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Off-Broadway News Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows

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

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HOAGY CARMICHAEL'S STARDUST ROAD
• York Theatre Company @ The Theater At St. Jeans
• First Preview: November 22, 2022
• Opening: December 1, 2022
• Concept: Susan H. Schulman, Michael Lichtefeld, Lawrence Yurman
• Music: Hoagy Carmichael
• Director: Susan H. Schulman
• Cast: Markcus Blair, Sara Esty, Rachel Fairbanks, Dion Simmons Grier, Danielle Herbert, Kayla Jenerson, Cory Lingner, Mike Schwitter, Drew Tanabe

Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust Road is a new musical journey that tells the story of six friends and the one man who brought them all together. The musical is told completely through the sophisticated music of Hoagy Carmichael. The seven friends weave a story of camaraderie and shifting relationships through four decades in America: the early years of ragtime, jazz and blues; the romance of New York in the 1930’s; the tumultuous and uncertain years of the World War II era; and the post-war Golden Age of Hollywood. All while walking down Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust Road.

OFF PEAK
• Hudson Stage Company @ 59E59 Theater B
• First Preview: November 26, 2022
• Opening: December 1, 2022
• Playwright: Brenda Withers
• Director: Jess Chayes
• Cast: Kurt Rhoads, Nance Williamson, Doug Ballard

Martin and Sarita’s relationship came to a stormy end over a decade ago. When they bump into each other on the evening commute, they try to find a way to set things straight but differing views of the same past threaten to derail their connection.

THE JOURNEY OF JAZZ
• 59E59 Theater A
• First Preview: November 29, 2022
• Opening: December 1, 2022
• Created by Peter & Will Anderson
• Director: Peter & Will Anderson
• Cast: Peter Anderson, Will Anderson, Bruce Harris, Wayne Tucker, Neal Miner, Paul Wells, and Dalton Ridenhour

Peter & Will Anderson and their quintet trace the century-long development of American jazz from New Orleans to the Big Apple. Spanning ragtime and blues, to swing, bebop, bossa nova, cool jazz and third-stream, and showcasing such songs as Maple Leaf Rag, Sing, Sing, Sing, Summertime, The Pink Panther Theme, and My Favorite Things, this concert takes audiences down a musical memory lane to experience how these styles evolved and became intertwined with the music of Broadway and popular culture.

AN AXEMAS STORY
• Players Theatre
• Opening: December 1, 2022
• Book: Charlie O'Leary
• Music: Anthony De Angelis
• Lyrics: Patrick Spencer
• Director: Jake Beckhard
• Cast: Angelo McDonough, Ben Schrager, Charissa Bertels, Jessie Jo Aka, Kelly Whitley, Lucy Rossi, Richard Lafluer, RJ Christian, Rose Anne Rabut, Mark Mendes Muñoz

It’s Christmas time in Tree Town and all the Trees are dying to look their best. After a string of disappearances, Small Paul (the puniest tree in Tree Town) and Noel (the mayor's daughter) begin to questions Tree Town’s relationship with the venerated Farmer Todd — who has been acting particularly strange as of late. Will this unlikely duo crack the case before the annual Christmas Pageant? Or will the Trees of Tree Town discover the true meaning of Axemas this year…

BECKY NURSE OF SALEM
• Lincoln Center Theater @ Mitzi Newhouse Theater
• First Preview: November 8, 2022
• Opening: December 4, 2022
• Playwright: Sarah Ruhl
• Director: Rebecca Taichman
• Cast: Tina Benko, Candy Buckley, Alicia Crowder, Deirdre O'Connell, Thomas Jay Ryan, Julian Sanchez, Bernard White

Out of work and out of love, Becky Nurse is an ordinary but strong-willed grandmother just trying to get by in post-Obama America. She’s also the great-great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Rebecca Nurse, who was infamously executed for witchcraft in 1692—but things have changed for women since then, haven’t they? Desperate to raise her troubled teenaged granddaughter right, and also hook up with an old flame, Becky visits a local witch for help. But those spells and potions don’t work out exactly as planned.

DES MOINES

• Theatre For A New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• First Preview: December 4, 2022
• Playwright: Denis Johnson
• Director: Arin Arbus
• Cast: Johanna Day, Michael Shannon, Heather Alicia Simms, Arliss Howard

The late American author Denis Johnson’s final play Des Moines is one of his most sensationally mysterious works. Chance events—including a plane crash, a rescued wedding ring, a frightening diagnosis, and makeup advice kindly offered to a louche Catholic priest—bring a group of lonely and haunted characters together for a debauch that becomes an unlikely communion

THE FAR COUNTRY
• Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theatre
• First Preview November 17, 2022
• Opening: December 5, 2022
• Playwright: Lloyd Suh
• Director: Eric Ting
• Cast: Ben Chase, Jinn S. Kim, Whit K. Lee, Christopher Liam Moore, Shannon Tyo, Amy Kim Waschke, Eric Yang

An intimate epic that follows an unlikely family’s journey from rural Taishan to the wild west of California in the wake of the Chinese Exclusion Act.

YOUR OWN PERSONAL EXEGESIS
• Lincoln Center Theater @ Claire Tow Theater
• First Preview: November 19, 2022
• Opening: December 5, 2022
• Playwright: Julia May Jonas
• Director: Annie Tippe
• Cast: Hannah Cabell, Cole Doman, Annie Fang, Savido Geevaratne, Mia Pak

In the sanctuary, hallways and rec rooms of a liberal parish, Brian angles for power, Addie attempts transfiguration, and Beatrice battles with obscurity. Meanwhile Kat, the youth pastor, can’t stop gazing into the troubled eyes of her congregant Chris.

A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES
• Irish Repertory Theatre
• First Preview: December 1, 2022
• Opening: December 8, 2022
• Playwright: Dyan Thomas
• Director: Charlotte Moore
• Cast: Kerry Conte, Ali Ewoldt, Jay Aubrey Jones, Kylie Kuioka, Dan Macke, Ashley Robinson, Emma Camp, Reed Lancaster

YE BEAR & YE CUBB
• No.11 Productions @ 59E59 Theater C
• First Preview: December 8, 2022
• Opening: December 11, 2022
• Playwright: No.11 Productions
• Director: Ryan Emmons
• Cast: Amara J. Brady, Julie Congress, Steven Conroy, Erin Lamar, Anthony Michael Martinez, Joseph Medeiros

Setting: Fowkes Tavern, the Colony of Virginia, 1665. Inspired by a dream (and a few drinks), a ragtag troupe of amateur thespians put on a play. A bear waxes poetic, a cannon explodes, and the American Theater is born.

MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG
• New York Theatre Workshop
• First Preview: November 21, 2022
• Opening: December 12, 2022
• Book: George Furth
• Music and Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
• Director: Maria Friedman
• Cast: Jonathan Groff, Lindsay Mendez, Daniel Radcliffe, Krystal Joy Brown, Katie Rose Clarke, Leana Rae Concepcion, Carter Harris, Colin Keane, Corey Mach, Talia Robinson, Reg Rogers, Jamila Sabares-Klemm, Brian Sears, Christian Strange, Vishal Vaidya, Natalie Wachen, Jacob Keith Watson, Morgan Kirner, Amanda Rose, Evan Alexander Smith, Koray Tarhan

The story of how a composer's idealism and friendships were corrupted by success is told backwards, starting with the disillusioned present and ending with their optimistic college years, in Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's musical, which is suggested by the George S. Kaufman-Moss Hart play.

GREAT EXPECTATIONS
• Greenwich House Theater
• First Preview: December 9, 2022
• Opening: December 15, 2022
• Playwright: Mark Izzard, adapted from Charles Dickens
• Director Selina Cadell
• Cast: Eddie Izzard

HEAVEN
• 59E59 Theater B
• Opening: January 11, 2023
• Playwright: Eugene O'Brien
• Director: Jim Culleton
• Cast: Andrew Bennet, Janet Moran

Set in County Offaly, Ireland during the weekend of a local wedding, guests Mairead and Mal are struggling to keep their marriage together. Perhaps attending a wedding will help, or it might raise questions that are difficult to answer.

FRANKENSTEIN'S MONSTER IS DRUNK
• Big Telly Theatre Company @ 59E59 Theater C
• First Preview: January 11, 2023
• Opening: January 17, 2023
• Playwright: Zoe Seaton
• Director: Zoe Seaton
• Cast: Vicky Allen, Nicky Harley, Rhodri Lewis, Sinead Owens, Chris Robinson

A match made in horror! The story begins in 1946, when villagers dig Frankenstein’s monster out of the glacier he’d crawled into after his Hollywood career gave up the ghost. Fully defrosted, he meets “The One,” igniting a love story of monstrous proportions. A duet of undateables stand out and fit in to forge their own beautiful brand of domestic bliss with their 67 (Italian) blue sheep.

THE IMMORTAL JELLYFISH GIRL
• Wakka Wakka Productions @ 59E59 Theater A
• First Preview: January 10, 2023
• Opening: January 18, 2023
• Playwright: Gendolyn Warnock and Kirjan Waage
• Director: Gendolyn Warnock and Kirjan Waage
• Cast: TBA

The year is 2555: large swaths of the earth’s surface are considered dead zones and global extinction has begun. Yet in this age of loneliness and destruction there is still hope…

THE WANDERERS
• Roundabout Theatre Company - Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: January 26, 2023
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Anna Ziegler
• Director: Barry Edelstein
• Cast: Katie Holmes

Orthodox Jews Esther and Schmuli are newly married, and their future is written in the laws of the Torah. Secular Jew Abe is a famous novelist who believes he can write his own future…until an unexpected email from a movie star puts his marriage to the test and threatens to prove him wrong.

LUCY
• Minetta Lane Theatre
• First Preview: January 28, 2023
• Opening: February 5, 2023
• Playwright: Erica Schmidt
• Director: Erica Schmidt
• Cast: TBA

Ashling is a professional nanny with warmth, experience, and a sunny attitude. But from the moment Mary hires her to look after her young daughter and infant son, things start feeling a little off.

AMANI
• Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
• Opening: February 6, 2023
• Playwright: a.k. payne
• Director: Josiah Davis
• Cast: TBA

Amani grows up building a rocket ship with her father, who vows to make it to outer space: where his child can breathe easy, where there are no gangs to take his first love’s life, nor prisons to take Black boys’ best years. As Amani moves into adulthood, she seeks her voice and her own dreams. Will Amani make it to the moon?

THE SIGN IN SIDNEY BRUSTEIN'S WINDOW
• Brookyn Academy of Music
• First Preview: February 4, 2023
• Opening: February 23, 2023
• Playwright: Lorraine Hansberry
• Director: Anne Kauffman
• Cast: Oscar Isaac, Rachel Brosnahan

Set in 1960s Greenwich Village, The Sign In Sidney Brustein's Window paints a portrait of the couple's marriage, and their progressive circle of friends whose ideals do not always match reality. Will those ideals, which Sidney clings to, cost the couple their marriage?

the best we could (a family tragedy)
• Manhattan Theatre Club - Stage I
• First Preview: February 7, 2022
• Opening: March 1, 2022
• Playwright: Emily Feldman
• Director: Daniel Aukin
• Cast: TBA

A daughter’s road trip with her father becomes a theatrical journey across more than just state lines.

THE TREES
• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: February 8, 2022
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Agnes Borinsky
• Director: Tina Satter
• Cast: TBA

How does a makeshift community take root in a mercenary world? The Trees offers an unexpected answer in the story of a brother and sister who unwittingly establish a utopia in the park next to their father's house.

LOVE
• Park Avenue Armory
• First Preview: February 25, 2023
• Opening: February 28, 2023
• Playwright: Alexander Zeldin
• Director: Alexander Zeldin
• Cast: TBA

This powerful piece of drama—written after a years-long process of community collaboration and immersion, personal interviews, and first-hand accounts—draws attention to the cracks in the welfare system when several families are brought together in a shelter in the lead up to Christmas. The audience is invited to step inside their reality and bear witness to some of the touching, humorous, and profoundly human instances of their combined existence.

CRUMBS FROM THE TABLE OF JOY
• Keen Company @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: February 21, 2023
• Opening: March 8, 2023
• Playwright: Lynn Nottage
• Director: Colette Robert
• Cast: TBA

Set against the social politics of the 1950s, Crumbs From The Table Of Joy follows 17-year-old Ernestine Crump as she adjusts to life after the passing of her beloved mother. In search of spiritual answers, Ernestine’s father relocates the family from Pensacola to Brooklyn where the Crumps must navigate a changing family dynamic, an unwelcoming neighborhood, and a shifting set of American ideals.

(pray)
• Greenwich House
• Opening: March 9, 2023
• Playwright: nicHi douglas
• Director: nicHi douglas
• Cast: TBA

A meditation on the necessity and complexity of religion & spirituality for Black American womxn throughout history. Following the form of a Sunday Baptist church service, and embodied by a company of twelve intergenerational Black womxn and femme performers, (pray) seeks to offer joy-filled healing through a dynamic fusion of song, text and dance.

THE HARDER THEY COME
• Public Theater/Newman Theater
• First Preview: February 16, 2023
• Opening: March 15, 2023
• Book: Suzan-Lori Parks
• Lyrics: Jimmy Cliff
• Music: Jimmy Cliff
• Director:  Tony Taccone
• Cast: Jeannette Bayardelle, Shawn Bowers, Andrew Clarke, Jamal Christopher Douglas, Dana Marie Ingraham, Dominique Johnson, Chelsea-Ann Jones, Dudney Joseph Jr, Dwight Xavier Leslie, Morgan McGhee, Meecah, Jacob Ming-Trent, Alysha Morgan, Ken Robinson, Housso Semon

The Harder They Come 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.

WHITE GIRL IN DANGER
• Tony Kiser Theatre
• First Preview: March 15, 2023
• Opening: April 10, 2023
• Book, Music, and Lyrics: Michael R. Jackson
• Director: Lileana Blain-Cruz
• Cast: TBA

The citizens of the soap opera town Allwhite face high-stakes drama and intrigue all the days of their lives. But Keesha Gibbs and the other Blackgrounds have been relegated to backburner stories of slavery and police violence for all of theirs. Keesha is determined to step out of the Blackground and into the center of Allwhite’s juiciest stories. Can Keesha handle the Allwhite attention—especially from the Allwhite Killer on the loose? What role do the other Blackgrounds play in Keesha’s Allwhite schemes? And just whose story is this anyway?

REGRETFULLY, SO THE BIRDS ARE
• Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater
• First Preview: March 22, 2022
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Julia Izumi
• Director: Jenny Koons
• Cast: TBA

Arson. Affairs. Incest. Murder... are only the beginning of problems for the Whistler siblings. Mora’s gotta find her birth mother, Neel’s gotta find himself, and Illy’s gotta keep her piece of the sky... but the birds have other plans.

FUENTE OVEJUNA
• Theatre For A New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• Opening: Apil 29, 2023
• Playwright: Lope De Vega
• Director: Flordelino Lagundine
• Cast: TBA

A masterpiece of the Spanish Golden Age, Fuente Ovejuna (1612) is a prophetically modern drama by Lope de Vega, history’s most prolific dramatist. It recounts a violent peasant uprising against an aristocratic lord who rapes socially powerless women with impunity and highlights the heroism of one remarkable woman who dares to lead as others shrink in fear. The heroine Laurencia’s brave stand foreshadows movements for systemic change and individual rights that occurred in the ages after Lope.

BERNARDA'S DAUGHTERS
• The Chelsea Factory
• Opening: May 2, 2023
• Playwright: Dominique Rider
• Director: Diane Exavier
• Cast: TBA

It’s a sweltering summer in Flatbush. In a neighborhood overrun by wrecking crews and new construction, the five Abellard sisters take refuge in their family home. In spite of their jovial, teasing conversations, the sisters are mourning the death of their father and the changing neighborhood. Each of them is also confronting personal losses of their youth and their dreams for the future. Inspired by the classic play House of Bernarda Alba by Federico García Lorca, but bracingly contemporary, Bernarda’s Daughters confronts issues of class, race, gentrification, and where a woman’s place is in a rapidly changing world. Drenched in sparkling, witty dialog, Bernarda’s Daughters is a thrilling, engrossing exploration of a family at a crossroads.

KING JAMES
• Manhattan Theatre Club - Stage I
• First Preview: May 2, 2022
• Opening: May 16, 2022
• Playwright: Rajiv Joseph
• Director: Kenny Leon
• Cast: Glenn Davis, Chris Perfetti

“King” LeBron James’s reign in Cleveland brings promise, prosperity and renewal to a city in desperate need of all three. It also brings together two unlikely friends in a bond forged by fandom. Told over twelve years (from LeBron's rookie season to an NBA Championship) King James is an intimate exploration of the place that sports occupy in our lives and relationships. Ensemble member Rajiv Joseph's clever and fast-paced comedy traces the arcs of two friends whose turbulent relationship is best navigated through their shared love of basketball—and the endless amiable arguments that erupt from that love. All the while, the promise and burden of LeBron's talent and legacy loom large.

PRIMARY TRUST
• Roundabout Theatre Company - Laura Pels Theatre
• First Preview: May 4, 2023
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Eboni Booth
• Director: Knud Adams
• Cast: William Jackson Harper, April Matthis

Meet Kenneth, a 36-year-old bookstore worker who spends his evenings sipping mai tais at the local tiki bar. When he’s suddenly laid off, Kenneth finally begins to face a world he's long avoided – with transformative and even comical results.

WET BRAIN
• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: May 17, 2022
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: John J. Caswell, Jr.
• Director: Dustin Wills
• Cast: TBA

In a crumbling house in Arizona, a family haunted by addiction — and hardened into smart-asses — wrestles with the alcoholic ruin of its patriarch… who may or may not be repeatedly abducted by aliens.

THE DOCTOR
• Park Avenue Armory
• First Preview: June 3, 2023
• Opening: June 13, 2023
• Playwright: Robert Icke, adapted from Arthur Schnitzler
• Director: Robert Icke
• Cast: Juliet Stevenson

On an ordinary day, at a private hospital, a young woman fights for her life. A priest arrives to save her soul. Her doctor refuses him entry.

In a divisive time, in a divided nation, a society takes sides.

ORPHEUS DESCENDING
• Theatre For A New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• Opening: July 9, 2023
• Playwright: Tennessee Williams
• Director: Erica Schmidt
• Cast: Christopher Abbott, Maggie Siff

Tennessee Williams’s steamy and lyrical Orpheus Descending is a love story and a tragedy, telling of the passion of a storekeeper’s wife and a wandering guitar player and their doomed escape attempt from a hell of small-mindedness. Set in a dry-goods store in the 1950s deep South, the play’s toxic brew of Jim Crow, xenophobia, and provincialism evokes an American past that unfortunately is not the past, with open acceptance of hatred leading inevitably to violence.


 
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