June 2019 Highlights on Broadway and Beyond

Check out our guide to the biggest theatrical events of the month...

Mel Brooks, Regina Spektor, The 73rd Annual Tony Awards and Moulin Rouge! The Musical

And now, the end is near and so we face the final curtain... Yes, folks, The 73rd Annual Tony Awards are almost upon us and that means the official end to what has been an exhilirating 2018-2019 Broadway season! It's been yet another eclectic mix on the Great White Way, showcasing plays as diverse as Aaron Sorkin's large-scale stage adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird to Heidi Schreck's intellectually-stimulating What the Constitution Means to Me and musicals as varied as the immersive, modernised version of Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma! to the eye-popping film-to-stage adaptation of the Tim Burton cult classic Beetlejuice, and we hope you've been able to add a new favorite or two to your Broadway theatregoing résumés!

Even though, the 2018-2019 season may be coming to a close, that certainly doesn't mean that June hasn't got anything new and exciting to offer! On the contrary, this month will welcome the Broadway premiere of the highly anticipated Moulin Rouge! The Musical, which is already shaping up to be one of the biggest highlights of the 2019-2020 season.

But before we get to that, there are a handful of shows closing this month, so we'd like to take this opportunity to remind you of them and to encourage you not to miss out on these celebrated productions.

June 8 Bryan Cranston, hotly tipped to win a Tony Award for his tour-de-force performance as Howard Beale, will take his final bow at the Belasco Theatre on June 8, as the Broadway premiere of Network comes to a close.

June 9 - Your final chance to catch a legend of the stage! Tony & two-time Academy Award winner Glenda Jackson will play her final performance in the titular role of the gender-blind Broadway revival of King Lear at the Cort Theatre on June 9.

June 30 - At the end of the month, two acclaimed Roundabout Theatre Company revivals will also end their limited engagements on Broadway as Arthur Miller's All My Sons, starring Annette Bening and Tracy Letts, ends its run at the American Airlines Theatre and classic Cole Porter musical Kiss Me, Kate, starring Kelli O'Hara, plays its final performance at Studio 54 on June 30.

And if you wanna catch Tony Award nominee Jeremy Jordan in Waitress, then you've only got until tomorrow, June 2. "Madam Secretary" star Erich Bergen is set to reprise the role of Dr. Pomatter at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre from June 4.

And now, bring on our theatrical highlights of the month...


June 2


Michael Urie
(Photo courtesy of Keith Sherman & Associates)

For a fourth consecutive time, Drama Desk Award winner Michael Urie returns to host The 64th Annual Drama Desk Awards ceremony at The Town Hall on June 2. The final big stop on the way to the Tonys, the Drama Desk Awards is the only ceremony where Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway productions compete in the same categories. Check out all of this year's nominees here...


June 9


James Corden
(Photo by Jason Bell/CBS)

Mark your calendars, folks... (as if you haven't already)! The biggest event of the Broadway calendar will finally be here on June 9 as we celebrate The 73rd Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall! The ceremony will, of course, be broadcast live on CBS from 8pm (ET) and will once again be hosted by Tony and 7-time Emmy Award winner James Corden! The "Late Late Show" host did a marvellous job back in 2016 and we can't wait to see what Mr. Corden has up his sleeves for this year's event. Who will triumph and take those coveted Tonys home? Tune in and find out! In the meantime, check out our full list of nominees, which were announced on April 30, here...


June 17 to June 26


Mel Brooks & Regina Spektor
(Photos courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown)

The 2019 In Residence on Broadway series continues at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre this month as Oscar, Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning icon Mel Brooks returns to the Great White Way for two special nights of his off-the-cuff, trademark comedy on June 17 and June 18. With Broadway musicals such as The Producers and Young Frankenstein to his résumé, there's bound to be a few theatre-centric tales on the program too! He'll be followed by acclaimed singer-songwriter Regina Spektor, who is scheduled to play a string of intimate concerts from June 20 through June 26. Let's hope fans will get a Broadway rendition of her "Dear Theodosia" remix from the Hamilton Mixtape...


June 27


Vanessa Carlton
(Photo by Nathan Johnson)

On June 27 she'll feel the earth move under her feet! Grammy-nominated musician Vanessa Carlton will officially make her Broadway debut, assuming the titular role in the hit bio-musical Beautiful: The Carole King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The "A Thousand Miles" singer is scheduled to play a 10-week limited engagement, so why not pay a visit this summer and experience Ms. Carlton's renditions of those iconic hits from "You've Got a Friend" to "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"?...

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Tickets are available now.


June 28


Karen Olivo & Aaron Tveit in Moulin Rouge! The Musical
(Photo by Matthew Murphy)

"Come What May" on June 28, the wait will finally be over! Perhaps the most eagerly anticipated Broadway production of the 2019-2020 season will begin preview performances at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre and New York City is in for a huge dose of Truth, Beauty, Freedom and Love! Based on Baz Luhrmann's groundbreaking 2001 movie, Moulin Rouge! The Musical may well turn out to be the most opulent show Broadway has ever seen. Starring as Satine and Christian will be Broadway favorites Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit, respectively, whilst six-time Tony Award nominee Danny Burstein takes on the role of Harold Zidler. The production received rave reviews during its pre-Broadway world premiere in the summer of 2018 and we have a strong feeling New York audiences will have no choice but to fall in love with the Moulin Rouge too...

Moulin Rouge! The Musical Tickets are available now.



Mitchell Jarvis and the original Broadway cast of Rock of Ages
(Photo by Joan Marcus)

And here's a quick rundown of all the theatrical highlights happening Off-Broadway this June...

June 3 – Two official openings on one night: Second Stage Theater's production of Dying City at the Tony Kiser Theater and Atlantic Theater Company's New York premiere of Nomad Motel at Atlantic Stage 2.

June 4 – Another two official openings on one night: Manhattan Theatre Club's New York premiere of Long Lost at New York City Center and the Primary Stages production of Little Women at the Cherry Lane Theatre.

June 8Lincoln Center Theater's LCT3 world premiere musical In the Green begins performances at the Claire Tow Theater, ahead of an official opening on June 27.

June 11 – The "Shakespeare in the Park" production of Much Ado About Nothing officially opens at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.

June 13Atlantic Theater Company's world premiere musical The Secret Life of Bees officially opens at the Linda Gross Theater, whilst David Cale's We’re Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time begins performances at the Public Theater, ahead of an official opening on June 27.

June 17 – The world premiere musical A Strange Loop officially opens at Playwrights Horizons.

June 19 – The much loved jukebox musical Rock of Ages returns to New York City for a special 10th Anniversary production at New World Stages.

June 20Roundabout Theatre Company's world premiere of Toni Stone officially opens at the Laura Pels Theatre and Mint Theater Company's American premiere of The Mountains Look Different officially opens at Theatre Row. In addition, previews begin for Lincoln Center Theater's American premiere of The Rolling Stone at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater and for #DateMe: An OKCupid Experiment at the Westside Theatre.

June 26MCC Theater's New York premiere of Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow begins performances at the Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space and New York City Center kicks off its 2019 Encores! Off-Center season with a new production of Working: A Musical which runs through June 29.


We'll be back next month with our theatrical guide to July 2019 on the Great White Way, which will see stars such as Jake Gyllenhaal and Barry Manilow return to the Great White Way! Until then, folks...