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    Here is the starter list of next season’s Broadway productions. Only those with a confirmed theater and opening night are listed. (Note: In the listing, I refer to what used to be the Helen Hayes Theatre as the Hayes, since that is how Second Stage is now listing it on their website.) Shows in bold have opened.

    The Boys in the Band
    Booth
    Opens 5/31/18
    Jim Parsons, Zachary Quinto, Matt Bomer, and Andrew Rannells star in a revival of the landmark 1968 Mart Crowley play. Limited run to 8/12/18.
    LIMITED RUN; CLOSED

    Straight White Men
    Hayes
    Opens 7/23/18
    Armie Hammer and Tom Skerritt star in the play by Young Jean Lee, produced by Second Stage. This is the first Broadway play by an Asian-American female playwright.
    LIMITED RUN; CLOSED

    Head Over Heels
    Hudson
    Opens 7/26/18
    For some reason, director Michael Mayer and book writer Jeff Whitty have seen fit to fashion an original story around the songs of the Go-Gos.

    Gettin’ the Band Back Together
    Belasco
    Opens 8/13/18
    John Rando directs a musical about a loser trying to regain some self-esteem by reuniting with bandmates of his youth. 40-year-old white men in suburbs everywhere rejoice… oh, wait, they don’t pay any attention to Broadway.
    FIASCO; CLOSED

    Pretty Woman
    Nederlander
    Opens 8/16/18
    Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance fashion a score around the 1990 movie hit. Stars Samantha Barks and Andy Karl, both of whom could probably have done better, but we’ll see. Karl replaced original leading man Steve Kazee following the Chicago tryout.

    Bernhardt/Hamlet
    American Airlines
    Opens 9/25/18
    New play by Theresa Rebeck starring Janet McTeer. Limited run to 11/18/18.

    The Nap
    Samuel J. Friedman
    Opens 9/27/18
    Manhattan Theatre Club presents this new play by One Man, Two Guvnors author Richard Bean.

    The Lifespan of a Fact
    Studio 54
    Opens 10/18/18
    Tony Winner Cherry Jones joins Daniel Radcliffe and Bobby Cannavale in a new play about a fact checker who finds out that a famous writer has made up most of the material for his new article.

    The Ferryman
    Bernard B. Jacobs
    Opens 10/21/18
    Sam Mendes directs Jez Butterworth’s epic play set in 1981 Ireland. A massive hit in London.

    The Waverly Gallery
    John Golden
    Opens 10/25/18
    Broadway debut of Kenneth Lonergan’s play, starring Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, and Michael Cera

    Torch Song
    Hayes
    Opens 11/1/18
    Second Stage moves their revival of the Harvey Fierstein play to their new Broadway home.

    American Son
    Booth
    Opens 11/4/18
    Kenny Leon directs Steven Pasquale, Kerry Washington, and Jeremy Jordan in a new play set in a Florida police station.

    King Kong
    Broadway
    Opens 11/8/18
    Musical version of the famous ape movie; played to mixed reviews in Australia

    The New One
    Cort
    Opens 11/11/18
    Mike Barbiglia brings his one-man autobiographical show to Broadway for a limited engagement through Jan. 20.

    The Prom
    Longacre
    Opens 11/15/18
    Casey Nicholaw directs a musical about Broadway types coming to the rescue when an Indiana school loses its political correctness.

    The Illusionists
    Marquis
    Opens 11/23/18
    Return visit of the magic show through the holidays, to December 30.

    The Cher Show
    Neil Simon
    Opens 12/3/18
    The diva’s life, portrayed at different stages by three actresses including Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block.

    Network
    Belasco
    Opens 12/6/18
    Tony winner Bryan Cranston returns to Broadway in the National Theatre’s stage adaptation of the legendary Paddy Chayefsky-penned film. Strictly-limited 18-week engagement. Tony winner Ivo van Hove directs.

    Ruben & Clay’s First Annual Christmas Carol Family Fun Pageant Spectacular Reunion Show
    Imperial
    Opens 12/11/18
    American Idol alums Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken in a holiday concert through December 30.

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    Shubert
    Opens 12/13/18
    Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger in Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of the legendary Harper Lee novel. (Presumably, the author’s litigious estate has now run out of people to sue associated with this production.) Directed by Bartlett Sher.

    Choir Boy
    Samuel J. Friedman
    Opens 1/8/19
    Manhattan Theatre Club presents a Broadway transfer of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play.

    True West
    American Airlines
    Opens 1/24/19
    Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano star in a revival of Sam Shepard’s play.

    Be More Chill
    Lyceum
    Opens 3/10/19
    The teen musical with a cult following courtesy social media transfers to Broadway, as producer Ken Davenport apparently found another stack of money somewhere.

    Kiss Me, Kate
    Studio 54
    Opens 3/14/19
    Tony winner Kelli O’Hara stars in this Roundabout revival of the Cole Porter classic. Scott Ellis directs, with choreography by Wayne Carlyle and scene design by David Rockwell.

    Ain’t Too Proud
    Imperial
    Opens 3/21/19
    Because there was another catalogue of songs to pillage, we are getting a Temptations jukebox musical.

    King Lear
    Cort
    Opens 4/4/19
    Glenda Jackson takes on Shakespeare in a bid to repeat as Leading Actress in a Play. Directed by Sam Gold and also starring Tony winner Jayne Houdyshell.

    Oklahoma!
    Circle in the Square
    Opens 4/7/19
    This dark-tinged revival of the R&H game-changer played earlier this year at St. Ann’s Warehouse.

    Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
    Booth
    Opens 4/11/19
    Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin star in a play by Taylor Mac, directed by George C. Wolfe.

    Burn This
    Hudson
    Opens 4/16/19
    Keri Russell and Adam Driver star in a revival of Lanford Wilson’s 1987 play.

    Hadestown
    Walter Kerr
    Opens 4/17/19
    Anais Mitchell’s musical based on the tale of Orpheus and Eurydice finally makes it to Broadway, directed by Rachel Chavkin.

    Hillary and Clinton
    Golden
    Opens 4/18/19
    Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow star in a new play by Lucas Hnath that is sort of about Hillary Clinton. This marks three consecutive seasons that Metcalf has been in a play at the Golden. She won Tonys for the last two–but the fierce competition this season will make getting three in a row very difficult indeed.

    All My Sons
    American Airlines
    Opens 4/22/19
    Annette Bening and Tracy Letts star in a revival of the Arthur Miller downer.

    Tootsie
    Marquis
    Opens 4/23/19
    Stage adaptation of the legendary film comedy with a score by Tony winner David Yazbek and direction by Scott Ellis. Played to generally positive notices in a Chicago tryout.

    Beetlejuice
    Winter Garden
    Opens 4/25/19
    Musical version of the 1989 Tim Burton film, directed by Alex Timbers and starring Alex Brightman. Music and lyrics are by Eddie Perfect.

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    Complete casting has been announced for Gettin’ the Band Back Together
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Kelli-Barrett-Joins-GETTIN-THE-BAND-BACK-TOGETHER-Full-Cast-Announced-20180323

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    Rumor has it that two-time Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block will be starring in The Cher Show
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Will-Stephanie-J-Block-Play-Cher-on-Broadway-20180327

    Update: Block took to Twitter to confirm that she will be starring as Cher.

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    adamunc
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    If they cast Block, then The Cher Show will go from an eyeroll to a must-see for me.

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    The musical adaptation of the 1988 Tim Burton film, Beetlejuice, will have a pre-Broadway engagement at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. this October (just in time for Halloween).
    https://www.broadway.com/buzz/191462/beetlejuice-musical-to-play-dcs-national-theatre-before-broadway/

    No casting nor details for a Broadway run has been announced yet.

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    Reviews are in for the Chicago production of Pretty Woman. Overall the show itself has a mixed reception, but there’s a lot of praise for the cast, particularly Samantha Barks. https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Review-Roundup-What-Did-The-Critics-Think-Of-PRETTY-WOMAN-In-Chicago-Updating-Live-20180329

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    I’ve got some good news and I’ve got some bad news.

    The good news is that there’s an exciting cast of performers in a new stage musical that’s set to debut in Boston this summer. It includes Aaron Tveit, Karen Olivo, Danny Burstein, Sahr Ngaujah, Tam Mutu, & Robyn Hurder.

    The bad news is that it’s Moulin Rouge!
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Breaking-Karen-Olivo-Aaron-Tveit-Danny-Burstein-More-Will-Star-in-MOULIN-ROUGE-THE-MUSICAL-20180404

    I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again, I HATED THAT BAZ LUHRMANN FILM A LOT! I literally cringe every single time someone expresses their passionate love for it. I just would literally like to burn every single copy in existence.

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    Josh Charles, Kate Bornstein, & Ty Defoe will be joining the previously announced Armie Hammer and Tom Skerritt in the upcoming Broadway premiere of Straight White Men
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Josh-Charles-Kate-Bornstein-Ty-DeFoe-Join-Cast-of-STRAIGHT-WHITE-MEN-20180405

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    Roundabout Theatre Company will begin their 2018-19 season on Broadway with a new Theresa Rebeck play titled Bernhardt/Hamlet which will star Janet McTeer…
    http://www.playbill.com/article/janet-mcteer-to-return-to-broadway-in-new-theresa-rebeck-play-roundabout-also-announces-2nd-world-premiere

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    Next season, Kenneth Lonergan will have another one of his plays making its Broadway debut. This time, it will be The Waverly Gallery which will star Elaine May with two alums of Lonergan’s works, Michael Cera (This is Our Youth, Lobby Hero) and Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester By the Sea).
    http://www.playbill.com/article/elaine-may-michael-cera-and-lucas-hudges-to-star-in-kenneth-lonergans-the-waverly-gallery-on-broadway

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    Four performers from the Off-Broadway revival of Torch Song: Ward Horton, Roxanna Hope Radja, Michael Hsu Rosen and Jack DiFalco, will reprise their roles in the Broadway transfer alongside Michael Urie and Mercedes Reuhl. http://www.playbill.com/article/full-off-broadway-company-to-join-michael-urie-and-mercedes-ruehl-in-broadways-torch-song

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    Onstageblog.com has written an article condeming the casting of Sahr Ngaujah as Henri De Toulouse-Latrec in Moulin Rouge!, mainly because Toulouse-Latrec, who was actually a real person, had dwarfism and stood at only 4 feet 8 inches tall, and well, Ngaujah most definitely does NOT have dwarfism himself. If they won’t recast the role to make it more authentic now, hopefully they’ll do so when the show makes its inevitable Broadway transfer. I’m curious what your thoughts are on this. http://www.onstageblog.com/voices/2018/4/13/why-arent-little-people-roles-being-portrayed-by-little-people

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    Casting has been announced for the upcoming New York return of Smokey Joe’s Cafe
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Kyle-Taylor-Parker-Alysha-Umphress-and-More-Lead-Cast-of-SMOKEY-JOES-CAFE-20180416

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    Complete casting has been announced for The Cher Show
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/BREAKING-Teal-Wicks-Micaela-Diamond-and-More-Will-Star-Alongside-Stephanie-J-Block-in-THE-CHER-SHOW-20180417

    I should say that Jarrod Spector seems perfect for Sonny Bono.

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    Jeremy Pope, Chuck Cooper, & Austin Pendleton are set to lead the upcoming Broadway premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy
    https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Jeremy-Pope-Chuck-Cooper-Austin-Pendleton-to-Lead-MTCs-CHOIR-BOY-20180418

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