Manhattan Theatre Club Stage II

(New York, NY)
131 West 55th Street
by Jack L. B. Gohn - Oct 26, 2019
Getting Americans in a frame of mind where they'll despise British aristocrats is like shooting fish in a barrel (unless they're Americans who happen to be still in a daze from a viewing of Downton Abbey). And here the setup provides all the inducement we Yanks need to salivate for Limey blue blood: a highborn family, the D'Ysquiths, disowning a daughter because she eloped with a lowborn foreigner, and (most of them) behaving in impeccably beastly ways towards her son Monty.
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Nov 9, 2019
Director Drew Eberhard's presentation of Suzan Lori-Parks a?oeIn the Blood,a?? a modernized loose telling of a?oeThe Scarlett Letter,a?? holds up a mirror to society and dares us to look away at the injustice and sexual abuse Hester faces from everyone she encounters. But this is just a parable. When we shake the hands of the talented actors, leave the theatre, get into our cars, the safety of our homes, fill our bellies, destress to our Hulus and Netflixes, we can shake off that feeling of helplessness, hopelessness because it's not real.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 6, 2019
Performance Space New York continues The Stages Seriesa?"rethinking the dominant form and aesthetics that have informed the stage for centuriesa?"with the world premiere of ray ferreira's to spiral seems to be the only option (December 19-21). ray ferreiraa?"a blaqlatinx performer, born in Queens, via the Caribbean, the Greater Antilles, Hispañola, the Dominican Republica?"uses her so-informed body to make and remake histories with movement and language.
by Stephen Mosher - Nov 5, 2019
The original stars of the cult musical PETE N KEELY are reuniting for a run of shows at Birdland. Here, Stephen Mosher talks to the stars about life after Pete N Keely and how it feels to sing together again.
by Stage Tube - Nov 4, 2019
Just in time for the ho-ho-holidays, Merry Happy Whatever launches Thursday, November 28th.
by Vikki Jane Vile - Nov 30, 2019
There's a lot riding on this revival of Ninette de Valois' production of Coppélia. Not only is it being performed by an (almost) entirely new crop of dancers since it was last seen here in 2006, it replaces Sir Peter Wright's long loved production of Nutcracker as this year's festive treat. 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 28, 2019
This Month, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (646) 476-3551.
by Marina Kennedy - Nov 27, 2019
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by TV News Desk - Nov 25, 2019
'KISSTORY Presents The Blast Off! Tour' have revealed the Grammy Award winning US star EVE will join the all-star line up of the inaugural 2020 arena tour as a very special guest.
by Anthony Walker-Cook - Nov 25, 2019
Copies of C. S. Lewis's The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe have decorated children's bookshelves since its publication in 1950, and the image of a solitary gas lamppost amidst a blanket of white snow has become iconic. Following a successful run at the Leeds Playhouse in 2017, Sally Cookson's adaptation of Lewis's novel is now at the Bridge Theatre, and proves a perfect tonic to the theatrical soul, with impeccable design and innovative scenic effects.
by Anthony Walker-Cook - Nov 23, 2019
What you might not expect when sitting down in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, a replica Elizabethan indoor theatre, is to see the titular character of Richard III enter on stage wearing football clothes. Granted, it's an unusual twist. Representing a companion to a condensed Henry VI (which squishes three plays into one), what Richard III makes clear from the beginning is that the game to become king is just beginning.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 23, 2019
A new meme has taken over Twitter and Broadway fans from all over are taking part!
by Vikki Jane Vile - Nov 21, 2019
In their second visit to London's dance house, Acosta Danza return with a varied bill, following a successful debut in 2017. It culminates in a guest appearance from the man himself as he approaches his second Artistic Director role with Birmingham Royal Ballet in the new year. 
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2019
Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC), the theatrical union that unites, empowers, and protects professional stage directors and choreographers throughout the United States, announced Evan Yionoulis as Executive Board President.
by Jane Horwitz - Nov 20, 2019
This veddy British tale of the undying love between a child and her lop-eared, sawdust-filled velveteen rabbit is a storybook treat to look at --  pretty enough to honor the classic children's book on which it is based and well played by a cast adept at posh British accents and lots of hopping. 
by Rosanna Liuski - Nov 2, 2019
All in all Vihainen Leski (the Angry Widow) is a fine play that teaches even the younger generation like me what it is like to be older. To me it told the most about friendships, how dreaming goes on in the older days too, and letting go of the past.
by Rosanna Liuski - Nov 19, 2019
How would I explain Fingerpori to a non-Finnish person... Fingerpori is a popular and well-liked comic strip that appears in a daily magazine. It follows the life of Heimo (Jari Pehkonen) and his friends and colleagues in Fingerpori-city. The comic plays around mainly with puns, word plays, not forgetting about topical comedy. The creator is Pertti Jarla and the stage version has gotten its premiere in February 2019. I saw it on 12th of November.
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2019
The Good Liar is a 2019 American crime thriller film directed and produced by Bill Condon and written by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the novel of the same name by Nicholas Searle. It stars Ian McKellen as a career con-artist who meets a wealthy widow (Helen Mirren) online, and begins to plan how to steal her fortune.
by TV News Desk - Nov 15, 2019
Los Angeles' indie psych rock outfit Tombstones in Their Eyes present their new album 'Maybe Someday', a 12-track offering that releases on November 15 via Somewherecold Records.  
by Jim Munson - Nov 15, 2019
David Hirata has got quite a lot to offer with his multi-layered 'A Box Without a Bottom (Soko-nashi Bako).' He combines elements of a magic show with his own personal narrative as he also tells the surprising history of Japanese magicians in 19th-century America, all in a tight 55 minutes. It's a tall order, and Hirata largely succeeds. The idea for the show came to Hirata, a lifelong magic nerd, when he learned that the first Japanese person given a passport to leave Japan for the US was magician Namigoro Sumidagawa in 1866.
by Brett Cullum - Nov 13, 2019
It was amazing to see DEAR EVAN HANSEN with an enthusiastic audience. Many of the teens sang along with the show or at least mouthed the words as the performance played out. People were visibly touched by the situations and reduced to tears at several points. And yet I felt oddly removed from the experience, and kept wondering why.
by TV News Desk - Nov 12, 2019
Following a sensational string of packed-out shows across the UK, today SHEAFS are pleased to announce a fresh run of shows for March 2020. 
by BWW News Desk - Jan 9, 2020
Kicking off the start of a new decade and celebrating five years, the Rural Touring Dance Initiative (RTDI) will tour a fresh selection of shows created by dance companies whose work has been enjoyed on both national and international stages and can now be seen in village halls and rural venues across the UK. The shows on offer have been selected by local promoters from 'menus' which enable them to choose the work that best suits their venue.
by Aliya Al-Hassan - Jan 9, 2020
On paper, Le Corsaire emphatically should not work. Based very loosely on the poem Le Corsair, written by Lord Byron, the plot is flimsy and the score is a mash-up of work by ten different composers. However, this revival of Anna-Marie Holmes' 2013 production for English National Ballet actually works on every level and is a wonderful evening of escapism and virtuoso dancing.
by Fraser MacDonald - Jan 22, 2020
Everybody's Talking About Jamie tells the heartwarming story of an outgoing young man with a dream to be a drag queen which cannot fail to move and delight in equal measure.
by Marianka Swain - Jan 22, 2020
How can we know more about a comet in outer space than we do a woman's body? So queries Lucy Kirkwood's superb new history play a?' a feminist courtroom drama that's equal parts Twelve Angry Men, The Crucible and The Vagina Monologues, plus a dash of searing, up-to-the-minute political and social commentary.
by Vikki Jane Vile - Jan 20, 2020
John Cranko's Onegin was last performed by the Royal Ballet in 2015. Now five years later, there is a new wave of rising stars who are keen to showcase their take on the great dramatic classical roles on offer, and how palpably Onegin is a ballet that needs those stars. With only four key characters, the corps are on hand to fill the lighter moments but all eyes are on the romantic entanglement at the centre of the story.  
by BWW News Desk - Jan 20, 2020
Something is fishy in the Magic Kingdom, The Fairy GodMother (Cherry Pitz) has just received a cease and desist notice from all mighty powers that be (AKA Disney) saying that they own the rights to magic and that unless she pays royalties she is no longer legally allowed to grant wishes or magically influence situations. The end result is happy endings are falling apart and there is rumor of the kind of violence that one only sees in the Mandelorian. What will become of the happiest place on earth?
by Deborah Bostock-Kelley - Jan 19, 2020
Last night was girl's night at Jaeb Theater. A couple hundred ladies (and a few of their poor ill-prepared boyfriends and husbands) and I shared in the engagement party of Sharon's daughter Candy Rose. Though we never actually met Candy Rose, like a real ladies' night, there was booze, dancing, karaoke and a walk down memory lane.
by TV News Desk - Jan 17, 2020
Brian Dunne has announced the April 10 release of his independent new album Selling Things, which was produced by Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Nick Hakim, Caroline Rose, etc). Representing a period of personal and artistic growth for the Brooklyn singer/songwriter, Selling Things offers a bolder, more direct approach as it pushes Dunne's sound further into indie/pop territory. Along with the announcement, Dunne has also released a poignant, harmony-rich new song featuring Caroline Spence called “Walk Me Home”, which finds the narrator overcoming their own fear for a shot at human connection. 
by Tim Wright - Jan 17, 2020
If you speak to someone who says they don't like musicals, chances are, when you mention The Book of Mormon you'll be greeted with more enthusiasm than scepticism.  So what is it about this show that manages to transcend the traditional musical theatre perceptions? The subject matter? Hearing the c-word sung to high heaven? The sight of a goose-stepping Hitler with devil horns in a dream sequence? 
by Review Roundups - Jan 15, 2020
My Name is Lucy Barton starring Laura Linney opens tonight at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
by BWW News Desk - Jan 14, 2020
ROOF on theWit, the freshly renovated downtown rooftop bar and restaurant, located 27 stories above it all, at theWit Hotel, 201 N. State Street, is raising their glass to mixology with their 6th Annual Cocktail Mix-Off on Sunday, January 26th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy an elevated view that only ROOF on theWIT can provide while Chicago's finest bar and beverage minds compete to create the best Chinese New Year themed cocktail. This year, ROOF on theWit has made sure that this event isn't just about competition, and will be making a charitable donation to Speed Rack, an organization designed to highlight up-and-coming women in the cocktail industry and give back to individuals impacted by breast cancer.
by Marina Kennedy - Jan 10, 2020
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by Rich Mehrenberg - Dec 7, 2019 enjoyable show that is true to the original, but is a little too much on the safe side. The look, sound, and dynamics of the show seem to be lacking that certain 'EPAC signature' that audience have come to expect. This production would feel equally at home at the Fulton, Hershey, York, or many other Central Pennsylvania theater companies.
by Andrew White - Dec 7, 2019
If the holiday cheer seems beyond your grasp, the British Players have just the ticket; this year's 'Alice in Wonderland: A Traditional British Panto,' comes complete with a fractured take on a beloved tale, cross-dressing actors, and opportunities galore to participate in the action. Chock full of familiar tunes for young and old to sing along, this is truly a family affair, with performing families onstage mirroring the families in the audience, and more than enough fun for all.
by Courtney Savoia - Dec 5, 2019
BroadwayWorld caught up with Nya and Dusty Ray Bottoms, who recently starred in CLEOPATRA at Chelsea Music Hall, about the cast recording; what the legendary Queen of the Nile has taught them about confidence; and their favorite show memories.
by Vikki Jane Vile - Dec 5, 2019
Continuing a series of personal projects away from the mainstay of the Bolshoi repertoire, Svetlana Zakharova returns to the London Coliseum once more with Modanse, a chic double bill of UK premieres with high calibre support from a range of Bolshoi Principals and Soloists. Chic it may be, with opulent costumes and some original choreography but the cumulative effect lacks impact as a vehicle for the ballet superstar to shine. 
by Brandon Horwin - Dec 4, 2019
The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays had me instantly intrigued just by the title. I was interested in the idea of coupling magic with the theme of the holidays. After all, magic is a crucial part of the holiday season, and this show sounds like an excellent addition to that magic that comes around this time of the year. Unfortunately, this show did not impress with it's 'holiday magic extravaganza.'
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club, presents Abby Payne and Craig Winberry as they team up for their Feinstein's/54 Below debut in Christmas Spirits: Neat Edition. The duo will premiere two new original songs and share rocking new arrangements of Christmas Classics. Inspired by American muscle cars and leather, Craig will debut an original track titled Hot Rod Lover. Abby's newest debut, Snowglobe will bring a magic twinkle to your holiday. Get ready to spend the night celebrating some good 'ole fashion cheers with a contemporary twist. Winberry and Payne starred together in Ms. Payne's sold out New York Musical Festival smash hit The Gunfighter Meets His Match, and the collaboration continues in this holiday cocktail hour exploring holiday feelz of gathering, laughter, indulgence, and hope.
by TV Scoop - Dec 2, 2019
Get all the scoop on Coming Up on a Rebroadcast of MIXED-ISH, airing on ABC on Wednesday, December 18, 2019!
by BWW News Desk - Dec 2, 2019
The Sherman Playhouse will be performing Jack and the Beanstalk A Very British Panto starting December 6 just in time for the holidays. This Traditional British Panto returns to Sherman! Oh yes it does! Jack and the Beanstalk is one of the UK's favorite pantos, filled with spectacle, songs and good family fun. Falling on hard times good-hearted dreamer Jack is sent by his mother, Dame Trott to market to sell his faithful, sweet-natured cow Daisy. Meanwhile Fleshcreep, the Giant's wicked henchman is sent to terrorize the kingdom and kidnap the Princess, stealing her away to his master's castle in the clouds. Why does Jack exchange Daisy for a bag of magic beans? Will the Princess be rescued from Fleshcreep's evil clutches? Can the Giant be defeated and the kingdom freed? Find out as Jack climbs the beanstalk to adventure aided by his silly brother, a good fairy and a bumbling King with his dimwitted guards! There'll be music, dancing, magic, thrills, spills and jokes coming thick and fast! Fun for all the family where the audience is definitely encouraged to join in the silliness!
by Neil Shurley - Dec 19, 2019
'These are songs that really did shape a generation...and I think people will really connect with the story as well as the songs.'
by TV News Desk - Dec 18, 2019
The USC Libraries named the finalists for the 32nd-annual USC Libraries Scripter Award, which honors the year's most accomplished film and television adaptations, as well as the works on which they are based.
by Vikki Jane Vile - Dec 16, 2019
It's fitting that Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes returns to London to finish up another year of reviewing dance. By far Bourne's most accomplished, creative and complete work, it's a theatrical joy from start to finish that is performed with confidence by a cast who have now had time to perfect it since the 2016 premiere. 
by Anthony Walker-Cook - Dec 15, 2019
Fascinating Aïda's new show offers irreverent looks to growing old, politics, the environment, dogging, and everything in between. Having gone a?oefungala?? with 'Dogging' and the infamously naughty 'Try Not To Be a C**t, It's Christmas', the group are now playing a limited four-week season at the Queen Elizabeth Hall before a spring tour in 2020.
by TV News Desk - Dec 13, 2019
Los Angeles' indie psych rock outfit Tombstones in Their Eyes present two new videos in support of their new 'Maybe Someday' album. The first is a trippy video for the title track, created by frontman John Treanor. The second is for 'Another Day', created by Christopher Edwards - watch 'Another Day' here.
by The Marriage Matinee - Dec 13, 2019
Few musicals in recent years have received as much attention and acclaim as HAMILTON. It is essentially a historical drama with a dash of comedy delivered in the form of exceptional lyrics and tantalizing beats that switch seamlessly from a melody to a rap and back. The brainchild of Lin-Manuel Miranda has caused a ripple of excitement across the musical world, and that ripple has made its way to Indianapolis this winter.
by BWW News Desk - Dec 12, 2019
Next week, FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW, Broadway's Supper Club & Private Event Destination, presents some of the brightest stars from Broadway, cabaret, jazz, and beyond. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit or call (646) 476-3551.
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