What to See on Broadway This Fall
Leaves are starting to fall. You’ve put your white pants in storage. You’ve deflated your swan pool float. It’s time to start getting ready for pumpkin spice, apple picking, and everything autumn. And with the cooler weather (that will eventually come), arrives a new Broadway season of plays and musicals.
Check out what’s opening this season below, or get tickets to an old favorite. Either way, it’s a great time to see a Broadway show.
Sandra Bernhardt is basically the OG Meryl Steep. The stunning actor could take on any role–just like Janet McTeer who plays the performer in this story about Bernhardt’s quest to star as the Danish prince. Unlock $29 Rush tickets, or get tickets from $39 to this production, directed by Moritz von Stuelpnagel.
Ever heard of Snooker? That’s billiards to us, Americans. If you remember rolling in the aisles (we do) at Richard Bean’s “One Man, Two Guvnor,” then you’re certain to LOL at this comedy, directed by Daniel Sullivan, about a young pool star who is accused on match fixing and falls in with a colorful group of characters. Performances start on Sept. 5.
The Lifespan of a Fact
Daniel Radcliffe is making his return to Broadway in this true story about a fact-checker on the quest for the truth. After making a splash in shows like “Equus” and the revival of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” Radcliffe stars alongside Cherry Jones and Bobby Cannavale in this new play by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, and Gordon Farrell based on the book by John D’Agata and Jim Fingall. Leigh Silverman directs this production, which starts performances on Sept. 20.
The beloved ape plans to conquer the Great White Way, with performances beginning Oct. 5. Based on the classic 1933 film about Kong who falls in love with a young woman. Kong comes to life onstage at the Broadway Theatre thanks to 11 puppeteers and aerialists, 1,000 feet of electrical cable, and 16 microprocessors. This wonder has to be seen to be believed.
Laura Benanti in My Fair Lady
Technically this revival opened last season at Lincoln Center, but Tony winner Laura Benanti is guaranteed to put her own spin on the titular Eliza Doolittle. The character is a dream role for Benanti, and we can’t wait to see her dance all night starting on Oct. 23.
This original musical couldn’t be more timely. Bob Martin, Chad Beguelin, and Matthew Skylar’s show follows a young gay couple who want to attend this high school prom together. Director Casey Nicholaw (“Mean Girls,” “The Book of Mormon”) will turn out some of his musical comedy magic in this show, which starts performances on Oct. 21.
The Waverly Gallery
Michael Cera is joining forces with playwright Kenneth Lonergan for the third time this fall in the play about family and loss. Cera stars in this play about a grandson watching his grandmother slowly die from Alzheimer’s. The play originally premiered off Broadway in 2000, and this production, which is directed by Lila Neugebauer, starts performances Sept. 25.
Get ready for this epic play to hit Broadway, after a successful run in the West End. With a cast of 30 actors and live animals, the production is one of Tony-winning playwright Jez Butterworth’s most ambitious. Sam Mendes directs the play, which is set at a dinner party where an unexpected guest shows up. Performances begin Oct. 2.
Kerry Washington, Steven Pasquale, and Jeremy Jordan star in this play about a broken family seeking justice for their son. Kenny Leon directs this topical play, which marks the Broadway debut of playwright Christopher Demos-Brown. Performances start Oct. 6.
After its successful run off Broadway, the revival of Harvey Fierstein’s seminal work is coming to the Hayes Theatre (where the play premiered in 1982) on Oct. 9. Michael Urie stars as Arnold, a drag performer seeking acceptance from society and his family.
The Cher Show
Do you believe in life after the ultimate diva hits Broadway? We’re not sure we do. The pop icon’s life story comes to the stage in this show-stopping production, directed by Jason Moore, with a book by Rick Elice, and featuring the queen’s song catalogue. Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, and Micaela Diamond star as Cher in the musical, which starts performances Nov. 1.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Aaron Sorkin brings Harper Lee’s seminal work to the stage like you’ve never seen it before. Jeff Daniels stars as Atticus Finch alongside Celia Keenan-Bolger as Scout in this production directed by Bartlett Sher. Performances begin Nov. 1.
Walter White is coming back to Broadway, Tony winner Bryan Cranston stars in Lee Hall’s adaptation of the 1976 film about an anchorman who goes off script during his last broadcast. Ivo van Hove directs this production, which starts performances Nov. 10.
Head Over Heels
The Go-Go’s get Elizabethan in this modern musical about a kingdom struggling to get “woke.” Peppermint of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars as the oracle who guides the royal family toward accepting themselves and each other. Unlock $35 Rush tickets or get tickets now.
Just because there’s a new Broadway season coming into town doesn’t mean you can’t catch some of our favorites. Nicolette Robinson is stepping into Jenna’s apron in “Waitress” this fall, and Abby Mueller stars as Carole King in “Beautiful.” Cuba Gooding Jr. is getting ready to razzle dazzle in “Chicago” starting Oct. 6, and the new season is going to be so fetch at “Mean Girls.”