Whether you live here or are visiting New York you should know that February is a great time to be here. Theatre is cheaper and restaurants more available because the city is less trafficked during this month. Stop by and try it sometime. Better yet, this February has four excellent new shows starting performances you should take note of.
Studio 54 will host a remounting of the classic Cole Porter work “Kiss Me, Kate” with the talented Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase. This is one of my favorite musicals and I was fortunate to see the 2000 version with Marin Mazzie and Brian Stokes Mitchell version. The always excellent Roundabout Theatre Company is mounting this version, previews starting February 14 and opening March 14.
“Be More Chill” is a notably newer work and has a huge youth following who discovered the streaming album of a regional theatre mounting and adapted it as their own. I was lucky to see it off-Broadway at Signature Theatre last fall. Previews start February 23 and it opens March 10 at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. Expect strong ticket sales but do try to see this very original work if you possibly can.
“King Lear” is one of William Shakespeare’s greatest scripts and I have seen several versions, including a brilliant Christopher Plummer performance at Lincoln Center Theatre back in 2004. This production will feature Glenda Jackson as the lead (she did it in England a couple of years ago) at the Cort. It starts performances February 28 and opens April 4 with a closing date of July 7. Expect tickets to be as hard to get as when she led Albee’s “Three Tall Women” last season.
We know their music, now they are the latest to get the biographical jukebox musical treatment on Broadway. “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations” starts previews at the Imperial Theatre on February 28 with and opening scheduled for March 21. Advance word of mouth is strong and we will see how they survive in a genre that has recently been a bit shaky in this market.
See a show in the Big Apple in February. You won’t be sorry you did.