By Michael Gioia
24 Dec 2013
|Photo by Paul Kolnik|
Concluding Dec. 29
Big Fish (Broadway at the Neil Simon Theatre). The new Broadway musical Big Fish, a father-and-son tale based on the 1998 novel by Daniel Wallace and the subsequent 2003 film by John August, stars Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz as Edward Bloom opposite Tony Award nominee Kate Baldwin as Sandra Bloom and Tony Award nominee Bobby Steggert as Will Bloom. Big Fish, according to press notes, "centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward's incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. Big Fish is about dreaming, loving and living bigger." Visit BigFishTheMusical.com.
A Christmas Story, The Musical (Off-Broadway at the Theater at Madison Square Garden). Original Broadway cast members Dan Lauria, John Bolton, Erin Dilly and Caroline O'Connor star in the holiday engagement of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's Tony Award-nominated stage production A Christmas Story, The Musical. According to producers, "In 1940's Indiana, a bespectacled boy named Ralphie has a big imagination and one wish for Christmas—a Red Ryder BB Gun. A kooky leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a cranky department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the obstacles that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas dream. A Christmas Story, The Musical is holiday entertainment that captures a simpler time in America with delicious wit and a heart of gold." Visit AChristmasStoryTheMusical.com.
Bad Jews (Off-Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre). Joshua Harmon's Bad Jews, the dark comedy about a volatile family dispute that premiered to acclaim as part of Roundabout Underground in 2012, is directed by Daniel Aukin. Bad Jews, according to the Roundabout, is a comedy about the "holy and the holier-than-thou. Daphna Feygenbaum is a Real Jew — just ask the Israeli boyfriend she met on Birthright. So when her cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather's Chai necklace, it sparks a viciously hilarious brawl over family, faith and legacy." Visit RoundaboutTheatre.org.
How I Learned What I Learned (Off-Broadway at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre). The New York premiere of the late August Wilson's autobiographical one-man show, How I Learned What I Learned, features Tony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson and is co-conceived with and directed by Todd Kreidler. "In this solo show, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson shares stories about his first few jobs, a stint in jail, an early relationship, his first kiss, his foray into cinema and the friends he has had his entire life," press notes state. "Directed by long-time collaborator Todd Kreidler and featuring Ruben Santiago-Hudson, director of the acclaimed Signature Theatre production of The Piano Lesson, How I Learned What I Learned charts one man's journey of self-discovery through adversity and what it means to be a black artist in America." Visit SignatureTheatre.org.
Concluding Dec. 30
Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Off-Broadway at Radio City Music Hall). According to press notes, "The 2013 edition of the Christmas Spectacular will continue to create lasting memories for generations of families that have made this cherished production a holiday tradition. A yearly pageant of holiday pomp and circumstance featuring the world-famous Rockettes!" Visit RadioCityChristmas.com.
Concluding Dec. 31
The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville (Off-Broadway at Classic Stage Company). The Classic Stage Company's workshop presentation of The Last Two People On Earth: An Apocalyptic Vaudeville, starring Tony and Emmy Award winner Mandy Patinkin and Taylor Mac, features direction and choreography by Tony Award winner Susan Stroman and music direction by Paul Ford. "Following a flood of biblical proportions, the last two people on the planet discover their common language is song and dance," press notes state. "Together they chronicle the rise and fall and hopeful rise again of humankind through music that runs the gamut from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim, R.E.M. and Queen." Visit ClassicStage.org.