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Broadway Spring Preview 2024: Shows to See in NYC

By: Raven Snook
Date: Jan 26, 2024
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A guide to the 21 musicals and plays opening on Broadway

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Get your calendar out: There are 20 productions opening on Broadway this spring—13 in April alone! The jam-packed lineup includes lauded London imports (Patriots, Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club), acclaimed Off-Broadway transfers (Days of Wine and Roses, Hell's Kitchen, Suffs, Stereophonic), new musicals (The Notebook, Water for Elephants, The Outsiders, Lempicka, The Great Gatsby) and revivals (The Wiz, The Who's Tommy), plus a slew of stars, such as Rachel McAdams, Jessica Lange, Jeremy Strong, Wayne Brady, Eddie Redmayne, Steve Carell, Liev Schreiber, Kelli O'Hara, Jeremy Jordan and Jim Parsons. Our guide helps you navigate everything that's coming.

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NOTE: Shows are listed in first preview date order within each category.

MUSICALS

Days of Wine and Roses - begins performances January 6

Studio 54, 254 West 54th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue

Previews start January 6. Opens January 28. Closes March 31. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

After an acclaimed world premiere at Off Broadway's Atlantic Theater Company last season, Days of Wine and Roses arrives on Broadway for a limited run. Tony winner Kelli O'Hara and Brian d'Arcy James star in this emotional chamber musical about a couple's harrowing descent into alcoholism in the 1950s. Based on the 1962 movie of the same name, the show is a passion project from the creators of The Light in the Piazza: Tony-winning songwriter Adam Guettel and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Craig Lucas. Michael Greif directs.

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The Notebook - begins performances February 10

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 West 45th St between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Previews start February 10. Opens March 14. Open run.

Nicholas Sparks' romance novel The Notebook, which tracks the complicated relationship of two soulmates over the decades, was a bestseller that was turned into a blockbuster 2004 movie. Now a musical adaptation is coming to Broadway after a well-reviewed tryout at Chicago Shakespeare Theater. Three sets of leads play the lovers at different times in their lives, including Broadway vets Dorian Harewood and Maryann Plunkett. Indie-folk singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson wrote the score and prolific playwright Bekah Brunstetter penned the book. Michael Greif (yes, him again!) and Schele Williams codirect this tuneful tearjerker.

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Water for Elephants - begins performances February 24

Imperial Theatre, 249 West 45th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Previews start February 24. Opens March 21. Open run. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Another musical romance based on a best-selling book turned movie, Water for Elephants is set during the Great Depression as a broke veterinary student (Grant Gustin from The Flash) hops a train and runs away with a circus. While caring for the animals, he falls for the troupe's married leading lady (Isabelle McCalla from The Prom). Drama and acts of derring-do ensue. Considering the talent involved, we have highwire hopes for this show, which originated at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre. PigPen Theatre Co., known for their folk-inflected tunes, wrote the score and three-time Tony nominee Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher) adapted the book from Sara Gruen's novel. Jessica Stone (Kimberly Akimbo) directs and Shana Carroll from The 7 Fingers, who worked on Cirque du Soleil Paramour, designed the heart-stopping tricks.

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The Who's Tommy - begins performances March 8

Nederlander Theatre, 208 West 41st Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Previews start March 8. Opens March 28. Open run.

Fifty-five years ago, The Who released Tommy, a groundbreaking rock opera album about a deaf, dumb and blind pinball wizard. In 1993, it was transformed into a smash stage musical that's getting its first-ever Broadway revival this spring. This production originated at Chicago's Goodman Theatre last year and is directed by Des McAnuff, who won a Tony Award for helming the original three decades ago. It's a headbanging tale of trauma, celebrity and cult worship with a cast of powerhouse vocalists, including Broadway vet Christina Sajous as the Acid Queen and newcomer Ali Louis Bourzgui as the messianic title character.

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The Outsiders - begins performances March 16

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 West 45th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Previews start March 16. Opens April 11. Open run.

American folk duo Jamestown Revival penned the score for this musicalization of S.E. Hinton's enduring coming-of-age novel about a gang of greasers in 1960s Tulsa who get into it with their well-to-do rivals. Also inspired by Francis Ford Coppola's movie adaptation, the show had a buzzy world premiere at California's La Jolla Playhouse in 2023 and arrives on Broadway with a fresh-faced cast full of folks making their Broadway debuts. Acclaimed playwright Adam Rapp (The Sound Inside) penned the book with Justin Levine, who also contributed to the songs. Danya Taymor (Pass Over) directs.

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Lempicka - begins performances March 19

Longacre Theatre, 220 West 48th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue

Previews start March 19. Opens April 14. Open run. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Another import from La Jolla Playhouse, this bio-musical celebrates the incredible life and art of Tamara de Lempicka, a wealthy Polish painter who fled the Russian Revolution with her husband, gained fame in Paris for her Art Deco portraits and became enamored of the city's bohemian scene—particularly one alluring prostitute. Carson Kreitzer and Matt Gould wrote the songs and script, visionary Tony-winning director Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) helms the production and the cast includes former Elphaba Eden Espinosa as the artist and Tony winner Beth Leavel. If you're unfamiliar with Lempicka's work, the Longacre Theatre is adorned with colorful prints of her striking paintings, including her lovely nudes.

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Suffs - begins performances March 26

Music Box Theatre, 239 West 45th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Previews start March 26. Opens April 18. Open run. 

After a sold-out run at The Public Theater in 2022, Shaina Taub's musical about the American women's suffrage movement comes to Broadway courtesy of coproducers Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai. In a Hamilton-style power move, Taub also stars in the show as activist Alice Paul, who relentlessly rallies her peers to back the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in 1920. Emily Skinner, Jenn Colella and The Book of Mormon Tony winner Nikki M. James play a few of her fellow feminists. Leigh Silverman (Violet) directs this history-inspired epic, which features an all-female-identifying and nonbinary cast.

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Hell's Kitchen - begins performances March 28

Shubert Theatre, 225 West 44th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Previews start March 28. Opens April 20. Open run.

Grammy-winning pop star Alicia Keys is behind Hell's Kitchen, a semi-autobiographical musical about a rebellious teen in '90s NYC who finds a passion for piano and forbidden love—much to the chagrin of her single mom. The show's world premiere at The Public Theater last fall was almost impossible to get into and we expect the Broadway transfer to be an equally hot ticket. The score is a combination of Keys' greatest hits ("Fallin,'" "Girl on Fire," "If I Ain't Got You" and, of course, "Empire State of Mind") and new tunes. The stars of the Off-Broadway mounting, including Tony nominees Shoshana Bean and Brandon Victor Dixon, Kecia Lewis and dazzling newcomer Maleah Joi Moon, reprise their performances. Michael Greif (him again!) directs.

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The Wiz - begins performances March 29

Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway at 46th Street

Previews start March 29. Opens April 17. Closes August 18.

Wayne Brady is the title charlatan and pop star Deborah Cox is Glinda in The Wiz, the first Broadway revival of this iconic musical in 40 years. An all-Black reimagining of The Wizard of Oz featuring Charlie Smalls' infectious soul and disco songs like "Home" and "No Bad News," this production has been easing on down the regional road for months on its way to New York for a limited run. Schele Williams directs this eye-popping mounting, which boasts set design by Oscar winner Hannah Beachler (Black Panther), costumes by Oscar nominee Sharen Davis (Ray, Dreamgirls) and script tweaks by late night's hilarious Amber Ruffin.

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The Heart of Rock and Roll - begins performances March 29

James Earl Jones Theatre, 138 West 48th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues

Previews start March 29. Opens April 22. Closes June 23. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Huey Lewis is no stranger to Broadway—the goofy rocker's feel-good 1980s songs have been featured in American Psycho and Back to the Future: The Musical, and he even did a stint as Billy Flynn in Chicago. But the long-gestating The Heart of Rock and Roll, which premiered at The Old Globe back in 2018, is his first full-fledged jukebox musical. A playful rom-com about mismatched lovers, one an aspiring rocker, the other a corporate climber, it includes all of Lewis' big hits, including "The Power of Love," "Working for a Living," "If This Is It" and the title tune. Gordon Greenberg (Dracula: A Comedy of Terrors) directs a cast led by Corey Cott (Bandstand), McKenzie Kurtz (Wicked) and Tony nominee John Dossett (Newsies: The Musical).

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The Great Gatsby - begins performances March 29

Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway at 53rd Street

Previews start March 29. Opens April 25. Open run.

Since F. Scott Fitzgerald's legendary, roaring twenties-set novel entered the public domain a few years back, there are currently multiple theatrical adaptations of The Great Gatsby in various stages of development. But this musical starring Tony nominees Jeremy Jordan and Eva Noblezada is the first to reach Broadway after an out-of-town tryout at New Jersey's Paper Mill Playhouse last year. Nathan Tysen and Jason Howland (Paradise Square) wrote the jazz-and-pop-inflected score and Kait Kerrigan penned the book for this timeless tale of desire and indulgence. Marc Bruni (Beautiful The Carole King Musical) directs.

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Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club - begins performances April 1

August Wilson Theatre, 245 West 52nd Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue

Previews start April 1. Opens April 21. Open run.

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club. Rebecca Frecknall directs this immersive revival of John Kander and Fred Ebb's landmark musical, which was a sold-out smash in London. Eddie Redmayne reprises his Olivier Award-winning turn as the lascivious emcee of the louche Berlin cabaret where British chanteuse Sally Bowles (Gayle Rankin) sings and seduces, oblivious to the Nazis outside the door. Ato Blankson-Wood, Tony winner Bebe Neuwirth and Steven Skybell round out the cast.

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Illinoise - begins performances April 24

St. James Theatre, 246 West 44th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Opens April 24. Closes August 10.

A late addition to the spring season, this dance musical transfers to Broadway after a sold-out run at the Park Avenue Armory in March. Tony-winning choreographer Justin Peck (Carousel, Steven Spielberg's West Side Story) transforms Sufjan Stevens' lauded 2005 album Illinois into a thrilling, dialogue-free show that celebrates the Prairie State. A live band and a trio of vocalists perform the songs, which have been reordered to accommodate a narrative about love and loss crafted by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury (Fairview, Marys Seacole). The cast of superlative dancers includes Tony-nominated ballet star Robbie Fairchild and So You Think You Can Dance winners Gaby Diaz and Ricky Ubeda.

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PLAYS

Doubt: A Parable - begins performances February 3

Todd Haimes Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Previews start February 3. Opens March 7. Closes April 21.

Oscar and Tony nominee Amy Ryan (who took over for an ailing Tyne Daly) and Liev Schreiber lead this revival of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play about a hard-as-nails Catholic school nun who suspects a charismatic priest is abusing a vulnerable student. Scott Ellis (She Loves Me, Take Me Out) directs this thought-provoking exploration of moral uncertainty for Roundabout Theatre Company.

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An Enemy of the People - begins performances February 27

Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway with the entrance between Broadway and Eighth Avenue on 50th Street

Previews start February 27. Opens March 18. Closes June 23.

Hot off his Succession success, Jeremy Strong returns to Broadway in Henrik Ibsen's timely masterpiece An Enemy of the People, about a doctor who shares an inconvenient truth that turns his whole town against him—even his brother the mayor (Michael Imperioli). Amy Herzog, who adapted Ibsen's A Doll's House last season, updated the script and Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home) directs.

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Patriots - begins performances April 1

Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 West 47th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue

Previews start April 1. Opens April 22. Closes June 23. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

After an acclaimed run in London, Patriots transfers to Broadway. A history-inspired play by Peter Morgan (The Crown, The Audience), it chronicles the volatile relationship between Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky (Michael Stuhlbarg) and politician Vladimir Putin (Will Keen reprising his Olivier Award-winning performance). Rupert Goold (Ink) directs.

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Mary Jane - begins performances April 2

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue

Previews start April 2. Opens April 23. Closes June 30.

Amy Herzog's play Mary Jane, inspired in part by her own experiences as the mother of a chronically ill child, earned glowing reviews at New York Theatre Workshop in 2017. Now this tale of a single mom trying to navigate her emotionally and medically complex life comes to Broadway starring Rachel McAdams. Anne Kauffman (A Life) directs this heartbreaker for Manhattan Theatre Club.

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Stereophonic - begins performances April 2

John Golden Theatre, 252 West 45th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Previews start April 2. Opens April 19. Closes January 5, 2025

David Adjmi's captivating play about the members of a Fleetwood Mac-style 1970s rock band battling, boffing and doing blow as they record their seminal album made many critics' best lists when it premiered at Playwrights Horizons last year. Now it's moving to Broadway for a limited run with its superb cast and gorgeous rock songs by Arcade Fire's Will Butler intact. Yes, it's three hours long, but it's an insightful dramatization of the agony and the exhilaration of making art with people you love and hate.

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Uncle Vanya - begins performances April 3

Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 West 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue

Previews start April 3. Opens April 24. Closes June 16.

Before you yawn at another Uncle Vanya, listen to the incredible artists involved in this Lincoln Center Theater production. Heidi Schreck (What the Constitution Means to Me) is adapting Anton Chekhov's script, Lila Neugebauer (Appropriate) is directing and the acerbic Vanya is played by Steve Carell in his Broadway debut! Alfred Molina, Alison Pill, William Jackson Harper, Jayne Houdyshell and Tony winner Anika Noni Rose round out the ensemble. Bring on the unhappy Russians!

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Mother Play - begins performances April 3

Hayes Theatre, 240 West 44th Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Previews start April 3. Opens April 25. Closes June 30.

A world premiere from Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive, Indecent) is always something to celebrate, even if we don't know exactly what to expect. Seemingly, it's a surreal memory play about the grown children of a domineering matriarch (Oscar and Tony winner Jessica Lange) unpacking their past as they recall moving into a new apartment in 1962. Jim Parsons and Tony winner Celia Keenan-Bolger (To Kill a Mockingbird) play her progeny and Tina Landau directs this production for Second Stage Theater.

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Home - begins performances May 17

Todd Haimes Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Previews start May 17. Opens June 5. Closes July 28.

Opening after the Tony Awards cutoff date, this revival of Samm-Art Williams' 1980 play will be the first production to bow during the 2024-2025 season. A tribute to the indomitable spirit of a young Black man from the rural South who grapples with grief, losing his girl and the Vietnam War, this mounting is directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) for Roundabout Theatre Company. Cast TBD.

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My Son's a Queer (But what can you do?) - postponed

On February 8, producers announced that this show has been postponed until next season. Rob Madge, who started performing on London's West End as a child, shares their uplifting identity journey in this cheeky solo romp, which was well-received across the pond. At age 12, Madge tried to recreate a princess-filled Disney parade in their house, but it went awry. Now they're back on stage to get it right as they share tales and songs about their fabulous life and supportive family. Luke Sheppard (& Juliet) directs this celebration of queerness.

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