Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows

Off-Broadway News   Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows
Due to the expansive nature of Off-Broadway, this list is not comprehensive.

• Roundabout Theatre Company/Black Box Theatre
• First Preview: March 8, 2018
• Opening: April 3, 2018
• Playwright: Alex Lubischer
• Directed by Willl Davis
• Cast: Gabriel Brown, Sasha Diamond, Ethan Dubin, Crystal Finn, Marcus Ho, Christopher Innvar, Tyler Lea, Talene Monahon, Brian Quijada, Constance Shulman, and JD Taylor

Bobbie killed Casey in the middle of a cornfield in Milton, Nebraska. Two years later, Milton’s residents are ready to tell you their side(s) of the story. This comedy-about-a-tragedy pushes the boundaries of Roundabout's Black Box Theatre, with a sprawling cast of eccentric characters and an ambitious narrative that pulls back the husk of rural life.

• Theatre for a New Audience
• First Preview: March 13, 2018
• Opening: March 25, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Arin Arbus
• Cast: Kelly Curran, Anatol Yusef, Oberon K.A. Adjepong, Maechi Aharanwa, Arnie Burton, Eddie Ray Jackson, Mahira Kakkar, John Keating, Robert Langdon Lloyd, Ed Malone, Dion Mucciacito, Eli Rayman, Nicole Rodenburg, Michael Rogers, Zsaz Rutkowski, Titus Tompkins, and Liz Wisan

A tyrant’s accusations of infidelity, a shattered family and marriage, miraculous rescue of children, a thief so clever we take his side, Time personified, a statue magically sprung to life, and, not to forget, a ferocious bear: only Shakespeare could make a story as fantastically eventful and improbable into cohesive, soul-stirring drama.

• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: March 16, 2018
• Opening: April 9, 2018
• Playwright: Lindsay Ferrentino
• Director: Rebecca Taichman
• Cast: Cassie Beck, Ella Kennedy Davis, Lynda Gravatt, Lucas Papaelias, and Ian Saint-Germain

At a middle school in this seaside town, the unthinkable has happened, placing a bewildered community in the national spotlight. Stuck at home in a state of shocked limbo, Julie and Zander, two thirteen-year-olds, try to make sense of the chaos they witnessed, their awkward crushes, and an infinitely more complicated future — but the grown-ups are no help at all. An urgent response to our times, This Flat Earth is a startling and deeply felt story of growing up in our confounding world.

• The Public Theater/Newman Theater
• First Preview: March 20, 2018
• Opening: April 10, 2018
• Music: Erin McKeown
• Lyrics: Quiara Alegría Hudes and Erin McKeown
• Book: Quiara Alegría Hudes
• Director: Trip Cullman
• Cast: Danny Bolero, Andrew Cristi, Latoya Edwards, Shawna M. Hamic, Gizel Jimenez, David Patrick Kelly, Michael Mulheren, Daphne Rubin-Vega

Two-time Tony nominee Daphne Rubin-Vega is Beatriz, flawed mom to 16 year-old Olivia, and an undocumented immigrant on the verge of deportation. After living estranged from each other for years, a mother and daughter embark on a road trip that crosses state lines. Together they meet Americans of different backgrounds, shared dreams, and complicated truths in this powerful new show with vast heart and fierce humor.

• New York City Center
• First Preview: March 21, 2018
• Opening: March 22, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Robert Wright and George Forrest
• Additional Music and Lyrics: Maury Yeston
• Book: Luther Davis
• Director and Choreographer: Josh Rhodes
• Cast: Junior Cervila, John Clay III, Natascia Diaz, John Dossett, Irina Dvorovenko, Guadalupe Garcia, Nehal Joshi, James T. Lane, Jamie LaVerdiere, Eric Leviton, Robert Montano, Kevin Pariseau, William Ryall, James Snyder, Brandon Uranowitz, Daniel Yearwood, and Heléne Yorke

A faded ballerina, a cat burglar posing as a Count, a businessman facing certain ruin, and a young secretary all-too-eager to become an American film star are all trapped by history, as the world careens into a great depression, and the revolving door keeps turning.

• Park Avenue Armory
• First Preview: March 23, 2018
• Opening: March 27, 2018
• Playwright: Federico García Lorca; adapted by Simon Stone
• Director: Simon Stone
• Cast: Billie Piper

Federico García Lorca’s 1934 devastating drama is radically reimagined by Australian director and dramatist Simon Stone, who transforms the achingly powerful tale of a provincial Spanish woman’s desperate desire to have a child into a parable of modern life. Having won 2017 Olivier Awards for Best Revival and Best Actress for Billie Piper when staged at the Young Vic in London, this full-blooded production is transported to the Armory for its highly anticipated North American premiere.

• Actors Temple Theatre
• First Preview: March 26, 2018
• Opening: April 5, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Michael Roberts
• Book: Charlie Schulman
• Director: Brad Rouse
• Cast: Megan McGinnis, Julie Benko, Amie Bermowitz, Blair Alexis Brown, Ben Cherry, Aaron Galligan-Stierle, Zal Owen, Sarah Beth Pfeifer, and Jim Stanek

Louis Goldstein has written a tell-all family memoir. The book is a best-seller. But is it true? Featuring an extraordinary cast of 7 of Broadway's best performers, this uplifting and heartwarming, multi-generational musical explores the challenges and triumphs of an immigrant Jewish American family. This original musical reminds us that families are complicated, the truth is never clear, and forgiveness is our best hope.

• The Public Theater
• First Preview: March 27, 2018
• Opening: April 15, 2018
• Playwright: Lynn Nottage
• Director: Jo Bonney
• Cast: Ito Aghayere, Jojo Gonzalez, Kevin Mambo, and Sahr Ngaujah

Taking us on a journey from the heart of Africa and around the world, MLIMA'S TALE is the story of Mlima, a magnificent elephant trapped in the clandestine international ivory market. Following a trail of greed and desire as old as trade itself, Mlima leads us through memory and fear, history and tradition, want and need, and reveals the surprising and complicated deals that connect us all.

• Irish Repertory Theatre
• First Preview: March 30, 2018
• Opening: April 18, 2018
• Playwright: Conor McPherson
• Director: Ciarán O’Reilly
• Cast: Matthew Broderick, Colin McPhillamy, Michael Mellamphy, Andy Murray, and Tim Ruddy

After losing yet another job, Sharky has returned home to Dublin to build a new, sober existence with his cantankerous elder brother, Richard, recently blinded in a drunken accident. But it’s Christmas Eve, and the drinks are flowing as old friends convene for an annual game of poker. This year, an immortal stranger from Sharky’s past arrives, raising the stakes to eternal consequence.

• MCC Theater/Lucille Lortel Theatre
• First Preview: April 5, 2018
• Opening: April 23, 2018
• Playwright: Lucy Thurber
• Directed by Jackson Gay
• Cast: Ato Blankson-Wood, Leon Addison Brown, Juan Castano, Glenn Davis, and Samantha Soule

Cristofer and Clarence are two gifted students from the South Bronx. After two years at a local community college being coached by faculty members, the young men are competing for a life-changing scholarship at an elite northeast university. During a campus visit, the young men are unexpectedly confronted with their shared past while trying to break through a system that seems designed to keep them on the outside. How do you break through a system designed to lock you out?

• Brooklyn Academy of Music/Harvey Theater
• First Preview: April 7, 2018
• Opening: April 15, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Gregory Doran
• Cast: Sir Antony Sher

There are Shakespeare kings, and then there is Lear—rain-raving madman, dad with daughter issues, and a role that actors wait a lifetime to play. In this bold offering from RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and the Royal Shakespeare Company (King and Country: Shakespeare’s Great Cycle of Kings, 2016 Winter/Spring), inimitable Olivier Award-winning actor Sir Antony Sher (Falstaff in Henry IV, Parts I & II, 2016 Winter/Spring) rises to that teetering throne, giving a career-defining performance as the all-too-trusting monarch in the twilight of his sanity.

• Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater
• First Preview: April 13, 2018
• Opening: May 8, 2018
• Playwright: Clare Barron
• Director: Lee Sunday Evans
• Cast: Purva Bedi, Eboni Booth, Camila Canó-Flaviá, Ellen Maddow, Christina Rouner, Thomas Jay Ryan, Dina Shihabi, Lucy Taylor, and Ikechukwu Ufomadu

Somewhere in America, an army of pre-teen competitive dancers plots to take over the world. And if their new routine is good enough, they’ll claw their way to the top at the Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay. But in Clare Barron’s raucous pageant of ambition and ferocity, these young dancers have more than choreography on their minds, because every plié and jeté is a step toward finding themselves, and a fight to unleash their power.

• Classic Stage Company
• First Preview: April 13, 2018
• Opening: May 3, 2018
• Playwright: Tennessee Williams
• Director: Jack Summings III
• Cast: Glenna Brucken, Phillip Clark, Nathan Darrow, Hannah Elless, Elena Hurst, Marin Ireland, Tina Johnson, Gerardo Rodriguez, T. Ryder Smith, Ryan Spahn, Jonathan Spivey, and Barbara Walsh

In turn-of-the-century Mississippi, the local minister’s daughter walks the line between piety and sensuality with the neighborhood doctor who grew up next door.

• New York Theatre Workshop
• First Preview: April 18, 2018
• Opening: May 7, 2018
• Playwright: Caryl Churchill
• Director: Rachel Chavkin
• Cast: Vinie Burrows, Rob Campbell, Matthew Jeffers, Mikéah Ernest Jennings, Gregg Mozgala, and Evelyn Spahr

In 1647 England, power is shifting and, amid the chaos and confusion, revolutionaries across the country are dreaming of a new future.

• York Theatre @ Saint Peter's
• First Preview: April 24, 2018
• Opening: May 3, 2018
• Book and Lyrics: Billl Russell
• Music: Janet Hood
• Director: Amy Anders Corcoran
• Cast: TBA

In modern day Cape Cod, Joy, a baby boomer and proud hippie, is holding a memorial concert for the other half of her popular musical duo, Jump & Joy. When her tightly wound conservative daughter and her sweet rebellious granddaughter arrive from Oklahoma, the sparks fly as one family seeks to find the common ground in their different values, dreams and goals.

• Vineyard Theatre
• First Preview: May 4, 2018
• Opening: May 23, 2018
• Book: David Thompson
• Music: John Kander
• Director and Choreographer: Susan Stroman
• Cast: Maira Barriga, Teagle F. Bougere, Elizabeth Dugas, Irina Dvorovenko, Peter Friedman, Leah Hofmann, Naomi Kakuk, Brittany Marcin Maschmeyer, Erin Moore, and Tony Yazbeck

Adapted from Henry James’ classic 1903 novella, The Beast in the Jungle is the story of John Marcher, a man haunted by personal demons, whose great yet unfulfilled love affair with an unforgettable woman spans decades and continents.

• Brooklyn Academy of Music/Harvey Theater
• First Preview: May 8, 2018
• Opening: May 13, 2018
• Playwright: Eugene O'Neill
• Director: Richard Eyre
• Cast: Jeremy Irons, Lesley Manville, Matthew Beard, Rory Keenan, Jessica Regan

The Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork spills out over a single day at the Tyrones’ Connecticut summer home, as a series of blistering revelations test the ties that have tenuously bound the couple and their sons, Jamie and Edmund, through the years. Charting their descent as day turns to night and the fog rolls in from the sea, this devastating production is a vibrating study of love, illness, and addiction— to drink, drugs, and the shadows of the past.

• New York City Center
• First Preview: May 9, 2018
• Opening: May 10, 2018
• Music: Noel Gay
• Book and Lyrics: L. Arthur Rose and Douglas Furber
• Revised Book: Stephen Fry, with contributions by Mike Ockrent
• Director and Choreographer: Warren Carlyle
• Cast: Christian Borle, Suzzanne Douglas, Mark Evans, Harriet Harris, Edward Hibbert, John Horton, Simon Jones, Laura Michelle Kelly, Lisa O'Hare, Ken Page, and Don Stephenson.

The toast of the 1937 London season, Me and My Girl is a delightfully old-fashioned musical about a Cockney everyman who wreaks havoc on high society after being unexpectedly elevated to the lofty position of Earl of Hereford.

• Theatre for a New Audience
• First Preview: May 10, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Maria Aitken
• Cast: TBD

This beloved comedy is an engaging mixture of mischief, unrequited love and gender confusion—all interwoven with music and some of Shakespeare’s most beautiful language. Shipwrecked in the alluring country of Illyria, twins Viola and Sebastian each believe the other dead and embark on parallel adventures of mistaken identity and self-discovery.

• Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center/Stage I
• First Preview: May 15, 2018
• Opening: June 6, 2018
• Playwright: Anthony Giardina
• Director: Doug Hughes
• Cast: TBD

In a small Boston suburb, a single schoolteacher is struggling to get by when the wealthy father of one of her students surprises her with a financial proposal that could change her daughter's life. Suddenly, their worlds collide in ways that open up the question: what truly separates the haves and the have nots? Is it wrong to seize an incredible chance, even if the circumstances seem questionable?

• Atlantic Theatre Company/Stage 2
• First Preview: May 23, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Lauren Yee
• Director: TBD
• Cast: TBD

San Francisco, spring 1989. Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a “friendship” game. When they arrive, China is in the throes of the post-Cultural Revolution era, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history. Inspired by events from Yee’s father’s life and (short-lived) basketball career.

• Soho Rep
• First Preview: May 29, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Playwright: Jackie Sibblies Drury
• Directed by Sarah Benson
• Cast: TBD

The Frasier family hasn’t been the same since Braden died, and Beverly needs this dinner to be perfect. But the silverware’s wrong, the radio’s on the fritz, Keisha is late, Jasmine is drinking, Dayton isn’t helping, and Mama won’t come downstairs.

• The Public Theater/Delacorte Theater
• First Preview: May 29, 2018
• Opening: June 18, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Ruben Santiago-Hudson
• Cast: TBD

Set amid war and palace intrigue in the 17th-century Mediterranean, this classic drama about a noble Black Venetian general whose marriage is sabotaged by theater’s most infamous villain, Iago, remains Shakespeare’s most urgent and relevant tragedy today. A lush, romantic vision gives way to the violent tangle of love and jealousy, race and revenge in this must-see production of Shakespeare’s great tragedy, Othello.

• Roundabout Theatre Company/Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: May 31, 2018
• Opening: June 21, 2018
• Playwright: Joshua Harmon
• Directed by Daniel Aukin
• Cast: Idina Menzel

Reeling from her ex-husband’s engagement to a much younger woman, Jodi Isaac turns to her famous fashion-designer dad for support. Instead, she finds him wrapped up in his West Village townhouse with Trey. Who’s 20. And not necessarily gay. But probably an adult film star. At least, according to Jodi’s son. Who’s also 20. And definitely gay.

• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: June 1, 2018
• Opening: June 25, 2018
• Playwright: Jordan Harrison
• Director: Pam McKinnon
• Cast: Jesse Tyler Ferguson

It’s a faraway age of hope and inclusivity; in other words, it’s 2015. When a tight-knit circle of married gays and lesbians – comfy in the new mainstream – see themselves through the eyes of their rakish transgender pal, it’s clear that the march toward progress is anything but unified. With stinging satire and acute compassion, Jordan Harrison’s pointed comedy charts the breakdown of empathy that happens when we think our rights are secure, revealing conservative hearts where you’d least expect.

• The Public Theater/LuEsther Hall
• First Preview: June 2, 2018
• Opening: June 25, 2018
• Playwright: David Ireland
• Director: Vicky Featherstone
• Cast: Stephen Rea, Chris Corrigan and Amy Molloy

Eric Miller is a Belfast Unionist. He is exclusively and non-negotiably British. But nowadays he is worried he might be Irish. When Eric sees a likeness between his new-born granddaughter and the Irish republican leader, Gerry Adams, his sanity starts to unravel. Determined to defend his family and his heritage, Eric’s lifetime of ingrained prejudice and unsettled identity push him to the edge.

• Lincoln Center Theater/Claire Tow Theater
• First Preview: June 2, 2018
• Opening: June 18, 2018
• Playwright: Antoinette Nwandu
• Directed by Danya Taymor
• Cast: TBD

Moses and Kitch stand around on the corner - talking smack, passing the time, and hoping that today a miracle will come. A provocative mashup of Waiting for Godot and the Exodus myth, Pass Over exposes the unquestionable human spirit of young black men who dream about a promised land they've yet to find.

• Brooklyn Academy of Music/Harvey Theater
• Opening: June 6, 2018
• Playwright: Friedrich Schiller
• Director: Lev Dodin
• Cast: Danila Kozlovsky, Ksenia Rappoport and Elizaveta Boyarskaya

Two young lovers meet their fate in German poet and playwright Friedrich Schiller’s tragedy of class warfare and courtly intrigue, which remains as prescient today as when it was first performed in 1787. Russia’s Maly Drama Theatre, led by the incomparable Lev Dodin, stages this biting indictment of despotism and immorality among the ruling classes with signature immediacy, breathing vital new life into a lesser-known classic.

• The Public Theater/Delacorte Theater
• First Preview: June 17, 2018
• Opening: July 31, 2018
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Concept: Kwame Kwei-Armah and Shaina Taub
• Music and Lyrics: Shaina Taub
• Director: Oskar Eustis and Kwame Kwei-Armah
• Cast: Nikki M. James, Andrew Kober, Jacob Ming-Trent, Shaina Taub

In celebration of five extraordinary years of Public Works, Twelfth Night returns to Central Park to build upon its original Labor Day production in an all-new staging for a full five-week run. Professional artists and two rotating ensembles of community members from all five boroughs will perform together on the Delacorte stage in this enchanting comedy about Viola, a young heroine who washes up on the shores of Illyria, disguises herself as a man, is sent to court a countess, and falls in love with a Duke.

• The Public Theater/Anspacher Theater
• First Preview: June 19, 2018
• Opening: July 16, 2018
• Playwright: Rinne Groff
• Director: Marissa Wolf
• Cast: TBD

On Coney Island, in the aftermath of 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, a disillusioned do-gooder named Kate meets Jaap Hooft, a charismatic European film-maker who sees in the devastation wrought by the storm an opportunity to make a work of art about another disaster that struck Coney Island some hundred years before: the 1911 fire that started in the amusement park known as Dreamland, burning it to ashes from which it never arose. As Kate throws herself into the vortex of Jaap’s visionary schemes, she finds beauty, pain and betrayal, and eventually herself.

• Second Stage Theatre
• First Preview: June 19, 2018
• Opening: July 12, 2018
• Playwright: Tracy Letts
• Directed by Lila Neugebauer
• Cast: Tatiana Maslany, Susan Pourfar, Emma Geer, and Blair Brown

If you looked back on eleven moments from your life, would you recognize yourself, or would you see a stranger? Mary Page Marlowe is a seemingly ordinary accountant from Ohio who has experienced pain and joy, success and failure.

• New York City Center
• First Preview: June 27, 2018
• Opening: June 28, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Jason Robert Brown
• Director: TBD
• Cast: TBD

The first musical from three-time Tony Award-winner Jason Robert Brown, Songs for a New World is a collection of powerful songs examining life, love, and the choices ordinary people make when faced with extraordinary moments. From the deck of a 1492 Spanish sailing ship to the ledge of a Fifth Avenue high-rise, each character faces the new world which follows the unique challenge they encounter.

• Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: June 29, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Trask and Peter Yanowitz
• Book: Rick Elice
• Director: Darko Tresnjak
• Cast: TBD

Set against the grit, the garbage strikes, the graffiti of 1979 New York City, This Ain’t No Disco tells the story of drifters and dreamers searching for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and Mudd Club. In their uptown/downtown quest for revelry and kinship, every decision is fateful in a city where one’s fate can turn on a dime bag.

• Museum of Jewish Heritage
• First Preview: July 4, 2018
• Opening: TBD
• Music: Jerry Bock
• Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick
• Book: Joseph Stein
• Director: Joel Grey
• Cast: TBD

Experience Fiddler on the Roof in a new way – in Yiddish, the language of Tevye and his family! Directed by Oscar and Tony Award-winner Joel Grey and presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene, the rich Yiddish translation by Shraga Friedman, z”l, adds new depth and dimension to the most well-known Jewish musical in the world. Don’t miss the beloved story of a community and its struggle to balance traditions and desires in a changing world. The little town of Anatevka will bustle with the sounds of mame-loshn in the U.S. premiere of Fiddler in Yiddish.

• Stage 42
• First Preview: July 6, 2018
• Opening: July 22, 2018
• Music and Lyrics: Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
• Director and Choreographer: Joshua Bergasse
• Cast: TBD

Smokey Joe’s Cafe, the Grammy Award®-winning and Tony Award®-nominated smash, made history as Broadway’s longest-running musical revue and celebrates the best songs of the legendary songwriting duo, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Their generation-defining songs climbed the Billboard charts and provided hit after hit for icons like Elvis Presley, Ben E. King, The Coasters, and The Drifters.

• New York City Center
• Opening: July 11, 2018
• Book: Steve Cosson
• Music and Lyrics: Michael Friedman
• Director: TBD
• Cast: TBD

In 2003, New York City theater troupe The Civilians interviewed real people about the physical objects they’d lost—keys, a sapphire ring, a Gucci pump. The wry and whimsical docu-musical that emerged, Gone Missing, features an energetic score by Michael Friedman and presents a very personal account of how we deal with loss in our lives.

• Park Avenue Armory
• Opening: July 17, 2018
• Playwright: Luchino Visconti, Nicola Badalucco, and Enrico Medioli; adapted by Ivo van Hove
• Director: Ivo van Hove
• Cast: TBD

Using the screenplay rather than Luchino Visconti’s film as a starting point, director Ivo van Hove traces the disintegration of the wealthy Essenbeck family and their steel dynasty during the seizure of power of the Nazis in 1933 in Germany, reflecting the ideological debauchery of a society ready to make the most venomous alliances for the benefit of its sole economic interests. This sharply drawn familial chronicle combines intrigue and ambition with betrayal and murder in the insidious struggle for power, and the corruption of relationships echoes the cruelty and brutality of the political context—themes that have the makings of a great modern tragedy.

• New York City Center
• First Preview: July 25, 2018
• Opening: July 26, 2018
• Book, Music and Lyrics: Micki Grant
• Director: TBD
• Cast: TBD

With music and lyrics from Micki Grant, Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope is a celebration of African-American culture and community. Originally conceived and directed by Vinnette Carroll, this radical work presents the issues of race politics in America and raises voices for change through a lively mix of song and dance with a score that includes gospel, jazz, soul, calypso, and rock.

• Manhattan Theatre Club at New York City Center/Stage I
• First Preview: October 2, 2018
• Opening: October 23, 2018
• Playwright: Jaclyn Backhaus
• Director: Will Davis
• Cast: TBD

In a small Wisconsin town, a tight-knit Punjabi community gathers to celebrate the wedding of a traditional family’s only son, just as their strong-willed daughter announces her plans to move away and open a bar. As they come together for feasts filled with singing and dancing, one generation’s cherished customs clash with another’s modern-day aspirations, and ghosts and pirates from the family’s past linger in everyone’s thoughts – until one sudden event changes everything.

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