March 2019 Highlights on Broadway and Beyond
Check out our guide to the biggest theatrical events of the month...
Who's ready for some March Madness?!! Yes, the Broadway season shifts into fifth gear this month and we Broadway fanatics will be turning as mad as the March Hare as no less than eight new Broadway productions begin performances on the Great White Way! World premiere plays, brand new musicals and classic revivals of both - you name it, March has got it... but let's start with a quick reminder of the Broadway shows closing this month, so you can make sure you don't miss out on these theatrical gems...
March 10 - Manhattan Theatre Club's superb Broadway premiere of Choir Boy, written by Oscar-winning "Moonlight" scribe Tarell Alvin McCraney, plays its final roof-raising performance at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
March 17 - Tony & Academy Award nominee Ethan Hawke and Golden Globe nominee Paul Dano revel in sibling rivalry one last time in Roundabout Theatre Company's Broadway revival of Sam Shepard's True West at the American Airlines Theatre.
March 31 - After two whole years on the Great White Way the "Journey to the Past" finds its journey's end as the Broadway premiere of Anastasia, based on the beloved 1997 animated classic, closes at the Broadhurst Theatre.
And now, in with the new! Here's what's in store on Broadway this March...
We kick things off with a comedy pairing made in theatre heaven! Three-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane and two-time Tony Award winner Andrea Martin return to the New York stage in a world premiere by Taylor Mac which offers a hilarious imagining of events following the bloody conclusion to Shakespeare's tragedy Titus Andronicus. Lane and Martin play humble servants Gary and Janice, respectively, charged with cleaning up the mess in the aftermath of the gruesome fall of the Roman Empire. Will this talented duo of Broadway veterans come, see and conquer??? Don't miss Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus at the Booth Theatre from March 5!
Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus Tickets are available for performances from March 5 to August 4, 2019.
The first official Opening Night of the month takes place on March 10 as the hugely hyped new musical Be More Chill (based on the popular 2004 novel by Ned Vizzini) faces the New York critics. The show has caused quite the online stir since its 2015 New Jersey world premiere, particularly appealing to those coming of age in the digital age, and could prove to be a frontrunner in the "Best Musical" category this awards season. So, if you're a Loser, a Geek, or Whatever, head down to the Lyceum Theatre and be uplifted, be celebrated... and be more chill!
Be More Chill Tickets are available now for performances through to September 1, 2019.
The next Opening Night on Broadway comes courtesy of the Roundabout Theatre Company as Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara and Tony Award nominee Will Chase face the critics on March 14 at Studio 54. The Broadway revival of the classic Cole Porter musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate! is the well-needed dose of theatrical nostalgia Broadway aficionados are yearning for this season. But will this production be "Too Darn Hot"? Will the critics feel "So In Love" with Ms. O'Hara when the curtain falls?
Kiss Me, Kate! Tickets are available now for performances through to June 2, 2019.
At the other end of the theatrical spectrum, also on March 14, previews begin for the Broadway transfer of What the Constitution Means to Me, written and performed by Heidi Schreck. If you're in the mood for a deeply personal and passionate argument in favor of the Constitution that covers topics ranging from citizenship to birth control, then get yourself to the Hayes Theater for an enlightening 90 minutes that may well be the most thought-provoking piece on the Great White Way this season. An official opening is set for March 31.
What the Constitution Means to Me Tickets are available for performances from March 14 through to June 9, 2019.
The first-ever Broadway revival of Lanford Wilson's Burn This begins performances at the Hudson Theatre on March 15, with Oscar and 3-time Emmy Award nominee Adam Driver and Golden Globe winner Keri Russell taking on the central roles of Pale and Anna Mann, respectively, in this fiery drama. Exploring a turbulent relationship of two souls brought together by the tragic death of another, this is a perfect play for titans of the silver screen to prove their acting chops on stage. Will Driver and Russell burn the house down?... Find out for yourselves!
Burn This Tickets are available now for performances from March 15 through to July 7, 2019.
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later. Former First Lady and Presidential Candidate (and Broadway fan) Hillary Clinton is set to make her Broadway debut... Well, sort of... Oscar nominee & two-time Tony Award winner Laurie Metcalf will portray Ms. Clinton in a world premiere production at the Golden Theatre from March 16. Hillary and Clinton is written by Tony Award nominee Lucas Hnath, who previously wrote A Doll's House, Part 2 (which also starred Metcalf and earned her a first Tony Award win). The play, set during Hillary's first bid for the presidency in 2008, also features her husband Bill and who better to play the 42nd President of the United States of America than two-time Oscar nominee & two-time Tony Award winner John Lithgow?!!
Hillary and Clinton Tickets are available now for performances from March 16 through to July 21, 2019.
Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' is what folks will be saying on March 19 because that evening marks the beginning of the run for the Broadway transfer of Rodgers + Hammerstein's Oklahoma! The second musical revival of the season is a completely re-imagined, modernised and immersive production that will turn the Circle in the Square Theatre into a raucous hoedown complete with electric guitars and bubbling pots of chilli. Director Daniel Fish's interpretation of this R&H classic has already wowed audiences and critics alike at Brooklyn's St. Ann's Warehouse, but will it fare as well on the Great White Way? We just Cain't Say No to that!
Oklahoma! Tickets are available now for performances from March 19 through to September 1, 2019.
Get Ready... to face the critics! The third official Broadway opening of the month is the latest jukebox musical to hit the Great White Way, bringing a plethora of timeless hits like “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me),” “My Girl,” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone” with it! Yes, we're talking about Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations, of course, at the Imperial Theatre. Are you too proud to beg for a ticket to this Motown-infused crowd-pleaser?
Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations Tickets are available now for performances through to November 24, 2019.
Are you ready for a trip to the Underworld? Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell's celebrated folk opera Hadestown finally begins performances at Broadway's Walter Kerr Theatre! The show, a genre-defying adaptation of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, is co-conceived and directed by Tony Award nominee Rachel Chavkin and boasts an embarrassment of riches when it comes to its stellar cast of Broadway pros... With Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, André De Shields, Amber Gray, and Patrick Page as our guides, that's a "Road to Hell" we'd gladly travel down!
Hadestown Tickets are available now for performances from March 22 through to September 1, 2019.
It's Showtime!!! The ghost with the most is making his Broadway debut (brought "to life" on stage by Tony Award nominee Alex Brightman) at the Winter Garden Theatre on March 28. And if you're a fan of Tim Burton, of the macabre, of things that go bump in the night, or even just a fan of general filth, then this new musical based on the cult 1988 film will be right up your haunted street! Brace yourselves, folks... It's Beetlejuice... Beetlejuice... Beetlejuice!!!
Beetlejuice Tickets are available now for performances from March 28 through to October 6, 2019.
Tootsie is coming to town! The new musical, based on the beloved Dustin Hoffman-led 1982 movie, begins performances at Broadway's Marquis Theatre on March 29. Hoffman has left some might shoes (and high heels) to fill, so thank goodness for Tony Award nominee Santino Fontana, who we feel is more than capable of pulling off the dual roles of infuriating actor Michael Dorsey and his lovable yet empowered alter-ego Dorothy Michaels. With the setting switched from a television soap opera to the Broadway industry itself, this musical comedy is bound to have all Broadway fans in gender-bending stitches!
Tootsie Tickets are available now for performances from March 29 through to December 22, 2019.
And, as always, here's our rundown of our pick of Off-Broadway highlights to round off the March Madness...
March 5 – Manhattan Theatre Club's New York premiere of The Cake, starring Debra Jo Rupp, officially opens at New York City Center, The New Group's world premiere of “Daddy”, starring Alan Cumming, officially opens at Pershing Square Signature Center, and the world premiere of White Noise, starring Daveed Diggs begins previews at the Public Theater, ahead of an official opening on March 20.
March 13 – Keen Company's New York premiere of Surely Goodness and Mercy officially opens at Theatre Row, whilst the New York premiere of Do You Feel Anger?, starring Justin Long, begins previews at the Vineyard Theatre, ahead of an official opening on March 31.
March 19 – Red Bull Theater's production of The White Devil begins previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, ahead of an official opening on March 31, and Marc Blitzstein's The Cradle Will Rock begins previews at Classic Stage Company.
Next month we're staying in fifth gear with new Broadway productions, courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club and Roundabout Theatre Company, and the beginning of Awards Season as well! Stay tuned, Broadway fans!