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Your Broadway Spring Preview! 2023 Edition

By: Raven Snook
Date: Jan 27, 2023
Broadway

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A guide to 24 upcoming musicals and plays

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Get your calendar out: There are 17 productions opening on Broadway this spring, plus three big musicals and three plays bowing in early summer after the season officially ends. The lineup includes lauded London imports (Prima FacieLife of PiBack to the Future), acclaimed Off-Broadway transfers (Fat Ham, Parade, The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window), world-premiere plays (Pictures From HomeSummer, 1976), musical revivals (Camelot, Sweeney Todd, Bob Fosse's Dancin') and a slew of stars, such as Jessica Chastain, Nathan Lane, Josh Groban, Ben Platt, Phillipa Soo, Adrienne Warren, Laura Linney and Sean Hayes. 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

Bad Cinderella - begins performances February 17

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

Previews start February 17. Opens March 23. Closes June 4. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Andrew Lloyd Webber's cheeky reimagining of the old Cinderella story comes to Broadway after a well-received though truncated London run. With a book by Oscar winner Emerald Fennell (Promising Young Woman) and lyrics by City of Angels Tony winner David Zippel, the musical is being revamped for Broadway with a tweaked title, a fresh cast (including three-time Tony nominee Carolee Carmello) and some new material, but the same feminist attitude. This is not your usual put-upon princess—this Cinderella revels in being a rebel in a town of superficial followers.

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Parade - begins performances February 21

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

Previews start February 21. Opens March 16. Closes August 6.

City Center Encores! is on a roll. Last season, its enchanting production of Into the Woods transferred to Broadway for a limited run. Now its critically acclaimed revival of Parade is doing the same. Based on the real-life murder trial of Leo Frank, Jason Robert Brown's musical premiered on Broadway in 1998 and was too dark for its time. Although the songwriter won a Tony Award for his rousing score, the production only ran for three months. But with acts of anti-Semitism on the rise in the US, it is, sadly, an ideal time for this powerful show, which explores how a Jewish New Yorker became a scapegoat for a heinous crime in Atlanta, Georgia in 1913. Dear Evan Hansen Tony winner Ben Platt is spectacular as Frank and The Cher Show's Micaela Diamond is moving as his wife, who finds her purpose in trying to clear her husband's name.

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Sweeney Todd - begins performances February 26

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street between Broadway and Eighth Avenue

Previews start February 26. Opens March 26. Open run.

Attend the tale of you-know-who. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's bloody great musical about an avenging barber and his resourceful paramour returns to Broadway for the first time in almost two decades. International recording star Josh Groban plays the blade-wielding title character, Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford is pie shop owner Mrs. Lovett, and the supporting cast includes Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles and Stranger Things favorite Gaten Matarazzo. Hamilton Tony winner Thomas Kail directs the production, which features a cast of dozens and a 26-piece orchestra.

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Bob Fosse's Dancin' - begins performances March 2

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

Previews start March 2. Opens March 19. Closes May 14. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

After an out-of-town engagement at The Old Globe in San Diego, this revival of Bob Fosse's Dancin' shimmies onto Broadway. Created by the groundbreaking dance-maker himself back in 1978, it's an exhilarating revue using a wide range of music to accompany his signature style, which goes way beyond jazz hands. Tony-winning choreographer Wayne Cilento, who starred in the original Broadway production, directs.

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Shucked - begins performances March 8

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

Previews start March 8. Opens April 4. Closes January 14, 2024. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

A campy musical comedy about corn, Shucked arrives on Broadway after a well-reviewed out-of-town tryout in Utah. Before you scoff, the show has a pun-and-punch-line-heavy book by Tootsie Tony winner Robert Horn and is directed by three-time Tony winner Jack O'Brien, whose credits include Hairspray and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. With a story about a country bumpkin teaming up with an urban con man, songs by the popular Nashville songwriting team of Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, and a cast that includes scene-stealers John Behlmann, Alex Newell, Kevin Cahoon and Mean Girls Tony nominee Grey Henson, it sounds like a hoot of a hootenanny.

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Camelot - begins performances March 9

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

Previews start March 9. Opens April 13. Closes July 23. 

After a 30-year absence, Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's beloved musical Camelot returns to Broadway courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater. The Inheritance Tony winner Andrew Burnap plays King Arthur, Hamilton Tony nominee Phillipa Soo is Guenevere and Jordan Donica portrays Lancelot in this epic tale of justice, romance and tragedy inspired by T. H. White's novel The Once and Future King. Tony winner Bartlett Sher directs the production, which features an updated book by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin, a 30-piece orchestra and the classic songs "If Ever I Would Leave You," "What Do the Simple Folk Do?" and, of course, "Camelot."

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New York, New York: A New Musical - begins performances March 24

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

Previews start March 24. Opens April 26. Closes July 30.

Despite its John Kander and Fred Ebb score, including the now-iconic title tune, Martin Scorsese's 1977 movie musical New York, New York was a critical and commercial flop. Five decades later it's coming to Broadway as reimagined by a few theatre bigwigs. Billed as a love letter to the Big Apple, the show centers on the romance between a young singer (Anna Uzele) and a disillusioned musician (Colton Ryan) trying to make it in post-World War II NYC. Five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman directs and choreographs, and the score includes big band classics alongside Kander and Ebb songs with additional lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Once Upon a One More Time - begins performances May 13

Marquis Theatre, 1535 Broadway at 46th Street

Previews start May 13. Opens June 22. Closing September 3.

Oops!... they did it again! The new musical Once Upon a One More Time is another female-forward reframing of an old patriarchal tale along the lines of Bad Cinderella and & Juliet, this time with Britney Spears songs. But don't dismiss it! The out-of-town reviews were strong and praised Jon Hartmere's book, which finds fairy princesses rewriting their own stories after reading Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. Husband-and-wife dance-makers Keone Madrid and Mari Madrid (Beyond Babel, countless music videos) direct and choreograph this nonstop pop parade, which stars Justin Guarini, Briga Heelan and Aisha Jackson as Prince Charming, Cinderella and Snow White, respectively. The first official musical of the 2023-2024 season! 

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Here Lies Love - begins performances June 17

Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway at 53rd Street

Previews start June 17. Opens July 20. Closing November 26.

Also opening in the 2023-2024 season, this immersive dance musical about Imelda Marcos discos onto Broadway a decade after its award-winning run at The Public Theater. Directed by Moulin Rouge! The Musical Tony winner Alex Timbers and featuring songs by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, the musical presents the Filipina First Lady's incredible rise and infamous fall in a club, with audiences boogying alongside the actors. The Broadway Theatre is being transformed for the production, though seating will be available for those who don't want to shake their booties. It's a thrilling indictment of overindulgence starring Arielle Jacobs as the controversial shoe-loving icon.

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Back to the Future: The Musical - begins performances June 30

Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway between 50th and 51st Streets

Previews start June 30. Opens August 3. Open run.

How's this for a journey: The musicalization of the hit 1985 movie Back to the Future jumped from Manchester to London and now it's on the way to Broadway for the 2023-2024 season, DeLorean time machine intact. The story of Marty McFly (Casey Likes), a guitar-playing high schooler who's accidentally transported back to 1955, the Olivier Award-winning show stars Tony winner Roger Bart as the eccentric scientist Doc Brown and Hugh Coles as George McFly, the time-traveling teen's super-nerd dad, both reprising the roles they originated across the pond. Urinetown Tony winner John Rando directs and the score includes new songs by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard as well as hits from the movie's soundtrack, including "The Power of Love" and "Johnny B. Goode."

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PLAYS

Pictures From Home - begins performances January 13

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

Previews start January 13. Opens February 9. Closes April 30. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Broadway legends Nathan Lane, Danny Burstein and Zoë Wanamaker star in Pictures From Home, the first new Broadway play of 2023. Tony winner Bartlett Sher (To Kill a Mockingbird, Oslo) directs Sharr White's theatricalization of Larry Sultan's landmark photo memoir, an evocative portrait of a mother, a father and the son who captured their lives in decades of revealing pictures.

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A Doll's House - begins performances February 13

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

Previews start February 13. Opens March 9. Closes June 4.

Oscar winner Jessica Chastain headlines this mounting of Ibsen's landmark drama, which has been reimagined by director Jamie Lloyd and playwright Amy Herzog. Lloyd's Tony-nominated take on Betrayal and his revelatory rap reimagining of Cyrano de Bergerac at BAM proved he's a master of reinventing classics, so don't expect your grandmother's Doll's House. Tony nominee Arian Moayed costars.

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Life of Pi - begins performances March 9

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

Previews start March 9. Opens March 30. Closes July 23. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

Yann Martel's Booker Prize-winning novel was turned into an Oscar-winning movie by Ang Lee. Now the captivating tale has become an Olivier Award-winning play, which arrives on Broadway from the UK. The story centers on 16-year-old Piscine "Pi" Patel, the son of a zookeeper from India who insists he survived a deadly shipwreck on a life raft shared with a Bengal tiger. Olivier Award winner Hiran Abeysekera will reprise his performance as the title character on Broadway, but the breathtaking, life-size puppets are the true stars of the show.

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Peter Pan Goes Wrong - begins performances March 17

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

Previews start March 17. Opens April 19. Closes July 23.

The mayhem masters behind The Play That Goes Wrong bring more chaos to Broadway in Peter Pan Goes Wrong. Once again, inept college thespians put on a terrible performance—all for laughs of course. It's a meticulously choreographed slapstick comedy full of tech mishaps, flying fails and delicious over-the-top acting.

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Fat Ham - begins performances March 21

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

Previews start March 21. Opens April 12. Closes July 2. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

After a sold-out, critically acclaimed run at The Public Theater last year, James Ijames' Pulitzer Prize-winning Fat Ham transfers to Broadway. An ingenious and, ultimately, uplifting riff on Hamlet, this darkly comic coming-of-age tale centers on Juicy, a queer, Black, Southern college student whose dead dad demands his son avenge his murder. But as a sensitive and self-aware young man, Juicy wants to break the cycles of trauma and violence that impede him. Saheem Ali makes his Broadway debut as director and all the Off Broadway actors reprise their fabulous performances. I was a huge fan of this show downtown and I'm thrilled more audiences will get to experience it.

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The Thanksgiving Play - begins performances March 23

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

Previews start March 23. Opens April 20. Closes June 11. If you're a TDF member, log in to your account to purchase discount tickets.

I missed Larissa FastHorse's satire when it ran at Playwrights Horizons in 2018, so I'm excited Second Stage is presenting a new production of The Thanksgiving Play on Broadway. In this timely comedy, some theatre artists with good intentions and big ambitions decide to devise a culturally sensitive Thanksgiving school pageant. But it's way harder to cook up than a turkey. A delicious roast of all sides of America's current culture wars. Two-time Tony winner Katie Finneran stars alongside TV favorites Scott Foley (Scandal), Chris Sullivan (This Is Us) and D'Arcy Carden (The Good Place).

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Summer, 1976 - begins performances April 4

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

Previews start April 4. Opens April 25. Closes June 18.

Pulitzer Prize winner David Auburn (Proof) is behind this world-premiere play about two wildly different women finding common ground in a small Ohio town during our nation's bicentennial. Two of our finest stage performers, Tony nominees Laura Linney and Jessica Hecht, star as the mismatched pair who unexpectedly connect. Tony winner Daniel Sullivan directs this Manhattan Theatre Club production.

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Good Night, Oscar - begins performances April 7

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

Previews start April 7. Opens April 24. Closes August 27.

After an acclaimed run at Chicago's Goodman Theatre, Good Night, Oscar arrives on Broadway. Written by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife), the play stars Tony nominee Sean Hayes as Oscar Levant, a Hollywood actor and concert pianist who possessed a scathing wit, which he frequently deployed on television programs like The Tonight Show in 1958 when this one-act is set. Lisa Peterson directs this history-inspired profile of a neurotic genius.

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Prima Facie - begins performances April 11

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

Previews start April 11. Opens April 23. Closes July 2.

Olivier winner Jodie Comer (Killing Eve) makes her Broadway debut in this harrowing solo show about a lawyer who specializes in defending men against sexual assault accusations until a personal experience changes her perspective. Justin Martin directs Suzie Miller's searing, Olivier Award-winning play in this London transfer.

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The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window - begins performances April 25

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

Previews start April 25. Opens April 27. Closes July 2.

One show's loss is another's gain. After Room was indefinitely postponed due to lack of financing, the buzzy BAM revival of The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window decided to transfer to the suddenly vacant theatre. Oscar Isaac (Scenes from a Marriage, Hamlet, Star Wars) and Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Othello) star in Lorraine Hansberry's prescient drama of identity, idealism and love. The playwright's follow-up to A Raisin in the Sun surprised small-minded critics when it premiered on Broadway in 1964 because it wasn't a "Black" play. Instead, Hansberry delved into a scene she knew intimately: bohemian, progressive, well-meaning white folks. Anne Kauffman (Mary Jane, A Life) directs this production, which centers on the tumultuous marriage of a Greenwich Village couple cracking under the strain of politics, thwarted artistic ambitions and flailing friends.

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Grey House - begins performances April 29

Lyceum Theatre, 149 West 45th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues

Previews start April 29. Opens May 30. Closes July 30.

Two-time Tony winner Laurie Metcalf headlines this horror play by Levi Holloway. The terrifying tale of a couple who crashes in a remote area and seeks shelter with odd strangers in an isolated cabin, the show had a well-received run in Chicago in 2019. Two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello directs this new production, which costars Tatiana Maslany, Paul Sparks, Sophia Anne Caruso and Millicent Simmonds. Note that this is officially the first show of the 2023-2024 season.

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Just For Us - begins performances June 22

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

Previews start June 22. Opens June 26. Closes August 19.

After sold-out runs downtown, regionally and internationally, comedian Alex Edelman brings his Obie-winning solo show to Broadway for a limited summer run. For much of his career, Edelman didn't like to get political on stage. But some upsetting anti-Semitic tweets and a public invitation to a white nationalist meeting in Queens prompted him to change trajectory. The result is Just For Us, a hilarious and harrowing one-man comedy about coming face-to-face with hate. It's insightful standup that makes you want to stand up to intolerance everywhere.

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The Cottage - begins performances July 7

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

Previews start July 7. Opens July 24. Closes October 29.

Tony winner and Seinfeld icon Jason Alexander makes his Broadway directorial debut with Sandy Rustin's Noël Coward-inspired farce. Set in the English countryside in 1923, the comedy kicks off when an unfaithful wife reveals her affair to both her husband and her lover's spouse. Emmy winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Tony nominees Laura Bell Bundy (Legally Blonde) Lilli Cooper (Tootsie) star in this titillating triangle.

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The Shark Is Broken - begins performances July 25

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

Previews start July 25. Opens August 10. Closes November 19.

While Steven Spielberg's movie Jaws is considered a classic, its filming was infamously contentious. The leads didn't get along, the weather was lousy and the title mechanical shark was buggy. No wonder Ian Shaw decided to turn that offscreen drama into a dark comedy for the stage. A hit at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe that transferred to London's West End, the Olivier-nominated The Shark Is Broken is cowritten by Joseph Nixon and Ian Shaw, son of late Jaws star Robert Shaw, who played the cantankerous Quint. Shaw plays his own dad in this riotous behind-the-scene look at the making of a Hollywood blockbuster, which costars Alex Brightman as Richard Dreyfuss and and Colin Donnell as Roy Scheider.

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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.