By: Samantha Robins
So, you’ve decided it’s time to immerse yourself in the never-ending beauty that is, New York theatre for your splurge night, but you don’t know just what to see! Well, do I have good news for you! There is not a bad choice in the bunch! You just can’t go wrong! All around the city, you’ll find lots of incredible shows to get a ticket to, and then after, you’ll be able to come home and relax with a nice cup of tea and some Cennarium programming before bed when your evening comes to a close!
This is Part Four of our installment; so if you don’t find a show that calls to you in this article, check out our past few articles here our next bunch coming soon!
Curvy Widow is truly the perfect musical for a 2017 audience. Between the perils of online dating, singledom, the struggles of ageism, and feminism, we just have got to be able to take an hour or so to laugh at the world and our lives. Curvy Widow follows the true story of Bobby Goldman and her search to return to normalcy after the death of her beloved husband. Unfortunately, the dating world has been spun on its head since the last time she was in the market for a mate.
With brilliant performances by Nancy Opel and her versatile ensemble, humorous and inventive music by Drew Brody, and the exceptional direction of Peter Flynn, you won’t regret going to The Westside Theatre on 43rd and 9th for this fun filled evening if you are a fan of Sondheim’s Follies or Adam Gwon’s Ordinary Days.
Pies, and relationships, and belting, oh my! Calling the Brooks Atkinson Theatre home for over a year now, Waitress has been satisfying the cravings of a full audience every night. With music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles, direction by Diane Paulus, and a hilarious book by Jessie Nelson, Waitress is the first Broadway Musical to be led by an entirely female creative team!
Though the show has a definite Broadway show tune style, lovers of Sara Bareilles’s music will enjoy this piece. Similarly, if you jam out to the music of Dear Evan Hansen, Next to Normal or Kinky Boots, Waitress is for you!
Rarely does a revival production Off Broadway garner so much attention, but this immersive Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd set in a real life pie shop will do the trick. Starring Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello, this 1979 classic is brand new and reinvigorated. Not that this masterpiece needed much, but this site specific location is absolutely appropriate. Don’t understand why a pie shop is a perfect site for an immersive Sweeney Todd? All the more reason to get a ticket and go see it. Don’t google for the answer! Trust us. Just experience it.
If A Little Night Music makes you yearn for a weekend in the country, The Phantom of the Opera leads you to want to take voice lessons from an unknown teacher, or Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 takes you to the website to buy a ticket to Russia in winter, get to the West Village ASAP to see Sweeney Todd at the Barrow Street Theatre.
A lot can be said about Wicked. Since 2003, it has changed musical theatre forever. The factious prequel to The Wizard of Oz based on the 1996 novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire tells the tale of Elphaba, the famed “wicked witch of the West” and G(a)linda, the peppy “good witch of the North” and follows their relationship through school and fame before Dorothy plopped into Oz and started her mission to find home with her new-found friends.
A good “gateway musical” for first timers, Wicked has been winning the hearts of audiences of all ages, countries, and backgrounds for years. Cast members talk about the infamous squeals from pre-teen girls in the audience from the second the first chord is played and emotional connections seniors have to the piece.
Anyone familiar with The Wizard of Oz will enjoy the creative narrative comparisons to the 1939 film. Fans of the long running ABC drama Once Upon A Time will appreciate and identify with the innovative character backgrounds exhibited in this musical. Once first timers, or veterans, fall in love with Wicked, let them know to check out musicals, Children of Eden and Little Women.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
This Shakespeare classic is the perfect play for The Public Theatre’s Shakespeare in the Park season at the Delacorte Theatre this summer in Central Park. Centrally located off of the 81st St entrances, both East and West, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the perfect addition to your July evening.
These FREE tickets are available by lottery, both in person at their theatre downtown in Astor Place and online via the Today Tix app. You can also line up for rush tickets outside the Delacorte on the day of the performance. There are ticket distributions in the surrounding boroughs throughout the summer. Finally, if you donate $500 or more to the Public, you can reserve seats for the whole season!
Presented by the acclaimed New York Public Theatre, the company who originally produced famed shows such as A Chorus Line, Fun Home, and Hamilton, their yearly Free Shakespeare in the Park programs are truly a gift to New York City. Fans of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing or antic filled plays such as Noises Off or The Play That Goes Wrong will have nothing but laughs this month during A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
This brand new musical starring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole is tearing up 41st Street. War Paint tells the true story of two beauty moguls Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. These two Broadway legends playing these masters of beauty and entrepreneurship is not to be missed.
Fans of Evita, Catch Me If You Can, and Grey Gardens will especially enjoy this performance. It is also worth mentioning that you’ll be sitting in the Nederlander Theatre, home of Rent, and Newsies!
So, folks, that’s all for today! Never fear, I’ll be back in a few weeks with more fun shows to see! There is never an excuse to be bored in New York City because there’s always a show right around the corner to fall in love with, whether it be live or on Cenarium from the comfort of your own home!