Broadway in Chicago shows
Based on actor Chazz Palmintieri’s autobiographical solo show about his Bronx adolescence caught between his allegiance to his father and the allure of apprenticing to a local mob boss, this 2016 musical expands the story with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. It’s co-directed by Jerry Zaks and Robert DeNiro, who also helmed the 1993 film adaptation.
Oriental Theatre. March 12–24, 2019.
Deftly adapted by Terrence McNally from the 1997 animated film, with Ragtime and Once on This Island composers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty expanding on their movie score, this sweeping 20th-century fairy tale centers on an amnesiac who may be the last survivor of the Romanovs. Anastasia came up empty-handed at the 2017 Tony Awards in a crowded season for musicals, but its kid-friendly story and impressive craftsmanship have helped it find an audience, with our friends at Time Out New York dubbing it “the richest new family show to hit Broadway in years.”
Oriental Theatre. Mar 26–Apr 7, 2019.
William Finn’s musical about a neurotic gay man named Marvin, his ex-wife Trina, their respective new lovers, and Marvin and Trina’s precocious kid premiered on Broadway in 1992, but its two acts had previously been staged separately nearly a decade apart. Act I, March of the Falsettos, debuted Off Broadway in 1981 and dealt with the larger effects of Marvin’s coming out; by the time Finn revisited the characters for 1990’s Falsettoland, it had to contend with the AIDS crisis. This new touring production is based on Lincoln Center Theater’s 2016 revival, which was nominated for five Tony Awards.
Oriental Theatre. May 28–June 9, 2019.