From the producer of The Lion King and the director/choreographer of The Book of Mormon and Something Rotten! (Casey Nicholaw) comes the timeless story of Aladdin in a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It’s an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.
Based on the hit animated film, Disney's Aladdin tells the story of a street-smart urchin whose life changes suddenly when he meets a magical genie who can grant him three wishes. What he really wants is the hand of Princess Jasmine, but will that mean becoming something he's not? And can he elude the dangers that lurk around every corner?
Michael Maliakel, Shoba Narayan, Michael James Scott, Dennis Stowe, Zach Bencal, Brandon O'Neill, Mike Alosi, Brad Weinstock, Don Darryl Rivera, J. C. Montgomery
NYTB is live again with one-hour performances of Keith Michael’s The Nutcracker! Please join us for the joyful return of your most favorite holiday tradition at Florence Gould Hall. Tickets on sale NOW! A one-hour ballet perfect for ages 3 & beyond! From clockwork imps to a luminous owl that flies above the audience, mice dressed in polka dots and dancers dancing with huge chopsticks, this timeless, re-imagined classic bursts with energy and excitement. This holiday ballet, danced to Tchaikovsky’s beloved score, is set in Art Nouveau style circa 1907 with innovative choreography by long-time NYTB choreographer, Keith Michael; set design by Gillian Bradshaw-Smith; and costumes by Resident Costume Designer of the Metropolitan Opera, Sylvia Taalsohn Nolan. Held at the intimate Florence Gould Hall where your child will feel like part of the story from any seat. "The magic stays with us well beyond the hour." -Huffington Post "What’s more, the choreography is musical and inventive—and fun." -The New York Observer
“The irresistible dancers of Ailey are back” –The New Yorker Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater dazzles with technical brilliance and passionate energy, bringing audiences to their feet at every performance. The repertory chosen by Artistic Director Robert Battle for this season puts audiences back in touch with some of the richest, deepest works Alvin Ailey ever choreographed; shows off the radiance of the dancers in pieces by the great Ailey contemporaries Twyla Tharp and Paul Taylor; and introduces everyone to thrilling new works by Kyle Abraham and Jamar Roberts that find reservoirs of love and resilience in our complicated lives and times. Join Ailey for a season overflowing with the joy of eclectic, surprising, and moving connections — between eras, between dancemakers, and between people. Casting and programming subject to change.
Noël Coward wrote The Rat Trap when he was 18—the first play he authored on his own. This remarkably mature drama tells the story of a newlywed couple looking towards a bright future together, two promising writers vowing to support and love each other through the challenges of creative and professional endeavor. Things go even worse than you might imagine. Of course, The Rat Trap shows flashes of Coward’s brilliant, brittle wit, but this play is not so much a dry martini as it is a bitter stout, dark and foamy. “When I had finished it,” he wrote in 1937, “I felt, for the first time with genuine conviction, that I could really write plays.” The Rat Trap languished for a few years before being published in 1924. It was not produced until 1926, riding on the coattails of Coward’s success with The Vortex, Fallen Angels, and Hay Fever. Audiences expecting the scandalous decadence and high farce of these other works must have been surprised by Coward’s psychological realism. It only ran for two weeks; Coward, away from England, never even saw it. The first-ever revival came 80 years later at the Finborough in London, where it was exclaimed by the Evening Standard as “an absolute revelation.”
Written & performed by Celeste Lecesne Directed by Kevin Hourigan Costume Design by Michael Krass Fairies have always enjoyed a close association with the natural world. But with so much of the natural world under threat from Climate Change, the fairies are not pleased, and they are beginning to show up in surprising ways. In addition to making everything more fabulous just by simply being, fairies have come to pass along some information, songs and a few spells that will be needed in the days to come. What follows is a description of a performance that took place at The Ancram Opera House in Ancram, NY in August, 2021 – courtesy of the Berkshire Edge Newspaper. “Celeste enters through the wild gardens of the glen as a fairy, both as a real (i.e. magic) fairy and, well, a real fairy (what they used to call gays). In the most imaginative of monologues, with uncanny puck and razor sharp wit, Celeste weaves the legend of fairies and their magical ability to survive with the world history of repression, culminating with a contemplation of the earth on the environmental edge today. In an amazingly spiritual stream of consciousness – Celeste’s language is rhapsodic – “Poof” emerges finally as a prayer for the future. Amen. “Poof!” is theater as pure as it should always be.” This Dixon Place workshop production is made possible with support from Gerald J. & Dorothy R. Friedman Foundation, Mellon Foundation, NY State Council on the Arts with support from Gov Kathy Hochul & the NY State Legislature, and donors like you! ABOUT THE ARTISTS CELESTE LECESNE (he/they) wrote the short film Trevor which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short and he is co-founder of The Trevor Project, the largest 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis intervention lifeline for LGBT and questioning youth. He is also the co-founder of The Future Perfect Project, a national arts initiative that offers LGBTQ+ youth the opportunity to express their vision of the future. He has written three novels for young adults, and created The Letter Q, a collection of letters by queer writers written to their younger selves. Celeste was the executive producer of After The Storm, a feature length documentary film that follows the lives of 12 young people in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and he has written for TV (Will & Grace and Armistead Maupin’s Further Tales of the City). An actor as well as a writer, Celeste has appeared in Sex & the City, the 30th anniversary Off-Broadway production of Boys in the Band, the original Off-Broadway production of Cloud 9 and the 2013 Broadway production of Gore Vidal’s The Best Man. He is best known for his award-winning solo shows, One Man Band, Word of Mouth (Drama Desk & Outer Critics Circle Awards) and The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey (Outer Critic Circle). The NYTimes has praised him as being “among the most talented solo performers of his (or any) generation.” Celestelecesne.com KEVIN HOURIGAN (he/him) is a director and producer based in New York. His theater directing credits include Diana Oh’s The Infinite Love Party (Bushwick Starr: co-creative director), Elixir (Pipeline Theater Co.), A Streetcar Named Desire (Precariat Productions), Another Rose (Virgin Voyages: Immersive Director), Queen of the Night (Beijing: Immer- sive Director and Lead Consultant; NYC: Assistant Director), Imagine: Yemen (Signature Center), Farmed (Joe’s Pub and others), L’Histoire Du Soldat at (Norfolk Chamber Music Festival), Uncle Vanya (Brooklyn College), Imagine Sissyphus Happy (Pace University), Cenerentola (Curtis Opera Theater); Talk to Me About Shame in (NYFringe Festival: Fringe Award). He has directed workshops and readings of new work for writers including Craig Lucas, Naomi Wallace, Kia Corthron, Kara Lee Corthron, Truth Future Bachman, Brendan Pelsue, Mirando Rose Hall, Tegan McLeod, Keelay Gipson, and others. Hourigan is the recipient of an Individual Artist Commission from the New York State Council for the Arts, and was the inaugural Directing Fellow and later the Producing Associate at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater. MICHAEL KRASS has designed costumes, and sometimes scenery, collaboratively for a plethora of new plays, musicals and dances over many years. Recent projects include Hadestown and What the Constitution Means to Me in New York, but his work ranges to The Gate in Dublin, the Mariinsky in St. Petersburg, Russia, and regional theaters all over the U.S. For many years he proudly taught undergrad theatre students at New York University and is currently advising in the grad program at Brown University.
Checklist The Play examines the struggles and challenges that occur within inter-racial relationships. The play brings to light the decisions people make when dealing with love, family and friends. Through the eyes of the character Jessica, played by the sensational actress Brenda Raquel, we explore her journey to finding “Mr. Right”. Jessica has a definitive "checklist" which explains what she wants in a man. By chance though, after a charming encounter with the leading character Dexter, played by the legendary actor Khalid Burgos, she is conflicted with the reality that her criteria need’s to change. The Checklist also includes an array of hilarious up and coming acting & comedic talent such as Instagram’s Mr. Commodore, Tommy Pena also known as “T5K”, and John Calzado. Additionally, we are delighted to have the brilliant and beautiful actress Yaya Vargas as a part of the team.
The Relapse is a riotous Restoration comedy subtitled Virtue in Danger. A reformed rake succumbs to temptation with a new love affair while his wife is subjected to a determined seduction attempt. Meanwhile, the fabulous Lord Foppington flamboyantly flirts about town before leaving to marry a country wife – but his rakish brother is determined to get there first. The Relapse was written in 1696 by John Vanbrugh as a sequel to Colley Cibber’s comedy Love’s Last Shift (1696).
Lincoln Center Theater's good friend, the extraordinary Audra McDonald, will be back on Broadway this fall starring in Adrienne Kennedy’s OHIO STATE MURDERS, directed by Kenny Leon. Last seen on our stages in Henry IV, Marie Christine, and of course, Carousel (for which she won the first of her six Tony Awards), Audra will now inaugurate the newly renovated and renamed James Earl Jones Theatre (formerly the Cort) with this production. She will be taking on a tour-de-force role as writer Suzanne Alexander, who returns to her alma mater as a guest speaker to explore the violence in her works. Ms. Kennedy’s mystery is an intriguing and unusual suspense play, as well as a socially pertinent look at the destructiveness of racism in our society. Called “one of the finest living American playwrights” by The New York Times, Ms. Kennedy will make her Broadway debut with this production at age 91. “I am so thrilled!” she said. “It’s only taken me 65 years to make it to Broadway!” Audra added, “I’m honored and humbled to be part of Adrienne Kennedy’s long-overdue Broadway debut…This timeless play has a powerful resonance and relevance today, and we can’t wait to share it with the world.” Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon (Fences, A Soldier’s Play) will bring together this historic production with a wonderful cast and creative team to be announced very soon. LCT is proud to be co-producing OHIO STATE MURDERS along with The Shubert Organization, the Nederlander Organization, Concord Theatricals and many distinguished Broadway partners, led by Tony Award winning producers Jeffrey Richards, Rebecca Gold, Jayne Baron Sherman and Hunter Arnold.
Award-winning comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia returns to Broadway this fall with a tale of life, death, and a highly chlorinated YMCA pool. Birbiglia takes the stage at the esteemed Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center to chronicle his coming-of-middle-age story that asks the big questions: Why are we here? What’s next? What happens when the items at the doctor’s office that you thought were decorative become functional? The Old Man and the Pool, which played to sold-out houses in Berkeley, Chicago and Los Angeles, resonates with audiences ages 12 to 112. It’s a hilarious reminder for all of us recovering from failing bodies and a flailing world that laughter is indeed the best medicine. Get tickets now, and remember: Mike’s here for a good time, not a long time. This strictly limited Broadway engagement ends December 30.
Choreography by Keith Michael Once Upon a Ballet returns for a full season of one-hour ballets for children and families, beginning with The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies. Follow Alice's adventures through Wonderland as she meets some of the most beloved characters in children's literature. Presented in a vaudeville setting, this eclectic ballet draws on many different dance forms - from Irish Step Dancing to African Juba to classical ballet - all of which combine to make a highly entertaining show. "…there is no more delightful or charming production to be found in New York City." -Broadway World. The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies is part of the Once Upon a Ballet subscription series of one-hour ballets for children and families. Subscriptions and single tickets on sale soon!
What begins as a normal RHONY reunion episode quickly turns upside-down when a mysterious network executive takes over Bravo. Now, the iconic New York housewives must compete against each other for a chance at a spin-off. Set in 2018 amid the nation-dividing conflict between the Skinniest Girl and the Kennedy Princess, this raucous unauthorized parody musical features all your favorite New York housewives past and present, with the women of @RHONYmusical as the ladies and TikTok favorite Rocky Paterra as Andy. Will the townhouse finally be sold? Is Dorobics a valid form of exercise? IS life a cabaret?! Find out November 13th at 7pm EST.
Emmy Award-winning actor and producer Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) stars as the irrepressible Oscar Levant in the new Broadway play, Good Night, Oscar. Anything can happen on live TV. And one night, it did. It’s 1958, and Jack Paar hosts the hottest late-night talk-show on television. His favorite guest? Character actor, pianist, and wild card Oscar Levant. Famous for his witty one-liners, Oscar has a favorite: “There’s a fine line between genius and insanity; I have erased this line.” Tonight, Oscar will prove just that when he appears live on national TV in an episode that Paar’s audience—and the rest of America—won’t soon forget. Good Night, Oscar explores the nexus of humor and heartbreak, the ever-dwindling distinction between exploitation and entertainment, and the high cost of baring one’s soul for public consumption. Arriving on Broadway after its smash-hit run at the Goodman Theatre, the Chicago Tribune raves, “Sean Hayes is a revelation. Hayes will be the talk of New York and so will this show.”
The timeless tale of Ebenezer Scrooge comes to thrilling new life as Tony Award winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife, Gentleman’s Guide…) plays over 50 roles in a virtuosic, master class of a performance that must be seen to be believed. This theatrical achievement comes from the haunting and hope-filled vision of one of Broadway’s most imaginative directors, Michael Arden (Tony-winning Best Revival – Once on this Island).