Everything You Need to Know About the Upcoming Broadway Season!
The 2019-2020 Broadway season is in full gear! Twenty-two productions have been announced so far to hit the Great White Way this season, and with thirteen theatres without confirmed productions, we have plenty more to look forward to! With all such a variety of musicals and plays, new works and revivals, we're getting you prepared by giving you a peek at each of the productions announced to arrived on the Great White Way this season! Take a peek at all the excitement below, and be sure to check back in through the season as even more new productions are announced!
Come what may, Moulin Rouge has arrived on Broadway! The stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann's revolutionary film is directed by Tony nominee Alex Timbers, who brings the truth, beauty, freedom and love of the Moulin Rouge to life. The production had its world premiere at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre last summer, and the principal cast members from its Boston run are reprising their roles including Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, Sahr Ngaujah, Tam Mutu, Ricky Rojas, and Robyn Hurder.
SEA WALL/A LIFE
Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge are returning to Broadway in Sea Wall/A Life following a sold-out run at The Public Theater. The production, directed by Carrie Cracknell, is comprised of back-to-back monologue plays that explore the joys and pain of both love and loss as the men recall past events involving those they love. Sea Wall is written by the Tony-winning playwright of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Simon Stephens. A Life is written by Nick Payne, whose previous work includes Constellations.
Sea Wall/A Life begins previews at Broadway's Hudson Theatre on July 26th with opening night set for August 8th. The production will play a limited engagement through September 29th.
Tom Hiddleston is officially making his Broadway debut in this season's revival of Harold Pinter's Betrayal following the production's critically acclaimed London run. The play charts a compelling seven-year romance, thrillingly captured in reverse chronological order. Hiddleston will appear alongside Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox, who are also making their Broadway debuts in the production.
Betrayal will play a limited 17-week engagement, beginning previews at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on August 14th with opening night on September 5th.
THE GREAT SOCIETY
Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan is returning to Broadway this season with his play, The Great Society. The show is the companion piece to his Tony Award winning All The Way, and it depicts the tumultuous times that led to the conclusion of the Johnson presidency in 1968. The production is set to star Brian Cox, Marc Kudisch, Grantham Coleman, Richard Thomas, Gordon Clapp, Bryce Pinkham, and Frank Wood.
The Great Society begins previews on September 6th at Broadway's Vivian Beaumont Theater for a limited twelve-week engagement.
Derren Brown: SECRET
Derren Brown is transporting audiences into the startling world of mind-reading, suggestion and psychological illusion in this new production. This theatrical experience will have audiences looking closely at the stories and beliefs that guide their lives.
Derren Brown: Secret begins previews at Broadway's Cort Theatre with opening night set for September 15th. The production will play a limited engagement through January 4th.
Jeremy O. Harris' explosive new work, Slave Play, arrives on Broadway following an award-winning run at New York Theatre Workshop last fall. The Off-Broadway production was nominated for two Lucille Lortel Awards and two Drama Desk Awards. The play, which rips apart history to shed new light on the nexus of race, gender and sexuality in 21st century America, marks the Broadway debut for playwright Jeremy O. Harris and director Robert O'Hara. The production is set to star Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Joaquina Kalukango, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, and Paul Alexander Nolan.
Slave Play begins previews at Broadway's Golden Theatre on September 10th and will run through January 20th.
THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM
Following a debut engagement at Wyndham's Theatre in London's West End, The Height of the Storm comes to Broadway this fall courtesy of Tony-winning playwright Florian Zeller. Two-time Tony winner Jonathan Pryce and three-time Olivier winner Eileen Atkins are set to star in the play centering around a loving relationship that is faced with the inevitability of change when the couple's 50-year marriage begins to unravel.
The Height of the Storm begins previews at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 10th with opening night set for September 24th.
FREESTYLE LOVE SUPREME
Before Hamilton and In the Heights, there was Lin-Manuel Miranda's Freestyle Love Supreme! The fast-paced evening features six performers taking the crowd on a non-stop, hip hop improv ride, spinning cues from the audience into instantaneous riffs and fully realized musical numbers. The show had a run at the Greenwich House Theater earlier this year that featured Andrew Bancroft, Arthur Lewis, Bill Sherman, Chris Sullivan, Anthony Veneziale, and Utkarsh Ambudkar.
Freestyle Love Supreme is set to start previews at Broadway's Booth Theatre on September 13th, 2019 and will run through January 5th, 2020.
THE SOUND INSIDE
Tony and Emmy winner Mary Louise-Parker is returning to the Broadway stage in the new play The Sound Inside written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp, who is making his Broadway debut with the production. Parker is set to star alongside Will Hochman in the play about an accomplished professor who allies herself with a mysterious student when she is faced with a challenge she cannot tackle alone.The Sound Inside begins previews at Broadway's Studio 54 on September 14th with opening night set for October 17th. The production will play a limited engagement through January 12th.
Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Tracy Letts is returning to Broadway with Second Stage Theater for his comedic play Linda Vista. The production focuses on Wheeler, a 50-year-old divorcee in the middle of a mid-life spiral, as he starts on a path toward self-discovery - navigating blind dates, old friends, and new love.
Linda Vista begins previews at Broadway's Hayes Theater on September 19th.
THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL
Bring on the monsters because The Lightning Thief is coming to Broadway! After runs Off-Broadway and on a national tour, the Drama Desk-nominated musical based on the best-selling novel of the same name is coming to the Great White Way. The show tells the story of Percy Jackson, the son of Poseiden, on his quest to find Zeus' lightning bolt to prevent a war between the Greek gods.
The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical begins previews at Broadway's Longacre Theatre on September 20th and officially opens on October 16th. The show will run for a sixteen-week holiday engagement.
Matthew Lopez's acclaimed two-part play The Inheritance is coming to Broadway following the play's Olivier Award-winning world premiere at London's Young Vic Theatre. Tony and Olivier winner Stephen Daldry directs the play, which is a modern adaptation of E.M. Forster's novel Howards End. The show gives a panoramic view of gay life in New York City today, a generation after the height of the AIDS crisis.
The Inheritance begins previews at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre on September 27th with opening night set for November 17th.
THE ROSE TATTOO
Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei is coming to the Broadway stage in Roundabout Theatre Company's production of Tennessee Williams' The Rose Tattoo, directed by Trip Cullman. The Tony-winning Best Play centers around Serafina, a widow who rekindles her desire for love, lust and life in the arms of a fiery suitor. The cast also stars Cassie Beck, Alexander Bello, Tina Benko, Susan Cella, Emun Elliott, Paige Gilbert, Greg Hildreth, Isabella Iannelli, Jacob Michael Laval, Antoinette Lavecchia, Kecia Lewis, Ellyn Marie Marsh, Portia, Ella Rubin, Jennifer Sánchez, Constance Shulman, and Burke Swanson.
The Rose Tattoo begins previews at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre on September 19th with opening night set for October 15th. The production is set to play a limited engagement through December 8th.
Following a sold-out world tour, the acclaimed theatrical concert American Utopia is coming to Broadway. David Byrne of The Talking Heads will share the stage with eleven musical artists from across the globe. Byrne is teaming up with director Alex Timbers and choreographer Annie-B Parson after previously working together with them both on the acclaimed Off-Broadway production of Here Lies Love. The production will play a pre-Broadway engagement this September at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre.
American Utopia begins previews at Broadway's Hudson Theatre on October 4th with opening night set for October 20th. The production will play a limited engagement through January 19th.
TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
The life story of the the legendary Tina Turner is coming to Broadway in Tina! The show tracks her journey from her humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee, to her transformation into the global Queen of Rock 'n' Roll and reveals the untold story of how she dared to defy the bounds of her age, gender and race. The production received its world premiere at London's Aldwych Theatre in 2018, where it continues to play today. Tony & Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren, who originated the role of Tina in the West End production, is set to reprise her performance on Broadway. The cast also features Daniel J. Watts, Dawnn Lewis, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, and Myra Lucretia Taylor.
Tina begins previews at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on October 12th with opening night set for November 7th.
JAGGED LITTLE PILL
You oughta know that Jagged Little Pill is coming to Broadway this fall! The new musical is inspired by the themes and raw emotions laid bare in Alanis Morissette's seminal album of the same name and features songs including "You Oughta Know" and "Ironic" - plus brand-new songs written for the show. The show had its world premiere at the American Repertory Theater last summer, and the production's stars are set to reprise their roles including Antonio Cipriano, Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Gooding, Derek Klena, Sean Allan Krill, Lauren Patten, and Elizabeth Stanley.
Jagged Little Pill begins previews at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre on November 3rd with opening night set for December 5th.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
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We are so excited to be sharing the magic, mince pies (they have those in the USA right?) and merriment of #OVChristmasCarol as the production transfers to Broadway for 8 weeks from 07 Nov #AChristmasCarolBway https://t.co/hJz7BwrUrl pic.twitter.com/KvvFUQ6Hdw
The holiday classic A Christmas Carol is coming to Broadway for the most wonderful time of the year! This production, coming to New York following critically acclaimed runs at London's Old Vic, offers a magical new interpretation of Charles Dickens' classic story from Tony-winning playwright Jack Thorne and director Matthew Warchus. The show is set to star Campbell Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge and will feature twelve Christmas carols, including 'Joy to the World' and 'Silent Night.'
A Christmas Carol begins previews at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre on November 7th with opening night set for November 20th. The production will run for a limited engagement through January 5th.
Bess Wohl's new play Grand Horizons is set to hit Broadway this season with Second Stage Theater, focusing on a couple who is settling comfortably into their new home in Grand Horizons after fifty years of marriage. The play explores a family turned upside-down and takes an intimate look at the wild, unpredictable, and enduring nature of love. The cast features Priscilla Lopez, Maulik Pancholy, Ashley Park, Thomas Sadoski, and Michael Urie.
Grand Horizons begins previews at Broadway's Hayes Theater on December 20th with opening night set for January 23rd, 2020. The show will play a strictly limited 10-week engagement.
WEST SIDE STORY
Something great is coming! The classic Leonard Bernstein musical West Side Story is returning to Broadway this season starring Isaac Powell as Tony and Shereen Pimentel as Maria. The production, which will feature 23 Broadway debuts in the cast, is being directed by Ivo van Hove and is the first ever in the United States to feature all-new choreography by the internationally acclaimed Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker.
West Side Story begins previews at the Broadway Theatre on December 10, 2019 with opening night set for February 6th, 2020.
MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON
Four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney is returning to Broadway this season in the new solo play My Name is Lucy Barton. The play, based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Pulitzer winner Elizabeth Strout, is adapted by Rona Munro and directed by Tony winner Richard Eyre. The play focuses on the title character gripped by the urgent complexities of family life.
My Name is Lucy Barton begins previews at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on January 6th with opening night set for January 15th. The production will play a limited engagement through March 1st.
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
The music of Bob Dylan is coming to Broadway with the new musical Girl from the North Country, telling a heartbreaking and universal story about family and love. The production premiered at London's Old Vic Theatre before transferring to the West End. The show then had a run at The Public Theater this past fall with Conor McPherson serving as the director and book writer. Casting for the Broadway production has yet to be announced.
Girl from the North Country will start previews at Broadway's Belasco Theatre on February 7th, 2020 with opening night set for March 5th, 2020.
WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?
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Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is returning to Broadway this season starring Tony winner Laurie Metcalf, Emmy winner Eddie Izzard, Russell Tovey, and Patsy Ferran. Joe Mantello will direct the classic Tony-winning play that first premiered in 1962. The play centers around Martha and George, who invite another couple, Nick and Honey, to their home for drinks. As alcohol flows and dawn approaches, however, the young couple is drawn into George and Martha's toxic games until the evening reaches its climax.
HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE
The Pulitzer-Prize winning play How I Learned to Drive is heading to Broadway with Manhattan Theatre Club this spring! Tony winner Mary-Louis Parker and Tony nominee David Morse are leading this memory play about a woman coming to terms with a charismatic uncle who impacts her past, present, and future life. The production is set to be directed by Mark Brokaw.
How I Learned to Drive begins previews at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on March 27, 2020 with opening night set for April 22, 2020.
TAKE ME OUT
Jesse Williams and Emmy nominee Jesse Tyler Ferguson are heading to Broadway this spring in Richard Greenberg's Tony-winning play Take Me Out. The Second Stage Theater production will be directed by Tony nominee Scott Ellis. The play centers around Lemming, a star center fielder for the Empires, who reveals he is gay and faces a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices.
Take Me Out begins previews at Broadway's Hayes Theater on March 31st with opening night set for April 23rd.
Emmy winner Debra Messing is returning to the Broadway stage this spring in Roundabout Theatre Company's poignant new play Birthday Candles, directed by Vivienne Benesch. Playwright Noah Haidle is making his Broadway debut with the production, which contemplates the question of what makes a lifetime into a life.
Birthday Candles begins previews at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre on April 2nd with opening night set for April 21st. The production will play a limited engagement through June 21st.