Broadway isn’t the only place to find captivating theatre. Off-Broadway is home to many exciting shows and has also served as a launching pad for some of Broadway’s biggest hits. Roundabout Theatre Company has two shows currently running in their Off-Broadway space, the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre, that we think you’ll enjoy:
If I Forget
In the final months before 9/11, liberal Jewish studies professor Michael Fischer has reunited with his two sisters to celebrate their father’s 75th birthday. Each deeply invested in their own version of family history, the siblings clash over everything from Michael’s controversial scholarly work to the mounting pressures of caring for an ailing parent. As destructive secrets and long-held resentments bubble to the surface, the three negotiate—with biting humor and razor-sharp insight—how much of the past they’re willing to sacrifice for a chance at a new beginning. If I Forget tells a powerful tale of a family and a culture at odds with itself.
From Steven Levenson, acclaimed writer of Dear Evan Hansen and Roundabout’s The Language of Trees, comes If I Forget, a sharply funny, unflinchingly honest new play about the stories we choose to believe, the compromises we can’t avoid and the hurt only our nearest and dearest can inflict.
In the video above, watch the cast of If I Forget, including TV’s Kate Walsh (Private Practice) and Tony nominees Larry Bryggman (Proof), Maria Dizzia (Orange is the New Black), and Jeremy Shamos (Clybourne Park).
If I Forget is playing at the Laura Pels Theatre through April 30, 2017.
On the Exhale
When a senseless act of violence changes her life forever, a liberal college professor (Tony Award® nominee Marin Ireland, reasons to be pretty) finds herself inexplicably drawn to the very weapon used to perpetrate the crime – and to the irresistible feeling of power that comes from holding life and death in her hands. Peering down the barrel of a uniquely American crisis, she begins to suspect that when it comes to gun violence, we’re all part of the problem.
Roundabout Underground presents On the Exhale, a provocative world premiere from Martin Zimmerman (Netflix’s Narcos), directed by Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Well, Roundabout’s Violet). Staged with propulsive, heart-pounding intensity in Roundabout’s intimate Black Box Theatre, this grippingly immediate story draws you into the white-hot center of our country’s most divisive – and most urgent – debate.
In the video above, watch star Marin Ireland (Amazon’s Sneaky Pete) discuss On the Exhale.
On the Exhale is playing at Roundabout’s Black Box Theatre through April 2, 2017.
Group tickets start at $30 for If I Forget and $20 for On the Exhale for groups of 10+. To book your tickets today, call Your Broadway Genius at 877-943-2929.
Sunset Boulevard has extended its run to June 25, 2017! Glenn Close returns to Broadway in the tour de force performance that earned her the Tony Award for Best Actress – and a place in Broadway history.
Featuring a 40-piece orchestra, the largest in Broadway history, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony Award®-winning masterwork of dreams and desire in the land called Hollywood comes to the Palace Theatre for 20 weeks only following a sold out run in London’s West End.
Tickets start at $55 for groups of 12+, so don’t miss your chance to see this incredible musical and legendary performance. Call 877-943-2929 and talk to a Genius today!
Only one of two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s plays in his American Century Cycle has never been seen on Broadway – until now.
The premiere Broadway production of August Wilson’s Jitney is now in its final weeks. The production, which opened at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on January 19th, will play its final performance on March 12th. Fortunately, there are still group tickets available starting at $30 for groups of 10+.
Set in the early 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. When the city threatens to board up the business and the boss’ son returns from prison, tempers flare, potent secrets are revealed and the fragile threads binding these people together may come undone at last.
Jitney is directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson and stars John Douglas Thompson (Cyrano de Bergerac, The Bourne Legacy), André Holland (Moonlight, FX’s American Horror Story: Roanoke) and more. Don’t miss your chance to see this incredible play by a true American treasure. Call 877-943-2929 and let Your Broadway Genius help you get the best seats at the lowest prices.
The New Group’s production of Evening at the Talk House is playing at The Pershing Square Signature Center for 6 weeks only! This production marks the U.S. premiere of playwright and actor Wallace Shawn’s latest play, which was first produced by the National Theatre in London in 2016. Matthew Broderick and Jill Eikenberry lead the U.S. cast, which also features Shawn in a role he reprises from the London production. Evening at the Talk House is playing at the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre from January 31 to March 12, 2017, so book now! With group ticket prices as low as $30, there’s no time to waste! Call 877-943-2929 and speak to a Genius today!
Press notes state: “Remember when you felt you could do anything, when there was still nothing to fear? Yes, things have changed a bit, haven’t they? And everyone keeps saying there’s nothing to be afraid of! Please join us to raise a toast on the 10th anniversary of the opening night of Robert’s (Matthew Broderick) under-appreciated masterpiece, Midnight in a Clearing with Moon and Stars. To recall that wonderful creative atmosphere, which we all miss so much, Nellie (Jill Eikenberry) will host this celebration at our old haunt, the Talk House (which, despite everything, remains open). Please come. We need each other.“
Don’t miss them! Continuing where our previous post left off, let’s take a final look at the shows that are set to close this Sunday, January 15th:
This long-running hit tells the story of Franki Valli and The Four Seasons, portraying the band’s formation and success, as well as providing a glimpse at the behind-the-scenes drama that plagued the 1960s sensation, all from the perspectives of the members themselves. Since opening at the August Wilson Theatre in 2005, Jersey Boys has been playing The Four Seasons’ greatest hits to Broadway audiences from all around the world. Be sure to catch the phenomenon while you still can!
Next up at the August Wilson Theatre: Groundhog Day is set to open on April 17, 2017.
Following an incredibly successful Off-Broadway run, this four time Tony Award-winner opened on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre in February of 2016, before moving to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre that August. Written by Stephen Karam, this one-act play depicts a tense family Thanksgiving in the small Manhattan apartment of one of the grown daughters. In addition to winning the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play, The Humans was also a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize.
Next up at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre: Come from Away is set to open on March 12, 2017.
Check into the Holiday Inn before it closes its doors! Adapted from the 1942 film of the same name and featuring the beloved standards by Irving Berlin, this feel-good holiday hit opened this past October at Studio 54 for a limited engagement. This energetic, toe-tapping musical stars Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder) and Corbin Bleu (Godspell, High School Musical) as two thirds of a song-and-dance trio who headline at a farmhouse-turned-inn. This show is one you won’t want to miss!
Next up at Studio 54: Sweat is set to open on March 26, 2017.
Stay tuned for our next installment, as we take a final look at the shows that are set to close during the rest of January!
Catch them while you can! Continuing where our previous post left off, let’s take a final look at the shows that are set to close this Sunday, January 8th:
The Color Purple:
Transferring from the West End, this uplifting production of The Color Purple opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in December of 2015 to rave reviews. Cynthia Erivo made her star-making Broadway debut as Celie, the resilient heroine of Alice Walker’s novel (also adapted into an iconic 1985 film starring Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey). This powerfully scaled-down revival of the musical electrified critics and audiences alike, winning two Tony Awards (Best Actress for Erivo and Best Revival of a Musical) in the process. Don’t miss your chance to witness this amazing production, starring Erivo and Broadway legend Jennifer Holliday!
Next up at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre: Bandstand is set to open on April 26, 2017.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses:
You won’t want to miss this provocative adaptation of the novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. Tony winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber star as 18th Century French aristocrats who manipulate and seduce unwitting participants in their vicious games. Another West End transfer, this limited engagement at the Booth Theatre is the second revival of the play by Christopher Hampton, which was adapted into the 1988 film Dangerous Liaisons starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Next up at the Booth Theatre: Significant Other is set to open on March 2, 2017.
In the most unique production to grace the Great White Way in recent memory, The Encounter takes audiences on a multi-sensory journey from star and director Simon McBurney’s present-day London home to photojournalist Loren McIntyre’s 1969 encounter with an “uncontacted” native tribe in the Amazon rainforest, using Petru Popescu’s book about the event, Amazon Beaming, as inspiration. Since opening at the John Golden Theatre in September of 2016 (following a sold out run in London), McBurney’s solo performance has made use of innovative aural technology (seats are equipped with headphone sets) and truly avant-garde storytelling techniques to take audiences on a voyage through his story, through McIntyre’s, and through their own. The Encounter is more than a play: it’s an experience, one you’ll be thinking and talking about long after you leave the theater.
Next up at the John Golden Theatre: A Doll’s House, Part 2 is set to open on April 27, 2017.
Originally staged Off-Broadway as two one-act musicals before making its unified Broadway premiere in 1992, Falsettos tells the story of Marvin (two-time Tony winner Christian Borle in this production) as he struggles to hold together his modern “family,” comprising his son, his ex-wife, his boyfriend, his psychiatrist, and his lesbian next-door neighbors. This limited engagement opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre on October 27, 2016, and it’s been the talk of the town ever since! With a score this rich, a book this funny, and a heart this big, there’s no doubt as to why. Also, be sure to catch Christian Borle again in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this spring!
Next up at the Walter Kerr Theatre: Amélie is set to open on April 3, 2017.
Stay tuned for our next installment, as we take a final look at the shows that are set to close during the last weeks of January!
Every year, a new lineup of shows comes to the Great White Way, ready to dazzle and entrance audiences from all around the world. Unfortunately, in order for these new Broadway shows to open, others have to close. Typically, many of these shows tend to close during the winter months, from January to March. Let’s take a final look at the shows that are set to close at the beginning of January.
Juuust making it to 2017, we said goodbye to these shows on Sunday, January 1st:
Matilda the Musical:
Transferring from a still-running, Olivier Award-winning production in the West End, Matilda the Musical opened on Broadway in April of 2013. Based on the beloved novel by Roald Dahl, Matilda delighted grown-ups and children alike at the Shubert Theatre for nearly three years before closing on Sunday, January 1. Music and lyrics for Matilda the Musical were written by Tim Minchin, who also wrote the music and lyrics for the upcoming musical Groundhog Day (set to open on Broadway on April 17, 2017).
Next up at the Shubert Theatre: Hello, Dolly! is set to open on April 20, 2017.
This gut-busting musical comedy opened at the St. James Theatre in April of 2015. Something Rotten! tells the story of the fictional Bottom brothers, contemporaries and rivals of the overbearing William Shakespeare, as they struggle to make their mark on the 16th Century theatre world. This uproarious hit showed Broadway a very different side of the Bard.
Next up at the St. James Theatre: Disney’s Frozen is set to open during the 2018 season, following renovations to the theatre.
The Illusionists – Turn of the Century:
This touring magic production returned to Broadway for a limited engagement on November 25, 2016. Featuring several prominent magicians and magical acts, this show wowed and confounded audiences at the Palace Theatre during the holiday season. Hopefully, we can expect The Illusionists to return again soon!
Next up at the Palace Theatre: Sunset Boulevard is set to open on February 9, 2017.
Stay tuned for our next installment, as we take a final look at the shows that are set to close this Sunday, January 8th!
Looking to treat your group to a one-of-a-kind Broadway experience? Ready to laugh your fish-tail off while doing so? Look no further than Oh, Hello on Broadway! After acclaimed runs both Off-Broadway and across the country, comedians Nick Kroll (Comedy Central’s “Kroll Show”) and John Mulaney (Netflix’s “The Comeback Kid”) have taken over the Broadway stage as their “legendary” over-the-hill alter egos Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland. Only partially scripted, this show guarantees a new laugh at each performance – so we know it’s one your group will not want to miss!
The Color Purple, currently running at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, will close January 8, 2017. The production, which earned the 2016 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, will have played Broadway for 14 months when it closes.
The show, starring Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo in her Broadway debut, earned rave reviews when it opened on Broadway last December. Tony nominee Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black) co-starred and Jennifer Hudson, Heather Headley, and Jennifer Holliday all played the role of Shug during the show’s run.
The Color Purple features a book by Marsha Norman, lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and music by Russell and Willis. Based on the novel by Alice Walker, the tuner tells the story of Celie, a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discovers her voice in the world.
Group tickets are still available. For the best seats at the best price, give us a call at 877-943-2929 now!