Welcome to February everyone! Hopefully you’re all taking time to stay warm and decompress in the midst of all the winter weather. And for those of you in warmer, sunnier climates, this is not the time to brag! To get us back into the swing of things for 2015’s theatre scene, we have a list of shows offering diverse casts, playwrights, and directors in New York City.
A new musical about a super hero that sets out to save Brooklyn. From what? For whom? Well, those questions, and more, are answered for you in Brooklynite.
Little Children Dream of God
I love when theatre takes a step in sharing stories that are relevant to our society as a whole. Immigration is a hot topic, and as election season nears, it will only get hotter. This new play is sure to offer a human story to remind us that the issue is bigger than words on paper. Bonus? Ticket prices are definitely affordable, even in NYC.
I had every intention to have something profound to say about this new play, but, when it’s all said and done, the names associated with Rasheeda Speaking should be more than enough to pique your interest. Starring Tonya Pinkins and Dianne Wiest, and directed by Cynthia Nixon, this play tackles office place poliitcs and race, and, I’m guessing, a touch of sexsim, as two workplace pals are pitted against one another by their (male) boss.
Josephine and I
This one woman show weaves the life of the one and only Josephine Baker with that of the actress in the play. This may be one of those productions that reminds us how the past still holds relevance to our present and that history is more than words on paper. History is personal.
The King and I
Absolutely one of my FAVORITE musicals. I don’t know if it’s the setting, or the costumes, or the music, or just the magic that happens when all the stars align for a great production, but this show always represents classic Hollywood glamour and the Golden Age of Broadway in the world that is my mind. So far, this is the only new production on B’way this season that has any people of color. I’m sure there will be others to come, but right now we just gladly await this production and have faith and hope there will be no surprise casting guffaws, a la Dallas Summer Musicals’ production.