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With the 2022 Tony Awards now behind us and closing out the 2021-2022 Broadway season, industry insiders and theatre fans alike already have their eyes on what’s coming up next on the Main Stem.
The 2022-2023 season will kick off when New York City Center Encores!’ concert production of Into the Woods opens at the St. James Theatre July 10, one a handful of shows that have already confirmed their Broadway bow with several others waiting in the wings.
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These shows have dates and/or a theatre set and confirmed.
Into the Woods
Fresh off its concert run via New York City Center Encores!, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods is headed back to Broadway—the work’s third Main Stem bow—with an all-star cast led by Sara Bareilles, Brian d’Arcy James, Patina Miller, Gavin Creel, and more. Director Lear deBessonet will be back at the helm of the transfer, leading a creative team also including music director Rob Berman and choreographer Lorin Latarro.
Performances begin June 28 with opening night set for July 10.
The Kite Runner
Following two runs in London’s West End, The Kite Runner will make its Broadway premiere at the Hayes Theatre with The Blacklist’s Amir Arison as the lead. The show, based on a novel by Khaled Hosseini, was adapted by Matthew Spangler and follows Amir from adolescence to adulthood as he escapes the terrible events unfolding in Afghanistan.
Performances begin July 6 with an opening set for July 21.
Based on the 2000 film of the same name, Tom Kitt and Cameron Crowe’s stage musical adaptation of Almost Famous comes to Broadway, following its world premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe in 2019. The production will star Chris Wood, Tony Award nominee Anika Larsen, Solea Pfeiffer, Drew Gehling, and more.
Performances begin September 13 ahead of an October 11 opening at a theatre to be determined.
Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt arrives at Broadway’s Longacre Theatre stage from London, where it made its world premiere in 2020, this fall. Taking place over several decades in Vienna, Austria, it follows a singular extended family before and after World War II. The production will feature scenic design by Tony winner Richard Hudson, costume design by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting design by Tony winner Neil Austin, sound and original music by Tony winner Adam Cork.
With Patrick Marber continuing as director, performances will begin September 14, with opening night set for October 2.
Following an out-of-town run at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA, the musical about the founding fathers on the brink of signing the Declaration of Independence features a cast composed fully of performers who identify as female, Non-binary, and Trans. Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus co-direct the A.R.T. and Roundabout Theatre Company co-production.
Performances begin September 16 ahead of an October 6 opening, with a U.S. tour set to embark afterwards.
Death of a Salesman
Transferring from the West End, a revival of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman will take the stage at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre. Reprising their roles are Olivier-winning Sharon D Clarke as Linda Loman and Olivier-nominated Wendell Pierce as Willy Loman, joined by André De Shields as Ben and Khris Davis as Biff. The show re-imagines the story of a Willy Loman, a deluded travelling salesman who goes through a montage of memories, from the perspective of an African-American family. Miranda Cromwell, co-director of the show on the West End, will direct the Broadway production.
Performances will begin September 19, with opening night to be announced.
The Piano Lesson
The upcoming Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama The Piano Lesson has a star-studded cast and creative team, including producer Kandi Burruss, director LaTanya Richardson Jackson, and stars Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, Ray Fisher, and more. Set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the show follows a brother and sister embroiled in a battle over a family heirloom piano carved with the faces of their ancestors.
The show is set to begin performances September 19, with opening night to be announced.
Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer-winning play is coming back to Broadway for its 20th anniversary, in a new production directed by Kenny Leon and starring Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, in his Broadway debut, and Corey Hawkins. The work follows brothers Lincoln (Hawkins) and Booth (Abdul-Mateen II)—names given by their father as a joke. Haunted by the past and obsessed with three-card monte, the brothers come to learn the true nature of their history.
The work will begin its 16-week limited engagement September 27 at the John Golden Theatre with opening night set for October 20.
This new musical with music by Jeanine Tesori and a book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire (adapting his own play of the same name) is slated to make a bow at Broadway’s Booth Theatre after making its world premiere Off-Broadway at Atlantic Theater Company last year. The Broadway transfer will include the full cast from that production, including Victoria Clark in the title role.
Performances begin October 12, with opening night set for November 10.
Lucille Lortel-winning musical KPOP will delve into the world of K-pop and the entertainment industry at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre. The musical follows the successes and struggles of a fictional company and its K-pop talent. Starring in the production will be South Korean singer Luna in her Broadway debut. The work, which made its world premiere Off-Broadway in 2017, was conceived by Jason Kim, and features a book by Kim with music and lyrics by Helen Park and Max Vernon.
Previews will begin October 13, and open November 20.
A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
The biomusical about “Sweet Caroline” singer-songwriter Neil Diamond will play Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre this fall. The musical makes its world premiere in a pre-Broadway run at Boston’s Emerson Colonial Theatre beginning June 21. Starring in the regional production are Will Swenson and Mark Jacoby as Neil Diamond-Then and Neil Diamond-Now, respectively, but casting for the Broadway bow has not yet been confirmed. The show features hits from Diamond’s career with a book by Anthony McCarten, and choreography Steven Hoggett.
Directed by Michael Mayer, the show will begin Broadway previews November 2 and open December 4.
To Kill a Mockingbird playwright Aaron Sorkin has penned a new book to the classic Lerner and Loewe musical adaptation of the Arthur legend, which introduced such favorites as “If Ever I Would Leave You,” “What Do the Simple Folk Do?,” and the title song. Bartlett Sher, known for helming splashy Lincoln Center Theater revivals of such classic musicals as South Pacific, The King and I, and My Fair Lady, will direct. Casting has not yet been announced.
Performances will begin at the Vivian Beaumont Theater November 3, with opening night set for December 8.
Some Like It Hot
Adapted from the 1959 film written and directed by Billy Wilder, Some Like It Hot will feature a book by The Inheritance Tony winner Matthew López and Amber Ruffin and a song by Hairspray songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. Christian Borle and J. Harrison Ghee will lead the cast as two Prohibition-era jazz musicians who witness a mob hit and go into hiding by disguising themselves as members of an all-female band. Adrianna Hicks will star as Sugar.
Performances will begin at the Shubert Theatre November 1, with opening night planned for December 11.
These productions have announced intentions to hit Broadway this season, but haven’t confirmed official dates yet.
Between Riverside and Crazy
Second Stage Theater will give this Pulitzer-winning Stephen Adly Guirgis play its Broadway debut at the Hayes Theatre this fall. Austin Pendleton is slated to direct, after helming its 2014 Off-Broadway premiere at Atlantic Theater Company in 2014, a staging that later transferred to Second Stage’s Off-Broadway space. The work follows a widowed retired NYC policeman who is suing the Police Department following an accidental shooting by another police officer.
Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he is working on bringing his new version of Cinderella, which ends its West End run June 12, to Broadway in March 2023. The musical, which opened in August 2021 at the Gillian Lynne Theatre, features an updated story and book by Oscar-winning screenwriter Emerald Fennell, with music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tony winner David Zippel. Laurence Connor directs the contemporary take on the classic fairytale with choreography by JoAnn Hunter. Carrie Hope Fletcher created the title role in London—no New York casting has been announced.
Come Fall in Love – The DDLJ Musical
This Americanized stage adaptation of Bollywood favorite Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge has announced an intention to transfer to Broadway following its world premiere at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre in September. The original film’s writer and director Aditya Chopra helms the regional production, which will include changes to the film’s original love story. In the film, London-based Indians Raj and Simran fall in love on a train ride across Europe, but must face the obstacles of an arranged marriage and family meddling.
Cost of Living
Manhattan Theatre Club will bring Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living to Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in fall 2022 following its 2017 Off-Broadway New York premiere. The Pulitzer Prize-winning work follows four people in very different circumstances—ranging from unemployment to physical disability—trying to get by. The production will feature direction by Jo Bonney with performers Gregg Mozgala and Katy Sullivan reprising their roles.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Aaron Sorkin’s stage adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, which played its final performance at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre January 16, had been scheduled to reopen at the Belasco June 1 with Greg Kinnear returning to therole of Atticus Finch. Although no announcement has been made, the acclaimed production is still aiming for a Broadway return this summer. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel officially opened December 13, 2018, and the production recouped its original investment in just 19 weeks after opening. Tony nominee Jeff Daniels (Sorkin’s The Newsroom) originally took on the central role of Atticus Finch; the current tour features Richard Thomas in the lead.
Ohio State Murders
Led by six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald, Adrienne Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders is expected to make its Broadway premiere this season. The play was published in 1992 before heading to New York’s Theater for a New Audience in 2007. The work follows fiction author Suzanne Alexander as she returns to Ohio State University to talk about the violence in her writing. Soon after arriving, however, a dark mystery unravels. Kenny Leon is set to helm with lead producers Jeffrey Richards, Rebecca Gold, Jayne Baron Sherman, and Irene Gandy.
Tony winner Savion Glover and Tony Goldwyn will co-direct a revival of the classic Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, and John O’Hara musical, with a revamped book from Oscar nominee Richard LaGravenese. The reimagined production sets most of the action in a 1940s night club on the South Side of Chicago, and adds additional songs from the Rodgers and Hart catalogue. Glover will also choreograph the production, which is aiming for the 2022-2023 Broadway season.
Suzie Miller’s Prima Facie will transfer from the West End with its London star Jodie Cromer (Killing Eve) making her Broadway debut. The solo show will arrive on Broadway for a limited engagement in Spring 2023 at a Shubert theatre to be announced. Following an unexpected event, a young and brilliant barrister must confront how patriarchal power over the law, burden of proof, and morals diverge. Directed by Justin Martin, the production features an original score by Rebecca Lucy Taylor (aka Self Esteem), scenic and costume design by Miriam Buether, lighting design by Natasha Chivers, sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, and video by William Williams for Treatment Studio.
Larissa FastHorse will become the first female Native American playwright produced on Broadway when Second Stage brings her Thanksgiving Play to the Hayes Theatre in Spring 2023. Described as a satirical comedy, the play centers on a troupe of well-meaning white theatre artists who attempt to create a culturally sensitive Thanksgiving school pageant that gives voice to Native Americans. The work received its world premiere Off-Broadway in 2018 at Playwrights Horizons, and an online production starring Bobby Cannavale, Keanu Reeves, Heidi Schreck, and Alia Shawkat streamed in March 2021. The Broadway bow will be a new production.
KEEP AN EYE OUT
The following shows seem to have legs and could possibly make it to the Main Stem before next year’s Tonys.
The Broadway-bound hopeful & Juliet will see its North American premiere at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre June 22–August 14. The jukebox musical first premiered at Manchester Opera House in 2019 before moving to West End’s Shaftesbury Theatre, where it continues to play an open-ended run. The Canada run will star Broadway alum Lorna Courtney as Juliet, Tony winner Paulo Szot as Lance, Broadway veteran Betsy Wolfe as Anne Hathaway, and Tony nominee Stark Sands as Shakespeare.
Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death
Director Kenny Leon is reportedly set to helm a revival of the rarely-seen 1971 musical by Melvin Van Peebles. The show is presented as a series of spoken-word vignettes with musical accompaniment, set in a underserved and predominately Black neighborhood. Van Peebles’ son Mario is attached as creative producer.
The new production of the Bob Fosse dance revue, which recently ended an extended engagement at San Diego’s Old Globe, is eyeing a Broadway run, although no official announcement has been made. Produced in cooperation with Nicole Fosse and by special arrangement with Joey Parnes, the production recreates the late Fosse’s original, Tony-winning choreography from the 1978 Broadway musical, featuring direction and musical staging by Wayne Cilento, who received a Tony nomination for his performance in the original Broadway company. The new production, featuring an eclectic songlist from Neil Diamond to George M. Cohan, sees Cilento reimagining Fosse’s original production, bringing its vision into the 21st century. Playwright and fellow Dancin’ cast alum Kirsten Childs is the production’s text consultant, providing additional material.
The Devil Wears Prada
Based on the novel and film of the same name, this musical follows young Andy as she gets a career-starting job as an assistant to the high-powered and highly difficult Miranda Priestly, editor in chief of fashion magazine Runway. With a book by Paul Rudnick and Kate Wetherhead and a score with lyrics by Shaina Taub and music by Elton John, the Broadway-aimed musical is scheduled to make its world premiere at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre beginning July 19. Beth Leavel and Taylor Iman Jones will star as Andy and Miranda, respectively.
The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation, The Musical
Based on characters from the Warner Bros. Vacation franchise, the new musical from David Rossmer and Steve Rosen is currently
undergoing a developmental work session in Manhattan directed and choreographed by Donna Feore with musical supervision by Greg Anthony Rassen. The journey, as previously reported, will begin September 10 at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theatre, followed by an October 25-November 6 engagement at Houston’s Theatre Under the Stars. The production will subsequently arrive on Broadway with dates, theatre, and casting to be announced.
Originally set for a Broadway run in 2020, Sing Street returns to the stage at Boston’s The Huntington beginning August 26 with plans of reviving its Broadway goal. Based on the 2016 indie film, the musical features a book by Tony Award-winner Enda Walsh, with music and lyrics by John Carney and Gary Clark. Sing Street follows Conor, a sixteen-year old boy who, in order to impress a girl, forms a band while coming of age during tough times in 1982 Dublin. The Boston run’s creative team will feature several Tony winners and nominees, helmed by director and Tony winner Rebecca Taichman.