There has been a lot of talk lately about the many Broadway shows that are in the final or early stages of closing: Matilda, Les Miserables, She Loves Me, and many more have announced their closing. While this may seem like sad news, it is actually bittersweet because for every closing show, there is an open stage ready for a new production to begin. The 2016-17 Broadway season is taking shape and many of your favorite Hollywood stars will be part of the excitement!
Here are some of the shows (and Stars) you can expect to see:
Motown the Musical: This revival first ran from 2013-15 and recreates performances from iconic Motown performers like Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye and Smokey Robinson. Opening night is July 12 and it is scheduled to run to November 13.
Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin Musical. Roundabout Theatre Company’s stage adaptation of the 1942 movie which starred Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire (it is totally worth watching!) is set to begin previews on September 1 and open on October 13. Among those cast for the musical is Corbin Bleu of High School Musical fame.
Heisenberg: A play, which stars Mary-Louise Parker is described like this “Amidst the bustle of a crowded London train station, Georgie spots Alex, a much older man, and plants a kiss on his neck. This electric encounter thrusts these two strangers into a fascinating and life-changing game.” Previews begin September 20 and opening night is October 13.
The Cherry Orchard: This play is a newly-translated version of the play by Anton Chekhov. Translated by Stephan Karam (he wrote The Humans, which won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play), it stars Diane Lane! Previews begin September 15 and opening night is set for October 16.
The Front Page: Revival of the 1928 comedy about two reporters trying to beat each other for the big scoop. This is your chance to see Nathan Lane be brilliant! Previews begin September 20 and the show opens October 20.
Falsettos: For sure one of the most anticipated upcoming revivals this production will star Tony Award winner, Christian Borle (Smash).Previews begin September 29 and it opens October 27.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses: Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber star in a revival of Christopher Hampton’s 1985 play about sexual intrigue in 18th century France. Previews begin October 8, the show opens October 30.
Dear Evan Hansen: There has been a lot of buzz about this show, which stars Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect). Some say it has “Hamilton” potential, so it may just be the must see show of the season.
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812: Josh Groban stars. That’s all I will say. JOSH GROBAN!! Previews begin October 18 and opening night is November 14!
The Present: A second Anton Chekhov play, this one will star the incredible Cate Blanchett in her Broadway debut. Previews begin December 17. The show will run for 13 weeks only, so plan ahead!
The Glass Menagerie: Starring Sally Fields and Joe Montello this is a revival of the 1947 play by Tennessee Williams. Its gonna be good folks, sooooo good. Previews start in February 2017.
The LIttle Foxes: Opening in April 2017, you can see this classic Lillian Hellman play strarring Laura LInney and Cynthia Nixon.
Hello, Dolly!: Bette Midler (yes, Bette Midler) will be on the Broadway stage starring at Dolly in this 2017 revival. David Hyde Pierce will join her. The show begins previews in March 2017 and opens in April. Stay on the lookout for tickets!
And there are more, so many more including a musical version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory; a musical based on the French film Amelie (starring Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo); a revival of Miss Saigon; and Anastasia! This is shaping up to be an amazing season with chances for you to see some of your favorite performers on stage!