The cold of winter is only just starting to fade but there’s no better way to celebrate the beginning of spring than with a trip to the theater. New York has some of the best productions, from the small one-man shows in the outer boroughs to major musicals on Broadway. Shakespeare lovers and contemporary theatergoers alike will love what’s on offer this spring. Here are your top five best bets for the theater this spring 2015.
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
Date: April 7 – May 17, 2015
Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway stars in this contemporary play by director Julie Taymor. Following an Air Force pilot who splits her time between her family and her job as a drone controller, the play touches on political and emotional aspects that affect the world today. Written by George Brant, “Grounded” is a play created in direct response to actual events. Performances begin in April and start at $85.
‘The Two Gentlemen of Verona’
Theatre for a New Audience
262 Ashland Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Date: April 24 – May 24, 2015
From the theatre that brings you Shakespeare in the Park every summer, this spring production just might be Shakespeare’s very first. “The Two Gentlemen of Verona” was originally produced at Folger Theater in Washington, D.C. last year and will only be at TFAN for one month. This play has many of the fun aspects of today’s rom-com and follows the adventures of two mismatched lovers. Tickets should cost around $55.
‘The King and I’
Lincoln Center Theatre
150 West 65 Street
New York, NY 10023
Date: Previews begin March 12, 2015
It’s the classic story of love and regency in 19th Century Siam. Rodgers & Hammerstein’s beloved creation features well remembered songs like “Shall We Dance?” and “Getting to Know You.” The production features a cast of 50 and an orchestra to accompany. Choreography and music are all based on the original 1951 production, which traveled from New York to London and back. It has been over a decade since the production has been seen in the United States. Ticket prices range from $87 to $162.
‘New York Spring Spectacular: The Rockettes’
Radio City Music Hall
1260 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020
Date: March 26 – May 3, 2015
You know them from their high kicks and their rosy cheeks, their toy soldier garb or even their reindeer antlers. But the Rockettes are proving that they’re not only around for Christmastime. Ready to celebrate spring, the Rockettes are dancing their way onto the Radio City stage again, this time to tell the story of three New Yorkers who end up changing each other’s lives. Featuring an upbeat soundtrack and exciting dance numbers, this performance will be fun for the whole family. Tickets cost as little as $39.
Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)
651 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Date: April 5 – May 3, 2015
If you’re less the sparkles, dance, and happy music type, and more the simple play type, head to BAM for a Henrik Ibsen performance. Already receiving glowing reviews from its run in the United Kingdom, “Ghosts” is directed by Richard Eyre. Set during the Victorian era, the play follows a mother and the relationships she has with her husband and her son. Lesley Manville stars in this dynamic performance. Tickets start at just $30.
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