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Broadway 2015-2016 Season Guide

 

Hamilton7Listed below, chronologically by opening dates, are the shows in the Broadway 2015-2016 season. (Click for a rundown on what Broadway shows you should see (not necessarily ones that opened this season)

An x besides a title below means the show has closed as of June 11, 2016).

An Act of God

anactofgodlogoTheater: Studio 54
Playwright: David Javerbaum
Director:  Joe Montello
Opened: May 28
Closing: August 2, 2015
Cast: Jim Parsons Christopher Fitzgerald Tim Kazurinsky
God in the person of The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons has rewritten the Ten Commandments in a joke-filled comedy begat by the author of the Twitter feed @TweetofGod.
Twitter feed: @ActofGodBway

My review and photographs of An Act of God.

This has been revived at the Booth Theater, opened June 6, 2016 and now stars Sean Hayes.  It’s scheduled to run through September 4, 2016.

xPenn and Teller

pennandtellerlogoMarquis Theater
First preview: July 7
Opening: July 12
Closing: August 16. 2015
Cast: Penn Jillette,Teller
The duo returns with their familiar mix of magic and comedy. @pennjillett and @MrTeller

xAmazing Grace

amazinggrace logoNederlander Theatre
Authors: Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron
First preview: June 25
Opens: July 16
Director: Gabriel Barre
Cast: Josh Young, Erin Mackey, Chuck Cooper, Chris Hoch, Tom Hewitt, Stanley Bahorek , Harriett D. Foy, Laiona Michelle , Rachael Ferrera, Elizabeth Ward Land

A new musical about the creation of the spiritual song ‘Amazing Grace’ by John Newton, the son of a slave trader. Twitter feed: @agmusical

My review and photographs of Amazing Grace

Hamilton

hamiltonlogoRichard Rodgers Theater
Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda
Director: Thomas Kail
First preview: July 13
Opens: August 6
Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Christopher Jackson, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Anthony Ramos, Leslie Odom Jr., Jon Rua, Phillipa Soo, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes, Voltaire Wade-Greene
The groundbreaking hip-hop opera about the life and times of the Founding Father on the ten dollar bill transfers to Broadway amid much huzzahs, including by me.
Twitter feed: @HamiltonMusical

My reviews of Hamilton are linked to in my post Everything Hamilton

SEPTEMBER

xDeaf West’s Spring Awakening

SpringAwakeninglogoBrooks Atkinson
Authors: Book and lyrics by Stephen Sater, music by Duncan Sheik
Director: Michael Arden
First preview: September 8
Opens: September 27
Closes: January 9, 2016
Cast: TBA
An 18-week run of this revival of the 2006 Broadway musical, based on Frank Wedekind’s 19th century German play about the coming-of-age, and coming-to-rebellion, of a dozen young people. This production, originally mounted in Los Angeles, is in English and American Sign Language
Twitter feed: @SA_Musical or @SpringBway

My review and photographs of Spring Awakening

OCTOBER

xOld Times

oldtimesnotlogoAmerican Airlines Theater

Playwright: Harold Pinter

Director: Douglas Hodge

First preview: September 17

Opens: October 6

Closing: Nov 29 2015

Cast: Clive Owen, Eve Best, Kelly Reilly

Owen makes his Broadway debut in this Roundabout revival of Pinter’s 1971 dark comedy about a friendly visit from Deeley’s wife’s friend Anna that turns into a battle for power

My review and photographs of Old Times

xFool For Love

FoolforLovenotquitelogoSamuel J. Friedman Theater

Playwright: Sam Shepard

Director: Daniel Aukin

First preview: September 15

Opens: October 8

Closing: TBA

Cast: Nina Arianda, Sam Rockwell

Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell star in Manhattan Theatre Club’s revival of Sam Shepard’s 1983 play about a brother and sister who share an unrequited love.

My review and photographs of Fool for LoveMy review of Fool for Love

xThe Gin Game

james-earl-jones-cicely-tyson in Gin GameJohn Golden Theater

Playwright: D.L. Coburn

Director: Leonard Foglia

First preview: September 21

Opens: October 14

Closing: TBA

Cast: Cicely Tyson, James Earl Jones

Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones team up for the revival of this Pulitzer-winning play about a man and a woman in a nursing home who turn a game of gin rummy into a battleground.

My review and photographs of The Gin Game

xDames at Sea

DamesatSealogoHelen Hayes Theater

Authors: Jim Wise (music), George Haimsohn (book and lyrics), Robin Miller (book and lyrics)

Director: Randy Skinner

First Preview: September 24

Opens: October 22

Cast: John Bolton Mara Davi Danny Gardner Eloise Kropp Leslie Margherita Cary Tedder

First revival of the 1968 musical pokes fun at movie musicals of the 1930s. The cast of Ruby’s first Broadway show learn that their theater is being demolished, so they decide to perform on a battleship Twitter feed: @DamesatSeaBway

My review and photographs of Dames at Sea

SylvialogoxSylvia

Cort Theater

Author: A.R. Gurney

Director: Dan Sullivan

First Preview:October 2

Opens: October 27

Cast: Annaleigh Ashford, Julie White, Robert Sella

Annaleigh Ashford and Julie White star in this revival of A.R. Gurney’s 1995 comedy about a man who adopts a dog (Ashford) that causes a crisis in his marriage.  First preview planned for September 25.

Twitter feed: @SylviaBroadway

xTherese Raquin

TheresaRaquinNOTlogoStudio 54

Playwright: Helen Edmundson adaptation of Emile Zola Director: Evan Cabnet

First Preview: October 1

Opens: October 29

Cast: Keira Knightly, Judith Light, Gabriel Ebert, Matt Ryan

A new stage adaptation of Zola’s novel. “In this tale of love, lust, betrayal, and guilt, Thérèse (Knightley) has made peace with her loveless marriage to a weak man when her world is turned upside down by Laurent walking through the door

My review and photographs of Therese Raquin

NOVEMBER

xKing Charles III

KingCharlesIIIlogoMusic Box Theater

Playwright: Mike Bartlett

Director: Rupert Goold

First Preview: October 10

Opens: November 1

Cast: Tim Pigott-Smith, Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Adam James,Margot Leicester, Miles Richardson, Tom Robertson, Sally Scott, Tafline Steen,Lydia Wilson

A Broadway transfer of the 2015 Olivier award for best new play imagining Prince Charles’ ascent to the throne. Twitter feed: @KingCharles3

My review and photographs of King Charles III

On Your Feet

OnYourFeetlogoMarquis Theater

Authors: Gloria Estefan (music), Alexander Dinelaris (book)

Director: Jerry Mitchell

First Preview: October 5

Opens: November 5

Cast: Ana Villafañe, Josh Segarra

Singer Gloria Estefan tells the story of her and her husband Emilio Estefan Twitter feed: @OnYourFeetBway

My review and photographs of On Your Feet

xAllegiance

AllegiancelogoLongacre

Authors: Music and lyrics by Jay Kuo, book by Marc Acito, Kay Kuo, Lorenzo Thione

Director: Stafford Arima

First Preview: October 6

Opens: November 8

Cast: George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Katie Rose Clarke, Michael K. Lee, Christopheren Nomura, Greg Watanabe

A new musical based on George Takei’s family’s experiences in an American internment camp for Japanese-Americans during World War II.

Twitter feed: @AllegianceBway

My review and photographs of Allegiance

xA View from the Bridge

AViewfromtheBridgeLyceum Theater

Playwright: Arthur Miller

Director: Ivo Van Hove

First Preview: October 21

Opens: November 12

Cast: Mark Strong, Nicola Walker, Phoebe Fox.

This will be the fifth production on Broadway of Miller’s Greek tragedy of a play set on a Brooklyn waterfront in the 1950s; the last was in 2010 starring Scarlett Johansson and Liev Schreiber. However, it marks the Broadway debut of the much-praised Belgium avant-garde director Van Hove, who wowed New York audiences just last year with his innovative Off-Broadway productions of Scenes from a Marriage and Angels in America. His View from the Bridge is a transfer from London.

My review and photographs of A View from the Bridge

MiserylogosortofxMisery

Broadhurst Theater

First preview: Oct 22 2015
Opening: Nov 15 2015
Closing: Feb 14 2016

Director: Will Frears

Writer: William Goldman, from the novel by Stephen Kin

Cast: Bruce Willis, Laurie Metcalf

Bruce Willis makes his Broadway debut with Laurie Metcalf in William Goldman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel about a popular writer held hostage by an insane fan

My review and photographs of Misery.

xChina Doll

ChinaDolllogoGerald Schoenfeld Theater

Playwright: David Mamet

Director: Pam MacKinnon

First Preview: October 21

Opens: November 19

Cast: Al Pacino, Fran Kranz

David Mamet’s new two-character play about a billionaire, Mickey Ross (Pacino), who has just bought a new airplane for his young fiancée as he prepares to go into semiretirement; on his way he suddenly gets a phone call.

Twitter feed: @ChinaDollBway

My review and photographs of China Doll

DECEMBER

The Color Purple

ColorPurplelogoBernard Jacobs Theater

Authors: Music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, book by Marsha Norman

Director: John Doyle

First Preview: November 10

Opens: December 10

Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, Danielle Brooks

A revival of the 2005 musical based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about Twitter feed: @BwayColorPurple

My review and photographs of The Color Purple

School of Rock—The Musical

Winter Garden Theater SchoolofRocklogo

Authors: Lyrics by Glenn Slater, music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and from the movie, book by Julian Fellowes

Director: Laurence Connor

First Preview: November 9

Opens: December 6

Cast: Alex Brightman, Sierra Boggess

An adaptation of the 2003 Jack Black movie about a really bad substitute teacher who enlists his fifth-grade class to form a rock group to compete in the Battle of the Bands.

Twitter feed: @SORMusical

My review and photographs of School of Rock

Fiddler on the Roof

Broadway Theater FiddlerontheRooflogo

Authors: Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Joseph Stein (book)

Director: Bartlett Sher

First Preview: November 20

Opens: December 20

Cast: Danny Burstein, Jessica Hecht, Adam Kantor, Alexandra Silber

A revival of the hugely and justly popular 1964 musical about a Jewish milkman and his daughters in hostile 19th century Russia. Twitter feed: @FiddlerBroadway

My review and photographs of Fiddler on the Roof

January

noisesofflogoxNoises Off

American Airlines Theater
Written by: Michael Frayn
Director: Jeremy Herrin
First preview: December 17, 2015
Opening: January 14, 2016
Closing: March 6, 2016
Cast: Andrea Martin, Tracee Chimo, Megan Hilty, Rob McClure, Campbell Scott and Jeremy Shamos
Twitter feed: @RTC_NYC
An impressive cast of the go-to Broadway stars of the moment undertakes the third Broadway production of this backstage comedy. “The Opening Night performance of the farce Nothing On is just hours away, and as the cast stumbles through their final dress rehearsal, things couldn’t be going any worse.”

My review of Noises Off

OurMothersBriefAffairlogoxOur Mother’s Brief Affair

Samuel J. Friedman Theater
Written by Richard Greenberg
Directed by Lynne Meadow.
First preview: December 28, 2015
Opening: January 20, 2016
Closing: March 6, 2016
Cast: Linda Lavin, Kate Arrington, Greg Keller, John Procaccino
Twitter feed: @MTC_NYC
On the verge of death for the umpteenth time, Anna (Linda Lavin) makes a shocking confession to her grown children: an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family.

My review and photographs of Our Mother’s Brief Affair

February

The Humans

TheHumanslogo
Helen Hayes Theater
Written by Stephen Karam
Directed by Joe Mantello
First preview: January 23, 2016
Opening: February 18, 2016
Cast: Cassie Beck, Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell, Lauren Klein, Arian Moayed, Sarah Steele
Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving at his daughter’s apartment in lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle pre-war duplex, eerie things start to go bump in the night.
My review of The Humans, when it was Off-Broadway, with the same cast.

(My review and photographs of The Humans on Broadway)

xHughie

Hughielogo
Booth Theater
Written by Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Michael Grandage.
First preview: February 8, 2016
Opening: February 25, 2016
Cast: Forest Whitaker, Frank Wood
Twitter feed: @HughieBroadway
1928. New York City. A hotel lobby. A small-time gambler and big-time drinker (Forest Whitaker) makes his way back to Room 492. With a new night clerk (Frank Wood) on duty, he is forced to confront his personal demons and discover the real end to his own story

My review and photographs of Hughie

March

EclipsedlogoEclipsed

Golden Theater
Written by Danai Gurira
Directed by Liesl Tommy
First preview: February 23, 2016
Opening: March 6, 2016
Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah, Saycon Sengbloh.
Twitter feed: @eclipsedbway
Eclipsed is the story of five extraordinary women brought together by upheaval in their homeland of Liberia

My review and photographs of Eclipsed

 

xDisaster!

DisasterLogoNederlander Theater
Written by Seth Rudetsky, Jack Plotnick.
Directed by Jack Plotnick
irst Preview: February 9, 2016
Opening: March 8, 2016
Cast: Roger Bart, Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Max Crumm, Lacretta Nicole, Adam Pascal, Faith Prince, Seth Rudetsky, Jennifer Simard, Rachel York.
Twitter feed: @DisasterMusical
A spoof of 1970s disaster films, using the popular music from that era.

My review and photographs of Disaster!

xBlackbird

BlackbirdlogoBelasco Theater
Written by David Harrower
Directed by Joe Mantello
First preview: February 5
Opening: March 10
Closing: June 12
Cast: Jeff Daniels, Michelle Williams
Ray had sex with Una when she was 12 years old, and went to jail for it. Fifteen years later, she tracks him down.

My review and photographs of Blackbird

She Loves Me

shelovesmelogoStudio 54
Music by Jerry Bock. Book by Joe Masteroff. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Based on a play by Miklos Laszlo.
Directed by Scott Ellis with choreography by Warren Carlyle
First preview: February 19, 2016
Opening: March 17, 2016
Closing: July 10, 2016
Cast: Laura Benanti, Gavin Creel, Byron Jennings, Jane Krakowski, Zachary Levi, Michael McGrath.
Twitter feed: @RTC_NYC

At the parfumerie where both work, Amalia and Georg hate each other. But as secret anonymous pen pals, they are falling in love.

I am partial to the musical, since I acted in it in junior high school, something I’ve written about: She Loves Me: The Broadway Musical That Changed Our Lives 

My review and photographs of She Loves Me

Bright Star

BrightStarlogo
Cort Theater
Book by Steve Martin, music by Steven Martin and Edie Brickell, lyrics by Edie Brickell
Directed by Walter Bobbie
First Preview: February 25, 2016
Opening: March 24, 2016
Cast: Carmen Cusack, Paul Alexander Nolan, Michael Mulheren, AJ Shively, Hannah Elless, StephenBogardus, Dee Hoty, Stephen Lee Anderson, Emily Padgett, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Maddie Shea Baldwin, Allison Briner, Max Chernin, Patrick Cummings, Sandra DeNise, Richard Gatta, Lizzie Klemperer, Michael X. Martin, William Michals, Tony Roach, Sarah Jane Shanks, William Youmans
Twitter feed: @BrightStarBway
Based on a true story, the musical tells of the meeting between successful literary editor Alice Murphy and an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II. Their connection inspires Alice to confront a shocking incident from her past.

My review and photographs of Bright Star

The Crucible

TheCruciblelogo
Walter Kerr Theater
Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Ivo van Hove
First preview: February 29, 2016
Opening: March 31 ,2016
Closing: July 17, 2016
Cast: Ben Whishaw, Sophie Okonedo, Ciaran Hinds, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Camp, Jason Butler Harner, Tavi Gevinson, Jim Norton, Tina Benko, Thomas Jay Ryan, Ray Anthony Thomas, Erin Wilhelm
This is the sixth Broadway production of Miller’s popular account of the Salem witch trials of the 1690’s, but it is being directed by the experimental Belgium director Ivo van Hove, who made his Broadway debut in 2015 with another Miller play, A View From The Bridge.

My review and photographs of The Crucible

April

The Father

TheFatherlogoSamuel J. Friedman Theater
Written by Florian Zeller. Translation by Christopher Hampton
Directed by Doug Hughes.
First preview: March 22, 2016
Opening: April 14, 2016
Cast: Frank Langella
Twitter: @MTC_NYC
A look inside the mind of Andre (Frank Langella), a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room?

My review and photographs of The Father.

xAmerican Psycho

americanpsychologo
Gerald Schoenfeld Theater
Book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa; Music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik
Directed by Rupert Goold
First Preview: March 24, 2016
Opening: April 21, 2016
Twitter: @APtheMusical
Cast: Benjamin Walker, Jennifer Damiano, Alice Ripley, Helene Yorke
A musical based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis about a stylish serial killer

My review and photographs of American Psycho

Waitress

Waitresslogo2Brooks Atkinson Theater
Music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles. Book by Jessie Nelson.
Directed by Diane Paulus. Choreographed by Lorin Latarro.
First Preview: March 25, 2016
Opening: April 24, 2016
Cast: Jessie Mueller, Eric Anderson, Christoher Fitzgerald, Drew Gehling, Kimiko Glenn, Dakin Matthews, Jessie Mueller, Keala Settle Charity Angél Dawson, Jeremy Morse, Stephanie Torns
Twitter: @WaitressMusical
Based on the 2007 movie written by Adrienne Shelly, the musical focuses on Jenna (Jessie Mueller), a waitress and expert pie maker, who is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage… until a baking content in a nearby county and the town’s handsome new doctor .

My review and photographs of Waitress 

Fully Committed

FullyCommittedLogo
Lyceum Theater
Written by Becky Mode
Directed by Jason Moore
First Preview: April 2, 2016
Opening: April 25, 2016
Closing: July 24, 2016
Cast: Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Twitter: @FullyBroadway

Ferguson portrays 15 character involved with a high-class restaurant

My review and photographs of Fully Committed

xTuck Everlasting

TuckEverlastinglogo2
Broadhurst
Book by Claudia Shear and Tim Federle. Music by Chris Miller. Lyrics by Nathan Tysen.
Directed and choreographed by Casey Nicholaw
First preview: March 31, 2016
Opening: April 26, 2016
Cast: Fred Applegate, Carolee Carmello, Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Robert Lenzi, Sarah Charles Lewis, Terrence Mann, Michael Park, Michael Wartella, Valerie Wright.
Twitter: @TuckMusical
Based on the novel by Natalie Babbitt, the musical tells the story of Winnie Foster, who embarks on a life-changing adventure after she discovers the secret of the Tuck family (hint of what it is in the title.)

My review and photographs of Tuck Everlasting

Long Day’s Journey Into Night

longdaysjourneylogo
American Airlines Theater
Written by Eugene O’Neill
Directed by Jonathan Kent
First Preview: March 31, 2016
Opening: April 27, 2016
Closing: July 17, 2016
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, John Gallagher Jr., Jessica Lange, Michael Shannon.
Twitter: @RTC_NYC
The sixth production of O’Neill’s riveting play about the Tyrone family, undisguised as his own.

My review and photographs from Long Day’s Journey Into Night

Shuffle Along, Or, The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed

Shufflealonglogo
Music Box Theater
Music and lyrics by Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake
Book by George C. Wolfe (original book by F. E. Miller & Aubrey Lyles)
Directed by George C. Wolfe, choreography by Savion Glover
First Preview: March 15, 2016
Opening: April 28, 2016
Cast: Audra McDonald*, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon, Joshua Henry, Brooks Ashmanskas, Felicia Boswell, Amber Iman, Adrienne Warren, Phillip Attmore, Darius de Haas, C.K. Edwards, Afra Hines, Curtis Holland, Adrienne Howard, Kendrick Jones, Lisa LaTouche, Alicia Lundgren, J.C. Montgomery, Erin N. Moore, Janelle Neal, Brittany Parks, Arbender Robinson, Karissa Royster, Britton Smith, Zurin Villanueva, Christian Dante White, J.L. Williams, Pamela Yasutake, Richard Riaz Yoder
In May 1921, the new musical Shuffle Along became a hit,
significantly altering the face of the Broadway musical. This is both that musical and the story of that musical.

My review and photographs of Shuffle Along

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