March 20, 2018 at 1:58 pm #1202516429
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
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.
Straight White Men
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.
Head Over Heels
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
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.
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.
New play by Theresa Rebeck starring Janet McTeer. Limited run to 11/18/18.
Samuel J. Friedman
Manhattan Theatre Club presents this new play by One Man, Two Guvnors author Richard Bean.
The Lifespan of a Fact
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.
Bernard B. Jacobs
Sam Mendes directs Jez Butterworth’s epic play set in 1981 Ireland. A massive hit in London.
The Waverly Gallery
Broadway debut of Kenneth Lonergan’s play, starring Elaine May, Lucas Hedges, and Michael Cera
Second Stage moves their revival of the Harvey Fierstein play to their new Broadway home.
Kenny Leon directs Steven Pasquale, Kerry Washington, and Jeremy Jordan in a new play set in a Florida police station.
Musical version of the famous ape movie; played to mixed reviews in Australia
Casey Nicholaw directs a musical about Broadway types coming to the rescue when an Indiana school loses its political correctness.
Return visit of the magic show through the holidays, to December 30.
The Cher Show
The diva’s life, portrayed at different stages by three actresses including Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block.
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.
To Kill a Mockingbird
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.
Samuel J. Friedman
Manhattan Theatre Club presents a Broadway transfer of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s play.
Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano star in a revival of Sam Shepard’s play.
Be More Chill
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
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.
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.
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin star in a play by Taylor Mac, directed by George C. Wolfe.
All My Sons
Annette Bening and Tracy Letts star in a revival of the Arthur Miller downer.
Stage adaptation of the legendary film comedy with a score by Tony winner David Yazbek and direction by Scott Ellis.March 23, 2018 at 11:48 am #1202518279
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-20180323March 27, 2018 at 5:59 am #1202519762
Rumor has it that two-time Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block will be starring in The Cher Show…
Update: Block took to Twitter to confirm that she will be starring as Cher.
March 27, 2018 at 6:07 am #1202519770
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If they cast Block, then The Cher Show will go from an eyeroll to a must-see for me.March 28, 2018 at 7:09 am #1202520313
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).
No casting nor details for a Broadway run has been announced yet.March 29, 2018 at 5:59 pm #1202521390
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-20180329April 4, 2018 at 9:08 am #1202524062
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!…
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.April 5, 2018 at 1:15 pm #1202524737
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…
April 9, 2018 at 7:05 am #1202526365
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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-premiereApril 11, 2018 at 7:33 am #1202527873
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).
April 11, 2018 at 11:52 am #1202528056
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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-songApril 15, 2018 at 8:40 am #1202529646
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-peopleApril 16, 2018 at 10:23 am #1202530429
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-20180416April 17, 2018 at 6:48 am #1202531046
Complete casting has been announced for The Cher Show…
I should say that Jarrod Spector seems perfect for Sonny Bono.April 18, 2018 at 11:14 am #1202531720
Jeremy Pope, Chuck Cooper, & Austin Pendleton are set to lead the upcoming Broadway premiere of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy…
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