For decades, the bright lights of Broadway have delighted audiences from every corner of the globe. Millions descend on Midtown Manhattan’s compact Theatre District with the hope of being transported to another time or place, all while seated inside one of Broadway’s historic venues. This fall, a diverse slate of long-awaited revivals and highly anticipated new works join beloved mainstays like The Lion King, The Book of Mormon and The Phantom of the Opera (which is scheduled to close in February 2023) on theater stages.
You can bet on Broadway’s fall lineup—including lighthearted musicals and searing family dramas—for a group outing, date night or solo afternoon. Note that masks are optional; visit broadway.org for more information on individual shows. For accessibility information, see Theatre Access New York City.
Read on for a definitive roundup of shows coming to the stage this season.
The Kite Runner
Through October 30
A theatrical adaptation of Khaled Hosseini’s best-selling novel of the same name, The Kite Runner is centered on a Pashtun boy named Amir living in Kabul. After fleeing his homeland at the start of the Soviet invasion, Amir and his father take refuge in California. As they age and encounter challenges, the two men reflect on their choices and mistakes, ultimately weaving a heart-wrenching tale about loyalty and faith. Amir Arison, a star of TV’s The Blacklist, makes his Broadway debut as the lead.
For fans of: book adaptations, historical fiction, redemption stories
Previews begin September 14, opens October 2
This family drama, transplanted from London’s West End and written by Tom Stoppard, is an intimate look at the playwright’s personal history. The story originates in (and gets its name from) a Jewish community in Vienna and spans the first half of the 20th century. The harrowing work earned the 2020 Olivier Award for Best New Play.
For fans of: British plays, family dynamics
Previews begin September 16, opens October 6, closes January 8, 2023
The upcoming Broadway return of 1776 is revolutionary in more than just its name—the new production features a cast of two dozen female and femme-identifying actors. In this fictionalized take on the actual events that led up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the all-too-human founding “fathers” must conquer interpersonal differences to build a new nation.
For fans of: Hamilton, reimagining the classics
Death of a Salesman
Previews begin September 17, opens October 9
Willy Loman is a salesman chasing the American dream, but his pursuit of a better life for his family continues to be a futile one that drives him into madness. Considered one of the best plays of the 20th century, Death of a Salesman is spearheaded in this version by Wendell Pierce and Sharon D. Clarke and marks Broadway’s first production of the work from a Black perspective.
For fans of: thought-provoking plays, midcentury playwrights, reimagining the classics
The Piano Lesson
Previews begin September 19, opening night TBD, closes January 15, 2023
It’s 1936 Pittsburgh, and the Charles siblings are at odds over a family heirloom—a piano. While Boy Willie wants to sell it to buy land, his sister Berniece wants to hold onto the instrument, which is engraved with portraits of their ancestors, for sentimental sake. Renowned playwright August Wilson’s fierce, powerful, Pulitzer Prize–winning play features an all-star cast including Samuel L. Jackson (who originated the role of Boy Willie in 1987), John David Washington and Danielle Brooks.
For fans of: August Wilson, legacy stories, sibling rivalry
Previews begin September 27, opens October 20, closes January 15, 202 3
Named “the greatest American play” of the past 25 years by the New York Times, Suzan-Lori Parks’ Topdog/Underdog makes its return to Broadway shortly after its 20th anniversary (it premiered Off-Broadway in 2001 and had a short run the following year on Broadway). The two-hander centers on brothers Lincoln and Booth, who are haunted by their past and consumed by the street gambling game three-card monte. Corey Hawkins (Six Degrees of Separation, Straight Outta Compton) and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II (Aquaman, Watchmen) lead the poetic dark comedy about brotherly love and commitment.
For fans of: Lovecraft Country, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, landmark theater
Previews begin October 3, opens November 3
A musical adaptation of Cameron Crowe’s hit film comes to Broadway this October. As in the movie, teenager William Miller dreams of being a music journalist and finding a place in the notoriously difficult industry. He gets the chance of a lifetime when Rolling Stone sends him on assignment to cover one of the hottest new bands, but learns the realities of love, coming of age and the rock-star lifestyle on the road.
For fans of: rock ’n’ roll, 1970s style, chasing the dream
Previews begin October 12, opens November 10
Just like her peers in New Jersey, Kim (played by Victoria Clark) is dealing with a dysfunctional family—but the witty teen has an idiosyncratic set of hurdles. In addition to facing a potential felony charge, she suffers from a rare condition which makes her age faster and look much older than she is (think 72 rather than 17). Regardless, Kim is determined to find happiness, on her own time. The musical wowed audiences during its Off-Broadway run last fall and looks to keep the momentum going with this transfer.
For fans of: heartwarming musicals, dramedies
Previews begin October 13, opens November 10
Helen Park makes history as the first Asian American female composer on Broadway in this examination (and appreciation) of K-pop. The musical, which began as an immersive Off-Broadway experience in Hell’s Kitchen, stars real-life South Korean pop sensation Luna as MwE, an ambitious artist who takes the industry head-on.
For fans of:BTS, Blackpink, high-octane musicals and concerts
Walking with Ghosts
Previews begin October 18, opens October 27, closes December 30
Gabriel Byrne, a staple of international stage and screen, ventures onto Broadway in Walking with Ghosts. The haunting (no pun intended) one-man show is adapted from his autobiography and traces Byrne’s journey from Ireland to the US—and from a childhood playing with imaginary friends to a successful acting career. After runs in Dublin and on the West End, Byrne’s play lands at the Music Box Theatre.
For fans of: solo star turns, struggles mixed with success
Previews begin October 28, opens November 17
While Shakespeare’s story of ill-fated romance has been remade many times, this musical sets itself apart by asking, “What if?"—inviting the audience into a world where Juliet doesn’t grab for that dagger after Romeo’s death. Originally debuting in London’s West End, & Juliet riffs on one of the most famous love stories in history using a jukebox musical format. It includes pop hits from artists like Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears and Katy Perry.
For fans of: Ella Enchanted, The Princess Diaries, early 2000s pop music
Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man & the Pool
Previews begin October 28, opens November 13, closes January 15
Comedy vet Mike Birbiglia (The New One, Trainwreck) brings laughter and existentialism to Lincoln Center Vivian Beaumont Theater. In his new show, the award-winning storyteller returns to Broadway for a hysterical reflection on life, death and everything we do in between.
For fans of: laughing in the face of impending doom
Some Like It Hot
Previews begin November 1, opens December 11
This November, one of the Golden Age of Hollywood’s best-loved comedies comes to Broadway. The musical adaptation of the 1959 Marilyn Monroe film centers on two musicians—played by Christian Borle and J. Harrison Ghee—who disguise themselves as women in order to evade the mobsters pursuing them. Tony winner Matthew Lopez (The Inheritance) and Emmy-nominated late-night host Amber Ruffin collaborated on the book.
For fans of: slapstick, rom-coms
A Beautiful Noise, the Neil Diamond Musical
Performances begin November 2
This jukebox musical tells the story of American icon Neil Diamond, the Brooklyn-born singer and songwriter behind hits like “Sweet Caroline” and “Cracklin’ Rosie.” Broadway favorite Will Swenson (Waitress, Hair) stars as the "solitary man."
For fans of: living legends, sporting event sing-alongs
Ain’t No Mo
Previews begin November 3, opens December 1
Produced by award-winning director and screenwriter Lee Daniels, Ain’t No Mo explores a scenario in which Black Americans are offered a one-way flight to Africa. In a series of vignettes, the show examines both the terrors and joys of Black life in America.
For fans of: George C. Wolfe’sThe Colored Museum, Robert O’Hara’sBootycandy,a bit of camp
A Christmas Carol
Performances begin November 8, closes January 1
In this new retelling of Dickens’ timeless holiday tale, Tony winner Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife) plays every character. This feat of mimicry, comedy and shapeshifting has him transforming into 50-some roles to tell the story of Christmases past, present and future.
For fans of:family-friendly holiday classics
Ohio State Murders
Previews begin November 11, opens December 8
Most people don’t have their Broadway debut at 91, but Adrienne Kennedy is not most people. Sixty years into her career, the playwright makes her Broadway splash with Ohio State Murders, in which writer Suzanne Alexander must question her past to gain answers to her violent present. Six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald returns to Broadway in the role of Suzanne.
For fans of: Black stories, long-awaited breakthroughs, incomparable actors
Previews begin November 29, opens December 20
Starring Paul Bettany (WandaVision, Avengers) as Andy Warhol and Jeremy Pope (Pose, Netflix’s Hollywood) as Jean-Michel Basquiat, The Collaboration examines the relationship between two artists at different phases of their careers as they create a joint exhibition in 1984. While the story is fictionalized, the real-life pair worked together on paintings (mostly by mail) in the 1980s and became good friends.
For fans of: John Logan’s Red, art history, people who enjoyed more than 15 minutes of fame
Between Riverside and Crazy
Performances begin November 30
Walter “Pops” Washington has lost his wife, his son is on parole and he’s trying to hold on to his apartment (and what’s left of the life he knew) in one of the last rent-controlled buildings in his Manhattan neighborhood. This dark comedy from Stephen Adly Guirgis won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and comes to Broadway with a knockout cast including rapper Common and stage vet Stephen McKinley Henderson.
For fans of: New York City struggles, the good old days