A Week Full of Premieres!

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The week ahead is chalk full of premieres both on Broadway and Off.  See the list of shows that begin previews or open this week in New York City.

Tuesday, November 1:

New York Premiere: Kirsten Greenidge’s Milk Like Sugar, based on the group of Massachusetts teenagers that made a “pregnancy pact” in 2008, OPENS at Playwrights Horizons’ Peter Jay Sharp Theatre on West 42nd Street.  The production transfered from a run at La Jolla playhouse this past summer where it made its world premiere.  Tony Award-winner Tonya Pinkins (Jelly’s Last Jam, Caroline, or Change) leads the cast under the direction of Rebecca Taichman (The Scene at 2ST).

Synopsis: “With potential for more but nowhere to put it, sixteen-year-old Annie’s got a choice: honor the pregnancy pact she made with her friends, or find the path to a brighter future. In this searing, sharply observant new play, Kirsten Greenidge finds savage humor and gritty poetry in one inner-city girl’s struggle to carve out a life beyond the only one she knows.”

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Wednesday, November 2:

New York Premiere: Suicide, Incorporated OPENS at the Black Box Theatre at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre on 46th Street.  Andrew Hinderaker’s new play was developed at the Seven Devils Playwrights Conference and premiered at Chicago’s Gift Theatre in the summer of 2010.  The production extended twice during its sold-out run and was nominated for multiple Jeff Awards, including Best New Work.  Jonathan Berry, who directed the world premiere in Chicago also directs this Roundabout Underground production.

Synopsis: “The right words can be hard to find, especially when they’re your last. Andrew Hinderaker’s provocative and darkly funny new play takes us to an unorthodox writing service that specializes in crafting the perfect suicide note, where a subversive new employee is suspected of the unthinkable. Could he actually be trying to keep his client alive?”

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Thursday, November 3:

Broadway Premiere: Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Jon Robin Baitz’ Other Desert Cities OPENS on Broadway at the Booth Theatre on 45th Street.  Joe Mantello directs this drama about a wealthy family in Palm Springs, CA. The cast features Stockard Channing, Rachel Griffiths, Stacy Keach, Judith Light and Thomas Sadoski.

Synopsis: “A once-promising novelist, Brooke announces to her family the imminent publication of a memoir she has written about her brother Henry, an anti-war activist during the Vietnam War, who committed suicide after being implicated in a bombing at a military recruiting center. Her parents Lyman and Polly Wyeth, whose memories of their troubled son differ significantly from Brooke’s, plead with their daughter not to bring Henry’s tragic story to light after 30 years.”

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World Premiere: MCC’s Wild Animals You Should Know begins previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre downtown on Christopher Street.  Under the direction of Trip Cullman (A Small FireBachelorette) this tale of ruin and redemption features Tony Award-winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal) and MCC Theater founding member Patrick Breen (The Normal Heart). Playwright Thomas Higgins makes his New York debut.

Synopsis: “Matthew and Jacob are an unlikely pair of friends. Matthew is a soccer star, full of brio and teenage swagger. Jacob is, well, not. Beneath the surface, though, the two are locked in an innocently erotic game of cat and mouse. When Matthew’s reluctant father, Walter, is wrangled by his wife Marsha into chaperoning the boys’ trip to a wilderness scout camp, he finds himself drawn into their adolescent game. But Matthew has secretly decided just how far he’s willing to go for his final act of scouting and everyone might do well to heed the scouts’ motto: Be Prepared.”

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Friday, November 4:

New York Premiere: Bonnie & Clyde begins previews at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on 45th Street. Frank Wildhorn (Composer), Don Black (Lyricist) and Ivan Menchell (Playwright) join forces with director Jeff Calhoun to bring the story of the 20th century’s most famous duo to the Great White Way.  Laura Osnes (Grease, Anything Goes) and Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) star in the titular roles leading the cast of 21. This sexy new musical garnered rave reviews from its run at the La Jolla Playhouse in California and the Asolo Rep in Florida.

Synopsis: “Two small-town kids from the middle of nowhere became the biggest folk heroes in all America. They craved adventure—and each other. Their names were Bonnie and Clyde.”

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