Spring Preview: All the new Broadway shows to see this spring
Spring is in the air, and tons of new Broadway shows are on the marquee. The spring months are some of the busiest of the theatre season, as shows plan their openings in time to be eligible for the Tony Awards in June. So if you’re looking to see a new play or musical, especially before it becomes a buzzy, award-winning hit, spring is the perfect time to go to the theatre.
Read below to learn about all the new plays, new musicals, and revivals that are coming to Broadway this spring. Broadway musicals and plays alike are packed with stars of stage and screen, so get to the Theatre District now to see your favorite stars live and up close. From timeless comedies to heart-wrenching dramas to mega-musicals, Broadway has it all.
Here’s your sneak peek into this year’s must-see Broadway theatre, which you can get tickets for on TodayTix right now.
How many people can say they spent a few hours in a luxury Plaza Hotel suite with Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker? If you see Plaza Suite on Broadway, you can. Neil Simon’s farce comprises three one-act plays, each of which follows a different couple’s stay in Suite 719 of the famous New York hotel: one couple on the outs, a pair of old flames reuniting, and the nervous parents of an even more nervous bride. The best part of it all? Broderick and Parker are a real-life married couple, and you get to watch their natural chemistry shine while laughing your way through your stay at the Plaza Suite.
Take Me Out
The all-star trio of Jesse Williams, Patrick J. Adams, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson leads the roster of Take Me Out on Broadway, just in time for baseball season. Williams stars as MLB center fielder Darren Lemming, a player who comes out as gay. The play traces the aftermath of that announcement, which includes support from his fellow teammate Kippy (Adams) and business manager Mason (Ferguson), as well as unprecedented hatred. If you love the intrigue of a close baseball game, you’ll be riveted by Take Me Out, with twists that come more suddenly and quickly than fly fastballs.
See Will & Grace star Debra Messing like you’ve never seen her before: At age 17. At 107. At every age in between. In Birthday Candles, her character, Ernestine Ashworth, ages through 90 years in 90 minutes and bakes a single birthday cake — which Messing actually does on stage each night! That cake is the one constant in Ernestine’s life as everything else changes, from her loved ones to her life goals, and she reflects each birthday on what makes her life worthwhile.
Enjoy a few hours of theatrical paradise at Paradise Square, titled after a bar in Five Points, the 19th-century lower Manhattan neighborhood, where free Black Americans and Irish immigrants lived, danced, and drank in harmony. That is, until the Civil War draft gets announced, and the Irish who don’t want to serve are made to while the Blacks that are eager to serve are disallowed. With soulful music and plenty of fiery dance, Paradise Square explores how these groups’ ideas of what America should be shaped their relationships and their home.
Ever wanted to know what really goes on behind closed doors in the White House? Selina Fillinger’s play POTUS gives you an exclusive, hilarious look. Titled in full POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive, the play centers on the seven women in the inner circle of a problem president whose ill-expressed comment balloons into an international crisis. These women are then tasked with risking their own sanity to save his skin. And what women these are: A celebrity cast including Lilli Cooper, Lea DeLaria, Rachel Dratch, Julianne Hough, Suzy Nakamura, Julie White, and Vanessa Williams stars.
How I Learned to Drive
Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse are driving onto Broadway this season in How I Learned to Drive. The pair first took the wheel of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer-winning play in 1998 for its Off-Broadway world premiere, which collected numerous awards. They’re also reuniting with their original Off-Broadway director, Mark Brokaw, to tell the story of a woman coming to terms with her uncle’s sexual abuse of her and how it affected her adolescence and adulthood. Brace yourself for the ride — it’s a difficult one, but a story worth telling.
The Skin of Our Teeth
There’s something remarkable, and also oddly funny, about having lived for 5,000 years, having seen war, an ice age, and a biblical flood, and still sticking around, living in an unassuming house in New Jersey. Thornton Wilder gets that, as that’s what his play The Skin of Our Teeth is about. The Pulitzer-winning work centers on humans’ ability to survive and persevere through just about anything. Amid the global struggles we’ve all been living through, there’s no better time for a play revival that lets us celebrate our endurance.
A Strange Loop
Don’t go in circles looking for one of the most anticipated new musicals of the season. It’s right here, and it’s called A Strange Loop, The musical follows Usher, a Black, queer man writing a musical about a Black, queer man writing a musical about… you get it. The Black, queer man behind the musical itself, Michael R. Jackson, won a Pulitzer Prize for his work, becoming the first Black musical writer to do so, and earned many more accolades for A Strange Loop‘s 2019 Off-Broadway premiere. Usher may work (as an usher, coincidentally) at The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre, but you can see his story on Broadway at the Lyceum instead.
Big Cherry: A small town with big secrets. Not to mention big talent: Tony winner Jessie Mueller, Pulitzer and Tony winner Tracy Letts, and Schitt’s Creek star Noah Reid all sit on the city council in The Minutes. Letts also wrote this play that takes place at one council meeting, where a newcomer starts to ask questions that unravel the secretive, shady history of Big Cherry. With all the twists and surprising revelations, you’ll be hooked in a matter of minutes.
The Little Prince
The Little Prince isn’t your ordinary book-to-play adaptation, but then again, there’s nothing ordinary about the story of a whimsical young boy from another planet who goes on a journey to understand the universe and the people in it. The Little Prince Broadway show brings Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s classic novella to life with music, dance, high-flying acrobatics, video projections, and more. Like the Little Prince himself, the show has traveled across the globe before landing in New York, and now’s your change to indulge your inner child and see this imaginative piece of theatre.
A trio of big-time celebrities star as small-time hustlers in David Mamet’s play. Tony and Emmy winner Laurence Fishburne, Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, and Golden Globe and Emmy winner Darren Criss‘s characters plan a heist to steal back a nickel that Donny (Fishburne) undersold at his junk shop. Come to see the performances by three acclaimed actors, stay for the photo op with the life-size taxidermied buffalo in the theatre lobby.
Hello, gorgeous! For the first time, Funny Girl is getting a Broadway revival, and it features some of the greatest stars. Beanie Feldstein leads the cast as Fanny Brice, a role Barbra Streisand made iconic nearly 60 years ago. The story of Funny Girl is based on the star-crossed romance between the real-life Brice and Nicky Arnstein, a gambler whose shady past comes back to haunt him. Theatre veteran Ramin Karimloo stars as Nicky, and Glee star Jane Lynch also appears as Mrs. Rosie Brice. No one’s raining on Funny Girl‘s parade!
Beetlejuice fans said his name three times and then some, summoning the Beetlejuice musical back to Broadway, Broadway, Broadway! Tony nominee Alex Brightman reprises his role as the “ghost with the most” who teaches a newly deceased couple how “the whole being dead thing” works — that is, how to haunt their house. Meanwhile, he befriends the lonely teenage daughter of the house’s new tenants and tries to rope her into his plan to come back to life. Get ready for some scary fun theatre; it’s showtime!
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Ntozake Shange’s landmark choreopoem is having a homecoming. The world-premiere 1976 production went up at The Public Theater before transferring to Broadway’s Booth Theatre — and nearly 50 years later, the show’s done the same again. A Public production went up in 2019 with Tony nominee Camille A. Brown choreographing, and now, she’s directing its Broadway transfer, too, also playing the Booth. Seven Black women are at the center of for colored girls, and they share stories of survival and sisterhood with music, poetry, dialogue, and dance.
We’re just as excited about Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga as the Macbeths on Broadway as you are — just make sure not to actually say “Macbeth” if you’re talking about it in the theatre! That theatrical superstition feels almost as timeless as the Shakespeare tragedy itself, in which the Macbeths go to violent lengths to seize power, but must wrestle with guilt that threatens to destroy them before they can even revel in it. Sam Gold’s production offers a fresh take on the age-old tale, with historically male roles like Macbeth’s friend Banquo being played by women (in Banquo’s case, Hadestown Tony nominee Amber Gray).
Mr. Saturday Night
Live from New York, it’s Billy Crystal in Mr. Saturday Night! Crystal co-wrote, starred in, and made his directorial debut with the 1992 comedy movie, and now he’s reunited with his original co-screenwriters and a new director (John Rando) to adapt the film for the stage. Crystal reprises his role as Buddy Young Jr., a once-famous comedian who destroyed his relationships with his loved ones as his star power diminished. Forty years later, he’s offered another chance at fame, and perhaps at rebuilding those relationships along the way. David Paymer, who got an Oscar nomination for playing Buddy’s brother Stan, also reprises his role for the musical adaptation.