January 12: Following an acclaimed London premiere, Anna Jordan’s play Yen debuts Off-Broadway ahead of a January 31 opening. The new production from MCC Theater features two young breakout screen stars: Manchester by the Sea‘s Lucas Hedges, and The Get Down’s Justice Smith.
January 13: Phyllida Lloyd returns to St. Ann’s Warehouse with her staging of The Tempest, starring Harriet Walter. Set against the backdrop of a women’s prison, the American premiere culminates the director’s acclaimed trilogy of all-female Shakespeare productions with Donmar Warehouse. The drama will officially open January 18.
January 19: Manhattan Theatre Club’s staging of August Wilson’s Jitney, directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, opens on Broadway. The play is the only work from the late two-time Pulitzer Prize winner’s American Century Cycle that had never been seen before on Broadway.
January 22: BAM’s 20th-anniversary revival of Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane officially opens Off-Broadway. The production, from acclaimed Irish theatre company Druid, is directed by Garry Hynes, who won a Tony Award for directing the play on Broadway.
January 15: Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, Stephen Karam’s The Humans ends its Broadway engagement. The show, which follows one family’s Thanksgiving dinner over the course of an evening in Manhattan, marked the Broadway debut for the playwright, a two-time Pulitzer finalist.
January 15: Roundabout Theatre Company’s Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical concludes its Broadway debut. Inspired by the 1942 film, the new musical features music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge. The show features over 20 classic songs from the Berlin catalogue, including “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “Shaking the Blues Away,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and “Heatwave.”
January 15: After playing over 4,500 performances, Broadway says farewell to Jersey Boys, the Tony-winning story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons.
January 22: Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney wrap up performances of Oh, Hello on Broadway. The duo star as Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland—outrageously opinionated, 70-something, native New Yorkers that Kroll and Mulaney first began performing on the alternative comedy stages in NYC.
January 12: Avenue Q, the tongue-in-cheek musical comedy about a group of puppets who are trying to make in the big city, celebrates its 3,000th performance Off-Broadway.
January 14: BroadwayHD teams up with Roundabout Theatre Company to live stream Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical at 8 PM ET. The performance is being captured live on 14 high-definition cameras at Studio 54, and it is available to watch on BroadwayHD.com.
January 16: Bring It On star Taylor Louderman returns to Broadway in the role of Lauren in Kinky Boots at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. The hit musical recently became Broadway’s 50th longest-running show, and currently stars YouTube star Todrick Hall as Lola.
January 17: NYC Broadway Week kicks off. The bi-annual initiative offers two-for-one tickets to select shows, and runs longer than a week—through February 5.
January 18: Original letters and manuscripts created by Alexander Hamilton are put up for auction at Sotheby’s, the famed auction house in New York City.
January 21: Members of the New York theatre community band together for the Women’s March in New York City, a sister component to the Women’s March on Washington, D.C., which coincides with the inauguration of President-Elect Donald Trump.
January 21: The Disney musical The Lion King, which recently celebrated its 19th anniversary on Broadway, plays its 8,000th performance at the January 21 matinee. It's the third longest-running show in Broadway history.