Everything You Need to Know About the 2019-2020 Broadway Season!
The 2019-2020 Broadway season is in full gear! Thirty-eight productions have been announced so far to hit the Great White Way this season, so there is plenty for theatergoers 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 returned to Broadway in Sea Wall/A Life following a sold-out run at The Public Theater. The production, directed by Carrie Cracknell, was 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 played a limited engagement, beginning previews at Broadway's Hudson Theatre on July 26th and opening on August 8th. The production closed on September 29th.
Tom Hiddleston officially made 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 appeared alongside Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox, who also made their Broadway debuts in the production.
Betrayal played a limited 17-week engagement, beginning previews at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on August 14th and opening on September 5th. The production closed on December 8th.
THE GREAT SOCIETY
Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan returned 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 starred Brian Cox, Marc Kudisch, Grantham Coleman, Richard Thomas, Gordon Clapp, Bryce Pinkham, and Frank Wood.
The Great Society began previews on September 6th at Broadway's Vivian Beaumont Theater and officially opened on October 1st. The production played a limited twelve-week engagement and closed on November 30th.
DERREN BROWN: SECRET
Derren Brown transported audiences into the startling world of mind-reading, suggestion and psychological illusion in this new production. This theatrical experience had audiences looking closely at the stories and beliefs that guide their lives.
Derren Brown: Secret began previews at Broadway's Cort Theatre on September 6th and officially opened on September 15th. The production played a limited engagement and closed on 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 began previews at Broadway's Golden Theatre on September 10th and officially opened on October 6th. The production closed its limited engagement on 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 came to Broadway this fall courtesy of Tony-winning playwright Florian Zeller. Two-time Tony winner Jonathan Pryce and three-time Olivier winner Eileen Atkins starred 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 began previews at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 10th officially opened on September 24th. The production played a limited engagement and closed on November 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 began previews at Broadway's Booth Theatre on September 13th and officially opened on October 2nd. The production finished its limited engagement on January 12th.
THE SOUND INSIDE
Tony and Emmy winner Mary Louise-Parker returned to the Broadway stage in the new play The Sound Inside written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp, who made his Broadway debut with the production. Parker starred 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 began previews at Broadway's Studio 54 on September 14th and officially opened on October 17th. The production played a limited engagement through January 12th.
Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Tracy Letts returned to Broadway with Second Stage Theater for his comedic play Linda Vista. The play 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 began previews at Broadway's Hayes Theater on September 19th and officially opened on October 10th. The production played a limited engagement and closed on November 10th.
THE LIGHTNING THIEF: THE PERCY JACKSON MUSICAL
Bring on the monsters because The Lightning Thief came to Broadway this season! After runs Off-Broadway and on a national tour, the Drama Desk-nominated musical based on the best-selling novel of the same name arrived on the Great White Way in 2019. 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 began previews at Broadway's Longacre Theatre on September 20th and officially opened on October 16th. The show ran for a sixteen-week holiday engagement and closed on January 5th.
Matthew Lopez's acclaimed two-part play The Inheritance has arrived on 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 began previews at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre on September 27th and officially opened on November 17th.
THE ROSE TATTOO
Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei came 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 starred 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 began previews at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre on September 19th and officially opened on October 15th. The production played a limited engagement and closed on December 8th.
Following a sold-out world tour, the acclaimed theatrical concert American Utopia has come to Broadway. David Byrne of The Talking Heads shares the stage with eleven musical artists from across the globe. Byrne teams 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 played a pre-Broadway engagement this past September at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre.
American Utopia began previews at Broadway's Hudson Theatre on October 4th and officially opened on October 20th. The production will play a limited engagement through February 16th.
TINA: THE TINA TURNER MUSICAL
The life story of the the legendary Tina Turner has come 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, has reprised her performance on Broadway. The cast also features Daniel J. Watts, Dawnn Lewis, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, and Myra Lucretia Taylor.
Tina began previews at Broadway's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on October 12th and officially opened on November 7th.
JAGGED LITTLE PILL
You oughta know that Jagged Little Pill has come to Broadway! 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 have reprised their roles including Antonio Cipriano, Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Gooding, Derek Klena, Sean Allan Krill, Lauren Patten, and Elizabeth Stanley.
Jagged Little Pill began previews at Broadway's Broadhurst Theatre on November 3rd and officially opened on December 5th.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
The holiday classic A Christmas Carol came to Broadway for the most wonderful time of the year! This production, which came 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 starred Campbell Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge and featured twelve Christmas carols, including 'Joy to the World' and 'Silent Night.'
A Christmas Carol began previews at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre on November 7th and officially opened on November 20th. The production ran for a limited engagement through January 5th.
Bess Wohl's new play Grand Horizons has 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 began previews at Broadway's Hayes Theater on December 20th and officially opened on January 23rd. 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 has returned to Broadway this season starring Isaac Powell as Tony and Shereen Pimentel as Maria. The production, which features 23 Broadway debuts in the cast, is 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. The production stars Isaac Powell as Tony and Shereen Pimentel as Maria.
West Side Story began previews at the Broadway Theatre on December 10 and will officially open on February 20th.
A SOLDIER'S PLAY
David Alan Grier and Blair Underwood have returned to Broadway this season in A Soldier's Play! The Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Charles Fuller has come to Broadway for the first time, directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon. The play, which takes place in 1944, centers around a black Sergeant's murder on a Louisiana Army base, and one investigator's race against his white leadership to unravel the crime before they unravel him.
A Soldier's Play began previews at Broadway's American Airlines Theatre on December 27th and officially opened on January 21st.
MY NAME IS LUCY BARTON
Four-time Tony nominee Laura Linney returns 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 began previews at Broadway's Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on January 6th and officially opened on January 15th. The production plays 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 begin previews at Broadway's Belasco Theatre on February 7th, 2020 with opening night set for March 5th, 2020.
Divorced, beheaded, live! The queens of the worldwide hit musical Six are coming to Broadway this season! The musical, which opened in London's West End in 2018, showcases the wives of Henry VIII as they take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse-remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power. The Broadway production will feature the six queens who starred in the show's North American premiere in Chicago: Adrianna Hicks, Andrea Macasaet, Abby Mueller, Brittney Mack, Samantha Pauly, and Anna Uzele.
Six begins previews at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theatre on February 13th with opening night set for March 12th.
Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts returns to Broadway this season with his new play The Minutes, which he wrote and stars in. The record-breaking hit production from Steppenwolf Theatre Company takes a look at the inner-workings of a city council meeting in the small town of Big Cherry-and the hypocrisy, greed, and ambition that follow. The cast also features Ian Barford, Blair Brown, Cliff Chamberlain, K. Todd Freeman, Armie Hammer, Danny McCarthy, Jessie Mueller, Sally Murphy, Austin Pendleton, and Jeff Still.
The Minutes begins previews at Broadway's Cort Theatre on February 25th with opening night set for March 15th.
Martin McDonagh's Olivier Award-winning play Hangmen is coming to Broadway this season! The play, which is McDonagh's seventh play to be produced on Broadway, explores what Britain's (second most) famous executioner does now that hanging has been abolished. The show had a sold out, critically acclaimed world premiere at London's Royal Court Theatre in September 2015 before transferring to the West End's Wyndham's Theatre in 2016. It then made its US premiere Off-Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company in 2018.
Hangmen begins previews at Broadway's Golden Theatre on February 28th with opening night set for March 19th.
The story of Princess Diana is heading to Broadway this season in the new musical Diana! The show, based on the incredible real life story of an icon to end all icons, had its world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in early 2019. The stars of that production are set to reprise their roles for Broadway, including Jeanna de Waal, Roe Hartrampfas, Erin Davie, and Judy Kaye. Diana is directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley and features a book by Joe DiPietro and a score by David Bryan.
Diana begins previews at Broadway's Longacre Theatre on March 2nd with opening night set for March 31st.
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.
Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Company! The classic Stephen Sondheim musical is returning to Broadway this spring in a gender-bent production. The show is set to star Katrina Lenk as Bobbie along with Patti LuPone reprising her Oliver Award-winning performance as Joanne. The production, directed by Marianne Elliott, will not be a replica of the version that recently ran in London's West End, as there will be some updates. Alongside Lenk and LuPone will be Rashidra Scott, Greg Hildreth, Matt Doyle, Christopher Fitzgerald, Christopher Sieber, Jennifer Simard, Terence Archie, Etai Benson, Nikki Renée Daniels, Claybourne Elder, Kyle Dean Massey, and Bobby Conte Thornton.
Company begins previews at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 2nd with opening night set for Stephen Sondheim's birthday, March 22nd.
THE LEHMAN TRILOGY
The hit three-part play The Lehman Trilogy is transferring to Broadway this season! The play, by Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power, played sold-out runs London's National Theatre and Piccadilly Theatre, as well as New York's Park Avenue Armory. The show charts the humble beginnings, outrageous successes, and devastating failure of the financial institution that would ultimately bring the global economy to its knees. The production, directed by Academy Award and Tony Award winner Sam Mendes, was nominated for five Olivier Awards for its West End run and will star its original cast of Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Ben Miles.
The Lehman Trilogy begins previews at Broadway's Nederlander Theatre on March 7th with opening night set for March 26th. The show will play a strictly limited 16-week engagement.
Get ready poppets because Mrs. Doubtfire is coming to Broadway this season! The adaptation of the classic Robin Williams film comes to New York following its world premiere at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre. The show is directed by Jerry Zaks and features a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O'Farrell and music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. The principal cast will feature Rob McClure, Jenn Gambatese, Peter Bartlett, Charity Angél Dawson, Mark Evans, J. Harrison Ghee, Analise Scarpaci, Jake Ryan Flynn, Avery Sell, and Brad Oscar.
Mrs. Doubtfire begins previews at Broadway's Stephen Sondheim Theatre on March 9th with opening night set for April 5th.
FLYING OVER SUNSET
The new musical Flying Over Sunset is coming to Broadway this season thanks to Lincoln Center Theater! The show is inspired by the lives of writer Aldous Huxley; playwright, diplomat, and congresswoman, Clare Booth Luce; and film legend Cary Grant - each of whom in real life experimented with the drug LSD. At a crossroads in their lives the three come together, and under the influence of the drug, take a trip and confront the mysteries of their lives and their world. The production is set to star Harry Hadden-Paton, Carmen Cusack, and Tony Yazbeck and will feature a book and direction by James Lapine, music by Tom Kitt, and lyrics by Michael Korie,
Flying Over Sunset begins previews at Broadway's Vivian Beaumont Theater on March 12th with opening night set for April 16th.
CAROLINE, OR CHANGE
The Tony-nominated musical Caroline, or Change is returning to Broadway this spring courtesy of Roundabout Theatre Company! The show, by Tony Kushner & Jeanine Tesori, will star 2019 Olivier Award winner Sharon D Clarke reprising her role as Caroline from the recent West End production. The show centers around an African-American maid whose world of 1963 Louisiana ripples with change both large and small. It explores how, in times of great transformation, even the simplest acts shake the earth.
Caroline, or Change begins previews at Broadway's Studio 54 on March 13th with opening night set for April 7th.
Two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick and two-time Emmy winner Sarah Jessica Parker are returning to Broadway in the first-ever New York revival of Neil Simon's classic comedy Plaza Suite. The two world-class actors play three hilarious couples in this uproarious and piercing look at love and marriage. The production, which is helmed by Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey, will have a strictly limited 22-performance pre-Broadway engagement beginning on February 5th at the Emerson Colonial Theatre.
Plaza Suite begins previews at Broadway's Hudson Theatre on March 13th with opening night set for April 13th. The production will play a 17-week limited engagement through July 12th.
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Darren Criss is returning to Broadway this season alongside Laurence Fishburne and Sam Rockwell in the revival of David Mamet's American Buffalo. The production, directed by Neil Pepe, is a classic tale about loyalty and greed, and it's more explosive and pointed than ever, exposing a timely American truth: crime and business are two sides of the same coin.
American Buffalo begins previews at Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre on March 24th with opening night set for April 14th. The production will play a limited run through July 12th.
The stage adaptation of the hit film Sing Street is heading to Broadway this season! The show, which had its world premiere at New York Theatre Workshop, follow sixteen-year-old Conor and his schoolmates as they turn to music to escape troubles at home and impress a mysterious girl. The production, which celebrates the thrill of first love and the power of music, is directed by Tony Award winner Rebecca Taichman and features a book by Tony Award winner Enda Walsh and a score by Gary Clark.
Sing Street begins previews at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre on March 26th with opening night set for April 19th.
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 27th with opening night set for April 22th.
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.
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