Ready for a New Season on Broadway?

Theatre, subjective animal that it is, appeals to us on different levels, from nostalgia to intellectual stimulation to escapism. Broadway’s new season is cutting a mighty swath through all of them—as well as a few others!

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Photo by Matthew Murphy.

Pedal-to-metal on the season’s nostalgia fast-track are jukebox musicals: Moulin Rouge! (the super-saucy La Bohème/Baz Luhrmann film spin-off); Jagged Little Pill, inspired by Alanis Morissette’s Grammy-winning album of the same name; TINA: The Tina Turner Musical, starring Adrienne Warren, fresh from the London production, in the title role; and David Byrne’s American Utopia, a limited run theatrical concert (through 1/19).

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Pictured (left to right): Kristin Stokes, Chris McCarrell, and Jorrel Javier. Photo by Jeremy Daniel.

The only new musical with an original score arriving before winter is The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, adapted from the New York Times bestseller, which officially opens on 10/20. However, there’s also Freestyle Love Supreme, an improvised hip-hop show created by Broadway superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, and Anthony Veneziale—equal parts musical and event, considering the format boasts unannounced guest stars. Both shows share a closing date of 1/5.

As is usually the case in the fall, the big draw is drama, and this year not only soars in the genre, it comes with a wealth of heavy hitter performers in noteworthy roles.

Slave Play. Photo by Joan Marcus.

(In order of opening nights):

  • A revival of Harold Pinter’s Betrayal (9/5) starring Olivier winner Tom Hiddleston in his Broadway debut alongside Zawe Ashton and Charlie Cox
  • The Height of the Storm (9/24) with Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce
  • The Great Society, Part II of Robert Schenkkan’s LBJ plays (10/1) spotlighting Brian Cox as President Johnson and an all-star cast featuring Richard Thomas, Grantham Coleman, Marc Kudisch, Bryce Pinkham, and Frank Wood
  • Slave Play (10/6) directed by two-time NAACP and OBIE Award winner Robert O’Hara
  • A revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo (10/15) with Marisa Tomei
  • The Sound Inside (10/17) starring Mary-Louise Parker and written by Adam Rapp
  • Matthew Lopez’s Olivier-winning The Inheritance (11/17), a two-part masterwork that sold out on London’s East End.
  • Fall’s sole comedy by Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts is Steppenwolf’s acclaimed production of Linda Vista (10/10).

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Derren Brown, Secret. Photo by Seamus Ryan.

And finally, the event that is leaving theatregoers awestruck for totally different reasons, Derren Brown: Secret—a lighthearted look into our ability to be befuddled by psychological illusion. Brown, already a U.K and Netflix star, is a most welcome addition to the season—albeit a brief one as he bows out of his Broadway engagement on 1/4.

About the Author

City Guide Theatre Editor Griffin Miller moved to New York to pursue an acting/writing career in the 1980s after graduating magna cum laude from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Since then, she has written for The New York Times, For the Bride, Hotels, and a number of other publications, mostly in the areas of travel and performance arts. She currently is the theatre editor for all NYMetroParents publications. An active member of The New York Travel Writers Association, she is also a playwright and award-winning collage artist. In addition, she sits on the board of The Lewis Carroll Society of North America. Griffin is married to Richard Sandomir, a reporter for The New York Times.

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