught him about his mother's extended family, many of whom were killed in the Holocaust. This experience inspired Stoppard to write a play centered around Judaism, and critics have called Leopoldstadt his most "personal" and "intimate" work. He has also said Leopoldstadt is likely the last play he will ever write.A Leopoldstadt review on London Theatre reads: "It is played and staged with a glowing warmth throughout, with lovely and loving ensemble character work on display across the board. This is a powerful, important new play from one of our greatest living playwrights that, should it prove to be his swansong, means he has gone out on a significant high, even as he dramatises a low point on world history."The show also differs in some ways from Stoppard's past plays, 16 of which have appeared on Broadway. Stoppard's shows often jump back and forth in time, but Leopoldstadt moves through time chronologically, making the different generations easier to follow. (Past productions have also included a family tree in the program as a guide.) There's also less showy intellectual banter than his plays usually include, though there is plenty of political theory and historical context to help audiences understand the state of the world the characters are living in.Stoppard made his Broadway debut with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, which remains one of his most famous works, in 1967. Between that show and his most recent Broadway production — a revival of the Best Play-winning Travesties in 2018 — his works have won six Best Play Tony Awards. He's also won three Best New Play Olivier Awards for his London premieres, including Leopoldstadt, and he has Oscar, Golden Globe, and BAFTA Awards for writing the screenplay for Shakespeare in Love. In 1997, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his illustrious theatre career.Get tickets to Leopoldstadt in New York now.
Marianne Elliott and Miranda Cromwell's acclaimed West End production of Death of a Salesman will transfer to Broadway in the 2022-23 season. Get Death of a Salesman tickets on New York Theatre Guide.Death of a Salesman is a play about an aging traveling salesman, Willy Loman. He is almost senile, disappointed in how his life turned out, and overall on the decline. The play takes a deep dive into the causes of his waning happiness and sanity, including infidelity, capitalism, and an unfulfilled American Dream.While most of the action takes place in the present, part of the action of Death of a Salesman unfolds through a series of Willy's memories, dreams, and arguments centered on his work and his family, which show how he got to the mental state he's in. He's surrounded by his supportive yet knowing wife, Linda, and his two sons, Biff and Happy. Each of the three offer him varying degrees of support as he declines.First performed in 1949, the show became a quick success for Miller and has since been called one of the best American plays of the 20th century. Death of a Salesman won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play in 1949, and three of its revivals have won the Tony Award for Best Play Revival. The show has received 10 film adaptations in addition to countless stage productions in countries like the U.S., U.K., India, and Germany. In China, Miller directed the show himself.Death of a Salesman was last revived on Broadway in 2012, and multiple Miller revivals have followed in recent years. A 2019 production of All My Sons, starring Tracy Letts and Annette Bening, went up on Broadway with Roundabout Theatre Company and received three Tony Award nominations. And in 2016, Saiorse Ronan and Bill Camp starred in a revival of The Crucible on Broadway.The 2022 production of Death of a Salesman on Broadway originated in London's West End, where directors Marianne Elliott (who also helmed the latest Company revival in New York and London) and Miranda Cromwell won the 2020 Olivier Award for Best Direction. Now, Cromwell is helming the production's Broadway transfer with its two original stars. Olivier nominee Wendell Pierce takes on his first Broadway role since 1988, and Sharon D Clarke returns to New York just after making her Broadway debut in Caroline, or Change, reprising her Olivier-winning role as Caroline Thibodeaux from the West End.Get tickets to Death of a Salesman in New York now.
August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson will be revived on Broadway with a star-studded cast in 2022. Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington and Danielle Brooks will lead the cast of The Piano Lesson, playing at the Barrymore Theatre for 17 weeks only. Get The Piano Lesson tickets on New York Theatre Guide now. The Piano Lesson is a play about family history and heritage, and how best to honor that heritage. It's 1936, and the two adult siblings of the Charles family cannot agree on what to do with a family heirloom: a piano that is hand-carved with the faces of their enslaved ancestors. Berneice (Brooks) insists on keeping the piano as a reminder of her ancestors and their hardships. But Willie (Washington), a sharecropper, wants to sell the piano and use the money to buy the land where their ancestors worked as slaves, believing the best way to honor them is to take back the land that their ancestors couldn't own in their own lifetime. The already difficult decision gets further complicated when it appears that familial ghosts appear to haunt the Charles household. The siblings' living uncle, Doaker (Jackson), is on hand throughout the play as the storyteller. As an older family member, he possesses the most knowledge of the piano's — and the family's — storied history, which his niece and nephew are not always quick to share. LaTanya Richardson Jackson directs the 2022 production, which is the play's first Broadway revival. The premiere production of The Piano Lesson on Broadway was in 1987 at Yale Repertory Theatre, with a younger Jackson playing Boy Willie alongside Carl Gordon as Doaker and Starletta DuPois as Berneice. After playing a second engagement at Huntington Theatre Company in Boston (with Charles S. Dutton in place of Jackson), that production moved to Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre in 1990 and played there for nine months. Though the show lost out on the Best Play Tony Award, it did win the 1990 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and New York Drama Critics' Circle Award for Best Play. The Piano Lesson also won the Peabody Award and earned Wilson his second Pulitzer Prize for Drama, after Fences in 1987. The play is part of his Pittsburgh Cycle, a collection of 10 plays about Black American life that each take place in a different decade of the 20th century. All the plays in the cycle feature strong female characters (inspired by the values of Wilson's own mother) and are written in Black vernacular, and many include supernatural elements. Tickets to The Piano Lesson are available now.
Suzan-Lori Parks's Pulitzer-winning play Topdog/Underdog will have its first Broadway revival in fall 2022, starring Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II. Get on Topdog/Underdog tickets on New York Theatre Guide now.Topdog/Underdog is a play about two brothers, loosely based on the biblical brothers Cain and Abel. These two, Lincoln and Booth (so named by their father as a joke), had a harsh childhood and are still struggling with an equally harsh adulthood. Booth is out of work and uses his shoplifting skills to provide for himself and Grace, the woman he's trying to woo. He lives with Lincoln, who has a scamming skill of his own: he's a three-card Monte expert. However, he swore off that and now works as an Abraham Lincoln impersonator at an arcade, providing the household's only true income.Their cohabitation, after Lincoln's wife left him, was supposed to be temporary, but poverty forces the brothers to remain together. Throughout the course of the play, they clash as they discuss their own struggles with racism, romance, work, until their relationship reaches a breaking point. As Parks herself has said of the play, Topdog/Underdog is about the effect of outside expectations of who a person can become, and "what it means to be family and, in the biggest sense, the family of man, what it means to be connected with somebody else."The premiere of Topdog/Underdog in New York took place off Broadway at The Public Theater in 2001. Marvel Cinematic Universe star Don Cheadle and Angels in America star Jeffrey Wright played the brothers, and George C. Wolfe directed. He also led the next two productions: at the Ambassador Theatre on Broadway (with Wright and rapper Mos Def) in 2002 and at the Royal Court Theatre in London (also with Wright and Mos Def) in 2003.Topdog/Underdog was met with critical and awards success; it made Parks the first Black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2002. (She was previously nominated for her play In the Blood, and had written 15 plays, won a MacArthur Genius Grant last fall, and received a Guggenheim fellowship by the time she won for Topdog/Underdog.) The play also won an Outer Critics Circle Award for Playwriting and got Tony and Drama Desk Award nominations. Wright and Wolfe won Obie and Outer Critics Circle Awards for their work. In 2018, The New York Times named Topdog/Underdog the best American play since Tony Kushner's 1993 magnum opus, Angels in America.The two stars of Topdog/Underdog on Broadway in 2022 have lauded careers on stage and screen. Hawkins is known for his Tony-nominated stage role in Six Degrees of Separation, and for screen roles like Benny in In the Heights, Dr. Dre in Straight Outta Compton, and Heath in The Walking Dead. Abdul-Mateen won an Emmy Award for his role as Cal Abar on Watchmen, and he's also played acclaimed roles like Black Manta in Aquaman and Bobby Seale in The Trial of the Chicago 7.Get tickets to Topdog/Underdog on Broadway, on sale now.
Roundabout Theatre Company, in association with the American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, presents a Broadway revival of the Tony Award-winning musical 1776, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. 1776 tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon. The year is 1776, and John Adams is trying to get his political contemporaries to support America's independence from Britain. The show opens at the Second Continental Congress, where Adams is prepared with his pitch — but as much of a no-brainer as independence seems now, it wasn't for the other delegates then, as Adams was a widely disliked politician. So he has the keep coming up with new ways to get people to back his cause, like having someone else present it and — the idea that finally gains traction — creating a formal Declaration of Independence. The musical traces the debates, agreements, inner conflicts, and surprising alliance shifts that led up to the eventual signing of that all-important document. The large ensemble cast of 1776 mostly calls for male characters, with only two female characters: those of Abigail Adams and Martha Jefferson. The 2022 revival, however, is turning the musical on its head by casting only female, non-binary, and transgender performers in all the roles. The 1776 musical is also notable as one of two Broadway shows running at the same time that is inspired by revolutionary America. The other is, of course, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, which has occupied the Richard Rodgers Theatre since 2015 and even includes a lyric that references the title of 1776's opening number, "Sit Down, John." The musical holds the distinction of going the longest without a song — there are over 30 minutes between "The Lees of Old Virginia" and "But Mr. Adams" in the first act. 1776 premiered on Broadway in 1969 to positive reviews, and the show earned three Tonys, including Best Musical. (It also marked the Broadway debut of Tony winner Betty Buckley as Martha.) The show was revived on Broadway in 1997, and received a short Off-Broadway run in 2016 as part of New York City Center's Encores! program for seldom-revived musicals. That cast included actors like Tony winner André De Shields, Tony winner Santino Fontana, and Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham. 1776 also got a film adaptation in 1972, with a screenplay by the musical's bookwriter, Peter Stone. The 2022 pre-Broadway production of 1776 is set to go up at the American Repertory Theater in May before coming to Broadway's American Airlines Theatre in the fall. Are you ready for a revolutionary 1776 on Broadway? Tickets to 1776 will be available soon.
Life's candy and the sun's a ball of butter now that Funny Girl is returning to New York! Funny Girl tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.Funny Girl has become a musical theatre classic most notable for the song "Don't Rain On My Parade." Though it has been produced on the West End and worldwide, it has not had a Broadway revival until now. The Funny Girl musical tells the semi-autobiographical story of Fanny Brice, a real-life Ziegfeld Follies star who entered into a turbulent relationship with the gambler Nicky Arnstein. In the show, he reflects on her relationship with the gambler Nicky Arnstein. As she waits for him to return from prison, she reflects on her relationship with Arnstein and how she met him at the outset of her performance career. Fanny falls into a luxurious life with him and is determined not to let his past dealings in gambling interfere with their love. By choosing to stay with Nick, however, Fanny is making a big wager of her own in more ways than one.Funny Girl first opened on Broadway in 1964 with Barbra Streisand in the title role. The production ran for more than 1,300 performances over three years and received eight Tony Award nominations. A hit film adaptation was released four years later, gathering eight Academy Award nominations. Streisand, reprising her leading role, won Best Actress. Get ready to hear the music that makes you dance once again - Broadway tickets are on sale now. Lea Michele performs in Funny Girl seven performances a week. On Thursday nights, Julie Benko plays the role of Fanny Brice.