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Aladdin
New Amsterdam Theatre 42nd Street AladdinTheMusical.com

A new Disney musical comedy based on the Academy Award-winning animated film. From 2/26/14; opening 3/20/14.Music by Alan Menken, lyrics by two-time Oscar winner Howard Ashman, Tim Rice, Chad Beguelin . Book by Beguelin. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw). Cast: George Takei as Sam Kimura/Ojii San; Lea Salonga as Kei Kimura; Telly Leung as Sammy Kimura; Katie Rose Clarke as Hannah Campbell, Michael K. Lee as Frankie Suzuki, Christopheren Nomura as Tatsuo Kimura; and Greg Watanabe as Mike Masaoka. The ensemble will feature Aaron J. Albano, Belinda Allyn, Marcus Choi, Janelle Dote, Dan Horn, Owen Johnston, Darren Lee, Manna Nichols, Autumn Ogawa, Rumi Oyama, Momoko Sugai, Cary Tedder, Elena Wang , Scott Watanabe and Scott Wise. What it's about: Adapted from the Disney film and centuries-old folktales Aladdin's journey sweeps audiences into an exotic world of daring adventure, classic comedy and timeless romance. Scenic designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Natasha Katz,costume designer Gregg Barnes, and sound designer Ken Travis, illusion designer Jim Steinmeyer, hair designer Josh Marquette and makeup designer Milagros Medina-Cerdeira. Our Review

Anastasia
Broadhurst Theatre 235 West 44th Street
The musical which premiered at Hartford Stage is headed For Broadway next year. The musical recently completed a sold-out, record breaking world premiere engagement at Hartford Stage in Conn. Book by Terrence McNally, Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens. Direction by Darko Tresnjak. Cast: Christy Altomare in the title role, Derek Klena as Dmitry, Ramin Karimloo as Gleb and Mary Beth Peil as Dowager Empress Maria, Caroline O'Connor as Countess Lily Malevsky-Malevitch and John Bolton as Vlad Popov; also Zach Adkins, Sissy Bell, Lauren Blackman, Kathryn Boswell, Kyle Brown, Kristen Smith Davis, Janet Dickinson, Constantine Germanacos, Wes Hart, Ian Knauer, Ken Krugman, Dustin Layton, Shina Ann Morris, James A. Pierce III, Molly Rushing, Nicole Scimeca, Jennifer Smith, Johnny Stellard and Allison Walsh. Alexander Dodge (Set Design), Linda Cho (Costume Design), Donald Holder (Lighting Design), Peter Hylenski (Sound Design), Aaron Rhyne (Projection Design), Charles LaPointe (Hair/Wig Design), Thomas Murray (Music Supervision & Direction), Doug Besterman (Orchestrations). What it's about: The romantic, adventure-filled story of a young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past, inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Pictures and featuring songs from that film. From 3/23/17; opening 4/24/17. Our Review


Angels in America
Neil Simon Theatre
he National Theatre Production of Tony Kushner’s epic will return to Broadway for the first time since its 1993 production opened in 1993. This new staging of Part One of Angels in America, Millennium Approaches, and of Part Two, Perestroika, had its world premiere earlier this year in a sold-out run at the National Theatre. From 2/23/18; opening 3/21/18; 23-week limited engagement. Cast: Nathan Lane, Susan Brown, Denise Gough, Amanda Lawrence, James McArdle, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. (Additional casting will be announced shortly.) Marianne Elliott directs. Ian MacNeil (Scenic Design), Nicky Gillibrand (Costume Design), Paule Constable (Lighting Design), Adrian Sutton (Music), Ian Dickinson (Sound Design), Nick Barnes and Finn Caldwell (Puppetry Designers),Chris Fisher (Illusions).

the Band's Visit
Ethel Barrymore Theatre 243 West 47th Street
One of my favorite Off-Broadway shows of the 2016-17 season has won the recognition it deserved with a fistful of prestigious awards. And now it's headed to Broadway from 10/07/17 and opening 11/09/17. Katrina Lenk and Tony Shalhoub will reprise their original roles as will John Cariani, Ariel Stachel, George Abud, Andrew Polk, Rachel Prather, Jonathan Raviv, Sharone Sayegh, Kristen Sieh and Alok Tewari. New cast members: Etai Benson as Papi and Adam Kantor as Telephone Guy. Our Review
 

Beautiful
Jessie Mueller as Carole King and Jake Epstein as Gerry Goffin (Photo: Joan Marcus)
Beautiful- The Carole King Musical,
Stephen Sondhaim Theater 124 W. 43rd Street
Cast: Jessie Mueller as Carole King,Jake Epstein as 'Gerry Goffin', Anika Larsen as 'Cynthia Weil', Jarrod Spector as 'Barry Mann', Jeb Brown as 'Don Kirshner', Liz Larsen as 'Genie Klein', and an ensemble that includes Ashley Blanchet, E. Clayton Cornelious, Joshua Davis, Alysha Deslorieux, Kevin Duda, Carly Hughes, Sara King, Rebecca LaChance, Douglas Lyons, Chris Peluso, Gabrielle Reid, Arbender Robinson, Rashidra Scott, Sara Shepard, Antoine L. Smith and Melvin Tunstall. Book by playwright and Academy® Award-nominated filmmaker Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni and choreography by Josh Prince Derek McLane (Set Design), Alejo Vietti (Costume Design), Peter Kaczorowski (Lighting Design), Brian Ronan (Sound Design), Charles G. LaPointe (Wig and Hair Design), Steve Sidwell (Orchestrations and Music Arrangements) From 11/21/13; opening 1/12/14. Running Time: 2 hours, 25 minutes. Casting Update: Canadian actress Chilina Kennedy will take over the lead role from Jessie Mueller on March 7th Our Review


The Book of Mormon
Eugene O'Neill Theatre 230 West 49th Street 212-239-6200.
A new world premiere musical from the creators of South Park and the co-creator of Avenue Q. From 2/24/11; opening 3/24/11. Book, music and lyrics by Trey Parker, Robert Lopez and Matt Stone. Choreographed byCasey Nicholaw and directed by Nicholaw and Parker. What it's about: Show follows a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place thats about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get,. Cast: Josh Gad as Elder Cunningham, Andrew Rannells as Elder Price, Nikki M. James as Nabalungi, Rory O'Malley as Elder McKinley and Michael Potts as Mafala Hatimbi. Set design by Scott Pask, costume design by Ann Roth, lighting design by Brian MacDevitt and sound design by Brian Ronan. Orchestrations are by Larry Hochman. Music supervision is by Stephen Oremus. Tickets, $137.00 - $59. Our Review.
OK for ages 13 and up.
A Bronx Tale
Longacre Theatre 220 West 48th Street

Cast: Nick Cordero, Richard H. Blake, Bobby Conte Thornton, Ariana DeBose, Lucia Giannetta, Bradley Gibson lead a 30-member cast. Book by Chazz Palminteri, music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Glenn Slater. Co-Directed by Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks. Choreographed by Sergio Trujillo. From 11/03/16; opening 12/01/16. Our Review
 


Carousel
Imperial Theatre 249 West 45th Stree
Revival of Rodgers & Hart Musical, directed Jack O'brien. Choreographed by Justin Peck. Cast: Joshua Henry as Billy Bigelow, Jessie Mueller as Julie Jordan, opera star Renee Fleming ass Nettie Fowler, Betsy Wolfe as Carrie Pipperidge, Alexander Gemignani as Enoch Snow, Margaret Colin as Mrs. Mullin, Amar Ramasar as Jigger, Brittany Pollock as Louise. Santo Loquasto (scenic Design), Ann Roth (costume Design), an Peggy Eisenhauer (lighting Design), Scott Lehrer (sound Design), Jonathan Tunick (orchestrations), Andy Einhorn (musical Supervision And Direction). From 2/28/18,opening 4/12/18. What it's about: set In A Small New England Factory Town, the show follows the tragic love story of a troubled carnival Barker and the girl he give up everything for him. it opened to rave reviews at the Majjestic Theater in 1945.

Cats
Neil Simon Theatre 250 West 52nd Street
One of Andrew Lloyd Webber's super hits (7,485 performances over 18 years) will return to Broadway this summer which means Sir Andrew will have 3 musicals on the Great White Way. From 7/14/16; opening 8/02/16; closing 12/30/17. Composed by Webber and based on T.S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, this new production will be ck-directed by Trevor Nunn and Gillian Lyme, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreograph. Mick Potter (Sound Design), Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), John Napier (Scenic & Costume Design). Cast and song list in our review. The Review
 

Charlie and...
The cast (photo: Joan Marcus)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre 205 West 46th Street
Musical of Roald Dahl's best-selling novel, directed by Jack O'Brien, choreography by Joshua Bergasse. Additional songs by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley from the 1971 Warner Bros. motion picture. Cast: Christian Borle (Willy Wonka) will be joined by a cast of 35 that includes John Rubinstein as Grandpa Joe, Emily Padgett as Mrs. Bucket, Kathy Fitzgerald as Mrs. Gloop, F. Michael Haynie as Augustus Gloop, Ben Crawford as Mr. Salt, Emma Pfaeffle as Veruca Salt, Alan H. Green as Mr. Beauregard, Trista Dollison as Violet Beauregard, Jackie Hoffman as Mrs. Teavee, Michael Wartella as Mike Teavee and introducing Jake Ryan Flynn, Ryan Foust and Ryan Sell making their Broadway debuts as Charlie Bucket. From 3/28/17;opening 4/23/17. Our Review
 

Chicago 
Ambassador, 219 W. 49th St., (Broadway/8th Av), 212/239-6200

The 1975 Kander and Ebb Musical is on the way to joining shows like Cats as a landmark musical. Original revival cast: Bebe Neuwirth, Ann Reinking, Joel Grey, and James Naughton.our review . . .a second review and the London Review. Update: Having passed the decade mark last year (see our feature celebrating the show's and Curtainup's 10th birthdays) , the show has seen a parade of Billy Flynns. The next to to take on the role are Jeff McCarthy and John Schneider†McCarthy from December 7 to January 13, Schneider from January 14 to March 16. Other current stars: Brenda Braxton, Michele DeJean, Aida Turturro, Vincent Pastore, and R.Lowe.
OK for ages 13 and up.

The Children
MTC Samuel Friedman Theater 261 W. 47th Street
From 11/28/17; opening 12/12/17; closing 2/04/18. Play by Lucy Kirkwood with London cast: Francesca Annis, Ron Cook,Deborah Findlay. What it's about: A couple of retired nuclear engineers are living a very quiet life. Outside, the world is in utter chaos following a devastating series of events. When an old friend turns up at their door, they're shocked to discover the real reason for her visit. Directed by James Macdonald).

Children of a Lesser God
Roundabout's Studio 54 254 W 54th Street
Revival of play by Mark Medoff, directed Kenny Leon. Cast: Stars Joshua Jackson, Lauren Ridloff; also Kecia Lewis, Julee Cerda, Treshelle EdmondJohn McGinty. set design by Derek McLane, costume design by Dede Ayite, lighting design by Mike Baldassari. From 3/22/18; opening 4/11/18.

Come From Away
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre 236 West 45th Street 212.239.6200

New musical with book, music and lyrics by Canadians Irene Sankoff & David Hein, directed by Christopher Ashley, choreographed by Kelly Devine, with music supervision by Ian Eisendrath. Cast: Petrina Bromley; Geno Carr; Jenn Colella; Joel Hatch; Rodney Hicks; Kendra Kassebaum; Chad Kimball; Lee MacDougall; Caesar Samayoa; Q. Smith; Astrid Van Wieren; Sharon Wheatley; Josh Breckenridge; Susan Dunstan; Tamika Lawrence and Tony LePage. Scenic design by Beowulf Boritt, costume design by Toni-Leslie James, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Gareth Owen , orchestrations by August Eriksmoen, music arrangements by Ian Eisendrath. From 2/18/17; opening 3/12/17; closing 12/30/17. What it's about: In a heartbeat, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland. The locals opened their hearts and homes, hosting this international community of strangers. Our Review
 

Dear Evan Hansen
Music Box Theatre 239 West 45th St 212-239-6200
The musical which premiered at 2nd Stage is coming to Broadway from 11/14/16; opening 12/04/16. The original team will be aboard. Our Review
 

A Doll's House, Part 2
John Golden 252 West 45th Street
Lucas Hnath's look at Ibsen's play years after its end. Cast: Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, Jayne Houdyshell, Condola Rashad. Directed by Sam Gold. From 4/01/17; opening 4/27/17; closing 7/23/17 extended, and now closing 1/07/18. What it's about: Many years have passed since Nora's exit. Now, there's a knock on that same door. Nora has returned. But why? And what will it mean for those she left behind? Miriam Buether (Scenic Design) and David Zinn (Costume Design) Our Review
  Update: As of 7/25, Julie White and Stephen McKinley Henderson and Erin Wilhelm will join Jayne Houdyshell. Despite enthusiastic reviews the show is closing 9/24/17. .

Escape to Margaritaville
Marquis Theatre, Broadway & 45th street EscapeToMargaritavilleMusical.com..
Jimmy Buffett musical. From 2/16/18; opening 3/15/18. Book by Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley. Christopher Ashley and Kelly Devine direct and choreograph, respectively. Cast: Paul Alexander Nolan stars; Alison Luff as Rachel and Lisa Howard as Tammy, Charlie Pollock as Brick, Don Sparks as J.D., Andre Ward as Jamal, and Rema Webb as Marley. What it's about: Follows Tully, a part-time bartender and singer at the titular island paradise, where a beautiful career-minded tourist in town makes him question his overly relaxed lifestyle. Kelly Devine, scenic designer, Walt Spangler costume designer, Paul Tazewell lighting designer, Howell Binkley, sound designer Brian Ronan.


Farinelli And The King
Belasco Theatre 111 West 44th Street
Mark Rylance will return to Broadway in the critically acclaimed Shakespeare Globe production of a new play with music by author and composer Claire van Kampen. To be directed by John Dove, designed by Jonathan Fensom, with musical arrangements also by Claire van Kampen. From 12/05/18; opening 12/17/17; closing 3/25/18. What it's about: King Philippe V of Spain (Mark Rylance), plagued by insomnia, lies awake in his chamber. The Queen, desperate for a cure, hears of Farinelli, a castrato with a voice so divine it has the power to captivate all who hear it. Philippe is astonished when Farinelli sings, and begs him to stay. But will Farinelli, one of the greatest celebrities of his time, choose a life of solitude over fame and fortune in the opera houses of Europe? Cast: Mark Rylance as King Philippe V of Spain, Sam Crane as Farinelli, Huss Garbiya as Doctor José Cervi, Colin Hurley as John Rich, Edward Peel as De La Cuadra, Melody Grove as Isabella Farnese, Lucas Hall as Jethro/cover FarinelliGrammy Award-winning countertenor Iestyn Davies as the singing voice of Farinelli a role he will share with another artist. The Belasco will have on-stage seating available for this production.

Frozen
St. James Theatre frozenthemusical.com
The Disney musical of ts film. Cast of 40 will feature: Caissie Levy (Elsa), Patti Murin (Anna), Jelani Alladin (Kristoff), Greg Hildreth (Olaf), John Riddle (Hans) and Robert Creighton (Duke of Weselton), are principal cast members Kevin Del Aguila (Oaken), Timothy Hughes (Pabbie), Andrew Pirozzi (Sven), Audrey Bennett (Young Anna), Mattea Conforti (Young Anna), Brooklyn Nelson (Young Elsa), Ayla Schwartz (Young Elsa), Alyssa Fox (Elsa Standby) and Aisha Jackson (Anna Standby). The 2-act stage work is expected to run two and a half hours in 2018. Director is Michael Grandage and and Rob Ashford choreogrpahs.


Hamilton
Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Photo by Joan Marcus)
Hamilton
Richard Rodgers Theatre 226 W. 46 St
From 7/13/15 with an 8/06 official re-opening. For what all the raves are about see Broadway transfer feature

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Lyric Theatre on 42nd Street
from March, 2018. Opening, 4/22/18. Cast features 7 members of the award-winning Original West End Company : Jamie Parker (Harry Potter), Noma Dumezweni (Hermione Granger) and Paul Thornley (Ron Weasley) with Poppy Miller (Ginny Potter), Sam Clemmett (Albus Potter), Alex Price (Draco Malfoy) and Anthony Boyle (Scorpius Malfoy); also David Abeles, Brian Abraham, Shirine Babb, Jess Barbagallo, Stephen Bradbury, Lauren Nicole Cipoletti, Joshua De Jesus, Jessie Fisher, Richard Gallagher, Susan Heyward, Geraldine Hughes, Edward James Hyland, Byron Jennings, Katie Kreisler, Joey LaBrasca, Andrew Long, Kathryn Meisle, Angela Reed, Dave Register, Adeola Role, James Romney, Malika Samuel, Alanna Saunders, David St. Louis, Stuart Ward, Madeline Weinstein, Alex Weisman and Benjamin Wheelwright playing. The cast will also include four children who will alternate two roles. What it's about: While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. For an idea of what to expect, see our review of the London premiere.

Midler
Bette Midler
Hello, Dolly!
Shubert Theater 225 West 44th Street 212/239-6200

Revival of Michael Stewart's (book) and Jerry Herman's (music and lyrics) legendary hit will star Bette Midler. Rest of Cast: David Hyde Pierce (Horace Vandergelder), Gavin Creel (Cornelius Hackl), Kate Baldwin (Irene Molloy), Taylor Trensch (Barnaby Tucker), Will Burton (Ambrose Kemper), Melanie Moore (Ermengarde), Jennifer Simard (Ernestina), Donna Murpy (alternate Dolly), plus an ensemble of twenty-seven. From 3/15/17; opening 4/20/17. Running Time 2 1/2 hours with intermission. Update: After Bette Midler leaves, the show gets another iconic star: Bernadette Peterswho will begin performing on 1/20/18; with an opening on 2/22/18. Our Review
 

The Iceman Cometh
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre 242 West 45th Street
Eugene O'Neill's classic directed by George C. Wolfe and starring Denzel Washington. From 3/22/18; opening 4/26/18 for a limited 14-week run.

John Lithgow: Stories By Heart
American Airlines Theater 227 West 42nd Street
Solo play written and performed by John Lithgow, directed by Daniel Sullivan. From 12/21/17; opening 1/11/18; closing 3/04/18. What it's about: Lithgow evokes memories of family, explores and expands the limits of the actor's craft, and conjures a cast of indelible characters from classic short stories by Ring Lardner and P. G. Wodehouse. John Lee Beatty (sets) and Kenneth Posner (lights). will play Tuesday through Saturday evening at 8:00PM, Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:00PM and Sunday matinees at 3:00PM.

Junk
Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre
New play by Pultizer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar, directed by Doug Hughes. From 9/14/17; opening 10/12/17;closing 1/07/18. What it's about: It's 1985. Robert Merkin, the resident genius of the upstart investment firm Sacker Lowell has just landed on the cover of Time Magazine. Hailed as 'America's Alchemist,' his proclamation that 'debt is an asset' has propelled him to dizzying heights. Zealously promoting his belief in the near-sacred infallibility of markets, he is trying to re-shape the world. . .J the story of Merkin's assault on American capitalism's holy of holies, the 'deal of the decade,' his attempt to takeover an iconic American manufacturing company and, in the process, to change all the rules. What Merkin sets in motion is nothing less than a financial civil war, pitting magnates against workers, lawyers against journalists, and ultimately, pitting every one against themselves. Sets by John Lee Beatty, costumes by Catherine Zuber, lighting by Ben Stanton, and original music and sound by Mark Bennett.Cast:Ito Aghayere, Phillip James Brannon,Tony Carlin,Caroline Hewitt, Rick Holmes,Ted Koch. Our Review
 



Latin History For Morons
Studio 54 at 254 West 54th Street
The solo by John Leguizamo and directed By Tony Taccone at the Public Theater last fall returns to New York for a Broadway run. From 10/19/17; opening 11/15/17; closing 2/04/18. For details, see our Public Theater review
here

Latin History for Morons
Studio 54
For details see our review of the production during it's previous Off-Broadway run. Review
  The Lion King
Minskoff, 200 W. 45th St. (7th/8th Avs)

Stage adaptation of the 1994 Disney animated musical, with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice. Directed by Julie Taymor. Since 10/15/98 -- opened,11/13.  Arts.
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OK for ages 8 and up.
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M.Butterfly
Cort Theatre, 138 W 48th St, (212) 239-6200
First Broadway revival of David Henry Hwang's Tony Award will star Clive Owen as Rene Gallimard and be directed byJulie Taymor. The production will open on 10/26/17. What it's about: The scandalous romance between a married French diplomat and a mysterious Chinese opera singer is a love story of international espionage and personal betrayal. The 20-year relationship pushed and blurred the boundaries between male and female, east and west and redefined the nature of love and the devastating cost of deceit. The production will introduce new material inspired by the real-life love affair between French diplomat Bernard Boursicot and Chinese opera singer Shi Pei Pu that has come to light since the play's 1988 premiere. The original production ran on Broadway from 1988 to 1990 for 777 performances. Running Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission< Our Review
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August Wilson Theatre 245 West 52nd Street
New musical based on the hit film. From 3/12/18; opening 4/08/18. Book by Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film, music by Jeff Richmond, and lyrics by Nell Benjam. Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs. Main Cast Members: Erika Henningsen as Cady Heron, Taylor Louderman as Regina George, Ashley Park as Gretchen Wieners, Kate Rockwell as Karen Smith, Barrett Wilbert Weed as Janis Sarkisian, Grey Henson as Damian Hubbard, Kerry Butler as Ms. Norbury, Kyle Selig as Aaron Samuels, Cheech Manohar as Kevin Gnapoor, Rick Younger as Mr. Duvall. Scott Pask (Set Design), Gregg Barnes (Costume Design), Kenneth Posner (Lighting Design), Brian Ronan (Sound Design), Finn Ross & Adam Young (Video Design), Josh Marquette (Hair Design), Milagros Medina-Cerdeira (Make-Up Design), Mary-Mitchell Campbell (Music Director), John Clancy (Orchestrations), Glen Kelly (Dance and Incidental Music Arrangements), Jeff Richmond & Glen Kelly (Additional Music Arrangements), Howard Joines (Music Coordinator).

Meteor Shower
Booth Theatre 222 West 45th Street
New play by Steve Martin. Cast: Amy Schumer, Keegan-Michael Key, Laura Benantiand Jeremy Shamos; directed by Jerry Zaks. From 11/01/17; opening 11/29/17. What it's about: It's a hot night in Ojai, California, and Corky (Schumer) and her husband Norm (Tudyk) are having another couple over for dinner. Laura (Benanti) and Gerald (Key), though, aren't looking for a casual evening of polite small talk with new friends. Eventually, the two couples find themselves in a marital free-fall matched in velocity and peril only by the smoldering space rocks tearing through the sky. Beowulf Borritt (Scenic Design), Ann Roth (Costume Design), Natasha Katz (Lighting Design), Fitz Patton (Sound Design). Run Time: 85 Minutes, no intermission. For a review of the play in Connecticut with a different team go here .

Miss Saigon
Broadway Theater 1681 Broadway

From 3/01/17; opening 3/23/17; closing 1/14/18 and then going on tour. Cameron Mackintosch's new production of the Boublil and Schonberg's musical transferring from its acclaimed London run. Cast: Alistair Brammer as Chris, Jon Briones as The Engineer and Eva Noblezada as Kim, Katie Rosie Clarke as Ellen, Nicholas Christopher as John, Devin Ilaw as Thuy and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi. Running Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes, including intermission. Our Review


Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812
Book,Music, Lyrics and Orchestrations: Dave Malloy. Directed again by Rachel Chavkin Choreographer: Sam Pinkleton Boston and its critically acclaimed 2013 Off-Broadway premiere. The theater will be reimagined as a Russian Salon. Josh Groban and Denee Benton will star as Pierre and Natasha; also Brittain Ashford, Gelsey Bell, Nicholas Belton, Nick Choksi, Amber Gray, Grace McLean, Paul Pinto, Scott Stangland, Lucas Steele, Sumayya Ali, Courtney Bassett, Josh Canfield, Ken Clark, Erica Dorfler, Lulu Fall, Ashley Perez Flanagan, Paloma Garcia-Lee, Nick Gaswirth, Alex Gibson, Billy Joe Kiessling, Mary Spencer Knapp, Reed Luplau, Brandt Martinez, Andrew Mayer, Azudi Onyejekwe, Pearl Rhein, Heath Saunders, Ani Taj, Cathryn Wake, Katrina Yaukey, Lauren Zakrin. Running Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission. Update: Closing 9/03/17 after 32 previews and 336 regular performances.
review


Once on This Island
Circle in the Square Theatre W. 50th Street 212-239-6200
Revival of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty musical, directed by Deaf West's Spring Awakening Tony nominee Michael Arden. From 11/09/17; opening 12/03/17.Camille A. Brown will choreograph, with original orchestrator Michael Starobin creating new arrangements with non-traditional instruments. Tony winner Nikki M. James will serve as assistant director. Costume designer Clint Ramos, set designer Dane Laffrey, and lighting designers Jules Fisher and Peggy Eisenhauer. What it's about: Peasant girl Ti Moune's star-crossed romance with a young man from the wealthy side of her island, which is ruled by four island gods. Cast: Emerson Davis and Mia Williamson will take on the role of the Little Girl. They join previously announced star Hailey Kilgore, who takes on the role of Ti Moune. The cast also includes Phillip Boykin (Tonton Julian), Merle Dandridge (Papa Ge), Quentin Earl Darrington (Agwe),Emerson Davis (Little Girl), Alysha Deslorieux (Andrea), David Jennings (Armand), Kenita R. Miller (Mama Euralie), Alex Newell (Asaka), Isaac Powell (Daniel), Lea Salonga (Erzulie),Mia Williamson (Little Girl). The Storytellers for this production include Darlesia Cearcy, Rodrick Covington, Cassondra James, David Jennings, Grasan Kingsberry, Tyler Hardwick, Loren Lott, T. Oliver Reid, Aurelia Williams .

The Parisian Woman
The Hudson Theater
A double Broadway debut, for Uma Thurman as the title character, and House of Cards creator, Beau Willimon. Cast besides Thurman: Josh Lucas, Blair Brown, Marton Csokas, Phillipa Soo. Directed by Pam MacKinnon. From 11/09/17; opening 11/30/17. . What it's about: Set in Washington, D.C., where powerful friends are the only kind worth having, especially after the 2016 election. At the center is Chloe (Uma Thurman), a socialite armed with charm and wit, coming to terms with politics, her past, her marriage and an uncertain future. Inspired by Henri Becque's controversial 1885 play, La Parisienne Additional casting and other creatives TBS

The Phantom of the Opera
Majestic, 247 W. 44th St. (Broadway/8th Ave), 239-6200 www.thephantomoftheopera.com
Another heavy hitter in the big ticket, big spectacle musical and longevity (Opened 1/26/88) department. Adapted from Gaston Leroux's novel, Phantom's enduring glow is sustained by a Tony Award and a star-studded creative team: Harold Prince director; book by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Richard Stilgoe); music by Webber; and lyrics by Charles Hart.  As of January 9, 2006, with performance # 7, 486, the show became the longest-running show in Broadway history, surpassing another Andrew Lloyd Webber hit, Cats, which previously held the record with 7,485 performances. This ranks at the top of the list teenagers from out of town want to see with parents or with a date. OK for ages 12 and up.
re-reviewed with first African-American Phantom, Norm Lewis

the Play That Goes Wrong
Lyceum on 45th Street
Olivier award-winning comedywWritten by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, directed by Mark Bell. Cast: Matthew Cavendish, Bryony Corrigan, Rob Falconer, Dave Hearn, Henry Lewis, Charlie Russell, Jonathan Sayer, Henry Shields, Greg Tannahill, and Nancy Zamit. What it's about: An amateur university production that goes hopelessly awry. Our Review
 

Prince of Broadway
MTC, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 261 West 47th Street
A celebration of Hal Prince's career with songs, musical supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Jason Robert Brown book by David Thompson, directed by Mr. Prince with co-direction and choreography by Susan Stroman. Cast: Chuck Cooper, Janet Dacal,, Bryonha Marie Parham,Emily Skinner, Brandon Uranowitz, Kaley Ann Voorhees, Tony Yazbeck, Karen Ziemba. From 8/03/17; opening 8/24/17; closing 10/23/17. The show will include songs from many of the shows that earned Harold Prince a record 21 Tony Awards and biographical material. Running time is two hours and 20 minutes including intermission Our Review


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School of Rock
Winter Garden Theatre
World Premiere based on the smash hit 2003 film of the same title. Music from the movie, as well as new music written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyricist Glenn Slater, with a book by Julian Fellowes. from 11/02/15; opening 12/06/15. Directed by Laurence Connor. What it's about: Down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students' musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands. Choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter, Scenic and Costume Design by Anna Louizos, Lighting Design by Natasha Katz, and Sound Design by Mick Potter. our review


Sponge Bob SquarePants
The Palace Theatre 1564 Broadway - Broadway at 47th Street
Conceived and Directed by Tina Landau. Book by Kyle Jarrow. Orchestrations, Arrangements & Music Supervision by Tom Kitt. Choreography by Christopher Gattelli. Cast: Ethan Slater as SpongeBob SquarePants, Gavin Lee as Squidward Q. Tentacles, Lilli Cooper as Sandy Cheeks, Brian Ray Norris as Eugene Krabs, Wesley Taylor as Sheldon Plankton and Danny Skinner as Patrick Star. The ensemble will include Alex Gibson, Gaelen Gilliland, Juliane Godfrey, Kyle Matthew Hamilton, Curtis Holbrook, Stephanie Hsu, Jesse JP Johnson, L’ogan J’ones, Jai’len Christine Li Josey, Kelvin Moon Loh, Lauralyn McClelland, Vasthy Mompoint, Oneika Phillips, Jon Rua, JC Schuster, Abby C. Smith, Robert Taylor Jr., Allan Washington, Brynn Williams, Matt Wood and Tom Kenny as the French Narrator. From 11/06/17; opening 12/04/17. This Broadway concept wll feature original songs by Yolanda Adams, Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, Jonathan Coulton, Alexander Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! Also a song by David Bowie. With additional lyrics by Jonathan Coulton. Scenic and costume design by David Zinn, lighting design by Kevin Adams, projection design by Peter Nigrini, sound design by Walter Trarbach, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe

Springsteen on Broadway
Walter Kerr, West 48 St.
from 10/03/17; opening 10/12/17; closing 11/26/17 extended before opening and now closing 2/03/18. Springsteen's music and Springsteen himself reading excerpts from his 2016 autobiography, Born to Run and other spoken reminiscences written for the show.

The Terms of My Surrender
Belasco Theatre 111 W 44th Street
Michael Moore's Broadway debut in a solo show that may or may not help audiences make sense of our present government's senseless behavior. The show's promotional tag line:"Can a Broadway show take down a sitting president?" The show is directed by Michael Mayer and features a set by David Rockwell, lighting design by Kevin Adams, sound design by Brian Ronan, costumes by Jeff Mahshie, video and projection designs by Andrew Lazarow, and movement direction by choreographer Noah Racey. From 7/28/17; opening 8/10/17; closing 10/22/17. Question posed: "Can a Broadway show take down a sitting President?" Running time: 1 hour and 50 minutes, no intermission. Performance times after official opening. Tuesdays: 7:00pm, Wednesdays: 2:00pm and 7:00pm, Thursdays: 7:00pm, Fridays: 8:00pm, Saturdays: 2:00pm and 8:00pm, Sundays 2:00pm. Michael Moore- The Terms of My Surrender (2017 Broadway)


Time and the Conways
Roundabout Theatre Company's American Air Lines Theater 227 West 42nd Street
A new production of by J. B. Priestley, directed by Rebecca Taichman and starring Oscar, Emmy & Golden Globe nominee Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey).Complete Cast: McGovern as Mrs. Conway, Steven Boyer as Ernest, Anna Camp as Hazel, Gabriel Ebert as Alan, Charlotte Parry as Kay, and Matthew James Thomas as Robin, with Anna Baryshnikov as Carol, Brooke Bloom as Madge, Alfredo Narciso as Gerald, and Cara Ricketts as Joan. First Broadway revival since its premiere in 1938. From 9/14/17; opening 10/10/17; closing 11/26/17. Running Time: Approx 2 hours and 15 minutes, including intermission. Our Review
 

Three Tall Women
Golden Theatre 252 West 45th Street
Edward Albee's play that's often considered his best. Cast: Glenda Jackson, Laurie Metcalf, and Allison Pill. Directed by Joe Mantello. from 2/27/18; opening 3/29/18. Miriam Buether (Scenic Design), Ann Roth (Costume Design), and Brian MacDevitt (Lighting Design).

Waitress
Brooks Atkinson Theatre 256 W. 47th St.
New musical by five-time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles. From 3/25/16; opening 4/24/16. Book, Jessie Nelson. Music and lyrics by Bareilles, direction by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. Cast: Jessie Mueller Jessie Mueller (Jenna, Eric Anderson (Cal), Nick Cordero (Earl), Christopher Fitzgerald (Ogie), Drew Gehling (Dr. Pomatter), Kimiko Glenn (Dawn), Dakin Matthews (Joe), Keala Settle (Becky), also Thay Floyd, Henry Gottfried, Molly Hager, Aisha Jackson, Max Kumangai, Jeremy Morse, Ragan Pharris, Stephanie Torns and Ryan Vasquez. What it's about: Jenna (Jessie Mueller), an expert pie maker in a small town, dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a new life, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes to happiness. Set by Scott Pask, costumes by Suttirat Larlarb, lighting by Christopher Akerlind and sound by Jonathan Deans. Running Time: 2 hours and 35 minutes, 1 intermission. Our Review




Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz
Gershwin, 222 W. 51 St., (Broadway/8th Av) 212-307-4100

A new musical based on the novel of the same name by Gregory Maguire. It takes place in the Land of Oz, and tells the story of many of the characters before Dorothy arrived. Book by Winnie Holzman; music & lyrics by Stephen Schwartz; directed by Joe Mantello; choreographed by Wayne Cilento. Sets, Eugene Lee; lighting, Kenneth Posner; costumes, Susan Hilferty; sound, Tony Meola; musical director, Stephen Oremus; orchestrations, William David Brohn. From 10/2/03; opening 10/30/03. Tue at 7pm; Wed - Sat at 8pm; Wed & Sat at 2pm; Sun at 3pm -- $30 - $100. Running Time: 2 hours and 45 minutes, including one intermission. Our Review.
OK for ages 9 and up.






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