A Pop Rock Musical With Kings and Queens
Lil Rascals Theatre will take over Theatre for the New City next month with More Than All the World, a pop rock musical by Erik Ransom inspired by Christopher Marlowe’s Edward II, one of the earliest English history plays. The show tells the true story of England’s controversial King Edward II, whose reign was riddled with scandal and unrest. The production is directed by Rachel Klein, with orchestrations and arrangements by Andy Peterson. Performances are scheduled to run November 4-20 at TFNC, located at 155 1st Avenue, New York; for tickets and more information, visit MoreThanAlltheWorld.com.
A Family Musical Inspired by a Famous Pup
Sgt. Stubby, The Great American War Dog Musical will have its New York premiere at St. Luke’s Theatre this fall. Jack Dyville and Lawrence Wankel’s new musical is inspired by the real-life terrier Sergeant Stubby, who was called “the most decorated dog of World War I.” The war dog served for 18 months and participated in 17 battles on the Western Front—saving his regiment from surprise attacks, finding and comforting the wounded, and catching a German soldier. Performances begin November 12 and run Saturdays at 8 PM and Sundays at 2 PM. St. Luke’s Theatre is located at 308 West 46th Street, New York. For tickets and more information, visit Telecharge.com.
A John Lennon Assassin Bio
In Two of Us, British playwright Ross Howard turns the spotlight on Mark David Chapman, the man imprisoned for assassinating John Lennon in 1980. The play examines the social and domestic pressures that led to the murder and is billed as a “showdown between the real and the fantastic.” Directed by Sarah Norris for New Light Theater Project, performances began October 21 and run through November 12 at Access Theatre, located at 380 Broadway, New York. For tickets and more information, visit NewLightTheaterProject.com/.
Two August Strindberg Plays in Repertory
August Strindberg Repertory Theatre continues its exploration of the Swedish playwright’s body of work with productions of Pariah and The Stronger, two short suspense dramas, and Abu Casem's Slippers, a rendition of a famous Arabian Nights tale billed as ”a fairy play” for children of all ages. Both evenings are staged in repertory at the Gene Frankel Theatre, located at 24 Bond Street, New York. For tickets and more information, visit StrindbergRep.com.
A New and Timely Play About Chelsea Manning
The Representatives will present the world premiere of a newly revised and expanded production of Private Manning Goes to Washington, which imagines a secret meeting between transgender Army whistleblower Chelsea Manning and President Barack Obama. Manning is a U.S. soldier who was convicted of violations of the Espionage Act after disclosing sensitive military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks, and is currently serving a 35-year sentence in Fort Leavenworth, KS. The production will be co-directed by playwright Stan Richardson and actor Matt Steiner; previews will begin November 29 at the STUDIO AT 345, located at 345 West 13th Street, New York. For more information visit TheRepresentatives.org.