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April 2014 Openings Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway

A Raisin in the Sun with Denzel Washington, Velocity of Autumn with Estelle Parsons, The Cripple of Inishmaan with Daniel Radcliffe, all opening in April.

A Raisin in the Sun with Denzel Washington, Velocity of Autumn with Estelle Parsons, The Cripple of Inishmaan with Daniel Radcliffe, all opening in April.

In April, there are more than 30 shows opening on Broadway,  Off-Broadway or Off-Off Broadway, at least one for each day of the month, although the schedule is more chaotic than that. (Get a load of all the openings on April 21st!) Below is a list, organized chronologically by opening date, with descriptions of some that look promising or have gotten attention – but nothing can be guaranteed in advance (which is why I review.)
* Asterisks are next to those shows to which I have been invited (and plan) to review as of this writing.

Color key: Broadway: Red. Off Broadway: Black or Blue. Off Off Broadway: Green.

 A revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s drama about the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the African-American Younger family, starring Denzel Washington.

Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Marisa Tomei, and Tracy Letts star in a comedy by Will Eno making his Broadway debut about two couples both named Jones who are neighbors in a suburb.

The Threepenny Opera. Atlantic Theater Company. Opening April 7.
The Most Deserving.  Women’s Project at City Center. Opening April 8.
The Heir Apparent. Classic Stage Company. Opening April 9.
The Library. The Public Theater. Opening April 15.
James Franco and Chris O’Dowd make their Broadway debuts in this revival of John Steinbeck’s Depression-era tragedy.
Tony Shalhoub, Santino Fontana and Andrea Martin star in James Lapine’s theatrical adaptation of Moss Hart’s classic theater memoir.
The Mystery of Irma Vep. Red Bull Theater Company at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Opening April 17.
*The Mysteries. The Flea. Opening April 20
A six-hour marathon presenting new theatrical adaptations of some 50 stories from the Bible, by playwrights including Lucas Hnath, David Henry Hwang, Jeff Whitty, Craig Lucas, Madeleine George.
Daniel Radcliffe stars in a revival of Martin McDonagh’s play.
Sutton Foster stars in this revival
 Estelle Parsons plays a women who barricades herself in her Brooklyn brownstone armed with Molotov cocktails against her family.
*Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra.  Playwrights Horizons. Opening April 21.
Kirk Lynn’s “tough love comedy” about a couple who reenact their individual sexual histories with one another, a decision that has repercussions years later.
Annapurna. The New Group. Opening April 21.
Neil Patrick Harris stars in the revival of this musical about a transgender East German rocker living under the shadow of a former protege.
Fuerza Bruta Wayra.  the Daryl Roth Theatre. Opening April 22.
Harvey Fierstein’s play about a group of cross-dressing straight men in a Catskills resort.
Cabaret (Studio 54) Opening April 24
A revival of the Kander and Ebb musical starring Alan Cumming.
The Great Immensity.  The Public Theater. Opening April 24.
The Civilians present a play about climate change.
The Substance of Fire.  Second Stage. Opening April 27.
Inventing Mary Martin. The York Theatre Company. Opening April 27
Red-Eye to Havre de Grace. New York Theatre Workshop. Opening April 30.
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About New York Theater
Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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