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Celeb On Stage in New York - April 2016

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


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: Closes 1st January 2017

Pop songstress Sara Bareilles provides the score of this brand new musical, which is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus. Waitress tells the story of Jenna (Tony winner Jessie Mueller), a waitress with a talent for pie-making who longs to escape from her small town existence. More info

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: Closes 17th July 2016

With a stellar cast including Tony winner Sophie Okonedo and Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, Arthur Miller's landmark 1953 play mounts a much anticipated return to Broadway in Spring 2016. It's the story of a small, close-knit Puritan community whose lives are torn asunder by the climate of fear and suspicion that grows within them all as mass hysteria overtakes during a trial for witchcraft. More info

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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

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: Closes 10th July 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, Tangled) and Tony winners Laura Benanti (Gypsy) and Jane Krakowski (30 Rock, Ally McBeal) play the lead characters. The story revolves around a pair of rival perfumery clerks, who are unaware that each is the other's romantic pen pal. As the letters heat up, so does the conflict between the two - how long will it take to realize that they are in live with each other? More info

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: Closes 26th June 2016

Academy Award winner Jessica Lange and Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne lead the cast of this Eugene O'Neill revival. Published poshumously in 1956, and now hailed as the playwright's masterwork, this intense family drama examines the strain put upon the Tyrones, as mother Mary returns home after being treated for morphine addiction. More info

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: Closes 12th June 2016

Stage and movie veteran Frank Langella makes a welcome return to Broadway in Florian Zeller's Moliere Award-winning play about dementia. Langella plays the eponymous Father of the title in a touching portrait of an 80-year old man who lives with his immediate family - but his memory is failing him. Was he a tap dancer, or an engineer in his youth? Furthermore, is his daughter's husband or is he a new lover? More info

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: 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

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: Closes 13th June 2016

A theatrical experience like no other, Nassim Soleimanpour's acclaimed play has no rehearsals, no set and no director. The night's sole performer arrives on stage with nothing more than the script in a sealed envelope. Among those taking the plunge during this Off-Broadway run are Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and Martin Short. More info

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: 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 woman 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

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: Closes 1st May 2016

Homeland's Claire Danes and The Office's John Krasinski lead the cast of the sharp new play set in the high stakes world of investment banking. Centered on the desperate scramble for influence after a private equity firm is embroiled in a PR disaster, Dry Powder is written by Sarah Burgess and directed by Tony nominee Thomas Kail (Hamilton). More info

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: Closes 24th July 2016

A hilarious take-down of New York's foodie elite, Becky Mode's Fully Committed is a full throttle one man comedy, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family). He plays Sam, an out-of-work actor manning the phones at one of the city's swankiest eateries, having to juggle the demands of desperate customers, on edge waiters and egomaniacal chefs. More info

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: Closes 29th May 2016

What if Robin Hood took place in the formative years of this great nation? This American legend once again lands on the musical stage in 2016, helmed by Tony Award nominated director Alex Timbers (Peter And The Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and based on a short story by Eudora Welty. 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 Broadway favorite Alfie Boe! More info

: Closes 9th October 2016

Tony winners Audra McDonald, Billy Porter and Brian Stokes Mitchell star in this behind-the-scenes story of influential musical Shuffle Along. The 1921 show was a huge surprise hit in its day, kickstarting the careers of Josephine Baker and Paul Robeson, and rewriting Broadway's racial rulebook. This show marks McDonald's return to New York after her hugely acclaimed turn in Lady Day at Emerson's Bar and Grill. 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. More info

: Closes 5th June 2016

Two stage and screen award-winners join forces in Signature Theatre's brand-new work, set to open in April; Tony Award-winning Daphne Rubin-Vega, the original Mimi from RENT, and the SAG winner Samira Wiley from Orange Is The New Black play just two of a vibrant group of eccentrics who frequent a down at-heel bar in a North Philadelphia neighbourhood. They may get together to discuss art, life and politics, but as the drinks flow, we get to learn their true struggles, hopes and stories. More info

: Closes 4th June 2016

Updating the action to modern day New Orleans, Benedict Andrew offers a fresh take on Tennessee Williams' feverish classic, setting the play's bubbling cauldron of resentment and sexual frustration on a revolving stage. Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) stars as Blanche DuBois, opposite Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby. 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

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