COME FROM AWAY
This new musical is set on 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland, the tiny town where planes from around the world were grounded after the terrorist attacks. It opens at Washington’s Ford’s Theatre and will move to Toronto and hit Broadway later this season.
The beloved Irving Berlin movie musical, filled with holiday standards like “White Christmas,” gets a new Broadway incarnation, with Bryce Pinkham and Corbin Bleu in the Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire roles.
OPENING OCT. 10
OH, HELLO ON BROADWAY
Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are a pair of 30-something New York writer-comedians who became alt-comedy sensations by playing a pair of crotchety New York 70-somethings. Their alter egos, Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, have kvetched their way through improv theater, late-night TV guest spots, skits on Comedy Central and, recently, a hit off-Broadway show. Now they’re taking their act to Broadway, in a fully dressed-up show directed by Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher). Expect Big Apple in-jokes, ad-libbing with the audience and surprise guests–just the thing to shake up stuffy theatergoers still grumbling that they can’t get tickets to Hamilton.
Two strangers meet in a train station and start a troubled love affair in Simon Stephens’ enigmatic play, which had an off-Broadway run last season and will transfer to Broadway, with Mary-Louise Parker starring.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
A young London couple hook up in the peace-and-love ’60s and then have to deal with the more complicated times ahead, in this drama from the impressive Mike Bartlett (King Charles III), being given its U.S. premiere off-Broadway by the Roundabout Theatre.
THE FRONT PAGE
Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur’s famous newspaper comedy gets a new Broadway makeover, boasting the season’s starriest cast, headed by Nathan Lane, John Slattery and John Goodman.
A groundbreaker when it first appeared (as two one-acts) in 1981 and 1990, William Finn and James Lapine’s probing musical gets a welcome Broadway revival.
LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES
Two formidable theater stars, Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber, headline this new version of Christopher Hampton’s cynical comedy of conniving aristocrats in prerevolutionary France.
NATASHA, PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812
War and Peace as a musical? It worked as an immersive cabaret-style show, and now Dave Malloy’s rocking take on Tolstoy will try to conquer Broadway with the help of singer Josh Groban, making his Broadway debut.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
A misunderstood teen becomes an unlikely hero thanks to the Internet in this provocative chamber musical, making the move to Broadway after a critically hailed off-Broadway run in the spring.
This appears in the September 12, 2016 issue of TIME.
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