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Your Broadway Fall Preview! 2023 Edition

By: Raven Snook
Date: Aug 23, 2023


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A guide to 11 upcoming musicals and plays


Transfers are powering the fall season on Broadway. Of the 11 productions bowing between now and December 31, four had acclaimed Off-Broadway engagements last year, two others originated Off Broadway in seasons past, and two more are recent regional hits.

While this new crop of shows may seem lean, keep in mind that eight productions have already opened on Broadway since the 2023-2024 season began a few months back, and four are still running: the musicals Here Lies Love and Back to the Future, and the comedies The Cottage and The Shark Is Broken. That said, additional fall openings may be announced in the coming weeks. Be sure to bookmark this article as we'll make updates as new information comes in.

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


Melissa Etheridge: My Window - begins performances September 14

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

Previews start September 14. Opens September 28. Closes November 19. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Following a brief sold-out run Off Broadway last season, Melissa Etheridge's musical memoir arrives on Broadway. A chronological look at her life, loves and career, Melissa Etheridge: My Window features raspy renditions of her hits ("I'm the Only One," "Come to My Window," "I Want to Come Over") and personal stories, some inspiring—her decades of being out, loud and proud—others harrowing—her son's death from an overdose in 2020.


Gutenberg! The Musical! - begins performances September 15

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

Previews start September 15. Opens October 12. Closes January 28, 2024. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Stop the printing presses! Scott Brown and Anthony King's uproarious musical comedy about two overeager songwriters presenting a backers' audition for their bio-show about Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, comes to Broadway 20 years after being conceived at the Upright Citizens Brigade. Perhaps you saw an earlier incarnation at the defunct New York Musical Theater Festival or the defunct Actors' Playhouse. But this new production promises to be belly-laugh-out-loud funny with original Book of Mormon costars Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells as the two clueless creators. Moulin Rouge! Tony winner Alex Timbers, who helmed the 2007 Off-Broadway mounting of Gutenberg! with a different cast, once again directs this affectionate musical parody.


Merrily We Roll Along - begins performances September 19

Hudson Theatre, 141 West 44th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue

Previews start September 19. Opens October 10. Closes July 7, 2024.

Not a day goes by without someone asking me how to get tickets to this starry transfer of Stephen Sondheim's problem musical featuring Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez as three showbiz pals whose turbulent friendship is explored in reverse, from the early 1980s to the late 1950s. (The answer to getting tickets? Pay through the nose.) But if you can afford it, it's worth splurging on director Maria Friedman's transcendent interpretation (reportedly Sondheim's favorite!), which earned raves and sold-out houses last season at New York Theatre Workshop. An infamous flop on Broadway in 1981, Sondheim continued to tinker with the show for years, and various iterations have been performed in NYC over the decades. But this production feels like an act of reclamation, with the much-maligned show returning home to Broadway, triumphant.


Harmony - begins performances October 18

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

Previews start October 18. Opens November 13. Closes February 4, 2024.

Although billed as "a new musical," Harmony has been singing for a while—since 1997 to be exact. This Broadway production is a transfer of the show's award-winning Off-Broadway incarnation last season, directed and choreographed by Tony winner Warren Carlyle. Written by longtime pop hitmakers Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, Harmony is the compelling true story of the Comedian Harmonists, six talented young German men, both Jewish and gentile, who were huge musical comedy stars in Europe until the rise of the Third Reich led to their downfall. Many Off-Broadway cast members are reprising their performances, including Broadway favorites Sierra Boggess and Chip Zien, who movingly narrates this memory musical.


Spamalot - begins performances October 31

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

Previews start October 31. Opens November 16. Closes April 7, 2024.

Earlier this summer, director-choreographer Josh Rhodes' new mounting of Spamalot earned delirious reviews at DC's Kennedy Center. Now Eric Idle and John Du Prez's musical adaptation of the Arthurian spoof Monty Python and the Holy Grail returns to Broadway for the first time since its Tony-winning 2005 premiere. Much of the DC ensemble is coming along for the riotous ride, including Aladdin Tony winner James Monroe Iglehart as King Arthur, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer as the Lady of the Lake, Michael Urie as Brave Sir Robin and Nik Walker as Sir Galahad, plus newcomers Ethan Slater, Taran Killam and Christopher Fitzgerald. Reportedly, Monty Python alum Idle encouraged the actors to improvise a bit. Considering this cast of cutups, we can't wait to see their glorious buffoonery.


How to Dance in Ohio - begins performances November 15

Belasco Theatre, 111 West 44th Street between Broadway and Seventh Avenue

Previews start November 15. Opens December 10. Closes February 11, 2024.

Inspired by the 2015 documentary of the same name about a group of autistic young adults preparing for a spring formal, How to Dance in Ohio comes to Broadway after a lauded world premiere at Syracuse Stage last year. Most of the cast and creatives involved in this production are making their Broadway debuts, including writers Rebekah Greer Melocik and Jacob Yandura, director Sammi Cannold and the seven autistic actors playing the leading roles. Hal Prince helped set this musical in motion before he died and the buzz on this groundbreaking show is palpable.



Purlie Victorious - begins performances September 7

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

Previews start September 7. Opens September 27. Closes February 4, 2024. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Hamilton Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. returns to Broadway in a revival of Ossie Davis' biting 1961 satire Purlie Victorious (the play, not Purlie, the musical it inspired). Subtitled "A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch," this racially charged comedy centers on a Black preacher trying to win back his church and free his people from an exploitative overseer. Directed by Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Topdog/Underdog), this production costars two-time Tony nominee Kara Young (Clyde's, Cost of Living) and the invaluable Jay O. Sanders (The Apple Family Plays).


Jaja's African Hair Braiding - begins performances September 12

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

Previews start September 12. Opens October 3. Closes November 19. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Award-winning Ghanaian-American dramatist Jocelyn Bioh (School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play) makes her Broadway playwriting debut with Jaja's African Hair Braiding, a new dramedy set in a bustling Harlem salon staffed by talented West African immigrants who create masterpieces on their clients' heads. Bioh's gift for witty dialogue is sure to shine as these folks gossip and gab, banter and bicker. But when faced with an existential threat, this community is forced to come together to confront their place in NYC. Obie winner Whitney White directs this world premiere for Manhattan Theatre Club.


I Need That - begins performances October 13

American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues

Previews start October 13. Opens November 2. Closes December 30.

Danny DeVito stars opposite his real-life daughter Lucy DeVito in I Need That, a new dark comedy by Theresa Rebeck (Seminar, Bernhardt/Hamlet, Seared) about a reclusive hoarder forced to reckon with what's worth keeping in his life. Tony nominee Moritz von Stuelpnagel (Hand to God) directs this world premiere for Roundabout Theatre Company.


Appropriate - begins performances November 28

As of March 27, 2024, Appropriate is transferring to the Belasco Theatre for a limited engagement through June 23, 2024.

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

Previews start November 28. Opens December 18. Closes March 3, 2024.

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' 2014 Obie-winning play arrives on Broadway in a new mounting. Initially a familiar melodrama about a dysfunctional family reuniting in the wake of their patriarch's death, Appropriate takes a disturbing turn when upsetting keepsakes are unearthed in their father's belongings. Just what is their inheritance? Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, Collected Stories) headlines this Second Stage Theater production, which is directed by Lila Neugebauer.


Prayer for the French Republic - begins performances December 19

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

Previews start December 19. Opens January 9. Closes March 3, 2024.

A three-act, almost three-hour play about multiple generations of one French Jewish family grappling with anti-Semitism from World War II to the 21st century? Joshua Harmon's unsettling epic isn't funny, yet there's a lot of humor, warmth and insight in this examination of what Jews have been dealing with for centuries. That's not surprising considering Harmon's other works include the dark comedies Bad Jews and Significant Other. After a well-received run at Manhattan Theatre Club's Off-Broadway house last year, Prayer for the French Republic transfers to Broadway with most of the cast intact plus new additions Anthony Edwards and Aria Shahghasemi. Tony winner David Cromer (The Band's Visit, Our Town) once again directs.


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Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her on Facebook at @Raven.Snook. Follow TDF on Facebook at @TDFNYC.