Broadway 2021-2022 Season Guide

Below is my annual preview guide of Broadway openings chronological by opening date — a list with a twist this year: It’s also Broadway reopenings…of shows that have been on the Great Bright Way for as long as three decades, but were forced to close because of COVID-19.
This calendar of Broadway shows that have specific opening or reopening dates is a tentative list, in a couple of ways. One way it’s tentative is traditional: More shows will be added in the days, weeks and months ahead. (Below the calendar is a list of shows that have yet to reschedule.) The list is also tentative in an unprecedented way: The shows are all dependent on the guidance of the government concerning public health; if COVID-19 infection rates go up, the shows may be canceled, or a particular show may be postponed or put on hiatus if there is an outbreak or positive tests among the company. As of now, all shows are scheduled to open at 100 percent capacity but will require safety measures, including but not necessarily limited to showing proof of vaccination and wearing masks.

Each title is linked to the show’s website, where you can buy tickets (from most, not yet all.) This list is being updated with each new announcement.

June, 2021

Springsteen on Broadway
Theater: St. James
Opened: October 12, 2017
Closed: December 15, 2018
Reopening: June 26, 2021
Closed: September 4, 2021

Bruce Springsteen made his Broadway debut with five concerts a week.  “My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music. Some of the show is spoken, some of it is sung. It loosely follows the arc of my life and my work.”  He tells stories from his autobiography, “Born to Run.”(My review when it was on Netflix)

August 2021

Pass Over
August Wilson Theater
First preview: August 4
Opening: August 22
Closed: October 10
Author: Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu
Director: Danya Taymor 
Cast: Jon Michael Hill, Namir Smallwood, Gabriel Ebert
Inspired by Waiting for Godot, Moses and Kitch talk shit, pass the time, and hope that maybe today will be different. As they dream of their promised land, a stranger wanders into their space and disrupts their plans. My review of Pass Over on Broadway

September, 2021

Walter Kerr
Opened: Apr 17, 2019
Reopening: September 2, 2021
Author: Anais Mitchell
Director: Rachel Chavkin
Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s musical, widely acclaimed at New York Theatre Workshop (my review), follows two intertwining love stories — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of king Hades and his wife Persephone — as it invites audiences on an epic journey to the underworld and back. My review on Broadway, with reopening video.

Ethel Barrymore Theater
Music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles. Book by Jessie Nelson.
Directed by Diane Paulus. Choreographed by Lorin Latarro.
Opened: April 24, 2016
Reopening: September 2, 2021
Closing: January 9, 2022
Cast: Sara Bareilles
Twitter: @WaitressMusical
Based on the 2007 movie written by Adrienne Shelly, the musical focuses on Jenna , 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 of Waitress with updated info 

Ambassador Theater (219 West 49th Street)
Opened: November 14, 1996
Reopening: September 14, 2021
Twitter: @ChicagoMusical
Cast: Ana Villafañe as Roxie Hart, Bianca Marroquín as Velma Kelly,  Lillias White as Matron Mama Morton.
A chorus girl in 1920′s Chicago murders her lover and becomes a star. This cynical, tuneful 1975 musical adaptation by John Kander and Fred Ebb (“Cabaret” team) of a 1926 play was revived to great acclaim by director Walter Bobbie and choreographer Ann Reinking in homage to original choreographer Bob Fosse. But it has gone through many, many cast changes since then. Some say this is the production that invented the modern Broadway practice of “stunt casting.”
Beginning in November, 2014, it became the second-longest running musical on Broadway.

Richard Rodgers Theater
Opened: August 6, 2015
Reopening: September 14, 2021
Twitter: @HamiltonMusical
The story of the first Secretary of the Treasury, told as a rap opera, is groundbreaking and breathtaking. It has become a phenomenon on Broadway — and elsewhere! I’ve seen it four times, and have written about it so many times that years ago I put together a post called Everything Hamilton, (now outdated; My review of the 2019 Broadway cast)

The Lion King
Minskoff Theater (200 West 45th Street)
Opened: November 13, 1997
Reopening: September 14, 2021
Twitter: @TheLionKing
Based on the 1994 Disney animated film about the coming-of-age of a young lion in the African jungle, this musical offers African-inflected music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice and the visual magic of Julie Taymor. Taymor is the director, and composer and lyricist for some of the songs. But above all, she is the designer of the costumes, masks, and puppets — and it is these visuals that make this show a good first theatrical experience — and worthwhile for any theatergoer no matter how experienced.

Gershwin Theater (222 West 51st Street)
Opened: October 30, 2003
Reopening: September 14, 2021
Twitter: @WICKED_Musical
Cast: Lindsay Pearce as Elphaba, Ginna Claire Mason as Glinda, Alexandra Billings as Madame Morrible (Kathy Fitzgerald will play the role from 9/14 through 9/26), Michael McCormick as The Wizard, Sam Gravitte as Fiyero, Riley Costello as Boq, Mili Diaz as Nessarose, and Michael X. Martin as Doctor Dillamond. The standbys are Jennifer DiNoia (Elphaba) and Brittney Johnson (Glinda).
The musical tells the story of “The Wizard of Oz” from the witches’ perspective, more specifically from the Wicked Witch of the West, who was not, as a child, wicked at all, but just green-tinted, taunted, and misunderstood. There is so much to like about this musical, the clever twists on the familiar tale, the spectacular set, and music that is a lot more appealing in context (such as the song “Defying Gravity”) that I will forgive the contortions necessary to tack on a happy ending.

David Byrne’s American Utopia
St. James Theater
Opened: October 20, 2019. Closed: Feb 16, 2020
Reopening: September 17, 2021. Closing: Jan 16, 2022
Director: Alex Timbers
A stage adaptation of David Byrne’s 2018 album. This show had closed before the pandemic, and was planning a second Broadway run. (My review of the show on HBO)

Come From Away
Theater: Schoenfeld
Twitter: wecomefromaway
Opened: March 12, 2017
Reopening: September 21, 2021
Book, music and lyrics by the Canadian husband-and-wife team Irene Sankoff and David Hein.
Director: Christopher Ashley
Cast: Chad Kimball, Jenn Colella, Joel Hatch, Rodney Hicks and Caesar Samayoa.
New musical that explores the lasting connection forged between a group of travelers whose planes were diverted to a small Newfoundland town on Sept. 11, 2001. (My review)

Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Theater: Al Hirschfeld
Opened: July 25, 2019
Reopening: September 24, 2021
Book by John Logan
Director: Alex Timbers
Cast: Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, Sahr Ngaujah,Tam Mutu, Ricky Rojas, Robyn Hurder
Stage adaptation of Baz Luhrman’s 2001 Oscar-nominated movie musical about a poet entranced by a cabaret singer. My review of Moulin Rouge

New Amsterdam
Opened: March 20,2014
Reopening: September 28, 2021
Twitter: @Aladdin
Based on the 1992 Disney animated movie, Aladdin tell the story of a poor street kid who falls in love with a princess, is imprisoned but discovers the secrets of a magic lamp. My Review of Aladdin: A Genie Works His Magic on Broadway

Lackawanna Blues
MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater
First preview: September 14
Opening: September 30
Closing: November 7, 2021
Written, performed and directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Santiago-Hudson performs more than 20 characters in his celebration of the big-hearted woman who raised him, Miss Rachel, in a 1950s boarding house outside Buffalo. The play is accompanied by live music written by  Bill Sims, Jr. and performed by Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Junior Mack.

October, 2021

Brooks Atkinson
First preview: February 13, 2020
Returning: September 17, 2021, Opening: October 3
Written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss;
Pop-concert musical featuring the six wives of Henry VIII. It was due to open on March 12, 2020 — the day that Broadway was shut down. My review of Six.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Shubert Theater
Opened December 13, 2018
Reopening: October 5, 2021
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Director: Bartlett Sher
Cast: Jeff Daniels, Celia Keenan-Bolger,
Portia as Calpurnia, Hunter Parrish as Jem Finch, Michael Braugher as Tom Robinson, Russell Harvard as Link Deas, Neal Huff as Bob Ewell, Erin Wilhelmi as Mayella Ewell, Noah Robbins as Dill Harris, Zachary Booth as Horace Gilmer, Gordon Clapp as Judge John Taylor, Patricia Conolly as Mrs. Dubose, Christopher Innvar as Sheriff Heck Tate, Ted Koch as Mr. Cunningham, and Amelia McClain as Miss Stephanie, withIan BedfordRosalyn ColemanAnne-Marie CussonMichael Bryan FrenchSteven Lee JohnsonTyler LeaMariah LeeGeoffrey Allen MurphyLuke SmithYaegel T. Welch, and William Youmans rounding out the ensemble.
Based on Harper Lee’s novel about a virtuous Southern lawyer at a time of racial bigotry. (My review of Aaron Sorkin’s “To Kill A Mockingbird.”)

Freestyle Love Supreme
Theater: Booth
Opening: October 7
Closing: January 2, 2022
Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Thomas Kail, and Anthony Veneziale
Directed by Thomas Kail
The hip-hop improv show returns to Broadway for a limited engagement. (My review of Freestyle Love Supreme)

Theater: Lunt-Fontanne
Opened: November 7, 2019
Reopening: October 8, 2021
Book by Katori Hall
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Musical about the life of Tina Turner currently on the West End. My review of Tina

Chicken & Biscuits
Circle in the Square Theater
First preview: September 23, 2021
Opening: October 10
Closing: January 2, 2022
Written by Douglas Lyons
Directed by Zhailon Levingston
Cast: Norman Lewis, Michael Urie
The Jenkins family is coming together to celebrate the life of their father—hopefully without killing each other! But any hopes for a peaceful reunion unravel when a family secret shows up at the funeral… My review of Chicken & Biscuits

Is This A Room
First preview: September 24, 2021
Opening: October 11, 2021
Closing: November 28, 2021
Director: Tina Satter
Cast: Emily Davis
A dramatization of the verbatim transcript of the interrogation by the FBI at her home of Reality Winner, the 25-year-old former Air Force linguist who was convicted of “removing classified material from a government facility and mailing it to a news outlet” and incarcerated for more than five years, an unprecedented long sentence. (My review when the play was Off-Broadway at the Vineyard.) To be presented in repertory with Dana H.

Girl From the North Country
Theater: Belasco
Opened: March 5, 2020
Reopening: October 13, 2021
Written and directed by Conor McPherson
Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan
Cast: Todd Almond, Jeannette Bayardelle, Jennifer Blood, Law Terrell Dunford, Matthew Frederick Harris, Caitlin Houlahan, Robert Joy, Marc Kudisch, Luba Mason, Ben Mayne, Matt McGrath, Tom Nelis, Jay O. Sanders, John Schiappa, Austin Scott, Kimber Elayne Sprawl, Rachel Stern, Chiara Trentalange, Bob Walton, Chelsea Lee Williams, and Mare Winningham. Colin Bates will replace Colton Ryan in the role of Gene Laine.
Set in 1934 at a guesthouse in the heartland of America, a group of travelers pass in and out of each other’s lives, and share stories that awaken each other with passion, fury and, beauty. This originated at the Public Theater. My review.
My review on Broadway

Thoughts of a Colored Man
Golden Theater
Twitter: @coloredmanplay
First preview: October 1, 2021
Opening: October 13, 2021
Written by Keenan Scott II
Directed by Steve H. Broadnax III
Cast: Dyllón Burnside, Bryan Terrell Clark, Da’Vinchi, Luke James, Forrest McClendon, Tristan “Mack” Wilds and  Keith David
As the sun rises on a single day in the pulsing heart of Brooklyn, seven Black men are about to discover the extraordinary – together. The play blends spoken word, slam poetry, rhythm, and humor. (The opening has been moved up from October 31). My review of Thoughts of a Colored Man

The Lehman Trilogy
First preview: September 25, 2021
Opening: October 14
Closing: January 2, 2022
Written by Stefano Massini
Directed by Sam Mendes
Cast: Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, Adrian Lester
The history of the rise and fall of the Lehman Brothers over 164 years, starting with the arrival of the three Lehman brothers from Bavaria in the mid nineteenth century. My review of The Lehman Trilogy when it was at the Park Avenue Armory in April, 2019. My review of The Lehman Trilogy on Broadway

Aint Too Proud
Imperial Theater
Opened: Mar 21, 2019
Reopening: Oct 16, 2021
Book by Dominique Morisseau
Music by The Temptations
Director: Des McAnuff
Cast: Jeremy Pope as Eddie Kendricks, Ephraim Sykes as David Ruffin, etc.
This new musical helmed by the director of “Jersey Boys” follows The Temptations’ journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. My review

Dana H.
First preview: October 1, 2021
Opening: October 17, 2021
Closing: November 28, 2021
Writer: Lucas Hnath
Director: Les Waters
Cast: Deirdre O’Connell
Hnath reconstructs the story of his mother Dana Higginbotham’s abduction for five months in a series of Florida motels, adapted from interviews with Higginbotham conducted by Steve Cosson. Originated at the Vineyard Off-Broadway. To be presented in repertory with “Is This A Room” My review.

Jagged Little Pill
Theater: Broadhurst
Opened: December 5, 2019
Reopening: October 21, 2021
Written by Diablo Cody
Director: Diane PaulusFirs
Cast: Elizabeth Stanley, Kathryn Gallagher, Celia Rose Gooding, Derek Klena, Sean Allan Krill, and Lauren Patten
Using the songs from the eponymous Alanis Morissette album (plus new material), this musical tells the story of a multi-generation, multiracial suburban family grappling with a series of distressing events. My review of A Jagged Little Pill

The Phantom of The Opera
Majestic Theater (247 West 44th Street)
Opened: January 26, 1988
Reopening: October 22, 2021
Twitter: @TheOperaGhosts
The Phantom of the Opera, based on a 1911 French novel by Gaston Leroux, is about a disfigured genius named Erik who lives in the catacombs of the Paris Opera House and falls in love with Christine, an aspiring singer whom he helps…until an old flame of Christine’s named Raoul steps back into the picture.
However, the story in the musical, written and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber — with more than its share of 1980′s heavy power ballads — is starting to take second place to the story of the musical, which is the longest-running Broadway musical of all time, and probably the most profitable.
Webber wrote a “sequel,” entitled “Love Never Dies,” which was set for Broadway in the 2010-2011 season, but, after scathing reviews in London, may never appear here.

Caroline, or Change
Roundabout’s Studio 54
First preview: October 8, 2021
Opening: October 27, 2021
Book and lyrics by Tony Kushner
Music by Jeanine Tesori
Directed by Michael Longhurst
Cast: Sharon D. Clarke
An import of a West End production of the 2003 musical about Caroline, an African-American maid whose world of 1963 Louisiana ripples with change both large and small. My review.

November, 2021

The Book of Mormon
The Eugene O’Neill Theater
Opened: March 24, 2011
Reopening: November 5, 2021
Director: Jason Moore and Trey Parker
Twitter feed: @BookofMormonBWY
This musical by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (book), the creators of South Park, and Robert Lopez, one of the composer-lyricists for “Avenue Q” (music and lyrics) and Frozen (both movie and musical), is about both the founder of the Church of Latter-Day Saints and modern disciples. It is outrageous, irreverent in one way, but also deeply reverent to (even while parodying) the best traditions of the Broadway musical.
My review of The Book of Mormon: Ridiculing Religion, Worshiping The Great White Way

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Theater: Lyric
Author: Jack Thorne
Director: John Tiffany.
Opened: April 22, 2018
Returning, reimagined: November 12, 2021
Official opening date: December 7
Twitter feed: @HPPlayNYC
A play written by Jack Thorne based on an original story by him, directory John Tiffany and Harry Potter novelist J.K. Rowling “While an adult Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. ” The production, which was presented in two parts previously (with separate admissions) will now be presented as a single performance. It’s not yet clear what the new running time will be. (My review of the two-part Potter)

First preview: November 2, 2021
Opening: November 17, 2021
Closing: December 19, 2021
Book by Joe DiPietro; Music and lyrics by David Bryan
Directed by Christopher Ashley
Cast: Jeanna de Waal as Princess Diana, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles,
Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles, Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth. My review

Trouble in Mind
Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater
First preview: October 29, 2021
Opening: November 18, 2021
Writer: Alice Childress
Director: Charles Randolph-Wright
Cast: LaChanze
Alice Childress’s play, which premiered off-Broadway in 1955, follows a Black actress in rehearsals for a Broadway production and examines racism and ego in the theater world. My review

Second Stage’s Helen Hayes Theater
First preview: November 3, 2021
Opening: November 23, 2021
Writer: Lynn Nottage
Director: Kate Whoriskey
Cast: Uzo Aduba, Ron Cephas Jones, Reza Salazar, Kara Young and Edmund Donovan.
A truck stop sandwich shop offers its formerly incarcerated kitchen staff a shot at reclaiming their lives, even as the shop’s callous owner tries to keep them under her thumb. My review

Slave Play
August Wilson Theater
Returning: November 23
Writer: Jeremy O.Harris
Director: Robert O’Hara
The Old South lives on at the MacGregor Plantation — or so it initially seems, with three interracial couples engaging in sexual gamesmanship. My review of the play Off-Broadway. My review on Broadway This is a return engagement of a play nominated for 12 Tonys (winning none) that initially ran at the John Golden from Sept. 10, 2019 through Jan. 19, 2020

December, 2021

Mrs. Doubtfire
Stephen Sondheim Theatre
First Preview: October 21, 2021
Opening: December 5, 2021
Cast: Rob McClure
A new musical based on the Robin Williams 1993 movie. When out-of-work actor Daniel Hillard loses custody of his kids in a divorce, he disguises himself as Scottish nanny Euphegenia Doubtfire in a desperate attempt to stay in their lives. My review.

Bernard B. Jacobs Theater
First Preview: November 15, 2021
Opening: December 9, 2021
Music by Stephen Sondheim, book by George Furth
Cast: Patti LuPone, Katrina Lenk
The fifth production of the musical about a single 35-year-old with married friends, this one is “re-gendered” so that the protagonist is now a woman, Bobbie. My review

Dear Evan Hansen
Theater: Music Box
Authors: Score by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, book by Steven Levenson
Director: Michael Greif
Opened: December 4, 2016
Reopening: December 11, 2021
Tweeter feed: @DearEvanHansen
A high school student pretends to have been best friends with a classmate who committed suicide in this musical by the songwriters of A Christmas Story: The Musical. This was nearly a cult favorite Off-Broaway. My review of Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway

Flying Over Sunset
Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont
First preview: November 11
Opening: December 13, 2021
Book by James Lapine, music by Tom Kitt, and lyrics by Michael Korie
Director: James Lapine
Cast:Carmen Cusack, Harry Hadden-Paton and Tony Yazbeck
Cary Grant, Clare Boothe Luce and Aldous Huxley all revealed during their lifetimes that they had taken LSD. This new musical imagines their gathering together to get high. My review of Flying Over Sunset

January, 2022

Skeleton Crew
MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
First preview: December 27
Opening: January 26 (delayed from the initial January 19 opening because of COVID-19_
Written by Dominique Morisseau
Directed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson
Cast: Chanté Adams, Joshua Boone, Brandon J. Dirden, Phylicia Rashad
Workers at “the last small factory standing” servicing the Big Three automakers —  in Detroit, Michigan around 2008. The plant is itself in danger of shutting down, and each of the people who work there is individually struggling with losses and disappointments. (My review of Skeleton Crew Off-Broadway)

February, 2022

MJ The Musical
Theater: Neil Simon
First Preview: December 6, 2021
Opening: February 1, 2022
Book by Lynn Nottage, music by Michael Jackson
Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon.
Cast: Myles Frost
The story of Michael Jackson’s life, with a score made up of his songs, among the most popular in history. My review

The Music Man
Winter Garden
First preview: December 20, 2021
Opening: February 10, 2022
Cast: Hugh Jackman, Sutton Foster
The fourth Broadway production of Meredith Wilson’s musical about “Professor” Harold Hill, the con man posing as a traveling salesman. My review

March, 2022

Plaza Suite

Hudson Theater
First preview: February 25, 2022
Opening: March 28, 2022
Closing: June 12
Written by Neil Simon
Directed by John Benjamin Hickey
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Sarah Jessica Parker
In this first revival of Simon’s 1968 comedy, Broderick and Parker (married in real life) perform as three couples  in three one-act plays all taking place in the same suite in the Plaza Hotel. My review

April, 2022

Paradise Square
Theater: Barrymore
First preview: March 15, 2022
Opening: April 3
Book by Christina Anderson, Marcus Gardley , Craig Lucas and Larry Kirwan 
Score by: Jason Howland, Nathan Tysen, Masi Asare,Larry Kirwan, and the songs of Stephen Foster
Director Moisés Kaufman
Choreographer: Bill T. Jones
Cast: Joaquina Kalukango, Chilina Kennedy, John Dossett, Sidney DuPont, A.J. Shively
Nathaniel Stampley, Gabrielle McClinton, Jacob Fishel, Kevin Dennis
A musical about New York’s Draft Riots of 1863, which pitted Irish immigrants against Black Americans, who lived together in the slum neighborhood  Five Points ,where tap dancing was born, as Irish step dancing joyously competed with Black American Juba.  My review

Take Me Out
Theater: Second Stage’s Helen Hayes
First Preview: March 10, 2022
Opening: April 4, 2022
Written by Richard Greenberg
Director: Scott Ellis
Cast: Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson
A revival of the Tony-winning play about the coming out of a gay baseball player. My review

Opened: April 25, 2019
Reopening: April 8, 2022
Book by Scott Brown and Anthony King
Music and lyrics  by Eddie Perfect
Director: Alex Timbers
Based on the Tim Burton movie, which ells the story of Lydia Deetz, a teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. My review

Birthday Candles
Theater: Roundabout’s American Airlines
First Preview: March 18, 2022
Opening: April 10, 2022
Written by Noah Haidle
Director: Vivienne Benesch
Cast: Debra Messing, Andre Braugher, Enrico Colantoni
Messing portrays a woman whose birthdays we see her celebrate, from her age 17 to 101. My review.

The Little Prince
Broadway Theater
First preview: March 29
Opening: April 11
Closing: August 14
Libretto Adaptation by Chris Mouron based on the Book by Antoine De Saint-Exupery
Original Music by Terry Truck
Directed by Anne Tournié and Chris Mouron
The play is an adaptation, half dance theater, half circus acrobatics, of the popular 1943 novella that follows a young prince who visits various planets in space. My review

American Buffalo
Circle in the Square Theater
First preview: March 22
Opening: April 14
Closing: August
Written by David Mamet
Directed by Neil Pepe
Cast: Darren Criss, Laurence Fishburne, and Sam Rockwell
A revival of the 1977 plays about three small time hustlers who want a bigger cut of the American dream My review

The Minutes
Opening: April 17, 2022
Closing: July 10
Written by Tracy Letts
Directed by Ann D. Shapiro
Cast:  Noah Reid, Ian Barford, Blair Brown, Cliff Chamberlain, K. Todd Freeman, Tracy Letts, Danny McCarthy, Jessie Mueller, Sally Murphy, Austin Pendleton, Jeff Still
Letts’ most political work to date is a dark comedy about a town council meeting in the fictional town of Big Cherry that turns ominous. My review

How I Learned to Drive
MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater
First preview: March 29
Opening:April 19
Written by Paula Vogel
Directed by Mark Brokaw
Cast: David Morse and Mary-Louise Parker
The revival of playwright Paul Vogel’s Pulitzer-winning 1997 play about a charismatic child molester and the niece who recalls him with ambivalence. The play marks Vogel’s second show on Broadway (after Indecent), and features the original Off-Broadway stars. My review

for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf 
Booth Theater
First preview: April 1, 2022
Opening: April 20, 2022
Written by Ntozake Shange
Directed and choreographed by Camille A. Brown
The first Broadway revival of the groundbreaking 1970s “choreopoem” in which seven women of color share their stories and find strength in each other’s humor and passion through a fusion of poetry, dance, music, and song. My review

First preview: April 1
Opening: April 21
Written by Martin McDonagh
Directed by Matthew Dunster
Cast: Alfie Allen, David Threlfall 
A former British hangman, who retired after hanging was abolished, now owns a pub, which a mysterious stranger enters, turning the world upside down in this macabre farce. (My review of Hangmen, with a different cast, Off Broadway.) My review on Broadway

Funny Girl
August Wilson Theater
First preview: March 26
Opening: April 24
Book by Isobel Lennart; Revised Book by Harvey Fierstein; Music by Jule Styne; Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Directed by Michael Mayer
Cast: Beanie Feldstein, Ramin Karimloo, Jane Lynch, Jared Grimes
A revival of the musical based on incidents in the life of comedian Fanny Brice, which debuted on Broadway in 1964 starring Barbra Streisand. My review

The Skin of Our Teeth
Vivian Beaumont
First preview: March 31
Opening: April 25
Written by Thornton Wilder
Directed by Lileana Blain-Cruz
Wilder’s 1943 Pulitzer Prize winning drama follows the Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey, as they persevere through an Ice Age, a Biblical flood, and war, a model of human endurance. My review

A Strange Loop
First preview: April 6
Opening: April 26
Book, music and lyrics by Michael R. Jackson
Directed by Stephen Brackett
Cast: Jaquel Spivey (Usher) Antwayn Hopper (Thought 6), L Morgan Lee (Thought 1), John-Michael Lyles (Thought 3), James Jackson, Jr. (Thought 2), John-Andrew Morrison (Thought 4), and Jason Veasey (Thought 5).
The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical a about a big, gay Black guy who is struggling to write a musical about a big, gay black guy who is struggling… (Read my review when it was Off-Broadway and my interview with Michael R. Jackson.) My review on Broadway

First preview: April 14
Opening: April 27
Closing: August 14
Written by Selina Fillinger
Directed by Susan Stroman
Cast: Lilli Cooper, Lea Delaria, Rachel Dratch, Julianne Hough, Suzy Nakamura, Vanessa Williams 
Subtitled: “Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive,” the new play (unsurprisingly) features seven women who risk life, liberty, and the pursuit of sanity to keep the President out of trouble after he unwittingly spins a PR nightmare into a global crisis. My review

Mr. Saturday Night
First preview: March 29
Opening: April 27
Book By Billy Crystal, Lowell Ganz & Babaloo Mandel
Music By Jason Robert Brown
Lyrics By Amanda Green
Choreography By Ellenore Scott
Directed By John Rando
Cast: Billy Crystal, Randy Graff, David Paymer,Chasten Harmon
Based on original 1992 Columbia Pictures film of the same name, Billy Crystal portrays Buddy Young Jr., an outrageous and outspoken comedian who found fame, if not fortune, in the early days of television.  Now, some 40 years after his TV career flamed out, Buddy seeks one more shot at the spotlight, and fixing his family. (Crystal no longer has to play old.) My review

First preview: March 29
Opening: April 28
Closing: July 10, 2022
Written by William Shakespeare
Directed by Sam Gold
Cast: Daniel Craig, Ruth Negga
The Bard’s tragedy about the costs of political ambition My review

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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