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hADESTOWN is the acclaimed new musical by celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and visionary director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) that reimagines a sweeping ancient tale as a timeless allegory for our world.
HADESTOWN follows two intertwining love stories — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of king Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites audiences on an epic journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit nature against industry, faith against doubt, and love against fear. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, HADESTOWN delivers a deeply resonant and defiantly hopeful theatrical experience.
12 TONY nominations!
MEAN GIRLS is now a ferociously funny new musical from director CASEY NICHOLAW (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon), composer JEFF RICHMOND (“30 Rock,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist NELL BENJAMIN (Legally Blonde) and book writer TINA FEY (“30 Rock,” Bossypants).
Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
Produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson and Paramount Pictures, MEAN GIRLS gets to the hilarious heart of what it means to be a true friend, a worthy nemesis, and above all, a human being.
The Tony and Olivier Award winning musical is now playing in Melbourne before heading to China and back to Australia and New Zealand.
Mrs. Doubtfire is here to make everything better, like she always does, poppets. Daniel Hillard, a struggling, out-of-work actor, will do anything for his kids. After losing custody in a messy divorce, he disguises himself as Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. As his new persona begins to take on a life of her own, Daniel learns more than he bargained for about how to be a father. A hysterical and heartfelt story about holding onto your loved ones against all odds, MRS. DOUBTFIRE is the next big musical comedy for families — of all kinds.
From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry VIII take to the mic to tell their tales, remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration of 21st century girl power. These Queens may have green sleeves but their lipstick is rebellious red.
Featuring a book by Pulitzer finalist Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter) and a score by Justin Levine with Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance (Jamestown Revival), the 1967-set musical tells the story of Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade and their band of greasers as they fight for purpose and survival.
Currently in in preproduction, this dramatic-comedy stars Reed Birney as Jerry, a quiet and dispirited middle-aged gay actor, who’s working as a standby for a hit off-Broadway show. Facing financial woes, loneliness, and questioning his life and art, he spends the day in rehearsal with a flirty young actor, a by-the-books stage manager (Saidah Arrika Ekulona), and the rest of his uninspired fellow-understudies (Pat Nesbit, among others).
At curtain time, when the lead actor calls-in sick, Jerry is thrust into the star's dressing room and a whirlwind of last minute preparations: makeup, costumes, and quick notes from Glenna, the play’s leading lady (Christine Ebersole). He must now give the comic tour de force performance he’s been rehearsing, for the first time.
The curtain rises and, on cue, Jerry walks onstage into the blazing lights to face not only an disappointed audience, but also the possibility of a personal and artistic triumph—or failure.
This film is a love letter to the Theater. It's a story about fear of failure, aging, and the loss of youthful love; but also the reigniting of passion—for art and for life.
11 Festival Awards!
Winner of 11 Film Festival Awards
Over a romantic Christmas weekend, a young couple retreats to a Colorado cabin, where their relationship is tested by haunted pasts and the sobering present.
Set against the rustic winter backdrop of the Colorado Western Slope, EVERGREEN is an intimate character study of an interfaith couple's relationship over a tumultuous Christmas weekend.
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Stacy & Mia
Last night, Stacy and Mia were grinding at a frat party. Today, they're roommates. When class and codependence clash in just 120 square feet, what could "boundaries" possibly look like?
By Michael Tucker
Directed by Nadia Tass
By Michael Tucker
Three couples in their golden years, thick as thieves, are gathered at Sunny and Jer's farmhouse to celebrate milestone birthdays that span three decades. The foundation of their long friendship is honesty and support – as well as a commitment to the enjoyment of food, wine and laughter. They're so close that Sunny suggests that they all move in together—to live and work and assist one another as they grow older. Their companionship is put to the test, however, when a marital betrayal is discovered. The bonds of loyalty and truth are explored in this mature comedy.
Directed by: Peter flynn
Starring: Andrea burns
By Willy Holtzman
Playing at 59E59 from 3/16-4/13/2019 is Smart Blonde, the story of the amazing Judy Holliday. 1964, New York City: Broadway and film star Judy Holliday is set to record the debut album of her very own songs when a sudden case of stage fright makes her incapable of singing. To find her true voice, Judy revisits some of her most celebrated and gripping moments. Memory and song converge as the “dumb blonde” with a genius IQ charts her experiences from Greenwich Village to Broadway and Hollywood.
Smart Blonde is written by Willy Holtzman, the award-winning, two-time Pulitzer nominated writer of The Morini Strad; helmed by award-winning director Peter Flynn; and starring as “Judy”, the Drama Desk Award Winner, Andréa Burns of On Your Feet, The Nance, and In The Heights.
The New One
By Mike Birbiglia
He’s made you laugh in Sleepwalk With Me (it was a play presented by Nathan Lane, then a movie, THEN a book), My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend and “Thank God for Jokes.” (He was also really funny in that one season of “Orange Is the New Black.” And in “Billions.” And “Broad City.”) Now he’s on Broadway telling a new story in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Lin-Manuel Miranda called The New One “as perfect a night as you’re gonna get.” Do not miss The New One. Some people say it’s his best one. (It was John Mulaney. Also Vogue.)
By David Henry Hwang
M. Butterfly charts the scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer — a love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. Their 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, east and west — while redefining the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit.
Doubt, A Parable
By John Patrick Shanley
In stunning prose, John Patrick Shanley delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, his characters always balancing on the thin line between truth and consequences.John Patrick Shanley’s masterpiece is one of the most acclaimed plays in recent memory. Winning 4 Tony Awards including Best Play, named Best Play by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Best New Play (Drama Desk Awards) and Outstanding Play (Lucille Lortel Awards). Doubt, A Parable won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
1 Tony Nomination!
By Seth Rudetsky and Jack Plotnick
"A triumph! Irresistible!" - New York Times
"Hilarious! By far one of the funniest shows in town!" - The New York Post
Top 10 of 2013's Theatre Season!
"Laughs, great new talents, and savvy jukebox craftsmanship!" - New York Daily News
Tine Fey and Amy Poehler's MUST LIST. "Irresistable"- Entertainment Weekly
C.O.A.L. (Confessions of a Liar)
By David Brian Colbert
By David Bryan Colbert
Premiered at 59E59-March 5-22, 2015
A charming and witty liar, Coal, revisits his life in a small West Virginia town, introducing the dicey and colorful characters of his past, while attempting to come to terms with the lies he told to change his truth. Represented by four separate yet united characters of Man, Woman, Girl and Boy, Coal tells the audacious tale that he's never been able to share and his wild story become an homage to the delicate art of lying.
She's of a Certian Age
By Susan Charlotte
By Susan Charlotte
By Susan Charlotte
Directed by Anthony Marsellis
Starring Danny Aiello, Alma Cuervo, Lucy Devito, and Michael Twiane
Set in New York’s Hell's Kitchen, The Shoemaker, is a compelling drama that focuses on a shoemaker, an Italian Jew, on a devastating day that has become a turning point in American history. As each hour passes he confronts yet another part of his past, present and an uncertain future.
Art and Science
By James Wesley
Premiered at The Uptown Players in Dallas, TX June 2014.
In spite of Adam's urging, Robert refuses to go to the hospital and seek medical attention because he's a Christian Scientist. Reluctantly, Adam feels he has no choice but to stay and try to help Robert who is feeling more and more effects from the stroke.
When Truth is Not Enough
By Susan Charlotte
5 Drama Desk Awards!
By Matthew Lopez
Profoundly touching and wickedly hilarious, Matthew Lopez’ highly anticipated two-part play, THE INHERITANCE, asks how much we owe to those who lived and loved before us, and questions the role we must play for future generations.
Brilliantly re-envisioning E. M. Forster’s masterpiece Howards End to 21st-century New York, it follows the interlinking lives of three generations of gay men. In their search for belonging, they discover that when we connect, we thrive.
This epic new play by Matthew Lopez marks the Broadway debut of one of America’s boldest theatrical voices and is directed by visionary two-time Tony Award® winner Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, Netflix’s “The Crown”). THE INHERITANCE is a life-affirming journey of tears and laughter, through conflicts and connections, heartbreak and hope. A new play, generations in the making.
By Jeremy O. Harris
At the MacGregor Plantation, nothing is as it seems, and yet everything is as it seems. It’s an antebellum fever-dream as three interracial couples converge to rip open history at the intersection of race, love, sex, and sexuality in 21st-century America. Don’t miss this production that “reimagines the possibilities of what theater can give us” (The New York Times).
The Cher Show
By Rick Elice
The Cher Show is based on the life of Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere Bono Allman or as her friends call her, Cher! The kid on a tricycle, vowing to be famous. The teenage phenom who crashes by twenty. The glam TV star who quits at the top. The would-be actress with an Oscar. The rock goddess with a hundred million records sold. The legend who’s done it all, still scared to walk on stage. The wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. The woman, looking for love. The ultimate survivor, chasing her dream. They’re all here, dressed to kill, singing their asses off, telling it like it is. And they’re all the star of The Cher Show.
Featuring her beloved chart-topping hits, The Cher Show will feature a book by Rick Elice (Tony Award-winning best musical Jersey Boys), direction by Jason Moore (Tony Award-winning best musical Avenue Q), choreography by Tony Award-winner Christopher Gattelli (Newsies), and orchestrations, arrangements and musical supervision by Tony Award-winner Daryl Waters (Memphis).
Still At Risk
By Tim Pinckney
Kevin, a surviving activist from the front lines of the AIDS crisis, finds himself struggling to find his place and purpose in contemporary gay culture. When a gay fundraising event threatens to erase the history he was part of creating, Kevin’s anger and passion are renewed and he is confronted with the challenge of how to motivate change in this new climate of visibility. Along the way, Kevin’s raw and slightly unhinged methods provoke everyone who can help him, damage long friendships and eventually expose some dark secrets.
J O A N
By Stephen Belber
JOAN is about the life of a woman named Joan. She is restless. She is loving. She is gracious. She’s a jerk. She has a brother. She has a lover. She has a husband. She has a kid. She has a Mom. She lives. She dies. A poignant and probing play about the life of a contemporary American woman Written by Stephen Belber, and Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt.
3 Tony Awards!
Angels in America
By Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic, won 7 Tony Awards®, The New York Drama Critics' Circle Award and The Evening Standard Award for its groundbreaking debut. Now Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse) directs a spectacular new production of this landmark play, starring Nathan Laneand Andrew Garfield, and featuring Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, James McArdle and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. An instant sellout in London, Angels in America arrives at Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre in February 2018 for 18 weeks only.
2 Tony Awards!
Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812
By Dave Malloy
Natasha, pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 stars multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban in his Broadway debut.
Inspired by a 70-page slice of War & Peace, this "vibrant, thrillingly imagined new musical" (The New York Times) is "stunning and blazingly original" (Entertainment Weekly) and brings us just inches from Tolstoy's young lovers as they light up Moscow in a "heaven-sent fireball" (The New York Times) of romance and passion.
By Jennifer Jasper
An evening of short plays by Jennifer Jasper. Produced by Mary J. Davis and MBL Productions. Debut at Theatre Row on April 15 2017.
By James Wesley
"Thought-provoking, emotionally charged theatre that has shades of Tennessee Williams and Tracy Letts" - The Huffington Post
"The script makes all the right moves in Unbroken Circle, a family drama with a whiff of 'August: Osage County'" - The New York Times
"A gasp-inducing play! If you enjoy the extreme satisfaction that comes from the artful revelation of salacious family secrets, this play is for you!" - TheaterMania
A Persistent Memory
By Jackob G. Hoffmann
Oxford-educated David Huntington is losing his grip on reality. With every passing moment, David’s most precious memories are slipping away. But why?
A provocative and poetic drama, A Persistent Memory explores the virtues of unlikely encounters and how we mustn’t allow our pasts to define who we really are.
The Pretty Trap
By Tennessee Williams (New York Premiere)
Directed by Anthony Marsellis
Starring Katharine Houghton, Lorren Dunn, Robert Eli, and Nisi Sturgis
Tennessee Williams' one-act precursor to The Glass Menagerie
Mary J. Davis has had a diverse life, geographically, professionally and personally. She was born in Omaha, Nebraska; grew up in Annapolis, Maryland; and lived most of her adult life in a suburb of Philadelphia. She moved to New York in 2008. Finally, she's where she belongs.
Mary attended Rollins College in Florida, transferred to Elmira College in New York, and graduated from Arcadia College in Pennsylvania. She switched majors, going from English to Psychology to Theatre Arts to Elementary Education. After teaching for several years as a reading specialist in public schools, she went to Temple Law School in Philadelphia. She was a litigator in several different areas of law: antitrust class actions, securities regulation, mass disaster litigation, environmental law, real estate malpractice, and insurance defense. Even when working for law firms, she also practiced pro bono law with different public interest firms, including Disabilities Law Project and ACLU. While she no longer practices law professionally, she has continued her work with the ACLU.
Mary's interest in theatre began when she was a little girl. Her mother, Jane Young Davis, wrote children's plays. Mary was involved with Children's Theatre of Annapolis from the
age of 9. Her mother also took her to Washington and New York to see shows. Theatre was a big part of her family's life, and that exposure created a lifelong love for all things Broadway! Once her daughter, Laura, was in school, Mary began coming to New York every Wednesday to see a show. That grew to the occasional weekend getaway, then the frequent weekend getaway, then to moving here when Laura went to college in Florida. Mary found an apartment in the heart of the theatre district so that she was never far from the world she loves. She still sees 4-8 shows a week, subscribes to as many non-profit theatre companies as she can, and sees everything (yes, everything) that is on Broadway and as much Off-Broadway as she can!
Since moving to New York, Mary has begun producing shows herself. It started when she mentioned to Susan Charlotte, founder of Food for Thought, that, "In 3 years, when Laura goes to college, I'd like to get involved with Food for Thought." At the time, Mary was thinking of volunteering, ushering, that sort of thing. But Susan knew a theatre freak when she met one, and immediately got Mary involved in producing 2 shows Susan had written: The Shoemaker starring Danny Aiello; and She's of a Certain Age. Susan and Mary also produced the New York premiere of The Pretty Trap, Tennessee Williams' one act version of Glass Menagerie. Mary and Seth Rudetsky produced James Wesley's Unbroken Circle. She was also a producer for the musical Disaster!, both on and off Broadway. Mary co-produced James Wesley's Art & Science, which had a successful run in Dallas. In addition, she produced David Bryan Colbert's C.O.A.L. at 59E59 in March 2015. In 2016, Mary produced A Persistent Memory by Jackob Hofmann, at Theatre Row. In Spring 2017, MBL produced Jennifer Jasper's Pressing Matters. Jennifer Blackmer's Unraveled was MBL's 2018 production at Theatre Row. In 2019, Mary produced 2 shows, both at 59E59: Smart Blonde by Willy Holtzman, starring the amazing Andrea Burns; Fern Hill by Michael Tucker, starring Jill Eikenberry and John Glover.
In addition, Mary has also invested in several Broadway shows: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, winner of 2 Tony Awards; M. Butterfly, starring Clive Owen; Angels in America starring Nathan Lane and Andrew Garfield, 3 Tony awards; Mike Birbiglia's The New One; and The Cher Show, winner of 2 Tonys. Currently Mary has 2 shows on Broadway: Tina Fey’s Mean Girls, and Hadestown (winner of 10 Tonys!). Off Broadway investments included: Joan, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt, and Tim Pinckney's Still at Risk. Mary donated money to get the Broadway for Orlando record made. MBL has also invested in the independent film Evergreen, winner of 5 awards on the festival circuit. Mary has several other plays in the early stages of development. Stay tuned!
Mary is married to Michael Levitan, a statistics professor at Villanova University. They have one daughter, Laura, a graduate of Rollins College in Florida, now living in Los Angeles where she works in the techno music field. Mary has no idea what her husband or daughter do since neither career involves Sondheim.
Joey Monda - Vice President
Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, Joey has served as a producer and/or general manager for numerous Broadway, Off-Broadway, and off Off-Broadway productions, concerts and events.
In addition to his work with MBL Productions, Joey was part of the Tony Award winning producing team of Hadestown. Other Broadway producing credits include Slave Play, The Inheritance, The New One and the upcoming Mrs. Doubtfire (all with MBL Productions!). He also worked on the Broadway productions of Disaster! and Allegiance starring George Takei, Lea Salonga and Telly Leung. Additional work includes DR Theatrical Management, Daryl Roth Productions, the National Alliance for Musical Theatre, the Broadway League, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the Actors Fund, and Broadway Gives Back.
Joey received his BFA in Musical Theatre from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he worked with numerous theatres and universities as a performer, music director and accompanist.
Jason St. Little - Artistic Director
Acting credits: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Rent, Macbeth, Conquest of the Universe, Cymbeline, Plaid Tidings, Burning Habits, A Tale of Two Cities. Created his one-man rock show TITS FISHER: A Cabaret Voltaire.
Directing credits: The Winter’s Tale, The Merchant of Venice, Angels in America: Parts I & II, Top Girls, Camille, Tommy, Cabaret, Cloud 9, The Heidi Chronicles.
Teaching credits: former Dean of Students and current faculty member at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting-NYC, The National Shakespeare Conservatory, Chekov Project - Buenos Aires.
Training: National Shakespeare Conservatory, British American Drama Academy-UK. BA in Literature, Bennington College.
Frankie Dailey - General Manager
Dailey is an Off-Broadway, Dance, and Independent Theatrical General Manager and a founder of Dailey-Monda Management, New York City's newest full-service theatrical management firm. He is also the General Manager for The Playroom Theater, an active 70-seat boutique theater in Times Square, as well as the Asparagus Club, a broadway nightclub programming series. Graduate: James Madison University, Commercial Theater Institute 14-Week Program (Fred Vogel Scholar). Previous Off-Broadway: NYTimes Critics' Pick The Bullpen, Masterworks Theater Company's The Glass Menagerie and NYTimes Critics' Pick A Midsummer Night's Dream. Upcoming Off-Broadway: That Physics Show, The Goldstein Variations, A Letter to Harvey Milk, Pressing Matters.