Broadway Welcomes Dear Evan Hansen and Says Farewell to Kristin Chenoweth

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The Know: What not to miss in theatre November 10-20.
Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth Walter McBride


November 10: Performances begin at Lincoln Center Theater for Richard Greenberg’s The Babylon Line, directed by Steppenwolf co-founder Terry Kinney. Set in 1967, Josh Radnor stars as a Greenwich Village bohemian and writer who forms a special connection with one of his writing students.

Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen at Arena Stage.
Ben Platt in Dear Evan Hansen at Arena Stage. Margot Schulman

November 11: The world premiere of The Band’s Visit, based on the award-winning film of the same name, begins at Atlantic Theater Company. The new musical features a book by Drama Desk Award nominee Itamar Moses and music and lyrics by Tony Award nominee David Yazbek, and a cast that includes John Cariani and Monk star Tony Shalhoub.

November 11: Performances kick off at Playwrights Horizons for Dan LeFranc’s Rancho Viejo, a show billed by the Off-Broadway theatre as a comedy of anxiety and awkward neighbors. The production is directed by three-time Obie Award winner Daniel Aukin.

November 14: Off-Broadway hit Dear Evan Hansen begins previews on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. Pitch Perfect's Ben Platt, who starred in the world and New York premieres, returns to the title role. The original musical features a score by the Tony and Emmy-nominated songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight, A Christmas Story), a book by Steven Levenson (Masters of Sex), choreography by Danny Mefford (Fun Home), and direction by three-time Tony nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then).


November 14: The Broadway transfer of Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812 opens at the Imperial Theatre. The original musical stars Denée Benton and Josh Groban making their Broadway debuts.

Liesl Tommy
Liesl Tommy Joseph Marzullo/WENN

November 15: Following the success of Eclipsed, Tony-nominated director Liesl Tommy returns to the Public Theater for the New York premiere of Party People, which she co-created with the award-winning ensemble Universes. The high-energy show, about the complicated legacies of the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords Org/Party, blends theatre, poetry, jazz, hip-hop, politics, and multimedia.


November 16: The American premiere of Dan Gordon’s stage adaptation of Terms of Endearment opens Off-Broadway. The play is based on the book by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry and the Oscar-winning screenplay by James L. Brooks, which traces the love/hate relationship between a mother and her independent daughter—played by Molly Ringwald and Hannah Dunne.

November 20: The New Group’s revival of Sweet Charity, starring two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, officially opens Off-Broadway. Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Dorothy Fields’ classic musical is directed by Leigh Silverman with choreography by Joshua Bergasse.


November 13: Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth wraps up her two-week solo concert at Broadway’s Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Titled My Love Letter to Broadway, the evening features a handpicked selection of musical theatre favorites from the Tony winner.


November 13: The world premiere of Stuffed, written by and starring two-time Grammy-nominated comic Lisa Lampanelli, closes Off-Broadway. The new production from the Women’s Project Theater explores the complexity of women’s relationships to food and body image through Lampanelli’s signature comedic style.


November 11: Last week, Lin-Manuel Miranda announced that his long-awaited Hamilton Mixtape album was available for pre-order, as well as what tracks and artists would be featured. This week, the Hamilton star and creator has revealed that two additional tracks from the album will become available on iTunes at midnight November 10: “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)” by K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, and Residente; and “Satisfied” by Sia featuring Miguel & Queen Latifah. The mixtape is scheduled to be released December 2.


November 13: The New York Musical Festival (NYMF) hosts its annual gala at the Edison Ballroom in honor of Tony and Grammy-winning composer and lyricist Duncan Sheik, casting director Tara Rubin, and former NYMF Board member and treasurer Frank Troutman. Slated to perform at the event in New York are Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt), Sierra Boggess (The Little Mermaid), Bryce Pinkham (Gentleman's Guide), and more.

November 14: The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway takes over the American Airlines Theatre for one night only. The annual event brings together writers, directors, and actors to create and perform six original plays within 24 hours; Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), Jenna Ushkowitz (Glee), Tracie Thoms (Rent), Paul Schneider (Parks and Recreation), and Raúl Castillo (Looking) are among the stars participating.

November 14: Theatre Communications Group celebrates its 2016 gala by honoring Tony-nominated playwright Danai Gurira; as well as Tony-nominated producers Stephen C. Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey; and the Vilcek Foundation, led by Rick Kinsel. Broadway stars slated to attend include James Earl Jones, Norm Lewis, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Brandon Victor Dixon, and more.

November 14: The longest-running American musical, Chicago, celebrates its 20th anniversary on Broadway. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle of the 1920’s, the story follows cellmates Roxie and Velma as they attempt to avoid conviction for murder.

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