OLD HATS at Signature Theatre:

Conceived and performed by Bill Irwin and David Shiner, featuring music by Nellie McKay. The new zany performance piece from PTC fave, Bill Irwin, has been so popular it has been extended. But, I would recommend getting tickets soon since they have almost sold out the extension! (Running until June 9th)

FAR FROM HEAVEN at Playwrights Horizons:

Music & Lyrics by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie, with a Book by Richard Greenberg, starring Kelli O’Hara. Based on the 2002 film starring Julianne Moore about a 1950s housewife uncovering secrets of her perfect life, this new musical has a dream team assembled for its NYC premiere, including a stunning score from the composing duo who brought you GREY GARDENS. (May 18th –June 30th)

HERE LIES LOVE at the Public Theater:

Music & Lyrics by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Directed by Alex Timbers. This immersive new rock musical about Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos puts the audience into the dance party for the ultimate theatrical event, complete with visual effects galore and wildly animated cast of characters. The demand for this musical has been especially insane, and it has been extended three times so far to keep up with a growing audience. Performances sell out quickly, so I would recommend putting this one at the top of your list. (Running until June 30th)

MURDER BALLAD at the Union Square Theatre:

Music & Lyrics by Juliana Nash, Book & Lyrics by Julia Jordan. Following a sold out run at Manhattan Theatre Club and rave critical reviews earlier this season, this new musical is coming back for the summer to appease the many audience members who could not get in the first time to see it. With a brilliant cast, the story is all about an ill-fated love triangle pulling together disparate NYC neighborhoods and one woman’s dark past. A turbo-charged, thrilling feast for the senses! (Begins May 22)

NOBODY LOVES YOU at Second Stage:

Book & Lyrics by Itamar Moses, Music & Lyrics by Gaby Alter. This long-anticipated new musical is finally landing in its East Coast premiere in NYC this summer. After enthusiastic audience response for its world premiere out west, NOBODY LOVES YOU, a musical satire about the world of reality television, is ready to wow at Second Stage with its book-writer, celebrated playwright Itamar Moses, at the helm with a score by emerging, buzzworthy composer Gaby Alter. (Begins June 20)

THE UNAVOIDABLE DISAPPEARANCE OF TOM DURNIN at Roundabout Theatre Company:

Written by Steven Levenson, Directed by Scott Ellis, and featuring David Morse. I first saw this play in a developmental workshop, and felt it spoke bluntly (but captivatingly) to what has happened to our American class structure and the state of the family since the financial crisis. Levenson is a fresh talent, who has been cultivated by Roundabout over the last few years, and definitely carries the voice of an informed generation; this play was recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New American Plays Award. (May 31st – August 25th)

CHOIR BOY at Manhattan Theatre Club:

Written by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Directed by Trip Cullman. This play with music follows a young African American boy in his senior year along the backdrop of his school choir, as he discovers his identity. A tremendous success in its premiere in London, CHOIR BOY is infused with a compelling range of gospel and spiritual music throughout, and is sure to be an emotionally engaging and intimate time in the theatre. (Begins June 18)

 

Off the Beaten Path, but Worthy Excursions

Cora Bissett’s ROADKILL at St. Ann’s Warehouse:

After selling out runs in major cities and winning a 2012 Olivier award, this intense work is finally making its American debut. An immersive performance, the play takes the audience into the brutal, gripping atmos of human trafficking (the work is based on a real account). This guarantees to be an unforgettable experience. (June 4th – 30th)

Clubbed Thumb Summerworks 2013:

This series continually provides an exciting showcase for some of the best up-and-coming plays and playwrights working today, and the schedule this summer is particularly promising with a few of my personal favorites bringing new work to the table. The lineup includes BABY SCREAMS MIRACLE by Clare Barron, PHOEBE IN WINTER by Jen Silverman, and LA BREA by Gregory S. Moss.

Also, if you’re a musical buff, keep in mind The New York Musical Theatre Festival runs from July 8th through July 28th.

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