As previously rumoured, big new Broadway musical New York, New York is heading to the Great White Way next year, penned by Kander & Ebb and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Dates have been confirmed for the show, which is being produced by the West End’s Sonia Friedman, alongside Tom Kirdah, in association with MGM On Stage and Chartoff-Winkler.
New York, New York will kick off from 24 March 2023 at the St James Theatre in New York, with an opening night of 26 April 2023.
Friedman, who is one of the lead producers on Funny Girl starring Lea Michele on Broadway, has been ramping up her Stateside activity of late. Other US productions include forthcoming Daniel Radcliffe project Merrily We Roll Along at New York Theatre Workshop next month.
Friedman’s London productions include The Book of Mormon at the Prince of Wales Theatre, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre, To Kill a Mockingbird at the Gielgud Theatre, Eureka Day at the Old Vic Theatre, and coming soon – Oklahoma! at the Wyndham’s Theatre, and Patriots at the Noel Coward Theatre.
New York, New York is written by John Kander, Fred Ebb and Lin-Manuel Miranda, with a book by David Thompson (The Scottsboro Boys) and Sharon Washington (Feeding the Dragon), and will be directed and choreographed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman.
Stroman recently directed a hugely successful production of Crazy For You at Chichester Festival Theatre in the UK.
The show is based on Martin Scorsese’s 1977 movie starring Liza Minnelli and Robert De Niro set in post World War II New York, about the singers, dancers, musicians and creators trying to survive and make it as the city rebuilds itself.
New York, New York’s score will feature the Kander & Ebb songs from the movie, including “But the World Goes ‘Round” and, of course, “New York, New York”, plus new songs from Kander and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
John Kander said in a press statement that, “In 1945, World War II ended. In the years that immediately followed, hundreds of thousands of ex-servicemen and women—myself included—descended on New York City, a tough, gritty, beautiful dream palace, filled with youthful energy and optimism. ‘The sadness is over! This is where I can become the person I was meant to become!’ And this is the New York of our story.”
Susan Stroman said that, “I feel very grateful to be collaborating with John Kander, David Thompson and Sharon Washington again. The four of us have loved being in the musical theatre trenches creating New York, New York—a show that celebrates the city’s resilience and all the characters that inhabit it. The show is inspired by Kander and Ebb’s famous song ‘New York New York’—‘I want to be a part of it.’ New York is music—a city that is always in motion. Everything moves with its own distinct rhythm. This allows for dance sequences to drive the story telling, pulling our various characters through famous locations throughout the city. They come from everywhere to pursue something that can only happen in New York—because fortunes can change in a New York minute”.
Sharon Washington said, “I’m a proud Native New Yorker. Born and raised. My family has lived in every borough of the city and specifically in Manhattan since 1835. My roots and the stories of the people of ‘the city that never sleeps’ run deep. In New York, New York we bring some of these many and varied characters, neighborhoods, languages, sounds, and rhythms of the city to life. A powerful combination of incredible opportunity, obstacles, persistence, and luck. Our story is a valentine to New York where the city itself becomes another character.”
Casting and the wider creative team is to be announced.