As the Summer winds down, it’s about time for a new line-up of Broadway plays and musicals to make their way to the Theater District. Among the wide array of shows includes Anton Chekov’s famed family tragedy The Cherry Orchard, and Heisenberg, a play from the writer of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. From purely auditory experiences, to the first a cappella production to hit Broadway, theater goers are in for shows unlike they’ve ever seen before. Here are 10 Must-See Broadway Shows Opening This Fall.
The 1928 newspaper comedy The Front Page will be making its return to Broadway this Fall with a truly star-studded cast, including Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Rosemary Harris, and Sherie Rene Scott. The Front Page, an enduring comedy, is set in a Chicago Criminal Courts Building, where a reporter (Slattery) discovers an escaped convict and enlists the help of his editor to hide the escapee from the police. While the two pursue the story of a lifetime, the musical unravels with rat-a-tat comedic dialogue, journalistic action, and a love story. Performances of The Front Page begin September 20th at the Broadhurst Theater.
The Encounter, a one man show starring Simon McBurney, will be one of the most immersive theater experiences you attend this Fall. Patrons are expected to wear provided headphones which will audibly guide you through the show. Inspired by real life accounts of an American’s adoption into the Mayoruna Tribe in 1969, The Encounter takes us into the heart of Brazilian jungles. First, McBurney instructs us on how to be receptive towards unique storytelling, but eventually The Encounter becomes a commentary on the destructive encroachment of Westerners on the Amazon. Previews begin at the Golden Theater on September 20th.
Twice-extended Off-Broadway hit Heisenberg is finally making its way to Broadway this Fall at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater. Simon Stevens, writer of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time, has penned an uncommon love story shared between one stranger much older than the other. Following an unexpected kiss during their first meeting, actors Mary Louise Parker and David Arndt are thrown by their immediate chemistry into a captivating journey. Directed by Mark Brokaw, Heisenberg is beautiful image of how love is strange and human connection as unpredictable as life itself. Previews begin September 20th.
Comedians John Mulaney and Nick Kroll will be taking their 70 year old alter egos on Broadway this Fall. The characters, George St. Geegland and Gil Faizon, are reprising characters which have appeared nationwide on Kroll’s comedy series “Kroll Show”. Oh, Hello is finally making its way uptown after a successful Off-Broadway run at the Cherry Lane Theater. The two-man show is “George and Gil’s memoir for the stage”, putting the retired native New Yorkers in the comedic spotlight for two hours of part scripted and part spontaneous comedy. Performances will begin September 23rd at the Lyceum Theatre.
The Roundabout Theater presents The Cherry Orchard, Anton Chekov’s masterpiece following a family on the edge of ruin and a country on the brink of revolution. The Cherry Orchard will star Oscar nominee Diane Lane, Tavi Gevinson, Chuck Cooper, John Glover, and more. The story takes place during the Ranevskaya family’s return to their fabled orchard to delay its foreclosure, but quietly and expertly turns into a look into human folly and people in transition. Even though it first debuted over 100 years ago, the tale remains essential to the modern era. The Cherry Orchard will begin previews September 15th and open October 16th.
There have been several stirs in the Broadway world concerning Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, primarily because of it’s strange seating chart, in addition to this show being Josh Groban’s Broadway debut, though he’s always been a musical theater aficionado/nerd. Even though the story takes place within Tolstoy’s War and Peace, this scandalous slice of the story is set to an incredible electro-pop opera score. Denee Benton, who previously appeared in The Book of Mormon, will be playing the role of Natasha. What will an electro-pop musical set in Russia sound like? Head over to the Imperial Theatre beginning October 18th to find out.
Screen actress Elena Kampouris will be making her Broadway debut this fall in the Josie Rourke directed play Les Liasons Dangereuses. The show, a dark comedy based on a 1782 French novel, details the journey of lovers-turned-rivals in their game of reputation ruining seduction. Kampouris, who plays a young Convent girl named Cecile, joins the cast of Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer for what will definitely be one of the most alluring, dark, and frequently funny shows this Fall. To witness one of the oldest stories transposed for Broadway, check out Les Liaisons Dangereuses beginning October 20th at the Booth Theatre.
First appearing Off-Broadway, In Transit: A New Musical is finally making its way to the Circle in the Square this Fall, becoming the first official a cappella musical to come to Broadway. Three time Tony winner Kathleen Marshall directs the play which is inspired by the vibrant, diverse, and often graphic sounds that echo throughout New York City. The show is brought to life by the intertwining lives of 11 people, a concept that reminds us of Rent (especially since it’s a New York story). And without an orchestra behind the cast, we’re pretty curious as to how this story will be audibly digested. Previews begin November 10th.
The Tony nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul are back on Broadway this fall with their exciting new musical that embraces the digital age, Dear Evan Hansen. The story is about an awkward high school boy (Pitch Perfect actor Ben Platt) who becomes caught in a web of his own lies. Dear Evan Hansen is definitely a pop driven musical, featuring music and lyrics by Steven Levenson. The musical directly discusses both the influence and danger of social media, taking audiences on a emotional rollercoaster particular to the digital age. Dear Evan Hansen begins previews November 14 at the Belasco Theater.
Though The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time will be sorely missed once it leaves the Barrymore Theatre this Winter, it will quickly be followed by what will be an incredible play. The Present was adapted by Andrew Upton from the posthumously discovered Chekov play Platonov. The cast will led by Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh, the action set in post-Perestroika Russia. Like most Chekov plays, the key events are ordinary and relatable but unresolved relationships and past regrets quickly and easily make their way to the surface. The Present, with previews beginning December 17th, marks Blanchett’s return to Broadway.
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