January 25: The New York premiere of Tanya Saracho’s (writer and co-producer of How to Get Away with Murder) behind-the-scenes comedy Fade begins at Cherry Lane Theatre. The new play, presented by Primary Stages, follows the friendship between Lucia and Abel, two Latinos of Mexican descent working at a ruthless Hollywood studio.
January 26: Second Stage Theatre debuts Tracy Letts’ Man from Nebraska, directed by David Cromer. In the play—a 2004 Pulitzer Prize finalist—the August: Osage County playwright explores what happens when we lose our belief system and the people who make our lives meaningful. Tony Award winner Reed Birney (The Humans) stars in the leading role.
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 23: The world premiere of Paola Lázaro’s Tell Hector I Miss Him officially opens Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company. The new play by the Puerto Rican-born actor and playwright is set in Old San Juan with a cast that includes Orange Is the New Black co-stars Dascha Polanco and Selenis Leyva.
January 26: The Liar, David Ives’ sixth collaboration with Classic Stage Company, officially opens Off-Broadway. The play is an adaptation of Pierre Corneille’s 17th century farce of mistaken identities and secrets, Le Menteur. Michael Kahn, artistic director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., directs.
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 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 in 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.
January 27: The second annual BroadwayCon kicks off in New York City. This year’s program features an exciting roster of celebrity guests, panels, and workshops. For all things BroadwayCon, check out Playbill.com/BroadwayCon.
January 27: The Broadway revival of Falsettos celebrates the release of the show’s cast album with a performance and CD signing at Barnes & Noble (150 East 86th Street, New York) at 7 PM. Stephanie J. Block, Anthony Rosenthal, Tracie Thoms, Brandon Uranowitz, Betsy Wolfe, and songwriter William Finn are slated to attend. The album can be ordered at Sh-k-Boom.com/Falsettos.