OFF-BROADWAY

Donna Summer Musical Tops Chita Rivera Broadway, Off-Broadway Awards (Photos!)

Sergio Trujillo and Ariana DeBose put Summer: The Donna Summer the Musical in the spotlight at the The 2018 Chita Rivera Awards for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. They won awards for best choreography and outstanding female dancer, respectively, making Summer the only show to win two awards. See a complete list of winners and nominees here. ... Read More...

‘Friends, The Musical Parody’ Is a Hysterical Send-Up of ’90s Sitcom

Could Friends!, The Musical Parody be any more fun? Nope. The hit NBC show is ripe for riffing, and who better to take it on than parody masterminds Tobly and Bob McSmith, the clever writers behind Showgirls! The Musical! and Bayside! The Musical! Whether you’ve simply caught the sitcom in reruns or you have pined for the day when Ross and Rachel would finally get together, this musical is a hysterical send-up of all that you loved to hate about the 1990s.... Read More...

Steven Dietz’s Lonely Planet Brilliantly Produced by Keen Company (Video)

Steven Dietz’s play, Lonely Planet, has been brilliantly produced by the Keen Company. It’s an emotional touchstone harkening back to a time when America was caught in the deadly grip of the AIDS epidemic. Written in 1993, Lonely Planet is a two-character study that follows Jody (Arnie Burton) and Carl (Matt McGrath) through a world consumed by darkness, doubt and death.... Read More...

Donald Trump Political Satire ‘Me the People’ a Hilarious Call to Arms

Me the People: The Trump America Musical manages to be entertaining and cringe worthy at its best moments and only slightly schlocky at its worst. Me the People is not simply a jab at America’s current president; this cabaret is an important call to arms. In an era of watered down jokes and impressions a la “The Tonight Show with Jimmy zoneslon” and “Saturday Night Live,” it’s a gift to find a show that is as funny as it is unapologetic for its painful impressions and humor. ... Read More...

Baghdaddy Relives Iraq War’s Dark Truths in Quirky Off-Broadway Musical

Free donuts and coffee, name tags, a church basement. Is this an AA meeting, or is it a musical? Actually, it’s a bit of both. Factor in political satire, vigorous choreography, dark humor, strobe lights and rap and rock music, and you get Baghdaddy, a show with a title just as bizarre as its storytelling. The audience is a part of the show as disgraced spies sit among guests revealing their truths: “I’m Martin. I started the Iraq War,” says one actor.... Read More...

August Darnell’s Cherchez La Femme an Explosion of Disco, Calypso

August Darnell personified ’80s pop culture, as larger-than-life Calypso bon vivant “Kid Creole,” leader of the band Kid Creole & The Coconuts. The 1980’s were so grand, colorful, and over-the-top they were dubbed “The Big ’80s.” Now that era is set to return in the musical Cherchez La Femme at the iconic La Mama Theater in East Greenwich Village. August, brother Stony Browder, brassy lead singer Cory Daye, percussionist Andy Hernandez, and Micky Sevilla were nominated for a Grammy Award as Best New Artist. ... Read More...

James Franco Makes Directing Debut Off-Broadway

James Franco is adding some marquee glitter to Rattlestick Theater’s 20th Anniversary season. He’ll make his Off-Broadway directorial debut this summer helming the premiere of new play. Franco will direct playwright Robert Boswell’s world premiere of his work The Long Shrift. Hollywood screenwriter, director and actress Jennifer DeLia will be directing Scott Organ’s play Phoenix. ... Read More...

Cynthia Nixon in New Group Reading ‘Women Behind Bars’

Cynthia Nixon, Janeane Garofolo and other top New York theater actors will perform a one-night-only benefit reading of the play Women Behind Bars Monday, May 7, at The New Group at Theatre Row. Directed by Scott Elliott, Women Behind Bars will also feature Charles Busch, Halley Feiffer, Nancy Giles, Josh Hamilton, Natasha Lyonne, Rosie O’Donnell, Rhea Perlman, Daphne Rubin-Vega and Jennifer Tilly.... Read More...

Usher Signs for Two Shows Off-Broadway in ‘Fuerza Bruta’

R&B star Usher is making a special visit to off-Broadway show Fuerza Bruta: Look Up for two performances later this month at the Daryl Roth Theatre in Manhattan. The show marks his return to New York theater. His seventh studio album, Looking for Myself, is set for a June 12 release. His seventh studio album, Looking for Myself, is set for a June 12 release. Usher will play the boxing great Suger Ray Leonard, along with Robert De Niro, on the big screen.... Read More...