Editor's Top 10 Picks for March 2020 on Broadway and Beyond
Here's a guide to our theatrical highlights of the month...
Get ready for March Madness, folks! Yes, spring is finally here and that means the Broadway season kicks it up into fifth gear! There's a ton of new productions to look forward to this month, but before we get to those, may we just take this opportunity to urge you not to miss out on two fantastic Broadway plays that are coming to the end of their respective runs later this month. We're talking about Roundabout Theatre Company's long-overdue Broadway premiere of A Soldier's Play at the American Airlines Theatre and the two-part epic, Olivier Award-winning 'Best New Play' The Inheritance at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Both productions are scheduled to close on Sunday, March 15.
A Soldier's Play Tickets are available now for performances through March 15, 2020.
The Inheritance - Part 1 Tickets are available now for performances through March 15, 2020.
The Inheritance - Part 2 Tickets are available now for performances through March 15, 2020.
And just a quick reminder for all you "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" fans out there: This month also marks your last chance to catch Erika Jayne in her Broadway debut as Roxie Hart in Broadway's longest-running American musical Chicago at the Ambassador Theatre. Ms. Jayne will remain the name on everybody's lips until the end of her run on Sunday, March 29.
Chicago Tickets are available now.
So, what's in store on Broadway and beyond this month? Here are our Top 10 picks for March 2020...
Phone rings, door chimes, in comes... Company!
Is anyone lacking a bit of Patti in their lives??? Well, fear not! Yes, the legendary Patti LuPone returns to the Broadway stage from March 2 to reprise her Olivier Award-winning performance as Joanne in two-time Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott's gender-swapped revival of Company... and "We'll drink to that!" (sorry, we couldn't help ourselves). She will be starring alongside Tony Award winner Katrina Lenk who takes on the leading role of Bobbie (formely the leading male role of Bobby) in this highly acclaimed production that was given an official blessing by Stephen Sondheim himself and took home four Olivier Awards (including 'Best Musical Revival') in London last year. Rediscover this cherished 1970 musical about singledom in the city with a fresh pair of eyes and a female perspective and you'll be sure to find out what "Being Alive" is all about! An official opening at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre is set for Sunday, March 22.
Company Tickets are available now for performances from March 2 through September 27, 2020.
Sarah Jessica Parker vs. Matthew Broderick
The real-life married couple of Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker will go head-to-head this month, starring opposite each other in a highly anticipated Broadway revival of Neil Simon's 1968 comedy Plaza Suite. This will mark the first time the couple have performed on a Broadway stage together since How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 1996. Directed by Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey, the play unfolds in Suite 719 in New York City's Plaza Hotel on three separate occasions where three different couples experience the trials and tribulations of marriage, seduction and parenthood with Broderick and Parker playing all three couples. In the intimate setting of the Hudson Theatre, this one is bound to be a hot ticket when performances begin on Friday, March 13.
Plaza Suite Tickets are available now for performances from March 13 through July 12, 2020.
Help is on the way, Dearies!
Fans of the 1993 20th Century Fox movie Mrs. Doubtfire rejoice! Everyone's favorite Scottish nanny is reporting for duty at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Broadway from Monday, March 9. Starring Tony Award nominee Rob McClure, who takes on the role of Daniel Hillard and his alter ego, Euphegenia Doubtfire (immortalized on film by the late great Robin Williams), the musical follows a desperate father who, following a divorce and restricted visitation rights, resorts to disguising himself as an ageing nanny in order to spend more time with his children. The creative team behind the Broadway premiere have promised that fans of the film will not be disappointed whilst they are also in for a truly theatrical experience along the way. We can't wait, dearies!
Mrs. Doubtfire Tickets are available now for performances from March 9 through September 13, 2020.
Life's a hustle...
Three infamous hustlers are heading back to Broadway this month! Donny, Teach and Bobby (the illustrious trio of characters in David Mamet's 1975 classic American Buffalo) are portrayed by a top calibre cast for this highly anticipated Broadway revival at the Circle in the Square from Tuesday, March 24. Tony Award winner Laurence Fishburne, Academy Award winner Sam Rockwell, and Emmy Award winner Darren Criss return to the Great White Way to bring us the tale of three small-time hustlers, a valuable buffalo nickel, and the pursuit of the American Dream. Staged at one of Broadway's most intimate venues, American Buffalo is the perfect opportunity to experience three actors at the top of their game, up close and personal, in a dramatic three-hander that just never gets old.
American Buffalo Tickets are available now for performances from March 24 through July 12, 2020.
A Royal Affair...
The British Royal Family may be making headlines around the world on a seemingly daily basis at the moment, but will this new musical revolving around the late Princess of Wales, Diana make headlines on the Great White Way? Diana, which begins previews at the Longacre Theatre tomorrow, March 2, ahead of an official opening on Tuesday, March 31, focuses on the love triangle between Prince Charles, Princess Diana and Camilla Parker Bowles. It also explores how the titular character took on the British tabloid press and even the British monarch herself, Queen Elizabeth II. Brought to you from the writers of the Tony Award-winning 'Best Musical' Memphis, can Joe DiPietro and Bon Jovi member David Bryan replicate their previous success with this regal new musical? Will the People's Princess inspire a musical hit for the people?
Diana Tickets are available now for performances from March 2 through November 22, 2020.
What a Trip!!!
And now time for something completely different! An entirely original musical, with an original score and an original story, is somewhat a rarity on Broadway nowadays, so kudos to Lincoln Center Theater for bringing us Flying Over Sunset, which begins performances at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Thursday, March 12. The new musical proposes a fictional meeting between three extraoridinary individuals whilst under the influence of the hallucinogenic drug known as LSD. Enter the acclaimed writer Aldous Huxley, playwright, diplomat, and congresswoman, Clare Boothe Luce, and Hollywood legend Cary Grant, who each professed to using LSD in their lifetimes. With a creative team that boasts résumés that include such Broadway favorites as Falsettos, Next to Normal, and Grey Gardens, Flying Over Sunset might well turn out to be the surprise hit of the season. Are you ready to take a trip?
Flying Over Sunset Tickets are available now for performances from March 12 through June 28, 2020.
Keeping it in the family...
A humongous hit over the pond (check out the 5-star review on our London Theatre Guide sister site), the National Theatre production of The Lehman Trilogy begins previews at the Nederlander Theatre on Saturday, March 7, ahead of an official opening on Thursday, March 26. Directed by Sam Mendes, who recently scooped 'Best Director' at both the Golden Globes and BAFTAs for his efforts on "1917," The Lehman Trilogy is told in three parts, but presented together in one performance. The play explores the notions of western capitalism - and the largest financial crisis in history - through the microcosm of a single immigrant family. Discover the Lehman brothers anew, along with their sons and their grandsons, in this multi-generation spanning, informative and highly entertaining masterpiece.
The Lehman Trilogy Tickets are available now for performances from March 7 through June 28, 2020.
Time for a Change!
We've been following West End star Sharon D. Clarke's career for many years over the pond and now, thanks to Roundabout Theatre Company, she is finally making her long-overdue Broadway debut this month. Clarke is reprising her 2019 Olivier Award-winning performance in the titular role of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's Caroline, or Change, which begins performances at Studio 54 on Friday, March 13. Set in 1963 Louisiana, the musical follows an African-American maid called Caroline, who discovers that the smallest of changes in life can make the largest of ripples. Get ready for a powerhouse performance, New York! Because here she comes...
Caroline, or Change Tickets are available now for performances from March 13 through June 28, 2020.
Just in Time for St. Patrick's Day!
Away from the bright lights of Broadway and into the bright lights (and 6,000 seats) of Radio City Music Hall this month, the international stage phenomenon that is Riverdance returns to entertain New York audiences. So, if you've been wondering how best to get yourselves into the celtic mood in preparation for this year's St. Patrick's Day, then look no further than Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show. Performances run at the massive landmark venue from Tuesday, March 10 through Sunday, March 15. Fun fact: Riverdance's first international tour was actually launched at Radio City Music Hall way back in March 1996, making this new production a homecoming of sorts for the breathtaking Irish dance troupe.
Riverdance 25th Anniversary Show Tickets are available now for performances from March 10 through March 15, 2020.
Getting Intimate at the Opera...
Our Off-Broadway pick of the month is going to be a classy affair for sure. Of course, the Broadway and Off-Broadway scenes normally specialize in plays and musicals, but Lincoln Center Theater has actually joined forces with the Metropolitan Opera to develop our final pick for March 2020. Boasting music by Ricky Ian Gordon and a libretto by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, based on her acclaimed play, Intimate Apparel is a new opera now playing the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. Set in New York at the turn of the century, the opera centers on Esther (played by Kearstin Piper Brown), a lonely, single African-American seamstress and her pen pal relationship with a mysterious suitor abroad. Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher directs the production which is set for an official opening on Monday, March 23.
Intimate Apparel Tickets are available now for performances through May 3, 2020.
Other important Broadway dates this month...
- March 3: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? begins previews at the Booth Theatre
- March 5: Girl from the North Country officially opens at the Belasco Theatre
- March 12: SIX officially opens at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre
- March 15: The Minutes officially opens at the Cort Theatre
- March 19: Hangmen officially opens at the Golden Theatre
- March 26: Sing Street begins previews at the Lyceum Theatre
- March 27: How I Learned to Drive begins previews at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre