Life of Pi Broadway

Life of Pi 2023

Run Time:
2 hours and 10 minutes, with a 15 minute intermission
Ages: 8+
Opened: March 30, 2023
Closing: July 23, 2023

Life of Pi - 2023 - Broadway History , Info & More

In Life of Pi, sixteen-year-old Pi and his family set off to emigrate from India, but after their ship sinks in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Pi is left stranded on a lifeboat with just four other survivors: a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a Royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, and nature is harsh-who will survive? This highly imaginative theatrical adaptation brings one of the most beloved works of fiction to the stage to tell its epic story of endurance and hope. Written by Lolita Chakrabarti based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martell, Life of Pi is directed by Max Webster.

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FEATURED REVIEWS FOR Life of Pi

LIFE OF PI Awash In Possibilities — Review
6 / 10

Though the production is top-to-bottom visually arresting, it doesn’t spend much time examining the symbiotic relationship between man and beast. For all its initial high-minded talk of political parties being incapable of coexisting and Pi’s notion that all religions are variations on the same belief, the play is essentially over by the time our hero tames Richard Parker and life-saving peace is achieved aboard the lifeboat. This takes some of the fantastical bite out of the show. No longer centered on the glorious cohabitation of natural balance, a dampened weight is given to a social worker’s later belief that Pi’s recounting is mere fiction. Whether the boy’s story checks out, and how much that cosmically matters, has always been at the core of Martel’s inquiry, but a production built on wonderment should be wary of letting the whimsical air out of its sails.

Review | Animal puppetry steps up in ‘Life of Pi’
7 / 10

“Life of Pi” is a most impressive and well-executed piece of theater. It’s a shame that Richard Parker is likely not eligible for a Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Play. Then again, one suspects that the artists that brought the tiger and the other animals and visual effects to life will be deservedly recognized.

Photos: Get an Intimate Look at Backstage Life at LIFE OF PI on Broadway
by Nicole Rosky - July 10, 2023

While Life of Pi enters its final weeks of performances on Broadway, the cast is getting ready to go through some of their pre-show rituals for the final time. Michael Kushner captured them in action as a part of “The Dressing Room Project”, showcasing  their unconventional warmups, as well as some tender moments between the cast before the curtain goes up. Check out exclusive photos here!

Photos: Whoopi Goldberg Visits LIFE OF PI on Broadway
by Bruce Glikas - July 3, 2023

Academy Award and Tony-winning actor and comedian Whoopi Goldberg stopped by Broadway's LIFE OF PI to take in the stunning new play and spent a few minutes backstage meeting with the show's star Hiran Abeysekera and the show's astounding tiger puppet, Richard Parker. Check out photos of Whoopi and the company of LIFE OF PI!

LIFE OF PI Announces Broadway Closing Date
by Nicole Rosky - June 20, 2023

Lolita Chakrabarti’s LIFE OF PI will play its final Broadway performance on Sunday, July 23, 2023 at Broadway’s Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.

Video: Tim Lutkin Celebrates Tony Win for 'Best Lighting Design of a Play'
by Richard Ridge - June 13, 2023

On Sunday night at the 76th Annual Tony Awards, Tim Lutkin took home a Tony Award for 'Best Lighting Design of a Play' for his outstanding work on Life of Pi (currently running at the Schoenfeld Theatre). After leaving the stage at the United Palace, Tim checked in with BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge to share his initial reaction!

Video: Tim Hatley & Andrzej Goulding Celebrate Tony Win for 'Best Scenic Design of a Play'
by Richard Ridge - June 13, 2023

On Sunday night at the 76th Annual Tony Awards, Tim Hatley and Andrzej Goulding took home a Tony Award for 'Best Scenic Design of a Play' for their outstanding work on Life of Pi (currently running at the Shoenfeld Theatre). After leaving the stage at the United Palace, they checked in with BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge to share their initial reactions!

Video: Carolyn Downing Celebrates Tony Win for 'Best Sound Design of a Play'
by Richard Ridge - June 13, 2023

On Sunday night at the 76th Annual Tony Awards, Carolyn Downing took home a Tony Award for 'Best Sound Design of a Play' for her outstanding work on Life of Pi (currently running at the Shoenfeld Theatre). After leaving the stage at the United Palace, Carolyn checked in with BroadwayWorld's Richard Ridge to share her initial reaction!

Cast Revealed For the UK Tour of LIFE OF PI, Led by Divesh Subaskaran
by Stephi Wild - June 6, 2023

Casting has been announced for Lolita Chakrabarti’s dazzling Olivier Award-winning stage adaption of Yann Martel’s best-selling novel Life of Pi, starring an extraordinary life-size puppeteered Bengal Tiger.

Photos: Andre De Shields Visits LIFE OF PI
by Stephi Wild - May 30, 2023

 Tony, Grammy, and Emmy-winner André De Shields visited the cast of the five-time Tony nominated production of LIFE OF PI at the Schoenfeld Theatre on Monday, May 29. De Shields greeted the cast backstage, led by Uma Paranjpe as Pi.

Uma Paranjpe Will Make Broadway Principal Debut Tonight in the Title Role of LIFE OF PI
by Stephi Wild - May 9, 2023

Uma Paranjpe will make her Broadway principal debut tonight, May 9, in the title role of Life of Pi! This will mark the first time the role is played by a female on Broadway.

LIFE OF PI Puppeteers to Take Part in Talkback Session in June
by Chloe Rabinowitz - May 8, 2023

Mango Moon Productions will present 'Puppetry Night at Life of Pi' on June 8th at 7:00 pm at the Schoenfeld Theater in NYC.

LIFE OF PI Launches New Initiative For South Asian and AAPI Community
by Stephi Wild - May 1, 2023

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, LIFE OF PI on Broadway has announced the launch of The Power of Pi Project, a first-of-its-kind effort from a Broadway production to nurture genuine connections and partnerships with the AAPI community in New York and beyond.

Interview: Olivier-Nominated LIFE OF PI Composer Andrew T. Mackay on Discovering the Show's Sound
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 26, 2023

Read BroadwayWorld's Interview with Olivier nominated composer Andrew T. Mackay as he discusses Life of Pi on Broadway.

Photo: Ariana DeBose Visits LIFE OF PI on Broadway
by Chloe Rabinowitz - April 21, 2023

Check out a photo of Ariana DeBose visiting Life of Pi on Broadway!

LIFE OF PI Wins First-Ever PETA 'Pony Award' For Animal-Friendly Theater Productions
by A.A. Cristi - April 6, 2023

PETA has announced that the Broadway production of Life of Pi has won its first-ever Pony Award—the organization's version of a Tony, honoring the most animal-friendly theater productions.

Video: Stars Walk the Red Carpet for Opening Night of LIFE OF PI
by Red Carpet - April 4, 2023

In this video, watch as we take you to the red carpet for opening night of Life of Pi on Broadway. Watch interviews with Edie Falco, LaChanze, Brian d'Arcy James, Diane Paulus, Amir Arison, Daryl Roth, playwright Lolita Chakrabarti and many more!

Shop LIFE OF PI in BroadwayWorld's Theatre Shop
by Team BWW - March 31, 2023

You can now get your official Life of Pi merchandise in BroadwayWorld's Theatre Shop, including the Navy Stars Hoodie, the Tiger Tote, and Boat Enamel Pin and more! 

Video: LIFE OF PI Company Celebrates Opening Night on Broadway
by Opening Night - March 31, 2023

It wasn't just humans walking the red carpet at the Schoenfeld Theatre last night. Richard Parker himself, Broadway's most famous tiger, came out to celebrate opening night of Life of Pi on Broadway. BroadwayWorld was there and we are taking you behind the scenes in this video!

Photos: On the Red Carpet at Opening Night of LIFE OF PI
by Jennifer Broski - March 31, 2023

Lolita Chakrabarti's stage adaptation of Yann Martel's best-selling novel Life of Pi opened last night, Thursday, March 30, at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Check out photos from the opening night red carpet!

Photos: LIFE OF PI Cast Celebrates Opening Night
by Jennifer Broski - March 31, 2023

Lolita Chakrabarti's stage adaptation of Yann Martel's best-selling novel Life of Pi opened last night, Thursday, March 30, at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). BroadwayWorld was there for the big night and you can check out photos from the star-studded red carpet arrivals here!

Photos: The Cast of LIFE OF PI Takes Their Opening Night Bows
by Jennifer Broski - March 31, 2023

Lolita Chakrabarti's stage adaptation of Yann Martel's best-selling novel Life of Pi opened last night, Thursday, March 30, at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Check out photos of the cast taking their opening night bows!

Review Roundup: Olivier Award-Winning LIFE OF PI Opens On Broadway
by A.A. Cristi - March 30, 2023

Lolita Chakrabarti's stage adaptation of Yann Martel's best-selling novel Life of Pi opens tonight, Thursday, March 30, at Broadway's Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (236 West 45th Street). Read the reviews!

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Life of Pi opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (Broadway) on Thursday Mar 30, 2023 and has now been running for 3 months.
Life of Pi has had 2 productions including West End which opened in 2021 and Broadway which opened in 2023.
Life of Pi has been nominated for Best Costume Design of a Play for Tim Hatley, Best Direction of a Play for Max Webster, Best Lighting Design of a Play for Tim Lutkin, Best Scenic Design of a Play for Tim Hatley, and Best Sound Design of a Play for Carolyn Downing at the Tony Awards.
Life of Pi has been nominated for several awards including Outstanding Direction of a Play for Max Webster, Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play for Hiran Abeysekera, Outstanding Projection and Video Design for Andrzej Goulding, Outstanding Puppetry for Nick Barnes, Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play for Tim Hatley, Distinguished Performance Award for Hiran Abeysekera, Outstanding Production of a Play for Life of Pi, Outstanding Director of a Play for Max Webster, Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Play for Hiran Abeysekera, Outstanding Lighting Design for Tim Lutkin, Outstanding New Broadway Play for Life of Pi, Outstanding Video or Projection Design for Andrzej Goulding, and Theatre World Awards for Hiran Abeysekera.
Life of Pi has won several prestigious awards, including Outstanding Direction of a Play at the Drama Desk Awards for Max Webster, Outstanding Lead Performance in a Play for Hiran Abeysekera, Outstanding Projection and Video Design for Andrzej Goulding, Outstanding Puppetry for Nick Barnes, and Outstanding Scenic Design of a Play for Tim Hatley. The production also received the Distinguished Performance Award at the Drama League Awards for Hiran Abeysekera and was recognized as Outstanding Production of a Play. Max Webster won Outstanding Director of a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards, while Hiran Abeysekera received the Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Play award. Tim Lutkin won for Outstanding Lighting Design, and Life of Pi was named Outstanding New Broadway Play. Additionally, Andrzej Goulding won for Outstanding Video or Projection Design. Hiran Abeysekera was honored with a Theatre World Award.
Life of Pi is playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (Broadway), which is located at 236 West 45th St. New York.
Life of Pi has won the following Tony Awards: Best Costume Design of a Play for Tim Hatley, Best Direction of a Play for Max Webster, Best Lighting Design of a Play for Tim Lutkin, Best Scenic Design of a Play for Tim Hatley, and Best Sound Design of a Play for Carolyn Downing.

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