What’s New in NYC Theater


‘MISS SAIGON’ at the Broadway Theater (in previews; opens on March 23). Passion, tragedy and helicopter blades reunite in this revival of “Miss Saigon,” Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil’s 1989 musical. A Vietnam-era riff on Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” it stars Eva Noblezada as a tragic bar girl, Alistair Brammer as her American lover and Jon Jon Briones as the narrating Engineer. Laurence Connor directs.
212-239-6200, saigonbroadway.com

‘THE NEW YORKERS’ at New York City Center (performances start on March 22). Love is for sale (tickets are, too), thanks to an Encores revival of this lost 1930 Cole Porter and Herbert Fields musical. Set in the dry days of Prohibition, it tells of the whirlwind romance between a high-class dame and her bootlegging swain. John Rando directs a cast including Tam Mutu, Scarlett Strallen and Arnie Burton.
212-581-1212, nycitycenter.org

‘946: THE AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS’ at St. Ann’s Warehouse (in previews; opens on March 20). The “War Horse” author Michael Morpurgo trades the First World War for the second in this tale of African-American soldiers who prepared for D-Day in a small town in Devon, England. With an onstage band and highly stylized storytelling, Emma Rice, artistic director of the British theater company Kneehigh, reveals the secret history of these martial maneuvers.
866-811-4111, stannswarehouse.org

‘THE TERRIFYING’ at Abrons Arts Center (in previews; opens on March 19). The playwright and director Julia Jarcho wants to give you a good scare. And maybe a bad one, too. This new play, about a fiend terrorizing village teenagers, includes a cast of downtown favorites like Jess Barbagallo and Pete Simpson, and creepy, immersive sound design by Ben Williams of Elevator Repair Service.
212-352-3101, abronsartscenter.org

‘WHEN IT’S YOU’ at the Clurman Theater at Theater Row (in previews; opens on March 19). Courtney Baron’s new play for Keen Company confronts head-on the urgent issue of gun violence. In this solo show, Ana Reeder plays a single woman who returns to her hometown only to find herself confronting questions of morality, mortality and her own responsibilities. Jonathan Silverstein directs.
212-239-6200, keencompany.org

Last Chance

‘GOD OF VENGEANCE’ at the Theater at St. Clement’s (closes on March 26). This 1907 Yiddish play about an Orthodox Jewish brothel owner and his rebellious daughter, which caused a scandal when it debuted in New York and is the inspiration for Paula Vogel’s Broadway-bound “Indecent,” returns for an encore after a successful run at La MaMa. In his review of that first run, Charles Isherwood wrote that “the cast’s commitment brings the work’s flashes of lyricism to powerful life.”
800-838-3006, newyiddishrep.org

‘THE PRESENT’ at the Barrymore Theater (closes on March 19). Andrew Upton’s adaptation of an early Anton Chekhov play about provincial anomie winds down its Broadway run. Ben Brantley described this Sydney Theater Company production as “moribund from the beginning,” though he did note that Cate Blanchett and her co-star Richard Roxburgh occasionally bring it to life.
212-239-6200, thepresentbroadway.com

‘WAKEY, WAKEY’ at the Pershing Square Signature Center (closes on April 2). Will Eno’s two-character mélange of mordant philosophy, slapstick comedy and ample tear-jerking, which Ben Brantley described as a “glowingly dark, profoundly moving new play,” will make its final exit next month. It stars Michael Emerson as a dying man, with January LaVoy as a home-care aide.
212-244-7529, signaturetheatre.org

Correction: March 18, 2017

A theater entry in the Listings pages on Friday 17 about “Anastasia,” which is starting previews on Thursday, at the Broadhurst Theater in Manhattan, referred incompletely to that musical’s source material. It is adapted from a 1956 dramatic film and a 1997 animated feature, both titled “Anastasia”; it is not adapted from the animated film alone.

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