Winter Broadway Guide
December 29, 2018
What’s got you most excited to venture out from the Manhattan luxury apartments into the city now that the New Year is here? For many, a night out a Broadway show is all they need, and if you consider yourself a part of that group, we’ve got something intriguing in store for you. Today, we’re going to be covering some of the hottest shows you should be adding to your list of things to see, courtesy of NYCGO:
“Broadway won’t be taking a break this winter, with a full slate of shows opening starting in December and going all the way up to the Tony Awards deadline in April.”
We’ll be taking a look at some stand-out options from the list, and giving you all the info you’ll need before you head out to the theatre for a lovely, New York winter night on the town.
The Best of the Winter Theatre Experience
According to NYCGO, there are two big trends sweeping the stage at the moment: stage adaptations of great films from past decades, and all-new, original stories that encapsulate facets of the human experience. We’re fans of both, and sure you will be to, so let’s explore some of the picks that will be generating plenty of buzz this season.
The New One
Mike Birbiglia is name you may well have heard before. The comedian and actor has paid his dues as a talented stand-up performer, on programs like This American Life, on shows like Orange Is the New Black, and films such as Cedar Rapids and Trainwreck. His newest stage production, titled The New One, is currently on Entertainment Weekly’s Top Ten Shows of 2018, and there are still a few weeks left to catch it at the Cort Theatre, up until January 20th.
In this one-man show, Birbiglia uses his unique storytelling skills and comedic sensibilities to convey the ups and downs of fatherhood in a way only he can. Beyond that, we shouldn’t reveal too much, for, as Peter Sagal says about this one, you’ll have the best experience if you “go without learning anything about it.”
Based on the 1976 film of the same name, and starring Bryan Cranston in the lead role of anchorman Howard Beale, this adaptation tells the story of “a man on the verge of a breakdown who ends up unraveling on live TV.” Network is a story you might already know, but this stage telling by Ivo Van Hove (of The Crucible fame) brings it to life in a way you’ll have to see to believe.
This New York Times Critic’s Pick is running until April 28th at the Belasco Theatre on West 44th Street, and there are showings throughout each week up to the end date, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to enjoy this one. Just be sure to score some good seats, as this feature has a two hour run time with no intermission — comfort is going to be definite “must.”
You might recall Choir Boy from its off-Broadway run in 2013. Writer Tarell Alvin McCraney was still a “fresh” talent at that point, but now that a few years have passed and his name is more widely recognizable (largely due to his Oscar for the screenplay rendition of Moonlight), there’s no doubting his chops. Choir Boy is an excellent display of McCraney’s storytelling skills, recounting a dramatic tale of one young man’s ascent to prominence within a legendary gospel choir as he navigates the challenges of the storied preparatory school he attends.
Choir Boy will be presented at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on West 47th Street, and will be opening Tuesday, January 8th. The play, another NYT Critic’s Pick, will run until February 17th, and features a dedicated cast under the direction of Trip Cullman. If you’re a fan of drama (and the occasional trip to church) this is one you can’t miss.
Be More Chill
What do you get when you take a YA novel and adapt it for the stage? Be More Chill is the answer, and this story from late novelist Ned Vizzini explores themes we’ve all pondered: teen anxiety, how to cope, and what would happen if a young man were offered a chance to cure their social ills at the potential cost of their true self.
Debuting February 13th at the Lyceum Theatre on West 45th Street, this production has been hailed as smart, funny, and having the potential to become a modern classic that will reshape the future of the stage, so if you want to check out this groundbreaking experience for yourself, be sure to score yourself some tickets and see it live.
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
You say you want to see a modern take on a classic Shakespearean drama? Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus is what you’re after, and this comedy by Taylor Mac, directed by George C. Wolfe, and starring Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin, delivers an unusual take on the follow up to years of bloody carnage and the decline of the Roman Empire.
Debuting at the Booth Theatre and West 45th Street, previews for this play begin March 5th, and the performance will officially open on April 11th for a 22-week run. It’s quite unlike anything you’ve seen before, and if quirky comedies are your thing, you’ll be doing yourself a favor by checking this one out soon.
Just Another Night Living in the Manhattan Luxury Apartments
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