On The Scene: New shows to premiere on Broadway and New Jersey

In Princeton, at McCarter Theatre, the new satire play "Between Two Knees" has a sketch comedy feel but there is a family story line. It was written by the team who writes the FX series "Reservation Dogs."

News 12 Staff

Feb 6, 2023, 3:49 AM

Updated 535 days ago

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New shows are set to premiere on Broadway and right here in New Jersey in the coming weeks.
In Princeton, at McCarter Theatre, the new satire play "Between Two Knees" has a sketch comedy feel but there is a family story line. It was written by the team who writes the FX series "Reservation Dogs."
The play is focused on looking at American history through the eyes of Native Americans.
Justin "Jud" Gauthier, a Native American who was raised on a reservation, is one of the actors in the play. He says the play brings a very unique perspective and uses humor to address cultural issues.
"So it's almost like an elder culture bringing in the younger culture and being like, 'there's nothing new under the sun, guys.' Vaudeville was happening around campsites before you guys came over here," Gauthier says.
"You see it all through the lens of indigenous perspective and I think that's incredibly powerful. I think, for many of our audience members, that's maybe a perspective they haven't seen on stage before," said McCarter's artistic director Sarah Rasmussen.
A short run of "Between Two Knees" is scheduled with performances through Feb. 12 only.
Everybody knows the song "New York, New York." It came from a movie soundtrack starring Robert DeNiro and Liza Minnelli back in the 1970s. Minnelli originated that song. Audiences will now be introduced to a new interpretation of that story.
Anna Uzele will star as a young singer with hopes to make it big in New York, where she meets an aspiring and frustrated musician played by Colton Ryan.
The musical is set in the 1940s and according to the production, it features new songs as well as classics from the film that were written by the famed team of Kander and Ebb.
Lin Manuel Miranda also wrote new lyrics for this show.
"New York, New York" begins previews on March 24.


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