Live theatre is BACK and better than ever. Right now, Broadway has nearly 30 shows open for audiences, and Staten Island is certainly right behind the great white way! Throughout the next few months, several shows are opening all around the island- solely for your entertainment!
First up is CLUE: The Musical, presented by The Little Victory Theatre! If you haven’t heard of CLUE: The Musical, you’ve probably heard of CLUE: The Board Game! This musical, based off of the popular kids game, tells a fun and fast-paced murder mystery story at a mansion, and in a twisted turn of events- the audience gets to decide who the culprit is at the end! This interactive show has over 200 possible endings, and it’s up to YOU to decide which one you’ll witness. This mystery is ready to be solved at 8pm on April 1st, 2nd, 7th, 8th & 9th at 8pm OR during the afternoon at 2pm on April 3rd & 10th. Call (718) 524 – 8467 to reserve your seats as soon as possible!
In the mood for another musical? Luckily, Ghostlight Productions has got you covered. Premiering on April 21st and running until the 24th is the famous 90’s musical, I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. This musical comedy, which happens to be the second longest running Off-Broadway show, presents a series of vignettes that depict love and relationships. If this sounds like it’s up your alley, follow Ghostlight Productions on all of their Social Media to be the first to have access to ticket links and sales!
Rounding out April and entering May is another show at The Little Victory Theatre, RED. The synopsis reads as follows: “Mark Rothko is commissioned to paint a series of paintings for New York’s Four Seasons Hotel. When he hires a young assistant, he is challenged to ask questions about art, what it takes to create it, and its role in the world”. This 2-person led drama, written by John Logan, premiered in London originally starring actors Alfred Molina & Eddie Redmayne. The Staten Island production stars Matt Gilleece & Eric Rosen, playing April 29th to May 1st. Contact The Little Victory Theatre for ticket information.
During May, we get a bunch of productions! Starting on May 13th is the premiere of She Kills Monsters at Snug Harbor Botanical Gardens. This contemporary drama-comedy play takes place in reality and in an imaginary game world, with connections to the famous game “Dungeons & Dragons”. Exploring themes of family and remorse with an intricate storyline regarding sexuality, She Kills Monsters is sure to be a show you don’t want to miss! Presented by Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre company, this production is playing May 13th and 14th, and May 20th & 21st at the Connie Gretz Secret Garden.
Following She Kills Monsters is Crimes of the Heart- a play written by Beth Henley. The show tells the story of 3 very different and layered Southern Sisters who are reunited after an incident. By the conclusion of the production, each sister must face the consequences of the “crimes of the heart” they have committed. This production is playing at Hemsley Hall during the weekend of May 19th-22nd, and the weekend of May 26th-29th. For ticketing information, follow Ghostlight Productions on all social media!
If you’re looking for more of a child-friendly family show, look no further! Triple Threat Theatre company is slated to present Junie B Jones Jr.: The Musical. Triple Threat Theatre is a long time Staten Island company that constantly brings in Broadway veterans and theatre professionals, specializing in educating kids in musical theatre from ages 5-17. Their production of Junie B Jones Jr.: The Musical is bound to be a hit! The musical runs May 21st-22nd at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church. For ticket information, please call (917)-754-8957.
For our last May production, Sea View Playwright’s Theatre is producing a classic. From May 14th-May 22nd, catch Angels in America: Part 1 playing at 460 Brielle Avenue. This two-part Tony Award Winning play is a drama with tons of symbolism and metaphors and a focus on homosexuality and the AIDS crisis during the 80’s. If you didn’t have to read this in some sort of Literature class in High School, now’s your chance to study up! And stay tuned for PART 2, coming this October!
Our last production for the moment is another Ghostlight Production. In mid-June, the company is back at Hemsley Hall for A Few Good Men. The play, later turned into a movie, tells the story of military lawyers defending their convicted clients- who happen to be two US Marines accused for murder. Catch this drama from June 9th-12th or June 16th-19th. For ticketing information, follow Ghostlight Productions on all social media!
While I’m sure the summer has lots in store in terms of Staten Island productions, this Spring is looking quite bright with several different shows playing all around the island! Remember to please silence your cell phones when you’re in the audience, and don’t forget to enjoy the show!