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BROADWAY SHOWS IN NYC 2023
OCTOBER BROADWAY SHOWS
Lorna Courtney and Melanie La Barrie in & Juliet, photo credit Matthew Murphy.
& Juliet (Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St.) (Opened 11/17/22) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) This new jukebox musical comedy asks: what would happen next if Juliet ditched her famous ending for a fresh beginning and a second chance at life and love—her way? Featuring a playlist of pop anthems including "Baby One More Time," "Roar,” and "Can't Stop the Feeling.” (andjulietbroadway.com)
New to the Aladdin cast: Dennis Stowe takes on the role of Jafar.
Aladdin (New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St.) (Opened 3/20/14) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) Like The Lion King, this Disney musical developed from animated origins has been a total crowd-pleaser since it arrived in 2014. This family-friendly magic carpet thrill ride flies onto the stage teeming with romance, mischief, and, of course, a wildly madcap Genie! The end result is a not-to-be-missed Broadway spectacular! (aladdinthemusical.com)
Roger Bart (Doc Brown) & Casey Likes (Marty McFly) in Back to the Future: The Musical. Credit: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman, 2023.
Back to the Future: The Musical (Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway) (Opened 8/3/23) (2 hrs., 40 mins.) Based on the classic Michael J. Fox film, the show centers on teen Marty McFly who’s sent back to 1955 in a DeLorean that’s been transformed into a time machine by his friend Doc Brown. But before returning to 1985, he has to make sure his teenaged parents fall in love—or he'll cease to exist. (backtothefuturemusical.com)
Will Swenson (Neil – Then) leads the cast of “A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical.” Photo by Julieta Cervantes.
A Beautiful Noise, the Neil Diamond Musical (Broadhurst Theatre 235 W. 44th St.) (Opened 12/1/22) (2 hrs., 15 mins.) With his break into songwriting in the 1960s and meteoric rise in the 1970s—and plenty of crushing disappointments and mega-triumphs along the way—Neil Diamond has been a superstar for 5 decades. How did a poor Jewish kid from Brooklyn become one of the most universally adored showmen of all time? The answer awaits in this electrifying musical set to his era-defining smash hits. (abeautifulnoisethemusical.com)
Kim Exum and Cody Jamison Strand in The Book of Mormon, photo by Julieta Cervantes.
The Book of Mormon (Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 230 W. 49th St.) 2011 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 3/24/11) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) One of Broadway’s most successful, Tony-winning (nine in 2011!) musicals, from Trey Parker and Matt Stone—the duo behind South Park—follows a couple of wide-eyed Mormon missionaries whose first official assignment takes them to a remote village in Uganda. Divinely profane in all the right places! (bookofmormonbroadway.com)
Chicago reopening night, 2021. Photo: Daniel Rader.
Chicago (Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St.) 1997 Tony, Best Musical Revival (Opened 11/14/96) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) Kander and Ebb’s musical vaudeville about those murderous tootsies Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly picked up a Tony for Best Musical Revival back in 1997 and has reigned as one of Broadway’s fiercest hits ever since. Sparkling with Bob Fosse’s choreographic legacy, the show’s cavalcade of colorful characters includes everyone from Billy Flynn and Mamma Morton to Amos Hart and Mary Sunshine. (chicagothemusical.com)
Laura Bell Bundy (Sylvia) and Eric McCormack (Beau). © Joan Marcus (2023).
The Cottage (Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St.) (Opened 7/24/23) (2 hrs.) Set in the bucolic English countryside in 1923, The Cottage is a rollicking tale of sex, betrayal, and love. The story explodes when one woman decides to be wildly indiscreet about her indiscretions and expose her latest affair to both her husband and to her lover’s wife. The true meaning of fate, identity, and marriage are called into question as an unpredictable and hilarious web of secrets begins to unravel. Limited engagement thru 10/29.(thecottageonbroadway.com)
Gutenberg! The Musical (Official opening is October 12th at the James Earl Jones Theatre, 138 W. 48th St.) (1 hr., 45 mins.) Original stars of The Book of Mormon—Tony nominees Andrew Rannells and Josh Gad—return to Broadway in this two-man musical spoof-a-thon about aspiring playwrights/best pals Bud and Doug as they take on every role and sing every song at a backers’ audition for their dubious new project: a splashy epic musical about printing press inventor Johannes Gutenberg. Thru 1/28/24. (gutenbergthemusical.com)
Hadestown (Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St.) 2019 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 4/17/19) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) This unique and stunning musical by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin follows musical follows the overlapping love stories of Orpheus & Eurydice and Hades & Persephone. The action unfolds in both a stylized New Orleans setting and Hades' stomping ground, The Underworld. As for the score, think New Orleans jazz melded with American folk music. (hadestown.com)
Miguel Cervantes and Tamar Greene, (c) Joan Marcus 2023
Hamilton (Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St.) 2016 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 8/6/15) (2 hrs., 55 mins.) Visionary writer/composer Lin-Manuel Miranda’s white-hot historical musical that redefined Broadway. Told through a score of musical theatre, hip-hop, jazz, and R&B, the Pulitzer Prize-winning show has also scooped up Tony, Olivier, and Grammy awards. (hamiltonmusical.com)
The cast of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, photo by Matthew Murphy.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Lyric Theatre, 214 W. 43rd St.) 2018 Tony, Best Play (Opened 4/22/18) (3 hrs., 30 mins.) This visually spectacular production begins where the film series ends and follows the friendship between Harry’s son Albus and Draco’s son, Scorpius—BFFs whose magical misadventures involve Time-turner shenanigans and a mysterious friend. Familiar characters plus a new generation of Hogwarts students make this a must-see for fans of the books and movies. (harrypottertheplay.com)
Arielle Jacobs (Imelda Marcos—blue dress) and the cast of Here Lies Love. Photo credit: Billy Bustamante, Matthew Murphy, and Evan Zimmerman (2023).
Here Lies Love (Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway at 53rd St.) (Opened 7/20/23) (90 mins., no intermission) An immersive disco pop musical based on the rise and fall of Imelda Marcos and the People Power Revolution of the Philippines, with music by Grammy/Oscar/Tony winner David Byrne and Grammy winner Fatboy Slim. The show’s unique staging transforms the theatre’s traditional proscenium space into a dance club where audiences have the option of standing and moving with the actors. (herelieslovebroadway.com)
Jaja’s African Hair Braiding (Official opening is October 3rd at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St.) (90 mins., no intermission) A group of West African immigrant hair braiders create masterpieces in Harlem on a sweltering summer day. In Jaja’s braiding salon, love blossoms, dreams flourish, and secrets are revealed. Simmering beneath the surface is the uncertainty of their circumstance and when it boils over, the tight-knit community must confront what it means to be an outsider on the edge of the place they call home. Limited run thru 10/29. (manhattantheatreclubcom)
Kimberly Akimbo (Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.) 2023 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 11/10/22) (2 hrs., 20 mins.) In this new musical Kim is a bright and funny Jersey teen who happens to look like a 72-year-old lady. And yet her aging disease may be the least of her problems. Forced to maneuver family secrets, borderline personalities, and possible felony charges, Kim is determined to find happiness in a world where not even time is on her side. (kimberlyakimbothemusical.com)
The Lion King (Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St.) 1998 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 11/13/97) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) The longest-running Disney production to grace Broadway—it arrived in November of 1997—this Tony-winning stage adaptation of the animated classic is a musical and visual treasure-trove to be savored. Set in the flourishing African Pride Land, the story follows lion prince Simba as grows from cub to king. Along the way, he makes friends, falls in love, and is subject to the machinations of his power-hungry uncle, Scar. (lionking.com)
Melissa Etheridge: My Window (Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St.) (Opened 9/28/23) The Grammy and Oscar-winning rockstar arrives on Broadway with her acclaimed event: an intimate experience inviting theatergoers into an evening of storytelling and music. From tales of her childhood in Kansas to her groundbreaking career highlights—with all of life’s hits and deep cuts between—Etheridge opens her heart and soul onstage to fearlessly dazzle audiences of all generations. Limited engagement thru 11/19. (melissaetheridge.com)
Merrily We Roll Along (Official opening is October 10th at the Hudson Theatre, 141 W. 44th St.) (2 hrs., 30 mins.) Spanning three decades in the entertainment business, this Stephen Sondheim musical charts the turbulent relationship between composer Franklin Shepard and his two lifelong friends—writer Mary Flynn and lyricist & playwright Charley Kringas. An inventive cult-classic ahead of its time, the show features some of Sondheim’s most celebrated and personal songs. Starring Daniel Radcliffe as Charley, Jonathan Groff as Franklin, and Lindsay Mendez as Mary. Limited engagement thru 1/24/24. (merrilyonbroadway.com)
MJ the Musical (Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St.) (Opened 2/1/22) (2 hrs., 35 mins.) The new musical bio featuring over 25 Michael Jackson hits comes with a staggeringly impressive pedigree: book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage and direction/choreography by Tony-winner Christopher Wheeldon. (mjthemusical.com)
Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W. 45th St.) 2021 Tony, Best Musical (Opened 7/25/19) (2 hrs., 35 mins.) A gleefully flamboyant stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 cinematic jukebox mashup, this Tony-winning musical from the 2019/2020 season takes place in a world where Bohemians and aristocrats rub elbows, reveling in the decadence and high kicks in the legendary Parisian night spot once upon a retro time. Add a love triangle, Toulouse-Lautrec, and a score of over 70 songs!(moulinrougemusical.com)
Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch (Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St.) (Opened 9/27/23) (1 hr., 45 mins., no intermission) Over half a century after its Broadway debut, actor/ playwright Ossie Davis’s groundbreaking satire is back in a new production starring Tony and Grammy winner Leslie Odom, Jr. (Hamilton) as traveling preacher Purlie Victorious Judson, who returns to his small Georgia town to save the local church and emancipate the pickers who work on an oppressive cotton plantation. (purlievictorious.com)
Ian Shaw (Robert Shaw) in The Shark is Broken. Photo by Helen Maybanks.
The Shark Is Broken (John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St.) (Opened 8/10/23) (90 mins., no intermission) In this Olivier-nominated comedy, it’s 1974 during the filming of JAWS. Lead actors Robert Shaw (played by his son, co-writer Ian Shaw), Richard Dreyfuss, and Roy Scheider are crammed into a boat, at the mercy of foul weather and a faulty mechanical co-star. Alcohol flows, egos collide, and tempers flare on a chaotic voyage that just might lead to cinematic magic…if it doesn’t sink them all. Thru 11/19. (thesharkisbroken.com)
(Left to Right): SHUCKED cast members John Behlmann (“Gordy”), Alex Newell (“Lulu”), Caroline Innerbichler (“Maizy”) and Andrew Durand (“Beau”). Photo by Emilio Madrid for SHUCKED on Broadway.
Shucked (Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St.) (Opened 4/4/23) (2 hrs., 15 mins.) What do you get when you pair a semi-neurotic New York comedy writer with two Nashville superstars? A hilarious farm-to-fable musical about, well, corn. Shucked is the new musical comedy that proves sometimes tearing down a few walls, rather than growing them, is the only way to preserve our way of life. (shuckedmusical.com)
Photo: Joan Marcus.
SIX (Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St.) (Opened 3/12/20) (80 mins., no intermission) Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the six wives of Henry XIII take the mic to remix 500 years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st-century girl power. This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their heads over! (sixonbroadway.com)
Christian Borle and J. Harrison Ghee. Photo: Marc J. Franklin.
Some Like It Hot (Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St.) (Opened 12/11/22) (2 hrs., 20 mins.) Starring Tony winner Christian Borle and Kinky Boots alum J. Harrison Ghee, this new musical comedy based on the classic film follows two musicians fleeing Chicago after witnessing a mob hit. With gangsters in pursuit, they join in an all-girl band, but can they hide in plain sight, or will the mob and/or love be their undoing?(somelikeithotmusical.com)
Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford in the 2023 Broadway production of SWEENEY TODD, Photo by Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St.) (Opened 3/36/23) Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford star in this revival of the Stephen Sondheim-Hugh Wheeler musical about a resourceful pie shop owner and a vengeful barber out for blood. Together, they wreak havoc on Fleet Street and serve up the hottest—and most unsettling—pies in London. (sweeneytoddbroadway.com)
Photo by Joan Marcus.
Wicked (Gershwin Theatre, 222 W. 51st St.) (Opened 10/30/03) (2 hrs., 45 mins.) One of Broadway’s biggest success stories, this fantasy musical, based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, follows the friendship between two young girls—one smart, misunderstood, and green-hued; the other beautiful, ambitious, and popular. Wicked takes the world of Oz’s fairy tale roots and replants them into an eye-popping production that turns the original story spectacularly upside down. (wickedthemusical.com)
COMING SOON TO BROADWAY
October 13th: I Need That (Official opening is November 2nd at the American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St.) In this new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, Sam doesn’t go out, opting instead for the safety of his house in the company of his many, many things. But when a notice arrives alerting him that he must clean up his property or face eviction, he’s forced to reckon with what’s trash, what’s treasure, and whether we can ever know the difference between the two. Starring Danny DeVito, his daughter Lucy DeVito, and Ray Anthony Thomas. Limited engagement thru 12/23. (roundabouttheatre.org)
Top frame, left to right: Sean Bell, Eric Peters, Blake Roman, Danny Kornfeld, Zal Owen, Steven Telsey. Bottom frame, left to right: Robert Biberti, Erich Collin, Erwin Bootz, Joseph Roman Cyckowski, Harry Frommerman, Ari Leshnikoff.
October 18th: Harmony (Official opening is November 13th at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.) (2 hrs., 30 mins) Featuring an original score by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, this new musical is based on the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a group who sold millions of records, made dozens of films, and sold out mega theaters during the 1920s & 30s. Their harmonies and comedic hijinks catapulted these six young men from singing in the subway tunnels of Berlin to international superstardom. (harmonyanewmusical.com)
October 31st: SPAMALOT (Official opening is November 16th at the St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.) Lovingly ripped from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this revival has everything from flying cows to killer rabbits, British royalty to French taunters, dancing girls, dancing knights, coconuts, rubbery shrubbery, and the lady of the lake. With book and lyrics by Eric Idle and music by Idle and Juan Du Prez, the score includes “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” “The Song That Goes Like This,” and “Find Your Grail.” (spamalotthemusical.com)
November 15th: How to Dance in Ohio (Official opening is December 10th at the Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St.) Inspired by Alexandra Shiva’s documentary of the same name, the musical is set at a group counseling center in Columbus, Ohio, where seven autistic young adults prepare for a spring dance—a challenge that breaks open their routines as they experience love, stress, excitement, and independence. The show features the original autistic actors who starred in the show’s world premiere in Syracuse. (howtodanceinohiomusical.com)
November 28th: Appropriate (Official opening is December 18 at the Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St.) In this darkly comic drama, the Lafayette family has returned to their late patriarch’s Arkansas home to deal with the remains of his estate. Eldest daughter Tori hopes they’ll remember and reconnect; brother Bo wants to recoup some of the funds he spent caring for Dad; but when estranged brother Franz appears and mysterious objects are discovered among the clutter, the family is forced to face the ghosts of their past. (2st.com)
December 19th: Prayer for the French Republic (Official opening is January 9th at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St.) In 1944, a Jewish couple in Paris desperately awaits news of their missing family. More than 70 years later, the couple’s great-grandchildren find themselves facing the same question as their ancestors: "Are we safe?" This celebrated work by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews) is about history, home, and the effects of an ancient hatred. (manhattantheatreclub.com)
January 6, 2024: Days of Wine and Roses (Official opening is January 28th at Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St.) Adapted from JP Miller’s 1962 film and 1958 teleplay, this searing new musical by The Light in the Piazza’s Adam Guettel (score) and Craig Lucas (book) is about a couple falling in love in 1950s New York and struggling against themselves to build their family. Starring Tony winner Kelli O’Hara and Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James. Limited 16- week engagement. (daysofwineandrosesbroadway.com)
February 6, 2024: The Notebook (Official opening is March 14th at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St.) In this new musical based on the bestselling novel by Nicolas Sparks that inspired the iconic film, Allie and Noah—both from different worlds—share a lifetime of love despite the forces that threaten to pull them apart. Featuring a score by multi-platinum singer/songwriter Ingrid Michaelson and a book by Bekah Brunstetter (This Is Us, The Cake). (notebookmusical.com)
February, 2024: Doubt: A Parable (American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St.) Sister Aloysius, principal of an all-boys Catholic school in the Bronx, is feared by students and colleagues. When she suspects nefarious relations between a charismatic priest and a student, she wrestles with what’s fact, what’s fiction, and how much she’ll risk to expose the difference. This Pulitzer and Tony-winning play stars Tyne Daly and Liev Schreiber. (roundabouttheatre.org)
February 24, 2024: Water for Elephants (Official opening is March 21st at the Imperial Theatre, 249 W. 45th St.) After losing what matters most, a young man jumps a moving train unsure of where the road will take him and finds a new home with the remarkable crew of a traveling circus, and a life—and love—beyond his wildest dreams. Seen through the eyes of his older self, his adventure becomes a poignant reminder that if you choose the ride, life can begin again at any age. (waterforelephantsthemusical.com)
March 16, 2024: The Outsiders (Official opening is April 11th at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St.) In Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1967, the hardened hearts and aching souls of Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade and their chosen family of ‘outsiders’ are in a fight for survival and a quest for purpose in a world that may never accept them. This gripping new musical reinvigorates the timeless tale of ‘haves and have nots’, of protecting what’s yours and fighting for what could be. (outsidersmusical.com)
March 29, 2024: The Wiz (Official opening is April 17th at the Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway) This first Broadway revival of 1975’s Tony-winning/groundbreaking twist on L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”—with its soul/gospel/jazz/rock/pop/funk score—invites audiences to ease on down the yellow brick road (with some decidedly 21st-century twists and turns), alongside Dorothy and her iconic companions. Starring Wayne Brady in the title role. (wizmusical.com)
March, 2024: Lempika (Official opening and theatre TBA) This new musical follows the life of Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka who flees the Russian Revolution to Paris with her aristocrat husband. While making her mark as a portraitist in Paris society, she meets her muse in the free-spirited Rafaela, from the city slums who leaves her torn in her affections. Spanning decades of political turmoil and told through a pop-infused score, the show explores the contradictions of a world in crisis, a woman ahead of her era, and an artist whose time has finally come. (lempickamusical)
April 2, 2024: Mother Play (Official opening is April 25th at the Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St.) It’s 1962 and Phyllis (Jessica Lange) is supervising her teenage children, Carl (Jim Parsons) and Martha (Celia Keenan-Bolger), as they move into a new apartment. The family endures — or survives — the changing world around them. Blending theatricality, surreal farce, and tenderness, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel reveals timeless truths of love, family, and forgiveness. (outsidersmusical.com)
April 2, 2024: Uncle Vanya (Official opening is April 24th at Lincoln Center Theaters’ Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St.) In Heidi Schreck’s new translation of Anton Chekhov’s classic, the lives of Sonya and her uncle Vanya, who have devoted their lives to managing the family farm in isolation, are upended when her celebrated, ailing father and his young, charismatic wife move in. People fall in love, desires and resentments erupt, and the family is forced to reckon with the ghosts of their unlived lives. (lct.org)
Spring, 2024: Cabaret (at The Kit Kat Club) (August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St.) The intimate Olivier-winning London revival of one of Kander & Ebb’s most iconic musicals is coming to New York. Joe Masteroff’s book, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood, is set in and around a Berlin nightclub where “life is beautiful” just as the Nazis are rising to power. (kitkat.club/broadway)
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Theatre Editor Griffin Miller moved to New York to pursue an acting/writing career in the 1980s after graduating magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, she has written for The New York Times
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