Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows | Playbill

Off-Broadway News Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows

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

THE APIARY
• Tony Kiser Theatre
• First Preview: January 31, 2024
• Opening: February 13, 2024
• Playwright: Kate Douglas
• Director: Kate Whoriskey
• Cast: Nimene Wure, April Matthis, Carmen M. Herlihy, Taylor Schilling

22 years in the future, two lab assistants hatch a plan that could change the world. All they need are a few volunteers.

THE CHRISTINE JORGENSEN SHOW
• 59E59 Theater C
• First Preview: February 8, 2024
• Opening: February 14, 2024
• Playwright: Donald Steven Olson
• Director: Michael Barakiva and Zoë Adams
• Cast: Jesse James Keitel, Mark Nadler

In the buttoned-up 1950s an ex-GI returned from Denmark as Christine Jorgensen, America’s first transgender celebrity. The Christine Jorgensen Show is a musical re-telling of Jorgensen’s remarkable story along with that of Myles Bell, the forgotten song-and-dance man who helped her craft a nightclub act that transformed her from headline into headliner.

FIVE: THE PARODY MUSICAL
• Theatre 555
• First Preview: February 15, 2024
• Opening: February 19, 2024
• Music: Billy Recce
• Lyrics: Shimmy Braun, Moshiel Newman Daphna, Billy Recce
• Book: Shimmy Braun, Moshiel Newman Daphna
• Director: Jen Wineman
• Cast: Anyae Anasia, Gabriella Joy Rodriguez, Jaime Lyn Beatty, Gabi Garcia, Hannah Bonnett

Five: The Parody Musical tells the story of the women linked to our disgraced 45th president. Sit back, enjoy and GET READY TO VOTE as 3 Wives, 1 Mistress and 1 Daughter campaign for who really had it the worst. Inspired by King Henry’s wives, and the Tony Award Winning hit Broadway Musical Six, Five is here to make America Laugh Again!

THIS IS NOT A TIME OF PEACE
• Theatre Two @ Theatre Row
• Opening: February 20, 2024
• Playwright: Deb Margolin
• Director: Jerry Heymann
• Cast: Charlotte Cohn, Roger Hendricks Simon, Simon Feil, Ken King, Frank Licato, Steven Rattazzi, Richard Hollis

When Alina finds her memory consumed father Hillel on the brink of starvation, she struggles to sort through his distorted memories to discern the truth of his supposed Communist affiliations, all the while hiding from her own hidden affairs.

JELLY'S LAST JAM
• New York City Center
• Opening: February 21, 2024
• Book: George C. Wolfe
• Music: Jelly Roll Morton
• Lyrics: Susan Birkenhead
• Director: Robert O'Hara
• Cast: Billy Porter, Nicholas Christopher, John Clay III, Tiffany Mann, Leslie Uggams, Joaquina Kalukango, Mamie Duncan-Gibbs, Stephanie Pope Lofgren, Allison M. Williams, Okieriete Onaodowan, Alaman Diadhiou

When legendary musician Jelly Roll Morton’s soul is forced to face the music, the self-proclaimed “inventor of jazz” is left at the ultimate crossroads. Follow Jelly from the back alleys of New Orleans to the sparkling stages of New York, as his remarkable journey unfolds in a stunning display of song, dance, and music. With soulful melodies, electrifying tap dancing, and fiery tunes that will leave you breathless, get your groove on with this dazzling musical masterpiece.

SUNSET BABY
• Pershing Square Signature Center/Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
• First Preview: January 30, 2024
• Opening: February 22, 2024
• Playwright: Dominique Morisseau
• Director: Steve H. Broadnax III
• Cast: Russell Hornsby, Moses Ingram, J. Alphonse Nicholson

Nina is a smart and sexy hustler who has rejected everything her parents fought for in the Black liberation movement. When her estranged father, Kenyatta, wants to reconcile, negotiating her past and present becomes a revolutionary act. From one of the most exciting young voices in the American theatre, this dynamic play about fathers and daughters sears with wit and wisdom and the brutal politics of freedom.

A SIGN OF THE TIMES
• York Theatre Company @ New World Stages, Stage 1
• First Preview: February 8, 2024
• Opening: February 22, 2024
• Book: Lindsey Hope Pearlman
• Music and Lyrics: Various
• Director: Gabriel Barre
• Cast: Chilina Kennedy, Ryan Silverman, Justin Matthew Sargeant, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Cassie Austin, Erica Simone Barnett, Shawn Bowers, Alyssa Carol, Jeremiah Ginn, Kuppi Alec Jessop, Lena Matthews, Maggie McDowell, J Savage, Michael Starr, Edward Staudenmayer

In 1965, one woman’s incredible journey begins to the soundtrack of a generation. In this whirlwind of flower power, free love, and rock & roll, one aspirational young woman finds herself in New York City – ready to dive into this brave new world.

THE LIFE AND SLIMES OF MARC SUMMERS
• New World Stages Stage 5
• First Preview: February 14, 2024
• Opening: February 22, 2024
• Playwright: Alex Brightman
• Director: Chad Rabinovitz
• Cast: Marc Summers

Part interactive game show, part memoir, The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers follows the infamous host from the set of the children's game show Double Dare to the Food Network, where he has now worked for more than 20 years.

THE SEVEN YEAR DISAPPEAR
• The Pershing Square Signature Center / Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
• First Preview: February 6, 2024
• Opening: February 25, 2024
• Playwright: Jordan Seavey
• Director: Scott Elliott
• Cast: Cynthia Nixon, Taylor Trensch

Naphtali’s mother, a world-famous performance artist, disappeared suddenly seven years ago. And yet, he sees her everywhere: in the faces of friends, coworkers, the guy he’s flirting with in a dark bar. When his mother returns with few answers and a staggering request, Naphtali is forced to confront what he’s spent years trying to forget.

DEADLY STAGES
• Theatre Five @ Theatre Row
• First Preview: February 16, 2024
• Opening: February 25, 2024
• Playwright: Marc Castle, Mark Finley
• Director: Mark Finley
• Cast: Marc Castle, Tom Galantich, David Leeper, Dani Marcus, Ellen Reilley, Rob Hancock, Jonas Cohen, Sarah Ellis

Deadly Stages tells the tale of Broadway legend Veronica Traymore as she takes a desperate stab at securing her next smash hit. She thinks she found it in Anthony Arlo's new show, until murder makes its entrance! Will her new show arrive to the Great White Way for her coveted Opening Night, or will it be curtains for her? Paying homage to the classic (and not so classic) backstage films of the 40's and 50's when Hollywood was looking to Broadway for inspiration, the timeless whodunit genre is reimagined and turned on its side in a fast paced, fun and funny tribute to this golden age in entertainment. Each playing multiple roles, who in our cast of six will kick the bucket, and who will carry on? Join us to find out, as all will be answered for those who survive Deadly Stages!

PERICLES
• Classic Stage Company
• First Preview: February 8, 2024
• Opening: February 26, 2024
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Ben Steinfield
• Cast: Jessie Austrian, Noah Brody, Paul L. Coffey, Andy Grotelueschen, Devin E. Haqq, Ben Steinfeld, Paco Tolson, Tatiana Wechsler, Emily Young.

Pericles, the Prince of Tyre, travels to Antioch to solve a riddle posed by the King. Shakespeare's magical tale is a fantastical journey of loss and redemption.

EXISTENTIALISM
• La MaMa/Ellen Stewart Theatre
• First Preview: February 23, 2024
• Opening: February 26, 2024
• Playwright: Anne Bogart
• Director: Anne Bogart
• Cast: Ellen Maddow, Paul Zimet

Existentialism is an urgent, funny, and poetic work. It takes place in two small houses side by side in a vast space. A woman lives in one. A man in the other—a couple, both close and apart. In the course of their daily routines they grapple with the big question: how to create a meaningful life in a world where the only certainty is the inexorable passage of time.

THE ALLY
• Public Theater/Anspacher Theater
• First Preview: February 15, 2024
• Opening: February 27, 2024
• Playwright: Itamar Moses
• Director: Lila Neugebauer
• Cast: Josh Radnor, Cherise Boothe, Elijah Jones, Michael Khalid Karadsheh, Joy Osmanski, Ben Rosenfeld, Madeline Weinstein

When college professor Asaf is asked by a student to sign a social justice manifesto, what seems at first like a simple choice instead embroils him in an increasingly complex web of conflicting agendas that challenge his allegiances as a progressive, a husband, an artist, an academic, an American, an atheist, and a Jew. With tensions at an all-time high, Asaf is forced to confront the age-old question: “If I am only for myself, what am I?”

BROOKLYN LAUNDRY
• New York City Center - Stage I
• First Preview: February 6, 2024
• Opening: February 28, 2024
• Playwright: John Patrick Shanley
• Director: John Patrick Shanley
• Cast: Florencia Lozano, Cecily Strong, Andrea Syglowski, David Zayas

Fran is chronically single, has piles of bills, and finds Owen obnoxious. Owen has a bad back, runs a laundry, and thinks Fran is gloomy. And then he asks her out. After years of putting the rest of her family first, Fran is ready to make the leap toward her own romantic dreams. Little does she know that even bigger challenges are headed her way.

ILLINOISE
• Park Avenue Armory
• Opening: March 2, 2024
• Created by Justin Peck and Jackie Sibblies Drury
• Director: Justin Peck
• Cast: Kara Chan, Ben Cook, Jeanette Delgado, Gaby Diaz, Robbie Fairchild, Christine Flores, Jada German, Zachary Gonder, Rachel Lockhart, Dario Natarelli, Tyrone Reese, Craig Salstein, Ahmad Simmons, Byron Tittle, Ricky Ubeda, Alejandro Vargas

At the gateway to the state alongside shimmering Lake Michigan, The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare is home to a bold, new music-theater work based on Grammy and Academy Award nominee Sufjan Stevens’ acclaimed concept album Illinoise. Known for its lush orchestrations and wildly inventive portrayal of the state’s people, landscapes, and history, a team of brilliantly imaginative artists unite to transform the album into a full-length theatrical performance, with a story by Tony Award winner Justin Peck (New York City Ballet, Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story) and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury.

TUESDAYS WITH MORRIE
• Sea Dog Theater
• First Preview: March 1, 2024
• Opening: March 7, 2024
• Playwright: Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom
• Director: Erwin Maas
• Cast: Len Cariou, Chris Domig, Sally Shaw

The autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven solely by his career, and Morrie Schwartz, his former college professor. Sixteen years after graduation, Mitch happens to catch Morrie’s appearance on a television news program and learns that his old professor is battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Mitch is reunited with Morrie, and what starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life.

43 STAGES OF GRIEVING: A COMEDY
• The Tank
• Opening: March 8, 2024
• Playwright: Michrarne Cloughly
• Director: Michrarne Cloughly
• Cast: Clara Francesca, Tara Pacheco, Alysia Reiner

43 Stages of Grieving: A Comedy tells the story of a pregnant, dying robot and a human who attempted to live forever. Like almost anyone who has grieved, they can both attest the idea there are only 5 stages of grieving is hilarious. But with a presumably incoming infant on the way, they can’t sit around and eat cheese all day (there are of course stages of grief for both hard cheese and soft cheese). Together they try to make plans for an unknown motherhood, kind but complicated technology, and a future without them. This is a comedy for a grief saturated world.

DEAD OUTLAW
• Audible Theatre @ Minetta Lane Theatre
• First Preview: February 28, 2024
• Opening: March 10, 2024
• Book: Itamar Moses
• Music and Lyrics: David Yazbek and Erik Della Penna
• Director: David Cromerr
• Cast: Jeb Brown, Eddie Cooper, Andrew Durand, Dashiell Eaves, Julia Knitel, Ken Marks, Trent Saunders, Thom Sesma, Emily Fink, Austin Ku, George Merrick, Max Sangerman

Elmer McCurdy was an ambitious, turn-of-the-20th-century outlaw whose death at the hands of a Western posse ended a life of failed crime and alcoholism and began a brilliant career as a mummified side-show attraction that travelled the USA for decades. By the time this journey ended, his name had been forgotten and his desiccated body was hanging in a house-of-horrors ride at an amusement park in Southern California, spray-painted a day-glo orange. Then one day, a grip for the “Six-Million Dollar Man” TV show jostled what he thought was “just a dummy” and an arm fell off, revealing a human bone and beginning a hunt for the origins of this enigma.

CORRUPTION
• Lincoln Center Theater @ Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre
• First Preview: February 15, 2024
• Opening: March 11, 2024
• Playwright: J.T. Rogers
• Director: Bartlett Sher
• Cast: Dylan Baker, John Behlman, Saffron Burrows, Anthony Cochrane, Adam Dannheisser, Sanjit De Silva, K. Todd Freeman, Eleanor Handley, Robyn Kerr, Sepideh Moafi, Seth Numrich, Michael Siberry, Toby Stephens

Corruption tells the story behind the story of the phone hacking scandal that engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s media empire in 2011, stunning the world and upending British politics. When Parliament member Tom Watson is maliciously smeared by the newspapers of Murdoch’s News International, he decides to fight back - taking on its larger-than-life leader Rebekah Brooks. But what he uncovers is far more insidious than he ever imagined. As Watson and a small band of journalists, lawyers, and politicians struggle to expose the endemic criminality at the heart of this media monolith, they risk their careers and, at times, their very lives.

A PERFECT PEACE
• Theatre at St. Clement's
• First Preview: February 28, 2024
• Opening: March 11, 2024
• Playwright: Martin M. Zuckerman
• Director: Hersh Ellis and Susan Kohn Green
• Cast: Ephie Aardema, Iris Bahr, Yair Ben-Dor, Donald Corren, Talia Sulla, Max Wolkowitz, Max Katz, Rebecca Salzhauer

A Perfect Peace tells the powerful, mystical, and universal story of Yoni, a disillusioned young war hero in 1960s Israel. Consumed with dreams of romance and adventure in the outside world, he struggles with the limitations of communal life on a kibbutz and conflicts with his wife and family. When Yoni leaves to explore his fantasies, he discovers dark truths about himself and finds that the path to his perfect peace is elusive and widely different from the one he set out to explore.

TEETH
• Playwrights Horizons
• First Preview: February 21, 2024
• Opening: March 12, 2024
• Book: Michael R. Jackson, Anna K. Jacobs
• Music: Anna K. Jacobs
• Lyrics: Michael R. Jackson
• Director: Sarah Benson
• Cast: Alyse Alan Louis, Courtney Bassett, Phoenix Best, Will Connolly, Jason Gotay, Jenna Rose Husli, Jared Loftin, Steven Pasquale, Lexi Rhoades, Wren Rivera, Helen J Shen

Dawn O’Keefe is an evangelical Christian teen with a powerful secret not even she understands – when men violate her, her body bites back.

THE EFFECT
• The Shed
• First Preview: March 3, 2024
• Opening: March 13, 2024
• Playwright: Lucy Prebble
• Director: Jamie Lloyd
• Cast: Paapa Essiedu, Taylor Russell, Michael Austin, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

What impulses define who we really are? As Connie and Tristan settle into their participation in a clinical drug trial, they begin to fall in love. But how can they be sure it’s the real thing and not an exhilarating side effect of the new antidepressant they’re taking? The supervising doctors begin to ask themselves questions too: where do they draw the line between love and ethics?

PHILADELPHIA, HERE I COME!
• Irish Repertory Theatre
• First Preview: March 16, 2024
• Opening: March 24, 2024
• Playwright: Brian Friel
• Director: Ciarán O’Reilly
• Cast: Peter Cormican, Terry Donnelly, Patrick Fitzgerald, Deirdre Madigan, David McElwee, Clare O'Malley, Ciarán O’Reilly, Tim Palmer, James Russell, A.J. Shively, Emmet Smith, John C. Vennema

Gareth O'Donnell leaves his life in Ireland behind for fame and fortune in America, expressing his feelings through his two sides — the shy and dutiful public side and the angry, defiant private side — in Brian Friel's comedy.

ORLANDO
• Pershing Square Signature Center/Irene Diamond Stage
• First Preview: April 2, 2024
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Sarah Ruhl
• Director: Will Davis
• Cast: TBA

Orlando’s adventures begin as a young man, when he serves as courtier to Queen Elizabeth. Through many centuries of living, he becomes a 20th-century woman, trying to sort out her existence. An adaptation of the “longest and most charming love letter in literature,” written by Virginia Woolf for her lover, Vita Sackville-West, Orlando is a theatrical, wild, fantastical trip through space, time, and gender.

MACBETH (AN UNDOING)
• Theatre For A New Audience @ Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• Opening: April 5, 2024
• Playwright: Zinnie Harris
• Director: Zinnie Harris
• Cast: Nicole Cooper

Macbeth (an undoing) asks if we have really heard the whole story of Lady Macbeth with a re-imagination of the iconic character's trajectory.

STILL
• DR2 Theatre
• First Preview: April 13, 2024
• Opening: April 18, 2024
• Playwright: Lia Romeo
• Director: Adrienne Campbell-Holt
• Cast: Jayne Atkinson, Tim Daly

Still follows Helen and Mark, who broke up 30 years ago, but never forgot about each other. They meet for dinner and their flame is rekindled, but Mark is running for Congress, and Helen has a secret that could derail his bid.

THREE HOUSES
• Pershing Square Signature Center/Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
• First Preview: April 30, 2024
• Opening: TBA
• Book, Music, Lyrics: Dave Malloy
• Director: Annie Tippe
• Cast: J.D. Mollison, Mia Pak, Margo Seibert, Scott Stangland, Henry Stram, Ching Valdes-Aran

Susan is in Latvia. Sadie is in New Mexico. Beckett is in Ireland. All three are alone; all three are haunted by their grandparents; all three hear the Big Bad Wolf scratching at the door. Three Houses is a post-pandemic open mic night parable about magic, madness, and the end of the world.

THE LONELY FEW
• The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space/Newman Mills Theater
• First Preview: April 26, 2024
• Opening: May 20, 2024
• Book: Rachel Bonds
• Music and Lyrics: Zoe Sarnak
• Director: Trip Cullman and Ellenore Scott
• Cast: Damon Duanno, Taylor Iman Jones, Peter Mark Kendall, Lauren Patten, Helen J Shen, Thomas Silcott

Lila and her band, The Lonely Few, have a standing gig at Paul’s Juke Joint in their small Kentucky town. When an established musician, Amy, gives them a chance to join her on tour, they take it. Love blossoms between Lila and Amy on the road, but can it endure?

THE WELKIN
• Atlantic Theater Company / Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: May 16, 2024
• Opening: June 12, 2024
• Playwright: Lucy Kirkwood
• Director: Sarah Benson
• Cast: TBA

Rural England, 1759. As the country awaits the return of Halley’s comet, a young woman is sentenced to death. When she tries to escape the noose by claiming she is pregnant, twelve ordinary women are gathered to decide whether she is telling the truth. A dark, fierce, funny play about democracy and housework.

TITANIC
• New York City Center
• Opening: June 12, 2024
• Book: Peter Stone
• Music: Maury Yeston
• Lyrics: Maury Yeston
• Director: Anne Kauffman
• Cast: Bonnie Milligan, Chuck Cooper, Eddie Cooper, Drew Gehling, Ramin Karimloo, Emilie Kouatchou, Judy Kuhn, Brandon Uranowitz, Samantha Williams

Epic and majestic, with moments of heartbreaking intimacy - the musical play examines the causes, the conditions and the characters involved in this ever-fascinating drama. This is the factual story of that ship–of her officers, crew and passengers – and the tragic story of the beautiful ship herself.

 
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