By Michael Gioia
17 Jan 2013
|Photo by Paul Kolnik|
Concluding Jan. 20
Peter and the Starcatcher (Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre). Peter and the Starcatcher, the inventive play with music that mixes theatrical storytelling, language and stagecraft, will transfer to Off-Broadway's New World Stages following its acclaimed Broadway engagement. The work, which began its New York City life Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop, takes audiences on "a journey to answer the century-old question: How did Peter Pan become The Boy Who Never Grew Up?," according to producers. "This epic origin story of one of popular culture’s most enduring and beloved characters proves that an audience's imagination can be the most captivating place in the world." Visit PeterAndTheStarcatcher.com.
Golden Boy (Broadway at the Belasco Theatre). Clifford Odets' 1937 drama about a young musician who takes a gamble on his own artistic dreams when he enters the boxing ring stars Seth Numrich in the central role of Joe Bonaparte. The cast also includes Anthony Crivello, Tony Shalhoub and Danny Burstein. Here's how the Lincoln Center Theater 75th anniversary revival production is described: "Golden Boy is the story of Joe Bonaparte, a young, gifted violinist who is torn between pursuing a career in music and earning big money as a prize fighter." Visit LCT.org.
Tribes (Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre). Nina Raine's hit family drama Tribes is about a young deaf man who must face leaving his own dysfunctional clan in order to secure his own future. Here's how the play is billed: "In Tribes, Billy was born deaf into a hearing family, and raised inside the fiercely idiosyncratic and unrepentantly politically incorrect cocoon of his parents' house. He has adapted brilliantly to his family's unconventional ways, but they've never bothered to return the favor. It's not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood." Visit TribesThePlay.com.
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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Off-Broadway at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater). Lincoln Center Theater's staging of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher Durang's frothy Chekhov-inspired comedy, features Sigourney Weaver, Kristine Nielsen and David Hyde Pierce. Here's how LCT bills the modern-day, Bucks County, PA-set play: "Vanya (Pierce) and his stepsister Sonia (Nielsen) have lived their entire lives in their family’s farmhouse. While they stayed home to take care of their ailing parents, their sister Masha (Weaver) has been gallivanting around the world as a successful actress and movie star, leaving Vanya and Sonia to feel trapped and regretful. Their soothsayer/cleaning woman Cassandra (Grant) keeps warning them about terrible things in the future, which include a sudden visit from Masha and her twenty-something boy toy Spike (Magnussen)." Visit LCT.org.
The Piano Lesson (Off-Broadway at the Irene Diamond Stage at the Pershing Square Signature Center). Director Ruben Santiago-Hudson's Signature Theatre Company staging of the late August Wilson's The Piano Lesson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play about family, legacy and ghosts, features Eric Lenox Abrams as Avery, Tony Award winner Chuck Cooper as Wining Boy, Brandon J. Dirden as Boy Willie, Jason Dirden as Lymon, Alexis Holt as Maretha, Mandi Masden as Grace, Roslyn Ruff as Berniece and James A. Williams as Doaker. Visit SignatureTheatre.org.
Pippin (Cambridge, MA, at the American Repertory Theater). The Tony Award-winning 1972 pop musical Pippin is presented in a new, cirque-inspired production — shaped by Tony Award-nominated director Diane Paulus and circus artist Gypsy Snider — that will transfer to Broadway following its run at A.R.T. Broadway previews will begin March 23 at the Music Box Theatre. The A.R.T. staging of the dark, coming-of-age musical by Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson incorporates circus choreography and acrobatics by Snider of the Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main (7 Fingers). Visit AmericanRepertoryTheater.org.