Though the Tony Awards are three months away, the end of the eligibility period is fast approaching. Several musicals are opening this month, adding to the incredible season currently happening on Broadway. From complex and historically relevant family dramas to movie turned musicals about introverts and falling in love in Paris, here is What’s on Broadway This Season.
One of the best, all time musicals Hello Dolly! is back, starring the wonderful Bette Midler. It’s been a few years since Bette Midler was on Broadway, and what better role to come in as than the charming, eccentric, matchmaker Dolly Gallagher, one of the most revered roles in Broadway history? Hello, Dolly! , directed by Jerry Zaks, will begin mid March at the Shubert theatre.
Hello Dolly! Dates: April 20, 2017 – TBA
Danny Rubin’s cult classic film Groundhog Day has been adapted into a musical, also written by Rubin. One would think such a reproduction of a cult classic film wouldn’t be a good idea, but the musical, which earned raves after running in London, could even contend with Dear Evan Hansen for best musical. Andy Karl, who stars as Phil Connors, brings real warmth to the role, and will dazzle you onstage with his simultaneous charm and humor.
Groundhog Day Dates: April 17, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Phillipa Soo–who originated the role of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton–is starring as the charming introvert Amelie in the new musical adaptation of the film. Amelie a New Musical is about dreamers, of a woman who had spent a lot of her life emotionally disconnected breaches her comfort zone. Through misadventures and several coincidences, Amelie finds herself in strange company, including a lonely sex shop worker. Considering how lovely Amelie the movie is, we’re excited to see this story adapted for stage.
Amelie Dates: April 3, 2017 – October 1, 2017
Hailed as one of The New York Times Critics Picks for this Broadway season, A Bronx Tale is both joyous and heartbreaking and ultimately a show about loyalty and family. A Bronx Tale is partly based on the real life of actor Chazz Palminteri, who wrote the show’s book. Robert De Niro, who co-starred in the film back in the 90’s, is now directing the show alongside Jerry Zaks. What happens when torn between family love and the desire for more power on the streets? You’ll have to see A Bronx tale to find out!
A Bronx Tale Dates: Now – November 19, 2017
The Glass Menagerie, a famous memory play written by Tennessee Williams, is back on Broadway starring Sally Fields as Amanda Wingfield. The play, which catapulted Williams’ career back in the 40’s, is about unraveling truth from memory and liberating oneself from familial obligation. The Glass Menagerie is going up at the Belasco Theatre and also stars Joe Mantello, Finn Wittrock, and Madison Ferris.
The Glass Menagerie Dates: March 9, 2017 – July 2, 2017
Indecent, probably the most timely play to arrive on Broadway this season, is precisely the work of art/call to action we need. It was written by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Paula Vogel and surrounds the controversial debut of Sholem Asch’s God of Vengeance, seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish art and treacherous libel by others. Indecent captures the politically charged moment when immigrants were changing the face of America and centers itself on the power of art to change minds and challenge perspectives.
Indecent Dates: April 18, 2017 – October 10, 2017
Significant Other is a new play that has arrived on Broadway starring Gideon Glick. The show is about the often depressing period post-college when some are burdened with watching all of their friends either fall away or marry off. Glick delivers the emotional veracity of a truly complex character who experiences having to compete for attention from his bff’s “significant others” and aloneness. The cast of Significant Others bring compelling perceptions to the difficulty of transitioning from the three single musketeers to committed adulthood.
Significant Other Dates: March 2, 2017 – July 2, 2017
John Guare’s critically acclaimed play returns to Broadway this Spring. Six Degrees of Separation, starring Emmy award-winning actress Allison Janney, John Benjamin Hickey, and Corey Hawkins, is about a wealthy Manhattan couple whose lives are interrupted by someone in great need. This play is all at once about building connections, confronting one’s class, and the lies we tell. Six Degrees of Separation, though an emotional roller coaster, is a delicately and wonderfully done.
Six Degrees of Separation Dates: April 25, 2016 – July 16, 2017
One of the most epic love stories to ever be written for the Broadway stage is returning fresh off a successful run in London. Directed by Cameron Mackintosh, Boublil and Schönberg’s Miss Saigon is receiving incredible reviews. Miss Saigon is about the last days of the Vietnam War, love torn apart by the fall of Saigon, and our protagonist’s epic three year journey that followed. Don’t miss a production that the Times has said to be “thrilling, soaring, and spectacular”.
Miss Saigon Dates: March 23, 2017 – January 14, 2017
According to reviews, Jake Gyllenhaal is radiant in what’s being lauded as a marvelous revival of Sunday in the Park with George. The musical is centered on Georges Seurat, a famous painter, and the months leading up to the completion of one of his most famous works. Gyllenhaal plays opposite Annaleigh Ashford who plays Dot/Marie. For a play that delicately balances notions of art, love, and ones obligation to be in the real world instead of the creative realm, head to the Hudson Theatre this Spring for an incredible revival of Sunday in the Park with George.
Sunday in the Park with George Dates: February 23, 2017 – April 23, 2017
War Paint, an epic musical detailing the historic rivalry between Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, is coming to Broadway fresh off a successful run in Chicago. Patti LaPone and Christine Ebersole portray Rubinstein and Arden, two of the very first female entrepreneurs who defined beauty standards for much of the 20th century. War Paint is remarkable, ruthless, and legendary, and pays true homage to two women who built empires in a world dominated by men.
War Paint Dates: April 6, 2017 – September 3, 2017
BrBWhat happens when the last person who remembers, forgets? This question lives at the heart of If I Forget, an emotional and thought provoking family drama about tradition and culture at odds with itself. Dealing with touchy subjects such as anti-semitism, former presidents, and “forgetting” the Holocaust, If I Forget traverses gracefully and with a cast brimming with vitality and care for the plays subject matter. Cast includes Kate Walsh, Jerry Shamos, and Maria Dizzia.
If I Forget Dates: Now – April 30, 2017