During this winter’s edition of NYC Broadway Week (January 17–February 5), theatergoers can buy 2-for-1 tickets to some of the biggest and best-known shows on the Great White Way. In addition to NYC Broadway Week stalwarts like Wicked and The Lion King, this season brings a slew of new shows including the buzzy Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 and an imaginative musical adaptation of fan-favorite indie film Waitress. See the full list of new participating shows below, and mark your calendar—tickets go on sale January 5.
A Bronx Tale
Chazz Palminteri’s solo show, loosely based on his upbringing in the Bronx, began its life back in 1989 when it premiered in LA. An Off-Broadway production followed, which prompted Robert De Niro to direct the 1993 movie of the same name starring Palminteri as the gangster Sonny, who took a young Calogero (Chazz’s given name) under his wing. De Niro played Calogero’s working-class father. In 2007, just as The Sopranos finished its TV run, Palminteri brought the solo show to Broadway. Now De Niro himself and four-time Tony winner Jerry Zaks direct a musical version, with tunes by Alan Menken, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Palminteri. Purchase tickets here.
Dear Evan Hansen
Following a world premiere at Washington DC’s Arena Stage and a sold-out Off-Broadway run at Second Stage, Dear Evan Hansen comes to Broadway, its title character played by Ben Platt. Evan is a teenage outcast, cut off from his classmates and family until a note he writes sets off events that put him in the spotlight—and closer to the girl he yearns for. The ensemble cast, including Laura Dreyfuss and Michael Park, returns. Purchase tickets here.
The Front Page
“The son of a bitch stole my watch!” That memorable last line comes from the oft-revived, Hollywood-ized 1928 comedy The Front Page, written by Chicago reporters Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur. Writing about what they knew best, the authors capture the glory days of the newspaper business, with a cast of hungry reporters sitting around a newsroom, chain-smoking cigarettes, playing poker and waiting for a hot story to come in—which, in this play, one quite literally does. This production, directed by multiple-Tony winner Jack O’Brien, is jam packed with heavy hitters. Nathan Lane and Mad Men’s John Slattery face off as the newspaper’s manipulative managing editor Walter Burns and star reporter Hildy Johnson, respectively. John Goodman, Holland Taylor, Dylan Baker, Robert Morse and Sherie Rene Scott round out the veteran cast. Purchase tickets here.
Frozen co-composer Kristen Anderson-Lopez (and fellow writers James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth), Pitch Perfect music director Deke Sharon and Tony-winning director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall worked together on this a cappella show about a typical day on the New York City subway. The musical’s cast of true New York characters make a crammed subway car look like an inspiring, hilarious place to be (and, hey, sometimes it can be). Purchase tickets here.
This 1970s-era drama from Pulitzer winner August Wilson, about a group of men who try to make ends meet by driving unlicensed cabs, hits Broadway for the first time. The dramatic tension in the play builds when the station boss’ son returns from prison, which coincides with the city threatening to shut the station down. Harvy Blanks, Anthony Chisholm, André Holland and Carra Patterson star; Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs. Purchase tickets here.
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
This musical centering on a love triangle in old world Russia takes its story from a 70-page section of Tolstoy’s War and Peace. Natasha Rostova has arrived in Moscow, counting down the days until her fiancé, Andrey, returns from the battlefields of war. When she falls for another wealthy suitor—threatening her reputation in Moscow’s society circles—family friend Pierre may be her only saving grace. Grammy nominee Josh Groban, as Pierre, makes his Broadway debut alongside Denée Benton, who stars again as Natasha after dazzling in the role at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Purchase tickets here.
This is not a prank. Gil Faizon and George St. Geegland, the crotchety septuagenarian alter egos of Comedy Central stars Nick Kroll and John Mulaney (respectively), have taken Broadway by storm. The loose plot deals with the choices the longtime roommates have to make—do they sell out to NY1?—when the monthly rent on their Upper West Side apartment rises from $75 to $2,500. Alex Timbers (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Pee-wee Herman Show) directs. Purchase tickets here.
Based on the indie movie of the same name, this funny, poignant musical features music by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles and stars Tony Award winner (for Beautiful) Jessie Mueller. The show follows the story of a put-upon Southern server who has a special gift for making pies. Faced with a loveless marriage and an unplanned pregnancy, she eventually finds the courage to follow her dreams. Purchase tickets here.