Jason Robert Brown's The Last Five Years is an modern, emotionally powerful and intimate musical about two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show's unconventional structure consists of Cathy, a struggling actress, telling her story backwards while Jamie, a successful writer, tells his story chronologically.
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Get ready to "Bend and Snap" to Cupcake Theater's Legally Blonde, the hit broadway musical. This star-studded spectacle features a huge cast that represents a whose-who of Los Angeles theater veterans. Elle Woods, the leading lady in Legally Blonde, is always a blast, but this time it's an absolute star turn for American Idol's Margie Mays. Margie was called "The greatest person I've ever met on Idol" by Katy Perry, and had a phenomenal 2-season run on the show. This is Margie's first time performing in Legally Blonde, and Cupcake Theater is thrilled to feature her is this iconic role that you won't want to miss.
Live At The Purple Lounge pulls back the curtain on the lives of five female stand-up comedians in varying stages of their careers. In the green room of the infamous "Purple Lounge" comedy club, relationships are tested, love is lost and found, and sacrifices are made as the play examines the humorous and not-so-humorous moments of five extraordinary women trying to make it in the cutthroat world of stand-up comedy.
During a mission trip to Bangkok, the four members of a Korean Christian girls' youth group discover that their revered pastor has hidden a camera in their hotel bathroom. Samantha is personally wounded that Pastor would do this to her. Kyung-Hwa thinks everyone needs to have lower expectations for men. Jen is worried about how this might affect her college applications. And Mimi's out for blood, as usual.
Primal storytelling and modern sensibility collide in a sensual re-envisioning of Greek myths, as gods and mortals alike endure love, loss, and transformation-all while immersed in a pool of water on stage. Swirling with passion, Mary Zimmerman (author of ANW's award-winning Argonautika) creates this Tony Award-nominated masterpiece that mesmerizes with tales of Midas, Orpheus, Aphrodite, and more in a whimsical and heartbreaking meditation on the joys and perils of being human.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Katori Hall's gripping reimagination of events the night before the assassination of the civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On April 3, 1968, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people.
Naturally Tan is a one-woman seriocomic play written and performed by Tanya Thomas, with direction and development by Jessica Lynn Johnson. Told through the bold perspective of a vivacious drag queen named Tanvi, Naturally Tan follows Tanya Thomas' desperation to fit in as a minority in Singapore and her search for acceptance in America.
It's May 7, 1901. Life has begun in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire. Milk is being delivered. Breakfast is on the stove. We meet the town gossips, the boys who play baseball and the choirmaster with a secret sorrow. And soon teenagers George Gibbs and Emily Webb will go from friends to puppy love to wedding day and beyond-two families forever joined together. And as they come to terms with the meaning of their lives, this Pulitzer Prize-winning American classic beautifully celebrates our own shared humanity.
In The Pitch, a widower, desperate for money, takes a low-level sales job in a "boiler room," while trying to deal with his teenage daughter's newfound autonomy. This powerful new work pulls from Alper's tumultuous personal experiences both in the room and at home, adding the layers of a dramatic and moving father/daughter subplot. The Pitch examines whether or not a person can maintain his integrity and not deviate from his morals, while facing both internal and external pressures.
The world premiere of Sleep with the Angels injects a dollop of magical realism into the everyday lives of two working women. Molly, a busy attorney, has just separated from her husband and is in desperate need of a childcare provider. Juana has recently arrived from Mexico and is looking for a job. It's a perfect match! Soon, Molly and her kids are swept up into Juana's magical and charming ways. But just who is Juana, really?
Kyle visits his childhood home in the suburbs to share a pizza dinner with his parents. His mother is away at a religious retreat, leaving Kyle alone with his father for perhaps the first time in their adult lives. Without his mother hovering around, Kyle seizes on the opportunity to ask his father all the questions about their lives together that he always wondered about. As the evening wears on, the civil dialogue begins to fray, and startling revelations begin to surface. In Slice, Kyle might learn more about his father, and himself, than he ever bargained for.
With 10 Tony nominations including Best Musical, Something Rotten! is a "big, fat hit!" (New York Post). Set in the '90s - the 1590s - this hilarious smash tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers who are desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theatre involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first MUSICAL!
Hailed as a "revelatory revue full of wonderful moments" and a "funny, affectionate and revealing tribute to musical theater's greatest living composer and lyricist," Sondheim on Sondheim is an intimate portrait of the famed songwriter in his own words... and music. Through the use of exclusive interview footage, audiences get an inside look at the personal life and artistic process of famed composer, Stephen Sondheim.
Tambo and Bones are two characters trapped in a minstrel show. It's hard to feel like a real person when you're trapped in a minstrel show. Their escape plan: get out, get rich, get even. Imaginative and provocative, Tambo & Bones is a daring and explosive rags-to-riches roast of America's past, present, and future at the intersection of racism and capitalism. And what's at stake, for those deemed less-than-human, is the fate of humanity itself. A co-production with Playwrights Horizons.
Padua Playwrights presents the world premiere of Three Tables, the newest work from legendary poet/playwright Murray Mednick, a pioneer of New York's off-off-Broadway movement in the '60s. Mednick's trademark use of quick repartee, dark Borscht Belt humor, and meta theatrical references are the underpinnings of a more serious, existential meditation on the advent of tyranny.
What happens when "tiger parenting" goes wrong? Meet Albert and Jennifer Chen-brother and sister, once brilliant students and musicians, now epic failures leading unfulfilling lives. The problem? Their parents set unrealistic standards. The solution? Escape from Irvine & go on an "Asian Freedom Tour" to Shenzhen, China-a hilarious journey filled with colorful characters, intrigue and surprise.