The Panic of ‘29 at 59E59 Theaters presented by Less Than Rent Theatre,written by Graham Techler (The Moderators) and directed by Max Friedman (Midnight at the Never Get), begins previews July 23, 2022, in Theater B and opens July 31 for a run through August 20, 2022. The cast of The Panic of ’29 includes Will Roland (Be More Chill), Olivia Puckett (Dear Evan Hansen), Erik Lochtefeld (King Kong), Joyelle Nicole Johnson (“Love Joy”), Jaela Cheeks-Lomax in her professional debut, Rachel B. Joyce (The Collision), Julia Knitel (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Jared Loftin (tick tick…BOOM!), Jack Maloney (Pippin), Will Turner (SeaWife) and RJ Vaillancourt (Saint Joan). Devin Kessler (Yes), Brian Morabito (Romans), Jacob Presson (Our Town) and Rachel Ravel (“Halston”) serve as the Understudies. A dark screwball comedy with memorable characters, toe-tapping tunes, and featuring… the total collapse of the US of A! www.59e59.org
Funny Girl…The producers today announce 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.
New Preview Dates Announced for Icke’s Oresteia at Park Avenue Armory – due to ongoing Covid-related issues within the company, previews will now begin on Wednesday, July 13. Oresteia will be playing in repertory with Hamlet.
The York Theatre Company (James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director; Evans Haile, Executive Director), dedicated to the development of new musicals and rediscovery of musical gems from the past, in association with Hoagy Bix Carmichael, will present the New York premiere of Hoagy Carmichael’s Stardust Road, conceived by Susan H. Schulman, Michael Lichtefeld, and Lawrence Yurman, developed with Hoagy Bix Carmichael, and featuring music by the legendary Hoagy Carmichael. Performances are set to begin Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at 7:00PM for a limited engagement through Saturday afternoon, December 31, 2022 at The York’s temporary home, The Theatre at St. Jeans (150 East 76th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues). Opening Night is set for Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 7:00PM. Cast and further creative team will be announced shortly. www.yorktheatre.org
Producers Academy Award® nominee Lee Daniels and Brian Anthony Moreland announce the hilarious comedy, Ain’t No Mo’ written by and starring Jordan E. Cooper, will premiere on Broadway at the Belasco Theatre. The production will begin previews on Thursday, November 3 ahead of an official opening on Thursday, December 1, 2022. Having premiered to critical acclaim at The Public Theater, Ain’t No Mo’ dares to ask the incendiary question, “What if the U.S. government offered Black Americans one-way plane tickets to Africa?” The answer is the high-octane comedy about being Black in today’s America from the mischievous mind of playwright Jordan E. Cooper (“The Ms. Pat Show”). Seamlessly blending sketch comedy, satire and avant garde theater, Ain’t No Mo’ will leave you crying with laughter—and thinking through the tears. www.aintnomobroadway.com
The Broadway-bound hit West End musical Back to the Future is revving up with a scene-stealing DeLorean time machine. A gleaming, stainless steel DMC DeLorean is ready for its star turn in New York. The Winter Garden Theatre is being eyed here in NY with more announcements in Sept. and tickets on sale in October 2022. Can it be true . . . a price tag of $23.5 million!