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B’way/Off-B’way Update: Job, R&J, Marin Ireland

By: David Sheward

May 28, 2024: Job, the hit Off-Broadway two-character play by Max Wolf Friedlich, will make the leap to Broadway this summer. Performances begin July 15 at the Hayes Theater in advance of a July 30 opening for a limited run through Sept. 29. Sydney Lemmon and Peter Friedman will repeat their performances as a recently-fired big tech company employee and her crisis management therapist. 

Peter Friedman and Sydney Lemmon in “Job”. Credit: Emilio Madrid

By: David Sheward

May 28, 2024: Job, the hit Off-Broadway two-character play by Max Wolf Friedlich, will make the leap to Broadway this summer. Performances begin July 15 at the Hayes Theater in advance of a July 30 opening for a limited run through Sept. 29. Sydney Lemmon and Peter Friedman will repeat their performances as a recently-fired big tech company employee and her crisis management therapist. 

According to the press release, the plot is described as follows: “Jane (Lemmon), an employee at a big tech company (you know the one), has been placed on leave after becoming the subject of a viral video. She arrives in the office of a crisis therapist – Loyd (Friedman) – determined to be reinstated to the job that gives her life meaning. Job zooms in on two careerists of different generations, genders, and political paradigms to examine what it means to be a citizen of the internet and our obligation to help the people who need it most.”

Jobfills a summer slot at the Hayes vacated when Forbidden Broadway postponed its engagement indefinitely. Job played a sold out run at the Soho Playhouse in September 2023 and then played the Connelly Theater from January to March of this year. The play was nominated for the Outer Critics Circle’s John Gassner Award for Outstanding New Play (preferably by a new playwright) but lost to Cole Escola’s Oh, Mary! which also transfers to Broadway this summer.

Kit Connor and Rachel Zegler.

Romeo and Juliet: The Sam Gold-directed revival of Romeo and Juliet starring Kit Connor (Heartstopper) and Rachel Zegler (Steven Speilberg’s West Side Story) has announced a theater and production dates. This 37th Broadway production of Shakespeare’s classic of star-crossed lovers will begin performances at the Circle in the Square on Sept. 26 prior to an Oct. 24 opening. The production will feature music by Jack Antonoff, best known for his collaborations with Taylor Swift. Sonya Tayeh, Tony winning choreographer of Moulin Rouge, is credited with movement. Meanwhile, the West End production of R&J starring Tom Holland and Francesca Amewudah-Rivers and directed by Jamie Lloyd does not appear to be moving to Broadway when it completes its sold-out run as has been previously rumored. But you never know. Tom Holland’s Spider-Man box office appeal may inspire producers to try it in 2025-26.

Marin Ireland

Pre-Existing Condition: Meanwhile, Obie winner and Tony nominee Marin Ireland (Uncle Vanya, reasons to be pretty) has written a new play Pre-Existing Condition opening Off-Broadway at the Connelly Theater Upstairs. Directed Maria Dizzia, performances begin June 7, opening June 18 and the engagement runs through Aug. 3.

In the aftermath of a life-altering event, Pre-Existing Condition explores the challenges, shared community, and everyday indignities of learning to move forward.

The production will star, sharing the role of “A” in rotation, Emmy Award winner Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Tony Award nominee Maria Dizzia (In the Next Room), Tavi Gevinson (American Horror Story), Tony Award winner Deirdre O’Connell (Dana H.), and Julia Chan (Uncle Vanya). Maslany will be the first “A,” scheduled to perform June 7-June 14 and June 17-19. Chan is scheduled to perform June 15 and June 20-22. 

Performance dates for O’Connell, Gevinson, and Dizzia are to be announced.

The cast will also include Sarah Steele (The Humans), Dael Orlandersmith (Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Yellowman), Greg Keller (Staff Meal). Understudies will be Raquel Chavez (Uncle Vanya) and Gregory Connors (The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window).

Anne Kauffman (Mary Jane) will serve as creative consultant. The creative team also includes set designer Louisa Thompson, costume designer Enver Chakartash, lighting designer Isabella Byrd, and sound designer Palmer Hefferan.

2024-25 Broadway/Off-Broadway/Awards Calendar 

Summer 2024

June 4–What Became of Us (Atlantic Stage 2)

June 5–Home (Roundabout/Todd Haimes)

June 6–The World According to Micki Grant (New Federal Theater/WP Theater)

June 10–Drama Desk Awards (NYU Skirball)

June 10–Theater World Awards (Marquis Theater)

June 12–The Welkin (Atlantic Theater Company)

June 12–Titanic (Encores/City Center)

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

June 18–Pre-Existing Condition (Connelly Upstairs)

June 20–Cats (Perelman Performing Arts Center)

June 23–N/A (Mitzi Newhouse)

July 11–Oh, Mary! (Lyceum)

July 30–Job (Hayes)

Aug. 12–Once Upon a Mattress (Hudson)

Fall 2024

Sept. 12–The Roommate (Booth)

Sept. 12–Counting and Cracking (Public Theater/NYU Skirball)

Sept. 24–Vladimir (MTC/City Center Stage I) (previews begin; opening TBA)

Sept. 30–MCNEAL (Vivian Beaumont/LCT)

Oct. 1–Yellowface (Roundabout/Todd Haimes)

Oct. 1–Good Bones (Public)

Oct. 9–The Counter (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

Oct. 10–Our Town (Barrymore)

Oct. 10–Deep History (Public)

Oct. 17–Maybe Happy Ending (Belasco)

Oct. 20–Sunset Boulevard (St. James)

Oct. 24–Romeo and Juliet (Circle in the Square)

Nov. 8–Gatz (Elevator Repair Service/Public)

Nov. 11–What a Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical (Studio 54)

Nov. 14–Tammy Faye (Palace)

Nov. 14–King Lear (Kenneth Branagh Theater Company/The Shed)

Nov. 21–Death Becomes Her (Lunt-Fontanne)

Nov. 25–Eureka Day (MTC/Samuel J. Friedman) (previews begin; opening TBA)

Left on Tenth

Swept Away

We Live in Cairo (NYTW)

Winter 2024-25

Jan. 23–English (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Feb. 20–Liberation (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

The Antiquities (Playwrights Horizons/Vineyard Theater)

A Knock on the Roof (NYTW)

Sumo (Ma-Yi Theater/Public)

2024-25

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

Romeo and Juliet w.Tom Holland/Francesca Amewudah-Rivers (?)

Smash

Wine in the Wilderness (CSC)

Spring 2025

March 25–Old Friends (MTC/Samuel J. Friedman) (previews begins opening TBA)

April 24–The Pirates of Penzance (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Bowl EP (Vineyard Theater/National Black Theater)

Glass. Kill. What If If Only. Imp. (Public)

Good Night and Good Luck

Lights Out: Nat “King” Cole (NYTW)

Othello

The Picture of Dorian Gray (???)

Show Boat (Target Margin/NYU Skirball)

Summer 2025

Twelfth Night (Public Theater/Delacorte)

Fall 2025

Initiative (Public)

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; Crazy Rich Asians; The Devil Wears Prada; Ella: An American Miracle; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; Frida, the Musical; Game of Thrones; The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation; High Noon; Imitation of Life; The Interestings; 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 Queen of Versailles; The Secret Garden; Sing Street; Soul Train; Stranger Things: The First Shadow; Working Girl.

2024-25 Broadway Season Breakdown

New Plays

Good Night and Good Luck

Job 

Left on Tenth

MCNEAL

Oh, Mary!

The Roommate

New Musicals

Death Becomes Her

Maybe Happy Ending

Old Friends

Smash

Swept Away

Tammy Faye

What a Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical

Play Revivals

English

Eureka Day

Othello

Our Town

Romeo and Juliet

Yellowface

Musical Revivals

Once Upon a Mattress

The Pirates of Penzance

Sunset Boulevard