The 16 Hottest Shows On Broadway This Fall

The Great White Way's new season is heating up!

The new Broadway season is underway, with film adaptations, revivals of stage classics and brand new works all vying for audiences. Below, we take a look at the big shows coming to the Great White Way in the next few months.


Spring Awakening

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Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s Tony-winning musical from 2006 has been reimagined by director Michael Arden and Deaf West Theatre, with a production performed in American Sign Language and spoken English. Oscar winner Marlee Matlin and Emmy winner Camryn Manheim round out the cast.

Old Times

Old Times
Opening Night: October 6
When a couple are visited by a mysterious old friend, a trip down memory lane quickly becomes something more in this Harold Pinter drama, starring Clive Owen, Eve Best and Kelly Reilly. Tony winner Douglas Hodges stages the first revival of the play from Roundabout Theatre Company.

Fool for Love

Fool for Love
Opening Night: October 8
Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell return to Broadway in a new work by Sam Shepard. On the edge of the Mojave Desert, former lovers hide out and unload their deepest secrets and desires. Manhattan Theatre Club is staging this Broadway premiere.

The Gin Game

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Opening Night: October 14
This Pulitzer-winning tragicomedy starred Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy when it premiered in 1977. Now it’s being revived with James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson playing nursing home residents who strike up a contentious friendship over games of gin rummy.

Dames at Sea

Dames at Sea
Opening Night: October 22
This production marks the Broadway premiere of this tap-happy show helmed by 42nd Street’s Randy Skinner and starring Mara Davi (A Chorus Line), Lesli Margherita (Matilda) and John Bolton (A Christmas Story). The original production gave Bernadette Peters her big break!

Sylvia

Opening Night: October 27

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The world of a middle-aged New York couple (Matthew Broderick and Julie White) is turned upside down when the husband brings home an exceptionally engaging canine (Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford).

Thérèse Raquin

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Previews: October 1, Opening: October 29
Keira Knightley stars as a woman trapped in a loveless marriage who is swept into a passionate affair with one of her husband’s friends. Gabriel Ebert, Judith Light, Matt Ryan and David Patrick Kelly co-star in this adaptation of the 1867 Émile Zola novel.

King Charles III

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Previews: October 10, Opening: November 1
Playwright Mike Bartlett imagines a time when Prince Charles (Tim Pigott-Smith) finally takes over for Queen Elizabeth in this Olivier-winning transfer from the West End, coming to the Music Box.

On Your Feet!

On YOUR FEET
Previews: October 5, Opening: November 5
The music of Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine fuels this musical about a couple who pursue love, music and the American dream. After a trial run in Chicago this summer, Jerry Mitchell directs this jukebox musical at the Marquis.

Allegiance

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Previews: October 6, Opening: November 8
Based on the childhood of actor-activist George Takei, Allegiance is a story of love and honor set during the internment of Japanese Americans in WWII. Takei stars in this passion project alongside Telly Leung and Lea Salonga.

A View From the Bridge

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Jan Versweyveld
Previews: October 21, Opening: November 12, 2015
Arthur Miller’s drama about an Italian-American longshoreman with an unhealthy obsession with his niece lands at the Lyceum after an acclaimed run on London’s West End. Mark Strong plays tragic Eddie Carbone, with Nicola Walker as his wife, Beatrice, Phoebe Fox as young Catherine, and Russell Tovey as Rodolpho, Catherine’s effeminate suitor, whom Eddie accuses of being gay.

China Doll

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Previews: October 21, Opening: November 19
Al Pacino and David Mamet have been a winning combination before, so hopes are high for this new production directed by Tony winner Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). In it, Pacino plays a billionaire who has just bought a new airplane for his young fiancée and is giving last-minute instructions to his young assistant (Christopher Denham).

Misery

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Previews: October 22, Opening: November 15
After romance writer Paul Sheldon (Bruce Willis) is rescued from a car accident by his “Number One Fan,” Annie Wilkes (Laurie Metcalf), he realizes she’s more devil than guardian angel.

School of Rock

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Previews: November 9, Opening: December 6
With this adaptation of the 2003 Richard Linklater film, Andrew Lloyd Webber returns to the Winter Garden, where Cats had a residency for so many years. Alex Brightman takes the Jack Black role, as a wannabe rocker who inspires a group of fifth-graders to form a band.

The Color Purple

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Previews: November 10, Opening: December 10
The musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s acclaimed novel returns to Broadway: After years of abuse at the hands of her father and husband, young Celie (Cynthia Erivo) finally discovers her self-worth—and love—with the arrival of singer Shug Avery (Jennifer Hudson).

Fiddler on the Roof

Previews: November 20, Opening: December 20
Bartlett Sher directs Danny Burstein, Jessica Hecht, Alix Korey and Adam Kantor in one of Broadway’s most beloved musicals. In the Jewish shtetl of Anatevka, Tevye worries as the world changes around him and his daughters yearn for something new.

Paul Winkler is an actor and writer based in NYC. He is the creator of Broadway Buzz and former editor-in-chief of Everything Broadway.
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