NYC Broadway Week is back September 4–17, offering 2-for-1 tickets to some of the hottest shows on the Great White Way. Ten new productions join the lineup this season; among them are acclaimed revivals, reimagined literary classics and an inventive new comedy. Read up on all the new participants below.
This adaption of George Orwell’s classic novel uses multimedia props—including a huge video screen featuring the ominous figure of Big Brother—to drive home the menacing threat of a government that demands submission to groupthink and quells all dissent. Scott Rudin—best known for producing musicals and blockbusters for the big screen—and British producer Sonia Friedman bring the frightening dystopian tale to Broadway.
A Doll’s House, Part 2
The famed Henrik Ibsen play A Doll’s House ends with heroine Nora Helmer leaving her husband and children behind after slamming the door of the house behind her. This sequel, from playwright Lucas Hnath, picks up where the original left off—answering the burning question of whether Nora returns to her family. The play stars Tony Award–winning actors Julie White (The Little Dog Laughed) and Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans). Sam Gold—a Tony winner for Fun Home—directs.
Based on the 1997 animated film and the real-life story of Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna, this Broadway musical follows brave young Anastasia’s attempt to uncover the mysteries of her past. It features a score from the Tony Award–winning team behind Ragtime and Seussical, who wrote many of the songs for the film—the most famous of which are part of this new show.
The vibe of a 1940s swing club comes to current-day Broadway thanks to Bandstand, which follows WWII veteran and singer-songwriter Donny Novitski and his band of fellow veterans. After learning of a radio contest to find the country’s next big swing band, Donny must ready his group of misfits for competition—a process that helps them work through their losses and secrets from the war. The show features an original score, and choreography comes courtesy of Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton, In the Heights), who also directs.
Charlie and Chocolate Factory
Famous as a book and a movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a childhood classic. Roald Dahl’s whimsical story comes to life on the Broadway stage as the young Charlie Bucket and friends find golden tickets and tour a colorful, magical confection center run by an eccentric proprietor with a hidden motive.
“OK, campers, rise and shine. And don’t forget your booties, ’cause it’s cold out there today.” If that phrase seems familiar to you, you’ve probably seen and enjoyed the movie Groundhog Day. Now you have the chance to see the comedy favorite in a new format—as a Broadway musical. Tony-nominated actor Andy Karl plays Phil Connors, the grumpy weatherman character Bill Murray perfected in the 1993 film. The plot is simple: curmudgeon Connors lives the titular day over and over again in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, until he gets things right. Barrett Doss stars as his co-worker love interest, Rita Hanson.
One of musical theater’s most memorable characters, the bold, sassy Dolly Levi is a widow-cum-matchmaker with her sights set on “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. The Tony-winning play’s return to the Great White Way features Bette Midler and Donna Murphy in the title role, with David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) as Vandergelder. Directed by Jerry Zaks, the show is rounded out by Gavin Creel (She Loves Me, Hair), Kate Baldwin (Finian’s Rainbow) and Taylor Trensch (Wicked, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time). (All NYC Broadway Week performances feature Donna Murphy as Dolly.)
From the same team that created Les Misérables, this modern musical classic about an ill-fated romance in war-torn Vietnam returns to Broadway after a decade and a half away. Newcomer Eva Noblezada is a Tony Award nominee for her performance as Kim, and Jon Jon Briones has gained widespread acclaim for his portrayal of the Engineer. Veteran stage actors Nicholas Christopher (Hamilton) and Katie Rose Clarke (Wicked, The Light in the Piazza, Allegiance) portray John and Ellen, while Laurence Connor (Les Misérables, School of Rock) directs.
The Play That Goes Wrong
This comedy takes place on the set of the fictitious Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s production of The Murder at Haversham Manor, which stars a leading lady with a concussion and a corpse that won’t stay dead. In London, the show won the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.
Following a sold-out Chicago run, War Paint arrives on Broadway with Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole as Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden. The musical follows the lives of these two trailblazers—who redefined beauty standards throughout their 50-year careers—from New York City’s Fifth Avenue to the halls of Congress.