FeelNYC solves all your winter evening dilemmas with a guide to the hottest theatre productions of the season.

Following on from our earlier review of the best movie theatres in NYC, here at FeelNYC we wanted to provide you with an alternative for those who want some live entertainment. New York is never lacking in theater productions, especially over the holiday season. The problem is that there are far too many productions to see during one visit so we´ve narrowed it down to a list of 3 that have got the critics excited.

The piano lesson.

Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, this musical tells the story of Berniece who wants to convince her impatient brother that he cannot convert a family heirloom—an upright piano engraved with portraits of slave forebears—into mere cash. A compelling tale that shows the battle between the past-erasing pragmatist and the legacy-protecting idealist; one that runs all through Wilson’s ten-play Century Cycle, and it reaches operatic intensity in this ghost-filled, blues-drenched 1990 masterpiece. Being shown at the Pershing Square Signature Center 480 W 42nd St, New York.

Annie.

This classic needs no introduction. Anyone who has been a child can find something to love in this magical show. Adapted from Harold Gray’s long-running comic strip, the musical spins a rags-to-riches fantasy about a parentless ragamuffin, Annie, who is rescued from penury—and from her orphanage overlord, the boozy and abusive Miss Hannigan by an ultrarich industrialist named Oliver Warbucks. Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin’s beloved score translates this story into musical-theater terms with tremendous verve and charm. Annie’s two solos, “Maybe” and “Tomorrow,” capture her longing and confidence with poigant simplicity, and nearly every other song connects solidly too. Playing at The Palace Theatre, 1564 Broadway, New York until 30th December

 

The Twenty-seventh man.

Directed by Nathan Englander, this production is slightly stronger. In some sense a kaddish for a Yiddish world that was systematically erased, first by Hitler’s ovens and then by Stalin’s purges (including the massacre known as the Night of the Murdered Poets). But Englander’s play doesn’t just mourn that sensibility; it reproduces it with profoundly beautiful layers of irony, resignation, righteous anger, gallows humor and philosophical disputation. Directed by Barry Edelstein with quiet dignity and grace, The Twenty-Seventh Man is as chilling and haunted as a ghost story. Playing at the Public theatre, 425 Lafayette St, New York.     

        

We hope that from this short review of the top musicals this season you will have no problems finding suitable entertainment on a cold New York evening                                                        

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