Concluding July 18
The Wild Party (Off-Broadway at New York City Center). The Encores! Off-Center staging of Andrew Lippa's The Wild Party stars Sutton Foster as Queenie. She's joined by Steven Pasquale as Burrs, Brandon Victor Dixon as Black, Miriam Shor as Madelaine True, Joaquina Kalukango as Kate, Talene Monahon as Mae and Ryan Andes as Eddie. Lippa's Wild Party, adapted from the Jazz Age narrative poem by Joseph Moncure March, "is the story of one tragic, decadent night in a Manhattan apartment shared by Queenie (Foster) and her menacing lover Burrs (Pasquale). The couple decides to throw the party to end all parties, where Queenie meets a handsome stranger (Dixon) who wants to lure her away." Visit NYCityCenter.org.
Heisenberg (Off-Broadway at New York City Center Stage II). Manhattan Theatre Club's world premiere of Heisenberg is the new play by Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time fame. The comedic drama stars Mary-Louise Parker and Denis Arndt. Directed by Mark Brokaw, Heisenberg sees Parker playing Georgie, a woman who unexpectedly kisses a much older and unknown man amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, and the electric and peculiar relationship that develops thereafter. Visit NYCityCenter.org.
Gloria (Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre). The Vineyard Theatre's world-premiere production of Gloria is by acclaimed playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. Directed by Evan Cabnet, the cast features Jennifer Kim, Jeanine Serralles, Catherine Combs, Kyle Beltran, Mike Crane and Ryan Spahn. Gloria is about a group of editorial assistants working at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each highly ambitious and hoping for the next big book deal before they hit 30. In this already competitive environment, an ordinary day turns out to be anything but, and the stakes for the entire group become even higher. Visit VineyardTheatre.org.
Concluding July 19 On the Twentieth Century (Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre). Kristin Chenoweth embodies Lily Garland, a role created by her idol Madeline Kahn, in Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of On the Twentieth Century. She is joined by Peter Gallagher as Oscar Jaffe, Andy Karl as Bruce Granit, Mark Linn‐Baker as Oliver Webb, Michael McGrath as Owen O'Malley and Mary Louise Wilson as Letitia Primrose. Here's how Roundabout bills the classic: "It's nonstop laughs aboard the Twentieth Century, a luxury coach travelling from Chicago to New York City. Luck, love and mischief collide when the bankrupt theater producer Oscar Jaffe (Gallagher) embarks on a madcap mission to cajole glamorous Hollywood starlet Lily Garland (Chenoweth) into playing the lead in his new, non-existent epic drama. But is the train ride long enough to reignite the spark between these former lovers, create a play from scratch, and find the money to get it all the way to Broadway?" Visit 20thCenturyOnBroadway.com.