Are you packed? Are you ready? It’s time to hit the road with Broadway.com for a cross-country road trip! We’re highlighting the most exciting regional theater productions from all 50 states, and this week, we’ve got some tough cheerleaders, the life story of a legendary entertainer, three Beckett plays for the price of one and more. Check out our top picks below!
CORAL GABLES, FL
Judy Garland Catches Some Rays
Didn’t get the chance to see the emotional bio-musical End of the Rainbow on Broadway or in the West End? No problem! Click your heels three times and say, “There’s no place like Coral Gables.” The acclaimed drama by Peter Quilter features Broadway alum Kathy St. George (Fiddler on the Roof) as Judy Garland and centers on the months leading up to the superstar's death, as she grapples with drug addiction and failed relationships. See Judy live on stage January 15 through February 9 at the Actors' Playhouse.
NEW HAVEN, CT
Truman vs. Jackson
Listen up, this is how it’s gonna go: Two rival schools are competing to become cheer champions in the upbeat hit musical Bring It On, and beginning January 16, the squad is officially back on the road! The new national touring cast will shake their pom-poms in Connecticut before traveling to Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and even Tokyo. Catch Campbell (Nadia Vynnytsky), Danielle (Zuri Washington) and the crew at New Haven’s Shubert Theater from January 16 through 18.
A Pulitzer Prize-Winning Homecoming
She came, she saw, she won a Pulitzer: Quiara Alegria Hudes won the prestigous award in 2012 for the second play in her acclaimed Elliot trilogy, Water By the Spoonful. Set in Hudes’ hometown of Philadelphia, the gripping drama tells the story of a soldier who returns from Iraq to discover his family is hanging on by a thread. See Water By the Spoonful, only blocks from where it takes place, at the Arden Theatre Company from January 16 through March 16.
LOS ANGELES, CA
Side By Side By Samuel Beckett
Irish stage actor Barry McGovern will treat L.A. audiences to a triple dose of Samuel Beckett in his acclaimed one-man show I’ll Go On. The seasoned Beckett expert combines texts from the trilogy Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnamable to create a compelling evening of existentialism, playing now through February 9 at the Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre.
August Wilson Sings the Blues
The Court Theatre is bringing a taste of 1940s Pittsburgh to the Windy City in Seven Guitars, the haunting August Wilson drama about an aspiring blues musician who unexpectedly becomes a success after being released from jail. Directed by resident artist Ron OJ Parson, the production features Kelvin Roston Jr. as Floyd Barton in an ensemble cast of seven. See the work of this Pulitzer Prize-winning legend come alive through February 9.