So much happened before Dorothy dropped in. Wicked looks at what happened in the Land of Oz, but from a different angle. There is a young woman, born with emerald-green skin, who is smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships… until the world decides to call one good and other one wicked. With a spellbinding score by Stephen Schwartz, Wicked features songs including “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good.” “If every musical had the brains, heart and courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place” (Time Magazine). Wicked opened on Broadway at The Gershwin Theatre in 2003 and is currently the fifth-longest-running production in Broadway history.
Direct from its revolutionary Off-Broadway and Broadway runs, this boundary-breaking new play, now on tour across the United States, breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of American women. Fifteen-year-old Heidi Schreck earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. Now, the Obie Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist recalls her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women in her own family and the founding document that dictated their rights and citizenship. “Brilliantly Crafted. Harrowing, funny and humane. A masterful act of storytelling” (New York Magazine). What the Constitution Means to Me was filmed in the final week of its Broadway run at The Hayes Theater in 2019 and premiered on Amazon Prime Video on October 16, 2020.
Since 1955, Williamstown Theatre Festival has brought America’s finest actors, directors, designers, and playwrights to the Berkshires, engaging a loyal audience of both residents and summer visitors. Each WTF season is designed to present unique opportunities for artists and audience alike, revisiting classic plays with innovative productions, developing and nurturing bold new plays and musicals, and offering a rich array of accompanying cultural events including COMMUNITY WORKS, Late-Night Cabarets, readings, workshops, and educational programs. While best known for acclaimed productions, WTF is also home to one of the nation’s top training and professional development programs for new generations of aspiring theatre artists and administrators. WTF was honored with the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theatre in 2002 and the Commonwealth Award for Achievement in 2011.
The stakes are higher than ever in this dynamic stage musical, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face the total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos erupts. Lives hang in the balance. And just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world! The SpongeBob Musical opened on Broadway at The Palace Theatre in 2017 and is based on the beloved animated series created by Stephen Hillenburg. It features a book by Kyle Jarrow, with original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, John Legend, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., and songs by David Bowie, Tom Kenny and Andy Paley. Additional lyrics are by Jonathan Coulton, with additional music by Tom Kitt. The musical production was conceived and directed by Tina Landau and received twelve Tony Award® nominations.
War Paint tells the remarkable story of cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, who defined beauty standards for the first half of the 20th Century. Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both women were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country’s first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors, whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry that would forever change the face of America. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their intense rivalry was ruthless, relentless and legendary—pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men. War Paint opened on Broadway at The Nederlander Theatre in 2017, starring Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole.
Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces us to Alison at three different ages, revealing memories of her uniquely dysfunctional family – her mother, brothers and volatile, brilliant, enigmatic father – that connect with her in surprising new ways. This intimate and emotional theatrical experience was performed entirely in the round at Broadway’s The Circle in the Square Theatre, bringing audiences closer to Alison’s story than ever before. Hailed as “the best musical of the season” by New York Magazine, Fun Home “demonstrates how much our world has changed and reflects just how far we’ve come” (The Wall Street Journal). A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the winner of five 2015 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Fun Home is a refreshingly honest, wholly original musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
Two of the hottest voices in comedy today, Nick Kroll (Comedy Central’s “The Kroll Show”) and John Mulaney (Netflix’s “The Comeback Kid”), make their no-holds-barred Broadway debuts in Oh, Hello on Broadway! They take the stage as their acclaimed alter egos, Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland—outrageously opinionated, 70-something, self-proclaimed “legendary” bachelors born, bred and still kvetching on the Upper West Side. First seen in New York’s comedy underground, the characters of Gil and George rose to wild popularity on Comedy Central. Directed by subversive visionary Alex Timbers, Oh, Hello opened on Broadway in 2016 at the Lyceum Theatre. This pull-no-punches “memoir for the stage” is a laugh-a-minute, two-man tour-de-force that’s part scripted, part spontaneous comedy, and totally unprecedented. A recorded performance of the Broadway show was released by Netflix on June 13, 2017.
Five-time Emmy Award nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson made his highly anticipated return to Broadway as more than 40 outrageous characters in the smash hit comedy Fully Committed by Becky Mode. This devastatingly funny one act follows a day in the life of Sam Peliczowski, an out-of-work actor who mans the red-hot reservation line at Manhattan’s number-one restaurant. Coercion, threats, bribes, histrionics—a cast of desperate callers, all brought to life by Ferguson, will stop at nothing in their zeal to land a prime reservation, or the right table. Fully Committed first opened Off-Broadway in 1999 at the Vineyard Theatre and later moved to the Cherry Lane Theatre where it closed in 2001. The Broadway production starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson opened as a limited engagement in 2016 at The Lyceum Theatre.
If/Then is a contemporary musical that follows Elizabeth as she rebuilds her life in New York, a city of infinite possibilities. With unforgettable songs and a deeply moving story by the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning creators of Next to Normal, and starring Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel, If/Then is an original new musical set at the intersection of choice and chance, where the road you take meets the road you didn’t. “The bravest new musical in a long time. Led by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s dazzling score, it is one of the very few new Broadway shows that actually looks and sounds like the world of today. Director Michael Greif, who’s practically the godfather of the 21st century musical, finds a strange beauty in the speed of our modern life” (Toronto Star). If/Then opened on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2014.
Bitingly relevant, sprinkled with sass, and inspired by the hit film, Bring It On: The Musical takes audiences on a high-flying journey that is filled with the complexities of friendship, jealousy, betrayal and forgiveness. Campbell is cheer-royalty at Truman High School and her senior year should prove the most cheertastic, but an unexpected redistricting has forced her to spend her final year of high school at the neighboring hard-knock Jackson High School. Despite having the deck stacked against her, Campbell befriends the dance crew girls and, along with their headstrong and hardworking leader, Danielle, manages to form a powerhouse squad for the ultimate competition — the National Championships. Bring It On: The Musical was written by Jeff Whitty, Amanda Green, Tom Kitt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and opened on Broadway at The St. James Theatre in 2012.
A wildly theatrical, hilarious and innovative retelling of how a miserable orphan came to be “The Boy Who Never Grew Up,” Peter and the Starcatcher upends the century-old legend of Peter Pan. Based on the best-selling Disney-Hyperion novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, Peter and the Starcatcher was directed by Tony Award® winner Roger Rees and Tony Award® nominee Alex Timbers and written by Tony Award® nominee Rick Elice (Jersey Boys). A dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination to bring the story to life. Peter and the Starcatcher opened on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in 2012, and received nine Tony Award® nominations including Best Play.
The human body is pushed to its limits as a group of friends leave their mark in a run-down warehouse through acrobatics, music and dance. Fusing the traditions of circus with the energy of street performance, Traces is an explosive display of raw emotion and physicality in an intimate urban setting. It begs the question, “If the world ended tomorrow, what would you leave behind?” Part dance show, part introspective performance art, the performers often address the audience and share personal information before continuing their explosive stunts. Conceived by the Montreal-based company, Les 7 Doigts de la Main, Traces received its NYC commercial debut in 2011 at the Union Square Theatre.
Based on the 1992 film of the same name, Sister Act is the feel-good musical comedy smash that tells the story of aspiring disco diva, Deloris Van Cartier. When Deloris witnesses a murder, she is put in protective custody in the one place the cops are sure she won’t be a found: a convent! Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and uptight Mother Superior. Using her unique disco moves and singing talent to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church and community but, in doing so, blows her cover. Soon, the gang is giving chase, only to find them up against Deloris and the power of her newly found sisterhood. Featuring original music by Tony- and eight-time Oscar winner, Alan Menken, Sister Act opened at The Broadway Theatre in NYC in 2011.
With book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, Next to Normal explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal opened on Broadway in 2009 at The Booth Theatre. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.
A riotous musical, complete with audience participation, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee is a delightful den of comedic genius. An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words, hoping never to hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. Winner of the Tony Award® and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee premiered on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theatre in 2005.
Man of La Mancha, which features a book by Dale Wasserman, music by Mitch Leigh and lyrics by Joe Darion, is adapted from Wasserman’s 1959 teleplay I, Don Quixote. This in turn was inspired by Miguel de Cervantes and his 17th-century classic Don Quixote. The original 1965 Broadway production won five Tony Awards®, including Best Musical. Cervantes is in prison awaiting trial during the Spanish Inquisition. He and his fellow prisoners perform a play-within-a-play, telling the story of the elderly Alonso Quijana, who renames himself “Don Quixote” and goes on a quest to right all wrongs in the world. The rousing, Spanish-inflected score includes the classic song, “The Impossible Dream.” Man of La Mancha was revived on Broadway in 2002 starring Tony Award® winner Brian Stokes Mitchell as Cervantes/Quixote. The Revival opened at The Martin Beck Theatre, which was renamed the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in 2003, during the run of this production.
The story of Benjamin Braddock, an innocent college grad who is seduced by an older woman, Mrs. Robinson, and then falls in love with her daughter, Elaine, has been told in a variety of ways: cult novel, landmark Hollywood film, and on the stage in London and New York. “After a long and successful run in the West End, The Graduate is now on Broadway and IT’S A HIT!” (Variety). This hilarious coming-of-age story has been called “rich, full and funny” (NY1). The Graduate opened on Broadway in 2002 at the Plymouth Theatre (now Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre) and starred Kathleen Turner, Jason Biggs and Alicia Silverstone.
Based on events as chronicled in The Weekly World News, Bat Boy is the story of a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. For lack of a better solution, the Hope Falls sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the town veterinarian, where he is eventually accepted as a member of the family and taught to act like a “normal” boy. Now called Edgar, Bat Boy is happy with his new life. But lurking in the distance are two grave dangers: a town that fears what they do not understand, and the secret of his true origins, which Bat Boy will soon discover in the most shocking manner imaginable. The musical opened at Off-Broadway’s Union Square Theatre in March 2001 and closed in December 2001, but took a nearly 24-day break to weather the period of theatregoer anxiety following the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City.
Playwright Eve Ensler set out to discover how women felt about their vaginas. Some 200 interviews later, Ensler emerged with a collection of poignant, lusty, brave and thoroughly human stories from a diverse group of women. The resulting play covers everything from a hilarious diatribe against the indignities of pelvic exams, to chilling tales of rape, to an eyewitness account of the wonder of childbirth. The Vagina Monologues was developed and premiered at HERE Arts Center, Off-Off-Broadway in New York and was followed by an Off-Broadway run in 1996 at Westside Theatre. The play has become an international phenomenon and has spawned V-Day, a worldwide movement that has raised more than $100 million dollars for women’s anti-violence groups across the globe.
This celebration of the mating game takes on the truths and myths behind that contemporary conundrum known as ‘the relationship.’ Act I explores the journey from dating and waiting, to love and marriage, while Act II reveals the agonies and triumphs of in-laws and newborns, trips in the family car and pick-up techniques of the geriatric set. This hilarious musical revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost and to those who have fallen on their face at the portal of romance. I Love You… opened Off-Broadway at The Westside Theater in 1996, where it ran for 5,003 performances. When it closed in 2008, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change had become the second longest-running show and longest-running revue in Off-Broadway history.