Schedule of Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows

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Due to the expansive nature of Off-Broadway, this list is not comprehensive.
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York Theatre Company | The Theatre at St. Jean's
• First Preview: November 24, 2021
• Opening: December 2, 2021
• Book: Barry Kleinbort
• Music and Lyrics: Irving Berlin
• Director: Randy Skinner
• Cast: Phillip Attmore, Jeremy Benton, Victoria Byrd, Kaitlyn Davidson, Joseph Medeiros, Melanie Moore

An all-singing, all-dancing celebration of the most famous songs that Irving Berlin composed for the silver screen. Mr. Berlin understood the impact dance had on the public and his melodies, rhythms, and lyrics reflected his love of that art form. Six spectacular performers will perform these magnificent songs and will also tell the stories behind the man who made the music that made the movies dance.

• Actors Temple Theatre
• First Preview: November 20, 2021
• Opening: Decmber 4, 2021
• Playwright: Ryan Paul James, Martin Michael
• Music: Jamie Floyd, David DeVaul, Nathan Demarco Jacobson
• Lyrics: Jamie Floyd, David DeVaul, Nathan Demarco Jacobson
• Director: Pat Denson
• Cast: TBA

When the kids refuse to celebrate Christmas, two struggling young widows take their kids on a road trip to Gatlinburg, TN to overcome the chaos, somehow manage to pull together, and experience a miracle!

• Atlantic Theater Company/Linda Gross Theater
• First Preview: November 5, 2021
• Opening: Decmber 8, 2021
• Book: David Lindsay-Abaire
• Music: Jeanine Tesori
• Lyrics: David Lindsay-Abaire
• Director: Jessica Stone
• Choreographer: Danny Medford
• Cast: Steven Boyer, Victoria Clark, Justin Cooley, Olivia Elease Hardy, Fernell Hogan II, Michael Iskander, Alli Mauzey, Bonnie Milligan, Nina White

Kim is a bright and funny Jersey teen, who happens to look like a 72-year-old lady. And yet her aging disease may be the least of her problems. Forced to maneuver family secrets, borderline personalities, and possible felony charges, Kim is determined to find happiness in a world where not even time is on her side.

• Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater
• First Preview: November 17, 2021
• Opening: December 8, 2021
• Playwright: Sylvia Khoury
• Director: Tyne Rafaeli
• Cast: Francis Benhamou, Mattico David, Marjan Neshat, Dario Ladani Sanchez

Taroon once served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Now the Americans — and their promises of safety — have withdrawn, and he spends his days in hiding, a target of the increasingly powerful Taliban. On the eve of his son’s birth, Taroon must remain in his sister’s apartment or risk his life to see his child. With shattering precision, Sylvia Khoury’s thriller tracks the human cost of immigration policy, and the overlooked legacy of America’s longest, and ongoing, war.

• Hulu Theatre at MadisonS Square Garden
• Opening: December 9, 2021
• Creator: Cirgue Du Soleil

'Twas the Night Before…,Cirque du Soleil’s spin on the beloved Christmas tale, is about the wonders of sharing and friendship.

• New Victory Theater
• Opening: December 10, 2021
• Book: Timothy A. McDonald, Christopher Gattelly
• Music: Paul Williams
• Lyrics: Paul Williams
• Director: Christopher Gattelli
• Cast: Colin Trudell, Jordan Brownlee, Kevin Covert, LaVon Fisher-Wilson, Matt Furtado, Jakeim Hart, Steven Huynh, Maggie Lakis, Anney Ozar, J. Antonio Rodriguez, James Silson, Cass Morgan

Based on Jim Henson’s beloved television special, this tuneful tale takes us to Frogtown Hollow where Ma and Emmet Otter risk what little they have to make each other’s holiday dreams come true.

• DR2 Theatre
• First Preview: December 5, 2021
• Opening: December 12, 2021
• Book: Stacey Weingarten
• Music: Joshua Zecher-Ross, Katie Stwinberg, Dana Levinson, Angela Parrish
• Lyrics: Joshua Zecher-Ross, Katie Stwinberg, Dana Levinson, Angela Parrish, Stacey Weingarten
• Director: Stacey Weingarten

When a little dog named Rue wishes for a "Happily Ever After" from her Fairy Dogmother, she soon embarks on an emotional journey of self-discovery and belonging. Kicked out of her home, Rue meets new friends and enemies alike on the street and at the pound before finding her "Furever" home and realizing life is really about finding your happy beginnings, not endings!

• Irish Repertory Theatre
• First Preview: December 4, 2021
• Opening: December 14, 2021
• Playwright: Dion Boucicault
• Music and Lyrics: Charlotte Moore
• Director: Charlotte Moore
• Cast: Amy Bodnar, Amanda Jane Cooper, Richard Henry, David Hess, Ben Jacoby, Justin Keyes, Daniel J. Maldonado, Polly McKie, Jordan Tyson, Ryan Vona, Price Waldman, DeLaney Westfall

A new musical adaptation of Boucicault’s classic Victorian melodrama with twelve new songs by Charlotte Moore, set in the mid-1800s and follows the changing fates of Lucy and Paul Fairweather, siblings whose fortune was stolen by the corrupt Gideon Bloodgood. Lucy is in love with Mark Livingstone, son of one of the most respectable families in New York. (Musical)

• 59E59 Theater A
• Opening: January 11, 2022
• Book: Kyle Jarrow
• Music: Duncan Sheik
• Lyrics: Duncan Sheik and Kyle Jarrow
• Director: Steve Cosson
• Cast: TBA

An eerie lighthouse stands on the remote coast of Maine at the height of World War II. After losing his parents, young Christopher is sent there to live with his aunt Lily, whom he’s never met, and Yasuhiro, the Japanese man who works for her. Soon, Christopher begins to hear strange music seeping through the walls. Is his imagination getting the better of him? Or are there ghosts here, warning of real danger? Then the whispers become something louder…

• Atlantic Theater Company/Stage 2
• Opening: January 12, 2022
• Playwright: Clare Barron
• Director: Clare Barron
• Cast: Clare Barron

Penny flirts at a morbid anatomy museum. Kyle tells stories of dismemberment. Sally turns you on with tea and biscuits, and Shareen prepares a mysterious potion. A study in kink, trauma, pleasure, and revenge…

• 59E59 Theater C
• Opening: January 16, 2022
• Playwright: Nadja Leonhad-Hooper and Amanda Keating, translated by Lizzie Fox
• Director: Lily Riopelle and Molly Clifford
• Cast: TBA

In The Collision, Sisters Anise, Gudrun, and Gunch spend their days praying, washing clothes, and copying the Bible. When a mysterious object falls from the sky–bringing death, destruction, and...unsettling changes in one of the sisters–they are forced to question: was this God’s work? Or the Devil’s? And what happens when you can't tell the difference between a pervert and a prophet?

The Martyrdom asks: how do you solve a problem like Hrotsvitha? More specifically, how do we solve her 10th century comedy about three Christian virgins who triumph over the Devil by accepting their violent, corporeal deaths as a shortcut to eternal happiness with their Celestial Bridegroom? This raucous adaptation is a road trip through the last millennium with the people (and puppets) who have asked themselves this same question - in hopes that someone else might have the answer.

• Lincoln Center Theatre @ Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre
• First Preview: January 13, 2022
• Opening: January 27, 2022
• Libretto: Lynn Nottage
• Music: Ricky Ian Gordon
• Director: Bartlett Sher
• Cast: Dominic Armstrong, Justin Austin, Errin Duane Brooks, Helena Brown, Kearstin Piper Brown, Chanáe Curtis, Adrienne Danrich, Leroy Davis, Matthew Gamble, Arnold Livingston Geis, Christian Mark Gibbs, Tesia Kwarteng, Anna Laurenzo, Justin Lee Miller, Jasmine Muhammad, Naomi Louisa O’Connell, Kimberli Render, Krysty Swann, Chabrelle Williams

Set in 1905 in turn of the century New York, Intimate Apparel tells the story of Esther, a lonely, single African-American woman who makes her living sewing beautiful corsets and ladies’ undergarments. Seeking love and romance, Esther eventually embarks on a letter writing relationship with a mysterious suitor laboring on the Panama Canal. When he moves to New York they embark on an unhappy marriage, leading Esther to realize that only her self-reliance and certainty of her own worth will see her through life’s challenges.

• Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I
• First Preview: January 11, 2022
• Opening: February 1, 2022
• Playwright: Joshua Harmon
• Director: David Cromer
• Cast: TBA

In 1944, a Jewish couple in Paris desperately awaits news of their missing family. More than 70 years later, the couple’s great-grandchildren find themselves facing the same question as their ancestors: “Are we safe?” Following five generations of a French Jewish family, Prayer For The French Republic is a sweeping look at history, home, and the effects of an ancient hatred.

• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: January 12, 2022
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Dave Harris
• Director: Taylor Reynolds
• Cast: TBA

Tambo and Bones are two characters trapped in a minstrel show. It's mad hard to feel like a real person when you're trapped in a minstrel show. Their escape plan: get out, get bank, get even. A rags-to-riches hip-hop journey, Tambo & Bones roasts America’s racist past, wrestles America’s racist present, and explodes America’s post-racial future — where what’s at stake, for those deemed less-than-human, is the fate of humanity itself.

• MCC Theater
• First Preview: January 11, 2022
• Opening: January 30, 2022
• Playwright: Van Hughes, Nick Blaemire
• Director: Ellie Heyman
• Cast: Van Hughes, Nick Blaemire

Space Dogs tells the heartbreaking, mind-blowing true story of Laika and the Chief Designer — a stray dog and the top-secret Russian scientist who sent her to space during the Cold War. It is a sweeping, kaleidoscopic tale of invention, betrayal, international political intrigue, and the immortal friendship that exists between man and dog, as they journey together to the stars.

• New York City Center
• Opening: February 2, 2022
• Book: Charles Blackwell
• Music: Henry Krieger
• Lyrics: Robert Lorick
• Director: Kenny Leon
• Cast: Dulé Hill

The Tap Dance Kid was nominated for seven Tony Awards (including Best Musical) and follows the story of an upper-middle-class Black family and a 10-year-old’s dream of becoming a professional tap dancer despite the challenges posed by his lawyer father and society. Tony Award-winning director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) leads this revival, bringing a fresh take to the production with new tap sequences by choreographer Jared Grimes (After Midnight) to hits such as “Fabulous Feet” and a concert adaptation by Lydia Diamond (Stick Fly), reminding us of the power of family and dance as a force of healing.

Atlantic Theater Company @ Linda Gross Theater
• Opening: February 3, 2022
• Playwright: Sanaz Toossi
• Director: Knud Adams
• Cast: TBA

“English Only.” This is the mantra that rules one classroom in Iran, where four adult students are preparing for the TOEFL — the Test of English as a Foreign Language. Chasing fluency through a maze of word games, listening exercises, and show-and-tell sessions, they hope that one day, English will make them whole. But it might be splitting them each in half.

• Vineyard Theatre
• Opening: February 3, 2022
• Playwright: Charly Evon Simpson
• Director: Summer L. Williams
• Cast: TBA

Angela and Odessa are on a sandy search for something that might not be real but they are determined to make a way out of no way. When they stumble upon ADAH, that’s right THE Celebrity-turned-Wellness-Maven Adah, they decide to follow her lead not knowing that the journey could very well be the cure.

• Theatre For A New Audience/Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• Opening: February 5, 2022
• Playwright: William Shakespeare
• Director: Arin Arbus
• Cast: John Douglas Thompson

Shakespeare’s perennially contested play about corrosive bigotry and blinding vengeance is poised squarely at the radioactive intersection of race, class and religion in Arin Arbus’s production. John Douglas Thompson stars as the ill-used, vindictive money-lender Shylock in his fifth classical collaboration with Arbus. The show’s uniquely diverse company and creative team evoke a deeply stratified Venice suffused with racism, misogyny, classism and homophobia, its connections to our own grievously fractured world vivid, stark and startling.

• 59E59 Theater B
• Opening: February 9, 2022
• Created by Happenstance Theater
• Director: Mark Jaster and Sabrina Selma Mandell
• Cast: TBA

BAROCOCO dives into the late Baroque and flaunts 18th century finery, wigs, panniers, gestural styling, elaborate ornamentation, and the excesses of Rococo in this unique physical comedy. A charming and charismatic six-person ensemble exposes an indulgent aristocratic lifestyle precariously perched on the edge of its extinction. Happenstance Theater invites you to experience the charade — from parlor games to pantomime, from the exquisite to the revolting — in this delightful comedy of manners.

• Theater 555
• First Preview: February 1, 2022
• Opening: February 14, 2022
• Playwright: Mark Saltzman
• Director: Justin Ross Cohen
• Cast: Nikita Burshteyn, Anna Kostakis, Carlos Lopez, Michael Marotta, Judy McLane, Michael Notardonato, Ari Raskin, Troy Valjean Rucker, Zach Schanne, Viet Vo

Romeo yes, THAT Romeo - awakens and finds himself in 1960 Brooklyn, chasing a girl he believes is his beloved Juliet. But no, it's Bernadette, the beautiful, foul-mouthed daughter of a crime family in this wild spoof of Shakespeare’s timeless tale.

• The New Group
• First Preview: January 11, 2022
• Opening: February 22, 2022
• Playwright: John Ridley
• Director: Scott Elliott
• Cast: Walter Bobbie, Jennifer Damiano, Brandon Victor Dixon, Tamika Lawrence, Tracy Shayne, Theo Stockman, Ephraim Sykes, Tariq Trotter, Lillias White

Black No More, a new musical inspired by George S. Schuyler’s Afrofuturist novel set during the Harlem Renaissance, is the story of Max Disher who’s eager to try the mysterious machine invented by Dr. Junius Crookman that guarantees to “solve the American race problem” —by turning Black people white.

• Theatre Five @ Theatre Row
• Opening: February 22, 2022
• Playwright: Peter Gil-Sheridan
• Director: Jonathan Silverstein
• Cast: TBA

Nobody understands why Jamie wants to leave his cushy law office to work for a non-profit. His best friend is confused, his boyfriend is concerned, and his conservative Cuban-American family are sure they know what’s best. As Jamie announces his plans to serve those less fortunate, one shocking afternoon at the racetrack sparks unexpected and irreversible consequences for them all.

• Signature Center/Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre
• First Preview: February 22, 2022
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Dominique Morisseau
• Director: Stori Ayers
• Cast: TBA

Sara, an enslaved woman who wants to fight for the Union in the Civil War, plots an increasingly dangerous path to freedom. Sandra, a brilliant modern-day political science professor, is forced to navigate acts of hostility and the undermining of her authority at work. Leaping back and forth between the parallel struggles of two Black women living 160 years apat, MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Dominique Morisseau (Ain’t Too Proud) takes an unflinching and illuminating look at the complicated and ongoing legacies of institutional racism and gender bias in today’s America.

• Lincoln Center Theater/LCT3
• First Preview: February 12, 2022
• Opening: February 28, 2022
• Playwright: Bryna Turner
• Director: Jenna Worsham
• Cast: Rebecca S'Manga Frank, Keren Lugo, Carolyn McCormick, Will Rogers, Han Van Sciver, Mary Wiseman

A story of loss, love and redemption, At The Wedding follows the world's loneliest (and wittiest) single woman, Carlo, as she crashes her ex-girlfriend's wedding to a man. Through a series of flirtations, conversations, and collisions with past lovers, old enemies, new friends and perfect strangers, Carlo strives to understand whether or not heartbreak is a permanent human condition.

• 59E59 Theater B
• Opening: March 15, 2022
• Playwright: Gabriel Jason Dean
• Director: Pirronne Yousefzadeh
• Cast: Mark Cuddy, Owais Ahmed, Mari Vial-Golden

Dr. Harold Banks, an aging professor of Afghan studies in Nebraska, is reeling after his adopted daughter Getee is killed by the Taliban while delivering foreign aid. When Afghan refugee Nazrullah arrives at his door with an incredible story and carrying Getee's prized books, the two men form an unlikely bond. Each is searching for his own brand of forgiveness, but as their friendship develops, Naz accidentally exposes an unexpected source of Dr. Banks’ guilt. How might a CIA propaganda operation over 30 years ago have contributed to Getee’s death? Inspired by true events, Heartland is a story of healing, connection, and the devastating unintentional consequences of our actions.

• New York City Center
• Opening: March 16, 2022
• Book: Cy Coleman, Ira Gassman, and David Newman
• Music: Cy Coleman
• Lyrics: Ira Gassman
• Director: Billy Porter
• Cast: Chuck Cooper, Mykal Kilgore, Ledisi, Ken Robinson

Twelve-time Tony-nominated musical (including Best Musical) The Life dramatizes the complex lives in post-disco Times Square and tells the story of Queen, a prostitute who strives for a better life against all oppressive forces. The Cy Coleman score includes showstopping songs like “The Oldest Profession” and “My Body.” Emmy and Tony Award-winning artist Billy Porter (FX’s Pose, Kinky Boots) reclaims this musical as this production’s adapter and director to bring forth the gritty, dangerous, and exciting decadence of 1980s New York City and an authenticity to the lives of sex workers.

• Theatre Four @ Theatre Row
• Opening: March 20, 2022
• Book: Russ Kaplan, Sara Wordsworth
• Music: Russ Kaplan
• Lyrics: Sara Wordsworth
• Director: Michelle Tattenbaum
• Cast: TBA

Dory Fantasmagory is a mischievous 6-year-old who just doesn't want to grow up. Her older brother and sister wish she’d stop acting like a baby, but when her siblings need her, it’s Dory’s imagination and bravery that will save the day.

• Second Stage Theatre/Tony Kiser Theatre
• First Preview: March 22, 2022
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: JC Lee
• Director: Stephen Brackett
• Cast: TBA

Is there anything more fabulous than Palm Springs after the end of the world? For one tight group of gay men, a post-pandemic getaway is the perfect chance to reunite, reclaim their time, and replace the gloom with some gossip. But as soon as the drinks start pouring, truths start spilling, and this chosen family quickly realizes the world has changed. So, here’s to navigating evolving friendships and getting things straight…kind of.

• Theatre For A New Audience/Polonsky Shakespeare Center
• Opening: April 23, 2022
• Playwright: Alice Childress
• Director: Awoye Timpo
• Cast: TBA

Set in the deep south at the end of World War I during the flu epidemic, Alice Childress’s seldom-produced masterpiece is one of American drama’s most mercilessly revealing tales of interracial love. A jewel of theatrical concision and detail, the play traces a devoted couple’s caustic confrontations with anti-miscegenation laws, vicious family racism, community disapproval and finally deadly disease and their own long-buried feelings. Wedding Band, written in the heat of the Civil Rights era, speaks with stunning clarity to the public debates of the Black Lives Matter era. Awoye Timpo directs the play’s first New York production since its New York premiere in 1972.

• 59E59 Theater A
• Opening: April 26, 2022
• Playwright: Karen Hartman
• Director: Noah Himmelstein
• Cast: TBA

Like so many great mysteries, it all began in an attic with a dusty old suitcase... The discovery of a stash of over two hundred letters in three languages opens clues to an untold history in The Lucky Star —a gripping true story of resilience and determination, a family torn apart by war, fighting to immigrate, escape and survive. With scenes alternating between past and present, this mesmerizing drama brings Richard Hollander’s book, Every Day Lasts a Year: A Jewish Family’s Correspondence from Poland to the stage, restoring a family’s uncharted legacy.

• 59E59 Theater B
• Opening: April 28, 2022
• Playwright: Karen Hartman
• Director: TBA
• Cast: TBA

In an era just beyond our own, two sisters fight for human connection as they face down a big tech dystopia. A folk-hero professor defends our most intimate relationships, while her sister attempts a perilous inside maneuver within the corporation that owns and sees all.

• Atlantic Theater Company @ Linda Gross Theater
• Opening: April 30, 2022
• Book: Sarah Silverman, Joshua Harmon
• Music: Adam Schlesinger
• Lyrics: Sarah Silverman, Adam Schlesinger
• Director: Anne Kauffman
• Choreographer: Byron Easley
• Cast: TBA

Meet Sarah. She’s funny. She’s dirty. She’s 10. And she’s got a secret that you’ll never guess (unless you read the title).

• Signature Center/Irene Diamond Stage
• First Preview: April 12, 2022
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Samuel D. Hunter
• Director: David Cromer
• Cast: TBA

Inside a cubicle in a small office in southern Idaho, two men struggle to balance the confounding terms on a loan.

• Playwrights Horizons/Peter Jay Sharp Theater
• First Preview: April 13, 2022
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Sanaz Toossi
• Director: Gaye Taylor Upchurch
• Cast: TBA

It’s 1978 and protests are breaking out all across Iran, encroaching on this suburb where a tight-knit circle of girlfriends plans weddings, trades dirty jokes, and tries to hang onto a sense of normalcy. But as the revolution escalates, each woman is forced to join the wave of emigration or face an equally uncertain future at home. With breathtaking humanity and cutting wit, Wish You Were Here chronicles a decade of life during war, as best friends forever become friends long lost, scattered and searching for home.

• 59E59 Theater C
• Opening: May 1, 2022
• Playwright: Karen Hartman
• Director: Jackson Gay
• Cast: TBA

Max, a single lesbian, just gave birth. She’s unemployed, with a house that’s falling apart, an ex on the loose, and no clue how to nurse her newborn. Can Goldie, an Orthodox Jewish lactation consultant, guide Max into motherhood? Or will conflicting family values get the better of them both?

• New York City Center
• Opening: May 4, 2022
• Book: James Lapine
• Music: Stephen Sondheim
• Lyrics: Stephen Sondheim
• Director: Lear deBessonet
• Cast: Sara Bareilles, Christian Borle, Heather Headley, Ashley Park

Among its many rich layers, Into the Woods is a fable about how humans pursue their desires, and what happens when they set aside their individual wishes to create a greater community wish. Directed by Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet, this production ushers in a new annual tradition that brings together Broadway’s brightest stars with a multi-generational group including New York City public school students, to celebrate an iconic American musical and inspire all New Yorkers to find their own way into the work.

• Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I
• First Preview: April 26, 2022
• Opening: May 17, 2022
• Playwright: Anchuli Felicia King
• Director: Danya Taymor
• Cast: TBA

When enterprising American lawyer Julie Chen files a class-action lawsuit involving a multinational technology corporation and the Chinese government, she hires her strong-minded sister Eva as her translator. But what compromises will they make in order to win? And can they put aside their past differences to speak the same language?

• Tony Kiser Theater
• First Preview: June 14, 2022
• Opening: TBA
• Book: Timothy Allen McDonald
• Music and Lyrics: Elyssa Samsel & Kate Anderson
• Director: Jeff Calhoun
• Choreographer: Paul McGill
• Cast: TBD

Between the Lines is an empowering and enchanting new musical for any of us seeking to find our place in the world. An outsider in a new school, Delilah seeks comfort in the pages of her favorite book, where she feels heard and understood. But as the lines between the two worlds of reality and fantasy begin to blur in extraordinary and astonishing ways, Delilah has to confront whether she alone has the power to rewrite her own story.

• Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Theater
• First Preview: June 2, 2022
• Opening: TBA
• Playwright: Will Arbery
• Director: Sam Gold
• Cast: TBA

In Corsicana, a small city in Texas, a woman with Down syndrome named Ginny and her half-brother Christopher are unmoored in the wake of their mother's death. Their close family friend, Justice, introduces them to a local artist named Lot, a recluse and outsider, hoping that he and Ginny can make a song together. That that'll help somehow. In this restless quartet about care-taking and care-giving, in which the very fabric of reality is up for debate, Will Arbery charts the quiet, particular contracts of the heart that forge a new family.

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