Here, theater fans will get the latest on what Broadway has to offer, which shows are going on nationwide tours, and what’s headed to the Great White Way. Check back every week for TickPick’s Theater Thursday, Our Guide to The Best New Theater.

 

This week, February 20th, 2020.

 

The revival of West Side Story opens on Broadway today.

Ivo Van Hove’s (Network, All About Eve, Lazarus) Broadway revival of West Side Story is now up at the Broadway Theatre. The revival stars Shereen Pimentel (The Lion King) as Maria and Isaac Powell (Once on This Island) as Tony, with Yesenia Ayala (Carousel) as Anita.

The new West Side Story, set in the present day, is most radicalized by new choreography from avant-garde formalist Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Inspired largely by dances styles created in America by its marginalized populations, the new West Side Story movement is energized by Afro-Caribbean inflections, salsa, and house.

Aiming for the diversity we see represented in 2020, the new West Side Story takes an already beloved show and revitalizes it with ethnic urgency. Theater fans would be remiss to not catch this stunning revival on Broadway this year.

 

Previews are currently underway for 72 Miles To Go, a new play by Hilary Bettis about the border crisis.

Now under commission at the Laura Pels Theatre is 72 Miles To Go, a profound and personal premiere from Juilliard playwright Hilary Bettis (“The Americans”) and Jo Bonney (director of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Cost of Living).

72 Miles To Go is hopefully the first of many border stories we see in the theater sphere. Detailing the distance between a recently deported mother in Nogales, Mexico and her husband and children in Tucson, Arizona, 72 Miles speaks to the accumulation of things missed when forced apart.

72 Miles To Go… will run at the Laura Pels Theatre from now until May 3, 2020.

 

The 2020 installment of Shakespeare in the Park welcomes back As You Like It, in addition to Richard II.

Following what has become an outstanding and beloved Summer tradition, The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park returns this May to Central Park’s Delacorte Theater. Still one of the best free shows you can see in NYC, Shakespeare in the Park will embark this season on the rarely seen Richard II and a musical adaptation of As You Like Itpreviously seen at the Delacorte in the 2017 Public Works lineup.

Richard II, which will run from May 19–June 21, churns a familiar Shakespearean concoction of lost sovereignty, psychological complexes, and political intrigue. The show will be directed by Saheem Ali.

Returning to the Delacorte on its musical legs from July 14–August 18 is As You Like It, the Bard’s dream-like tale of feuding families, loyal friends, and lovers in disguise. Beneath the direction of Laurie Woolery, Orlando, Duke Senior, Rosalind, and Celia fall under love’s magical spell amidst the Forest of Arden trees.

 

A musical adaptation of the movie The Karate Kid is in the works.

Robert Mark Kamen, who wrote the original screenplay, is currently working on a musical adaptation of the 1984 film The Karate Kid. Joining the creative team are composer Drew Gasparini (We Aren’t Kids Anymore), director Amon Miyamoto (2004’s Pacific Overtures), and husband-and-wife choreographers Keone and Mari Madrid (the upcoming Once Upon a One More Time).

“Never in my wildest dreams did I think this little movie would reach across generations the way it has,” said Kamen.

“And beyond my wildest dreams did I think what started out as a love letter to my devotion to Okinawan Karate and the man who taught me would become a full-blown Broadway musical. But here it is. Here I am. And here is hoping that what comes to the stage brings the same joy and relevance The Karate Kid has brought to countless kids and their parents for the past 35 years. Go figure.”

 

Looking to attend an Off-Broadway production in New York this season? Here are a few of our favorite listings for Spring 2020.

Emojiland: This Spring at The Duke on 42nd Street, fans can catch a new musical named after a technology-language phenom: emojis. Emojiland follows a diverse community of emoji archetypes who are bound to their identities in a face-value world. Directed by Thomas Caruso with choreography by Kenny Ingram, performances of Emojiland: The Musical begin March 8.

Trevor: The Musical: Based on the Oscar-winning short film Trevor, this new musical with a book and lyrics by Dan Collins and music by Julianne Wick Davis follows 13-year old Trevor and his vividly hopeful imagination.

Trevor the film struck a chord with its powerful narrative and urgent message of optimism,” say Off-Broadway producers Roy Furman and John Ambrosino, and co. “From the exuberant audience response at the Writers Theatre, where the musical debuted, we knew we should bring the show to New York.”

The life and trials of Trevor as he grapples with becoming one in the world will begin performances at Off-Broadway’s Stage 42 in April.

Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice: Detailing the lives of couples who are confronting the sexual revolution, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is a new Duncan Sheik musical that will begin performances January 16th at the Pershing Square Signature Center, ahead of a February 4 opening. Based on the 1969 film by Paul Mazursky and Larry Tucker, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice will bring some fresh hilarity beneath a well-known Broadway maestro this season.

 

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