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Patriots to Open; Ohio Closes; OCC and Chita Rivera Dates.

By: David Sheward

January 24, 2024: One closes and another opens. How to Dance in Ohio will join the soon-to-shutter Harmony and play its final performance at the Belasco Theater on Feb. 11 after 27 previews and 72 regular performances. The musical inspired by Alexandra Shiva’s documentary on autistic young adults preparing for a dance at their center, opened on  Dec. 10. Meanwhile, Peter Morgan’s Patriots about Vladmir Putin’s rise to power will be going into the Barrymore (where Harmony is about to close) for a limited, 12-week engagement starting with previews on April 1 and opening April 22. This will make for an extremely crowded final week before the Tony eligibility cut-off of April 25. The Heart of Rock and Roll, the Huey Lewis jukebox musical, will also be opening on April 22.

The cast of “How to Dance in Ohio” Credit: Curtis Brown

Patriots to Open; Ohio Closes; OCC and Chita Rivera Dates.

By: David Sheward

January 24, 2024: One closes and another opens. How to Dance in Ohio will join the soon-to-shutter Harmony and play its final performance at the Belasco Theater on Feb. 11 after 27 previews and 72 regular performances. The musical inspired by Alexandra Shiva’s documentary on autistic young adults preparing for a dance at their center, opened on  Dec. 10. Meanwhile, Peter Morgan’s Patriots about Vladmir Putin’s rise to power will be going into the Barrymore (where Harmony is about to close) for a limited, 12-week engagement starting with previews on April 1 and opening April 22. This will make for an extremely crowded final week before the Tony eligibility cut-off of April 25. The Heart of Rock and Roll, the Huey Lewis jukebox musical, will also be opening on April 22.

Tony nominee Michael Stuhlbarg (The Pillowman, A Serious Man, The Shape of Water) will play the lead role of Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky and repeating his Olivier Award-winning role of Putin will be Will Kean. 

A scene from Patriots

Patriots opened at London’s Almeida Theater in July of 2022 and transferred to the Noel Coward Theater in the West End in May 2023. Peter Morgan is the creator the Netflix series The Crown and his previous London and Broadway works include Frost/Nixon and The Audience. Tony nominee Rupert Goold (Ink, King Charles II) will repeat his directing chores from the London staging.

Will Kean as Vladimir Putin in Patriots which will open at the Barrymore.
Credit: Marc Brenner

“For 20 years, Peter Morgan has pioneered a new mode of storytelling to illuminate our world. No other writer wrings so much human drama out of historical events, but Patriots is his most urgent and essential play to date – an incisive deep-dive into 30 years of Russia’s past in search of its horrifying and harrowing present, something that should concern us all,” commented producer Sonia Friedman. “Its London premiere at the Almeida and in the West End repeatedly seemed to reflect that day’s headlines and, with the world at a crossroads in 2024, it feels more immediate than ever. We are so fortunate that one of America’s greatest actors, Michael Stuhlbarg, will join us to play Boris Berezovsky, with Will Keen recreating his Olivier Award-winning role as Vladimir Putin, and that Broadway audiences will get to experience Rupert Goold’s exhilarating production for themselves.”

OCC and Chita Rivera Dates: While the Oscars have been busy announcing their noms, the music industry has been gearing up for the Grammys and the NFL is readying itself for the Super Bowl, two New York theater awards have announced their dates. The Outer Critics Circle will give out their nominations for the best of the Broadway and Off-Broadway 2023-24 season on April 22 (the same day the Drama League puts out their noms) via press release. The winners will be announced on May 13 and the awards will be presented on May 23 at a location to be announced. 

Led by its current President, David Gordon, the OCC Board of Directors also includes Vice President Richard Ridge, Recording Secretary Joseph Cervelli, Corresponding Secretary Patrick Hoffman, Treasurer David Roberts, Harry Haun, Cynthia Allen, Dan Rubins, Janice Simpson, and Doug Strassler.  Simon Saltzman is President Emeritus.  Stanley L. Cohen serves as Financial Consultant.  The Board of Directors also serves as the Nominating Committee. Lauren Yarger serves as the Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony executive producer.

The Chita Rivera Awards for excellence in dance and choreography in theater and film will be held on May 20 at NYU Skirball Center. Nominations will be announced on April 26. The Chita Rivera Awarding Committees follow:

Chair: Sylviane Gold, Gary Chryst, Robert LaFosse, Donna McKechnie, Wendy Perron, and Lee Roy Reams, and Desmond Richardson

Broadway Nominating Committee

Chair: Wendy Federman, Melinda Atwood, Caitlin Carter, Gary Chryst, Don Correia, Jamie deRoy, Sandy Duncan, Peter Filichia, Dr. Louis Galli, Sylviane Gold, Jonathan Herzog, Jim Kierstead, Robert La Fosse, Joe Lanteri, Donna McKechnie, Michael Milton, Mary Beth O’Connor, Wendy Perron, Lee Roy Reams, Desmond Richardson, Andy Sandberg, and Randy Skinner

Film Nominating Committee

Chair: Jonathan C. Herzog, Steven Caras, Wilhelmina Frankfurt, Mary Beth O’Connor, and Andy Sandberg

2023-24 Broadway/Off-Broadway Schedule and Beyond

Winter 2023-24

Jan. 24–Once Upon a Mattress (Encores/City Center)

Jan. 26–Oh, Mary (Lortel)

Jan. 28–Days of Wine and Roses (Studio 54)

Jan. 30–Sunset Baby (previews begin; opening TBA) (Signature Theater)

Feb. 1–The White Chip (Frankel Theater/MCC Theater)

Feb. 1–Jonah (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

Feb. 3–Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy (Vineyard Theater)

Feb. 6–The Connector (MCC)

Feb. 11–Hamlet (Solo version with Eddie Izzard) (Greenwich House)

Feb. 13–The Apiary (Second Stage/Tony Kiser Theater)

Feb. 14–I Love You So Much I Could Die (NYTW)

Feb. 21–Jelly’s Last Jam (Encores/City Center)

Feb. 22–The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers (New World Stages)

Feb. 22–A Sign of the Times (New World Stages)

Feb. 25–The Seven Year Disappear (The New Group/Signature Center)

Feb. 26–Pericles (CSC)

Feb. 27–The Ally (Public)

Feb. 28–Brooklyn Laundry (MTC/City Center Stage I)

Feb. 29–Doubt: A Parable (Roundabout/AA)

Spring 2024

March 2–Illinoise (Park Ave. Armory)

March 10–Dead Outlaw (Audible/Minetta Lane)

March 11–Corruption (LCT/Mitzi Newhouse)

March 12–My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?) (Lyceum)

March 12–Teeth (Playwrights Horizons)

March 13–The Effect (The Shed/Griffin Theater)

March 14–The Notebook (Schoenfeld)

March 14–Ibsen’s Ghost (Primary Stages/59E59)

March 18–An Enemy of the People (Circle in the Square)

March 19–Fish (previews begin; opening TBA) (Keen Co./Theater Five) 

March 21–Water for Elephants (Imperial)

March 24–Philadelphia, Here I Come (IRT)

March 28–The Who’s Tommy (Nederlander)

April 2–Mary Jane (previews begin; opening TBA) (MTC/Friedman) 

April 2–Orlando (previews begin; opening TBA) (Signature Theatre)

April 5–Macbeth (an undoing) (TFANA/Polonsky Center)

April 11–The Outsiders (Jacobs)

April 11–Jordans (Public) (previews begin; opening TBA)

April 12–Staff Meal (previews begin; opening TBA) (Playwrights Horizons)

April 14–Lempicka (Longacre)

April 16–Sally & Tom (Public Theater)

April 17–The Wiz (Marquis)

April 18–Suffs (Music Box)

April 19–Stereophonic (Golden)

April 20–Hell’s Kitchen (Shubert)

April 20/21–Cabaret (August Wilson)

April 22–The Heart of Rock and Roll (James Earl Jones)

April 22–Patriots (Barrymore)

April 22–Outer Critics Circle nominations announced

April 22–Drama League nominations announced (NY Library for the Performing Arts)

April 24–Uncle Vanya (LCT/Vivian Beaumont)

April 25–Mother Play (Second Stage/Hayes)

April 25–The Great Gatsby (Broadway)

April 26–Chita Rivera Award nominations announced

April 30–Tony Nominations Announced

April 30–Three Houses (previews begin; opening TBA) (Signature Theatre)

April–Here There Are Blueberries (NYTW)

May 2–Wine in the Wilderness (previews begin; opening TBA) (CSC)

May 13–Outer Critics Circle winners announced

May 17–Drama League Awards (Ziegfeld Ballroom)

May 20–Chita Rivera Awards Ceremony (NYU Skirball)

May 23–Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony 

Summer 2024

June 5–Home (Roundabout/AA)

June 12–The Welkin (Atlantic Theater Company)

June 12–Titanic (Encores/City Center)

June 16–Tony Awards (David Koch Theater/Lincoln Center)

June–Cats (Perelman Performing Arts Center)

TBA–All of Me (The New Group/Signature Center)

2024

Sunset Boulevard

Fall 2024

The Counter (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

King Lear (Kenneth Branagh Theater Company/The Shed)

Yellowface (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Winter 2024-25

English (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Liberation (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

2024-25

Our Town

Smash

Tammy Faye

Spring 2025

The Pirates of Penzance (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Show Boat (Target Margin/NYU Skirball)

Future--Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death; Beaches the Musical; Black Orpheus; BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical; Come Fall in Love–The DDLJ Musical; Death Becomes Her; The Devil Wears Prada; Ella: An American Miracle; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; Frida, the Musical; Game of Thrones; The Great Gatsby; The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation; High Noon; Imitation of Life; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; The Karate Kid; La La Land; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; The Mousetrap; Nancy Drew and the Mystery at Spotlight Manor; Pal Joey; Purple Rain; The Queen’s Gambit; Rear Window; The Nanny; The Normal Heart/The Destiny of Me; The Secret Garden; Sing Street; Soul Train; Stranger Things: The First Shadow; What a Wonderful World; Working Girl.

2023-24 Broadway Season Breakdown:

New Plays:

The Cottage

Grey House

I Need That

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

Mother Play

Patriots

Prayer for the French Republic

The Shark Is Broken

Stereophonic

New Musicals:

Back to the Future

Days of Wine and Roses

The Great Gatsby

Harmony

The Heart of Rock and Roll

Hell’s Kitchen

How to Dance in Ohio

Lempicka

The Notebook

Once Upon a One More Time

The Outsiders

Suffs

Water for Elephants

Play Revivals:

Appropriate

Doubt: A Parable

An Enemy of the People

Mary Jane

Purlie Victorious

Uncle Vanya

Musical Revivals:

Cabaret

Gutenberg! The Musical

Here Lies Love

Merrily We Roll Along

Monty Python’s Spamalot

The Who’s Tommy

The Wiz

Solos/Specialties:

Alex Edelman: Just for Us

Melissa Etheridge: My Window

My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?)