We Heart NY (Theater)
A Bronx Tale tells of a young boy from a blue-collar family who gets tangled up in organized crime. Based on the largely autobiographical story of Chazz Palminteri, who wrote the musical’s book and was first told in the film by Robert De Niro. Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and co-directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks. Runs through April 2. At the Longacre Theatre. (212) 239-6200; abronxtalethemusical.com.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory invites theatergoers to experience Willy Wonka’s magical semi-dark chocolate world. Little Charlie and four other kids win a contest and are given a tour of the chocolate factory led by Willy (played by Christian Borle). Based on the 1964 novel by Roald Dahl, it was a turned into a film in 1971 starring Gene Wilder, and another in 2005 starring Johnny Depp. In this stage production, the book is by David Greig, music and lyrics by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman. Previews begin March 28, and the show opens April 23. At the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. (800) 982-2787; charlieonbroadway.com.
Come From Away follows the connection between a group of travelers whose planes were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland, on Sept. 11, 2001. Music and lyrics by husband-and-wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Previews begin Feb. 18, and the show opens March 12. At the Schoenfeld Theatre. (212) 239-6200; comefromaway.com.
Dear Evan Hansen, transferring from off-Broadway, is a bittersweet musical that’s profoundly contemporary. A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have — Evan Hansen is about to finally fit in. Music and lyrics are by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who both graduated the University of Michigan in 2006. Book by Steven Levenson, direction by Michael Greif and the show stars Ben Platt and Laura Dreyfuss. Currently in previews, the show opens Dec. 4. The Music Box Theatre. (212) 239-6200; dearevanhanson.com.
Falsettos centers around a Jewish family in 1980s NYC during the height of the AIDS epidemic. The husband is gay and has to figure out where he stands on love and relationships. Much of the second act revolves around his son’s (played by Anthony Rosenthal) bar mitzvah. Music and lyrics by William Finn, book by James Lapine; the show stars Christian Borle, Brandon Uranowitz, Stephanie J. Block and Andrew Rannells. Through Jan. 8. At the Walter Kerr Theatre. (800) 982-2787; lct.org.
Groundhog Day, regarded as a contemporary classic, is a musical adaption of the 1993 film starring Bill Murray. A cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, Pa., and finds himself caught in a time loop, forced to repeat the same day over and over again. Starring Tony-winner Andy Karl, music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, book by Danny Rubin (who wrote the film), directed by Matthew Warchus. Previews begin March 16 and the show opens April 17. At the August Wilson Theatre. (800) 745-3000;
Heisenberg, written by Simon Stephens, stars Denis Arndt and Mary-Louise Parker. Romance ensues when a woman kisses a stranger on the neck in a London train station. Through Dec. 11. At the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. (212) 239-6200; hesienbergbroadway.com.
Hello, Dolly! makes a return to Broadway with Bette Midler in the lead role as Dolly Gallagher Levi. The show was based on Thornton Wilder’s farce The Matchmaker, and was a sensation when it opened on Broadway in 1964, which starred Carol Channing and won 10 Tony Awards. A film starring Barbra Streisand was made in 1969. Music and lyrics are by Jerry Herman, book by Michael Stewart and direction by Jerry Zaks. Previews begin March 15, and the show opens April 20. At the Shubert Theatre. (212) 239-6200; hellodollyonbroadway.com.
Holiday Inn features music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. In this new musical based on the 1942 classic film, a showbiz veteran turns a country farmhouse into a live entertainment inn. Starring Bryce Pinkham and Corbin Bleu, it’s directed by Gordon Greenberg. Through Jan. 1. At Studio 54. (212) 719-1300; broadway.com.
In Transit, an a cappella musical about life in New York City, follows New Yorkers of all walks of life through the lens of the city’s subway system. Songs by Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen), James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth. Currently in previews; the show opens Dec. 11. At the Circle in The Square. (800) 982-2787;
Les Liaisons Dangereuses, the decadent tale of 18th-century French politics and sexual intrigue, stars Liev Schreiber. Based on the 1782 French novel by Choderlos de Laclos, the story was adapted into a play in London in 1985 and followed by a film starring Glenn Close. Through Jan. 22. At the Booth Theatre. (212) 239-6200; liaisonsbroadway.com.
Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, a rock-pop musical adapted from a portion of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, stars Josh Groban and Denee Benton. Directed by Rachel Chavkin, it runs through April 23. At the Imperial Theatre. (212) 239-6200; greatcometbroadway.com.
Oh, Hello on Broadway, written by and starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, is a two-man comedy about co-dependent, geriatric deli-enthusiast bachelors (one Jewish, one not) who live on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Through Jan. 8. At the Lyceum Theatre. (212) 239-6200;
Oslo tells the story of the top-secret meetings between the State of Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization that culminated in the signing of the historic 1993 Oslo Accords. It’s directed by Barlett Sher and written by J.T. Rogers. Previews begin March 23; the show opens April 13 and runs through June 18. At the Vivian Beaumont Theatre. (212) 239-6200; lct.org.
Significant Other follows a quintessentially gay Jewish bachelor searching for love in New York City. Written by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews) and directed by Trip Cullman, the cast includes Gideon Glick, Barbara Barrie, Lindsay Mendez, John Behlmann and Sas Goldberg. Previews begin Feb. 14; the show opens March 2. At the Booth Theatre. (212) 239-6200;
The Babylon Line, written by Richard Greenberg, is set in 1967 Greenwich Village. A bohemian teaches a creative writing class on Long Island and forms a special connection with one of his students. Starring Josh Radnor and Randy Graff, the show runs through Jan. 22. At the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center. (212) 239-6200; lct.org.
The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekhov’s classic story set in 20th-century Russia, chronicles a noblewoman’s return to her family estate after a five-year absence to escape memories of her son’s death. It’s adapted by Stephen Karam and stars Diane Lane, Tavi Gevinson and Joel Grey. Through Dec. 4. At the American Airlines Theatre. (212) 719-1300; roundabouttheatre.org.
The Glass Menagerie, a revival of the Tennessee Williams classic set in 1937 St. Louis, stars Sally Field and Joe Mantello. This sad tale about a brother and extremely shy sister explores depression, disabilities, insecurities and unrequited love. Previews begin Feb. 7; the show opens March 9 and runs through July 2. Directed by Sam Gold. At the Belasco Theatre. (212) 239-6200; lct.org.
The Encounter, a one-man play directed by and starring Simon McBurney, is inspired by the book Amazon Beaming by Petru Popescu. Set in 1959 and based on a true story, a National Geographic photographer becomes lost in a remote valley on the border of Brazil and Peru and spends time with the tribespeople. The show closes Jan. 8. At the Golden Theatre. (212) 239-6200; theencounterbroadway.com.
The Front Page, a revival of the 1928 classic comedy, explores journalism and ethics, where tough reporters try to beat each other for the big scoop. Written by Ben Hecht and starring Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Rosemary Harris, Halley Feiffer (daughter of Jules Feiffer) and Sherie Rene Scott. Through Jan. 29. At the Broadhurst Theatre. (212) 239-6200; thefrontpagebroadway.com.
The Present, Andrew Upton’s new adaptation of Chekhov’s first play, Platonov, stars Cate Blanchett. Set in the 1900s at an old country house post-Perestroika, friends gather to celebrate the birthday of the widow Anna Petrovna. The show opens Jan. 8 and closes March 19. At the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. (212) 239-6200; thepresentbroadway.com.
The Price, a drama about two estranged brothers who reunite to sell the remainder of their parents’ estate, was penned by Arthur Miller. This revival stars John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht. Previews begin Feb. 16; the show opens March 16 and runs through May 7. At the American Airlines Theatre. (212) 719-1300; roundabouttheatre.org.
The Little Foxes, a revival of the 1939 play by Lillian Hellman, stars Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon. This legendary play, set in 1900 Alabama, follows Regina Giddens and her ruthless family, including her sister-in-law, Birdie, as they clash in often cruel ways. Previews begin March 29; the show opens April 19 and runs through June 18. At the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. (212) 239-6200; newyorkcitytheatre.com.
A Dog Story is a charming new musical about a career-driven lawyer who thinks he must be married to make partner. To find a wife he gets a puppy, hoping that will attract women. Book is by Eric H. Weinberger and music and lyrics by Gayla D. Morgan. Through March 6. At the Loft at the Davenport Theatre. (212) 239-6200; adogstorythemusical.com.
God of Vengeance, written by Sholem Asch in 1907 and now presented by the New Yiddish Rep, tells the story of a brothel-owning Jew’s attempt to marry off his daughter so that she can have a dignified religious life. But she returns to the life of sin in which she grew up. Performed in Yiddish with English subtitles. When the play made its 1923 New York debut, it presented the first same-sex kiss in the history of Broadway; the entire cast was then arrested on obscenity charges. The show runs from Dec. 22 to Jan. 22. At La MaMa. (800) 838-3006; newyiddishrep.org.
Not that Jewish, a one-woman 90-minute autobiographical show, is written and performed by Monica Piper. This writer/stand-up comic/actress explores her Judaism with a sense of humor, talking about her show-business family from the Bronx, a neighbor who told her she wasn’t that Jewish because they didn’t belong to a synagogue, a WASP wedding and more. At the New World Stages. (212) 239-6200;
By Alice Burdick Schweiger, Special to the Jewish News