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Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune

Watch Audra McDonald and Michael Shannon give power-packed performances in the brilliant revival of the 1987 Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Admire Terrance McNally’s fantastic writing as he narrates the story of two lonely souls who discover a deep connection after a one-night stand.

Why Watch

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is a story that has stayed relatable even in 2019 as much as in 1987. It is a delightful romantic comedy about two lonely souls, treading the shaky waters post a one-night stand. It makes one believe that making love is easy, but falling in love is hard. The play is written by Terrence McNally who is heralded as one of the best contemporary playwrights of all time and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Tony Awards 2019.

The casting of the title roles couldn’t have been better and features six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald. Audra manages to don vulnerability in her role as Frankie and is best known for her work in ‘Carousel,’ ‘Masterclass,’ and ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’ Michael Shannon joins her as Johnny in a role where he brings earnestness to the character. Michael is known for his work in ‘Long Day’s Journey into Night,’ and ‘Mistakes Were Made.’

Watch the couple navigate their awkward pauses, connect over inane things, and ultimately discover if their connection was beyond the realm of physical intimacy.

The Story

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune is the story of a couple in 1987 in New York, and how their one-night stand turns into something unexpected. Frankie is a waitress in a food joint where Johnny works as a chef. After flirting back and forth, they finally go on a first date and find themselves in Frankie’s walkup apartment in the seedy neighbourhood of Hell’s Kitchen.

Frankie has big hopes of making it in Hollywood, but much to her despair found herself working as a waitress to pay the bills. Her abusive childhood has marred her confidence, and she believes she is frumpy and undesirable. She is eager to send off Johnny after their tryst because she doesn’t think their relationship has any future. But Johnny is out to prove her wrong; he tries hard to express himself and convince her that he genuinely finds her attractive and wants her to give them a fair shot.

The AIDS epidemic continues to grip the city and commitment is a scary word for everyone. In fact, Frankie and Johnny are in their 40s and they lie about their age to each other. Watch Johnny as he requests the late night radio DJ to play Claude De Bussy’s ‘Clair De Lune’ which he believes is the most beautiful musical composition ever written and wishes to make it their song. Find out if Frankie gives in and gives their romance a shot.

Good For

Date Night| Fans of Romantic Plays | Fans of Award-winning actors

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

Tue & Thu 7 PM
Wed & Sat 2 PM & 8 PM
Friday 8 PM
Sunday 3 PM

Duration
2 hours and 15 minutes including intermission.

Cast and Crew
Audra McDonald as Frankie
Michael Shannon as Johnny

Directed by
Arin Arbus

Playwright
Terrance McNally

Top Songs
“Until You Let Go”, “What A Fool Believes", & “It Must Be Love".

Additional Information

Audience
Suitable for ages 14 and up; show includes mature content. Children under the age of 4 are not allowed inside the theatre.

Available Facilities
Wheelchair Access
Assistive Listening System
Closed Captioning
Audio Description

Seating
The theater has a seating capacity of 1,218. For tips on how to choose the best seats, you can refer to our Broadhurst Theatre Seating Chart Guide.

Outside Food
Strictly prohibited. If you'd like to grab a meal before or after the show, check out our guide to the 30 Best Restaurants in the Theater District.

Dress Code
Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

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Cancellation Policy

All Broadway and Off-Broadway show tickets are non-refundable.

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