Renée Fleming is starring in a revival of “Carousel.” Glenda Jackson is back on Broadway after 30 years, playing alongside Oscar-nominated Laurie Metcalf. These are two headlines of this week in New York performing arts.
Here is a pick of this and other Big Apple stage shows for the next seven days. The format of these short capsule previews is to list newly opening and one-time productions; those near the end of their run, and others highly recommended.
At Imperial Theatre, previews from February 28 and opens on April 12
Strictly speaking we are in preview mode on this one. The cast includes opera singer Renée Fleming as well as Joshua Henry and Jessie Mueller. It is a classic. More on this as it comes.
“Three Tall Women”
At Golden Theatre, from February 27 through June 4.
Edward Albee’s acclaimed later play has two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson returning to Broadway after her 30-year absence. Laurie Metcalf – currently nominated for her first Oscar for “Lady Bird” - and Alison Pill are the other players. We have three versions of the same woman at various stages of her life.
LAST CHANCE TO SEE
“Fire and Air”
At Classic Stage Company, through February 25
A portrait of a powerful producer who demanded sexual favors from his stars. Terrence McNally’s historical play has gained significance in the wake of #METOO and #TIMESUP.
ALSO WORTH SEEING
At St James Theatre, previews from February 22.
The ubiquitous Michael Grandage directs was the movie comes to Broadway. In its new form some of the film magic is replaced by a new magic: there are twice as many songs woven in. This is a surefire sellout just given the level of interest in the film and all things Disney.
“In The Body of the World”
At Manhattan Theatre Club, through March 25
Eve Ensler shot to fame with “The Vagina Monologues.” She’s since written an autobiography of sorts on injustices and its success. This solo show adapts the memoir for stage.
“The Parisian Woman”
At Hudson Theater, through March 11.
Uma Thurman plays the central character in “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon’s story first penned about 2013. If playgoers aren’t attracted by her starry presence, they may be by the makeover of this story to give it a harder political edge in this era of President Trump. There are so-so- topical references to “fake news.” While it doesn’t quite deliver, it’s still an evening of class. Thurman, playing a Francophile in an open marriage to a lawyer, is onstage for all 90 minutes (no interval). She certainly proves her stage credentials.
“A Bronx Tale”
At Longacre Theatre, open dates, booking though June.
This show is recommended any week, not just this one. The show is a musical account of the story that has already been a book, a play and of course a Robert De Niro movie.
At Richard Rodgers Theater, open dates.
A show about American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton might not sound a rewarding prospect, but this is still one of the highlights of Broadway. Hamilton had a huge character and a most eventful life. The raps are hilarious. It also has contemporary resonance – how will we be remembered… and our Presidents too.
At Brooks Atkinson Theatre, extended through December.
This wonderfully funny show keeps getting extended. You might remember the 2007 film of the same name. It’s the basis of play which makes it worth heading to Brooks Akinson for. A theater-loving writer friend, who was a waitress in her college days, just saw it. She went along with low expectations, and came out impressed with its cheery feminist messages and sympathy for waiting staff – “the hardest job in the world.”