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Celeb On Stage in New York - February 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Celeb On Stage in New York for the month of February 2016

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: Closes 21st February 2016

Arthur Miller's masterpiece arrives on Broadway in 2015 courtesy of London's Young Vic, whose West End staging earlier this year wowed the critics and won three Olivier Awards. Mark Strong heads the cast as Eddie Carbone, the Brooklyn longshoreman whose infatuation with his young niece leads to tragedy. More info

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: Closes 14th February 2016

For his long-awaited Broadway debut, Bruce Willis takes on the role of Paul Sheldon, a historical romance writer who has just killed off his main character, Misery Chastain, in a bid to re-invent himself as a 'serious' novelist. But unluckily for Paul, his literary re-birth has a lot of detractors, especially his 'Number One Fan' Annie Wilkes and after a car accident near her isolated house, he finds himself in her 'care'. More info

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: Closes 14th February 2016

At the grand age of 77, George Takei makes his Broadway debut in this incredible story of resilience, based on his early experiences. After selling out following it's world premiere in San Diego, Allegiance, a powerful musical detailing life for Japanese Americans following Pearl Harbour, comes to New York to enlighten and educate us about this often forgotten chapter in the nation's history. He stars alongside Miss Saigon's original star, Lea Salonga. More info

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Finding Neverland is the true story of playwright and author JM Barrie and how his friendship with the widowed Sylvia Llewellyn Davies and her children inspired one of the world's most treasured stories. Based on the Academy Award winning movie, expect to fall in love with the power of imagination and storytelling all over again. This exciting new production stars Frasier star Kelsey Grammer! More info

: Closes 11th June 2016

David Harrower's riveting two-hander takes place in a grubby office storage room, with the 50-something Ray being confronted by the women whom he raped fifteen years previously, when she was twelve years old. Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello, Blackbird stars Emmy winner Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams (Cabaret, My Week With Marilyn). More info

Adapted from Alice Walker's Pultizer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple returns to Broadway in 2015 with Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, Orange Is The New Black's Danielle Brooks and British actress Cynthia Erivo topping the bill. Centering on a young black girl named Celie in early 1900s America, The Color Purple is an uplifting tale of triumph over adversity, and boasts Oprah as one of its producers. More info

: Closes 12th June 2016

First performed on Broadway in 1964, Eugene O'Neill's Hughie is a tightly contructed two-hander, about small-time hustler Erie and the motel night clerk whom he regales with tall tales of women and gambling. Oscar winner Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) stars as Erie, while Michael Grandage directs. More info

: Closes 19th June 2016

Following a critically lauded run at the Public Theater, Danai Guirira's wrenching drama transfers to Broadway. Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) leads the cast as a captive wife of a rebel officer in the Liberian Civil War of 2003. More info

: Closes 13th March 2016

From a disastrous dress rehearsal where the cast fumble their entrances and exits, to bothersome props and a final performance of missed cues and forgotten lines, Noises Off is a show-within-a-show that explores explosive personal relationships that lead to off-stage shenanigans and on-stage bedlam. It's directed by Jeremy Herrin and stars Tony-winner Andrea Martin, Rob McClure and Meagan Hilty! More info

Rodgers and Hammerstein's epic returns to Broadway in a new production that captures the essence of this much-treasured piece of musical theatre history. It's 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 their different culture. Starring Tony winner Kelli O'Hara. More info

: Closes 27th March 2016

Manhattan Theatre Club presents the latest work from Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning playwright John Patrick Stanley (Doubt). Prodigal Son follows the fortunes of a talented but troubled teenager from the Bronx who begins at a private school on Manhattan. Two faculty members must try their hardest to help realize his tremendous potential while stopping him from hitting the self-destruct button. More info

: Closes 27th March 2016

A grandson returns home to his family's farmhouse in Illinois, but no one seems to recognise him. This stunning, Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Sam Shepard is revived by the The New Group, with Ed Harris (A History of Violence) and Amy Madigan (Field of Dreams) among the cast. More info

: Closes 4th June 2016

Roundabout Theatre mark their 50th Anniversary season with a brand new Broadway production of She Loves Me. Director Scott Ellis (The Elephant Man) helms the show, while Zachary Levi (Chuck) and Tony winners Laura Benanti (Gypsy) and Jane Krakowski (30 Rock) play the leads. The story revolves around a pair of constantly bickering parfumerie clerks, who are unaware that each is the others romantic pen pal. More info

Lydia R. Diamond's biting and hilarious new play examines the influence that race holds over four Harvard intellectuals on the eve of Obama's 2008 election. Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) directs, with Joshua Jackson (The Affair, Fringe) and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1 &2) and Tessa Thompson (Dear White People) starring. More info

: Closes 13th March 2016

Top theatre star Mark Rylance returns to the New York stage with new Nice Fish, a contemplative portrait of two ice fishermen waiting for one last catch of the season. Written in collaboration with poet Louis Jenkins, whose work Rylance has referenced in his Tony acceptance speeches, and co-directed with his wife Claire Van Kampen, Nice Fish is further proof of his status as one of 21st Century theatre's most interesting and talented performers. More info

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