Fall is coming and that means a whole new set of Broadway shows are scheduled to open. Between September and December, there are 13 shows opening up on the Great White Way, some original productions and some revivals. Here is some information about what’s coming up:
Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn
A new musical that features the work of Irving Berlin, Holiday Inn features Jim, a former actor, and Linda, a schoolteacher, who open a farmhouse inn that features performances every holiday. When Linda is lured by a dance position in Hollywood, Jim must try to get her back. Although the musical itself is a new production, it is based off the 1942 film of the same name. The film was the first home of Berlin’s now-famous song, “White Christmas,” which earned itself a film in 1954 and a semi-frequently run musical in 2000.
The musical stars several Tony Award nominees, including Bryce Pinkham, Megan Lawrence, and Lee Wilkof and will run at Studio 54. It begins previews on September 1 and opens on October 6. Click here for tickets.
Lewis Black: Black to the Future
Comedian Lewis Black is returning to Broadway for a limited showcase of his stand-up routine, particularly featuring his take on the 2016 election cycle. Black, who previously performed on Broadway before the 2012 election, will be at the Marquis Theatre on September 12, 19, 26, and October 10. Click here for tickets.
The Cherry Orchard
The Cherry Orchard is a classic play and the final one written by celebrated Russian playwright Anton Chekhov. First performed at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1904, the play tells the story of an aristocratic Russian woman and her family, whose estate is set to be auctioned off to pay the mortgage but is given the opportunity to save it. The play explores some of the social upheaval that was occurring at the time in Russia and in the 40 years previous as former serfs were finding their place as free people.
This fall’s production of The Cherry Orchard is running at American Airlines Theatre and features a cast headed up by Diane Lane as Madame Lyubov Andreievna Ranevskaya. It begins previews on September 15 and opens on October 16. Click here for tickets.
The Front Page
This classic play from 1928 tells the story of a newspaper reporter and his editor conspiring to hide an escaped prisoner while they attempt to uncover a huge scandal. The play was a Broadway original when it opened at the former Times Square Theater in August 1928, where it ran for 278 performances. Throughout the decades, it has popped up on Broadway three more times, in 1946, 1969, and 1986, and has been covered in television and cinema several times.
The new production is particularly star-studded, featuring Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Rosemary Harris, and Sherie Rene Scott. Previews of The Front Page start at Broadhurst Theatre on September 20 and the show opens on October 20. Click here for tickets.
This immersive play recounts the adventures of National Geographic photojournalist Loren McIntyre, as he gets lost in the Amazon rainforest and encounters an uncontacted tribe in Brazil’s Javari Valley in the Amazon rainforest, as well as discovers the source of the Amazon River. The play is based off Petru Popescu’s 1991 book “Amazon Beaming,” which he worked on after meeting an interviewing McIntyre. The play has received rave reviews and sold out shows in London, Edinburgh, and on tour in mainland Europe. The Encounter is a little bit different than the typical Broadway production. Attendees are handed a set of headphones, through which they hear the sounds of the Amazon.
The show begins previews at John Golden Theatre on September 20 and opens on September 29. The limited engagement closes on January 8, 2017. Click here for tickets.
Comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney are unleashing their opinionated creations Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland to Broadway. The 70-something characters will be the featured event, bringing the act they created for Comedy Central’s Kroll Show. The show has previews at Lyceum Theatre beginning on September 23 and opens October 10. Click here for tickets.
Falsettos tells the story of the complicated relationships between a gay man named Marvin, his wife Trina, his lover Whizzer, and their families and neighbors, as well as the realities of the AIDS crisis. Formed out of two one-act Off-Broadway musicals, March of the Falsettos and Falsettoland, Falsettos was scored by William Finn and scored by Finn and James Lapine. The show originally premiered on Broadway in 1992.
The new production stars Stephanie J. Block as Trina, Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells as Whizzer, Anthony Rosenthal as Jason, Tracie Thoms as Charlotte, Brandon Uranowitz as Mendel, and Betsy Wolfe as Cordelia. Falsettos will open for previews at Walter Kerr Theatre on September 29 and officially on October 27. Click here for tickets.
Les Liasons Dangereuses
A classic play, Les Liasons Dangereuses tells the story of two French ex-lovers who challenge each other to seduce, humiliate, and degrade others, in the goal of being able to boast about their “conquests” to each other. Through the course of the events, the two evolve from partners in a twisted game of one-upmanship to bitter enemies. Based on a novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos first printed in 1782, the story was extremely controversial at the time and its purpose has been debated, including speculation of it being a commentary on the state of the aristocracy in pre-Revolutionary France.
The play originally ran in London in 1985, starring Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson, and then opened on Broadway in 1987, also starring Rickman. Since then the play has been revived on Broadway once in 2008. This year’s production will open for previews at Boothe Theatre on October 8 and officially on October 30. Click here for tickets.
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
The famous Four Seasons are coming to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for a limited time, from October 21 to 29. I’m not talking about the musical Jersey Boys, which incidentally will be on Broadway at the Virginia/August Wilson Theatre at the same time, I’m talking about the real deal. Well, you get Frankie Valli, anyway, who is the only original member of the band still performing. The group will perform many of their famous songs, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Rag Doll” and more. Click here for tickets.
A Bronx Tale
This musical stems from the 1990 one-man autobiographical show created by actor Chazz Palminteri. It tells the story of a young man who falls under the charms of local mob boss Sonny and must choose between his father’s values or the allure of organized crime. The play was adapted into a 1993 film by Robert De Niro, and both Palminteri and de Niro starred in it. De Niro will also co-direct the musical. It previously premiered at the Paper Mill Playhouse in February. The Broadway show will begin previews at Longacre Theatre on November 3 and open on December 1. Click here for tickets.
In Transit is a musical following the lives of eleven New Yorkers just trying to find their way through lives, hoping to find an easy way to success, but ultimately discovering many stops along the way to it. Featuring an a cappella score, it is set to hold previews beginning November 10 and open on December 11. Click here for tickets.
Dear Evan Hansen
After high school student Connor commits suicide, his parents find a note written by a friend, Evan Hansen. The problem is that Evan was not Connor’s friend and had never even met him. However, seeking to help Connor’s parents in their grief, he lies about knowing Connor, going so far as to write a series of emails to keep up appearances. The musical originally opened at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. in 2005 to rave reviews. It moved to the Off-Broadway Second Stage Theatre in March. Previews begin on November 14 and its opens on December 4 at Belasco Theatre. Click here for tickets.
The Illusionists – Turn of the Century
The traveling magician group is back for a third holiday season, this time at the Lunt-fontanne Theatre. This year’s show will turn back the clock to a time when magicians were immensely popular, and will feature some of the most dangerous illusions ever seen, as well as some never seen before. The limited production will begin on November 25 and run through January 1, 2017. Click here for tickets.