May Editor's Picks: 10 Plays, Musicals, & Concerts You've Got to See
May 2nd, 2016
by Josh Ferri
1. Looking for the right Mother’s Day gift for mom? Enjoy a night out on the town at the Tony-winning Best Musical, Jersey Boys. She’ll love the music, and you’ll love our Show of the Month discount.
2. Heather Headley is comin’ to town, and they will need to install seatbelts at the Jacobs Theatre for when she sings “Push Da Button”. The Aida Tony winner replaces Jennifer Hudson as sexy singer Shug Avery in our show of the year, The Color Purple on May 10.
3. Another musical getting fresh life with new A-list stars is the Tony-winning revival of The King and I. See three-time Tony nominee Marin Mazzie twirl around the Vivian Beaumont as Anna in the arms of Hawaii Five-0 and Lost star Daniel Dae Kim as The King.
4. Broadway theatre fans worth their salt will hurry to the new musical Shuffle Along to see this outstanding collaboration of Broadway royalty George C. Wolfe, Audra McDonald, Savion Glover, Stokes & Billy Porter. The choreography alone is worth the price of admission—you’ve never seen Queen Audra hoof it like this.
5. Hamilton director Thomas Kail opens a world premiere play by Pulitzer winner Quiara Alegria Hudes at Signature Theatre starring Daphne Rubin-Vega, Matthew Saldivar, and Orange Is the New Black’s Poussey, Samira Wiley. The title bar in Daphne’s Dive is a cheap corner dive in North Philly where Daphne and her vibrant, eclectic regulars drink to art, politics, and life. Running at Signature Theatre through June 12.
6. Encores! proudly presents the only collaboration between Richard Rodgers & Stephen Sondheim, the dreamy and romantic Do I Hear a Waltz?. Tony nominee Melissa Errico stars as the New York secretary who travels to Venice in hopes of finding love; Claybourne Elder & Sarah Stiles co-star. #GetReadyToCry Running May 11-15 at New York City Center.
7. The Greek myth of Orpheus, Hades, and Eurydice comes to life in a new folk opera Hadestown. Patrick Page stars as Hades and Natasha, Pierre standout Amber Gray is Persephone—and the whole thing is helmed by Natasha, Pierre director Rachel Chavkin. Running at New York Theatre Workshop May 6-July 3.
8. Some of Broadway’s most talented child actors come together for the York Theatre Company’s revival of You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Joshua Colley (A Bronx Tale), Milly Shapiro (Matilda), and Aidan Gemme (Finding Neverland) lead the cast as Charlie Brown, Sally Brown, and Snoopy, respectively. Come on, this is gonna be the most adorable thing ever! Running at Saint Peter’s through June 26.
9. Tony winner Mandy Patinkin brings his one-of-a-kind voice back to the New York stage for one-night-only on May 23. Don’t miss the Sunday in the Park with George and Evita legend live at Jazz at Lincoln Center.
10. Two fun concerts happening in May involve theatre personalities showing us their alternate personalities. The Skivvies’ Nick Cearley recreates his award-winning performance as Randall Klausner (an actor-singer-songwriter-dancer-secretary searching for love and fame in the late ‘70s/early ‘80s) in …And Then I Wrote A Song About It on May 13 at Feinstein’s/54 Below. Then downtown at Joe’s Pub, Mx Justin Vivian Bond and Kenny Mellman bring back their legendary creations Kiki & Herb for a new show Seeking Asylum!, running through May 22.