12 Shows We Can’t Wait to See in 2019
New year = new shows. While the Broadway season *officially* runs from May to April, January still brings many new musicals, plays, and everything in between. From new musicals off Broadway to inventive revivals of classic works hitting the Main Stem, our theater dance cards are certainly going to be filled quickly. Check out the shows we can’t wait to see this year.
Sam Shepard’s epic about two brothers wrestling over the American Dream brings Hollywood heavyweights Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano to the stage. Bonus: You don’t have to wait at all to see it because it’s already in previews and opens on Jan. 24.
Alice By Heart
“Spring Awakening” writers Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater are back together with a new musical spin on “Alice in Wonderland.” The team joined up with director and co-book writer Jessie Nelson (“Waitress”) to craft an original take on the Wonderland tale, set during the London Blitz in World War II. Performances start Jan. 30, so get ready to fall down the rabbit hole.
Tony and Pulitzer winner Tom Kitt is bringing his next musical off Broadway to Second Stage. Broadway favorite and Tony nominee Bryce Pinkham plays the superhero in this show about love, loss, and the power of healing. Performances start Jan. 31.
Kiss Me, Kate and Oklahoma
There are only two musical revivals coming to Broadway this spring, and they couldn’t be more different. We’re equally excited for both the glamorous production of Cole Porter’s spin on Shakespeare, starring Tony winner Kelli O’Hara, and director Daniel Fish’s stripped-down, inventive take on the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic. “Kiss Me, Kate” starts performances on Feb. 14, and “Oklahoma!” hits Broadway on March 19.
Merrily We Roll Along
Speaking of inventive revivals, Fiasco Theater Company is bringing their signature style to Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s cult-favorite about young dreamers and the costs of those dreams. A six-person cast creates this nonlinear musical, which travels backwards from the heyday of the characters’ success to their humble beginnings. Performances start Jan. 12.
Be More Chill
We are incredibly not chill about this viral Off-Broadway sensation hitting the big time. Composer Joe Iconis makes his Broadway debut with this musical about a lonely teenager who swallows a supercomputer that makes him cool. Intrigued? Performances start Feb. 13.
Freestyle Love Supreme
Before he was an international celebrity with hits from “Hamilton” to “Moana” to “Mary Poppins Returns,” Lin-Manuel Miranda was freestyling raps with his friends as part of “Freestyle Love Supreme.” The team is making a comeback this year and performing at the Greenwich House Theater. Look out for special guests like “Hamilton” stars Christopher Jackson and Daveed Diggs and maybe even Miranda! Performances start Jan. 30.
Bekah Brunstetter (NBC’s “This Is Us”) is bringing her humor and heart to the stage in this story about a small-town baker, who must consider her strongly held beliefs, when her friend’s daughter asks her to bake a cake for her wedding. Performances start Feb. 12.
Ain’t Too Proud
The music of The Temptations hits Broadway in this brand-new jukebox musical about the group’s journey to fame and everything in between. We know you’ll be two-stepping in the aisle with all these hit songs. Performances begin Feb. 28.
If you didn’t catch it off Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop on in London at the National Theatre, you’ll finally get the chance to see this reinvented Greek myth when it hits Broadway on March 22.
Remember that ’80s movie about the out-of-work actor who starts dressing in drag and landing roles? Well, it’s coming to Broadway as a musical, and the hijinks and humor are certain to be bigger and bolder onstage. We’ll be there when performances start March. 29.
We’ve basically been waiting for this musical since the movie came out in 2001, and it’s finally here. The production took the Emerson Colonial in Boston by storm last summer, and in June, Broadway will be blessed with the timeless story of the Parisian courtesan and her English lover. Come what may.