Diva Additions: Bernadette! Phillipa! The New Season for Cheap. Week in NY Theater


The New York theater season is officially underway  (Check out my Broadway 2017-2018 Preview Guide, and my Off-Broadway Fall 2017 Preview Guide) – and there are incentives to get our butts in their seats for the traditionally slow month of September:


Broadway Week – September 4 – 17,  offering two ticket for the price of one,


20at20 – September 4 to September 24 — $20 tickets to shows Off-Broadway

Off-Off Broadway

This summer, there was no 21st New York International Fringe Festival, but there IS a 12th annual Fringe Encores, from September 5 – October 22, with shows from other fringe festivals — Hollywood, Edinburgh, Adelaide, Brighton and Winnipeg, all at SoHo Playhouse

The Flea’s new $18 million theater complex has opened with its first play, Inanimate (my review), about the love that one character feels for an inanimate object – in her case, a Dairy Queen sign. This seems apt because of the feelings theatergoers have for the many buildings that house the shows we’ll be seeing in the 2017-2018 season.

The new Flea theater

August 2017 New York Theater Quiz

Week in New York Theater News

Bernadette Peters will take over the title role of Hello, Dolly! from Bette Midler, whose final performance will be January 14.  Ms. Peters will begin on January 20, 2018, and get an official opening on February 22. Victor Garber will join the cast as Horace Vandergelder, the man Dolly is trying to snatch as her second husband.

Bernadette Peters has had a remarkable 60-year career in show business.



“Carousel” will open at the Imperial Theater April 12, 2018 with Betsy Wolfe, Margaret Colin and Alexander Gemignani joining the already announced cast of Joshua Henry, Renee Fleming and Jessie Mueller.

Alison PIll joins Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf in “Three Tall Women,” by Edward Albee, Opens March 29, 2018 at the Golden Theater

Phillipa Soo (Great Comet, Hamilton, Amelie) will be joining Uma Thurman in the cast of The Parisian Woman, a new play written by Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”) and directed by Pam MacKinnon (“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”). Marton Csokas will be making his Broadway debut. It opens November 30 at Hudson Theater.


Springsteen on Broadway has been extended more than two months! Now October 3 through February 3, 2018. Opening Oct 12 at Walter Kerr.

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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