Michael Moore and Harold Prince have the month all to themselves, more or less, at the center of the two Broadway shows opening this month. It’s unusual to have any shows open on Broadway in August. Usually, it’s a month filled with festival fare — but, for the first time in 20 years, there will be no New York International Fringe Festival this August, thus minus its 200+ shows. Still, there are three other (much smaller) theater festivals opening this month, one of them new.
Below, shows with August openings arranged chronologically by opening date.Click on any title to get to its website.
Color key: Broadway: Red. Off Broadway: blue. Off Off Broadway: Green. Theater festival: Orange
A Parallelogram (Second Stage Theater)
A new play by Bruce Norris, the author of Clybourne Park, stars Celia Keenan-Bolger as a woman who can see her future.
Curvy Widow (Westside Theater)
Nancy Opel stars in a musical comedy “based on a true story” as a 50-year-old widow going back into the dating pool.
Summer Shorts, Series B (59E59 Theater)
Plays by Neil LaBute; Chris Cragin-Day; Lindsay Craft and Andrew Leeds
Corkscrew Theater Festival (Paradise Factory)
Running Aug 7 – Sept 3, this new summer theater festival features five world premieres and five readings performed in repertory over four weeks.
The Terms of My Surrender (Belasco)
Michael Moore makes his Broadway debut in what promises to be a stand-up routine to take down Trump.
A Never-Ending Line (Players Theater)
A song cycle with music by Jaime Lozano and lyrics by nine women lyricists. “Inspired by his upbringing in a strong matriarchy, Lozano conceived the show as a tribute to the women in his life. The songs, performed by a company of four, explore the unique challenges women face in society today on the journey to find happiness, love, and meaning in their lives. ”
A new musical about a young actress who “is driven to confront the two most turbulent relationships in her life—her father, with whom she shares a volatile and shameful past, and her ex-lover, a powerful and controlling woman who was instrumental in making her a success.”
Prince of Broadway (MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman)
Musical numbers from shows in which Hal Prince served as a producer or director, such as “West Side Story,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Cabaret,” “Follies” and “Sweeney Todd.”
The Suitcase Under the Bed (Mint Theater at Theater Row)
An evening of four one act plays by Irish playwright Teresa Deevy (1894-1963), directed by Jonathan Bank.
Dream Up Festival (Theater for The New City)
The eighth annual festival will run August 27 – September 17, featuring more than 25 plays, 12 of them world premiere, four musicals, four on LGBTQ themes. One play comes from Iceland, “Guilty,” about an infamous 19th century crime there. Another,”I.M. LOST!” is an “interactive clown show” based on interviews with clowns.
Inanimate (The Flea)
Nick Robideau’s play is about a woman who is in love with a Dairy Queen sign. The play “explores objectum sexuality, feeling like an outsider, listening to your heart and finally, finding your tribe.” But what’s most significant is that it’s the premiere play in the new million-dollar digs of The Flea, one of the consistently best Off-Off Broadway theaters in the city.
Here’s a video I put together of The Flea when they broke ground on the new building four years ago: