Some “greats” are back and some “greats” are bound to be made in the 2016/17 Broadway season. Whether you love an old fashioned tap dance, dream of chocolate in your sleep, or have always wanted to hear a score performed entirely acapella, there is surely something for everyone this year on Broadway.
After a successful off-Broadway run, Josh Groban will make his Broadway debut in the highly anticipated Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812. An almost immersive experience, the theatre has been re-designed for the show to happen literally all around you as Tolstoy’s young lovers and musicians live out a 70 page slice of War and Peace inches from your seat. Previews begin October 8th with opening night scheduled for November 11th, 2016.
Directed by Robert DeNiro, A Bronx Tale is transferring from Paper Mill Playhouse this Fall. It is a musical story of a teenage boy growing up in the 1960s Bronx as he struggles to find his way amidst his Father’s upbringing and the influence of a Mob-Boss father figure who fascinates him. Previews begin November 3rd, opening night is scheduled for December 1st, 2016.
Well, Well, Hello Dolly! Sure to be one of the toughest tickets in town, the legendary Bette Midler returns to Broadway with co-star David Hyde Pierce in the revival of this musical theatre masterpiece. Directed by four-time Tony award winner, Jerry Zacks, Hello Dolly will open at The Shubert Theatre on April 20th, 2016.
Dear Evan Hansen has taken New York by storm in an almost immediate sold out run at Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre. Hailed by the New York Times as “a superb new musical with great heart and humor,” the show will transfer to Broadway November 14th and open December 4th 2016. Evan Hansen has spent his whole life feeling invisible. This is a story about how a little lie can change everything.
Inspired by the vibrant sounds of the New York City subway, In Transit will open at Circle In The Square Theatre December 11th. From the team behind Frozen and Pitch Perfect, this entirely acapella musical has three leads who hope to ride the New York City express train to success, love, and happiness. In Transit will be directed by 3 time Tony Award winner, Kathleen Marshall.
Holiday Inn taps its way into our hearts at Studio 54 with previews beginning September 1st. Inspired by the Academy Award winning movie, this Broadway premiere has music and lyrics by the legendary Irving Berlin and new book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge. This lovable musical features soaring dance numbers, laugh out loud comedy and hit after Berlin hit songs.
William Fin and James Lapine’s groundbreaking and Tony Award-winning musical, Falsettos, is back on Broadway with an all-star cast. The story revolves around a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man, his wife, lover, soon-to-be Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the two lesbians next door. Hilarious and heart-wrenching, this is a story about family, love and possibilities. Starring Stephanie J. Block, Christian Borle, and Andrew Rannells. Previews begin September 29th.
Anastasia, based on the Motion Picture of the same name, takes us on a journey with a young woman searching to unravel the secrets of her past. With a score by Tony Award writing team; Arhens and Flaherty, the show is full of romance, mystery and adventure. Previews begin April 27th, 2016.
If you missed it before, Cats is back! The record-breaking musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber that has captivated audiences in 30 countries and 15 languages returns to New York. Based on T.S. Elliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats” Cats features breath-taking dancing and one of the most beloved musical theatre songs of all time; “Memory”. Remember it and love it again, or see it for the first time and never forget it!
Finally, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will grace the “Great White Way” with previews beginning in March 2017. Directed by three-time Tony Award winner, Jack O’Brian and with a score by the all-star team of Hairspray, Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Audiences have long adored Willy Wonka and his land of sweet treats. Now they’ll live it all again, in a new and purely imaginative theatrical experience.
What’s still putting on a show? Here are a few favorites: Hamilton remains as elusive as ever to ticket buyers, but as the Chicago and National Tour companies are mounted, perhaps it will be a show people have actually seen rather than just heard about. Aladdin is as magical as ever with a flying carpet that will make the most cynical among us wonder “how did they do that?”. Wicked never disappoints with new leading ladies singing to the rafters, School of Rock has the most talented kids you’ve ever seen rockin’ it on Broadway, Something Rotten is slap-stick hilarity with Shakespeare on the side, and the lovely Waitress with an incredible score by Sara Bareilles is funny, poignant and beautifully sung.
What’s still in the mix and has yet to be announced? Band Stand, My Fair Lady, Come From Away, Can-Can? Will they appear this season, or next, or not at all? We’ll be excited to find out if these shows will go on! Happy Theatre watching!