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March 2018 New York Theater Openings

Six shows are opening on Broadway this month, including the much anticipated  “Frozen,” and starry revivals of both “Angels in America” and “Three Tall Women,” which marks Glenda Jackson’s return to Broadway after 30 years.

Below is a selective list of Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off Broadway in March, organized chronologically by opening date, with each title linked to a relevant website.

Color key of theaters: Broadway: Red. Off Broadway: Black or Blue.. Off Off Broadway: Green. Theater festival: Orange

To look at the Spring season as a whole, check out my Broadway Spring 2018 Preview Guide and my Off Broadway Spring 2018 Preview Guide

Reminder: An opening is not the same as a first performance

March 1

 

Amy and the Orphans (Roundabout)

Written by Lindsey Ferrentino (Ugly Lies The Bone). Directed by Scott Ellis (She Loves Me.) After their father’s death, two unhinged siblings reunite with Amy, their movie-loving sister who has Down syndrome. An unexpected turn reveals the moment that changed their lives…and the fact that Amy may be the only one who knows her own mind.

March 5

Queens (Lincoln Center Theater)

Written by Martyna Majok (Ironbound, Cost of Living.) The lives of two generations of immigrant women collide in a basement apartment. When the choices they’ve made about their security, dignity, and desires come back to haunt them, they must ask:  what cannot – and should not – be left behind?

March 6

A Letter to Harvey Milk (Theatre Row)

When Harry, a retired butcher, fulfills a writing assignment to compose a letter to someone from his past who’s dead, he writes not to his late wife Frannie, but to Harvey Milk, the first openly gay political leader in California. His writing teacher Barbara, a lesbian, is stunned.

March 7

The Low Road  (Public Theater)

Written by Bruce Norris (Clybourne Park), directed by Michael Greif (Dear Evan Hansen.) Set in the 18th century, this wild new work imagines America’s first laissez-faire capitalist, a young man inspired by a chance encounter with Adam Smith to put his faith in the free market. But his path to riches becomes inextricably entangled with that of an educated slave, a man who knows from experience that one person’s profit is another’s loss, in this parable about the true cost of inequality.

Hello, From The Children of Planet Earth (Playwrights Realm at The Duke)

Betsy texts her old high school friend William out of the blue and asks him to be her sperm donor

Locked Up Bitches (The Flea)

When Pipsy, a pedigree cocker spaniel, lands at the Bitchfield Animal Shelter, she becomes the center of a turf war between the dogs and the cats. A musical mashup of West Side Story and Orange is the New Black.

March 8

Good for Otto (The New Group at Signature)

Through the microcosm of a rural Connecticut mental health center, David Rabe conjures a whole American community on the edge.The cast includes Ed Harris, Amy Madigan, Rhea Perlman. F. Murray Abraham

Halcyon Days (Oberon at A.R.T./New York)

The satire by Steven Dietz explores what it to​ok​ to get America behind the 1983 invasion of the western hemisphere’s smallest country​, Grenada.

March 11

The Fall (St Ann’s Warehouse)

Devised collaboratively by a cast of seven actors, the play recounts their experiences as student leaders of the #RhodesMustFall protest movement, which called for the teardown of a colonialist monument on their University of Cape Town campus.

Three Small Irish Masterpieces (Irish Rep)

A simple policeman looks into his heart and turns himself into a wide-eyed folk hero. A hungry trickster makes a hearty meal of a stone and a song. A poignant tale is told of a solitary man washed up by the sea on the faraway coast of Donegal. These are the subjects of:

The Pot of Broth, by William Butler Yeats, in collaboration with Lady Gregory (1903) The Rising of the Moon, by Lady Gregory (1907)
Riders to the Sea, by John Millington Synge (1904)

March 12

Admissions (Lincoln Center Theater)

By Joshua Harmon (Significant Other). Directed by Daniel Aukin. The admissions officer and her husband the headmaster of The Hillcrest School are proud of their efforts to diversify the student body. But when their only son sets his sights on an Ivy League university, personal ambition collides with progressive values. Harmon has a second play, Skintight, at Roundabout.

Dogs of Rwanda (Urban Stages)

Twenty years after David as a 16-year-old church missionary got caught up in the Rwandan genocide, he can’t escape it.

 

March 15

Escape to Margaritaville (Marquis Theater)

Featuring the songs of Jimmy Buffett. Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all—and stay to find something they never expected.

 

March 22

Frozen (St. James)

A musical based on the Disney animated film Caissie Levy (Elsa), Patti Murin (Anna), Jelani Alladin (Kristoff), Greg Hildreth (Olaf),with music (as in the film) by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

MARCH 25

Angels in America  (Neil Simon Theater)

A revival of Tony Kushner’s two-part Pulitzer Prize winning epic play about the age of AIDS, it stars Andrew Garfield, Nathan Lane et al. The production is a transfer from London’s National Theatre.

 

March 26

Lobby Hero (Helen Hayes)

An apartment lobby serves as a waiting area for four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation.  “A young security guard with big ambitions clashes with his stern boss, an intense rookie cop and her unpredictable partner in a play from the 2017 Oscar-winning writer of Manchester by the Sea.” This is the first production by Second Stage Theater at its new Broadway venue.

 

March 27

Pygmalion (Bedlam at Sheen Center)

George Bernard Shaw’s play was the inspiration for My Fair Lady

Rocktopia (Broadway)

Five vocalists and a choir fuse rock anthems with classical music

 

March 29

Three Tall Women (John Golden)

Albee’s Pulitzer-winning play about a woman in life’s final act. Glenda Jackson returns to Broadway after an absence of 30 years, also starring Laurie Metcalf and Alison Pill

March 31

The Lucky Ones (Ars Nova at Connelly)

Indie-music duo The Bengsons spin a memory-tale of teenaged passion, ideals lived to the limits

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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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