Broadway shows to see in New York this spring
Learn more about all the new plays, musicals, and revivals opening on Broadway in New York this spring.
The spring is the busiest time of the theatre season each year, with many shows opening from February to May with the hopes of earning Tony Awards in June. Some shows that opened during the fall season have ended their limited runs, but there are plenty of new Broadway plays and musicals taking their place. Spring is also the season of long holiday weekends and spring breaks — so there's plenty of time for you, your family, or your friends to see a Broadway show (or shows!) together.
Lovers of classic musicals can look forward to a new production of Funny Girl, a high-profile revival joining the Hugh Jackman-led production of The Music Man that began performances in December as a starry hit of the season. Comedy movies like Mr. Saturday Night and Beetlejuice (playing its second Broadway run) have been adapted into musicals and are opening this spring. There are star-studded play revivals like Neil Simon's Plaza Suite with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick and Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out with Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams, and original shows like Birthday Candles, Paradise Square, and the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical A Strange Loop. Learn about all the Broadway shows opening this spring below, and get Broadway tickets for the spring now.
MJ The Musical
Rock with the music of Michael Jackson all night at the Neil Simon Theatre on Broadway! MJ The Musical moonwalked onto Broadway in late December and isn't beating it anytime soon. This new bio-musical traces Michael Jackson's career, from his beginnings as a child star in the Jackson 5 to his eventual solo career, during which he became the most-awarded music artist in history, sold over 350 million records, and was dubbed the King of Pop. MJ The Musical combines a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage with all of Jackson's greatest songs, like "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," "Billie Jean," "Beat It," "Thriller," "Bad," "Man in the Mirror," and "Smooth Criminal." With all this music and Jackson's signature dancing, the show is nothing short of a thriller.
Only on Broadway can you spend a few hours with Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick at the Plaza Hotel. In the classic Neil Simon comedy Plaza Suite, the real-life celebrity power couple plays three different couples, all checking into the famed luxury hotel's Suite 719 at different times. There's a pair of long-married spouses whose relationship is on the decline; high school sweethearts rekindling their love from years ago; and the nervous parents of an even more nervous bride who's locked herself in the bathroom on her wedding day. After the show was postponed from its planned 2020 opening, you can finally check in at the Hudson Theatre for this night of comedy from February 25.
Take Me Out
Theatre meets sports in the first Broadway revival of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, which won Best Play at the 2003 Tony Awards when it premiered. The play follows Darren Lemming, a player for the fictional Major League Baseball team The Empires, who publicly comes out as gay. Staged mostly in the team's locker room, the play sheds light on the homophobia, racism, and hatred Lemming faces from his fellow teammates, which makes the backlash from the public look mild. Greenberg wrote the play at a time when no Major League Baseball player had ever come out, and the play is his imagining of how such an event would expose the dark side of America's favorite pastime.
The Music Man
Join the big parade at the Winter Garden Theatre, where Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster are leading the latest revival of The Music Man. This Golden Age classic began performances in December and is continuing to march on through the spring. Jackman stars as Professor Harold Hill, a con man who swindles young wannabe Midwestern bands out of their money, selling them uniforms and money and leaving before teaching them how to use them. But when he arrives in River City, the local librarian and real piano teacher, Marian (Foster), sees right through him — but the two start to fall for each other, making it hard for Harold to con her and for her to expose his scheme. If you're looking for lively dancing, a feel-good love story, and plenty of trombones (76, to be exact), The Music Man has it all.
Debra Messing celebrates a lifetime of birthdays in Birthday Candles, which marks playwright Noah Haidle's Broadway debut. Messing stars as a woman named Ernestine Ashworth from her 17th birthday to her 101st. During all that time, she bakes a singular birthday cake using her mother's recipe, and that's about the only thing in her life that remains constant. A small ensemble, including Veronica Mars star Enrico Colantoni, plays the ever-changing people in Ernestine's life at different stages, and as time goes on and Ernestine herself changes, she continues to reevaluate who and what makes her life worthwhile. The play begins performances March 18 at the American Airlines Theatre.
Time-travel back to a bygone era of New York history with Paradise Square, an all-new musical debuting on Broadway on March 15. The show is set in the Five Points neighborhood of Lower Manhattan in 1863, where communities of free Black people and Irish Americans mingle. At the center of their neighborhood is a bar, where the various voices of these communities all meet: the Black woman who owns the bar, her Irish Catholic sister-in-law, a new Irish immigrant who's still getting used to Five Points, an anti-abolitionist leader, and a songwriter in need of some cash. As they all drink and dance together, they also debate and challenge each other's ideas of what America should be like.
How I Learned to Drive
Drive over to the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre for How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play that begins performances March 29. The play centers on a young woman named Li'l Bit, who was molested by her Uncle Peck throughout her adolescence under the guise of driving lessons. Now an adult, she recounts her relationship with her uncle in a series of flashbacks, exploring the lasting impact his abuse had on her life and how she was ultimately able to leave him in the rearview. Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse, who originated the roles of Li'l Bit and Uncle Peck in How I Learned to Drive's 1997 Off-Broadway premiere, return to the same parts for the show's Broadway debut.
The Skin of Our Teeth
The Skin of Our Teeth, one of Thorton Wilder's multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning works, is arriving at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on March 31 with torrential force. The allegorical play centers on the Antrobus family living in the fictional town of Excelsior. Each act sees the family living through a different event of biblical proportions: an Ice Age, a great flood, and a war, which coincide with their life and surroundings in 20th-century New Jersey. By collapsing millennia of time and space into one story, Wilder's play examines the ability of humans to rebuild time and time again after disaster.
A Strange Loop
A Strange Loop is a brand-new musical, for which creator Michael R. Jackson won a 2021 Pulitzer Prize. The main character, Usher, is a Black, queer writer who hates his day job (as an usher, naturally) and is writing a musical in his spare time. And what is that musical about? A Black, queer writer who hates his day job and is writing a musical in his spare time. As he attempts to break out of this "strange loop" and make it as a writer, he has to contend with the unforgiving voices in his head, personified onstage by a dynamic ensemble. A Strange Loop is set to play the Lyceum Theatre from April 6.
Studio 54 is transforming into a town hall, where a council meeting of Big Cherry is in session at The Minutes. In Tracy Letts's play, in which he also stars, the town holds its legends, rules, and secrets very dearly. No one questions the legend of a local hero or who gets reserved parking, to name a few. Until a new resident of Big Cherry shows up to a meeting and asks all the wrong questions, and the town's history and image start to unravel.
An all-star cast of Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, and Darren Criss lead the latest revival of David Mamet's Obie Award-winning and Tony-nominated play American Buffalo. Junk shop owner Donny (Fishburne) sells a buffalo nickel for $90, but only later finds out that it's worth much more than that. Not wanting the American Dream of fortune to slip out of his hands, he enlists his poker buddy Teach (Rockwell) and young employee Bobby (Criss) to get back not just the nickel, but the whole coin collection it belongs to. The Circle in the Square Theatre will house this near-mythic story of American greed, with performances beginning March 22.
It's showtime — again! The musical adaptation of Beetlejuice, which prematurely ended its first Broadway run in March 2020, is being resurrected at the Marquis Theatre from April 8. The titular "ghost with the most" strikes up chaos in a small country home when he makes unlikely friends with a few of its inhabitants: the Maitland spouses, who die in the house and get "ghosting" lessons from Beetlejuice, and Lydia, the angsty daughter of the house's new owners who Beetlejuice uses to help bring him back to life. With plenty of catchy songs, including the iconic "Day-O" number from the film, "the whole being dead thing" has never been livelier.
Don't bring around a cloud to rain on this parade! The musical classic Funny Girl is receiving its first-ever Broadway revival, beginning March 26 at the August Wilson Theatre. Beanie Feldstein leads the cast as Fanny Brice, alongside Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo as Nick Arnstein and Emmy and Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch as Mrs. Rosie Brice. The musical is based on real-life Ziegfeld Follies showgirl Fanny Brice, who met and fell in love with the gambler Nick Arnstein at the height of her career. He has a shady past, but she's determined not to let the past affect their relationship in the present — but she might be betting on him over her head. Funny Girl has received an updated book for the revival, but all the musical's most famous songs remain, including "Don't Rain on My Parade" and "The Music That Makes Me Dance."
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Just over 45 years after for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf debuted on Broadway at Booth Theatre, Ntozake Shange's groundbreaking show is returning to that same home for its first Broadway revival. Described as a "choreopoem," a nontraditional fusion of movement, music, and poetry, for colored girls shares stories from the lives of seven Black women. Their stories are of survival in a world where they face racism and sexism at every turn — but rather than being dismal, the show celebrates the resilience of Black women and the support and sisterhood they find in each other. for colored girls, directed by Tony nominee Camille A. Brown in her Broadway directorial debut, begins performances April 1.
The Little Prince
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's beloved children's book is coming to soaring life at the Broadway Theatre from March 4. When a pilot crash-lands in the desert far away from human life, he unexpectedly encounters a young boy from another planet. That boy, the titular Little Prince, has just gone on a journey through the cosmos. He tells the pilot all about his life, the planets he visited, and the people he met, and what he learned about human nature and himself at each one. In the stage show, the Little Prince's story and characters come to life with aerial acrobatics, intricate dancing, video projections, and more. The Little Prince stage show has already taken its own journey around the globe and is now landing in New York.
Fair is foul and foul is fair at the Longacre Theatre this spring. Fresh off headlining major movies, Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga are starring as the Macbeths in the Sam Gold-directed revival of Shakespeare's great tragedy. Macbeth is initially confused when three witches prophesy that he'll climb the ranks of Scotland's nobility to become king — but quickly becomes thrilled when he gets his first promotion just after the witches leave. And just as quickly, at the urging of the ruthless Lady Macbeth, he turns murderous and seeks to depose anyone that could challenge his growing power. There are many iterations of Macbeth in New York — including at Drunk Shakespeare and Sleep No More — but from March 29, you can see Shakespeare's text in its original glory.
Mr. Saturday Night
Live from New York, it's Mr. Saturday Night! The 1992 film of the same name marked the directorial debut of Billy Crystal, who also co-wrote and starred as Buddy Young Jr. Now, he and his original screenwriting team (Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel) have teamed up with Tony-nominated composer Jason Robert Brown and lyricist Amanda Green to adapt the story into a musical, beginning performances at the Nederlander Theatre on March 29. Crystal reprises his role as Buddy, a comedian 40 years past the end of his fame. He estranged himself from his friends and family long ago as his career declined — but now, he has one more chance at stardom, and at fixing the relationships he ruined. The cast also features Shoshana Bean and David Paymer, who is also reprising his Academy Award-nominated role as Stan Yankelman from the movie.