Here We Are

SEP 28, 2023 – JAN 21, 2024
The world premiere of the final musical by composer Stephen Sondheim, with a book by David Ives, directed by Joe Mantello


About this program

Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello, Here We Are will feature Francois Battiste, Tracie Bennett, Bobby Cannavale, Micaela Diamond, Amber Gray, Jin Ha, Rachel Bay Jones, Denis O’Hare, Steven Pasquale, David Hyde Pierce, and Jeremy Shamos.

The understudies for Here We Are are Bradley Dean, Adam Harrington, Bligh Voth, Adante Carter, Mehry Eslaminia, and Lindsay Nicole Chambers.

The musical features a book by Tony Award nominee David Ives, music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and is inspired by two films, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Exterminating Angel, by Luis Buñuel.

Here We Are will include choreography by Sam Pinkleton, set design and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Natasha Katz, sound design by Tom Gibbons, orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick, music supervision and additional arrangements by Alexander Gemignani, hair design by Robert Pickens & Katie Gell, and casting by The Telsey Office.

Oscar Arce serves as associate producer.

Creative Team

David Ives
David Ives’s Broadway credits include Venus In Fur (also the film by Roman Polanski), Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Is He Dead?, Wonderful Town (adapt., via Encores), The Apple Tree (adapt., via Encores), Dance Of The Vampires, and David Copperfield’s Dreams and Nightmares. Off-Broadway credits include All In The Timing, Mere Mortals, Lives Of The Saints, New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza, Ancient History, Polish Joke, Yasmina Reza’s A Spanish Play (translator), The School for Lies (adapted from Molière), The Liar (after Corneille), The Metromaniacs (after Piron), The Heir Apparent (after Regnard), The Panties, The Partner and The Profit: Scenes From the Heroic Lives of the Middle Class (adapt. from Sternheim), A Flea In Her Ear (translator), Don Juan In Chicago, and The Red Address. Radio plays (for Playing On Air) include Second Sight, Dummy Dialogue, and Locked and Loaded Can I Help you? He has written the young adult novels Scrib, Voss, and Monsieur Eek and has completed 33 adaptations for Encores. Ives holds a BA from Northwestern and a MFA from Yale School of Drama. He has received Helen Hayes Awards, a Joseph Jefferson Award, and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship.
Stephen Sondheim
Music and Lyrics
Stephen Sondheim wrote music and lyrics for Saturday Night, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Anyone Can Whistle, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, The Frogs, Pacific Overtures, Sweeney Todd, Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods, Assassins, Passion, and Road Show and lyrics for West Side Story, Gypsy, and Do I Hear a Waltz? His collected lyrics with attendant essays have been published in two volumes: Finishing the Hat and Look, I Made a Hat. A Broadway and a West End theater are named in his honor as a result of a career that garnered eight Tony Awards, a Lifetime Achievement Tony Award, an Academy Award, eight Grammy Awards, an Olivier Award, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Joe Mantello
Joe Mantello’s Broadway directing credits include Grey House (spring 2023), Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Hillary and Clinton, Three Tall Women, The Boys in the Band, Blackbird, The Humans, Airline Highway, The Last Ship, Casa Valentina, I’ll Eat You Last, The Other Place, Other Desert Cities, Pal Joey, 9 to 5, Laugh Whore, November, The Ritz, Three Days of Rain, The Odd Couple, Glengarry Glen Ross, Wicked, Assassins (Tony Award), Take Me Out (Tony Award), Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, and Love! Valour! Compassion! Off-Broadway he has directed Dogfight, The Pride, A Man of No Importance, The Vagina Monologues, bash, The Mineola Twins, and Corpus Christi. As an actor he has appeared in Hollywood (Netflix), The Watcher (Netflix), American Horror Story: NYC (FX), and the upcoming FEUD Season 2: Capote and The Women (FX). Broadway credits include The Glass Menagerie, The Normal Heart (Tony nomination and on HBO), Angels in America (Tony nomination), and The Baltimore Waltz. Mantello is a recipient of Outer Critics Circle, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel, Helen Hayes, Clarence Derwent, Obie, and Joe A. Callaway awards.


  • Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission
  • There is no late seating and re-entry is only permitted during intermission.
  • This production uses simulated gunshots, herbal cigarettes, haze, and fire effects.

Location and dates

This event takes place in The Griffin Theater.

Previews begin Thursday, September 28, with an opening night on Sunday, October 22. Here We Are runs through January 21, 2024.

In-Person Box Office Hours
Monday Closed
Tuesday 6 – 9:30 pm
Wednesday – Friday 12 – 9:30 pm
Saturday 11 am – 9:30 pm
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
Will call will be available 1 hour before curtain.

The Shed’s Griffin Theater is located at 545 West 30th Street, between 10th and 11th Avenues. View The Shed on a map.

For information about accessibility and arriving at The Shed, visit our Accessibility page.



The Shed’s Griffin Theater has accessible seating. Please let our ushers know if you are staying in a wheelchair for a performance or using a theater seat.

ASL Performances

The performance on January 3 at 7 pm will feature American Sign Language interpretation by Hands On. To reserve tickets, please visit the Hands On website. Please email or call (646) 455-3494 for more information.

Assistive Listening

Assistive listening devices are available for you to borrow at the ticketing desk or entrance to the theater.

Purchasing Tickets

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Contact Us

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Seat Map

A seat map of the Straight Line Crazy house. It shows a thrust stage with seating on three sides. The majority of seats are in three deep sections in front of the stage, along with five rows of seats on either side.

Thank you to our partners

Major support for this production is provided by

The creation of new work at The Shed is generously supported by the Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Commissioning Fund and the Shed Commissioners.

Major support for live productions at The Shed is provided by the Charina Endowment Fund, with additional support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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