Broadway’s First A Cappella Musical, and Lin-Manuel Miranda Drops a Hamilton Surprise

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The Know: What not to miss in theatre November 3-13.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Joseph Marzullo/WENN


November 3: Chazz Palminteri’s A Bronx Tale makes its Broadway debut, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and a book by Palminteri. The new musical, recently seen at Paper Mill Playhouse, is co-directed by two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro, who helmed the award-winning film, and four-time Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, with choreography by Tony nominee Sergio Trujillo.

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Nick Cordero and Jason Gotay Jerry Dalia

November 10: Broadway’s first a cappella musical, In Transit, debuts at Circle in the Square. Inspired by the vibrant rhythms of life on the subway, and featuring a score from the talents behind Frozen and Pitch Perfect, In Transit follows the intertwining lives of 11 New Yorkers.

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.

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 3: The New York premiere of Sweat by Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage officially opens at the Public Theater. The newest work by the Ruined playwright was awarded the prestigious 2016 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.

November 7: Athol Fugard’s “Master Harold” … and the Boys officially opens Off-Broadway at The Signature Theatre. Set in South Africa in 1950, the play looks at life during apartheid and the consequences of deep oppression.


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Kristin Chenoweth Monica Simoes

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 4: Announced November 3 by the man himself on Twitter, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s long-awaited Hamilton Mixtape album is available for pre-order. The album features hit songs from the show performed by popular artists, including “Satisfied” by Sia, “My Shot” by Busta Rhymes and The Roots, “Wait For It” by Usher, and “That Would Be Enough” by Alicia Keys. The mixtape will be released December 2.

November 6: The current contract for actors and stage managers working in Off-Broadway theatres expires. More than 1,000 members of Actors’ Equity Association, including Olympia Dukakis, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Estelle Parsons, Jonathan Groff, and Patrick Page, have signed an open letter seeking a “historic” pay increase for actors working on an Off-Broadway contract. Learn more here.

November 6: The Actors Fund hosts a special benefit performance of Hamilton at 7 PM, with all proceeds going towards the organization. Tickets range between $600 and $5,000.


November 7: A collection of one-minute plays centered on the current Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter movements—including works by Dominique Morisseau, Lynn Nottage, Colman Domingo, and David Henry Hwang—are staged at the Bank Street Theatre as part of The Every 28 Hours Plays.

November 7: Two-time Tony Award winner Chita Rivera makes her Carnegie Hall solo debut with Chita: Nowadays featuring favorites from her career, as well as new material, and special collaborations with guest stars Alan Cumming and Andy Karl.

November 7: Tony nominee Adam Pascal, most recently on Broadway in the new musical Disaster!, joins the cast of the musical comedy Something Rotten! at the St. James Theatre in the role of William Shakespeare.

November 7: Stephen Sondheim, rarely seen performing onstage these days, debuts “The Flag Song” that was cut from Assassins, at the Dramatists Guild Fund’s annual gala. He is joined by Tituss Burgess, Kate Baldwin, Aaron Tveit, Mandy Gonzalez, and more at the Gotham Hall event.

November 8: It’s Election Day! See photos of Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hugh Jackman, Emily Blunt, and more at the Hillary Clinton Broadway fundraiser last month.

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