June 2016 New York Theater Openings

Below is a schedule of June theater organized chronologically by opening date. Each show title is linked to a relevant website.

Keep in mind that some of the hottest theater this month is at the summer theater festivals (which I’m not listing below.)

Color key: Broadway: Red. Off Broadway: Purple, blue or black. Off Off Broadway: Green.

June 1

A Persistent Memory (Theatre Row)

“David Huntington is losing his grip on reality.  In pursuit of answers, David suddenly finds himself preoccupied with a mysterious phenomenon that’s plaguing the world’s elephant population. “

June 2

Matt Walters, Noah Diamond, Melody Jane, Seth Shelden, and Matt Roper - Photo by Mark X Hopkins

I’ll Say She Is (Connelly Theater)

The first-ever revival of “I’ll Say She Is,” the Marx Brothers’ first-ever Broadway musical — the only one not made into a movie. My review of it at the Fringe two years ago.

June 6


Himself and Nora (Minetta Lane Theater)

— a musical about James Joyce and his wife.


An Act of God (Booth Theater)

Sean Hayes replaces Jim Parsons in this reprise of a joke-filled show about the Almight, inspired by an irreverent Twitter account

War (Lincoln Center LCT3)

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ drama about family forced to deal with the ghosts of its past. “Tensions escalate between Tate and Joanne after their mother has a stroke. As they attack each other in their mother’s hospital room, they are ambushed by two strangers who make a shocking claim about their grandfather during WWII.”

June 7

Funny Thing for Calendar.Beth_Behrs_and_Lisa_Emery

A Funny Thing Happend on the Way to the Gynecologic Oncology Unit at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center of New York City (MCC at Lucille Lortel Theatre)

Halley Feiffer’s play about a foul-mouthed twenty-something comedian and a middle-aged man embroiled in a nasty divorce who are brought together unexpectedly when their cancer-stricken mothers become roommates in the hospital.

June 8

Indian Summer (Playwrights Horizons)

In this romantic comedy by Gregory S. Moss,  two 16-year-olds forge an unlikely friendship amidst the class warfare in a small Rhode Island town.

June 9

Shining City (Irish Repertory Theater)

In this revival of Conor McPherson’s thriller, which ran on Broadway in 2006, Matthew Broderick portrays John, who is seeks counseling after  the unexpected death of his wife. “Though shaken by the loss, John is troubled by more than just grief; he has begun to see his wife’s ghost in their home.”


June 11

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show (Theatre Row)

An encore run of an hour-long family show based on four of Eric Carle’s children’s tales: ‘The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse,’ ‘Mister Seahorse,’ ‘The Very Lonely Firefly,’ and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpilla

June 12

Tony Awards broadcast

June 14

Taming of the Shrew (Delacorte)

All-female cast, starring Janet McTeer as Petruchio, and Cush Jumbo as Katherina.

June 19

Out of the Mouths of Babes (Cherry Lane Theatre)

A new comedy by Israel Horovitz about four women and the 100-year-old man who loved them. Starring Judith Ivey and Estelle Parsons.

June 23

Stet (Abingdon Theatre Company at June Havoc Theater)

A young journalist is assigned to write about sexual assault on college campuses and must find a unique angle that will sell the article. During her investigation, she encounters a student with a horrific story to tell. Determined to bring the events to light, this ambitious reporter refuses to let anything stop her— including the truth.


June 28

Phoenix Rising: Girls and the Secrets We Keep (Theatre Row)

Based on true stories, Living Lotus Project’s new play explores the lives of teenage girls and their triumphs over adversity.

Author: 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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