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Famous Faces Hit the New York Stage in January
January 3, 2024, 5:27.42 pm ET


Photo: Days of Wine and Roses/Ahron R Foster

The weather outside may be frightful this month, but there are plenty of delightful – and well-known – stars hitting New York’s theatrical stages this month.

Over at Studio 54, two of musical theater’s greatest performers, Kelli O’Hara and Brian D’Arcy James are reprising their roles as a pair of struggling alcoholics in the Adam Guettel-Craig Lucas Off-Broadway hit “Days of Wine and Roses.” Both actors will be strong Tony Award contenders in June.

Photo: Jonathan Bennett

Although it only opened a few weeks ago, the hit revival of the musical “Spamalot,” is undergoing a couple of casting changes. As originally announced, Tony nominee Alex Brightman will replace “SNL” alum Taram Killam on January 9 as Sir Lancelot, while film and television favorite Jonathan Bennett (“Mean Girls”) will make his Broadway debut on January 23 as Sir Robin, replacing the departing Michael Urie.

Speaking of Urie, he’s not leaving town right away! From January 24 to February 4, he’ll be taking on the role of Prince Dauntless in City Center Encores! revival of the beloved musical “Once Upon a Mattress,” alongside a star-studded cast led by Tony Award winners Sutton Foster, Harriet Sansom Harris, and J. Harrison Ghee.

Photo: Cole Escola

Down at the Lucille Lortel Theater, stage and screen favorite Conrad Ricamora (“How to Get Away with Murder,” “Here Lies Love”) will join the hilarious Cole Escola in Escola’s dark comedy “Oh, Mary!” The show, which has a scheduled eight-week run, will also feature James Scully, Bianca Leigh and Tony Macht.

Photo: Evan Rachel Wood/Darren Criss

Last, but certainly not least, the ever-rotating cast of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Westside Theatre has two new top-rate players starting on January 30. Emmy Award winner and “Glee” alum Darren Criss will play nebbishy flower shop employee Seymour opposite superstar Evan Rachel Wood, who will make her long-awaited New York stage debut as the lovelorn Audrey.