March Editor's Picks: 10 Plays and Musicals You Need to See in NYC
March 1st, 2016
by Josh Ferri
Here's what you should to see this month in New York City.
1. March is a good month to revisit the record-breaking hit Chicago. Here’s why: NaTasha Yvette Williams is a legendary-status Mama Morton and the gorgeous-voiced Jason Danieley is back at the Ambassador Theatre with his suave Billy Flynn. Pair those two with longtime Roxie and Velma, Paige Davis and Amra-Faye Wright, and it’s a slam dunk.
2. Go see Bright Star this month. The completely original new musical by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell tells the story of Alice Murphy, a brilliant woman living in the post WWII south whose past catches up with her in the most wonderful way. The bluegrass score is stunning and the debut performance by Carmen Cusack is worth the price of admission. The Cort Theatre
3. The Tony Award-nominated musical An American in Paris welcomes a new leading man on March 14. Longtime standby Garen Scribner will officially assume the role of Jerry Mulligan, and really any reason to see this dance extravaganza again is just like, ‘Yes please!' The Palace Theatre.
4. Eclipsed, the powerful new play about several wives of the same African warlord, officially opens on Broadway March 6, and you don’t want to miss this one. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o leads a five-person female ensemble that also includes Broadway favorite Saycon Sengbloh, and it's some of the finest acting in town. The Golden Theatre
5. A true off-Broadway treasure Marin Ireland returns to the stage in the New York premiere of Ironbound. Ireland plays a polish immigrant over the course of 20 years and three relationships—including one with Boardwalk Empire hottie Morgan Spector. Previews begin March 3 at Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
6. The highly-anticipated two-hander Blackbird is going to be the play all of NYC is buzzing about. Starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, the explosive drama is going to keep you talking for days to come.The Belasco Theatre
7. The one and only Charles Busch is ready to show you his Cleopatra, and there’s no way it’s not going to be incredible and hilarious. The super-limited run is a hard ticket to come by, but if you can see it, go! Performances begin March 25 at Theater for the New City
8. It’s the American premiere of Duncan Sheik & Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s American Psycho, and honestly it looks like it’s going to be awesome. I saw a press preview and being in the room was electrifying. The book is smart and funny—the musical adaptation is laughing at itself but still remains sexy and stylish. I can’t wait to see how it all comes together. Previews begin March 24 at the Schoenfeld Theatre
9. The Public Theater (birthplace of Broadway’s hottest shows Hamilton, Fun Home & Eclipsed) has two exciting premieres in March. The first is the highly buzzed about bluegrass musical Southern Comfort, based on the true story of a transgender community of friends living in rural Georgia. The second show Head of Passes is the latest work from award-winning playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. Inspired by The Book of Job, the family drama set in Mississippi stars Tony winner Phylicia Rashad and Bbox fave Kyle Beltran.
10. The most exciting show of the spring season on Broadway might very well be George C. Wolfe's Shuffle Along. It's the crème de la crème of African American Broadway talent starring in one musical, and even the commercial has me ready to give a praise hand, a gay gasp, and a standing ovation. Previews begin March 15 at the Music Box Theatre