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Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
Imperial Theatre 249 W. 45 Street
The true story of the R&B group the Temptations arrives on Broadway after its world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, and a run at Washington, DC's John F. Kennedy Center and the Center Theatre Group/Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Sure-fire songs to fill the seats include "Get Ready," and more. From 2/28/19; opening 3/21/19. Robert Brill (scenic design), Paul Tazewell (costume design), Howell Binkley (lighting design),Steve Canyon Kennedy (sound design), Peter Nigrini (projection design), Charles G. LaPointe (hair and wig design).

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

American Utopia
Hudson Theatre
From 10/04/19; opening 10/20/19; closing 1/19/20- extended to 2/16/20.. David Byrne's American Utopia will come to Broadway following a run at Boston's Emerson Colonial Theatre. Cast: David Byrne with Jacquelene Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman, Chris Giarmo, Tim Keiper, Tendayi Kuumba, Karl Mansfield, Mauro Refosco, Stephane San Juan, Angie Swan and Bobby Wooten III. Rob Sinclair (lighting) and Pete Keppler (sound). Karl Mansfield is Musical Director. Alex Timbers is Production Consultant with Choreography and Musical Staging by Annie-B Parson. This began as an album in March 2018. Byrne about the show: "As I was recording the songs for my American Utopia album it occurred to me that they would be exciting to play live- and I realized that a lot of my older material would fit right in. I imagined a live show….I pictured a lot of drummers, a kind of drum line/samba school/second line- that would create the rhythms. This is like the Bruce Sprinstein concert show-- a show for which producers feel no need to invite more than a very few reviewers!

. 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.Closing 10/27/19 Our Review


Beetlejuice
Winter Garden Theatre 1634 Broadway, Between West 50th and 51st Streets
Musical based on the Tim Burton film about Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole "being dead thing" who finds herself in a new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon. Book: Scott Brown & Anthony King. Music & Lyrics: Eddie Perfect. From 3/28/19;opening 4/25/19. Cast: Kerry Butler and Rob McClure will play the roles famously played on screen by Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin; also Alex Brightman and Sophia Anne Caruso,as the title character and Lydia, respectively, Adam Dannheisser as Charles; Leslie Kritzer as Delia; Jill Abramovitz as Maxine Dean; Danny Rutigliano as Maxie Dean; and Kelvin Moon Loh as Otho. Plus a large ensemble. 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.


Caroline Or Change
Studio 54 on Broadway 254 West 54th Street
A new Broadway production of Tony Kushner & Jeanine Tesori’s Tony Award nominated and Olivier Award winning musica. Directed by Michael Longhurst and choreography by Ann Yee. From 3/13/20; opening 4/07/20. Fly Davis (Set & Costume design), Jack Knowles (Lights), Paul Arditti (Sound), Nigel Lilley (Music Supervision), Chris Fenwick (Music Direction). Sharon D Clarke as Caroline, a reprise from the London Production-- to read our review of that go here

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.

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. 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


Company
Bernard Jacobs Theater
The much lauded and twice revived on Broadway show, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth, gets a new look by British director Marianne Elliott. The chronically single bachelor will now be a bahelorette, played by Katrina Lenk and Pattie LuPone will play Joanne, her friend with a drinking problem . The gender reversa; will also apply to married couple Amy who's straight and Jamie who's gay. the story telling will also take place inside Bobbie’s head, having her imagining what her friends will say about her. Opening 3/22/20. Liam Steel (choreography), Joel Fram (musical supervisor), Bunny Christie (set and costume design), Neil Austin (lighting design), Ian Dickinson (sound design), David Cullen (orchestrations), Sam Davis (dance arrangements), Chris Fisher (illusions). According to Director Elliott, though the production has been greatly changed since it premiered last year in England, that production did also star Pattie LaPone. To read our critic's review of it there go here.

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


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> Flying Over Sunset
Lincoln Center's Beaumont Theater
World premiere musical about LSD from James Lapine, Tom Kitt, and Michael Korie, will begin 3/12/20. It will revolve around movie star Cary Grant, writer Aldous Huxley and actress/ writer/politician Clare Boothe Luce. Opening is set for 4/16/2020.. psychedelic drugs in the early ’50s, writing a book about his experience on mescaline called The Doors of Perception, before starting use of LSD. He died November 22, 1963. More details TBA.

Free Style Love
Booth Threatre 222 W. 45th Streetn(212) 239-6300
Improv created by Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Veneziale in 2004 before In The Heightsand Hamilton. From 9/13/19; opening 10/02/19; closing 1/12/20 . A "phone-free: experience which will have guests arriving secure all phones, smart watches, etc. in a lockable Yondr pouch that will remain in their possession throughout the performance and will be unlocked at the end of the show. Performers provide non-stop action throughout this fast-paced evening, spinning suggestions from the audience into humorous bits, instantaneous songs and riffs, and fully realized musical numbers. Performers ' transform audience suggestions into complex, rapid-fire rapping, spoken word passages and full-blown musical numbers. Special spontaneous and unannounced guests are planned for select performances during the run which will include Freestyle Love Supreme members Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, Bill Sherman, and James Monroe Iglehart, along with Wayne Brady, Ashley Perez Flanagan, and many more. The 85-minute show is directed by Thomas Kail and produced by Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jenny and Jon Steingart, and Jill Furman. Set design by Beowulf Boritt; costume design by Lisa Zinni; lighting design by Jeff Croiter; and sound design by Nevin Steinberg. Our Review
 


Frozen
St. James Theatre frozenthemusical.com
The Disney musical of its 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. Director is Michael Grandage and and Rob Ashford choreographs. From 2/22/18; opening 3/22/18. Our Review


 Girl From the North Country
Belasco Theater
the Bob Dylan musical that was one of my favorite shows a couple of seasons ago is, as I hopefully predicted, coming to Broadway. It's not the big glitzy kind of musical like Moulin Rouge, so here's hoping that this "atypical" show will, like The Band's Visit,, succeed. The Broaway run will be from 2/07/20; opening 3/05/20. Broadway cast details For more about book, music and origianl cast see my review at the Public Theater .
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Grand Horizons
2nd Stage at Hayes Theater
play by Bess Wohl, directed by Leigh Silverman. Cast: Priscilla Lopez, Maulik Pancholy, Ashley Park, Thomas Sadoski And Michael Urie. Drom 12/120/19; opening 1/23/20; closing 3/01/20. Scenic design and costume deother's every sigh, snore and sneeze. But just as they settle comfortably into their new home in Grand Horizons, the unthinkable happens: Nancy suddenly wants out. As their two adult sons struggle to cope with the shocking news, they are forced to question everything they assumed about the people they thought they knew best. By turns funny, shocking and painfully honest, Bess Wohl's new play explores a family turned upside-down and takes an intimate look at the wild, unpredictable, and enduring nature of love.

The Great Society Part II of the LBJ Plays
Lincoln Center-Vivian Beaumont
Written by Pulitzer and Tony Award winner Robert Schenkkan, directed by Bill Rauch. Cast: Brian Cranston as Lyndon Johnson,Brian Cox as Lyndon B. Johnson, Marc Kudisch as Richard J. Daley, Grantham Coleman as Martin Luther King Jr. and Richard Thomas as Hubert Humphrey. From 9/06/19; opening 10/01/19;closing 11/30/19.Shenkkan's companion to All the Way. The actors playing the roles of Richard Nixon, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Coretta Scott King, Lady Bird Johnson, J. Edgar Hoover, Governor George Wallace and Robert McNamara among many others TBA some of the greatest social programs America has ever known—and one man was at the center of it all: LBJ. David Korins (sets), Linda Cho (costumes), David Weiner (lights), Paul James Prendergast (composer/sound) and Victoria Sagady (projections). Running Time: Approx. 2 hours and 45 minutes, 1 imtermission Our Review
 

Hadestown
Walter Kerr Theatre 219 W. 48th St.
The musical by Anais Mitchell transfers to Broadway, directed by Rachel Chavkin. From 3/22/19; opening 4/17/19. The show originated in 2006 as a community theater project in Vermont and had a world premiere in 2016 at New York Theater Workshop (my review), and was further developed at London's National Theater. Now it's back in New York, but on Broadway. The creative team for Broadway will feature Rachel Hauck (set design), Michael Krass (costume design), Bradley King (lighting design), Nevin Steinberg and Jessica Paz (sound design). Running Time; 2 1/2 hours, with 1 intermission. Our Review
 

Hangmen
Golden Theater 252 West 45th Street
Martin McDonagh's comedy on Broadway. Cast: Mark Addy, Tracie Bennett, Ewen Bremner, Owen Campbell, Gaby French, John Hodgkinson, Richard Hollis, John Horton And Dan Stevens. Directed by Matthew Dunster. : Monday at 7PM, Tuesday through Saturday at 8PM, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM. There will be an 8PM performance on Monday, March 2 and there is no matinee performance on Wednesday, March 5. Beginning, Monday, March 16, the playing schedule is as follows: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 7PM, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 8PM with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday at 2PM. Scenic and costume design by Olivier Award winner Anna Fleischle, lighting design by Joshua Carr and sound design by Olivier Award winner Ian Dickinson. For more details see our review of the 1918 off-Broadway production here.

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. Part 1, 2 hours and 40 minutes; Part 2, 2 hours and 30minutes, both include intermission. Opening 4/22/18. Our Review


The Height of the Storm
Manhattan Theatre Club's Samuel J. Friedman Theater
Florian Zeller drama, translated by Christopher Hampton. Cast: Jonathan Pryce, Eileen Atkins, Lucy Cohu (Forgiven) and Lisa O'Hare. From 9/10/19; opening 9/24/19. Amanda Drew, James Hillier. What it's about: As their daughters visit, André( Pryce) and Madeleine ( Atkins), who have been in love for over 50 years. As their daughters visit, see life's complexities begin to unravel around the family. Our Review
 



The Inheritance
Ethel Barrymore Theater 243 West 47th street 212-239-6200,
Matthew Lopez's epic two-part play will cross the pond this fall, again directed by Stephen Daldry. From 9/27/19; opening 11/17/19. Cast: Jordan Barbour, Jonathan Burke, Andrew Burnap, darryl Gene Daughtry Jr., Dylan Frederick, Kyle Harris, john Benjamin Hickey, Paul Hilton, Samuel H. Levine, Carson Mccalley, Lois Smith, Kyle Soller, Arturo Luis Soria. What its' about: A gathering of young, gay New Yorkers. Each has a story aching to come out. It asks how much we owe to those who lived and loved before us, and questions the role we must play for future generations.Re-envisioning E. M. Forster's Howards End it follows the interlinking lives of three generations of gay men searching for a community of their own, and a place to call home. Scenic and costume designer Bob Crowley, lighting designer Jon Clark, sound designer Paul Arditti, and music by Paul Englishby. Preview performance schedule: Monday – Friday at 7:30pm; Saturday at 1:00pm and 7:00pm. After November 20th: Monday and Tuesday- no performance; Wednesday at 1:00pm and 7:00pm; Thursday and Friday at 7:00pm; Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm and 7:00pm.
Our Review
 

Jagged Little Pill
Broadhurst Theatre 235 W 44th St 212-239-6200
Musical inspired by the groundbreaking Grammy-winning album by Alanis Morissette. Lyrics by Morissette, music by Morissette and Glen Ballard. Directed by Diane Paulus and original story by Diablo Cody. Movement Direction & Choreography by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui. Musical Supervision, Orchestrations and Arrangements by Tom Kitt. From 11/03/19; opening 12/05/19. Cast: Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Rose Gooding, Derek Klena, Sean Allan Krill, Lauren Patten, Elizabeth Stanley reprising their roles from the musical's record-breaking, sold-out world premiere at American Repertory Theater (A.R.T) last summer; also Yeman Brown, Jane Bruce, John Cardoza, Antonio Cipriano, Ken Clark, Laurel Harris, Logan Hart, Max Kumangai, Heather Lang, Ezra Menas, Kelsey Orem, Nora Schell, Kei Tsuruharatani and Ebony Williams. Scenic Designer Riccardo Hernandez; Costume Designer Emily Rebholz; Lighting Designer Justin Townsend; Sound Designer Jonathan Deans; Video & Projection Designer Finn Ross. Additional music by Michael Farrell & Guy Sigsworth. Production Stage Management by Ira Mont.
Our Review
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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



Mean Girls
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).. Our Review


Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Al Hirschfeld Theatre
Based on the 2001 Twentieth Century Fox Motion Picture by Baz Luhrmann. Directed by Alex Timbersk.Book by John Logan, choreography by Sonya Tayeh and music supervision, orchestrations and arrangements by Justin Levine From 6/28/09; opening 7/25/19. Cast: Karen Olivo (Satine), Aaron Tveit (Christian), Danny Burstein (Harold Zidler), Sahr Ngaujah (Toulouse-Lautrec), Tam Mutu (The Duke of Monroth), Ricky Rojas (Santiago) and Robyn Hurder (Ninih)h=. Derek McLane (sets), Catherine Zuber (costumes), Justin Townsend (lighting), Peter Hylenski (sound), David Brian Brown (wig and hair design) and Sarah Cimino (Make-up design). What it' about: As in the film, the m usical celebrates some of the greatest popular music of the last 50 years with many of the iconic songs from the movie and also recent hits released since the movie premiered 15 years ago. Our Review
 

Mrs. Doubtfire
Stephen Sondheim Theatre (not a Roundabout production) 124 W 43rd St)
New musical based on Twentieth Century Fox Motion Picture. From 3/09/20 opening 4/05/20. Book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell; music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick; directed by Jerry Zaks; choreographed by Lorin Latarro. Cast: Rob McClure in the title role, Jenn Gambatese as Miranda Hillard, Peter Bartlett as Mr. Jolly, Charity Angél Dawson as Wanda Sellner, Mark Evans as Stuart Dunmeyer, J. Harrison Ghee as Andre, Analise Scarpaci as Lydia Hillard, Jake Ryan Flynn as Christopher Hillard, Avery Sell as Natalie Hillard and Brad Oscar as Frank Hillard. Further casting TBA;. World premiere at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre. David Korins (Scenic Design), Catherine Zuber (Costume Design), Philip Rosenberg (Lighting Design), Brian Ronan (Sound Design), David Brian Brown (Hair & Wig Design) and Tommy Kurzman (Make-up Design).

>My Name is Lucy Barton
Friedman Theater
Solo play adapt. adapted by Rona Munro from the. novel by Pulitzer Prize winner Elizabeth Strout. Linney plays Lucy Barton, a woman who wakes after an operation to find – much to her surprise – her mother at the foot of her bed. They haven’t seen each other in years. During their days-long visit, Lucy tries to understand her past, works to come to terms with her family, and begins to find herself as a writer. Directed by Richard Eyre.




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

Plaza Suite
Hudson Theater
Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, long a couple in real life, are reuniting on stage in Neil Simon's comedy about 3 different couples. Previews for a scheduled 17 weeks, will begin 3/13/20 and opening is set fo 4/13/20.

Pretty Woman: The Musical
Nederlander Theatre 208 West 41st Street Ticketmaster
World premiere with original music and lyrics by Grammy Award winner Bryan Adams and his longtime songwriting partner Jim Vallance, book by Garry Marshall and the film's screenwriter J.F. Lawton. Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. Cast: Samantha Barks as Vivian, Steve Kazee as Edward, Orfeh as Kit,' Eric Anderson. as Mr. Thompson, Jason Danieley as Pilip Stuckey, Kingsley Leggs as James Morse. Scenic design by David Rockwell, costume design by Gregg Barnes, lighting design by Kenneth Posner & Philip S. Rosenberg, sound design by John Shivers, hair design by Josh Marquette, music supervision, arrangements and orchestrations by Will Van Dyke. From 7/20/18; opening 8/16/18. 5/21/19 Update: On July 22nd Jillian Mueller will take over as Vivian and singer-songwriter Brennin Hunt will make his Broadway debut as Edward. Our Review


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. Closing 1/20/19. our review






Sing Street
Lyceum Threatre
Broadway transfer of the New York Theater Worksho musidal by Enda Walsh, music and lyrics by Gary Clark, direction by Rebecca Taichman, choreography by Sonya Tay begins 3/26/20.
Our Review when it opened downtown
 


Sistas: The Musical
St. Luke's Theatre 308 West 46th Street(212) 239-6200
What it's about: Musical journey, of a multi-generational African-American Family. The narrative is stitched together using the lyrics of songs that perfectly capture the mood and speaks to the issues of each period and time. In the end, the women find strength in each others' stories and arrive at a way to best honor the memory of their beloved Grandma - a seminal figure in their development as strong and accomplished women. From 9/29/2011/ opening 10/11/; Open-Ended. Thursday at 7:00 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 pm Tickets:$39.50-$69.50.Directed by Kenneth Ferrone. Written by Dorothy Marcic

Six
e Brooks Atkinson Theatre 256 W 47th St www.SIXonBway.com
Musical co-directed by Lucy Moss and Jamie Armitage, featuring choreography by Carrie-Anne Ingrouille. Emma Bailey (Set Design), Gabriella Slade (Costume Design), Paul Gatehouse (Sound Design) and Tim Deiling (Lighting Design). Cast: Adrianna Hicks as Catherine of Aragon, Andrea Macasaet as Anne Boleyn, Abby Mueller as Jane Seymour, Brittney Mack as Anna of Cleves, Samantha Pauly as Katherine Howard, and Anna Uzele as Catherine Parr. What it's about: Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, SIX the wives of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse—remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a celebration of 21st century girl power. The TBA female cast will be backed by an all-female band, the "Ladies in Waiting." From 2/13/20; opening 3/12/20. Running Time: Approx 80 minutes, no inyrtmiddion. For more details and a song list see our London Critic's review here.

Slave Play
Golden Theatre 252 West 45th Street
The off-Broadway hit by Jeremy O. Harris and directed by Robert O'Hara, will be coming to Broadway for a limited 17-week engagement. From 9/10/19; opening 10/06/19.; closing 1/05/20. Cast: Ato Blankson-Wood, James Cusati-Moyer, Sullivan Jones, Chalia La Tour, Irene Sofia Lucio, Annie McNamara, and Paul Alexander Nolan. Thryy are joined by Joaquina Kalukango who will create the role of Kaneisha for the Broadway production. Our Review
 
A Soldier's Play>
American Airlines Theatre 227 West 42nd Street
The f irst Broadway production of Charles Fuller's 1981 award-winning drama , directed by Kenny Leon/ Cast: David Alan Grier as Sergeant Vernon C. Waters, Blair Underwood as Captain Richard Davenport.. From 12/27/19; opening 1/21/20; clodsing. What it's sbout: It's 1944. A black Sergeant is murdered on a Louisiana Army base, and one tenacious investigator must race against his white leadership to unravel the crime before they unravel him. Derek McLane (Sets), Dede Ayite (Costumes), Allen Lee Hughes (Lights), Dan Moses Schreier (Sound). Preview performances: Tuesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:00PM and Sunday matinees at 3:00PM. After January 21: Tuesdays at 7:00PM, Wednesday through Saturday evenings at 8:00PM with Wednesday and Saturday matinees at 2:00PM and Sunday matinees at 3:00PM.


The Sound Inside
Studio 54 254 West 54th Street (but not a Roundabout Theater production)
Broadway premiere by Adam Rapp, directed by David Cromer and Starring May Louise Parker as Bella and Will Hochman in his Broadway debut as Christopher. From 9/14/19; opening 10/17/19. Alexander Woodward (Scenic Design), David Hyman (Costume Design), Heather Gilbert (Lighting Design), Daniel Kluger (Original Music & Sound Design) and Aaron Rhyne (Projection Design). Running Time: 90 minutes. Our Review
 


Tina – The Tina Turner Musical
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre 205 West 46th Street www.TinaOnBroadway.com
From 10/12/19; opening m 11/07/19 Thursday, November 7, 2019. Preview performances begin on Saturday, October 12. Cast; Adrienne Warren with Daniel J. Watts, Dawnn Lewis, Nkeki Obi-Melekwe, Myra Lucretia Taylor and Steven Booth, Nick Rashad Burroughs, Gerald Caesar, Holli’ Conway, Kayla Davion, Leandra Ellis-Gaston, Charlie Franklin, Judith Franklin, Matthew Griffin, Sheldon Henry, David Jennings, Ross Lekites, Robert Lenzi, Gloria Manning, Rob Marnell, Mehret Marsh, Jhardon DiShon Milton, Destinee Rea, Mars Rucker, Jessica Rush, Justin Schuman, Alyssa Shorte, Carla Stewart, Jayden Theophile, Skye Dakota Turner, Antonio Watson and Katie Webber. directed by Phyllida Lloyd and written by Katori Hall with Frank Ketelaar and Kees Prins, choreography is by Anthony van Laast, set and costume designs by Mark Thompson, musical supervision, additional music and arrangements by Nicholas Skilbeck, lighting by Bruno Poet, sound by Nevin Steinberg, projection design by Jeff Sugg and orchestrations by Ethan Popp. Our Review

To Kill a Mockingbird
Shubert Theatre 225 West 44th Street
From 11/01/18; opening 12/13/18 and so successful that it's been extended again and again-- for details and about who will play Atticus next see our review Tootsie
Marquis Theatre 210 West 46th Street
Musical version of popular movie. From 4/23/19; opening. Original score by David Yazbek,book by Robert Horn, choreography by Denis Jones and musical direction by Andrea Grody. To be directed by Scott Ellis. Cast:Santino Fontana as Michael Dorsey, Lilli Cooper as Julie Nichols, Sarah Stiles as Sandy Lester, John Behlmann as Max Van Horn, Andy Grotelueschen as Jeff Slater, Julie Halston as Rita Marshall, Michael McGrath as Stan Fields, and Reg Rogers as Ron Carlisle. Scenic designer David Rockwell, costume designer William Ivey Long, lighting designer Donald Holder, sound designer Brian Ronan, hair and wig design by Paul Huntley, make-up design by Angelina Avallone Closing 1/03/20. Our Review
 


West Side Story
Broadway Theater TBA
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A new production directed by Ivo van Hove with all-new choreography by the internationally acclaimed Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Scenery and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld. From 12/10/19; opening 2/06/20. West Side Story will begin performances on Decembre 10, 20.

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Booth Theatre
Edward Albee's much produced play returns to Broadway on 3/02/20 and a 4/02/20 opening. It will Star Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett, also Russell Tovey and 2019 r Patsy Ferran. It will be directed by Joe Mantello. Previous revivals in 1965, 1976, and 2005 with probably more to present this iconic Albee drama to new audiences.


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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