Big Stars Are Headed Off-Broadway: Here's Where and How to See Big Names Up Close for Less This Season

News   Big Stars Are Headed Off-Broadway: Here's Where and How to See Big Names Up Close for Less This Season
 
You don’t necessarily have to pay Broadway prices to see celebrity names on New York stages; the city's Off-Broadway theatres offer up plenty of star power and talent with an up close and personal feel. Playbill.com puts together a round-up of shows featuring famous faces Off-Broadway this spring season.

Peter Dinklage
Peter Dinklage Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN

"Game of Thrones" star Peter Dinklage in A Month in the Country at Classic Stage Company
Peter Dinklage quickly rose to international fame thanks to his principal role in the HBO series "Game of Thrones," which earned him both an Emmy and Golden Globe Award. This month, Dinklage stars opposite "Orange is the New Black" lead actress Taylor Schilling in the Classic Stage Company’s production of the Ivan Turgenev’s classic A Month In The Country. The play chronicles the comic and erotic turmoil of unrequited love in a quiet country estate. Tickets start at $81 and are now available. Performances run through Feb. 22 at the Classic Stage Company. (CSC is located at 136 East 13th St, New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

"Sex and the City" Star Cynthia Nixon, Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest at the New Group
Tony winner Cynthia Nixon has numerous Broadway credits as an actress; this month she makes her directorial debut with Rasheeda Speaking at the New Group, a workplace thriller by Joel Drake Johnson that lends a critical eye to the realities of a so-called "post-racial" America. The New York premiere stars Tony winner Tonya Pinkins, known for Caroline, or Change and Jelly's Last Jam, and multi-Drama Desk-nominee Dianne Wiest, whose film credits include "Bullets Over Broadway," "Rabbit Hole" and "Edward Scissorhands." Tickets now available from $77. Performances run January 27-March 22 at the New Group. (The New Group is located at the Pershing Square Signature Center; The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, 480 W 42nd St., New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Nathan Lane and Brian Dennehy in Iceman Cometh at BAM
Nathan Lane, who has won two Tony Awards, recently starred alongside Matthew Broderick in It's Only A Play and left that production to star in the Goodman Theatre's revival of the Eugene O'Neill classic, The Iceman Cometh at BAM. He will be joined by fellow two-time Tony winner Brian Dennehy. Directed by Robert Falls, the show garnered critical acclaim and broke box-office records in its extended Chicago run. Tickets start at $35 and are now available. Performances run Feb. 5-March 15, at the BAM Harvey Theatre. (BAM Harvey Theatre is located at 651 Fulton St., Brooklyn. Fore more information and to purchase tickets, click here.)

"Nurse Jackie" Actress Merrit Wever and Tony winner Frank Wood in The Nether
Merritt Wever, who was awarded an Emmy for her role in the popular "Nurse Jackie" TV series, will star alongside Tony Award winner Frank Wood in MCC's North American premiere of The Nether by Jennifer Haley. The show is billed as a haunting thriller that explores the new frontiers of the virtual world and will make audiences question the blurred lines between reality and fantasy. Tickets start at $69 and are now available. Performances will run February 4-March 15. (The Lucille Lortel Theatre is located at 121 Christopher St., New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.)

Kate Baldwin
Kate Baldwin Photo by Joseph Moran

"Under the Tuscan Sun" Star Diane Lane in The Mystery of Love & Sex 
Academy Award nominee Diane Lane will play a manipulative mother in Bathsheba Doran's new play The Mysteries of Love & Sex, a deeply inisghtful and funny examination of human relationships. Tony Shalhoub, a recent Tony Award nominee for Act One, will feature alongside Lane as her spouse. The production is helmed by celebrated on and Off-Broadway director Sam Gold and is presented by the Lincoln Center. Tickets will go on sale Jan. 18 and performances will run Feb. 5-April 26. (The Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater is located at 150 West 65th St., New York. For more information, click here.)  Kate Baldwin in John & Jen
Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin, last seen on Broadway in Andrew Lippa's Big Fish, will reunite with the celebrated composer for a revival of his musical John & Jen at the Clurman Theatre. Set between the years 1950-1990, the musical is an intimate story about connections, commitments, family and love. Tickets start at $69 and are now available. Performances will run Feb 10-March 22. (The Clurman Theatre at Theatre Row is located at 410 West 42nd St., between 9th and 10th Aves, New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.)

"The Killing" and "Garden State" Actor Peter Sarsgaard in Hamlet at CSC
 Film and television star Sarsgaard, who also has numerous Off-Broadway and Broadway credits, will try his hand at one of Shakespeare’s most famous characters in Hamlet. Director Austin Pendleton has promised a riveting and contemporary take on the classic play. Performances run March 27-May 10 at the Classic Stage Company. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 26. (CSC is located at 136 East 13th St, New York. For more information, click here.)

Jesse Eisenberg in The Spoils at The New Group
Academy award-nominee Jesse Eisenberg, star of the popular 2010 film "The Social Network," returns to the Off-Broadway scene with his new play, The Spoils at the New Group. Eisenberg will also star in the piece, a world premiere about an angry young man who sets out to win back his grade school crush. Billed as "a deeply personal and probing comedy," it will be directed by Tony winner Scott Elliott. Performance dates to be determined. Tickets will be available shortly. (The New Group is located at 480 West 42nd Street, New York. For more information, click here.)

"House of Cards" star Kristen Connolly in Placebo
Kristen Connolly, who features in the popular Kevin Spacey TV series "House of Cards" will perform in the premiere of Melissa James Gibson's Placebo at Playwrights Horizons. The latest play from the Obie Award winner is billed as an affectionate comedy centered on a woman who is working on a placebo-controlled study of a new female arousal drug. Performances will run Feb. 20-April 5 at Playwrights Horizons. Tickets will be available shortly. (Playwrights Horizons is located at 416 West 42nd St., btw 9th and 10th Aves., New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.)

"Sex and the City" and "Law and Order" star Chris Noth in Doctor Faustus at CSC
To fans the world over, he’ll always be Carrie’s Bradshaw’s Big from “Sex and the City,” but this spring Chris Noth prepares to give a transformative performance in Christopher Marlow’s Doctor Faustus. Noth, who also features in the popular TV series "Law and Order" and "The Good Wife," will play on stage the man who sells his soul to the devil for power, pleasure and knowledge. Performances begin May 29 at the Classic Stage Company. Tickets will go on sale April 30. (CSC is located at 136 East 13th St, New York. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.)

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