The world premiere staging of “Here We Are” will run Off-Broadway for longer than initially planned. The new musical, originally scheduled to run through Jan. 7, 2024, will now continue through Jan. 21 at The Shed. Previews of “Here We Are” began on Sept. 28 ahead of an opening night set for Oct. 22.
Directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello and featuring a book by Tony nominee David Ives, “Here We Are” features music and lyrics by Tony winner Stephen Sondheim; the production is being billed as the late songwriter’s final musical.
“Here We Are” is inspired by two Luis Buñuel films, “The Exterminating Angel” (1962), about upper-class guests trapped at their own dinner party, and “The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie” (1972), about a group of six friends whose dinner party plans keep getting derailed.
The musical’s cast includes Tony winners Rachel Bay Jones, Denis O’Hare and David Hyde Pierce; Tony nominees Tracie Bennett, Bobby Cannavale, Micaela Diamond, Amber Gray and Jeremy Shamos; with Jin Ha, Francois Battiste and Steven Pasquale.
The production’s understudies are Adante Carter, Lindsay Nicole Chambers, Bradley Dean, Mehry Eslaminia, Adam Harrington and Bligh Voth.
“Here We Are” is being produced by Tom Kirdahy with executive producers Sue Wagner, John Johnson and Jillian Robbins. The mounting is co-presented by The Shed’s artistic director Alex Poots, president and COO Maryann Jordan and chief executive producer Madani Younis.