By Michael Gioia
09 Apr 2014
|Photo by Matthew Murphy|
Concluding April 11
Disaster! A 70s Disaster Movie Musical (Off-Broadway at St. Luke's Theatre). Disaster!, the acclaimed 1970s disaster movie musical comedy, is written by Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick with direction by Plotnick and choreography by Denis Jones. "It's 1979 and New York City’s hottest partiers are blowing out their feathered hair and putting on their best polyester threads and platform shoes to head to the grand opening of the Barracuda, Manhattan's first floating casino and discotheque," according to press notes. "Little do they know that their night of boogie fever will turn into a… Disaster!" The cast currently features Max Crumm, Charity Dawson, Matt Farcher, Tom Riis Farrell, Judy Gold, David Hibbard, Sarah Litzsinger, Maggie McDowell, Seth Rudetsky, Jennifer Simard and Jonah Verdon. Visit DisasterMusical.com.
Concluding April 13
Dinner With Friends (Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre). The Roundabout Theatre Company production of Donald Margulies' Dinner With Friends stars Jeremy Shamos, Darren Pettie, Marin Hinkle and Heather Burns. According to the Roundabout, "Ever since Karen (Hinkle) and Gabe (Shamos) played matchmaker with their friends Beth (Burns) and Tom (Pettie), the two couples have been inseparable—going to the Vineyard every summer, raising their kids and enjoying countless dinners together. But when one marriage unexpectedly crumbles, the couples' lives begin to veer in opposite directions. Can these four friends move on to the next chapter without moving apart… or have they changed beyond recognition?" Visit RoundaboutTheatre.org.
A Second Chance (Off-Broadway at The Public Theater). A Second Chance, the new musical by Ted Shen that stars husband and wife actors Brian and Diane Sutherland, is directed by Jonathan Butterell. Here's how it's billed: "A stirring musical journey, A Second Chance tells the New York story of a recent widower and a divorcée who meet in mid-life and mid-crisis. Presented with the overwhelming challenge of freeing themselves from their painful pasts, neither feels deserving of happiness. Yet, the awakening of unanticipated feelings leads them to a possibility they both least expected to find." Visit PublicTheater.org.
Til Divorce Do Us Part: The Musical (Off-Broadway at the DR2 Theatre). Til Divorce Do Us Part: The Musical is an original musical comedy revue based on the real-life story of Ruthe Ponturo, who wrote the piece while going through her divorce from a Broadway producer. Til Divorce Do Us Part: The Musical, according to press notes, "is inspired by the true story of Ms. Ponturo, a Broadway producer's wife who was unceremoniously dumped by her husband after decades of marriage. Determined to celebrate a new chapter in her life, Ponturo's character turns to her wickedly witty friends, who together sing, dance and laugh their way through the ripple effects of divorce and self-discovery in this musical comedy revue." Visit TilDivorceTheMusical.com.
Appropriate (Off-Broadway at The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center). The New York premiere of Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' familial drama Appropriate features Maddie Corman, Patch Darragh, Tony Award nominee Johanna Day, Alex Dreier, Mike Faist, Izzy Hanson-Johnston, Sonya Harum and Michael Laurence. "The estranged members of the Lafayette clan have returned to Arkansas and their crumbling old plantation home to settle the accounts of their recently deceased patriarch," press notes state. "As they sort through a lifetime of hoarded mementos and junk, the discovery of a gruesome relic and a surprise visitor send the family into a spiral of crackling confrontations, repressed histories, and regret." Visit SignatureTheatre.org.