This Week on Broadway for December 1, 2019: The Young Man From Atlanta

Peter Filichia, James Marino, and Michael Portantiere talk about The Inheritance, Michael Bennett, World AIDS Day, The Young Man From Atlanta @ Pershing Square Signature Center, MCC Theater’s production of Seared, Miracle on 34th Street @ The Argyle Theatre, The Giant Hoax (Musical) @ Theater Row, and Fefu and Her friends @ Theater for New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, Brooklyn


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Conversation with Jonathan Groff, sponsored by the Drama Desk, on Thursday, December 12, 2019. This event will take place from 4:45 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Ripley-Grier Studios, 520 8th Avenue.

Groff, currently starring in the hit Off-Broadway revival of Little Shop of Horrors, will engage in a colloquy with longtime Drama Desk member Michael Portantiere (, and will participate in an audience Q&A.

To request a reservation, please email [email protected] with “RSVP JONATHAN GROFF EVENT” in the subject line of your email. Reservations will be opened to the general public as of Monday, December 2nd (with a $5 admission fee for non-members to help defray expenses).

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MP: The Inheritance, a new play by Matthew Lopez, directed by Stephen Daldry @ the Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street,

The Inheritance is performed in two parts, over the course of one day.

Matthew Lopez’ two-part play, THE INHERITANCE, asks how much we owe to those who lived and loved before us, and questions the role we must play for future generations. Brilliantly re-envisioning E. M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End to 21st-century New York, it follows the interlinking lives of three generations of gay men searching for a community of their own – and a place to call home.

The cast of THE INHERITANCE includes Jordan Barbour, Jonathan Burke, Andrew Burnap, Darryl Gene Daughtry Jr., Dylan Frederick, Kyle Harris, John Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Carson McCalley, Lois Smith, Kyle Soller, and Arturo Luís Soria.

The creative team for THE INHERITANCE includes scenic and costume designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Jon Clark, co-sound designers Paul Arditti and Christopher Reid, and music by Paul Englishby.

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PF: The Young Man From Atlanta by Legacy playwright Horton Foote and directed by Michael Wilson, presented by Signature Theatre (Paige Evans, Artistic Director; Harold Wolpert, Executive Director)

The production runs November 5 through December 15, 2019 with a November 24 opening night on The Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center (480 West 42nd Street between 9th and 10th Avenues).

Danger lurks just below the surface in Horton Foote’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama of an aging couple still reeling from the death of their only child. Set against the backdrop of a rapidly modernizing 1950s Houston, the Kidders’ lives are turned upside down once again when a figure from their son’s past shows up in town. They deny, deflect and deceive in an effort to avoid the danger but can’t dodge the inevitable reckoning. How far will these grieving parents go to avoid the truths this young man from Atlanta might reveal? Director Michael Wilson returns to Signature to bring to life this play that explores and dissects the American dream while revealing the depths we go to in order to keep ourselves safe.

The cast of The Young Man From Atlanta includes Devon Abner (The Roads To Home) as Ted Cleveland, Jr., Dan Bittner (Brittany Runs a Marathon) as Tom Jackson, Pat Bowie (The Trip To Bountiful) as Etta Doris, Harriett D. Foy (The House That Will Not Stand), Kristine Nielsen (Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus) as Lily Dale, Jon Orsini (The Whirligig) as Carson, Larry Pine (Evening at the Talk House) as Pete Davenport, and Aidan Quinn (CBS’ “Elementary”) as Will Kidder.

The creative team includes Jeff Cowie (Scenic Design), Van Broughton Ramsey (Costume Design), David Lander (Lighting Design) and John Gromada (Sound Design & Original Music). The Production Stage Manager is Robert Bennett and Casting is by Caparelliotis Casting.

MP: MCC Theater’s production of Seared @ Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space, 511 West 52nd Street, through December 22, 2019 (EXTENDED!)

Seared by Pulitzer Prize finalist and two-time Emmy Award nominee Theresa Rebeck (Bernhardt/Hamlet), with direction by Tony Award® nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (MCC’s Hand to God).

The cast will star W. Tré Davis (“Valor”), four-time Tony Award® nominee Raúl Esparza (Company), David Mason (Trick or Treat), and Krysta Rodriguez (Spring Awakening).

The creative team for Seared includes scenic design by Tim Mackabee, costume design by Tilly Grimes, lighting design by David Weiner, sound design by Palmer Hefferan, and casting by Telsey + Company / Adam Caldwell, CSA, Will Cantler, CSA, Karyn Casl, CSA. The Production Stage Manager is Rachel Gross.

Seared begins performances on Thursday, October 3, 2019 in the Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space (511 West 52nd Street), with an official opening night set for Monday, October 28, 2019. Tickets are now on sale and available at

Seared is a new fit-for-foodies comedy by critically-acclaimed playwright Theresa Rebeck (Bernhardt/Hamlet) directed by Tony® nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (MCC’s Hand to God). Brilliant, hot-headed chef Harry scores a mention in a food magazine with his signature scallops, and his business partner Mike finally sees profits within reach. The only problem? Harry refuses to recreate his masterpiece for the masses. Mix in a shrewd restaurant consultant and a waiter with dreams of his own and it all goes to hell in this hilarious and insightful new play that asks us to consider where art ends and commerce begins. Audiences will be up close to the action as MCC’s flexible Frankel Theater is transformed into the intimate kitchen of a New York City restaurant.

The world premiere of Seared was produced by the Williamstown Theatre Festival in July 2018, Mandy Greenfield, Artistic Director.

MP: Miracle on 34th Street @ The Argyle Theatre, Babylon, Long Island, through December 29, 2019

The Argyle Theatre (Mark and Dylan Perlman, Managing Partners; Evan Pappas, Artistic Director) cordially invites you and a guest to attend the Opening Night Press Performance of the holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson (The Music Man) at The Argyle Theatre (34 West Main Street, Babylon, Long Island).

Directed by Evan Pappas, choreography by Valerie Wright, with music direction by Jeff Cox and associate music direction by Jeff Lodin, the principal cast will feature Tiffan Borelli as Doris Walker, Christopher Carl as R.H. Macy, J Ryan Carroll as Marvin Shellhammer, Ira Kramer as Fred Gailey, Tony Triano as Kris Kringle, with Cordelia Comando and Raquel Sciacca, alternating in the role of Susan Walker. They will be joined by Demi Ahlert, Zack Atkinson, Kaitie Buckert, Nancy Evans, James Forbes, Alexis Forlenza, Landon Forlenza, Christina Gobes, Kaisha S. Huguley, Jacob Karp, Kate Keating, Tyler Pisani, Matthew Rafanelli, Drew Tanabe, Gavin Weingarten, and Kyle Yampiro.

Miracle on 34th Street, The Musical, a holiday classic from the writer of the musical theatre classic, The Music Man!, based on the movie of the same name, Miracle on 34th Street features a book and score by none other than Meredith Willson.

Single mother, Doris Walker, doesn’t want her six-year-old Susan’s head filled with romantic notions. Their neighbor, Fred Gailey, tries to woo Doris by charming Susan and taking her to see Santa Claus at Macy’s, where Doris works. Doris is not impressed, but when it turns out that Macy’s Santa may, in fact, be the real Kris Kringle, a wave of love spreads across New York City that melts even the most cynical hearts.

Filled with humor, spectacle and such beloved songs as “Pinecones and Hollyberries,” “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” and “My State, My Kansas,” this joyous, heartwarming musical is perfect for the family this holiday season!

The creative team includes Set Design by Audrey Vuong, Costume Design by Matsy Stinson, Wig Design by Peter Fogel, Lighting Design by John Salutz, and Sound Design by Carlos Dias, Jr. The Technical Director is Michael Kauffman. The Production Stage Manager is Ingrid Pierson with Assistant Stage Manager Taylor Mankowski. The Casting Director is Michael Cassara, CSA.

Performances begin Thursday, November 14, 2019 for a limited engagement through Sunday afternoon, December 29, 2019 at The Argyle Theatre (34 West Main Street, Babylon, Long Island). Opening Night is Saturday evening, November 16, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

PF: The Giant Hoax (Musical) @ Theater Row

IndieWorks Theatre Company, in Association with Visceral Entertainment, Presents The Giant Hoax, A New Musical Based on the True(?) Story of the Cardiff Giant
Book, Music and Lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant
Directed by Christopher Michaels
Music Direction by Jonathon Lynch
Choreographed by Molly Model
Orchestrated by Mark Brymer
November 19 – December 7, 2019

Theatre Row – Theatre One (formerly The Lion Theatre)
410 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036
Runtime: 90 minutes with no intermission

Marking the 150th anniversary of “the biggest hoax in history,” IndieWorks Theatre Company, Inc., in association with Visceral Entertainment, presents The Giant Hoax a new musical based upon the true(?) story of New York’s famous Cardiff Giant, with book, music and lyrics by Kit Goldstein Grant. Christopher Michaels directs a cast of 13, including Paul Aguirre, Mary Albert, Henry Fin Berry, Greg Carter, Sarah Chiu, Yvette Monique Clark, Jianzi Colón-Soto, Daniel Moser, Robyne Parrish, Kevin Riddagh, Staci Stout, Ben Tostado, and Forest VanDyke*. Sixteen performances will be staged on a varying scheduling at Theatre Row’s Theatre One (formerly The Lion Theatre) 410 West 42nd Street in New York City from November 19-December 7, 2019. The Giant Hoax is recommended for ages six and up.

Do you want to see a world of wonder? Travel back to 1869 with Emily, “Stub”, P.T. Barnum, and a prehistoric petrified giant on a musical journey you won’t soon forget! Emily, a bright young girl with an overactive imagination, has run away from home to prove that there are wonderful things in the world out there! Before long, she finds herself in the employ of a shady showman, William “Stub” Newell, the owner of a prehistoric, petrified giant! She and the Giant become instant “imaginary friends,” but all is not well. When the unscrupulous circus impresario, P.T. Barnum, offers a hefty sum to buy Newell’s profitable, prehistoric attraction and is refused, he comes up with a scheme to steal Stub’s business right out from under his nose forcing Emily to sort through what is fact, what is fiction, and what’s all in her imagination.

Kit Goldstein Grant’s new musical, based on the true story of New York’s famed Cardiff Giant, features a strong female protagonist, and a catchy score packed with wonderfully whimsical music and clever lyrics. The Giant Hoax is a fun, family musical that bursts with excitement – and even a bit of history – as a cast of colorful characters takes you on a journey to the past by way of a young girl’s imagination.

The Giant Hoax is the first main stage production for IndieWorks Theatre Company after years of festival productions, cabarets, concerts, and a film.

The Giant Hoax is presented by IndieWorks Theatre Company in association with Visceral Entertainment. Producers: Judith Manocherian, Tom Gavin, Christopher Michaels & Jeremy Terry; Scenic Designer: Theron Wineinger; Costume Designer: Tyler Carlton Williams; Lighting Designer: Conor Martin Mulligan; Props Designer: Michael Henry Grant; Music Assistant: Gaby Manks; Production Stage Manager: Katherine Bolynn*; Publicist: Paul Siebold/Off Off PR; General Management/Executive Producer: Visceral Entertainment.

*These Actors and Stage Managers are appearing courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

Equity Approved Showcase.

PF: Fefu and Her friends @ Theater for New Audience, Polonsky Shakespeare Center, 262 Ashland Place, Brooklyn

Cast Brittany Bradford, Juliana Canfield, Helen Cespedes, Jennifer Lim, Ronete Levenson, Lindsay Rico, Amelia Workman, Carmen Zilles

MARIA IRENE FORNES has been called the greatest and least-known dramatist of our time. Signature Theatre devoted its 1999–2000 season to her work. She’s written over 40 “spare, poetic, and emotionally forceful works”; won nine OBIE awards; and her epic What of the Night? was a finalist for the 1990 Pulitzer Prize. JoAnne Akalaitis, Edward Albee Caryl Churchill, Migdalia Cruz, John Guare, Tony Kushner, Eduardo Machado, Caridad Svich, Paula Vogel are among the artists that have credited her as an inspiration and influence.

Fefu and Her Friends is “funny and shocking…the dramatic equivalent of a collection of poems… Seven friends gather at Fefu’s house for a kind of reunion… exploring lives and quite specifically the pain, strain, comforts, and fragility of women’s lives… After the initial scene in the living room, we are divided into four groups and visit the kitchen, a bedroom, and a garden in each of which some particular encounter takes place… The actors perform the same thing four times so that we all have a chance to see them… An engaging kind of activity… There are moments of splendor.” —Richard Eder, reviewing the original 1978 production, The New York Times

Run Time: 2 hours with no intermission.







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