Play revivals to see this spring on Broadway
As the saying goes, “Everything old is new again.” That can be said for fashion, and it can also be said for plays. This season, drama is king on Broadway, not just because there was a record number of plays by Black writers, but because of the large number of play revivals as well. There are seven play revivals on Broadway this spring.
The best thing about a play revival is not just the chance to see classics made new again. It is also a chance to see your favorite celebrities up close and personal. Darren Criss doing David Mamet? Mary Louise Parker doing Paula Vogel? Married couple Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick playing a married couple (rather, three of them!) onstage in a Neil Simon play? This spring, the stars are on Broadway, and the play’s the thing.
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Sarah Jessica Parker (Sex and the City) is no stranger to starring in romances, but she’s rarely done so alongside her husband Matthew Broderick (The Producers). The two are currently on Broadway together in a comedy by Neil Simon, where they play three different couples who check into the famed Plaza Hotel. There’s a pair of newlyweds, old lovers, and a longtime married couple. We can’t help but wonder: Will Parker and Broderick’s real-life chemistry translate into onstage fireworks? Check into the Plaza Suite at the Hudson Theatre and find out.
Take Me Out
Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams has traded in his scrubs for a baseball jersey. This play by Richard Greenberg is about a star center fielder for a baseball team who comes out as gay. Take Me Out won the 2003 Tony Award for Best Play, and this revival’s illustrious cast also includes Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), Patrick J. Adams (Suits), and Brandon J. Dirden (Skeleton Crew on Broadway earlier this year). Batter up at the Hayes Theatre!
How I Learned to Drive
Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer-winning play is not for the faint of heart: It is about a woman coming to terms with the fact that her uncle molested her as a young girl. This daring play made waves when it first premiered off Broadway in 1997, and the show is now making its long-overdue Broadway debut. It’s technically not a revival, but How I Learned to Drive is so well-known in American theatre that it’s being put in the play revival category at the Tony Awards.
The Broadway production reunites two-time Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and David Morse (House), who starred in How I Learned to Drive over two decades ago. Watch these two master actors reunite behind the wheel at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
David Mamet’s play is a popular fixture on Broadway, having been revived twice before (it premiered in 1977). Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, and Darren Criss are so dedicated to the play that they have stuck with it since 2020, when American Buffalo was shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’ve never seen the play, about three lowlives who conspire to steal a valuable vintage coin, you’re in luck: American Buffalo is at Circle in the Square Theatre, which is intimate and allows you to truly be up close to the actors.
The Skin of Our Teeth
This play by Thorton Wilder isn’t as well-known as Our Town, but that’s probably because it’s kind of bonkers (in the most entertaining way). It’s about a family that has lived for 5,000 years, and they’re about to face the end of the world while residing in New Jersey. This Broadway revival is large, with a 28-member cast that includes Priscilla Lopez (A Chorus Line).
Considering the present state of the world, a play about the world ending might not seem like heart-warming fare. But The Skin of Our Teeth is also funny and hopeful. And under the hand of director Lileana Blain-Cruz, known for her imaginative and experimental productions, this play promises to be a theatrical event of biblical proportions at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
for colored girls who have considered suicide/ when the rainbow is enuf
This is the first Broadway revival of Ntozake Shange’s landmark choreopoem, where a group of seven Black women dance, sing, and reveal the different facets of themselves. They celebrate their sisterhood and survival in an often hostile world. In this production, movement is the star, as Tony nominee Camille A. Brown (Once On This Island) is choreographing and directing the production. We can’t imagine a better steward for Shange’s words. for colored girls has its homecoming at the Booth Theatre, the same venue where its first Broadway run took place.
“The Scottish Play” is a theatrical staple. This new production stars Daniel Craig (otherwise known as James Bond on screen) and Ruth Negga (Passing) as Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. If you think this is just a typical production of Macbeth, you’d be wrong. This new Macbeth seems to have some tricks up its sleeve: For one, Amber Gray (formerly of Hadestown) is playing Banquo, a role traditionally played by a man. And Tony-winning director Sam Gold is known for his out-of-the-box productions, including another recent Shakespeare revival: that of King Lear with Glenda Jackson in the title role. If you want to see some stars making magic, get thee to the Longacre Theatre. Just make sure you don’t actually say Macbeth when you get there.