LAST CHANCE: What's Closing This Week
By Michael Gioia
Here's Playbill.com's weekly "Last Chance" reminder to catch Broadway, Off-Broadway and world-premiere productions before they take a final bow.
Concluding June 24
Priscilla Queen of the Desert (Broadway at the Palace Theatre). Priscilla Queen of the Desert stars Tony Award nominee Will Swenson, Tony Award nominee Tony Sheldon and Nick Adams as a "trio of friends on a heart-warming, uplifting road trip of a lifetime who hop aboard a battered old bus searching for love and friendship in the middle of the Australian outback and end up finding more than they could ever have dreamed," according to press notes. Visit PriscillaOnBroadway.com.
Godspell (Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre). The Daniel Goldstein-directed revival of Godspell, which features a score by Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz, includes Corbin Bleu as Jesus and Wallace Smith as John and Judas, as well as Uzo Aduba, Nick Blaemire, Hannah Elless, Celisse Henderson, Morgan James, Telly Leung, George Salazar and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle. Understudies are Corey Mach, Eric Michael Krop, Julia Mattison and Amina Robinson. Visit Godspell.com.
Million Dollar Quartet (Off-Broadway at New World Stages). Directed by Eric Schaeffer (Follies), Million Dollar Quartet — filled with blues and rock 'n' roll hits — is inspired by the true story of a December 1956 Memphis meeting of Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley at Sun Records' studio. The current cast features features Eddie Clendening (Elvis Presley), Lance Guest (Johnny Cash), Robert Britton Lyons (Carl Perkins), Randy Redd (Jerry Lee Lewis), Victoria Matlock (Dyanne) and Curt Bouril (Sam Phillips). Visit MillionDollarQuartetLive.com.
Chimichangas and Zoloft (Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company/Stage 2). Atlantic Theater Company's world-premiere production of Fernanda Coppel's play Chimichangas and Zoloft features Teddy Cañez, Zabryna Guevara, Alfredo Narciso, Xochitl Romero and Carmen Zilles. Here's how ATC bills the play: "Suffering from a profound sense of disappointment after her 40th birthday, Sonia (Guevara) flees her family and goes on a binge of prescription Zoloft and greasy chimichangas. Sonia's rebellious daughter Jackie (Zilles) and her best friend Penelope (Romero) hatch a plan to lure Sonia back home, while their fathers (Cañez, Narciso) struggle with a secret association of their own. This irreverent story examines the search for happiness and the mysteries of sexuality through the eyes of two brazen teenagers." Visit AtlanticTheater.org.
Food and Fadwa (Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop). Here's how Food and Fadwa is described: "Meet Fadwa Faranesh, an unmarried, 30-something Palestinian woman living in Bethlehem in the politically volatile West Bank. Known for her delectable cooking and deep-seated sense of duty to her family and aging father, our kitchen maven insists on continuing the preparations for the wedding of her younger sister despite constraints of daily life under occupation. In Food and Fadwa politics blend with family tensions to create a sometimes humorous and sometimes heartbreaking meal of a play that melds the fight a Palestinian family wages to hold onto its traditional culture with its need to celebrate love, joy, and hope." Tony Award nominee Arian Moayed is among the cast. Visit NYTW.org.
Medieval Play (Off-Broadway at The Pershing Square Signature Center / Irene Diamond Stage). Signature bills Medieval Play this way: "Two French mercenary knights set out on a quest for relative moral redemption against the classic comic background of late 14th-century ecclesiastical politics. A story of friendship, love, noble feats of arms, indiscriminate brutality, the progressive refinement of medieval table manners and the general decline of the chivalric ideal at the onset of the Great Papal Schism of 1378." Visit SignatureTheatre.org.
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