It’s finally spring on Broadway, and that means new shows opening every week! Here’s a sneek peak at the shows that start previews this week.
Rocktopia: ROCKTOPIA is Broadway’s new theatrical event featuring the greatest music from today and all time— from the dramatic sweep of Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and Copland, to the modern drive of Pink Floyd, Styx, Journey, Queen and more. Six world-class vocalists and a powerfully large choir, backed by a full symphony orchestra and a five-piece rock band, perform the world’s most legendary music in a totally unique fusion of sounds like never heard before.
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 20
Children of a Lesser God: Winner of the Tony, Drama Desk, and Olivier Awards for Best Play, Children of a Lesser God tells the story of an unconventional teacher at a school for the deaf and the remarkable woman he meets there. As their relationship heats up, so does their need for control, igniting a thrilling exploration of passion, intimacy, and connection. In 1980, Children of a Lesser God premiered on Broadway and asked: how can we truly communicate? Now, Tony Award®-winning director Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Fences) is laying this question bare in a breathtaking new revival of this landmark play starring Joshua Jackson (The Affair), Lauren Ridloff (Wonderstruck), and Anthony Edwards (ER). Jesse Green of The New York Times calls it “thrilling! Joshua Jackson is a revelation in a tour de force role and Lauren Ridloff is sensational.”
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 22
The Iceman Cometh: Two-time Academy Award winner and Tony Award winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in one of the signal roles in the American theatre in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, for 14 weeks only. Frank Rich of The New York Times raved, “the word ‘masterwork’ is not invoked lightly. Eugene O’Neill’s tragic vision remains undiminished by time. The Iceman Cometh is a ferocious American classic that has lost none of its power to send one shaking into the middle of the night.” Beginning March 22, 2018, Denzel Washington, fresh off his extraordinary sell-out runs in both Fences and A Raisin in the Sun, comes back to the Main Stem in “the greatest American play” (New York Magazine) by “the greatest American playwright” (The Washington Post).
PREVIEWS BEGIN MARCH 22
The newest musical comedy—with issues—is coming to the Great White Way! The Prom, directed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicolaw, will officially take the Cort Theatre, with previews beginning on October 21, 2018, and an official opening night of November 15, 2018.
The Prom follows four Broadway stars on a hilarious mission to change the world and get a little publicity for themselves. So when they hear that trouble is brewing around a small-town Indiana prom—and the press is involved—they know that it’s time to put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. The town’s parents want to keep the dance on the straight and narrow—but when one student just wants to bring her girlfriend to prom, the entire town has a date with destiny. Now, Broadway’s brassiest are coming to join the fight and they are ready to kick-ball-change the world. From Tony®-winning director Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon) and the writers of The Drowsy Chaperone, Elf, and Aladdin this is the hilarious musical comedy starring Tony winner Beth Leavel, Tony nominee Brooks Ashmanskas, and two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber. Featuring uproarious laughs and show-stopping dance numbers this new musical is about inspiring people to accept their differences, being the star you were always meant to be, and that immortal truth: There’s no business like getting in other people’s business.
As New York begins to thaw out from two big winter storms, Broadway is gearing up for a big spring season with new shows starting previews just about every week until the Tony Award deadline! Here’s are some shows who have or will start performances in the coming weeks:
Carousel – One of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s most beloved scores, Carousel is based on the drama Liliom by Ferenc Molnar. Set in a small New England factory town, Carousel describes the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the young woman who gives up everything for him. Elevated to an epic scale with a sweeping musical score and incandescent ballet sequences, this story of passion, loss and redemption introduced Broadway to a new manner of musical drama — one that “set the standard for the 20th century musical” (Time Magazine) and would captivate theatergoers for generations to come. The show includes long-time Broadway standards “If I Loved You,” “June is Bustin’ Out All Over,” “Soliloquy,” and “You Will Never Walk Alone.”
- Begins previews on February 28 at the Imperial Theatre (45th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Three Tall Women – Three women of different ages talk about their lives and their relationships with their families. Gradually it emerges that their stories may be more similar than we think. Two-time Academy Award® winner Glenda Jackson makes her long-awaited return to Broadway, on the heels of her triumphant reappearance last season on London’s West End after a 25-year absence, alongside three-time Emmy® and Tony Award winner Laurie Metcalf and Tony nominee Alison Pill in the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, Three Tall Women.
- Begins previews on March 1 at the John Golden Theatre (45th Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
Mean Girls – Based on her hit 2004 film, Tina Fey brings her adaptation of “Queen Bees and Wannabes” to Broadway! Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
- Begins previews on March 12 at the August Wilson Theatre (52nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue)
My Fair Lady – The first revival of this classic musical on Broadway in over 25 years! Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher, the stellar cast – led by Lauren Ambrose, Harry Hadden-Paton, Norbert Leo Butz, Diana Rigg, Allan Corduner, Jordan Donica, Linda Mugleston and Manu Narayan – tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed?
- Begins previews on March 15 at Vivian Beaumont Theatre (63rd Street at Lincoln Center)
After a successful run at Second Stage’s Off-Broadway theatre, Harvey Fiersten’s TORCH SONG returns to its original home on Broadway for a limited engagement! Returning to this production are stars Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl. Fiercely funny and heart wrenching TORCH SONG follows Arnold Beckoff’s odyssey to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect. TORCH SONG begins previews on October 9, with an official opening night of November 1.
Broadway has it’s (three) Donna Summer(s)! LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever will reprise their roles as “Diva Donna,” “Disco Donna” and “Duckling Donna” in “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.” The trio originated the roles in a developmental production at the La Jolla Playhouse in late 2017. Previews begin on March 28 with an opening night slated for April 23.
- Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the famed songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise and descent. The show features a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff.”
The newest revival of the Broadway classic My Fair Lady has announced its full cast list! Previously announced cast includes Lauren Ambrose as Eliza Doolittle, Henry Hayden Patton as Dr. Henry Higgins, Norbert Leo Butz as Alfred P. Doolittle, Diana Rigg as Mrs. Higgins, Allan Corduner as Colonel Pickering, Jordan Donica as Freddy Eynsford-Hill, and Linda Mugleston as Mrs. Pearce. Joining them in the ensemble is Cameron Adams, Shereen Ahmed, Kerstin Anderson, Heather Botts, John Treacy Egan, Rebecca Eichenberger, SuEllen Estey, Christopher Faison, Steven Trumon Gray, Adam Grupper, Michael Halling, Joe Hart, Sasha Hutchings, Kate Marilley, Liz McCartney, Justin Lee Miller, Rommel Pierre O’Choa, Keven Quillon, JoAnna Rhinehart, Tony Roach, Lance Roberts, Blair Ross, Christine Cornish Smith, Paul Slade Smith, Samantha Sturm, Matt Wall, Michael Williams, Minami Yusui, and Lee Zarrett.
- Featuring a book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and a score by Frederick Loewe, the 1956 musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion tells the story of linguistics expert Henry Higgins and the cockney flower girl he is determined to transform into a proper, dignified woman. The score includes such well-known showtunes as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly?” Lincoln Center Theater’s My Fair Lady will feature choreography by Christopher Gattelli and will have sets by Michael Yeargan, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Donald Holder, sound by Marc Salzberg, and casting by Telsey + Co. Music Director Ted Sperling will conduct a 29-piece orchestra performing the musical’s original musical arrangements by Robert Russell Bennett and Phil Lang, plus dance arrangements by Trude Rittmann.
Once On This Island, written by Ahrens and Flaherty (the duo behind Ragtime, Seussical, Anastasia) began previews November 9, 2017 and opens on December 3, 2017! It tells the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. When their divided cultures keep them apart, Ti Moune is guided by the powerful island gods, Erzulie (Ms. Salonga), Asaka (Alex Newell, “Glee”), Papa Ge (Merle Dandridge, “Greenleaf”), and Agwe (Quentin Earl Darrington, Cats), on a remarkable quest to reunite with the man who has captured her heart.
Even more, the show is done “in the round” at the Circle In The Square Theater. The stage and the seats are in a large oval shape, which means that there are no bad seats in the whole house! Every seat is like a premium seat… without the price of a premium seat! And if that’s not enough to have you sold, and Once On This Island is offering a best price guarantee! That means that if you find a lower advertised price than what the box office is offering, the box office will match it.
It was just released that the cast of Once On This Island is one of four Broadway shows set to perform at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! Read HERE for more information and a really great sneak peak inside look at Once On This Island‘s rehearsal!
Win the friend and/or family member-of-the-year award and get discounted group tickets for your whole squad HERE.
Broadway Cares is a non-profit organization that raises money to fight AIDS. Since its founding in 1988 it has raised over $285 million and has helped innumerable people with AIDS, HIV, or HIV-related illnesses. Part of Broadway Cares’s fundraising effort is the Annual Gypsy of the Year Competition, which will be happening December 4 at 4:30 PM and December 5 at 2 pm. It will take place at the New Amsterdam Theatre (home of Aladdin)
The Competition celebrates the talented ensemble members of Broadway and Off- Broadway, who perform for a chance to win the Gypsy of the Year award. Plus, the shows that raise the most money in the six weeks before the Competition receive a Gypsy of the Year award!
Want to join in on the fun and help a great cause?
You can buy tickets to the Gypsy of the Year competition (starting at $30!) HERE, donate to your favorite Broadway show (and help them win an award), purchase experiences such as meet-and-greets and backstage tours, and also purchase signed CDs and memorabilia from your favorite shows! A $10 donation covers the cost of an HIV test at a health clinic, while a $50 donation covers the cost of 40 meals at a soup kitchen!
It’s hard to believe, but there is a show that has higher average ticket prices than Hamilton! The average price of a ticket for Hamilton this week was $272.24, which is at least $100 more than any other show (for example, the average price of a ticket for School of Rock this past week was $98.87!). Compare those numbers to the average price of a Springsteen ticket this past week, which was $496.72!
Not to worry, Your Broadway Genius is here to help!
There is a sweepstakes you can enter for the chance to win TWO FREE TICKETS to Springsteen On Broadway for Saturday, December 30th at 8 pm. That sounds like a holiday gift that will get you the “Best Friend/Relative/Significant Other etc” award for many holidays to come!
The sweepstakes is brought to you by a new show coming to Broadway this summer called Gettin’ the Band Back Together.
The Tony Award®-winning director of Urinetown returns to Broadway with Gettin’ The Band Back Together, a hilarious new musical comedy that The New York Times calls, “A feel-good class act! A playful, irreverent, and genuinely funny musical.”
Mitch Papadopolous always dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. For a while he thought he had everything – the high paying job, the high-rise apartment – until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his Mom in Sayreville, New Jersey.
And when his high school arch nemesis (with a 20-year-old grudge and a tangerine spray tan) threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must save his small-town home the only way he can… by winning The Battle of the Bands.
So he dusts off his guitar, gathers his old gang (the math teacher who isn’t good at math, the Irish cop who dreams about being on Broadway, the dermatologist who can’t get a date, and a 16-year-old Jewish rapper who makes Vanilla Ice look cool), and sets out to win the battle… and maybe even win back the high school sweetheart he left behind… proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot.
Gettin’ The Band Back Together will begin performances at Broadway’s Belasco Theatre beginning July 19, 2018. For tickets, give us a call at 877-943-2929!
The Band’s Visit is coming to Broadway and is set to open Thursday, November 9. Previews will begin Saturday, October 7.
The show tells the story of an Egyptian Police Band that is sent to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. The Band’s Visit celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all.
Two commercials were just released for the show, watch them and click HERE to get your group tickets, you’re not going to want to miss this one!