Broadway 2022-2023 Season Preview Guide

Below is my annual preview guide of Broadway openings in the 2022-2023 season, which features starry revivals of some of America’s most acclaimed plays and musicals, new adaptations of beloved movies and books, and the Broadway debuts of provocative original plays and unusual new musicals.

These are the surest shows in a season that is not yet fully formed (in a world that remains uncertain because of the continuing pandemic.) More is to come; much will be changed. This preview will be regularly updated.

The list is organized chronologically by opening date (not by first preview), with the title linked to the show’s official website.

July, 2022

Into the Woods
St. James Theater
First Preview: June 28, 2022
Opening July 10
Closing August 21, 2022
Written by Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine (book),
Directed by Lear deBessonet, choreographed by Lorin Lattaro
Cast: Sara Bareilles as the Baker’s Wife, and Gavin Creel as the Wolf/Cinderella’s Prince from the Encores production, with new cast members Brian D’Arcy James as the Baker, Patina Miller as the Witch, Phillipa Soo as Cinderella and Joshua Henry as Rapunzel’s Prince.

This revival of Sondheim and Lapine’s clever and tuneful adult take on classic fairy tales is a transfer from the New York City Center Encores! concert series.
My review

The Kite Runner
The Hayes
First preview July 6
Opening July 21
Closing October 30, 2022
Written by Matthew Spangler
Directed by Giles Croft
Cast: Amir Arison as Amir and Faran Tahir asBaba. 
A stage adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling 2003 novel about two kite-flying friends from Afghanistan, and how Amir betrays Hassan, and then is called to make amends two decades later.
My review

October, 2022

First preview: September 14
Opening October 2
Written by Tom Stoppard
Directed by Patrick Marber
A cast of 38, 24 of them making their Broadway debuts.
Cast: “several members of the original West End company and 23 actors making their Broadway debuts”
The nineteenth Broadway production of a play by Stoppard, 84, is inspired by his own Jewish family history, set over several decades in Vienna, Austria before and after World War II.

Cost of Living
MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater
First preview: September 13
Opening October 3
Written by Martyna Majok
Directed by Jo Bonney
Cast: Gregg Mozgala, Katy Sullivan, Kara Young and David Zayas
Majok’s 2018 Pulitzer Prize winning play that tells two parallel stories, about people with disabilities and their caretakers. In my review of the original production,  I called it an eye-opening play featuring a quartet of extraordinary performances, offering a tart retort to that sappy Barbra Streisand song about the luck of people who need people, and smashing more than one stereotype along the way. The Broadway version stars two of the four original cast members. My recent interview with Gregg Mozgala

Roundabout’s American Airlines Theater
First Preview: September 16
Opening October 6
Closing January 8, 2023
Music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, book by Peter Stone
Directed by Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus
This second Broadway revival of the 1969 Tony winning musical tells the story of the meeting in 1776 of the Continental Congress that resulted in the Declaration of Independence employs a cast composed entirely of female, non-binary and trans performers.

Death of a Salesman
The Hudson
First preview September 17
Opening: October 9
Closing January 15, 2023
Written by Arthur Miller
Directed by Miranda Cromwell 
Cast: Wendell Pierce as Willy Loman, Sharon D Clarke as Linda Loman, André De Shields as Ben Loman, Khris Davis as Biff Loman, McKinley Belcher III as Happy Loman.
This fifth Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s tragedy of the common man is told from the perspective of an African American family. Pierce and Clarke starred in an acclaimed London production.

The Piano Lesson
Barrymore Theater
First preview: September 19
Opening October 13
Written by August Wilson
Directed by Latanya Richardson Jackson
Cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks, John David Washington
This first revival of Wilson’s 1990 Pulitzer Prize winning play, the fourth in his American Century Cycle, is set in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, with a brother and sister embroiled in a battle over a family heirloom piano carved with the faces of their ancestors. 

John Golden Theater
First Preview: September 27, 2022
Opening: October 20, 2022
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks
Directed by Kenny Leon
Cast: Corey Hawkins as Lincoln, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Booth.
A first Broadway revival of Parks’ 2002 Pulitzer-winning play about two brothers named Lincoln and Booth playing three card monte who discover the true nature of their history.

November, 2022

Almost Famous
Bernard B. Jacobs Theater
First Preview: October 3, 2022
Opening: November 3, 2022
Book by Cameron Crowe; Music by Tom Kitt; Lyrics by Crowe and Kitt
Directed by Jeremy Herrin
A musical based on Crowe’s 2000 semi-autobiographical movie about a teenage rock journalist who goes on tour with a rock group in the early 1970s.

Kimberly Akimbo
The Booth
First Preview: October 12, 2022
Opening: November 10, 2022
Music by Jeanine Tesori, book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire
Directed by Jessica Stone, choreographed by Danny Mefford
Cast: Victoria Clarke, Justin Cooley, Steven Boyer, Bonnie Milligan
The Broadway transfer of an Off-Broadway musical, based on Lindsay-Abaire’s 2003 play, about a teenager with a rare terminal disease that makes her appear to be in her seventies, which focuses on her relationship with another misfit in her school. In my review of this off-beat musical Off Broadway, I wrote “the awkward, wry, tacitly sorrowful but explicitly exuberant relationship that slowly develops is the heart of the musical. The droll, touching, beautifully sung performances by the actors who portray them – Victoria Clark, the 62-year-old, Tony-winning Broadway veteran, and Justin Cooley, who at 18 is making an impressive Off-Broadway debut – makes the heart beat sweetly.”

& Juliet
Stephen Sondheim Theater
First preview: October 28
Opening: November 17
Book by David West Read
Directed by Luke Sheppard
Cast: Lorna Courtney, Paulo Szot, Betsy Wolfe, Stark Sands
 New story for Shakespeare’s tragic heroine and lovestruck teenager Juliet in which she chooses to live after Romeo dies, with a score featuring familiar pop songs from the last three decades such as “Since U Been Gone,” “Roar,” “Baby One More Time,” “Larger Than Life,” “That’s The Way It Is,” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling.”

Circle in the Square
First Preview: October 13, 2022
Opening: November 20, 2022
Book by Jason Lim, score by Helen Park and Max Vernon
Directed by Teddy Bergman
Cast: Luna
A look inside the Korean pop music phenomenon. I loved this show when I saw it Off-Broadway in 2017 (my review),  a production that took over the entire A.R.T./New York Theaters building for “a wildly (and loudly) entertaining immersive theater piece offering the audience a tour of a Korean pop music factory.” The audience was split into smaller groups and ushered from one fun, funny and tuneful scene to another. It’s hard to see how they can get the immersive aspect onto Broadway, even in the flexible Circle in the Square.

December, 2022

Ain’t No Mo
First preview: November 3
Opening: December 1
Written by Jordan E. Cooper
Directed by  Stevie Walker-Webb
What if the U.S. government offered Black Americans one-way plane tickets to Africa? In my review of this comedy at the Public Theater in 2019, I wrote:  If the premise is mass African-American exodus, and some of the scenes take place at an airport, “Ain’t No’ Mo’” does not offer a direct flight. We make stops at a funeral parlor, an abortion clinic, a TV studio, a mansion, and a prison, and veer from comic and chaotic to pointed and unsettling. Lee Daniels makes his Broadway debut as a producer.

 A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
First Preview: November 2, 2022
Opening: December 4, 2022
Music (obviously) by Neil Diamond, book by Anthony McCarten, choreography by Steven Hoggett
Directed by Michael Mayer
Cast: Mark Jacoby as Neil now; Will Swenson as Neil in his 70s heyday.
The life of singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, told by the older Neil looking back in therapy. A poor Jewish kid from Brooklyn who began by pitching songs to the publishing houses in Tin Pan Alley, enduing many rejections until…. “I Am…I Said,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” “Song Sung Blue” and “Sweet Caroline.”

Ohio State Murders
James Earl Jones Theater (formerly the Cort)
First Preview: November 11, 2022
Opening: December 8, 2022
Written by Adrienne Kennedy
Directed by Kenny Leon
Cast: Audra McDonald
When writer Suzanne Alexander (Audra McDonald) returns to her alma mater as a guest speaker, in which she explores the violence in her works, a dark mystery unravels. My review of a previous production of Ohio State Murders

Some Like It Hot
The Shubert
First Preview: November 1, 2022
Opening: December 11, 2022
Score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, book by Matthew Lopez and Amber Ruffin
Directed by Casey Nicholaw
Cast: Christian Borle, J. Harrison Ghee, Adrianna Hicks
A musical adaptation of the 1959 Billy Wilder film comedy, which starred Marilyn Monroe, and Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon as two musicians who disguise themselves by dressing as women to escape from gangsters whom they witnessed committing a crime. They then join an all-female band. This is the third Broadway musical comedy in three years that adapts a movie about straight men who disguise themselves as women as part of a con, albeit a well-intentioned one. (The others were Tootsie and Mrs. Doubtfire.) The creative team has dealt with drag before: Shaiman and Wittman (Hairspray), Matthew Lopez (The Legend of Georgia McBride.)

The Collaboration
MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 
First preview: November 29
Opening: December 20
Written by Anthony McCarten
Directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah
Cast: Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope
In the summer of 1984, longtime international superstar Andy Warhol and the art scene’s newest wunderkind, Jean-Michel Basquiat, agree to work together.

April, 2023

Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont
First Preview: March 9, 2023
Opening: 3pril 12, 2023
Original book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, with additional book by Aaron Sorkin, music by Frederick Loewe.
Directed by Barlett Sher
The musical closely associated with the Kennedy Administration is reimagined by the team that brought “To Kill A Mockingbird” to Broadway (Sher and Sorkin.)

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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