All the Broadway Shows of the 2016-2017 Season

5:00 AM 6/29/2016

by Ashley Lee

Bette Midler, Cate Blanchett and Liev Schreiber light up a season with Cirque du Soleil acrobats and the breakouts of 'Pitch Perfect' and 'Hamilton.'

Clockwise from left: Ben Platt, Cate Blanchett, Phillipa Soo, Liev Schreiber and Bette Midler
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  • 'Paramour'

    Lyric Theatre, May 25 — Indefinitely

    Courtesy of Richard Termine

    Cirque du Soleil makes its Broadway debut with a new show set in Hollywood’s Golden Age, following a beautiful young poet forced to choose between love and art. It blends theater elements — professional actors like Broadway vet Jeremy Kushnier leading a book-driven, love-story narrative; live musical accompaniment — with the circus behemoth’s signature aesthetic of grand production design and acrobatic stunts.
    Previews: April 16
    Opening: May 25

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  • 'Cats'

    Neil Simon Theatre, July 31 — Indefinitely

    Matthew Murphy

    Leona Lewis plays Grizabella in the new staging of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1982 classic, which won seven Tony Awards and ran on Broadway for 18 years. Trevor Nunn, who directed the original production, will helm the Jellicle Ball revival, with choreography by Hamilton’s Andy Blankenbuehler, based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne.
    Previews: July 14
    Opening: July 31

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  • 'The Encounter'

    Golden Theatre, Sept. 29 — Jan. 8

    Tristram Kenton

    Conceived, directed and performed by Simon McBurney for his Complicite company, the one-man show follows a National Geographic photographer on a life-changing journey through the remote Javari Valley in Brazil. The limited engagement, inspired by Petru Popescu’s novel Amazon Beaming, features binaural technology (3D audio) via individual headphones for each theatergoer; it jumps to Broadway from London and an international tour.
    Previews: Sept. 20
    Opening: Sept. 29
    Closing: Jan. 8

  • 'Holiday Inn'

    Studio 54, Oct. 6 — TBA

    Courtesy of Polk and Co.

    The 1942 movie that starred Bing Crosby, Fred Astaire and Marjorie Reynolds gets the Broadway treatment, with a book by director Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge, and choreography by Denis Jones. The limited engagement, starring Bryce Pinkham and Corbin Bleu, features more than 20 classic songs from the Irving Berlin catalogue, including "Steppin' Out With My Baby," "Shaking the Blues Away," "Easter Parade," "Cheek to Cheek" and "Heatwave."
    Previews: Sept. 1
    Opening: Oct. 6

  • 'Oh, Hello'

    Lyceum Theatre, Oct. 10 — Jan. 8

    Courtesy of Luke Fontana

    Nick Kroll and John Mulaney’s 70-something alter egos, Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, hit Broadway in a partly scripted, partly spontaneous stage memoir in which they spout uninformed opinions about everything from the Vietnam War to the correct ratio of filling to bread in a tuna sandwich. The characters first surfaced more than a decade ago in New York's alternative comedy clubs, before gaining wider popularity in Funny or Die clips and later in sketches on Kroll's former Comedy Central series.
    Previews: Sept. 23
    Opening: Oct. 10
    Closing: Jan. 8

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  • 'Heisenberg'

    Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Oct. 13 — Indefinitely

    Joan Marcus

    Originally seen last year off-Broadway, this transfer from Tony-winning playwright Simon Stephens (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time) stars Mary-Louise Parker as a woman who impulsively plants a kiss on the neck of an older stranger (Denis Arndt, making his Broadway debut) in the middle of a crowded London train station. Mark Brokaw directs the romantic two-hander for Manhattan Theatre Club.
    Previews: Sept. 20
    Opening: Oct. 13

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  • 'The Cherry Orchard'

    American Airlines Theatre, Oct. 16 — Dec. 4

    Courtesy of Polk and Co.

    Diane Lane returns to Anton Chekhov's classic tragicomedy, which marked her Broadway debut in 1977 at age 12. In the new adaptation for Roundabout Theatre Company — from The Humans Tony winner Stephen Karam and directed by Simon Godwin — Lane stars as Ranevskaya, the landowner struggling to hold on to her family's estate amidst the many transitions of a country on the brink of revolution. Joel Grey and Tavi Gevinson are also featured in the cast.

    Previews: Sept. 15
    Opening: Oct. 16
    Closing: Dec. 4

  • 'Falsettos'

    Walter Kerr Theatre, Oct. 27 — Jan. 8

    Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

    Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells and Stephanie J. Block star in Lincoln Center Theater’s musical revival, which combines the 1981 show March of the Falsettos with its 1990 sequel Falsettoland and follows neurotic Marvin and his extended family through the AIDS crisis years. James Lapine again directs the production he co-wrote with composer-lyricist William Finn, with choreography by Spencer Liff and scenic design by David Rockwell.
    Previews: Sept. 29
    Opening: Oct. 27
    Closing: Jan. 8

  • 'The Front Page'

    Broadhurst Theatre, Oct. 20 — Feb. 5

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    Jack O'Brien directs the revival of the classic newspaper comedy starring Nathan Lane as a tabloid editor and John Slattery as his star reporter. With a cast of more than 20, including John Goodman, Dylan Baker, Holland Taylor, Robert Morse and Jefferson Mays, the 1928 play by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur takes place entirely in the press room of Chicago's Criminal Courts Building, where hacks from various city papers play poker and swap wisecracks while waiting to cover a big case that takes an unexpected turn.
    Previews: Sept. 20
    Opening: Oct. 20
    Closing: Feb. 5

  • 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses'

    Booth Theatre, Oct. 30 — Jan. 22

    Courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown

    Stepping into roles originated onstage by Alan Rickman and Lindsay Duncan, and onscreen by John Malkovich and Glenn Close, Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer star in Christopher Hampton's drama as dueling rivals in aristocratic 18th century France whose cruel games of sexual conquest have fatal consequences. Adapted from Choderlos de Laclos' 1782 epistolary novel of power and betrayal, the play revival transfers from London, directed by Josie Rourke.
    Previews: Oct. 8
    Opening: Oct. 30
    Closing: Jan. 22

  • 'Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812'

    Imperial Theatre, Nov. 14 — Indefinitely

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    Josh Groban makes his Broadway debut alongside newcomer Denee Benton in the transfer of the off-Broadway hit, based on a 70-page section of Tolstoy's War and Peace and focusing on the young lovers of the title as they ignite Moscow. Directed by Rachel Chavkin, the electro-pop opera from composer, lyricist and book writer Dave Malloy is retooled from its original Russian dinner theater-style presentation, and featuring new material specifically tailored to Groban’s powerful baritone voice.
    Previews: Oct. 18
    Opening: Nov. 14

  • 'A Bronx Tale'

    Longacre Theatre, Dec. 1 — Indefinitely

    Jerry Dalia

    Robert De Niro makes his Broadway debut helming an adaptation of the first film he directed in 1993. This musical version, based on the same one-man show in which Chazz Palminteri cast a nostalgic gaze back at his 1960s childhood on the streets of the New York neighborhood, recounts the conflicted sense of loyalty and love that saw him divided between his father and a local Mob boss. Co-directed by De Niro with stage veteran Jerry Zaks, the Nick Cordero starrer features a doo-wop score by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, and a team of producers that includes Tommy Mottola.
    Previews: Nov. 3
    Opening: Dec. 1

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  • 'Dear Evan Hansen'

    Belasco Theatre, Dec. 4 — Indefinitely

    Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

    Ben Platt from the Pitch Perfect movies reprises the title role in the Broadway transfer of this original new musical, which focuses on a depressed adolescent outsider caught up in an unintended lie that reverses his position in the high-school popularity stakes until the situation spirals out of control. Directed by Michael Greif, the off-Broadway hit is written by Steven Levenson, with music and lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.
    Previews: Nov. 14
    Opening: Dec. 4

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  • 'The Present'

    Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Jan. 8 — March 19

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    Cate Blanchett makes her Broadway debut in her husband Andrew Upton’s new adaptation for the Sydney Theatre Company of Anton Chekhov's untitled first play. Directed by John Crowley (Brooklyn) and also starring Richard Roxburgh and an all-Australian cast, the story sees friends gathering at a country house in the 1990s to celebrate the birthday of the independent but compromised widow, who finds herself face-to-face with someone from her past, tangled in 20 years of denial, regret and thwarted desire.
    Previews: Dec. 17
    Opening: Jan. 8
    Closing: March 19

  • 'Jitney'

    Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Jan. 19 — TBA

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    Hitting Broadway for the first time, this August Wilson drama, part of the late playwright’s decade-by-decade 20th century cycle depicting African-American experience, follows a group of men in the early 1970s trying to survive by driving unlicensed cabs, to the dismay of the city officials. Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs the staging for Manhattan Theatre Club.
    Previews: Dec. 28
    Opening: Jan. 19

  • 'In Transit'

    Circle in the Square Theatre, Dec. 11 — Indefinitely

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    The long-gestating a cappella musical features a book, music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen), James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth, and vocal arrangements by Pitch Perfect’s Deke Sharon. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, it follows eleven New Yorkers as they ride the city’s subway system. Telly Leung, Justin Guarini, James Snyder and Erin Mackey are featured in the cast.

    Previews: Nov. 10
    Opening: Dec. 11

  • 'Significant Other'

    Booth Theatre, March 2 — Indefinitely

    Joan Marcus

    Joshua Harmon's critically acclaimed seriocomedy reflects on the anxieties of 21st century gay male singledom with wit, warmth and the unmistakable pang of personal experience through the story of a twentysomething gay man confronting the void of his emotional solitude as his best girlfriends transition, one by one, into marriage and motherhood. The production — the only new American play of the season announced to date — transfers from an acclaimed off-Broadway run, with director Trip Cullman reassembling the original cast, led by Gideon Glick.

    Previews: Feb. 14
    Opening: March 2

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  • 'Burn This'

    Hudson Theatre, March 6 — TBA

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    Jake Gyllenhaal stars in the first-ever Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson’s acclaimed play, which explores the spiritual and emotional isolation of Pale and Anna, two iconoclasts in 1980s New York who are brought together in the wake of a life-changing event. Directed by Michael Mayer, the production will also re-open Ambassador Theatre Group’s restored Hudson Theatre on Broadway, the landmark 44th-Street venue that promises to be equipped with slate-of-the-art technical upgrades as well as new seating, lounge service and restroom improvements, plus expanded dressing rooms and new fly systems.

    Previews: February 2017
    Opening: March 6

  • 'The Glass Menagerie'

    John Golden Theatre, March 23 — TBA

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    Tennessee Williams' classic 1945 memory play is revived on Broadway for the seventh time. Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home) directs Sally Field as Amanda Wingfield, one of the great female roles of American drama, who lives in her illusions of an idealized past while struggling to hold her fragile family together in a Depression-era St. Louis tenement. Joe Mantello plays Amanda's son and the play's narrator, Tom Wingfield, with newcomer Madison Ferris as his disabled sister Laura and Finn Wittrock as Tom's factory colleague Jim O'Connor, the Gentleman Caller.
    Previews: Feb. 14
    Opening: March 23

  • 'Oslo'

    Vivian Beaumont Theater, April 13 — Indefinitely

    Courtesy of T. Charles Erickson

    J.T. Rogers' political thriller details the nine months of secret negotiations in the Norwegian capital that led to the historic White House handshake between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in 1993. Directed by Bartlett Sher, the show's ensemble cast is led by Jefferson Mays and Jennifer Ehle.

    Previews: March 23
    Opening: April 13

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  • 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

    Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, April 23 — Indefinitely

    Joan Marcus

    Christian Borle’s second show of the season sees him starring as Willy Wonka in the musical adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl children's novel. The production features choreography by Joshua Bergasse, book by David Greig, and a score by the Hairspray duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, which incorporates songs from the beloved Gene Wilder screen version. Director Jack O'Brien is significantly retooling the show’s staging for Broadway after its London run, where it was directed by Sam Mendes.

    Previews: March 28
    Opening: April 23

  • 'Anastasia'

    Broadhurst Theatre, April 24 — Indefinitely

    Joan Marcus

    The new musical adaptation that draws on the 1997 Fox animated feature — following the mystery, romance and self-discovery of the last surviving child of the Russian royal family, who escapes the palace under siege and ends up in 1920s Paris — comes from book writer Terrence McNally, composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens, who won Tonys for 1998’s Ragtime.Returning to Broadway with his first project since Tony winner A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Darko Tresnjak directs the show, which stars Christy Altomare, Derek Klena, John Bolton and Caroline O’Connor.
    Previews: March 23
    Opening: April 24

  • 'Amelie'


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    Phillipa Soo will follow up Hamilton by starring in the long-gestating musical adaptation of the five-time Oscar-nominated 2001 French film, which revolves around an innocent young waitress coming of age in a whimsical version of modern-day Paris. Directed by Pam MacKinnon, the show features a book by Craig Lucas, music by Dan Messe of the Brooklyn neo-folk indie ensemble Hem, and lyrics by Messe and Nathan Tysen.

  • 'The Price'

    American Airlines Theatre, March 16 — TBA

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    Terry Kinney directs the new production for Roundabout Theatre Company of the Arthur Miller drama about two estranged brothers who reunite to sell off what’s left of their parents’ estate. The 1968 play about challenging family dynamics explores the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future.
    Previews: Feb. 16
    Opening: March 16
    Closing: May 7

  • 'Miss Saigon'

    Broadway Theatre, March 23 — Jan. 14, 2018

    Courtesy of Michael Le Poer Trench and Matthew Murphy

    Laurence Connor’s hit London revival of the 1991 blockbuster musical transfers to Broadway, with Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada reprising their lead roles. From the Les Miserables team of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg, the production follows a young bar girl named Kim, orphaned by the war in Vietnam, who falls in love with Chris, an American GI — but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon. The production will segue from its limited Broadway engagement to a national tour.
    Previews: March 1
    Opening: March 23
    Closing: Jan. 15, 2018

  • 'The Little Foxes'

    Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, April 19 — TBA

    Courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown

    Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon star in Daniel Sullivan’s revival for Manhattan Theatre Club of Lillian Hellman's classic drama about the struggle for an aristocratic Southern family business. The two leads will alternate in the warring main female roles of Regina Hubbard Giddens, the scheming daughter of a wealthy early 20th-century Alabama clan shut out of the family fortune by her gender; and Birdie Giddens, her alcoholic sister-in-law.
    Previews: March 29
    Opening: April 19
    Closing: TBA

  • 'Hello, Dolly!'

    Shubert Theatre, April 20 — Indefinitely


    Bette Midler returns to Broadway alongside David Hyde Pierce in Jerry Zaks’ revival of the musical classic, which features a score by Jerry Herman and book by Michael Stewart. Warren Carlyle choreographs the show, paying tribute to the work of the original production's director-choreographer Gower Champion. The show first premiered on Broadway in 1964 with Carol Channing, winning 10 Tonys and running for seven years.
    Previews: March 13
    Opening: April 20

  • 'The Bandstand'


    Courtesy of Matthew Murphy

    The new 1940s-set musical stars Laura Osnes and Corey Cott as expert band members participating in a competition to find America's next swing sensation. Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) directs and choreographs the show, which features a swing-inspired score by Richard Oberacker, who collaborated on the book and lyrics with Robert Taylor. Like A Bronx Tale, the production had a successful pre-Broadway tryout at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse.

  • 'The Spongebob Musical'


    Spongebob Squarepants, which premiered in 1999 and has been the most watched animated program with kids for more than 13 consecutive years, is hoping to jump from Bikini Bottom to Broadway. Co-conceived and directed by Tina Landau, the new musical adaptation of the popular Nickelodeon animated series features a book by Kyle Jarrow, and music supervision by Tom Kitt, plus original songs by Yolanda Adams, Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Sara Bareilles, Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, T.I., and David Bowie, among others.

    See more 'Spongebob Squarepants' Musical: First Look at the Broadway-Bound Stage Show

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