Hey, it's May!

What's up, guys? The weather is now actually getting warmer (FINALLY) so don't be a home-body and get your ass to the theatre! We got great recs (as always) so don't sleep on these shows.

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DANCE NATION @ Playwrights Horizons
until June 3

A pre-teen dance troupe is gearing up for their big competition: The Boogie Down Grand Prix in Tampa Bay! If they win there, they go on to a national tournament that could change their lives forever... It's all or nothing for these young girls (played by adult actors of varying ages) as they try and conquer the hardest routine of all: Adolescence and adulthood.

Produced by Playwrights Horizons
Written by Clare Barron
Directed and Choreographed by Lee Sunday Evans
Scenic Design - Arnulfo Maldonado
Costume Design - Ásta Bennie Hostetter
Lighting Design - Barbara Samuels
Sound Design - Brandon Wolcott
Production Stage Manager - Erin Gioia Albrecht
Assistant Stage Manager - Bryan Bauer


Purva Bedi — Connie
Eboni Booth — Zuzu
Camila Canó-Flaviá — Sofia
Ellen Maddow — Maeve
Christina Rouner — Vanessa/The Moms
Thomas Jay Ryan — Dance Teacher Pat
Dina Shihabi — Amina
Lucy Taylor — Ashlee
Ikechukwu Ufomadu — Luke


PARADISE BLUE @ Signature Theatre until June 10

1949 in Black Bottom, Detroit. Blue owns a jazz club in the heart of the jazz district that is being negotiated by the city for gentrification. Knowing that if he sells the club the surrounding clubs will follow suit, his friends and family are unwilling to let him relinquish ownership to developers. Though it seems that Blue understands the deep history of his club, he has dark personal demons he must deal with that may sway his thought. Can Blue retain his own sense of self? Will he be able to hear the jazz again?


Francois Battiste - P. Sam
Kristolyn Lloyd - Pumpkin
Simone Missick - Silver
J. Alphonse Nicholson - Blue
Keith Randolph Smith - Cornelius (Corn)

Produced by Signature Theatre
Written by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Scenic Design - Neil Patel
Costume Design - Clint Ramos
Lighting Design - Rui Rita
Sound Design - Darron L West
Original Music - Kenny Rampton
Music Direcotr - Bill Sims, Jr.
Hair & Wig Design - Charles G. Lapointe
Fight Director - Thomas Schall
Production Stage Manager - Laura Wilson

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THE GREAT LEAP @ Atlantic Theater (Stage 2) until June 17

"San Francisco, spring 1989. Manford Lum, locally renowned on the sidewalk basketball courts of Chinatown, talks his way onto a college team, just before they travel to Beijing for a 'friendship' game. When they arrive, China is in the throes of the post-Cultural Revolution era, and Manford must juggle international politics and his own personal history." (From official website)

Produced by Atlantic Theater Company
Written by Lauren Yee
Directed by Taibi Magar
Scenic Design - Takeshi Kata
Costume Design - Tilly Grimes
Lighting Design - Eric Southern
Sound Design/Original Music - Palmer Hefferan
Projection Design - David Bengali
Movement Direction - Jesse Perez


Ali Ahn - Connie
Ned Eisenberg - Saul
Tony Aidan Vo - Manford
BD Wong - Wen Chang