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New York Stars on Stage in May 2015

Our selection of the best stars on stage in New York for the month of May 2015

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: Closes 21st June 2015

After a sold-out run in London's West End, David Hare's Skylight makes its Broadway debut with Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan as Kyra and Tom, former lovers on the verge of re-awakening their long lost connection. But the years between them are not the only obstacles to a reunion, preconceived notions and warring opinions ignite a dynamic debate in this comedic and wickedly clever show. More info

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: Closes 24th May 2015

Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway returns to the stage for the first time in six years in this timely one-woman show. Written by George Brant, and directed by Tony winner Julie Taymor, Grounded centers on Hathaway's unnamed fighter pilot, whose life begins to unravel when she's reassigned to the military's drone program. More info

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: Closes 28th June 2015

After wowing on London's West End, and winning an Olivier to add to her Academy Award for playing Queen Elizabeth II, Helen Mirren dons the crown once again to bring The Audience to Broadway. Directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Peter Morgan, this luminous play imagines the private weekly meetings held between Her Majesty and the Prime Minister of the day, leading to some very interesting observations! More info

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: Closes 18th July 2015

Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David makes his acting and playwriting Broadway debut with Fish in the Dark. Produced by Scott Rudin (Book of Mormon) and directed by Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County), the play centers around a death in the family. More info

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: Closes 7th June 2015

Due to phenomenal demand, this starry revival of Terence McNally's comedy extends its run until June 2015. Set on the opening night of a new Broadway show, It's Only a Play is a by turns biting and affectionate send up of the theatrical world. Among the cast are Broadway favorites Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, who star alongside T. R. Knight and Stockard Channing. More info

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: Closes 19th July 2015

Theatre producer Oscar Jaffee has exactly one train journey to convince Broadway starlet, Lily Garland, to take on the lead in his brand new play! Two tiny problems exist - he is completely bankrupt and the epic play in question doesn't actually exist yet! Love and luck take centre-stage in this mischevious romantic comedy, where Peter Gallagher and Tony-winner Kristin Chenoweth star as the former lovers who meet by fate aboard the luxurious Twentieth Century's Chicago to New York City line. More info

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a musical comedy about a fictional rock 'n' roll band fronted by a transgender singer from East Berlin. Directed by Tony-winning Michael Mayer of Spring Awakening and American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch won four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for its former star, Neil Patrick Harris. This production has seen several actors take on the lead role, including the original Hedwig himself, John Cameron Mitchell! More info

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: Closes 4th October 2015

The acclaimed Eric Schaeffer helms this brand new revival of Lerner and Loewe's classic musical starring Vanssa Hudgens in the title role! This comedic tale of a young woman groomed to be a playboy's companion, until the two unexpectedly fall in love, won the 1958 Academy Award for Best Picture and starred Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan in the lead roles. More info

: Closes 5th July 2015

The Rogers and Hammerstein epic returns to Broadway in a new production that promises to capture the essence of this much-treasured piece of musical theatre history. The story of a widowed governess, who is charged with teaching the severe King of Thailand's myriad royal offspring, and the journey that they both take as they teach each other about respect, culture and the celebration of love. Starring five time Tony Nominee Kelli O'Hara and Academy Award Nominee Ken Watanabe in his American stage debut at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre! More info

: Closes 7th May 2015

Directed by Tony Award winning Susan Stroman (The Producers), this production promises a lavish take on Lehar's comic story of love blossoming amidst bureaucratic wrangling. Set against the background of fin de siecle Paris, scenes take place at Maxim's, with Susan Graham singing the role of the beguiling heiress that has all of Paris under her spell. Or is it her vast fortune that has men flocking to her in droves? More info

: Closes 10th May 2015

Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine, The Slap) takes on the career-defining role of The Dane in Classic Stage Company's new production. Considered perhaps the greatest tragedy ever written, Hamlet centers on the bloodthirsty struggle for the Danish throne. Austin Pendleton directs, with Penelope Allen and Tony winner Stephen Spinella also among the cast. More info

: Closes 2nd August 2015

The four-time Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jim Parsons, better known to most as gawky theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper from the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory, is set to return to Broadway this Spring in his most controversial role yet - God. Parsons takes on the starring role in this adaptation of David Javerbaum's fearless and critically claimed satire/"autobiography" 'The Last Testament: A Memoir by God'. More info

: Closes 7th May 2015

Dance sensation Derek Hough joins Broadway starlet Laura Benanti (Gypsy) and The Rockettes in a celebration of Springtime as they lead this brand new Radio City extravaganza, opening in March for a strictly limited time. Directed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, it's been billed as an all-dancing love letter to The Big Apple in the spring time, taking the audience on a grand tour of the city's most iconic landmarks. More info

: Closes 10th May 2015

It's 1924 and a young American, Nikos has inherited a defunct mine that he plans to re-open with the help of Zorba, a spirited and cantankerous local, for whom life moves at its own pace. Unsurprisingly, Zorba proves to be an unsuccessful fixer, spending money for supplies on wine and belly dancers, much to the chagrin of his sweetheart Hortense. But Zorba is an anti-hero, the sort of man who can help navigate through life's choppy waters. More info

Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and Kenneth Walsh (The Aviator) star in this brand new play which begins with a young woman planting a kiss on the neck of a total stranger. Commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club, Heisenberg is playwright Simon Stephen's follow up to the enormously successful The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. More info

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