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Life of Pi on Broadway
Life of Pi on Broadway

Life of Pi on Broadway

New York, NY
The beloved book comes to life, powered by puppetry and magic.
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About Life of Pi on Broadway

Based on one of the best-loved works of fiction – winner of the Man Booker Prize, selling over fifteen million copies worldwide – LIFE OF PI is a breath-taking new theatrical adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope.

After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, a sixteen-year-old boy name Pi is stranded on a lifeboat with four other survivors – a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

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Go on a journey this spring with Life of Pi on Broadway, the new stage adaptation of Yann Martel's globally acclaimed adventure story. Tickets to Life of Pi on Broadway are on TodayTix. Get Life of Pi tickets now.

The main character of the Life of Pi play is Pi, a 16-year-old boy shipwrecked while traveling with his family across the Pacific Ocean. He is the only human survivor, alongside four animals: a zebra, orangutan, hyena, and tiger named Richard Parker. While learning to coexist until they reach land again, Pi and the animals also battle for survival in harsh circumstances. 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 as much a thrilling survival tale as 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.

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

What to Watch For

  • Martel named the tiger Richard Parker after a character 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, calling to 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 alike, Pi turns to a variety of different 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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