Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at Broadhurst Theatre tickets
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune at Broadhurst Theatre tickets

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune


Michael Shannon and Audra McDonald celebrate playwright Terrence McNally’s 80th birthday in a new revival of Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. The classic two-hander opens at the Broadhurst Theatre for a limited engagement from May 2019.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune follows a lonely waitress and a short-order cook whose first date turns into a one-night stand. But between a yearning for company and hidden feelings, could it become something more?

Following huge success Off-Broadway between 1987 and 1989, McNally’s play has seen a previous Broadway revival in 2002 and a film adaptation starring Michelle Pfieffer and Al Pacino. With a new production in New York headed by an all-star cast, this tale of two lonely New Yorkers continues to captivate audiences.

Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon co-star as Frankie and Johnny. McDonald has a record-breaking six Tony Awards for work including Carousel, Ragtime and Porgy and Bess. Shannon most recently appeared in the Academy Award-winning The Shape of Water, with previous theater credits including A Long Day’s Journey into Night, for which he earned a Tony Award nomination.

Terrence McNally is considered one of America’s greatest modern playwrights, with four Tony Awards to his name. His most recent work includes the book for hit musical Anastasia, which played at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York.

Director Arin Arbus makes her Broadway debut, with previous credits including a decade-long engagement as Associate Artistic Director of Theater for a New Audience. The creative team also includes designer Riccardo Hernandez and lighting designer Natasha Katz.

Digging deep into universal fears of loneliness and connection, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is as heart-warming and heart-wrenching as the music it’s named after. Playing a strictly limited season at the Broadhurst Theatre, the production runs from May 4 2019.

Recommended for

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune sees the perfect marriage of a stunning story with a truly exceptional cast. Any theater fan who wants to check off a real American classic should book tickets for this limited engagement as soon as possible.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 14+. No under 4s

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Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including interval)
Opened: 04 May 2019
Booking from: 04 May 2019
Booking until: 28 Jul 2019

Location and map

Broadhurst Theatre
235 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10036

5 Reviews Add review

I enjoyed the show. The two actors (and there are only two) are stupendous, and truly gave it their all. They literally bared themselves... More

amys6 10 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Amazing show with excellent acting from Audrey McDonald & Michael Shannon. Set in the 80's the show still felt like it could be happening... More

KathleenCasaceli 5"4, 48 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I thought it was worth seeing for the performances and Terrance McNally’s witty writing, but it is very dated and offensive and not... More

johnbuckley 4 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Mellers 5'8", 15 reviews, 0 helpful votes

jacobrivera-sanchez 3 reviews, 0 helpful votes