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
Clockwise from left: Ben Platt, Cate Blanchett, Phillipa Soo, Liev Schreiber and Bette Midler
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  • 'A Doll's House, Part 2'

    Golden Theatre, April 27 — Sept. 24

    Courtesy of Brigitte Lacombe

    Laurie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, Jayne Houdyshell and Condola Rashad will star in Lucas Hnath's new drama, which picks up after Henrik Ibsen's 1879 classic, revealing why proto-feminist heroine Nora has returned and what it will mean for those she left behind. Scott Rudin is producing the play, directed by Sam Gold.

    Previews: March 30
    Opening: April 27
    Closing: Sept. 24

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  • 'Bandstand'

    Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, April 26 — Indefinitely

    Courtesy of Jeremy Daniel

    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, a Tony winner for Hamilton and In the Heights, 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.

    Previews: March 31
    Opening: April 26

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  • 'Six Degrees of Separation'

    Ethel Barrymore Theatre, April 25 — June 18

    Courtesy of Joan Marcus

    Allison Janney and John Benjamin Hickey star in the revival of the John Guare play, which sees a young African-American con man passing himself off as the college friend of the son of a well-heeled New York couple, setting off a complicated trail of deceit. The pair put him up for the night after he claims to have been mugged, but are subsequently shocked to find him in bed with a hustler. Directed by Trip Cullman, the limited engagement also stars Straight Outta Compton breakout Corey Hawkins in the role played by Will Smith in the screen version.

    Previews: April 5
    Opening: April 25
    Closing: June 18

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  • '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, Ramin Karimloo and Mary Beth Peil.

    Previews: March 23
    Opening: April 24

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  • 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'

    Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, April 23 — Indefinitely

    Courtesy of 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

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  • 'Hello, Dolly!'

    Shubert Theatre, April 20 — Indefinitely

    Julieta Cervantes

    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 15
    Opening: April 20

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  • 'The Little Foxes'

    Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, April 19 — June 18

    Courtesy of Joan Marcus

    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: June 18

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  • 'Indecent'

    Cort Theatre, April 18 — Indefinitely

    Courtesy of Carol Rosegg

    Pulitzer-winning playwright Paula Vogel makes her Broadway debut with the new play with music, created with director Rebecca Taichman. It centers on Yiddish playwright Sholem Asch's controversial God of Vengeance, which was shut down by police after a single performance on Broadway in 1923. It is a play seen by some as a seminal work of Jewish culture, and by others as an act of traitorous libel.

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  • 'Groundhog Day'

    August Wilson Theatre, April 17 — Indefinitely

    Courtesy of Joan Marcus

    Andy Karl stars in the musical adaptation of the beloved 1993 movie, which starred Bill Murray as a misanthropic weatherman who gets caught in a time loop, replaying the same day over and over until he softens his cynical demeanor. The Broadway transfer of the London production reunites much of the key creative team from Matilda, which has been a hit on both sides of the Atlantic: director Matthew Warchus, composer-lyricist Tim Minchin, choreographer Peter Darling and designer Rob Howell. The book is by Danny Rubin, who co-wrote the Columbia Pictures film's screenplay with its director Harold Ramis, based on Rubin's story.

    Previews: March 16
    Opening: April 17

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  • 'Oslo'

    Vivian Beaumont Theater, April 17 — 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 17

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  • 'War Paint'

    Nederlander Theatre, April 6 — Indefinitely

    Joan Marcus

    Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole lock horns as rival makeup titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden in the new musical, inspired by Lindy Woodhead's book of the same name and by the documentary The Powder & the Glory. Directed by Michael Greif, the production traces the parallel paths of two innovative women who worked their way up from humble roots to define beauty standards in the first half of the 20th century. Fierce competitors, they became the country's first major female entrepreneurs and built international empires in a business world dominated by men.

    Previews: March 7
    Opening: April 6

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  • 'Present Laughter'

    St. James Theatre, April 5 — July 2

    Joan Marcus

    After a ten-year absence, Kevin Kline returns to Broadway as a self-obsessed actor in the midst of a mid-life crisis. Moritz von Stuelpnagel directs the limited engagement of Noel Coward’s beloved comedy, also starring Kate Burton, Kristine Nielsen and Cobie Smulders — the latter making her Broadway debut.

    Previews: March 10
    Opening: April 5

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  • 'Amelie'

    Walter Kerr Theatre, April 3 — Indefinitely

    Joan Marcus

    Phillipa Soo will follow up Hamilton by starring alongside Adam Chanler-Berat (Next to Normal) 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.

    Previews: March 9
    Opening: April 3

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  • 'The Play That Goes Wrong'

    Lyceum Theatre, April 2 — Indefinitely

    Jeremy Daniel

    J.J. Abrams will undertake his first venture as a theater producer with the Broadway transfer of the hit West End show, an intricately plotted physical comedy revolving around the Comley Polytechnic Dramatic Society's efforts to stage a 1920s murder mystery as accident-prone actors battle against all odds to make it to the final curtain call. Directed by Mark Bell, the Broadway production will feature the original West End cast.

    Previews: March 9
    Opening: April 2

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  • 'Sweat'

    Studio 54, March 26 — Indefinitely

    Joan Marcus

    The Lynn Nottage play, winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, depicts the bleak reality of Rust Belt communities, as American manufacturing plants shutter and blue-collar jobs migrate to countries with cheaper labor costs. Directed by Kate Whoriskey, the production is set between 2000 and 2008 around a bar in Berks County, Pa., and explores the collision of class, race, community and friendship as it chronicles upheavals in the lives of a tight-knit group of workers at a steel tubing plant. The majority of the ensemble from the Public Theater remained with the show in its Broadway transfer, with the addition of Alison Wright (Feud).

    Previews: March 4
    Opening: March 26

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  • '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

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  • 'The Price'

    American Airlines Theatre, March 16 — May 7

    Joan Marcus

    Alongside Mark Ruffalo, Tony Shalhoub and Jessica Hecht, Danny DeVito makes his Broadway debut in the Roundabout Theatre Company staging of the Arthur Miller drama about two estranged brothers who reunite to sell off what’s left of their parents’ estate. Directed by Terry Kinney, 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

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  • 'Come From Away'

    Schoenfeld Theatre, March 12 — Indefinitely

    Chris Bennion

    Based on the diversion of civilian airline flights in response to the Sept. 11 attacks, the new musical follows the 38 planes and 6,579 passengers who suddenly landed in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland, as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon. The move nearly doubled the population of the town, whose residents housed and cared for the stranded passengers. Directed by Christopher Ashley, the show includes a book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein.

    Previews: Feb 18
    Opening: Mar 12

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  • 'The Glass Menagerie'

    Belasco Theatre, March 9 — July 2

    Julieta Cervantes

    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. 7
    Opening: March 9

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  • 'Significant Other'

    Booth Theatre, March 2 — April 23

    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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  • 'Sunday in the Park With George'

    Hudson Theater, Feb. 23 — April 23

    Matthew Murphy

    Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford star in the revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, which features a score by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. Sarna Lapine, the niece of the writer who also staged a concert production in October, will again direct the limited engagement. It contemplates the solitude and sacrifices of making art, weaving a fictional story around the creation by French post-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat of his pointillist masterpiece, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte, which costs him his relationship with longtime mistress Dot. The action then leaps forward by 100 years to pick up on George and Dot's great-grandson, a multimedia artist debuting a lighting installation that pays homage to the Seurat painting.

    Previews: Feb. 11
    Opening: Feb. 23
    Closing: April 23

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  • 'Sunset Boulevard'

    Palace Theatre, Feb. 9 — June 25

    Courtesy of Joan Marcus

    Glenn Close is back as Norma Desmond, the faded silent-movie star planning a delusional big-screen comeback — a role for which she won a Tony in 1994. Lonny Price directs the limited engagement of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical, based on the classic Billy Wilder film that starred Gloria Swanson and William Holden. Following a hit London run, the Broadway transfer will feature a 40-piece orchestra.

    Previews: Feb. 2
    Opening: Feb. 9
    Closing: June 25

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  • 'Jitney'

    Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Jan. 19 — March 12

    Joan Marcus

    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 Manhattan Theatre Club staging, also featuring Moonlight's Andre Holland and with John Legend producing.

    Previews: Dec. 28
    Opening: Jan. 19

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  • 'The Present'

    Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Jan. 8 — March 19

    Joan Marcus

    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

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  • 'In Transit'

    Circle in the Square Theatre, Dec. 11 — April 16

    Joan Marcus

    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

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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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  • 'A Bronx Tale'

    Longacre Theatre, Dec. 1 — Indefinitely

    Joan Marcus

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

    Imperial Theatre, Nov. 14 — Indefinitely

    Courtesy of Chad Batka

    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

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  • 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses'

    Booth Theatre, Oct. 30 — Jan. 22

    Joan Marcus

    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

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  • 'Falsettos'

    Walter Kerr Theatre, Oct. 27 — Jan. 8

    Joan Marcus

    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

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  • 'The Front Page'

    Broadhurst Theatre, Oct. 20 — Feb. 5

    Julieta Cervantes

    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

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  • 'The Cherry Orchard'

    American Airlines Theatre, Oct. 16 — Dec. 4

    Courtesy of Joan Marcus

    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, Harold Perrineau and Tavi Gevinson are also featured in the cast.

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

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  • 'Heisenberg'

    Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, Oct. 13 — Dec. 11

    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
    Closing: Dec. 11

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  • 'Oh, Hello'

    Lyceum Theatre, Oct. 10 — Jan. 8

    Peter Yang

    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. (Fun fact: their understudies are listed as Jon Hamm and John Slattery.)
    Previews: Sept. 23
    Opening: Oct. 10
    Closing: Jan. 8

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  • 'Holiday Inn'

    Studio 54, Oct. 6 — Jan. 15

    Joan Marcus

    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
    Closing: Jan. 15

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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

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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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  • 'Paramour'

    Lyric Theatre, May 25 — April 16

    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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