Spring 2018 Broadway Preview - The Musicals

Check out our guide to all the new musicals and revivals opening on the Great White Way this spring!

Disney's Frozen, Mean Girls & Summer: The Donna Summer Musical

With the Broadway premieres of The Band's Visit and SpongeBob SquarePants and the Broadway revival of Once on This Island all proving to be both critical and commercial hits since the fall, the 2017-2018 Broadway season is off to a flying start! And as spring approaches, it brings with it a host of exciting new productions that have musical aficionados bursting with anticipation. From jukebox musicals to high-profile movie adaptations to revivals of theatrical gems from the past, Broadway has got you covered this spring and is once again letting fans know: "You'll Never Walk Alone"...

Escape to Margaritaville


Paul Alexander Nolan and the Company of Escape to Margaritaville
(Photo by Matthew Murphy) 

The first musical opening of the spring comes courtesy of everyone's favorite island escapist, Jimmy Buffett. Escape to Margaritaville weaves together the musician's back catelogue of kettledrum-infused hits with a book by Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley in a new musical, which also reunites Come From Away's spectacular director-choreographer team of Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley and Tony Award nominee Kelly Devine. The story follows Tully, who spends half his time working behind a bar in the tropical island of Margaritaville and spends the other half singing behind a guitar. A bit of a charmer, he believes he has life and the ladies all figured out, that is until career-minded tourist Rachel comes along and turns his upside down. With a stellar cast of Broadway favorites, including Paul Alexander Nolan (as Tully), Alison Luff (as Rachel), Lisa Howard (as Tammy), Eric Petersen (as Brick), Don Sparks (as J.D.), Andre Ward (as Jamal), and Rema Webb (as Marley), Escape to Margaritaville is already in fine form, having completed limited engagements in San Diego, New Orleans, Houston and Chicago. The Broadway premiere begins performances at the Marquis Theatre on February 16, 2018, and is set to officially open on March 15. Fancy a "Cheeseburger in Paradise," anyone?

Escape to Margaritaville Tickets are available now for performances through to November 18, 2018.


Disney's Frozen


Caissie Levy in Disney's Frozen
(Photo by Deen van Meer)

Perhaps one of the most anticipated new Broadway productions of the entire year is Disney Theatrical's next sure-to-be box office smash Frozen! Based on the highest-grossing animated feature film of all time (which was, in turn, loosely based on the popular fairy tale of "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen), the stage musical completed a pre-Broadway engagement in Denver Colorado on October 1, 2017. Reviews from critics and fans alike cited the most wondrous set and costume changes they had potentially ever experienced and praised the new depth of plot and character development in the musical. Academy Award winners Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez have more than doubled the number of songs in the Broadway musical compared to the 2013 movie, adding to already well-established hits such as "Do You Want to Build a Snowman," "For the First Time in Forever," "Love is an Open Door," and, of course, the Oscar-winning "Let It Go". With a stellar line-up in the creative team with Tony Award winner Michael Grandage at the helm, his Tony Award-winning frequent collaborator Christopher Oram in charge of scenic and costume design, and Tony Award winner Rob Ashford providing the choreography, the cast is undoubtedly in safe hands. We can't wait to see Broadway favorites Caissie Levy and Patti Murin bring Elsa and Anna to life on the Broadway stage, when previews begin at the St. James Theatre on February 22, ahead of a March 22 official opening. We could well be in for a frozen spring in New York City...

Disney's Frozen Tickets are available now for performances through to August 12, 2018.


Carousel


Jessie Muller & Joshua Henry

The first musical revival of the spring is the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic Carousel, marking the musical's fifth Broadway revival since its premiere in 1945 and the first since Lincoln Center Theater's production closed in January 1995. With standards such as "If I Loved You," "Soliloquy," and, most notably, "You'll Never Walk Alone," it is easy to see why Carousel remains one of the most beloved musicals in the Rodgers & Hammerstein canon. For those who are yet to have the pleasure, Carousel is set in a New England mill town, where a tragic tale of romance unfolds between a carnival barker named Billy Bigelow and factory-worker Julie Jordan. For this eagerly anticipated revival, two-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry and Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller will take on the coveted roles of Billy and Julie, and they'll be backed up by opera singer extraordinaire Renée Fleming as Nettie Fowler. Her rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone" is likely to become a highlight of the Broadway season. Other Broadway favorites in the cast include Lindsay Mendez as Carrie Pipperidge, Alexander Gemignani as Enoch Snow, and John Douglas Thompson as Starkeeper. Previews begin at the Imperial Theatre on February 28, ahead of an April 12 official opening. "You're a Queer One, Julie Jordan" and we can't wait to see you on stage again!

Carousel Tickets are available now for performances through to September 2, 2018.


Mean Girls


Erika Henningsen, Ashley Park, Taylor Louderman & Kate Rockwell in Mean Girls
(Photo by Joan Marcus)

This is gonna be soooo fetch! Grab your cheese fries and get ready for the long-awaited Broadway musical version of the smash hit 2004 movie Mean Girls! Boasting a book by the film's screenplay writer and co-star Tina Fey, original music by her husband, 3-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond and lyrics by Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin, fans have been longing to see those feisty, young ladies brought to life on stage ever since Ms. Fey's confirmation of the musical back in 2013. Directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, the musical finally premiered with a pre-Broadway engagement at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. on October 31, 2017, garnering positive reviews from the likes of Variety who state it is "certain to be a crowd-pleaser, with almost every aspect of the production completely satisfying". Look out for a standout performance from stage favorite Taylor Louderman as the Queen Bee herself, Regina George, in a cast brimming with talented Broadway alumni. Mean Girls begins previews at the August Wilson Theatre on March 12, 2018, ahead of an official opening on April 8. Until then, "You Can Sit With Us," Broadway nerds!

Mean Girls Tickets are available now for performances through to September 23, 2018.


My Fair Lady


Lauren Ambrose & Harry Hadden-Paton

We could've danced all night when we heard the news that Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher would direct a Broadway revival of Lerner & Loewe's classic 1956 musical My Fair Lady for Lincoln Center Theater. Last seen on the Great White Way in 1994, this production marks the show's fourth Broadway revival and has gathered a handful of popular TV stars to take on the roles musical theatre fans have cherished for decades. Lauren Ambrose, a two-time Emmy Award nominee for her role as Claire Fisher on "Six Feet Under," is set to portray everyone's favorite flower girl Eliza Doolittle, whilst "Downton Abbey" and "The Crown" star Harry Hadden-Paton will make his Broadway debut opposite her as Henry Higgins. In somewhat of a casting coup, Dame Diana Rigg, recently seen on the small screen as Lady Olenna Tyrell in the global phenomenon that is "Game of Thrones," will return to Broadway for the first time since her Tony Award-winning performance in the title role of Medea in 1994 and take on the role of Mrs. Higgins. The cherry on top of the cake is the fact that two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz has been cast as Alfred P. Doolittle. Based on George Bernard Shaw's play PygmalionMy Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl, and her attempts to pass as a lady after taking speech lessons from phoneticist professor Henry Higgins. The show's musical numbers such as "Wouldn't It Be Lovely?," "The Rain in Spain," "On the Street Where You Live," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face," "Get Me to the Church on Time," and "I Could Have Danced All Night" have all immortalised the musical in the hearts of Broadway fans and if the production is anywhere near as exquisite as Bartlett Sher's last LCT musical revival, The King and I, we are in for yet another treat this season. Previews begin on March 15, 2018 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, ahead of an official opening on April 19.

My Fair Lady Tickets are available now for performances through to September 2, 2018. 


 Summer - The Donna Summer Musical


LaChanze, Ariana DeBose & Storm Lever in Summer - The Donna Summer Musical
(Photo by Kevin Berne)

The final musical opening on Broadway this season promises to bring all the "Hot Stuff" we can handle! Following the closure of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, a late entry was added to the season in the form of Summer - The Donna Summer Musical. Based on the life and greatest hits of Disco icon Donna Summer, who sadly passed away in 2012, this bio-musical premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego from November 7 through to December 24, 2017. Although casting for the Broadway premiere is yet to be confirmed, the San Diego cast included Broadway favorites such as Tony Award winner LaChanze as "Diva Donna" and Ariana DeBose as "Disco Donna", as well as newcomers like Storm Lever as "Duckling Donna", and we hope they'll all make it to Broadway. Expect an onslaught of hits from the Queen of Disco's back catelogue, including "Love to Love You Baby," "I Feel Love," "Last Dance," "MacArthur Park," "Bad Girls," "On the Radio," and "Hot Stuff," when previews begin at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on March 28, 2018. An official opening night is set for April 23, 2018.

Summer - The Donna Summer Musical Tickets are available now for performances through to November 18, 2018.


So, that concludes our spring 2018 Broadway preview for the musicals. Stay tuned for our spring preview of all the upcoming plays on the Great White Way!

As promised, there is something to cater to all tastes this spring. Whether you are yearning for a classic revival or a brand new movie-to-stage adaptation or if you feel like tapping your toes to the caribbean-infused sounds of Jimmy Buffett or the disco beats of Donna Summer, Broadway is once again the place to be!