Saoirse Ronan and Lupita Nyong'o Arrive on Broadway as Linda Lavin Exits

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Zainab Jah, Saycon Sengbloh, Lupita Nyong&#39;o, Pascale Armand and Akosua Busia<br/>
Zainab Jah, Saycon Sengbloh, Lupita Nyong'o, Pascale Armand and Akosua Busia
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Feb. 25: The new musical Bright Star, from Grammy and Emmy winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, begins at the Cort Theatre. Carmen Cusack, Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, Stephen Bogardus and Dee Hoty are among the stars in this tale of love and redemption set against the backdrop of the American South in the 1920's and 40's.

Saoirse Ronan in "Brooklyn"
Saoirse Ronan in "Brooklyn"

March 1: Director-of-the-moment Ivo van Hove tackles another American classic: Arthur Miller's The Crucible. In the role of Abigail is Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Saoirse Ronan. Read about how the Irish star, who is actually a Bronx native, is preparing for her Broadway debut.


Feb. 25: Oscar and Golden Globe winner Forest Whitaker makes his Broadway debut in the revival of Eugene O'Neill's Hughie. Starring alongside Tony winner Frank Wood, the two take on this emotionally charged one-act set in New York City in 1928.

March 6: Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o makes her Broadway debut in Danai Gurira's Eclipsed, playing a young woman being held captive by a rebel commander in war-torn Liberia. “I love to take on roles that require me to learn something new and really challenge my understanding of what it takes to be a successful human being,” Nyong'o told; read the full interview here. Directed by Liesl Tommy, the production began previews Feb. 23.

March 8: Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick's musical Disaster!, a parody of 1970's disaster movies, officially opens on Broadway. Expect to hear all your favorite 70's rock, pop and disco hits including “Hot Stuff,” “I Am Woman” and “Knock On Wood.” The cast features Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin and Adam Pascal.


Boe in the curtain call of the 25th Anniversary Concert
Boe in the curtain call of the 25th Anniversary Concert Photo by Dan Wooller

Feb. 28: Don't miss the chance to see heralded singing actor Alfie Boe in his role as Jean Valjean in the Broadway production of Les Misérables. The tenor drew acclaim in the role following his performance in the 25th Anniversary Concert in London.

March 6: Linda Lavin takes a last bow in Manhattan Theatre Club's Broadway production of Our Mother's Brief Affair. The Tony winner plays the matriarch in Richard Greenberg's family drama about love and secrets.


Feb. 28: How will you be watching the 88th Annual Academy Awards? Whether its on your television with friends or at Joe's Pub, don't miss this year's ceremony hosted by comedian and filmmaker Chris Rock.

Feb. 29: Roundabout Theatre Company presents Spring Gala 2016: Celebrating 50 Years of Extraordinary Theatre Feb. 29. The evening, hosted by Nathan Lane, celebrates the company's achievements and recognizes the accomplishments of Audra McDonald.

March 4: Performances kick off for Carnegie Hall's large-scale revival of West Side Story, which will be presented through March 6 at the Knockdown Center, a restored 50,000-square-foot factory located in Queens. The cast is headed by Spring Awakening and “Pitch Perfect” singing actor Skylar Astin as Tony, Bianca Marroquín (Chicago, In The Heights) as Anita and Morgan Hernandez, making her New York debut as Maria.

Carol Channing in Hello Dolly!
Carol Channing in Hello Dolly!

March 5: The McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs celebrates Carol Channing's 95th birthday with special performances by Kristin Chenoweth, Alan Cumming, Florence Henderson, Cloris Leachman, Gavin MacLeod, Lily Tomlin and more.

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