Spring 2018 Broadway Preview - The Plays
Check out our guide to all the new plays and revivals opening on the Great White Way this spring!
The countdown is on as we look forward to a barrage of new plays and revivals beginning performances on Broadway in the next few weeks and months. Last week we showcased six upcoming musicals which are set to take the Great White Way by storm, but for those of you that revel in some high-stakes drama, here's what's in store for you this spring. And whether you like time-tested classics, uber-hyped imports from London or if you just love seeing an A-Lister return to tread the boards or even make a highly anticipated Broadway debut, you're sure to find something this spring that will get your theatrical engine going. Curtain up...
When London's National Theatre announced it would stage a brand new revival of Tony Kushner's 1993 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play Angels in America - A Gay Fantasia on National Themes, shockwaves were sent out through the theatre community which then led to the National's fasting-selling production of all time. Partly due to the shear legacy of Kushner's heart-wrenching and topical drama and partly due to the production's star casting, including two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane as Roy Cohn and Tony & Oscar nominee Andrew Garfield as Prior Walter, Angels was justifiably the hottest ticket in town and a Broadway transfer was inevitable. Two-time Tony Award-winning director Marianne Elliott's production uses a timeless scenic and costume design and a neon-infused lighting design to re-address the issues first presented in the early 1990s afresh for a present day audience. Rich in symbolism, metaphors and a generous dose of the supernatural, the play is presented in two parts (Millennium Approaches and Perestroika) which explore homosexual relationships in America amidst the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s. Other key themes of community, acceptance, and, sadly, prejudice and isolation still ring true in today's society, making Angels in America as essentially relevant as ever. Previews begin on February 23, 2018 at the Neil Simon Theatre, ahead of an official opening on March 25.
Angels in America Tickets are available now for performances through to July 1, 2018.
Renowned off-Broadway company Second Stage Theater is officially making the Great White Way its new home this spring, taking over the renovated and refurbished Helen Hayes theatre (now simply known as The Hayes Theater). And what better way to kick off an inaugural Broadway season but with a Broadway premiere by Academy Award winner Kenneth Lonergan? And if that wasn't enough, how about we throw in Captain America himself Chris Evans in a highly anticipated Broadway debut? Joining Mr. Evans in Lobby Hero will be his "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World" co-star Michael Cera, as well as Bel Powley and Brian Tyree Henry, who will all play four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation in the lobby of a Manhattan apartment building. Due to the popularity of Evans and Cera with the younger demographics, this one is sure to be a hot ticket, when previews begin on March 1, 2018, ahead of the official opening on March 26.
Lobby Hero Tickets are available now for performances through to May 13, 2018.
For the first time in 30 years, four-time Tony Award nominee and two-time Oscar winner Glenda Jackson is returning to the Broadway stage! After serving as a Member of Parliament in the UK from 1992 to 2015, Ms. Jackson retired and made a triumphant return to the West End stage in 2016, taking on the title role in the Old Vic's revival of Shakespeare's King Lear. Now, New York audiences will have the opportunity to see the star in living color, acting alongside one of Broadway's hottest comodities - Tony Award winner and newly annointed Academy Award nominee Laurie Metcalf in the Broadway premiere of Edward Albee's 1994 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Three Tall Women. Ms. Jackson plays a woman in her 90s, reflecting on the events of her life from fond childhood memories to painful experiences such as her husband's infidelities and estrangement of her gay son. Ms. Metcalf plays the woman in her 50s, whilst Tony Award nominee Alison Pill will portray her in her mid-20s. We think there may be a small handul of new Tony nominations when this one is said and done. Previews begin on February 27, 2018 at the Golden Theatre, before an official opening on March 29.
Three Tall Women Tickets are available now for performances through to June 24, 2018.
In 1979, Mark Medoff's groundbreaking play Children of a Lesser God was a pioneering example of theatre breaking boundaries. The play was written specifically for deaf actress Phyllis Frelich and was loosely based on her relationship with her husband Robert Steinberg. Frelich and the play itself went on to win Tony Awards in 1980 and Marlee Matlin received an Academy Award in 1987 for her performance in the film adaptation. Both Ms. Frelich and Ms. Matlin are still to this day the only deaf actors to have ever won Tony and Academy Awards for leading roles. Undoubtedly, Children of a Lesser God has created great exposure for the deaf community and the role of Sarah Norman is a rare gem of a part for underrepresented deaf actors on stage and in film. In the summer of 2017, Tony Award winner Kenny Leon directed a revival of the play for the Berkshire Theater Group, which ran from June 22 to July 22 on BTG's Fitzpatrick Main Stage in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. The production shattered box office records for the company and went on to garner wide critical acclaim, in particular for its leading actors - Lauren Ridloff (as Sarah Norman) and TV favorite Joshua Jackson (as James Leeds). The Broadway transfer will mark the Broadway debut for both actors, when previews begin at Studio 54 on March 22, 2018, ahead of an official opening on April 11.
Children of a Lesser God Tickets are available now for performances through to September 9, 2018.
Calling all Muggles! In case you've been locked up in Azkaban for the past year or so, you might not know that J.K. Rowling's infamous Wizarding World is heading to the Great White Way! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - the most-hyped Broadway transfer of the season - has been wowing fans and critics alike in London since June 2016 and picked up a record-breaking total of nine Olivier Awards last year. The good news for Broadway is that the majority of the original principal cast will be reprising their respective roles in New York, including Olivier Award winners Jamie Parker and Noma Dumezweni, as Harry Potter and Hermione Granger, as well as Paul Thornley as Ron Weasley. Olivier Award-winning director John Tiffany is once again at the helm for this story - the eighth official story in the Harry Potter series - conceived by Tiffany, playwright Jack Thorne and J.K. Rowling and set nineteen years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry is now working as the Head of Magical Law Enforcement at the Ministry of Magic and struggling to cope as a parent to young Albus Potter, who is himself in turn struggling at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the shadow of his famous father. Cursed Child is a beautifully theatrical experience which employs hypnotic choreography during scene changes and infectious, original music by Imogen Heap. And, of course, the illusions (courtesy of Jamie Harrison), bring the magic of Rowling's Wizarding World to astonishing life on stage. This once-in-a-lifetime experience for Potterheads - presented in two parts - begins previews at the Lyric Theatre on March 16, 2018, ahead of an official opening on April 22.
BAFTA Award winner Tom Hollander returns to the Broadway stage for the first time in almost twenty years and brings with him his Olivier-nominated performance as Henry Carr in Tom Stoppard's 1976 Tony Award-winning play Travesties this spring. Director Patrick Marber's new revival was originally produced by the acclaimed off-West End company known as Menier Chocolate Factory (who are also responsible for the most recent Tony Award-winning revival of The Color Purple) in fall 2016 and, after the production broke box office records, becoming the Menier's first ever play to sell out ahead of the first preview, a West End transfer was granted. Travesties played the Apollo Theatre in London from February to April 2017, resulting in a total of four Olivier Award nominations, including "Best Revival" and "Best Actor" for Mr. Hollander. Thanks to the Roundabout Theatre Company, the production now heads to NYC bringing the tale of Henry Carr and his First World War interactions with historical figures the likes of James Joyce, Tristan Zsara, and Lenin in Zurich in 1917. Previews begin at the American Airlines Theatre on March 29, 2018, before an official opening on April 24.
Travesties Tickets are available now for performances through to June 17, 2018.
Manhattan Theatre Club's next Broadway offering is a revival of George Bernard Shaw's classic 1923 play Saint Joan with three-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad taking on the iconic titular role. MTC's production will mark the eighth Broadway revival of Shaw's play which depicts the 15th century rise and fall of Joan of Arc, whose mysterious visions garnered her immense national popularity in France and a canonization by the Roman Catholic Church, until the rulers of the country, becoming increasingly threatened by her status, put her on trial for her life. Tony Award winner Daniel Sullivan directs Ms. Rashad in what may well be her crowning achievement in her stage career to date, when previews begin at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on April 3, 2018, ahead of an official opening on April 25.
Saint Joan Tickets are available now for performances through to June 10, 2018.
In 1973, the first-ever Broadway revival of Eugene O'Neill's 1946 classic The Iceman Cometh was staged on the Great White Way with stage and screen legend James Earl Jones taking on the iconic role of Theodore "Hickey" Hickman. Now, in 2018, in the play's fourth Broadway revival, Tony & two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington looks to continue the character's legacy, whilst putting his own stamp on the role in what looks set to be a hot contender for this season's Tony Award for "Best Revival". With stirring Broadway performances in Fences and A Raisin in the Sun under his belt already, we can't wait to see Mr. Washington tackle perhaps the most challenging character of his stage career so far. Directed by multi-Tony Award winner George C. Wolfe, the production also boasts a stellar supporting cast which includes Colm Meaney, David Morse, Bill Irwin, Tammy Blanchard, and Frank Wood, who all help to tell the story of a group of alcoholics in a NYC bar, who are facing the harsh realities of life in the city as well as their own personal demons from the past. Previews begin at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on March 22, 2018, before an official opening on April 26.
The Iceman Cometh Tickets are available now for performances through to July 1, 2018.
Although the official opening of the 50th Anniversary production of Mart Crowley's The Boys in the Band on May 31, 2018 sadly falls after this season's eligibility cut-off date of April 26, this huge limited engagement celebration of this landmark play is still set to be one of the biggest highlights of the spring. With an accomplished cast of openly gay actors, we will revisit the characters that sparked a revolution in 1968 by putting a truthful and unvarnished depiction of gay lifestyles on a mainstream stage in a world that was arguably not ready for it. The cast includes a host of TV & Film favorites such as Jim Parsons ("The Big Bang Theory"), Zachary Quinto ("Star Trek"), Matt Bomer ("American Horror Story"), and Andrew Rannells ("Girls"), who have all been enticed back to Broadway to perform and to stand up for their community. Bravo! The Boys in the Band begins previews at the Booth Theatre on April 30.
The Boys in the Band Tickets are available now for performances through to August 11, 2018.
It's certainly going to be a dramatic spring on the Great White Way, but if you can't wait that long, then be sure to check out our list of all the Broadway shows currently playing!