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The Fantasticks, the long running musical will close 5/03/15, the 55th anniversary of the opening of the show in 1960. It will have played a total of 20,672 performances in NYC: 17,162 at the Sullivan Street Playhouse and 3,510 performances at the Snapple Theater Center. To read our last review of the show go here .
Brits Off Broadway
The annual Brits Off Broadway festival is back at 59E59 Street www.59E59.orgfrom April 14th through June 28th. Following a lineup of what's on offer:
April 14 - May 3 THE TAILOR OF INVERNESS by Matthew Zajac, directed by Ben Harrison, with Matthew Zajac and Aidan O'Rourke (musician). The story of a boy who grew up on a farm in Galicia (Eastern Poland, now Western Ukraine) came to be a tailor in northern Scotland.
April 28 - May 31 BRITANNIA WAVES THE RULES by Gareth Farr, directed by Nick Bagnall. With Roger Evans, Dan Parr, Michael Peavoy and Francesca Zoutewelle. Carl Jackson doesn't fit in at home. When he joins the army, he sees it as a chance to escape the grim reality of life. But it doesn't matter where he runs to, or how hard or how fast – there are too many battles for him to win them all.
May 5 - May 31 Anthony Burgess' ONE HAND CLAPPING, adapted and directed by Lucia Cox. With Eve Burley, Oliver Devoti and Adam Urey. Adapted from Anthony Burgess's 1961 novel, this is the story of Howard and Janet Shirley, who have a humdrum life in a Northern town in England. But Howard has a talent: a photographic memory, which he uses to win a TV quiz show. With his winnings, he and Janet travel the world. But upon their return, a morose Howard takes a decidedly sinister turn.
May 14 -June 7 TUESDAYS AT TESCO'S, written by Emmanuel Darley, adapted and translated by Matthew Hurt and Sarah Vermande, directed by Simon Stokes. With Simon Callow and Connor Mitchell. Callow stars as Pauline: Loving daughter, caregiver, cross-dresser.
June 3 - June 28 CUDDLES, written by Joseph Wilde, directed by Rebecca Atkinson-Lord. With Carla Langley and Rendah Heywood. A gothic tale about Eve is a 13-year-old vampire. She has never left her room and everything she knows about the world comes from her sister Tabby and her storybook characters.
June 4 - June 27 IN MY FATHER'S WORDS, by Justin Young, with Gaelic by Iain Finlay MacLeod, directed by Philip Howard. With Angus Peter Campbell, Garry Collins, and Muireann Kelly. In an old wooden house by the shore of Lake Ontario in Canada, Louis battles with his elderly father, Don, whose decline into dementia is gradually robbing him of the ability to speak. Into their lives comes Flora, the Scottish caregiver who understands that the 'nonsense' that Don speaks is fragmented Gaelic, opening up an ocean of revelations and buried family history.
June 10 - Sunday, June 28 MY PERFECT MIND, created by Told By An Idiot, written by Kathryn Hunter, Paul Hunter and Edward Petherbridge, directed by Kathryn Hunter. Olivier Award-winning actor Edward Petherbridge was cast as King Lear, when on the second day of rehearsals he suffered a stroke that left him barely able to move. As he struggled to recover Edward made a discovery: the entire role of Lear still existed word for word in his mind. As humorous as it is tragic.
Two Shows Dealing with Off to On Broadway moving decisions. For the terrific Hamilton it was never a question of will it movefrom the Public to Broadway, but when and to what house? That question has now been settled. The show will finish it's third extension and then settle into one of the biggest Broadway houses, the Richard Rodgers on July 13th with an official re-opening August 6th.
But forget about the speculations about The Iceman Cometh now at BAM continuing its run onn Broadway. The play's Hickey, Nathan Lane, has signed on to return to an already established and less dour hit, It's Only a Play. He'll put down his drink at the No Hope Saloon and step back into James wicker's shoes on March 31st and stay put until the scheduled closing date of June 7th.
MCC has announced the follow New York premieres for its 2015-16 season. First up starting August 20th,THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE by Matthew Lopez exploring how an Elvis impersonator become a winning drag queen in the Florida Panhandle? Also LOST GIRLS by John Pollono and directed by Jo Bonney about a divorced couple facing problem of their seventeen-year-old daughter goes missing during a winter storm. SMOKEFALL by Noah Haidle and directed by Anne Kauffman begins February 3rd, 2016. In this one magical realism collides with manic vaudeville in a family drama
Playwrights Horizons will be busting out all over with New York and World premieres during its 2015-16 season. The season launcher in august is the New York premiere of The Christians, a new play by Lucas Hath, directed by Obie Award winner Les Waters, the play is described as an "unflinching look at faith in Americal It's about faith's power to unite or divide. Another New York premiere HIR, by Taylor Mac and directed by Niegel Smith. Scheduled for October-December the comedy follows Isaac, who has returned from the wars to help take care of his ailing father, only to discover a household in revolt.
In November-January comes the New York premiere of a play by Jordan Harrison and Marjorie Prime, directed by Anne Kauffman. It follows 86-year-old Marjorie who has a handsome new companion who's programmed to feed the story of her life back to her. Concluding the NY premieres in February 2016 will be Danai Gurira's Familiar, directed by Rebecca Taichman (see our review in Connecticut.
The company's world premieres include Antlia Pneumatica by Anne Washburn, March-May , directed by Ken Rus Schmoll; also a romantic comedy, Gregory S. Moss' Indian Summer from May-June 2016.
The Pearl Theater gives audiences a chance to explore modern adaptations of timeless stories during two weeks (Jan 23-Feb. 1) of readings and discussions under the umbrella title of Modern/Classics. $20 for Pearl members, $25 for non-members. Following is the Lineup: The Government Inspector, 1/26-29. . .Chekhov's Stupid Fu**ing Bird, 1/30- 2/01.
The Williamstown Theatre Festival is sending another show it premiered to Broadway (previously announced Fool For Love and The Visit ). This one is Joe DiPietro's adaptation of Garson Kanin's backstage comedy Peccadillo and now named Living on Love. It's coming to the Longacre Theater in April 2015 and again starring Opera Diva Renee Fleming. For an idea of what to expect see our Williamstown review
New York City Center's Encores! Off-Center series: has announced its June 2015 line-up: The series under the artistic direction of Jeanine Tesori will kick off June 24 with William Finn and James Lapine's A New Brain, starring Jonathan Groff aand directed by Lapine. It will play five performances through June 27. Next up will be a one-night-only performance of Howard Ashman and Alan Menken's Little Shop of Horrors on July 1, with Ellen Greene, who created the role of the lovably ditzy Audrey both on stage and screen reprising her role. The season conculudes July 15-18 with Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party. Tony winner Sutton Foster and Tony nominee Joshua Henry, will star. Leigh Silverman will direct and Sonya Tayeh choreograph.
Here's a line-up of what the Pearl Theater Company has in store for you in the way of full productions:
FEB. 10 - MAR. 15, 2015 THE WINTER'S TALE by WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE directed by MICHAEL SEXTON
MAY 5 - JUNE 7, 2015 DON JUAN by M. de MOLIERE directed by HAL BROOKS
Next from MCC:
Feb 4 – Mar 15. New York Premiere of The Nether by Jennifer Haley, directed by Anne Kaufman. What it's about: A young female detective begins an investigation to determine if there is a point at which thought or intention may actually constitute a crime.
Apr 29 – June / World Premiere of Permission by Robert Askins. What it's about: Eric and Cyndy decide to follow the lead of their friends Zach and Shelley and make Christian Domestic Discipline the foundation of their marriage. But restructuring their lives and their union according to role play and a new moral code upends everything they knew.
Eugene O'Neill's The Ice Man Cometh comes to New York again in 2015! It will be at the Brooklyn's Academy of Music. It's a reprise of Chicago's Goodman Theatre production that starred Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy. The six-week engagement will run 2/05/15 to 3/15/15. The epic drama last big New York production was in 1999 at the Brooks Atkinson Theater and starred Kevin Spacey as Hickey.