Big-Name Stars Come to NYC in Intimate Venues

News   Big-Name Stars Come to NYC in Intimate Venues
This season, you'll find Lucas Hedges, Heather Headley, and more of your favorite stars working Off-Broadway.
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Great theatre extends beyond the Great White Way. Take time to visit these more intimate venues with high-quality productions and star power in the coming months.

Hedging a Bet
It’s not enough for Lucas Hedges to conquer one medium, apparently. The son of playwright-screenwriter Peter Hedges turned in a breakout performance as Casey Affleck’s teenage nephew in Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester by the Sea—his award from the National Board of Review actually reads Best Breakout Performance—and now he’s making his New York stage debut in Anna Jordan’s play about a childhood lived without boundaries, Yen. MCC starts previewing it January 12 for a January 31 bow. It’s amazing he found the time, with a film career going great guns: He can soon be seen in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, alongside Saoirse Ronan and Tracy Letts, then in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri with Frances McDormand and Peter Dinklage.

A Barroom with a View
On opening night of A Pigeon in the Taj Mahal, Charlotte Moore, the Irish Repertory Theatre’s artistic director, revealed the posthumous honor bestowed on John McMartin, her co-star in life, by Sardi’s Max Klimavicius. A plaque now adorns the front window of the first-floor bar, directly across from the favorite chair of the five-time Tony nominee, which reads: “Here’s where I watch the world go by—Jack McMartin.”

More Lippa Ahead
Tony-nominated songwriter Andrew Lippa, whose Jules Feiffer musical about a boy cartoonist, The Man in the Ceiling, bows May 1 at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater, leads off Lincoln Center’s 2017 American Songbook series on February 1 in the gorgeous Appel Room at Columbus Circle. Other theatre names coming through: Heather Headley (February 4), Liz Callaway (February 15), and Santino Fontana (February 18).

Horton’s Horizons
In his centenary, the late Horton Foote is proving effective at spotting future star-dramatists. Stockard Channing, who once starred in his Lily Dale, chaired the biennial Horton Foote Prizes this year, and Playwrights Horizons was honored.

The Outstanding New American Play was Marjorie Prime, and Lois Smith, who played the title role in Los Angeles, New York, and on screen last year, presented the prize to Jordan Harrison. The Promising New American Play Award went to Zayd Dohrn for The Profane, about a liberal first-generation immigrant faced with the prospect of conservative Muslin in-laws. It will have its world-premiere production at Playwrights Horizons March 17 through April 9.

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