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Which New Broadway Show Should You See This Fall?

September 4, 2019 by Allison Considine
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For some people, the ceding of summer weather marks the start of a new school year. The autumn is also a harbinger for other things, like the illustrious pumpkin spice latte, cozy sweater weather, and, most importantly, a new roster of plays and musicals to hit the boards on Broadway. 

Whether or not you’re returning to the classroom this season, it’s a time for growth and renewal. Head to the theater as a reprieve from studying or as a supplemental learning experience. From Greek mythology-inspired musicals to Shakespeare adaptations, novels-turned-plays to political dramas, Broadway has a lot to offer to both current pupils and lifelong students — in all subjects. 

The 2019-20 fall season on Broadway has something for everyone, from the teacher’s pets to the class clowns, the bookworms to the class cupids.

Are you an ardent keeper of secrets or did you spread gossip around the school cafeteria? Illusionist Derren Brown asks audiences to seal their lips in “Derren Brown: Secret.” The mentalist takes audiences on a thrilling psychological journey, fueled by a secret. Shh. Snag a ticket for as low as $49.

Every classroom has a quiet student. Adam Rapp’s “The Sound Inside” is about the connection between an Ivy League professor (played by Mary-Louise Parker) and her quiet, creative writing student. Tickets start at $59.

Raise your hand if you’re a U.S. history nerd! “The Great Society” by Robert Schenkkan is a follow-up to “All the Way.” This new play features 19 actors playing 50 roles, and chronicles Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency and the social programs that he created during his term. Get this history lesson for just $69.

If Greek mythology is more your jam, “The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical” might be your ticket. The rock tuner follows Percy Jackson, the son of Poseidon, who discovers he has powers that he can’t control. Get tix from $39.

Okay, so maybe your public speaking skills need some work. Take a cue from the indomitable Lin-Manuel Miranda. Before “Hamilton,” there was “Freestyle Love Supreme” — a hip-hop musical from Miranda, Thomas Kail, and Anthony Veneziale that spins audience reactions into rap songs on stage in real time. Catch this course for $89.

Samuel H. Levine and Andrew Burnap in “The Inheritance” in London. (Photo by Simon Annand)

Do you dominate the annual summer reading list? “The Inheritance” by Matthew Lopez is an adaptation of E.M. Forster’s novel “Howard’s End.” This reimagining sets the premise in 21st-century New York City and follows three generations of gay men. See this re-envisioning of the novel — which takes place over the course of two parts — for as low as $59 each.

There are some things that just won’t be on the curriculum, like BDSM culture in the antebellum south. Jeremy O. Harris’s controversial “Slave Play” follows three couples on the MacGregor Plantation as they navigate issues of gender, race, and sexuality. See this hotly debated play for just $39.

Do you pass love notes during class? (Check yes, no, or maybe.) This Broadway season offers a number of romantically-focused dramas and comedies. Tom Hiddleston, Zawe Ashton, and Charlie Cox star in Harold Pinter’s drama “Betrayal,” which chronicles a seven-year affair. See the action unfurl for $59.

Struggling to get through Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet”? Arthur Laurents, Leonard Bernstein, and Stephen Sondheim’s musical version is better, IMO. The story of the star-crossed lovers serves as the basis for “West Side Story.” The classic tuner gets a reboot on Broadway this fall with a new production directed by Ivo Van Hove. Get tix from $39.

Florian Zeller’s “The Height of the Storm” is about a married couple who look back on their 50-year marriage; and it isn’t as rosy as they expected. Yikes. See Jonathan Pryce and Eileen Atkins navigate their relationship for as low as $35.

The Rose Tattoo” by Tennessee Williams is about a widow who retreats after her husband’s death. Marisa Tomei stars as this tour-de-force leading lady, who just might be ready to open herself up to love again. Tickets are as low as $59.

Tracy Lett’s “Linda Vista” is about a 50-year-old divorcé who sees his widowhood as a chance for a new chapter, even if it’s fueled by a midlife crisis. Watch this spiral for just $59.