The Most Provocative Play of the Decade Is Heading to Broadway

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Broadway is getting a jolt this fall. Jeremy O. Harris’ “Slave Play,” which ran Off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop last year, is heading uptown. 

The drama, whose plot is contingent on a mind-bending twist we won’t spoil here, will arrive at the Golden Theatre Sept. 6, ahead of an official opening Oct. 10. Under the direction of Robert O’Hara, the piece is slated for a 17-week run, with casting to be announced in the coming weeks. 

Additionally, producers have announced that, in order ensure the production’s accessibility, 10,000 tickets will be made available for $39 each. 

Another major announcement from the Rialto this week is the classical theater ying to that experimental theater’s yang: The anticipated—and reimagined—revival of Golden Age tuner “West Side Story” has revealed complete casting.  

Producer Scott Rudin has confirmed that Shereen Pimentel (“The Lion King”) will play Maria, while Isaac Cole Powell (“Once on This Island”) will play Tony. Rounding out the principal cast will be Yesenia Ayala as Anita, Amar Ramsar as Bernardo, Ben Cook as Riff, Ahmad Simmons as Diesel, and Danny Wolohan as Officer Krupke, among others. 

Thrillingly, the cast will include 23 actors who will be making their Broadway debuts (several of whom are Backstage users), including Tyler Eisenreich, Armando Eleazar, Marlon Feliz, Carlos Gonzalez, Jarred Manista, Madison Vomastek, and Kevin Zambrano

Under the direction of Tony winner Ivo van Hove and with brand new choreography from Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, the Stephen Sondheim classic will begin performances at the Broadway Theatre Dec. 10, with an official opening slated for Feb. 6, 2020.

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