John Lithgow: Stories by Heart

Black background with four sepia toned images of John Lithgow in various poses and the show title, John Lithgow: Stories by Heart in the center. The line, He's quite the characters. is in upper left portion of the image.

Show Details

Performance Schedule

TUESDAY thru SATURDAY @ 8 PM
WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY @ 2 PM
SUNDAY @ 3 PM

Run Dates

December 20, 2017 - March 04, 2018

Upcoming Scheduled Events

No scheduled performances found.

Running Time

2:15 hrs

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Show Description

Virtuosity and imagination combine in one utterly unique event, as Tony and Emmy Award winner John Lithgow creates a singularly intimate evening.

With equal measures of humor and heart, he evokes memories of family, explores and expands the limits of the actor’s craft, and masterfully conjures a cast of indelible characters from classic short stories by Ring Lardner and P. G. Wodehouse.

Lithgow elevates the magic of storytelling to masterful new heights, with a performance The New York Times calls “a tour de force.”

directed by Daniel Sullivan 

Audience Advisory

7 PM Performance Week Jan 23 - 27 Jan 30 - Feb 3

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December 20, 2017 - March 04, 2018

Wheelchair seating and assistive listening devices are always available.

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Theatre Details

Address

American Airlines Theatre
227 W 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

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Public Transportation

By Subway: Centrally located near the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, R, Q, A, C, E, and S lines at 42nd Street Times Square.

By Bus: Six buses stop near the theatre. Take the M6, M7, M10, M16, M20, or M104.

Additional Accessibility Details

Wheelchairs: Designated, flexible wheelchair seating area behind the last row of the center orchestra and the last row of the mezzanine

Seating: Seats 740. Orchestra, 1st floor; Mezzanine, 2nd and 3rd Floor; 5th floor Penthouse lobby open to the public. 4th floor private. Lower lobby main public facilities and lounge.

Elevator\Escalator: Elevators are available to all levels of the theatre.

Parking: An Icon parking garage is located at 250 west 43rd between Broadway and 8th Avenue.

Entrance: Primary entrance from street, through double doors into outer lobby with box office, through double doors into main lobby, through 2 sets of double doors (each 31") into Orchestra.

Box Office: 227 West 42nd St between 7th and 8th Avenues. Hours: 10am - 8pm: Tuesday through Saturday. 10am - 6pm Sunday and Monday. The box office closes at 6pm on any evening with no performance.

Restroom: Three male and three female accessible restrooms are located in Grand Lounge which is basement level and reached by attended elevator. Two of the three have grab bars but are small for turning (30" x 60"), two in each are 95"x 62" with clear space, and sink with an automatic sensor in the stall. There is also a hand dryer with an automatic sensor. There are two accessible stalls on the main floor, and one male and one female accessible restroom on the 5th floor, which is reached by elevator.

Water Fountain: Several accessible water fountains are located throughout the theatre, all reachable by elevator.

Telephone: There is a secure cell phone charging station on the 5th floor, reachable by elevator. The station is complimentary to use but requires a credit card to “unlock” devices. The station is 69” high.

Assisted Listening System: Assisted listening devices available: Infrared headsets free at coatcheck. A photo ID is required to check out a headset Subscribers can call (212) 719-1300 for reservations, non-subscribers ask at the coat check at the performance.

Folding Armrests: Six (6) seats are available with folding armrests.

Reviews (3)

.... give him one for spiritual effects, because “Stories by Heart” is delightful: illuminating the stories, uplifting us. I have to admit I didn’t expect to enjoy such an old-fashioned show; delight, illumination and uplift feel like debased currencies in 2018, purchasing nothing. 

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It is hard to imagine who, aside from John Lithgow, could fashion a Broadway show from a pair of bedtime stories and not make everyone fall asleep. Yet there the actor is in Stories by Heart, alone on a stage whose simple wood furnishings and paneling evoke the absence of John Lee Beatty’s usual grand sets for the Roundabout Theatre Company, with nothing to keep us on the hook but Lithgow’s masterly cultivation, confidence and warmth—and a relic-like 1939 anthology called Tellers of Tales, edited by W. Somerset Maugham.

Read More of the TimeOut NY Review

John Lithgow is the most personable of performers, and his chatty solo piece “John Lithgow: Stories by Heart” finds him in a mellow mood, sharing loving memories of his family and of the stories they used to read to one another. The two stories he tells in Roundabout Theater Company’s Broadway staging of the show — Ring Lardner’s “Haircut” and “Uncle Fred Flits By,” by P.G. Wodehouse – are charming examples of the ones that his dramatically disposed father recited to his audience of four spellbound children.

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