Judith Light, Jeffrey Tambor and The Color Purple Are Here! What Not to Miss This Week

News   Judith Light, Jeffrey Tambor and The Color Purple Are Here! What Not to Miss This Week The Know: Don't miss out on this week's must-see shows and events, Dec. 10-20!

PREVIEWS

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.

 

OPENING

Dec. 10: John Doyle's stunning revival of The Color Purple opens on Broadway with a talented cast led by Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks. The impressive trio of ladies is just one of the highlights of this moving and inspiring show. Read Playbill.com's exclusive interview with Hudson here

Dec. 14: Two-time Tony nominee Lois Smith leads the cast of 2015 Pulitzer Prize finalist Marjorie Prime by Jordan Harrison at Playwrights Horizons. Helmed by Obie winner Anne Kauffman, the play follows an elderly woman's relationship with her handsome new robot companion and grapples with the limits of what technology can replace in an age of artificial intelligence. 

Dec. 15: These Paper Bullets!, a modish musical rip-off of Much Ado About Nothing, opens its New York City premiere at the Atlantic Theater Company. The show is written by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Emmy Award-nominated writer Rolin Jones ("Friday Night Lights") with songs by Grammy Award winner Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong

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. 

 

LAST CHANCE

Dec. 13: Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell end their electrifying performances as a tormented couple in the Broadway production of Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard's Fool for Love. Read Playbill.com's coverage of the sizzling opening night.

Nina Arianda
Nina Arianda Photo by Joan Marcus

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. 

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Dec. 10: Stage and screen stars Judith Light and Jeffrey Tambor are in conversation at 92Y discussing their hit TV series "Transparent" as well as Light's remarkable career. 

Dec. 10: Daddy Long Legs makes theatre history by being the first-ever Off-Broadway performance to be broadcast online to the world for free at 8 PM ET. Read Playbill.com's exclusive interview with producer Ken Davenport in which he discusses the motivation behind the use of the new technology. 

Megan McGinnis in <i>Daddy Long Legs</i>
Megan McGinnis in Daddy Long Legs Photo by Jeremy Daniel

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 Erivo, Brooks and 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

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