Concluding Jan. 24
The Last Ship (Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre). The Last Ship, the new musical by and starring 16-time Grammy winner Sting, is inspired by the songwriter's own childhood. The principal cast also features Michael Esper, Rachel Tucker, Fred Applegate, Aaron Lazar, Sally Ann Triplett and Collin Kelly-Sordelet. The Last Ship, according to producers, "is set in the English seaside town of Wallsend, a close-knit community where life has always revolved around the local shipyard and the hardworking men construct magnificent vessels with tremendous pride. But Gideon Fletcher dreams of a different future. He sets out to travel the world, leaving his life and his love behind. When Gideon returns home many years later, he finds the shipyard's future in grave danger and his childhood sweetheart engaged to someone else. This love triangle ignites just as the men and women of Wallsend take their future into their own hands and build a towering representation of the shared dream that defines their existence. And in the end Gideon comes to understand that he had indeed left behind more than he could have ever imagined." Visit TheLastShip.com.
HAM: A Musical Memoir (Off-Broadway at Ars Nova). HAM: A Musical Memoir, a new theatrical event starring Tony nominee Sam Harris, is based on Harris' book "HAM: Slices of a Life" (a collection of stories and essays published by Simon & Schuster). The production is directed by Tony winner Billy Porter with musical direction by Todd Schroeder. In HAM: A Musical Memoir, Harris, according to press notes, "hilariously, passionately, and poignantly brings his critically acclaimed book to the stage in a musical memoir based on his colorful life, from Bible-Belt Oklahoma to show biz to fatherhood and everything in between." Visit Web.OvationTix.com.
Concluding Jan. 25
Soul Doctor (Off-Broadway at the Actors Temple Theatre). The Off-Broadway return of Soul Doctor was retooled for a new 100-minute presentation. Director-choreographer Mindy Cooper made several significant changes to the production, which is now performed without an intermission. Actor-musician Josh Nelson and Wicked actress Dan'yelle Williamson co-star as Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach and Nina Simone, respectively. According to creators, "Soul Doctor takes the audience on an exhilarating musical journey and explores the dramatic life of a cultural icon set in the transformative era of the Love generation. It tells the fascinating story of the father of popular Jewish music, Shlomo Carlebach, and his unlikely friendship with Nina Simone, the high priestess of Soul. A modern-day troubadour, Shlomo ignited the spirit of millions around the world with his soul-stirring melodies, transformative storytelling and boundless love." Visit SoulDoctorBroadway.com. Disenchanted! (Off-Broadway at the Theatre at St. Clement's). Disenchanted!, a new musical comedy by Dennis T. Giacino that explores the misconception surrounding Disney princesses, features Michelle Knight, Becky Gulsvig, Jen Bechter, Lulu Picart, Alison Burns and Soara-Joye Ross. Here's how the production is billed: "Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs 'em?! Not Snow White and her posse of disenchanted princesses in the new musical comedy that's anything but Grimm. Forget the princesses you think you know. After multiple sold-out runs nationwide, these royal renegades toss off their tiaras to bring their hilariously subversive, not-for- the-kiddies musical to New York City – and fairy tales will never be the same!" Visit DisenchantedMusical.com.