Lolita Chakrabarti (Red Velvet)'s Life of Pi will made its Broadway debut beginning March 9, 2023 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, with opening night set for March 30. Based on Yann Martel’s best-selling novel, winner of the Man Booker Prize, Life of Pi follows a 16-year-old boy stranded in a lifeboat with some unusual company.
A cargo ship has sunk in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, leaving behind five survivors in a lifeboat. Sixteen-year-old Pi is one of them, joined in this tense quest for survival by a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger.
Broadway casting will be announced at a later date.
Director Max Webster (Henry V) will helm, joined on the creative team by Tony- and Olivier-winning set and costume designer Tim Hatley, puppet and movement director Finn Caldwell (Angels in America), Olivier-winning puppet designers Nick Barnes (Angels in America) and Caldwell, Olivier-winning video designer Andrzej Goulding (Eureka Day), Olivier-winning lighting designer Tim Lutkin (Back to the Future), and sound designer Carolyn Downing (Les Liaisons Dangereuses). Original music is by Andrew T Mackay (Henry V), and dramaturgy is by Jack Bradley.
The work's West End production, currently playing Wyndham's Theatre, took home five 2022 Olivier Awards, including Best Play and Best Supporting Actor, the latter awarded collectively to the team of puppeteers who play the tiger. The play is set to make its North American premiere ahead of the Broadway bow at American Repertory Theater at Harvard University, with a run scheduled for December 4–January 29, 2023.
The Broadway run is produced by Simon Friend, Daryl Roth, Hal Luftig, Mark Gordon, Playing Field, Tulchin/Bartner Productions, Gavin Kalin, Hunter Arnold, Hall Smalberg Winkler, 42nd.club, Elizabeth Armstrong, Eilene Davidson, Federman Jenen Productions, Susan Gallin, Independent Presenters Network, John Gore Organization, Kuhn Dodani, Harriet Leve, Mary Lu Roffe, Catherine Schreiber, Anthony Tang, Triple Threat Productions, American Repertory Theatre, and Sheffield Theatres. Aaron Lustbader and Hanna Osmolska serve as executive producers.
Tickets go on sale to the general public November 3 at 10 AM ET.
For tickets and more information, visit LifeOfPiBway.com.
Check out Life of Pi in the West End below.