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.
It has been a busy week on Broadway, full of star-studded casting announcements!
Katherine McPhee to make Broadway debut in Waitress: American Idol and Smash star Katherine McPhee will make her Broadway debut as the lead role of Jenna in Waitress from April 10 through June 17. She will take over the role from the show’s songwriter, Sara Bareilles, who is set to depart the show on March 11.
David Cook to join the cast of Kinky Boots: American Idol winner David Cook is set to strap on those red heels in the cast of Kinky Boots from April 3 to May 5. He will take over the role of Charlie Price from Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears, who’s final performance is set for April 1.
Harry Connick Jr. sets his sights on Broadway: Last seen on Broadway in The Pajama Game, Connick Jr. has joined the upcoming out-of-town tryout of The Sting, a musical adaptation of the 1973 Oscar-winning film.
Hello, Betty Buckley!: The upcoming tour of the Tony-winning revival Hello, Dolly! has been announced, with Betty Buckley at the helm as Dolly Gallagher Levi. The first national tour will begin on October 12 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH, with more dates and cities to be announced.
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.
Taylor Trensch began performances earlier than expected in the 2017 Tony Award-winning musical Dear Evan Hansen. Splitting the last week of January and the first week of February with current star Noah Galvin, Trensch was set to begin performances officially on February 6.
- A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Both deeply personal and profoundly contemporary, Dear Evan Hansen is a new American musical about life and the way we live it. Hailed by critics and audiences alike, this bold new musical moved Peter Marks of The Washington Post to declare it: “A heart-piercing trip to the place that musical theater can sometimes take us to.”And Charles Isherwood of The New York Times to call it: “A fresh, vibrant musical that opens the heart and the mind.”
Welcome back to the blog! The last week of January featured some star-studded announcements, and some big new productions coming up for the spring and summer.
Sara Bareilles extends in WAITRESS – Sara Bareilles will be staying with the diner even longer! The Tony Award-nominated songwriter of the show has extended her run through March 11. Jason Mraz, currently in the role of Dr. Pottamer, will finish his run on February 11, with original cast member Drew Gehlig returning to the roll on February 13.
Based on the 2007 motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly, the new Broadway musical, Waitress, has a book by Jessie Nelson, music and lyrics by five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and direction by Tony Award-winner Diane Paulus. Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must weigh her commitments against a rare shot at freedom and recognition. Her customers, co-workers, and the town’s handsome new doctor all offer her conflicting recipes for happiness – but Jenna must ultimately decide for herself.
Complete casting for THE ICEMAN COMETH – A full cast list has been set for the latest revival of Eugene O’Neill’s drama The Iceman Cometh. Joining Denzel Washington as Hickey and Tammy Blanchard as Cora are Tony Award winners Frank Wood as Cecil Lewis and Bill Irwin as Ed Mosher, Tony nominee Reg Rogers as James Cameron, Olivier nominee Colm Meaney as Harry Hope, David Morse as Larry Slade, Carolyn Braver as Pearl, Austin Butler in his Broadway debut as Don Parritt, Joe Forbrich as Lieb, Nina Grollman making her Broadway debut as Margie, Thomas Michael Hammond as Moran, Neal Huff as Willie Oban, Danny Mastrogiorgio as Chuck Morello, Dakin Matthews as Piet Wetjoen, Jack McGee in his Broadway debut as Pat McGloin, Clark Middleton as Hugo Kalmar, and Michael Potts as Joe Mott.
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).
HEAD OVER HEELS announces a Broadway run, complete with theatre, dates, and casting – Head Over Heels, the Broadway producing debut of Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow, will be playing at the Hudson Theatre following a run at San Francisco’s Curran this spring! The musical, featuring the songs of the Go-Go’s to tell an updated take on Philip Sidney’s Arcadia, will begin previews on June 23 prior to a July 26 opening night. The cast stars Jeremy Kushnier, Rachel York, Alexandra Socha, Andrew Durand, Taylor Iman Jones, Bonnie Milligan, Tom Alan Robbins, and in her Broadway debut, the runner-up of the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Peppermint. When the production opens this summer, Peppermint will become the first performer who identifies as a trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway. Rounding out the ensemble is Sharon Catherine Brown, Yurel Echezarreta, Lisa Finegold, Brian Flores, Ari Groover, Tanya Haglund, Arica Jackson, Gregory Liles, Gavin Lodge, Samantha Pollino, Justin Prescott, Tanner Ray Wilson, and Ricardo Zayas.
- There’s a duke, a mysterious prophecy and two daughters: one mobbed by suitors, the other…not so much. All of this is set to the beat of 1980s pop icons the Go-Go’s, including such hits as “We Got the Beat,” “Get Up and Go,” “Cool Jerk,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Lust to Love,” “Head Over Heels” and Belinda Carlisle’s solo hits “Mad About You” and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth.”
THE PROM releases initial Broadway casting – The new Broadway musical The Prom, which had its world premiere in 2016 at The Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, has announced initial casting for its Broadway run! Starring in this new musical will be Brooks Ashmanskas, Beth Leavel, Christopher Sieber, Caitlin Kinnunen, Isabelle McCalla, Michael Potts, Angie Schworer, Courtenay Collins and Josh Lamon. The announcement also featured an official opening night of November 15, at a Shubert Theatre to be announced.
- Emma becomes an instant outcast—and a national headline—when her high school cancels the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend. Sensing a chance to correct an injustice—and maybe get some good publicity along the way—a group of fading celebrities takes up the cause, and invades Emma’s small Indiana town. But their bumbling attempts at social activism make the situation far worse than they—or Emma—could have ever imagined. Cultures clash and the town erupts in chaos. The community’s reputation, Emma’s future, and the celebrities’ careers, all hang in the balance until a true hero emerges to save the day. Uproarious and ultimately uplifting, this new musical proves that standing up for yourself—and inspiring others to accept their differences—can make you the star you were always meant to be.
The ball has dropped, the calendar has turned, and now it is 2018! Broadway is, as Hamilton says, “non-stop,” and we have plenty of updates on tickets, extensions, casting, and everything in between. Here’s everything you may have missed since the new year!
ONCE ON THIS ISLAND – Norm Lewis and Tamyra Gray have stepped into the roles of Agwe and Papa Ge, have stepped into the cast of the celebrated revival of Once on This Island!
- Once on This Island is the universal tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her place in the world, and ready to risk it all for love. Guided by the mighty island gods (played by Tony Award® winner Lea Salonga, Alex Newell, Tamyra Gray, and Norm Lewis), Ti Moune sets out on a remarkable journey to reunite with the man who has captured her heart. The groundbreaking vision of Tony Award-nominated director Michael Arden (Spring Awakening revival) and acclaimed choreographer Camille A. Brown conjures up “a place where magic is possible and beauty is apparent for all to see!” (The Huffington Post). Gather around for ONCE ON THIS ISLAND—the musical NY1 hails as “exhilarating theater! It’s impossible to resist!” And where the timeless power of theatre brings us together, moves our hearts, and helps us weather the storm.
CHICAGO – The company of Chicago is pleased to welcome Grammy Award-winning Singer-Songwriter, Actress and TV Sensation Kandi Burruss for eight weeks only! Burress is making her Broadway debut at the Ambassador Theatre as Matron “Mama” Morton through March 11th. In addition, tickets for Chicago are now on sale through September 30.
- With a legendary book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse, music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb, Chicago is now the #1 longest-running American musical in Broadway history. Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.
ROCKTOPIA – Pat Monahan, creator and lead singer of the band TRAIN, is joining the company of ROCKTOPIA from March 20 to April 8! Catch this electrifying new theatrical event for six weeks at the Broadway Theatre from March 20th to April 29.
- 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.
Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical Experience – Cruel Intentions has extended it’s run for the second time! Tickets are now on sale through March 16th for this “ultimate night out!” – Entertainment Weekly.
- Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical Experience pulls you into the manipulative world of Manhattan’s most dangerous liaisons: Sebastian Valmont and Kathryn Merteuil. Seduced by revenge and fueled by passion, the two diabolically charming step-siblings place a bet on whether or not Sebastian can deflower their incoming headmaster’s daughter, Annette Hargrove. As the two set out to destroy the innocent girl—and anyone who gets in their way—they find themselves entangled in a web of secrets, temptation, and the cruelest game of all: love. Featuring your favorite throwback hits by artists like Boyz II Men, Christina Aguilera, REM, *NSYNC, and, of course, Britney Spears, NYC’s most intoxicating new musical is a full-on ’90s party. Yes, it’s the movie you love, set to the songs you know, performed live, with drinks…and missing out might just ruin your reputation.
Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic – Puffs, the smash play based on the hit novel about “The Boy Who Lived,” has extended at New World Stages through November 4! The weekly playing schedule also includes two weekend “family friendly” matinees – made for wizards ages 8 and up.
- “‘Hufflepuffs’ finally get their moment in HILARIOUS Potter play, ‘PUFFS’!!” declares Mashable. For seven years a certain boy wizard went to a certain Wizard School and conquered evil. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs… who just happened to be there too. A tale for anyone who has never been destined to save the world. The New York Times proclaims PUFFS, “A FAST-PACED ROMP through the ‘Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic.’ For POTTERphiliacs who grew up alongside Potter and are eager to revisit that world, ‘PUFFS’ exudes a jovial, winking fondness for all things Harry!” This clever and inventive play “never goes more than a minute without a laugh” (Nerdist) giving you a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers “who are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theater wishing they were in the stories all along” (Hollywood Life). Their “hilariously heartfelt!” (Metro) and epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.
There is something special about NYC in the wintertime. The tree in Rockefeller Center, the windows at Saks, and the cold weather- which brings out the great winter accessories and a desire to go inside and stay inside! We can think of a few places that you could spend a few hours indoors beating the cold… Perhaps it’s the Al Hirschfeld theatre, or maybe it’s the Majestic.
The best part about gifting someone a ticket to a Broadway show is that usually tickets come in pairs! So, it’s a gift for someone else…. but also a gift for you! We all have those family members that are hard to shop for, so here’s a little inspiration if you’re feeling down on your luck:
- The relative that’s too stylish & trendy and most likely returns everything you buy him/her: KINKY BOOTS!
This musical is all about fashion, style, and sass. Your fashionable relative will love all the amazing costumes, knockout songs, and of course- fabulous boots this show has to offer! Read more & get tickets HERE.
- The younger relative that likes his/her iPad more than playing outside: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND!
This musical takes place in the Caribbean, and the immersive set at Circle in the Square Theatre makes it seem like you’re on stage on the Island with the cast. Chances are, an iPad is going to be the last thing on his/her mind! And, the show is only 90 minutes, so your relative won’t get squirmy during the show! Read more & get tickets HERE.
- The teenaged relative that wants a cool show to see: DEAR EVAN HANSEN!
This musical has become a voice of a generation. People of all ages have been relating to the messages in the show like “No one deserves to be forgotten” and “You will be found”. We have a feeling this will be the gift that keeps on giving! Read more & get tickets HERE.
- That crazy relative that loves to laugh: BOOK OF MORMON!
This musical will have you laughing so hard you cry. But beware, this show isn’t appropriate for audiences under 18, so just be sure that your crazy relative is okay with some raunchy humor! Read more & get tickets HERE.
- The crazy relative that loves to laugh, but may not love musicals, and may be under 18: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG!
This straight play/ murder mystery is anything but scary- you’ll be laughing so hard you’ll forget that horrible casserole Aunt Mandy made for family dinner! Read more & get tickets HERE.
- The Master Chef-in-training: WAITRESS!
This musical smells just as good as it sounds! This could be an opportunity to show your Master Chef relative that maybe there is more to baking a great pie than just sugar, flour, and eggs. Read more & get tickets HERE.
And if you can’t make it to Broadway this holiday season, there is always BE A BROADWAY STAR! The board game that has you singing and dancing your way to the Broadway Hall of Fame! Read more & buy HERE (or Amazon!)
Happy holidays and happy watching!