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Life of Pi on Broadway
Life of Pi on Broadway
Promotional price2023 Tony Nominee

Life of Pi on Broadway

New York, NY
Don't miss this spectacular award-winning production, powered by puppetry and magic.

About Life of Pi on Broadway

Go on a journey this spring with Life of Pi on Broadway, the award-winning, Tony-nominated stage adaptation of Yann Martel's Booker Prize-winning novel. Get Life of Pi tickets on TodayTix, and see why this show's thrilling adventure story and stagecraft have made waves worldwide.

First it was a bestselling book, with more than 10 million copies sold worldwide. Then it was a four-time Oscar-winning film, wowing audiences on the silver screen. Now, experience this thrilling tale as a dazzling stage play, which won five Olivier Awards in London and has now earned five Tony nominations, including Best Direction of a Play. Join Pi and a menagerie of animals as they fight for survival and hope on the open ocean. Intricate puppetry and thought-provoking philosophy will keep Life of Pi on your mind long after the show is over.

See why London Theatre hailed Life of Pi as having “a spiritual or otherworldly sensation, and it absolutely demonstrates the transporting joy of magnificent theatrical storytelling.” Get swept away in this “fantastical and fantastic” (Variety) play – if you loved the story on the page or the screen, you’ll be transported into Pi’s world like never before.

Sail on over to the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre for Life of Pi in New York. Get Life of Pi Broadway tickets on TodayTix.

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The main character of the Life of Pi play is a 16-year-old boy who was shipwrecked while traveling with his family across the Pacific Ocean. Pi is the only human survivor, alongside four animals: a zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a tiger named Richard Parker, who must learn to coexist in harsh circumstances until they reach land again.

The play, adapted by Lolita Chakrabarti, sees Pi recounting his adventure to hospital workers in Canada, sharing all the different philosophies he used to get him through. Life of Pi is both a thrilling survival tale and an exploration of how people cope in times of crisis.

Life of Pi itself has had a long and far-reaching journey in multiple mediums. The original novel was rejected by five publishers before finally coming out in 2001, when it quickly became a bestseller. More than 10 years later, Ang Lee directed a Life of Pi film, adapted by David Magee. The movie was also a hit, earning 11 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, and winning four awards.

Life of Pi on Broadway comes after the play’s world premiere in England, first in Sheffield and then in London’s West End. That production won five Olivier Awards out of nine nominations, including Best New Play.

What to Watch For

  • Martel named the tiger Richard Parker after a man in the Edgar Allen Poe novel The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket. That book’s Richard Parker gets shipwrecked with a dog named Tiger.
  • The animal puppets are made of Plastazote, plywood, aluminum, nylon, and bungee cords so they're flexible. They're designed, though, to look like they're made of driftwood, mirroring the shipwreck.
  • The tiger puppet weighs about 44 pounds, and the one used in London took six people nearly a year to build!
  • The seven puppeteers who played the tiger in London jointly won an Olivier Award in 2022, marking the first time multiple actors won an Olivier for a solo performance.
  • Finn Caldwell, who designed the Life of Pi puppets, also worked on War Horse and Angels in America, both hits on Broadway and in London.
  • Martel’s original novel is a philosophical novel. In the Life of Pi play, book, and movie, Pi turns to various belief systems and theories to find hope for survival: logic, faith in a god, mathematical analysis, and morality. This show will leave you thinking!
Start date

March 9th, 2023


Broadway, Plays, Opening Soon


Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre



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