Our guide to plays and musicals coming to New York stages and a few last-chance picks of shows that are about to close. Our reviews of open shows are at nytimes.com/reviews/theater.
Previews & Openings
‘BAT OUT OF HELL’ at New York City Center (in previews; opens on Aug. 8). After an aborted tour, Jim Steinman’s allegorical, post-apocalyptic anthemic rock musical vrooms into New York. Directed by Jay Scheib and choreographed by Emma Portner and Xena Gusthart, it stars Andrew Polec, Christina Bennington and Lena Hall. Like any ephemeral theater event, it’ll be gone when the morning comes.
‘CORIOLANUS’ at the Delacorte Theater (in previews; opens on Aug. 5). A tragedy about the dangers of populism and a leader who colludes with an enemy may not feel like escapist summer fare. Nevertheless, it’s Shakespeare in the Park’s follow-up to Kenny Leon’s spirited “Much Ado About Nothing.” Jonathan Cake stars as the Roman general with Kate Burton as his viperous mother.
‘SEA WALL/A LIFE’ at the Hudson Theater (in previews; opens on Aug. 8). Tom Sturridge and Jake Gyllenhaal bring monologues by Simon Stephens and Nick Payne to Broadway. Reviewing the director Carrie Cracknell’s production during its Public Theater run in February and March, Jesse Green wrote that the actors’ exquisite performances “give you plenty to ponder in showing how we now read life, with or without fate, as everyone’s tragedy.”
‘BE MORE CHILL’ at the Lyceum Theater (closes on Aug. 11). The shutdown sequence has started for Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz’s show about a nerd who swallows a supercomputer with an operating code that aims for world domination. In his review, Ben Brantley questioned the musical’s craftsmanship, though he noted that unlike other Broadway productions about teenagers, this one “feels as if it could have been created by the teenagers it portrays, or perhaps by even younger people imagining what high school will be like.”
‘FAIRVIEW’ at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center (closes on Aug. 11). Jackie Sibblies Drury’s shape-shifting, frame-breaking, soul-shaking play, directed by Sarah Benson, ends its encore run. When this drama, which won the Pulitzer Prize, opened last year, Ben Brantley called it “dazzling and ruthless,” and added, “If you see it — and you must — you will not be comfortable.”
‘THE PROM’ at the Longacre Theater (closes on Aug. 11). This winning musical comedy, by Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin and Matthew Sklar, has its last dance. According to Jesse Green, this “joyful hoot” about a quartet of Broadway vets who descend on the heartland to help a teenage lesbian “makes you believe in musical comedy again.”
‘TONI STONE’ at the Laura Pels Theater at the Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theater (closes on Aug. 11). Lydia R. Diamond’s play, about the first female professional baseball player, prepares for its last at-bat. Reviewing Pam MacKinnon’s production, Jesse Green praised April Matthis’s home-run performance and Diamond’s script. The play, he wrote, is “at its considerable best whenever, like its main character, it’s at its most unconventional.”