New Yorkers can experience a new musical, Your Musical is CANCELLED, now at its NYC premiere as part of the NYC Independent Festival. The unique musical film offers a comedic snapshot of early lockdown through the lens of a small theatre company waiting to hear about the fate of their show. It’s the perfect bridge between the anticipation of theatre’s comeback while offering comedic healing for the universal perils of early lockdown.
After winning “Best Feature Film” from the SoCal Film Awards and “Best Comedy” from the Alternative Film Festival, Your Musical is CANCELLED: The Musical will head to New York City to premiere on Sunday, June 13th at 1pm. At the festival, it will receive yet another set of laurels as an Official Selection of the NYC Independent Film Festival. (www.urmusicaliscancelledthemusicalthewebsite.com)
Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical returns from the Upside Down with its off-Broadway premiere in a strictly limited 5-week engagement at The Players Theatre from August 5 to September 5. Official Opening Night will be August 11th at 7 pm.
With a book and score by Jonathan Hogue, Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical is a wild and irreverent send-up of the hit Netflix series Stranger Things and all its campy 80’s glory. Take a trip back to Hawkins, Indiana, 1983: when times were simpler, hair was bigger, and unsupervised children were getting snatched by inter-dimensional creatures. Join Mike, Eleven, Lucas, Dustin, and the whole Hawkins gang for a night of adventure, thrills, indulgent pop culture references, pubescent angst, heavy synth, poor parenting, convoluted love triangles, cheap effects, dancing monsters, and maybe, just maybe, justice for everyone’s favorite frumpy ginger, Barb Holland. www.strangersingthemusical.com
Playwright and Emmy-winning actress Dorothy Lyman takes on the illuminating words from her own pen for the next monthly digital presentation of We Have To Hurry. Paired with the previously announced Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe nominated actor Alfred Molina, Ms. Lyman’s new play about two mature people rediscovering life’s simplest joys streams live via Broadway on Demand for two performances only, Saturday, June 5th at 8pm and Sunday, June 6th at 3pm. Patricia Vanstone once again directs the return engagement. Included post-show talkback. Tickets are available HERE.
NY Classical Theatre (Stephen Burdman, Artistic Director; Matthieu Chapman, Literary Director; Hillary Cohen, Managing Director), New York City’s all-free Off Broadway Equity theatre company, will return to live performance this summer with a production of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, which will be staged at four public parks in Manhattan and Brooklyn from June 24-August 8. Locations include:
MetroTech Commons, Brooklyn
(Myrtle Avenue & Bridge Street)
July 13-18, 2021
Carl Schurz Park
(East 87th Street & East End Avenue)
July 20-25, 2021
(Battery Place & Broadway)
July 27 – August 8, 2021
Hartford Stage launches inaugural American Voices New Play Festival.The virtual festival will feature three new American plays by writers with Latinx and Hispanic roots — Ash Tree by Georgina Escobar, Her Math Play by Christina Pumariega, and Simona’s Search by Martín Zimmerman. Each play will receive a 4-day workshop with Hartford Stage and a public reading from June 23-26, 2021.The festival schedule includes a virtual kick-off conversation with the writers from each play hosted by Artistic Director, Melia Bensussen on Wednesday, June 23 at 7 pm, a reading of Her Math Play on Thursday, June 24 at 8 pm, a reading of Simona’s Search on Friday, June 25 at 8 pm and a reading of Ash Tree on Saturday, June 26 at 3 pm. www.hartfordstage.org
Hunter Bell, Jeff Bowen, Lynne Shankel and More Set for New York Theatre Barn’s June 2021 Virtual Programming – free live streams of its award-winningNew Works Series on select Wednesday evenings at 7PM ET. Available on New York Theatre Barn’s YouTube channel and Broadway on Demand, each installment of the live 1-hour series includes excerpts from two new musicals and a conversation with the writers and creative team. www.nytheatre.orgStories from Our Stage, a virtual event celebrating the many different stories and voices that their award-winning Off-Broadway stage amplify. From June 24 to June 28, 2021, this special presentation at urbanstages.org (Francis Hill, Artistic Producing Director) will feature excerpts from select plays and musicals that premiered at Urban Stages, found critical acclaim and, most importantly, centered diverse artists to tell stories not often told. www.urbanstages.org