By RAVEN SNOOK
A guide to 15 upcoming (or recently opened) productions
Although the 2017-2018 Broadway season officially began when 1984 debuted back in June, it kicks into high gear this fall with 12 new productions bowing on the boards. (We’ve also included three that opened over the summer.) As usual, autumn brings more plays than musicals, and you’ll have to wait until spring for the much-buzzed-about stage incarnations of Frozen, Mean Girls, and Harry Potter to hit NYC. But over the next few months Broadway welcomes a host of exciting productions featuring Oscar, Grammy, and multiple Tony Award winners. Our guide helps you navigate what’s coming. Happy theatregoing!
Prince of Broadway
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue
Already open. Closes October 22.
After years of delays, this musical revue celebrating the oeuvre of legendary theatre director-producer Harold Prince finally made it to Broadway courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club. The production features numbers from 16 shows Prince worked on, from groundbreaking musicals (Company, Cabaret, Follies), to long-running blockbusters (The Phantom of the Opera, Evita), to mostly forgotten flops (Merrily We Roll Along; It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s Superman). A versatile cast of nine, including Tony winners Chuck Cooper and Karen Ziemba, delivers the diverse selections. It’s like a two-and-a-half-hour tour through the evolution of the American musical in the 20th century. TDF member tickets available as of this writing!
Springsteen on Broadway
Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W 48th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue
Previews October 3. Opens October 12. Closes February 3, 2018.
The veteran rock star’s got 23 Grammys — maybe he wants a Tony to keep them company? Lest you think this is just a glorified concert, Bruce Springsteen bills his Broadway debut as an autobiographical solo show, a part-spoken, part-sung piece that chronicles his life and career. At less than 1,000 seats, the Walter Kerr Theatre is one of the most intimate venues “The Boss” has played in decades, so tickets are near impossible to get — and are going for Hamilton-type prices on the secondary market. If you want to try for regularly priced seats, make sure you register as a Ticketmaster Verified Fan® for a chance to snag a few once a new block of tickets is released.