LEA MICHELE & TOVAH FELDSHUH in FUNNY GIRL Beginning 9/6

Funny Girl

The producers today announced that Emmy Award nominee Lea Michele (Spring Awakening, “Glee”) will star as “Fanny Brice” and four-time Tony Award nominee Tovah Feldshuh (Yentl, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) will star as “Mrs. Brice,” alongside Tony & Olivier Award nominee Ramin Karimloo (Anastasia, Les Misérables) as “Nick Arnstein” and 2022 Tony & Drama Desk Award nominee & Chita Rivera Award winner Jared Grimes (A Soldier’s Play, “Manifest”)as “Eddie Ryan,” in FUNNY GIRL beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre (245 West 52nd Street).

“Fanny Brice” standby Julie Benko will perform the title role from Tuesday, August 2 – Sunday, September 4, 2022 and on Thursdays beginning Thursday, September 8, 2022.

Tickets for FUNNY GIRL are now on sale through Sunday, March 26, 2023 at https://seatgeek.com/funny-girl-tickets.

FUNNY GIRL currently stars Beanie Feldstein as “Fanny Brice” through Sunday, July 31, 2022 and five-time Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch as “Mrs. Brice” through Sunday, September 4, 2022, alongside Ramin Karimloo as “Nick Arnstein” and Jared Grimes as “Eddie Ryan.” They are joined by Peter Francis James as “Florenz Ziegfeld,” Ephie Aardema as “Emma/Mrs. Nadler,” Debra Cardona as “Mrs. Meeker,” Toni DiBuono as “Mrs. Strakosh,” Martin Moran as “Tom Keeney,” and an acting company that includes Miriam Ali, Amber ArdolinoDaniel BeemanColin BradburyKurt CsolakJohn Michael Fiumara, Leslie Donna FlesnerAfra HinesMasumi IwaiAliah JamesJeremiah JamesDanielle KelseyStephen Mark LukasAlicia LundgrenJohn ManzariLiz McCartneyConnor McRory, Katie MitchellJustin PrescottMariah ReivesLeslie Blake Walker and Julie Benko.

Tony Award winner Michael Mayer directs this brand-new FUNNY GIRL,featuring the classic score by Tony, Grammy and Academy Award winner Jule Styne and lyrics by Tony Award nominee and Grammy Award winner Bob Merrill, (comprising additional songs from Styne & Merrill). The original book by Isobel Lennart,from an original story by Miss Lennart,is revised by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.  

FUNNY GIRL features choreography by Ellenore Scott, tap choreography by 2022 Drama Desk Award nominee Ayodele Casel, scenic design by Tony Award winner David Zinn, costume design by Tony Award winner Susan Hilferty, lighting design by Tony Award winner Kevin Adams, sound design by Tony Award winner Brian Ronan, hair & wig design by Campbell Young Associates, music direction and supervision by Emmy Award winner Michael Rafter, casting by Jim Carnahan, CSA and Jason ThingerCSA, orchestrations by Chris Walker, dance, vocal and incidental music arrangements by Alan Williams, additional arrangements by David Dabbon and Carmel Dean and vocal supervision by Liz Caplan.

This bittersweet comedy is the story of the indomitable Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreamed of a life on the stage. Everyone told her she’d never be a star, but then something funny happened—she became one of the most beloved performers in history, shining brighter than the brightest lights of Broadway. Featuring some of the most iconic songs in theatre history including “Don’t Rain On My Parade,” “I’m the Greatest Star,” and “People,” Michael Mayer’s bold new production marks the first time FUNNY GIRL has returned to Broadway since its debut 58 years ago.

Tickets to FUNNY GIRL are available at https://seatgeek.com/funny-girl-tickets. Pricesstart at $69.00.

Powered by Lucky Seat, a limited number of tickets will be available for every performance of FUNNY GIRL for $47.50 per ticket. Digital lotteries will begin each Monday at 10AM ET and close the day prior to the performance at 10:30 AM ET. Winners will be notified at approximately 11 AM ET the day prior to the performance via email and SMS. Once notified, winners will have a limited time to claim and pay for their ticket(s). Lottery entrants must be 18 years or older. Tickets are non-transferable. All sales final. No exchange, no refunds. Ticket limits and prices are at the sole discretion of the show and are subject to change. For additional rules, and information on how to enter, visit” https://www.luckyseat.com/shows/funnygirl-newyork.

FUNNY GIRL is produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, Scott Landis, David Babani, Roy Furman, No Guarantees, Adam Blanshay Productions, Daryl Roth, Stephanie P. McClelland, Lang Entertainment Group, Playing Field, Gavin Kalin, Charles & Nicolas Talar, Fakston Productions, Sanford Robertson, Craig Balsam, Cue to Cue Productions, LenoffFedermanWolofsky Productions, Judith Ann Abrams / Peter May, Hunter Arnold, Creative Partners Productions, Elizabeth Armstrong, Jane Bergère, Jean Doumanian, Larry Magid, Rosalind Productions, Iris Smith, Kevin & Trudy Sullivan, Julie Boardman / Kate Cannova, Heni Koenigsberg / Michelle Riley, Mira Road Productions / Seaview, In Fine Company, Elie Landau, Brian Moreland, Henry R. Muñoz III & Kyle Ferari Muñoz,  MaggioAbrams / Brian & Dayna Lee.

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Best of Enemies to make West End transfer in November

Best of Enemies

James Graham’s new play Best of Enemies will transfer to the West End from this November. The sold-out hit from the Young Vic and Headlong, which originally premiered at the Young Vic in December 2021, examines the bitter political rivalry between William F Buckley Jr. and Gore Vidal.

1968 – a year of protest that divided America. As two men fight to become the next President, all eyes are on the battle between two others: the cunningly conservative William F Buckley Jr., and the iconoclastic liberal Gore Vidal. Beliefs are challenged and slurs slung as these political idols feud nightly in a new television format, debating the moral landscape of a shattered nation. Little do they know they’re about to open up a new frontier in American politics, and transform television news forever…

Best of Enemies is nominated for a South Bank Sky Arts Award for Best New Theatre Production, the awards take place on Sunday. The play was also nominated for an Olivier Award and won the Critics Circle Theatre Award for Best New Play. 

James Graham is an award-winning playwright and screenwriter. His recent TV credits include Sherwood, Quiz and Brexit: the Uncivil War. James’ previous collaborations with Jeremy Herrin include This House and the Olivier Award-winning Labour of Love

Further information on the West End transfer will be announced shortly. http://www.bestofenemiesplay.com/

MTC Announces THE COLLABORATION on Broadway

The Collaboration

Manhattan Theatre Club, Lynne Meadow (Artistic Director) and Barry Grove (Executive Producer) 

and the Young Vic Theatre, Kwame Kwei-Armah (Artistic Director)and Lucy Davies (Executive Director) by special arrangement with Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Anthology TheatreStanley Buchthal, and Denis O’Sullivan have announced the American premiere of The Collaboration featuring Paul Bettany (The Avengers, “WandaVision,” “A Very British Scandal”) and Jeremy Pope(Choir Boy at MTC, Ain’t Too Proud, “Hollywood”), by Anthony McCarten (The Two Popes, Bohemian Rhapsody), directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah(The VisitorTree) as part of Manhattan Theatre Club’s upcoming 2022-2023 season.

The Collaboration will begin previews on Tuesday, November 29, 2022 ahead of a Tuesday, December 20, 2022 opening at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (261 West 47th Street).

Warhol. Basquiat. Electric, eccentric, polar opposites… together, for the first time in the most unlikely partnership the art world has ever seen. Paul Bettany (The Avengers, “WandaVision,” “A Very British Scandal”) and Jeremy Pope (Choir BoyAin’t Too Proud, “Hollywood”) star in the thrilling American premiere of the London sensation.

In the summer of 1984, longtime international superstar Andy Warhol and the art scene’s newest wunderkind, Jean-Michel Basquiat, agree to work together on what may be the most talked about exhibition in the history of modern art. But can these two creative giants co-exist, or even thrive? The stage is their canvas in this sizzling tour-de-force by Anthony McCarten (four-time Oscar®-nominated writer of The Two Popes and Bohemian Rhapsody), directed by the acclaimed Kwame Kwei-Armah (Artistic Director of London’s Young Vic).

The world premiere of The Collaboration was originally produced by the Young Vic Theatre London in January-March 2022 in partnership with Eleanor Lloyd, Anthology Theatre, Stanley Buchthal and Eilene Davidson in association with Denis O’Sullivan.

The Collaboration opened at the Young Vic to critical acclaim:

★★★★!

THE COLLABORATION PACKS A REAL PUNCH!”

–       The Times of London

★★★★!

“STARS ALIGN!

The exquisite Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope are a perfect pairing.

Kwame Kwei-Armah’s production is HYPNOTIC!”

–       The Daily Mail

★★★★!

“WOW! THIS POWERFUL, FASCINATING PLAY BRINGS FIREWORKS TO THE STAGE!

Bettany and Pope match each other in BRILLIANCE.”

–       Evening Standard

★★★★!

“CAPTIVATING AND BRILLIANT!”

–       Daily Telegraph

Additional cast members and the creative team for The Collaboration will be announced at a later date.

Two additional productions for MTC’s 2022-2023 season, including one at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway and one at MTC at New York City Center – Stage I, will be announced soon.

TICKETING INFORMATION

Joining MTC’s season of plays is easy! Just call the MTC Clubline at 212-399-3050 or go to www.manhattantheatreclub.com. Single ticket information for Cost of LivingThe Collaboration; Summer, 1976Poor Yella Rednecksand Where the Mountain Meets the Sea will be announced at a later date.

Royal & Derngate announces new Made in Northampton season 2022-2023

Playtime

James Dacre, the Artistic Director at Royal & Derngate Northampton, has today announced the theatre’s new Made in Northampton season, featuring eighteen productions. The programme encompasses plays, musicals, a feature film, On Demand theatre, podcasts and a new interactive digital work. It engages over 400 artists and visits 45 theatres across the UK, with 10 productions transferring to London. Newly announced world premieres include Mainstage productions of: Playtime, Unexpected Twist, Wuthering HeightsHenry Vand And Then There Were None.

The programme marks the culmination of Royal & Derngate’s work over five years with their Resident Ensemble companies Dancing Brick, DeafConnect, Hydrocracker,  Improbable, Inspector Sands, Spymonkey and The Wardrobe Ensemble, who each devise theatre collaboratively. The season also contains six reimagined classics, two new plays and touring revivals of Made in Northampton productions:

Four devised productions created by the venue’s Resident Ensemble Companies over past five years: 

  • World premiere of Jacques Tati’s Playtime, adapted for the stage for the first time by Dancing Brick with original songs from Grammy Award-winners Chilly Gonzales and Martha Wainwright, a script from Verity Bargate Award winner Thomas Eccleshare and Comedy Direction by John Nicholson of Peepolykus (2–24 September 2022)
     
  • Inspector Sands’ adaptation of Wuthering Heights, created by Lucinka Eisler and Ben Lewis, and containing violence, peril, social awkwardness, exhilarating music, high winds and mud! (24 April–6 May 2023)
     
  • Hydrocracker and DeafConnect’s Who Cares 2032 is an interactive digital experience about the future of healthcare, co-created by Jem Wall and Nathan Crossan-Smith, written by Chloe Todd-Fordham, Thea Gajic and Rebecca Saffir and directed by Nathan Crossan-Smith, with interactive design by John Hunter (October 2022)
     
  • Judith Kerr’s iconic Mog stories, adapted by The Wardrobe Ensemble, will transfer to co-producer The Old Vic in 2023 followed by a major UK Tour 

Six contemporary versions of major classics: 

  • World premiere of Michael Rosen’s Unexpected Twist – a re-telling of the Charles Dickens classic Oliver Twist – is adapted for the stage by BAFTA award-winner Roy Williams with original music by Yaya Bey and BAC Beatbox Academy’s Conrad Murray, directed by James Dacre and designed by Frankie Bradshaw (11–23 February 2023)
     
  • Lucy Bailey returns to Royal & Derngate with a world premiere reimagining of Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, the best-selling crime novel of all time (8–16 September 2023)
     
  • Royal & Derngate partners again with Shakespeare’s Globe and Headlong for Henry V, directed by Holly Race Roughan as an exploration of our nation’s history and what it means to be British. Premiering at the Globe and then transferring to Northampton (7–18 March 2023)  
     
  • A magical staging of The Night Before Christmas from Royal & Derngate and Polka Theatre arrives in the Underground Studio, adapted by Oliver Award nominee Hattie Naylor for under 7s and their grown ups (25 November–31 December 2022)
     
  • Three-time BRIT Award-winning Guy Chambers’ musical adaptation of The Selfish Giant will be available on Audible featuring Stephen Fry, Joseph Marcell, Giles Terera, Sharon D Clarke, Roger Allam and Patricia Routledge
     
  • Academy Award winner Rebecca Lenkiewicz’s adaptation of The Dance of Death with Lindsay Duncan, Hilton McCrae and Emily Bruni continues its tour at The Arcola (until 23 July 22)

Two world premieres commissioned by Royal & Derngate:

  • World premiere of a site-specific piece of gig theatre, Song of the Summer, a coming-of-age drama created by local youth ensembles, set in Northampton during the summer of 2006 and featuring original indie rock music performed by local bands (11–21 August 2022)
     
  • Scene Unseen, an intimate new cabaret about identity and sexuality by Jessica Walker and Joseph Atkins, captured on film with illustrations by award-winning illustrator Thomas Hicks and available to watch online (August 2022)

Made in Northampton productions revived on tour, online and in cinemas:

  • Anthony McCarten’s original play The Two Popes returns after its Oscar, Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated big screen adaptation. Directed by James Dacre with original music by Grammy winner Anne Dudley and starring Anton Lesser and Nicholas Woodeson, it returns to Northampton after touring the UK (in Northampton 11–15 October 22)
     
  • A feature film adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets performed by Ralph Fiennes and directed by Sophie Fiennes, adapted from Royal & Derngate and Bath Theatre Royal’s acclaimed stage production with designs by Hildegard Bechtler
     
  • Made in Northampton productions of An Improbable Musical, The Wellspring and Charlie and Stan return to tour the UK, with venues announced later this summer 

Independent artists and 500 young people supported by Royal & Derngate to develop original work: 

  • Migrant theatre makers Tina Hofman, Carlota Matos and Butshilo Nleya create original work as part of Projekt Elevate
     
  • Royal & Derngate’s annual Generate Festival of new work will return
     
  • Royal & Derngate will host the Musical Theatre Dark Room with China Plate, MTN and MMD supporting new work from Nemo Martin, Maya Productions and Thabo Stuck  
     
  • Royal & Derngate will partner with the National Youth Theatre for the second year running to host 500 young people for a programme of summer training residencies

Artistic Director James Dacre said This season sees the culmination of several strands of strategic activity that have seen us challenge ourselves as a venue to nurture the creation of original work in radically different ways. Whether supporting artists to develop original musical theatre for the midscale, hosting ensemble companies to collaboratively devise their work over the course of several years, inviting playwrights to write for our main stage or supporting artists to reach new audiences in cinemas and online, this body of work has widened our practice, broadened our reach and helped shape our future.

The season opens with the first ever stage production of Jacques Tati’s comic masterpiece Playtime, recently named one of the top films of all time by the BFI. Grammy Award-winning composers Chilly Gonzalez and Martha Wainwright will write original songs for the production which is created by Dancing Brick with comedy direction from PeepolykusJohn Nicholson, design by Olivier nominee Michael Vale and sound design by Kayode Gomez. It is followed by a revival of Dacre’s 2019 production of Oscar nominee Anthony McCarten’s The Two Popes with Anton Lesser and Nicholas Woodeson with original music by Anne Dudley for a national tour and London premiere at Rose Theatre. 

Royal & Derngate has specialised in creating new mid-scale touring musicals over the last decade and 2021 saw the culmination of another five-year project in which the company led a national consortium of partners to support 150 artists in nurturing the creation of new musical theatre, including An Improbable Musical, which will tour this autumn, having opened on the Royal stage in February.

Building upon this programme of original musicals, James Dacre will reunite with regular collaborators Roy Williams and designer Frankie Bradshaw to directa musical adaptation of Michael Rosen’s Unexpected Twist, with original music by BAC Beatbox Academy’s Conrad Murray andR&B phenomenon Yaya Bey, whose highly acclaimed new album Remember Your North Star was described this month as “prismatic, outstanding and resplendent” by Pitchfork. The production sees Royal & Derngate partner with Children’s Theatre Partnership for the fourth time. 

The theatre will also launch a digital musical, Scene Unseen, which is an intimate new cabaret about identity, sexuality, and what makes us who we are by Jessica Walker and Joseph Atkins. It is captured on film with illustrations by award winning animator Thomas Hicks and is available to watch online in August. A co-production with English Touring Opera, it is a powerful and personal hour-long song cycle with a mix of humour, classicism, torch, and a touch of Eighties synth. 

Who Cares 2032 is an interactive digital experience, created by Hydrocracker and DeafConnect with narration, film, audio, integrated BSL and audio description. Exploring the future of healthcare, it has been written by Chloe Todd-Fordham, Thea Gajic and Rebecca Saffir and features members of the local community captured on films directed by Nathan Crossan-Smith with interactive design by John Hunter 

For Christmas 2022 there is a magical staging of the 200 year-old festive poem, The Night Before Christmas,for under 7s and their grown-ups in the venue’s Underground Studio. Adapted by Olivier nominee Hattie Naylor and directed by Roman Stefanski, it is a co-production with Polka Theatre where it opened last Christmas.

In the new year, Inspector Sands bring their characteristic humour, passion and pathos to the infamous love story of Heathcliff and Catherine, when Wuthering Heights takes to the Royal stage in April. Channelling Emily Brontë’s piercing wit and fierce emotion, this new production will feature exhilarating music, high winds and plenty of mud. 

Following collaborations on King John and Richard III, Royal & Derngate partners again with Shakespeare’s Globe and Headlong for Henry V, directed by Holly Race Roughan, exploring our nation’s history and what it means to be British.

A reimagining of the best-selling crime novel of all time, Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, will open in September 2023 on the Derngate stage. Reuniting the creative team behind the smash-hit Love From A Stranger, director Lucy Bailey (Gaslight, Witness For The Prosecution) returns with UK Theatre Award-winning designer Mike Britton (A Tale of Two Cities). A co-production with Fiery Angel, it will tour the UK after opening in Northampton. 

Meanwhile, the venue’s commitment to Northampton-rooted work remains strong with Song of the Summerwritten and directed by Tristan Jackson-Pate and co-produced by Cherwell Theatre Company, set in Northampton and created in collaboration with local communities. 

This Autumn, the venue’s annual Generate Festivalwill feature a programme of new work onstage, in development and online. The year’s Generate artists include Chris Lowe, Scott Bradley, Jo Blake-Cave, Sampson Hawkins, Under the Bed, Ryan Leder and Lauren Nicole Whitter. Meanwhile, the venue is developing original work with Butshilo Nleya, Carlota Matos and Tina Hofman in a collaboration with Projekt Europa called Projekt Elevate to develop co-created work with local communities. The venue will also be partnering with OpenHire (openhire.uk) to recruit several key creative team roles across the season through an open application process.  

The season also sees UK Tours and transfers to London for several of last year’s Made in Northampton productions, with full dates and details still to be announced. These will include their acclaimed productions of The Wellspring by Barney Norris and David Owen Norris, An Improbable Musical and Told by an Idiot’s remarkable story of the greatest comedy double act that nearly was, Charlie and Stan.

Following the release of the album Incidental:Music For The Stage in 2021, Royal & Derngate continues its work outside of the theatre space with a new feature film release and a musical release on Audible. The Royal & Derngate and Theatre Royal Bath co-production of T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets,performed by Ralph Fiennes with designs by Hildegard Bechtler will be adapted for cinema and television release by Sophie Fiennes. The Selfish Giant will be available on Audible with music by three-time BRIT Award-winning Guy Chambers and featuring readings by Stephen Fry, Joseph Marcell, Giles Terera, Sharon D Clarke, Roger Allam and Patricia Routledge. Dates are to be confirmed for both releases. 

NEW VIDEO from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC

Rodgers & Hammerstein's SOUTH PACIFIC

https://youtu.be/2MpvmNkVkfo

The production opens at Manchester Opera House on 16 July 2022 ahead of a season at Sadler’s Wells, London from 27 July to 28 August 2022 (with a press night on 4 August 2022) followed by a limited 10-week UK and Ireland Tour visiting Dublin, Newcastle, Birmingham, Glasgow, Cardiff, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Leeds and Canterbury. Chichester’s Artistic Director Daniel Evans, will once again direct Julian, Gina, Rob, Joanna and Sera as they reprise the roles they played to enormous critical and audience acclaim at Chichester Festival Theatre in the summer of 2021. www.southpacificshow.com

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s SOUTH PACIFIC stars Julian Ovenden as Emile de Becquealongside Gina Beck as Ensign Nellie Forbush, Rob Houchen as Lieutenant Joseph Cable, Joanna Ampil as Bloody Mary, Sera Maehara as Liat and Lee Ross as Luther Billis. They are joined by David Birrell as Captain George Brackett, Stephen John Davis as Commander William Harbison, Antoine Murray-Straughan as Stewpot, Charlie Waddell as Professor and Olly Christopher as Sergeant Johnson.

The cast is completed by Iroy Abesamis, Feline Andersson, Charlotte Coggin, Annabel Edwards, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Sergio Giacomelli, Ellie Jane GrantJosh Kiernan, Matthew Maddison, Rachel Jayne PicarKate Playdon, George Renshaw, Pierce Rogan, Charlotte ScottTrezel Sergeant, Nikhil Singh Rai, James Wilkinson-Jones and Eleanor Wainwright.

This powerful love story, set on a South Pacific Island during World War ll is brought thrillingly to life with a sensational cast of over thirty and a full orchestra in this epic new five-star production directed by Chichester Festival Theatre’s Artistic Director Daniel EvansSOUTH PACIFIC boasts one of Rodgers & Hammersteins most memorable scores, and this much-loved Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical features songs such as “Some Enchanted Evening”, “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair” and “Bali Ha’i”.

SOUTH PACIFIC is directed by Daniel Evans, with set and costume design by Peter McKintosh, and choreography and movement direction from Ann Yee. The Musical Supervisor is Nigel Lilley, Musical Director is Cat Beveridge and new orchestration is by David Cullen, with original Broadway orchestration by Robert Russell Bennett. The lighting designer is Howard Harrison, sound designer is Paul Groothuis, video designer is Gillian Tan, additional arrangements and Happy Talk orchestration is by Theo Jamieson, casting director is Charlotte Sutton CDG and additional children’s casting by Verity Naughton.

SOUTH PACIFIC is produced by Jamie Wilson, Jonathan Church Theatre Productions and Gavin Kalin.

A Little Night Music returns to Leeds Playhouse

A Little Night Music, Sondheim’s acerbic musical romance, is set to beguile audiences once more this summer as it makes a welcome return to the Leeds Playhouse stage.

Bringing together opera singers, musical theatre talent and the Chorus of Opera North, the show is heart-warming and heart-breaking in equal measure. A chance meeting between ex-lovers sparks a game of romantic musical chairs over a weekend in the country, as some hopelessly mismatched couples find themselves confronted by their own vanities and deceptions. Glittering with wit, Sondheim’s much-loved work features a host of musical treats including the poignant classic ‘Send in the Clowns’.

Leeds Playhouse’s Artistic Director James Brining returns to direct, having worked on the show previously, as well as directing the two Leeds-based companies’ celebrated 2016 production of Sondheim’s Into the Woods: “I think A Little Night Music is about making the most of our life, it’s about making the most of the people you care most about, it’s about making decisions that feel risky but are also the most rewarding. It’s moving, but it’s also really great fun.”

Another veteran of the piece is Dutch baritone Quirijn de Lang who revisits the role of Fredrik Egerman: “Relationships are messy, but that’s what makes us human, and Sondheim is a genius at putting that onto the stage.” Singing Fredrik’s old flame Desiree Armfeldt will be Sandra Piques Eddy: A Little Night Music is brilliant, because it’s so light-hearted, but then you get socked in the gut, and it’s absolutely glorious.”

An Opera North favourite of even longer standing, Dame Josephine Barstow returns to cast a sardonic eye over proceedings as Madam Armfeldt. Corinne Cowling sings the ingénue bride Anne Egerman, while young tenor Sam Marston makes his Opera North debut as the callow Henrik Egerman. Other roles are taken by members of Opera North’s talented Chorus including Amy J Payne as the maidservant Petra, and Christopher Nairne and Helen Évora as Count and Countess Malcolm.

A specialist in American musical theatre whose Opera North credits include Carousel, Sweeney Todd, Kiss Me Kate, Into the Woods and Street Scene, the Company’s former Head of Music James Holmes conducts; and designer Madeleine Boyd (Opera North’s Don Giovanni, The Turn of the Screw and La Traviata) has Sondheim’s country house setting teetering between decadence and decay.

A Little Night Music opens at Leeds Playhouse on 1 July 2022. For more information, visit leedsplayhouse.org.uk or operanorth.co.uk.

Announcing The Public Theater’s 2022-23 Season

The Public Theater

Public Theater Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham announced the line-up today for The Public’s 2022-23 Season at their landmark home on 425 Lafayette Street with a broad and thrilling slate of new productions and ongoing programming. The iconic New York institution has been home to 55 years of history-making theater, and continues next season with a revival by groundbreaking American playwright Lorraine Hansberry, as well as a new musical and plays by Erika Dickerson-DespenzaRyan J. HaddadJames IjamesSuzan-Lori Parks, and Madeline Sayet. This season will also feature work with renowned theater companies TheBushwick StarrElevator Repair Service, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.“In these tumultuous times, we urgently need the voices of our artists. They alone can provide vivid, three-dimensional looks at what we are and what we might become,” said Artistic Director Oskar Eustis. “The artists who make up The Public’s season are prophetic voices, who will give us sustenance, vision, and provocation. James Baldwin and Lorraine Hansberry are the two classic writers who speak most presciently to the crisis of our times. Suzan-Lori Parks, James Ijames, and Erika Dickerson-Despenza are brilliant contemporary writers whose work reflects our moment beautifully. Ryan J. Haddad brilliantly explodes our ideas about disability, while Madeline Sayet examines her relationship to Shakespeare through her Mohegan identity and perspective.”Eustis continued, “Together, these artists create our 22-23 Public season, which provides striking, thrilling insight into the way we live now. In this time of dramatic difficulty and radical challenges, this season grapples with fundamental questions about our future, as a field and as a nation. Equality, justice, democracy, and freedom are all ideas which are fundamental to The Public, and which are being redefined and reimagined in America. We hope our offerings this season help move those conversations forward into a future we can all embrace, because that future will embrace all of us.”

The Public also continues its year-round engagement through its vital, mission-driven programs: Joe’s PubMobile UnitPublic WorksUnder the RadarPublic Shakespeare InitiativeEmerging Writers Group, Devised Theater Initiative, and #BARS Workshop. These programs and initiatives are the lifeblood of The Public, offering free and low-cost tickets, building community through theater, and developing the next generation of theater artists. This season will bring us an exciting Joe’s Pub lineup as well as a Vanguard Residency, New York Voices commissions, and new Joe’s Pub Working Group cohort. Mobile Unit embarks on two tours of the cityUnder the Radar returns after a year off in the 2021-2022 season, and Public Shakespeare Initiative’s Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble takes on a new Shakespearean adaptation.Continuing The Public’s mission to make great theater accessible to all, The Public’s Joseph Papp Free Performance Initiative will return for all 2022-23 productions. Free tickets to a performance of every production will be available via a digital lottery, powered by The Public’s digital partner, TodayTix.The Public Theater is committed to being a more just, more anti-racist, and more equitable organization. The Public’s leadership and staff-led cultural transformation work is guided by a plan that is built on impactful commitments and goals and the actions needed to achieve them. Learn more about The Public’s cultural transformation plan here.

The Public will require proof of a complete COVID-19 vaccination by the date of attendance for access to the facility, theaters, and restaurant. Boosters are encouraged for those eligible under CDC guidelines, but not required. Approved face masks will always be required, including while watching a performance, with exceptions for attendees in Joe’s Pub and The Library at The Public, who are actively eating and drinking. For complete health and safety protocols, visit Safe At The Public. All policies are subject to change at The Public’s sole discretion and without notice. The Library at The Public serves food and drink Tuesday through Sunday, beginning at 5:00 p.m. and closing at midnight. The Library is closed on Mondays. For more information, visitpublictheater.org.Become a Partner or a Supporter of The Public Theater today at publictheater.org.

THE PUBLIC THEATER’S 2022-23 SEASON:New York Premiere
BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE 
Conceived by Greig Sargeant with Elevator Repair Service
Directed by John Collins
September 24–October 16, 2022The cast of BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE will feature Daphne Gaines (Lorraine Hansberry), Gavin Price (Mr. Heycock), Greig Sargeant (James Baldwin), Christopher-Rashee Stevenson (Mr. Burford), and Ben Williams (William F. Buckley, Jr.).In 1965, two of America’s intellectual giants were invited to debate whether “the American Dream is at the expense of the American Negro,” bringing into sharp focus our country’s deepest divisions. The renowned theater company Elevator Repair Service returns to The Public with BALDWIN AND BUCKLEY AT CAMBRIDGE, a profoundly relevant presentation of the legendary debate between virtuosic writer James Baldwin and father of American conservatism William F. Buckley, Jr. The production concludes with an imagined scene between Baldwin and his close friend Lorraine Hansberry, researched and written by long-time ERS company members April Matthis and Greig Sargeant. Heralded by the New York Times as “one of the city’s few truly essential theater companies,” Elevator Repair Service applies their trademark approach of verbatim textual exploration and intensive collaboration to re-create Baldwin and Buckley’s blistering dissection of race, racism, and human worth. BALDWIN AND BUCKELY AT CAMBRIDGE is conceived by Greig Sargeant and directed by ERS Founder and Artistic Director John Collins.A RAISIN IN THE SUN
By Lorraine Hansberry 
Directed by Robert O’Hara
September 27–November 6, 2022Lorraine Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN comes to Astor Place this fall in Hansberry’s Public Theater debut. Directed by Tony Award nominee Robert O’Hara, this fresh look at a classic proves to be as provocative and powerful today as it was in 1959. Lena Younger has decided to use her late husband’s life insurance to move her family out of their cramped apartment on Chicago’s South Side. Her son, Walter Lee, has other ideas. This innovative new production of an American classic fearlessly interrogates the American dream in the face of racial and economic strife.New York Premiere
WHERE WE BELONG 
By Madeline Sayet
Directed by Mei Ann Teo
Produced with Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 
In Association with Folger Shakespeare Library
October 28–November 27, 2022 WHERE WE BELONG will be performed by Madeline Sayet.In 2015, Mohegan theatre-maker Madeline Sayet moved to England to pursue a PhD in Shakespeare, grappling with the question of what it means to remain or leave, as the Brexit vote threatens to further disengage the UK from the wider world. Moving between nations that have failed to reckon with their ongoing roles in colonialism, she finds comfort in the journeys of her Native ancestors who had to cross the ocean in the 1700s to help her people. In this intimate and exhilarating solo piece directed by Mei Ann Teo, Sayet asks us what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world.World Premiere
PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR
By Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Niegel Smith
November 4–November 27, 2022 On March 13, 2020, as theaters shut their doors and so many of us went into lockdown, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and The Public’s Writer-in-Residence Suzan-Lori Parks picked up her pen and set out to write a play every day. What emerged is a breathtaking chronicle of our collective experience throughout the troubling days and nights that followed. Performing in the intimate Joe’s Pub, PLAYS FOR THE PLAGUE YEAR is at once a personal story of one family’s daily lives, as well as a sweeping account of all we faced as a city, a nation, and a global community. Working in collaboration with Niegel Smith as director, Parks’ groundbreaking new work is brimming with humanity, bears witness to what we’ve experienced, and offers inspiration as we look ahead.UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL
January 4-22, 2023The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival 2023 will reflect the enormous changes in the field of live theater and performance since 2020. Joyous, outrageous, witty, and powerful, UTR 2023 will partner with stages across the city to highlight national and international artists bursting with innovation, provocation, and celebration.World Premiere 
THE HARDER THEY COME
Book by Suzan-Lori Parks
Including Songs by Jimmy Cliff
Based upon the film, produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written with Trevor Rhone
Music Supervision by Kenny Seymour
Choreography by Edgar Godineaux
Co-Directed by Sergio Trujillo
Directed by Tony Taccone
Winter 2023Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and The Public’s Writer-in-Residence Suzan-Lori Parks brings to The Public a new musical adaptation of the 1972 movie, THE HARDER THEY COME. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the breakthrough film, produced and directed by Perry Henzell and co-written with Trevor Rhone, tells the story of Ivan, a young singer who arrives in Kingston, Jamaica eager to become a star. After falling in love and cutting a record deal with a powerful music mogul, Ivan soon learns that the game is rigged, and as he becomes increasingly defiant, he finds himself in a battle that threatens not only his life, but the very fabric of Jamaican society. Featuring Jimmy Cliff’sGrammy Award-winning hits, such as “You Can Get It If You Really Want,” former Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre Tony Taccone directs this new musical, with co-direction by Tony Award winner Sergio Trujillo and choreography by Edgar Godineaux.World Premiere 
DARK DISABLED STORIES
Written by Ryan J. Haddad
Directed by Jordan Fein
Produced by The Bushwick Starr
Presented by The Public Theater  
Winter 2023Acclaimed writer and performer Ryan J. Haddad makes his off-Broadway playwriting debut with the hilarious and audacious DARK DISABLED STORIES. Haddad’s newest autobiographical play is a series of unforgiving vignettes about the strangers he encounters while navigating a city (and a world) not built for his walker and cerebral palsy. Directed by Jordan FeinDARK DISABLED STORIES probes implicit ableism and the assumptions we make about people we’ll never really know. This production will feature American Sign Language, open captions, and audio description integrated into every performance.World Premiere 
GOOD BONES
Written by James Ijames
Directed by Saheem Ali
Spring 2023After winning the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for his play Fat Ham, playwright James Ijames’ new production explores gentrification and the growing price of the American dream in his sharp and funny play, GOOD BONES. A work opportunity to revitalize the blighted neighborhood she grew up in has led Aisha and her chef husband Travis to buy and renovate a charming old house. But as everyone knows, renovation is expensive and stressful—both for buildings and the communities that surround them. Aisha’s young contractor Earl grew up in the area too, but his memories are of more than just dangerous streets and hollowed-out homes. When their purely professional relationship gives way to heated debate about who gets to stay and who has to go, Aisha is forced to reckon with the choices she’s made to get ahead and the painful, joyful, complicated ghosts that haunt her dreams…and her dream house. The Public’s Associate Artistic Director and Resident Director Saheem Ali directs this world premiere play about community, change, and the soul of our cities.World Premiere 
SHADOW/LAND
Written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza
Directed by Candis C. Jones
Spring 2023 Premiering as an audio play at The Public, 2021 Susan Blackburn Prize winner Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s SHADOW/LAND returns in Spring 2023 with a stunning live production. Magalee and her daughter Ruth are faced with the question of legacy when Ruth coaxes Magalee to sell their historic family-owned business as Hurricane Katrina begins her ruin. Directed by Lilly Award winner Candis C. JonesSHADOW/LAND is the first installment of a 10-play cycle traversing the Katrina diaspora in an examination of the ongoing effects of disaster, evacuation, displacement, and urban renewal rippling in and beyond New Orleans.MOBILE UNIT
MOBILE UNIT is excited to hit the road again, bringing art and joy to its communities with two new tours. Kicking off in the fall, Mobile Unit will partner with Joe’s Pub for JOE’S PUB IN TRANSIT, a concert series that will visit community partners throughout New York City.In spring of 2023, The Mobile Unit will embark on a new tour with a musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s THE COMEDY OF ERRORS. Conceived by director Rebecca Martinez and composer Julián Mesri, this new adaptation rigorously embraces music from all over Latin America in this tale of separation and joyous reunion. With songs in English and Spanish, this new musical adaptation brings an energetic vibe to this age-old tale of two sets of twins separated by stormy seas as they overcome a baffling case of mistaken identity—and the mayhem and hilarious confusion that follows.JOE’S PUB 
The Joe’s Pub 2022-23 Vanguard Residency will be dedicated to the memory of beloved vocal coach Barbara Maier Gustern. The artists performing in this residency will all be Gustern’s students and collaborators, beginning with Murray Hill in September and Machine Dazzle in October.The Joe’s Pub Working Group 2022-23 cohort will launch with Sita ChayLaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Olivia Harris, J. Hoard, Lama El Homaïssi, and Roshni Samlal.The New York Voices 2022-23 commissions will feature Sunny Jain: Love Force, treya lam: otherlandLiza Paul & Bahia Watson: MASHUP ting!Chris Pattishall & Vuyo Sotashe, and Daniel J. Watts & Nick Blaemire: Quixote.Additional Joe’s Pub performers will include Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments (September 26-28) and Jane Lynch & Kate Flannery: A Swingin’ Little Christmas (December 2-4). The Habibi Festival also returns this fall (October 11-15), featuring Bedouin BurgerBnat el Houariyatand Esraa WardaFiras ZreikHATNoura Mint Seymali, and Yacine Boulares’s Night in Tunisia.ONGOING PROGRAMS OF THE PUBLIC THEATER:FREE SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK at The Delacorte Theater in Central Park is one of the cornerstones of The Public Theater’s mission. Since 1962, over six million people have enjoyed more than 150 free productions of Shakespeare and other classical works and musicals. This summer, The Public kicks off the 60th Anniversary Season of Free Shakespeare in the Park with the drama Richard III, directed by Tony nominee Robert O’Hara and featuring Danai Gurira in the title role (June 21-July 17). The celebration continues with the return of the Public Works musical adaptation of As You Like It, adapted by Public Theater Artist-in-Residence Shaina Taub and Director of Public Works Laurie Woolery, with music and lyrics by Shaina Taub, original choreography by Tony Award winner Sonya Tayeh, and directed by Laurie Woolery (August 10-September 11).The Jerome L. Greene Foundation is the proud season sponsor of Free Shakespeare in the Park.JOE’S PUB, a program of the Public Theater, was named for Public Theater founder Joseph Papp. Since it opened in 1998, Joe’s Pub has played a vital role in The Public’s mission of supporting artists at all stages of their careers with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. Joe’s Pub presents the best in live music and performance nightly, continuing its commitment to diversity, production values, community, and artistic freedom. In addition to one-night-only concerts and multi-night engagements, Joe’s Pub is home to the annual Habibi Festival, which hosts artists representing contemporary and traditional musics of the SWANA (Southwest Asia/North Africa) region, and The Vanguard Award & Residency, a yearlong curation series that celebrates the career, and community, of a prolific and influential artist—including Nona Hendryx, Judy Collins, Laurie Anderson, and Barbara Maier Gustern. With its intimate atmosphere and superior acoustics, Joe’s Pub presents over 700 shows featuring artists from all over the world and hosts over 100,000 audience members annually. Beyond public performances, Joe’s Pub also leads artist development programs like New York Voices, a commissioning program that helps musicians develop new performance projects, and Joe’s Pub Working Group, an artist-led development and collaboration cohort. Current commissioned artists include Daniel J. Watts & Nick Blaemire, Liza Paul & Bahia Watson, Sunny Jain, Vuyo Sotashe & Chris Pattishall, and treya lam. Joe’s Pub is supported in part by an American Rescue Plan Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support general operating expenses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.PUBLIC WORKS, a major initiative of The Public Theater, aims to restore and build community by connecting people through the creation of extraordinary works of art. Public Works is animated by the idea that theater is a place of possibility, where the boundaries that separate us from each other in the rest of life can fall away. Working with partner organizations in all five boroughs, Public Works invites community members to take classes, attend performances, and join in the creation of ambitious works of participatory theater. Led by Public Works Director Laurie Woolery, this initiative deliberately blurs the line between professional artists and community members, creating theater that is not only for the people, but by and of the people as well. Public Works exemplifies The Public’s long-standing commitment to putting community at the core of the theater’s mission. Public Works seeks to create a space where we can not only reflect on the world as it is, but where we can propose new possibilities for what our society might be. The Public Works community partner organizations are Brownsville Recreation Center (Brooklyn), Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education (Bronx), Center for Family Life in Sunset Park (Brooklyn), Children’s Aid (all boroughs), DreamYard (Bronx), Domestic Workers United (all boroughs), The Fortune Society (Queens), and Military Resilience Foundation (all boroughs).In its 12th year, The Public Theater’s MOBILE UNIT is a modern reimagining of Joseph Papp’s Mobile Theater. Mobile Unit reaches across economic and geographic barriers to the arts by meeting our communities where they are—staging free professional theater productions and programs in local neighborhood venues such as libraries, homeless shelters, correctional facilities, and community centers across all five New York City boroughs. Mobile Unit has served thousands of audiences with critically acclaimed productions including a 2018 National tour of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Sweat. In 2020, Mobile Unit received a Special Drama Desk Award for its program. During the pandemic, Mobile Unit launched a digital workshop inside the NYC Department of Corrections called Hip-Hop vs. Shakespeare, where participants were encouraged to write their own stories. Mobile Unit believes theater is its most powerful when it reflects and connects to the lives of our community.UNDER THE RADAR FESTIVAL is considered one of the premier international theater festivals focused on new work. Under the Radar is heading into its 18th edition as a core part of The Public Theater’s mission—giving a platform to voices not always heard in the American Theater. UTR supports artists from around the country and the world who are redefining the act of making theater. UTR has introduced numerous artists who are now considered leaders in the field, such as Elevator Repair Service, 600 HIGHWAYMEN, Tarell Alvin McCraney, Nature Theater of Oklahoma, Belarus Free Theatre, Guillermo Calderón, Tania El Khoury, and Lola Arias, to name a few. The festival provides a wide lens on contemporary theater: richly distinct in terms of perspectives, aesthetics, and social practice and pointing to the future of the art form.PUBLIC SHAKESPEARE INITIATIVE offers a wide range of programming which includes larger Public Shakespeare Presents evenings, blending incisive commentary by scholars and other thinkers with appearances by artists of all disciplines; intimate Public Shakespeare Talks, giving audiences unique insight into the artistic and intellectual processes of leading Shakespeare practitioners working in the theater; Artist Development Programs, to cultivate some of the most visionary artistic minds working on Shakespeare today; and Education Programs, specifically the Hunts Point Children’s Shakespeare Ensemble, which The Shakespeare Society co-founded with the Hunts Point Alliance for Children over a decade ago, and which has offered hundreds of elementary and middle school students the opportunity to develop their confidence, knowledge, and creativity through the transformative experience of bringing Shakespeare’s words to life onstage in the 12 Shakespeare productions the Ensemble has presented. EMERGING WRITERS GROUP is a program that provides key support and resources for writers at the early stages of their careers. Writers are selected bi-annually and receive a two-year fellowship facilitated by The Public’s New Work Development department. EWG meets twice a month for peer feedback on plays in progress as well as special sessions that connect the group to the wider landscape of New York City theater. Writers receive stipends, the opportunity to observe rehearsals for productions at The Public, career development advice from industry professionals, and artistic and professional support from the New Work Development department and Public artistic staff. Members of the group also receive complimentary tickets to Public Theater shows, invited dress rehearsals, and other special events, as well as a supplemental stipend for tickets to productions at other theaters.DEVISED THEATER INITIATIVE at The Public is one of the first of its kind in the U.S., providing support and resources to the next generation of independent artists and ensembles. Born from iconic productions like HAIRFor Colored Girls…, and A Chorus Line, The Public Theater has always been a strong supporter of the devised theater movement and has helped promote the work of prominent and emerging devised theater-makers. Through The Public’s annual Under the Radar Festival and in its season at Astor Place, innovative approaches to theater have been brought to the attention of audiences in New York and around the world.#BARS WORKSHOP is where verse and theater come together for rappers, actors, poets, performers, orators, playwrights, and song birds. Come create, learn, develop, and innovate firmly at the center. The poetry of speech is what brings it all together. If that is your sweet spot, we think you should enter. The #BARS Workshop is a lab series created by Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, to serve as a space for artists to investigate the intersection between contemporary verse and theater. Follow along at @barsworkshop on Instagram.

The Royal Lyceum Announces return of Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of)

Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort Of), Photo credit: Matt Crockett

The Olivier Award winning production of PRIDE AND PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) is coming home to Scotland with the original Scottish cast following an acclaimed season in London’s West End.

Isobel McArthur’s unique and audacious retelling of Jane Austen’s classic love story was critically acclaimed when it played at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre.  Men, money and microphones are fought over in this irreverent but affectionate adaptation, which includes pop classics such as Every Day I Write the Book, Young Hearts Run Free, Will You Love Me Tomorrow, I Got You Babe and You’re So Vain. Five actors portray the young female servants who retell one of literature’s most famous stories, and these same five actors play every other character, as well as singing and playing instruments.

The cast of the original production will be reunited for the UK tour. Writer and director Isobel McArthur will once again play Darcy and Mrs Bennet alongside Tori Burgess, Christina Gordon, Leah Jamieson and Hannah Jarrett-Scott.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) will be directed by Isobel McArthur and Simon Harvey, with comedy staging by Jos Houben, design by Ana Inés Jabares-Pita, lighting by Colin Grenfell, musical supervision by Michael John McCarthy, sound design by Michael John McCarthy and Luke Swaffield for Autograph and choreography by Emily-Jane Boyle.

David Pugh presents The Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Tron Theatre Company and Blood of the Young’s production of PRIDE & PREJUDICE* (*SORT OF) with co-producers Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Bristol Old Vic, Leeds Playhouse, Northern Stage and Oxford Playhouse.

The Lyceum’s Artistic Director, David Greig, said: 

“When we first opened Pride and Prejudice* (*Sort of) here at The Lyceum in 2019 we knew it was something special – a pitch perfect blend of reverent homage and mischievous send up of Jane Austen’s beloved classic made by a terrifically talented Scottish team of artists.
“Since then, this marvellous show has toured the UK and taken London’s West End by storm, winning the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment or Comedy. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome this spirit lifting production back to The Lyceum Stage to delight audiences in Edinburgh once more this October.”

Vineyard Theatre resumes performances of Lessons in Survival: 1971 with Reggie D. White

Reggie D. White

Vineyard Theatre has announced that Lessons in Survival: 1971 will resume performances on Wednesday, June 15 with Reggie D. White temporarily stepping into the role of James Baldwin. White is a co-conceiver of the show as one of the members of The Commissary and the Vineyard Theatre’s 2022-2023 Colman Domingo Award recipient.

Lessons in Survival: 1971 is co-conceived by Marin Ireland, Peter Mark Kendall, Tyler Thomas and Reggie D. White, and is created with The Commissary. This innovative work stars Emmy-nominated Carl Clemons-Hopkins (“Hacks”) as James Baldwin and Theatre World Award winner Crystal Dickinson (Tony Award-winning Clybourne Park) as Nikki Giovanni and is directed by Tyler Thomas. Clemons-Hopkins is expected to return to the show on June 21.

In 1971, 28-year-old poet Nikki Giovanni interviewed renowned novelist James Baldwin, 47, on America’s first “Black Tonight Show,” SOUL!  Fifty years later, Lessons in Survival: 1971 reintroduces their candid, provocative dialogue on race and liberation in America to our present moment. Building on the digital exploration of Lessons in Survival, which was recognized by the New York Times in their “Best Theater of 2020,” this revelatory live staging explores the layers of intimacy and ideas between two Black revolutionary artists of different generations, with astonishing resonance for today.

The creative team includes You-Shin Chen (Scenic Design), Mika Eubanks (Costume Design), Amith Chadrashaker (Lighting Design), Lee Kinney and Daniel Kluger (Sound Design), Daniel Kluger (Original Composition), Matthew Glasner, CSA (Casting Director) and Rachel A. Zucker as Production Stage Manager.

Vineyard Theatre had cancelled performances of Lessons in Survival: 1971 through Tuesday, June 14. Ticket holders for impacted performances (June 10-14) will be contacted by phone and email regarding rebooking and next steps. If you have any questions, please reach out to the Vineyard Theatre box office at 212.353.0303 or boxoffice@vineyardtheatre.org for further assistance.

Tickets are now on sale to the general public at www.vineyardtheatre.org or by calling 212-353-0303.

About Vineyard Theatre

Vineyard Theatre is an Off-Broadway theatre company dedicated to nurturing the voices of daring artists and developing and producing work that pushes the boundaries of what theatre can be and do. One of the country’s preeminent centers for the creation of new plays and musicals, our work seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to see ourselves and our world from different perspectives.

The Vineyard’s 2021-22 season launched with the Broadway transfers of its productions of Tina Satter’s Is This A Room, named “Best Theater of 2019 and 2021” by the New York Times, Time Out and New York Magazine and winner of the Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience; and Lucas Hnath’s Dana H., chosen as the New York Times and Time Out’s “Best Theater of 2020 and 2021” and winner of the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Solo Show, which played in repertory at the Lyceum Theatre in the fall of 2021. Deirdre O’Connell recently won the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for Dana H. Paula Vogel’s How I Learned to Drive, which premiered at The Vineyard 25 years ago, played on Broadway this past spring, reuniting original cast members Mary-Louise Parker, David Morse and Johanna Day with director Mark Brokaw.

The Vineyard’s fall season also included commissioned new works from Ngozi Anyanwu, Kirsten Childs, Jared Mezzocchi, Polly Pen and Madeline Sayet. The World Premiere of Lessons in Survival: 1971 will be performed from May 25 – June 30.  Building on the digital exploration of Lessons in Survival, which was recognized by the New York Times as Best in Theater 2020, this revelatory live staging explores the layers of intimacy and ideas between two Black revolutionary artists of different generations, with astonishing resonance for today.

Notable Vineyard Theatre premieres include Ngozi Anyanwu’s Good Grief; Jeremy O. Harris’ “Daddy”; Mara Nelson-Greenberg’s Do You Feel Anger?; David Cale’s Harry Clarke (2018 Drama Desk, Obie, Lucille Lortel Awards); Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman’s Indecent (two 2017 Tony Awards); two Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, Paula Vogel’s How I Learned To Drive and Edward Albee’s Three Tall Women; Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria; Nicky Silver’s The Lyons; Marx, Lopez and Whitty’s Avenue Q (Tony Award, Best Musical); Kander, Ebb, and Thompson’s The Scottsboro Boys; Bell and Bowen’s [title of show]; Polly Pen’s Goblin Market; Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Wig Out!; Jenny Schwartz’ God’s Ear; Will Eno’s Middletown; Becky Mode’s Fully Committed; Colman Domingo’s Dot, and many more.

The Vineyard’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award, Susan Stroman Directing Award, and Colman Domingo Award provide residencies to early-career artists and our education programs serve over 700 NYC public high school students annually and culminate in presenting Developing Artists’ REBEL VERSES Youth Arts Festival.  The recently created Roth-Vogel New Play Commission is awarded annually to a mid- to late-career playwright to create and develop a new play with The Vineyard. Works developed and premiered at our home in Union Square have gone on to be seen around the world and The Vineyard is proud to be the recipient of special Drama Desk, Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards for artistic excellence.

The Vineyard’s 2021-2022 Artists-in-Residence include The Commissary, Ryan Haddad, Michael R. Jackson, Lightning Rod Special, Tyler Thomas, and Reggie D. White.

Vineyard Theatre’s leadership includes Artistic Directors Douglas Aibel and Sarah Stern and Managing Director Suzanne Appel.

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Myles Frost has become youngest performer to win ‘Best Actor in a musical’ Tony Award prize

Myles Frost

Last night, Myles Frost made history, becoming the youngest individual actor to win a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical at only 22- years old. He took home the award for his critically acclaimed performance as Michael Jackson in the smash Broadway hit, MJ. The show took home four Tony Awards in total, including Best Choreography, Best Lighting Design in a Musical, and Best Sound Design in a Musical.

After the ceremony, the show celebrated the historic win at Tavern on the Green. In attendance were Prince Jackson, Paris Jackson, Michaela Coel, Cynthia Erivo, Lena Waithe, and more.

MJ features a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize® winner Lynn Nottage and a score made up of some of the best-loved, top-selling songs in recording history. Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon directs and choreographs.  The production features scenic design by Tony Award winner Derek McLane, lighting design by Tony Award winner Natasha Katz, costume design by Tony Award winner Paul Tazewell, sound design by Olivier Award winner Gareth Owen, projection design by Peter Nigrini, hair & wig design by Charles Lapointe, musical supervision / orchestration / arrangements by David Holcenberg, and musical direction / orchestrations / arrangements by Jason Michael Webb

MJ is produced by Lia Vollack Productions by special arrangement with The Estate of Michael Jackson.