I’s shaping up to be another blockbuster theater season in NYC. New productions set to come to Broadway and Off-Broadway in the 2017 - 2018 season are an appealing mix of musicals, dramas and comedies, including revivals and Bruce Springsteen in concert.
Add one or more of these shows to your must-see theater going list:
Springsteen on Broadway – Bruce Springsteen makes his Broadway debut with a solo show at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Performances begin October 3, with an official opening on October 12. The legendary recording star will perform five shows a week through February 3rd. Note that tickets are no longer available online, but some dates are still available at the box office, 219 West 48th St. Bring money. Crain’s reports tickets are selling for as much as $6,500 for opening night.
Torch Song – This is an Off-Broadway revival of Torch Song Trilogy, which made Harvey Fierstein a theatrical force to be reckoned with. Three short plays follow drag performer Arnold Beckoff navigating the perilous waters of New York City in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Fierstein wrote and starred in the original 1982 Broadway run, which played an incredible 1,222 performances. Cast includes Michael Urie, who wowed audiences last season with his comic panache in The Government Inspector, stars, Michael Rosen (Dot), Jack DiFalco (Marvin’s Room), and Academy Award-winner Mercedes Ruehl. At Second Stage Theater, beginning Sept. 28.
Latin History for Morons – Emmy winner John Leguizamo returns to Broadway in his original one-man riff, direct from his acclaimed engagements at The Public Theater and Berkeley Repertory Theater. Performances begin October 19, with an official opening on November 15, at Broadway’s Studio 54.
Carousel – The iconic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical returns with an all-star cast including Joshua Henry, Tony Award-winner Jessie Miller and Metropolitan Opera star Renee Fleming, choreographed by Justin Peck and directed by three-time Tony Award Winner Jack O’Brien. Previews begin Feb. 28th, at the Imperial Theater, with opening night set for April 12. The show opened originally in 1945 and ran for nearly 900 performances, with choreography by Agnes deMille, and starring John Raitt, father of folk singer Bonnie Raitt, as the carnival barker Billy Bigelow. The show includes the well-known songs “If I Loved You”, “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (which always reduces me to tears, no matter who sings it). Richard Rodgers later wrote that Carousel was his favorite of all his musicals. Preview tickets are as low as $59 from Telecharge.
Children of a Lesser God – Mark Medoff’s landmark play will return to Broadway this spring for the first time since its 1980 Tony Award-winning premiere production. Starring Joshua Jackson and introducing Lauren Ridloff in their Broadway debuts, and directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon, Children of a Lesser God will begin performances at Studio 54 on March 22, with an opening night set for April 11.
Frozen – Disney Theatrical’s newest Broadway musical has set its opening night. The stage adaptation of the hit film that tells the tale of two sisters pulled apart by a mysterious secret will begin previews on February 22, 2018, and officially open at the St. James Theatre on March 22. Frozen is currently playing its out-of-town tryout at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, through October 1.
- The NY Times reviews this as “darker” than the sunny film version.
The Iceman Cometh – Tony Award®-winner Denzel Washington will return to Broadway this spring in a new production of the classic Eugene O’Neill drama. Previews begin March 22 in advance of an opening night on April 26 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.
Meteor Shower – Comedy-world icon Steve Martin’s new play will star Emmy Award-winners Amy Schumer and Keegan-Michael Key in their Broadway debut, along with past Tony Award-winner Laura Benanti and Alan Tudyk; four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks will direct. Previews begin November 1, 2017 at the Booth Theatre. Opening night is set for November 29.
Travesties – Roundabout Theatre Company has announced the first Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard’s 1976 Tony Award-winning Best Play, direct from its hit, sold-out productions at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory and the West End. Patrick Marber will return to direct the London production’s acclaimed star, Tom Hollander, as Henry Carr. Previews begin March 29; the show opens officially on April 24 at the American Airlines Theatre.
See more Broadway and Off-Broadway show previews here.