New Titles of the Month: May Edition

Introducing our latest releases, hot off the presses and ready for your stage! Dive into the newest offerings from Broadway Licensing Global!

New Plays

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding by Jocelyn Bioh

2024 Tony Award® Nominee for Best Play

Photo by Sara Krulwich, 2023 Broadway Production

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding in Harlem is a salon full of funny, whip-smart, talented women ready to make you look and feel nice-nice. On this particularly muggy summer day, Jaja’s rule-following daughter Marie is running the shop while her mother prepares for her courthouse, green-card wedding—to a man no one seems to particularly like. Just like her mother, Dreamer Marie is trying to secure her future; she’s just graduated high school and all she wants to do is go to college. While Marie deals with the customers’ and stylists’ laugh-out-loud drama, news pierces the hearts of the women of the salon, galvanizing their connections and strengthening the community they have longed to make in the United States.

The Da Vinci Code, adapted by Rachel Wagstaff and Duncan Abel, based on the Novel by Dan Brown

Photo by Gary Ng, 2023 Ogunquit Playhouse Production

In this thrilling play, based on Dan Brown’s bestselling international phenomenon, Professor Robert Langdon is called to the Louvre in the dead of night, where he unwittingly becomes the center of a murder investigation. When cryptologist Sophie Neveu arrives at the scene, she alerts Robert that, not only is he being asked to solve the crime, he is also the prime suspect. Soon they are in a race against time to clear Robert’s name and decipher a labyrinthine code before a shocking historical secret is lost forever.

From Paris to London and beyond, follow along with two of your favorite characters as they solve this pulse-racing mystery.

46 Plays for America’s First Ladies by Genevra Gallo-Bayiates, Chloe Johnston, Andy Bayiates, Bilal Dardai, Sharon Greene

Photo by Alex Wohlheuter, 2022 Theatre Pro Rata Production

46 Plays for America’s First Ladies leaps from comic to tragic as it surveys the lives of the women who have served (and avoided serving) as First Lady, from Martha Washington to Jill Biden. A biographical, meta-theatrical, genre-bending ride through race, gender, and everything else your history teacher never taught you about the founding of America.

Visiting Mr. Green (Revised Edition) by Jeff Baron

Mr. Green, an elderly, retired dry cleaner, wanders into traffic and is almost hit by a car driven by Ross Gardiner, a 29-year-old corporate executive. The young man is sentenced to community service in which he must help the recent widower once a week for six months. What starts as a comedy about two men who do not want to be in the same room together, becomes a gripping and moving drama as they get to know each other, care about each other, and open old wounds they’ve been hiding for years. Translated into 25 languages, with over 600 productions in large and small venues, it has won numerous Best Play and Best Actor awards throughout the world. Updated in 2023 by the playwright to reflect technological and cultural changes.

This revised version was updated by the playwright in 2023 to reflect technological and cultural changes.

ENOUGH! (Volume 3) by Pepper Fox, Niarra C. Bell, Amanda Fagan, Valentine Wulf, Sam Lee Victor, Justin Cameron Washington

The third volume of winning plays from the ENOUGH! Plays to End Gun Violence competition calls on teens to spark critical conversations and incite meaningful action in communities across the country.

New Musicals

Santa Claus: The Musical, Book by Noah Putterman, Music & Lyrics by David Christensen

Photo by Mikki Schaffner, Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

It’s Christmas Eve! After 1,000 years of faithful service, Santa and Mrs. Claus announce their decision to hang up the big red suit and train a replacement. Enter Nick: a website designer and single dad to tech-savvy daughter, Bee. With pressures mounting–and a jealous, naughty elf thwarting their every move–will everyone in Santa’s Workshop come together in time for Nick to take the reins?

Jingle jam-packed with a sleigh full of fun, energetic, and original holiday music, Santa Claus: The Musical‘s heartwarming script and score put joyful audiences in the spirit of the season!

New Signature Acting Editions

An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Judge Peyton is dead and his plantation Terrebonne is in financial ruins. Peyton’s handsome nephew George arrives as heir apparent and quickly falls in love with Zoe, a beautiful octoroon. But the evil overseer M’Closky has other plans—for both Terrebonne and Zoe. In 1859, a famous Irishman wrote this play about slavery in America. Now an American tries to write his own.

Gloria by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

This funny, trenchant, and powerful play follows an ambitious group of editorial assistants at a notorious Manhattan magazine, each of whom hopes for a starry life of letters and a book deal before they turn thirty. But when an ordinary humdrum workday becomes anything but, the stakes for who will get to tell their own story become higher than ever.

Intimate Apparel by Lynn Nottage

In 1905 New York City, Esther, a Black seamstress, is in great demand for the intimate apparel she creates for clients who range from wealthy white patrons to prostitutes. Though leading a life that provides joy to so many, she remains lonely and longing for a husband and a future. Through a mutual acquaintance, she begins a correspondence with a lonesome Caribbean man named George and soon he persuades her that they should marry, sight unseen. However, Esther’s heart is drawn to the Hasidic shopkeeper from whom she buys cloth, and his heart with her. When George arrives in the city, Esther is hit with the reality of the situation and she is forced to face a future that she is truly unprepared for.

Father of the Bride by Caroline Francke

From the novel by Edward Streeter, illustrated by Gluyas Williams

Mr. Banks learns that one of the young men he has seen occasionally about the house is about to become his son-in-law. Daughter Kay announces the engagement out of nowhere. Mrs. Banks and her sons are happy, but Mr. Banks is in a dither. The groom-to-be, Buckley Dunstan, appears on the scene and Mr. Banks realizes that the engagement is serious. Buckley and Kay don’t want a “big” wedding — just a simple affair with a few friends! We soon learn, however, that the “few” friends’ idea is out. Then trouble really begins. The guest list grows larger each day, a caterer is called in, florists, furniture movers and dressmakers take over, and the Banks household is soon caught in turmoil — not to mention growing debt. When Kay, in a fit of temper, calls off the wedding, everyone’s patience snaps. But all is set right, and the wedding (despite more last-minute crises) comes off beautifully. In the end, the father of the bride is a happy, proud man, glad that the wedding is over, but knowing too that it was worth all the money and aggravation to start his daughter off so handsomely on the road to married life.

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