Concluding May 12
Magic/Bird (Broadway at the Longacre Theatre). Magic/Bird is Eric Simonson's highly theatrical drama about the college-to-Olympics rivalry and friendship of basketball heroes Earvin "Magic" Johnson (Kevin Daniels) and Larry Bird (Tug Coker). Here's how the producers bill the show: "At the heart of one of the fiercest rivalries in sports history, two of the greatest basketball players of all-time battled for three championships, bragging rights, and the future of their sport in the 1980s. Johnson and Bird electrified the nation on the court, reinvigorated the NBA, and turned their rivalry into one of the greatest and most famous friendships in professional sports." Visit MagicBirdBroadway.com.
Concluding May 13
Leap of Faith (Broadway at the St. James Theatre). When his traveling ministry breaks down in a small Kansas town, preacher and con artist Jonas Nightingale (Raúl Esparza) pitches a tent and invites the locals to a revival, to take their money over a three-day period. The town sheriff, Marla McGowan (Jessica Phillips), is determined to stop him. The show is told in flashback, with Nightingale center-stage at a New York City revival meeting held at the St. James. Video cameras capture the audience before the show; confessional monologues pop up throughout the musical, with characters coming downstage on a runway that projects into the seats; walkways have been built into the sides of the auditorium to allow characters to walk from the stage to the boxes and into the balcony. Visit LeapofFaithBroadway.com.
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Off-Broadway City Center Encores!). Set in the Roaring Twenties, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, according to press notes, "follows the madcap adventures of the original 'dumb blonde,' Lorelei Lee (Megan Hilty), as she sets sail for Europe with her best friend Dorothy Shaw (Rachel York). Lorelei is engaged to Gus Esmond, the Button King (Clarke Thorell) and has a flirtation with Josephus Gage, the Zipper King (Stephen R. Buntrock). Traveling with them are Mrs. Ella Spofford (Deborah Rush), the richest woman in Philadelphia, her son Henry (Aaron Lazar) and a ship full of colorful characters." Visit NYCityCenter.org. In Masks Outrageous and Austere (Off-Broadway at the Culture Project). In Masks Outrageous and Austere, the final full-length play by the late Tennessee Williams, stars Shirley Knight, Alison Fraser and Sam Underwood. With In Masks Outrageous and Austere, Williams, according to Culture Project, continues to "explore the passionate obsessions that made him famous in the early masterworks — the impenetrability of the human heart, the futility and hypocrisy of denying or displacing physical attraction, the power of love and its tyranny—while employing the dramaturgical freedom and aesthetic daring he discovered in his later plays. And all of this he does with the provocative wit and lyricism that was his hallmark." Visit CultureProject.org.