NYC Broadway Week – Midnight Theatre – Keen Company Fall Season – Monsoon Wedding – Play on Podcasts – Pan Asian Rep – American Rennaissance Theater
NYC Broadway Week returns in September after a three-year hiatus. The program, which has traditionally run twice each year since beginning 11 years ago, offers 2-for-1 tickets to a number of participating Broadway shows. Tickets are available for purchase for performances scheduled from Sept. 6-25, 2022.
There are 21 participating productions this fall, including “1776,” “Aladdin,” “A Strange Loop,” “Beetlejuice,” “The Book of Mormon,” “Chicago,” “Come From Away,” “Cost of Living,” “Death of a Salesman,” “Funny Girl,” “Hadestown,” “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” “Into the Woods,” “The Kite Runner,” “The Lion King,” “MJ,” “Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Piano Lesson,” “Six” and “Wicked.” www.nycgo.com
It’s not every day that New York City gets a new theater, so the mere opening of Midnight Theatre on September 21, a new 160-seat destination in the heart of Manhattan West, is reason enough to celebrate. Add to it the fact that the venue is also home to Hidden Leaf Restaurant . . . a bar, a top-notch restaurant and a cafe, . . .and you’ve got yourself a new cultural must-visit. Expect a variety theater! Midnight Theatre will feature a first-of-its-kind, permanently installed 270-degree immersive projection system to digitally change the decor of the room. Its built-in animated digital scenery and real-time animated environments also react to music. Brookfield Properties Manhattan West.
American Renaissance Theater Company kicks off their 2022-23 season with two sensational new plays presented in rotation, Fastened to The Moon by Linda Kampley directed by Kathleen Swan and Love, Sex and Real Estate by Bill Cosgriff directed by John D. McNally. Performances begin at the Chain Theater (312 W. 36th Street 4th Floor) starting Thursday September 15th and run thru Saturday October 1st. Set on the West Coast of Florida during the moon launch era of the early70s, Fastened to The Moon (2019 Kaufman Award for Excellence in Playwriting) is a serio-comic absurdist tale shifting into alternate realities.
A fast-paced farcical comedy, Love, Sex and Real Estate is about a summer of crisis in the life of a gay teenage boy, Ugo, and his family. When Ugo discovers that his mother, a frequently absent international banker, is having an affair with the family’s real estate broker he reaches out to their landlord, Sol, for advice and the two develop an unlikely bond. Tickets/Info: https://our.show/artc/58686
Keen Company has announced details of its upcoming season, which will begin this fall with a revival of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking. Obie and Drama Desk Award winner Kathleen Chalfant will star in a production that travels to living rooms, libraries, and community spaces across New York City (October 19-November 20). From February 21 through April 1, 2023, Keen will mount the first New York revival of Lynn Nottage’s Crumbs From the Table of Joy. www.keencompany.org
Monsoon Wedding (Book by Arpita Mukherjee, Artistic Director-Hypokrit Productions) is heading Off-Broadway to St. Ann’s Warehouse, a new musical based on the film. Monsoon Wedding is conceived and directed by #HypokritFam and legendary director Mira Nair. Music is by Vishal Bhardwaj; lyrics are by Tony-nominated artists Masi Asare & Susan Birkenhead; and the book is also by Sabrina Dhawan. The production is scheduled in May 2023.
Pan Asian Repertory continues to develop new Asian-American works with two staged readings in September and October. Exciting new absurdist plays by emerging Asian-American playwrights. www.panasianrep.org
Play On Podcast titles. Henry V debuts more.
Lloyd Suh’s dynamic translation of Shakespeare’s HENRY V is brought to life by a rock-star cast of actors well-known to the downtown NYC theatre scene. As it navigates the seductions and horrors of legitimacy, political-centrality and patriotism, this series, directed by Krista Williams, is a collective inquiry into one particularly legendary story of power held and power sought. More info at ncpodcasts.com.