As curtains close on Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Hand to God, and Mamma Mia new sets, costumes, dancers, singers, and orchestras come rolling into the newly vacated theaters sprinkled throughout Times Square. Broadway. Glamour, music, and drama find their home here in the heart of New York and draw in people by the millions each season. It’s never boring on Broadway, and truly any theater lover not living in the city is jealous of its residents’ proximity to the nexus of thespian art and culture. Nothing pains a Broadway fan more than being unable to see a show they love, but for those of you in New York or close enough to stop by a theater, here are a few shows to look forward to in the coming months.
- Opening: April 14, 2016
- Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman
- A look inside the mind of Andre (Langella), a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?
- Opening: April 21, 2016
- Theatre: Gerald Schoenfeld
- A musical adaptation of the acclaimed novel and film about psychotic serial killer Patrick Bateman set in 1980’s Manhattan
- Opening: April 26, 2016
- Theater: Broadhurst
- Good girl Winnie Foster’s world has been safely contained behind the picket fence that surrounds the house she shares with her mother and grandmother. Yearning to break free, Winnie runs deep into the woods behind their house where she discovers the Tuck family and the secret they’ve been keeping.
Come May, a new season of song, dance, and story begins with plenty of fresh and familiar faces gracing the stage in all their costumed glory and telling tales of love, religion, felines, news, and chocolate. Here are a few shows I’m excited for.
- Opening: May 25, 2016
- Theater: Lyric
- A new musical and the first Cirque du Soleil show ever assembled for Broadway.
- Opening: June 6, 2016
- Theater: Booth
- Revival of the 2015 comedy in which “the Almighty and His devoted Angels answer some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind since Creation. He’s finally arrived to set the record straight … and He’s not holding back!”
- Opening: TBA (Previews: July 12, 2016)
- Theater: Nederlander
- Return engagement of the Broadway musical that ran 738 performances 2013-2015.
- Target Opening: Spring 2017
- Theater: TBA
- When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
A more detailed and periodically updated list of shows can be found here.
Sadly, I won’t be in New York anytime soon so you guys have to go watch them for me! Don’t forget to see the ongoing shows either. Fun Home, winner of the 2015 Tony for Best Musical, and Hamilton, a phenomenal historical musical even Obama approves of, are two amazing shows you need to see as soon as possible. Lucky for me Hamilton will touring next year so I’ll get my chance but don’t waste yours to experience the magic Broadway.