This coming season’s slate of shows presents a wealth of productions, including large-scale adaptations of beloved books and films, buzzy award-winning narratives and stories that embrace representation, ensuring that your next favourite show is waiting in the wings.
These seven shows will help you decide which show to see as you ease on down the road to the box office.
Days of Wine and Roses
This adaptation of JP Miller’s 1958 teleplay and subsequent screenplay has big-hitting talent behind it. Fans of The Light in the Piazza will be thrilled to know that composer Adam Guettel and playwright Craig Lucas are reuniting for this production, with Michael Greif (Dear Evan Hansen) directing. The musical, which charts the effects substance abuse has on a loving marriage, was so popular in its Off-Broadway run that a cast recording was created. Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara (The King and I) and four-time Tony Award nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Into the Woods) will return in their lead roles.
For fans of: 1950s New York City, bittersweet love stories, Sweet Smell of Success
Doubt: A Parable
John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play remained in heavy rotation for years after it burst onto the scene in 2004—via Off-Broadway and Broadway runs, international showings, a film adaptation and even an opera. The announcement about its Broadway revival was met with even more excitement when two big names, Liev Schreiber (Glengarry Glen Ross) and Tyne Daly (Gypsy), were cast in the lead roles as popular priest Father Flynn and Sister Aloysius, the strict nun who questions his seemingly inappropriate relationship with a student.
For fans of: morally ambiguous characters, the Bronx in the 1960s, Outside Mullingar
The epic love story of 2004 movie fame has been given the Broadway treatment by beloved singer-songerwriter Ingrid Michaelson and This Is Us star Bekah Brunstetter.
For fans of: star-crossed lovers, tearjerking romance, Nicholas Sparks novels
This coming-of-age story centred on a scrappy band of teenage “greasers” reimagines S. E. Hinton’s acclaimed novel and Francis Ford Coppola’s big-screen adaptation for the stage. The 1960s-set musical has serious star power behind it, with Angelina Jolie producing her first Broadway show. Jolie was so impressed when she saw it during its world-premiere run in San Diego that she immediately wanted to get involved. Itfeatures a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter) and Justin Levine (Moulin Rouge! The Musical) and music and lyrics with by Levine and folk rockers Jamestown Revival.
For fans of: found family, narratives from young adult perspectives, “Stay gold, Ponyboy”
The groundbreaking gospel-, rock- and soul-filled Wiz, adapted for Broadway in 1975 from L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s story, has enjoyed several revivals. This latest iteration builds upon the 1975 show, with additional writing from comedian Amber Ruffin. JaQuel Knight, choreographer behind Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” and “Formation,” will arrange the dance numbers, and designer Hannah Beachler—whose work created the worlds of Black Panther and Beyoncé’s Lemonade—will envision the new Oz. And with Wayne Brady as the Wiz and Deborah Cox as Glinda, Dorothy and her friends will have performing greats ushering them down the yellow brick road.
For fans of: epic sets, reimagined fairy tales, “Ease on Down the Road”
Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club
The Olivier Award–winning revival of the beloved musical Cabaret has been hotly anticipated in the States after becoming a huge hit in London’s West End. The production creates the Weimar-era Berlin club scene even before the curtain opens, inviting the audience to drink and sing along with preshow entertainment as they file in. Eddie Redmayne will continue in the role of the emcee.
For fans of: 1930s Berlin, showstopping sets and choreography, “Maybe This Time”
Shaina Taub’s 1913-set musical about the suffrage movement in America is fresh off a sold-out 2022 Off-Broadway showing at the Public Theater. Taub wrote the book, music and lyrics, and Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet) will continue as director.
For fans of: American history, feminist stories, “The Schuyler Sisters”