A Broadway Tradition Opens And a Bright Star Debuts: What Not to Miss This Week!

News   A Broadway Tradition Opens And a Bright Star Debuts: What Not to Miss This Week!
The Know: Don't miss out on this week's must-see shows and events, Dec. 17-27! 


Dec. 17: The Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of the award-winning Michael Frayn comedy Noises Off begins with a star-studded cast that includes Andrea Martin, Megan Hilty, Rob McClure and Daniel Davis, to name a few. In this classic show-within-a-show, a cast of eccentric actors and creatives struggle to get through an opening night riddled with disasters. Read about the cast's real-life cringe-worthy stage blunders here.  

Dec. 23: Tony nominee Maurice Hines brings his happy feet and swinging musical Maurice Hines Tappin' Thru Life Off-Broadway. The Broadway vet is joined onstage by the tap dancing Manzari brothers, Ruth sisters, Dario Natarelli and the all-female Diva Jazz Orchestra, in a tribute to the greats who have inspired him. 

Daniel Davis, Campbell Scott, David Furr, Tracee Chimo, Jeremy Herrin, Andrea Martin, Kate Jennings Grant, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Shamos and Rob McClure
Daniel Davis, Campbell Scott, David Furr, Tracee Chimo, Jeremy Herrin, Andrea Martin, Kate Jennings Grant, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Shamos and Rob McClure Photo by Monica Simoes



Dec. 20: Five-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein is Tevye in the 50th anniversary staging of Fiddler on the Roof. The classic American musical examines changing traditions in the Russian-Jewish village of Anatevka in the early 20th century. Check out the cast in these powerful production photos

Dec. 17: The new musical Bright Star, from Grammy and Emmy winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, officially opens its pre-Broadway engagement at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Carmen Cusack, Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, Stephen Bogardus and Dee Hoty are among the stars in this tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920's and 40's.



Dec. 20: The Vineyard's new musical comedy Gigantic, a coming-of-age tale about a group of teenagers at a weight loss camp, is choc-full of belly laughs, big belts and surprises. Read Playbill.com's interview with the cast in which they open up about being a bigger size in show business.

Dec. 20: Dont miss Signature Theatre's Off-Broadway revival of Arthur Miller's edge-of-your-seat World War II drama, Incident at Vichy. The haunting play closes following two extension announcements. 

Dec. 20: Another Signature show worth catching before it closes is the world premiere of Naomi Wallace's Night Is a Room. A surprise reunion on somebody's 40th birthday has unexpected and shattering consequences. 

Dec. 20: Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, stars of "Oh, Hello," a recurring segment on Comedy Central's "Kroll Show," have been bringing the laughs to downtown theatre audiences at the Cherry Lane Theatre this month with their new show, Oh, Hello On (Off) Broadway. Catch them before the limited run ends. 

Ryann Redmond and Bonnie Milligan in <i>Gigantic</i>
Ryann Redmond and Bonnie Milligan in Gigantic Photo by Carol Rosegg

Dec. 18: PBS broadcasts last week's star-studded gala celebration of iconic singer Frank Sinatra. The evening features performances by Bernadette Peters, Sutton Foster, Fantasia Barrino, Sting, Christina Aguilera, Chris Botti, Billy Porter and more. 

Dec. 19: Oprah, who is attached as a producer on The Color Purple, goes behind the scenes to chat to Cynthia Erivo, Danielle Brooks and Jennifer Hudson about the powerful revival. The hour-long special, "Oprah Goes to Broadway: The Color Purple" airs on OWN; watch a sneak peek here

Dec. 18: Tony Award nominees Stephanie J. Block and Brian d'Arcy James brighten up the holiday season with a specially-themed concert at Carnegie Hall featuring all your musical favorites. 

Dec. 20: Get in the Christmas spirit with The New York Pops and Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute presentation of Vince Guaraldi's A Charlie Brown Christmas, narrated by Broadway actor John Bolton

Dec. 20-24: Tony nominee Norm Lewis, who was the first African-American to play the title role in The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway, takes the stage at Feinstein's/54 Below with his special holiday concert. 

For more festive holiday concerts, don't miss Playbill.com's guide to the best nightlife has to offer this December

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