Top theatre to see on Broadway this fall
Check out our complete guide to everything opening on Broadway this fall.
The summer may still be in full swing, but if you're taking a trip to NYC this fall, you're probably planning already, and seeing a Broadway show is a must. You can plan now for a trip to the theatre anytime this fall with our guide to all the most anticipated Broadway shows opening in the coming months. You probably already know about famous, long-running Broadway musicals like The Phantom of the Opera, Chicago, and The Lion King, but if you're looking for something new, you're in the right place.
Fall is a busy season on Broadway, with mega-musicals, revivals of award-winning classic shows, star-studded new plays, and more. From a show about the life of a legendary musician to a play based on a bestselling book to a hit pop musical imported from London, there's something for everyone to enjoy. We've even recommended which show might be best for you based on recent Broadway or Off-Broadway shows you might have loved.
New Broadway musicals this fall
Whatever your taste in musical theatre is, you'll find it represented in the Broadway musicals opening this fall. The first musical production of the season is a revolutionary revival of a '70s hit (that is, the 1970s and 1770s), and it's joined in the coming months by plenty of new Broadway musicals: an adaptation of a classic film, a high-energy K-pop show, and an original musical that won a slew of Off-Broadway awards last season, to name a few. Discover all the Broadway musicals opening this fall, listed in order of start date.
Hamilton isn't the only Broadway show remixing American Revolution-era history. In fact, Hamilton takes some of its inspiration (including the lyric "sit down, John") from 1776, a 1969 musical that, like Lin-Manuel Miranda's show, won the Best Musical Tony Award. 1776 is now getting its second Broadway revival, with performances from September 16. This show centers on John Adams and all the ways he lobbies for American independence amid pushback, leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Though most of the characters are historically white men, the entire cast of this 1776 production is female, transgender, or non-binary.
It's all happening on October 3, when Almost Famous begins Broadway performances. The musical adaptation of the hit 2005 movie follows William, an aspiring rock music journalist who gets a gig tagging along with a band on tour. But he quickly finds himself in over his head as he gets swept up in the world of fame, fortune, and groupies. Cameron Crowe, whose Almost Famous screenplay is partly based on his own life, is also behind the book and lyrics of the musical version. The formidable other half of the writing team is composer Tom Kitt, a Tony, Grammy, Emmy, and Pulitzer winner. With a writing duo like that, Almost Famous is sure to rock your world.
Looking for a larger-than-life musical to see this fall? Go to & Juliet from October 28 — and then go, baby, one more time. This high-octane show, which is in the midst of a hit run in London, centers on Juliet of Romeo and Juliet, but imagines what would happen after the events of that play had Juliet not died. She takes a trip to Paris to find love, fun, and herself separately from Romeo. & Juliet is a jukebox musical, too, so this original story is set to the pop music of Max Martin, who's written hits for Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys, Kelly Clarkson, Ariana Grande, Bon Jovi, and more. So if you like fresh takes on classic characters and/or today's pop stars, we're confident you'll love & Juliet.
What's an anagram for "hit musical"? The Off-Broadway premiere of Kimberly Akimbo, based on David Lindsay-Abaire's play of the same name, took home a slew of awards this year and is now transferring to Broadway from October 12. Kim is like any other New Jersey teenager, except she has an aging disease that makes her look 70, is caught up in a shady moneymaking scheme, and is dealing with the reveal of lots of family secrets. Tony nominee Jeanine Tesori provides new music for this story about a girl searching for happiness amid adversity.
K-pop, or Korean pop music, has become an international sensation in recent years. But the one place this genre hasn't appeared is Broadway — until now. After premiering off Broadway in 2017, a new version of the KPOP musical is now going up on Broadway from October 13. Get an insider's look backstage at a K-pop concert, where some of the genre's biggest stars are performing. One of them, though, is dealing with a secret that could bring the entire industry down. KPOP takes a close look at the high-stakes, perfectionist dark side of the industry, but also gives audiences plenty of fun numbers to jam out to. Real-life K-pop star Luna leads the Broadway cast.
Some Like It Hot
Come November 1, the weather will be cold, but the Shubert Theatre will be hot. The new musical adaptation of the 1959 Marilyn Monroe movie Some Like It Hot is coming to Broadway this fall. The story follows Joe and Jerry, a pair of jazz musicians in 1920s Chicago. When they unwittingly witness a mob hit, they disguise themselves and flee Chicago as part of an all-female swing band, so they avoid becoming the mob's next targets. In the course of their cross-country adventure, they look for romance and for themselves, even if no one else can know who their selves really are.
A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
Good times never seemed so good as when A Beautiful Noise announced its Broadway premiere. This musical about Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Neil Diamond tells how he went from a young Brooklyn boy trying to start up his career to one of the bestselling musicians of all time. Two actors play Diamond at the younger and older stages of his life, and his story is set to all his biggest hit songs, like "America" and "Sweet Caroline." A Beautiful Noise, which begins performances at the Broadhurst Theatre on November 2, coincides with the 50th anniversary of Diamond's landmark concert series at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre.
See this show if you liked: Jersey Boys, Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
New Broadway plays this fall
If you'e not a frequent Broadway-goer, you might gravitate toward musicals. But don't overlook plays — they often feature celebrity casts, so you might see an actor from your favorite TV show or movie up close. Plus, while many Broadway musicals run for a while, plays usually get limited runs, so catch them before they close! Lots of the plays on Broadway this fall have won awards, whether from previous Broadway runs or even before debuting on Broadway, and they'll make you laugh, cry, and everything between with their writing and performances. Learn more about all the Broadway plays in fall 2022, listed in order of start date.
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner soared onto Broadway earlier this summer, but the show is still running through October 30. The play is based on Khaled Hosseini's 2003 debut novel of the same name, which went on to become a New York Times bestseller and the author's best-known work. The story centers on two friends, Amir and Hassan, whose bond is broken by an unfathomable incident. Years later, Amir gets a chance to make amends, but it requires him to take a dangerous journey back to his childhood home of Afghanistan, which has been turned upside down by war. This story of friendship, sacrifice, and redemption is underscored by live drumming throughout.
Cost of Living
Following her latest acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere in 2021, Sanctuary City, comes Martyna Majok's Broadway debut in 2022. Her Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cost of Living comes to the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre with its two Off-Broadway stars, Katy Sullivan and Gregg Mozgala, from September 13. Sullivan plays Ani, a double leg amputee, and Mozgala plays John, a man with cerebral palsy. Both have caregivers — Ani's ex-husband Eddie and John's hired assistant Jess — but all four have unique struggles with race, class, and more that blur the line between who is caring for whom. A five-star review of Cost of Living in 2017 on New York Theatre Guide reads: "Cost of Living reawakens my belief in the poetry of theater and highlights its purpose as the critical eye on our human existence."
Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller's classic play has stood the test of time and is still often called one of the best American plays of the 20th century. The show gets its fifth Broadway revival on September 19, but this production stands apart from the rest: with Wendell Pierce and Tony nominee Sharon D Clarke in the leading roles, it marks the first Death of a Salesman Broadway production with a Black cast. Pierce and Clarke first played the roles of the self-deluded salesman Willy and his fiercely loyal wife Linda in London's West End to acclaim; Clarke even won an Olivier Award for her performance. If you saw Clarke's Broadway debut in Caroline, or Change last season or have seen Pierce's acclaimed screen work on shows like The Wire and Suits, you won't want to miss them together on Broadway. Learn more about Death of a Salesman.
Tom Stoppard is a living legend in playwriting, with 18 Broadway productions under his belt. But Leopoldstadt, his 19th, might also be his last, as he's said he might not write another play. So you don't want to miss your chance to see Stoppard's work, and his most personal one at that, from September 14. Set in the Viennese Jewish quarter of the title, Leopoldstadt follows one extended family from 1899 to 1955 as they reckon with their Jewish identity during a dark time in history. The show is loosely inspired by Stoppard's own Jewish heritage, and it comes to New York after an acclaimed London premiere that won the Olivier Award for Best New Play.
The Piano Lesson
Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks, and John David Washington star in the first Broadway revival of August Wilson's renowned play from September 19. Brooks and Washington play two adult siblings deciding what to do with their hand-carved piano, a family heirloom. Berneice (Brooks) wants to keep it as a reminder of their enslaved ancestors, but Willie (Washington), wants to sell it and buy the land where their ancestors worked. Their Uncle Doaker (Jackson) narrates for the audience, sharing the family history that most of his relatives have forgotten.
Suzan-Lori Parks's Topdog/Underdog will have its first Broadway revival this fall, with performances from September 27. Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II star as two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, who are forced together by circumstance. They struggle with their own issues with race, class, poverty, and more, and clash as they do so in this portrait of Black brotherhood. Parks's play won her the Pulitzer Prize in 2002, and Topdog/Underdog marks her first Broadway production in 10 years, after her adaptation of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.
Walking with Ghosts
After premiering his solo show, Walking with Ghosts, to acclaim in London, Gabriel Byrne is bringing it to Broadway. Walking with Ghosts is based on Byrne's same-named memoir and details his upbringing in a disappearing Ireland, his take on being famous, and how key people and places shaped the course of his life. Byrne is a Golden Globe winner, two-time Tony nominee, and Emmy nominee, who has starred in 80 films and the TV series In Treatment on screen and shows like Long Day's Journey into Night on stage.
Take Me Out
Take Me Out is in a league of its own. Few shows get encore runs immediately after closing, and it's even less common for plays than musicals. But with actors like Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson on the team, there was no doubt from that start that this show would be a grand-slam Broadway hit. Both actors are reprising their roles from the Tony-winning Best Revival from spring 2022. Williams made his Broadway debut as Darren Lemming, a Major League Baseball player who faces backlash after coming out as gay, and Ferguson won a Tony for playing Mason Marzac, Darren's new business manager and biggest supporter. Performances of the encore run begin October 27.
Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool
Four years after The New One, Mike Birbiglia returns to Broadway this fall with The Old Man and the Pool. A "coming-of-middle-age" show, The Old Man and the Pool is a comedy show — yes, really — about life, health, and mortality. When Birbiglia learns he has a heart condition, he unpacks his reluctance to do the things that will help him manage it — specifically swimming, thanks to a childhood experience at a YCMA pool.
Ain't No Mo'
Flight 1619 is landing in New York from November 3 in Jordan Cooper's Ain't No Mo'. This satirical play premiered at The Public Theater in 2019, and widespread critical acclaim earned the show a one-way ticket to Broadway. With humor, the show asks the provocative question: What if nearly all Black Americans accepted a one-way ticket from the government to go to Africa? A series of vignettes, held together and narrated by the flight attendant Peaches (Cooper), offer potential answers. This is a show about race relations in America that will make you laugh nonstop, and it's also a show that makes 27-year-old Cooper the youngest Broadway playwright in history.
Ohio State Murders
Ohio State Murders stars Audra McDonald, the most Tony Award-winning actor in history, as a professor who gives a talk about violence at her alma mater but finds a real-life sinister force lurking there. The play is by 91-year-old Adrienne Kennedy, who has built a legendary, multi-award-winning Off-Broadway career over decades, but whose work has never been on Broadway until now. She's known for her non-linear way of writing, but Ohio State Murders is her least experimental play, so even those unfamiliar with her work will be able to follow the show. Plus, with a star like McDonald at the center, you're guaranteed a performance you won't be able to take your eyes off of. Performances begin November 11.
Jeremy Pope and Paul Bettany star in this new play from four-time Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten (Bohemian Rhapsody), coming to Broadway November 29. After performing the play to acclaim in London earlier this spring, Pope and Bettany will reprise their roles as the iconic artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol, respectively. The play focuses on their artistic partnership in the 1980s, when they worked together on an exhibit. This play is about the purpose of art and forging a bond amid differences, and about creating one of the buzziest modern art exhibits in the world.
Between Riverside and Crazy
Back in 2014, director Austin Pendleton helmed the Off-Broadway premiere of Stephen Adly Guirgis's Between Riverside and Crazy to acclaim. Eight years later, and with a Pulitzer Prize under Guirgis's belt for his work, Pendleton returns to direct the show's Broadway debut this fall. Between Riverside and Crazy is set at a rent-controlled pre-war apartment on the Upper West Side, occupied by Walter "Pops" Washington and the various out-of-luck orphans, addicts, and friends that take shelter there. The play is about all these tenants' quests to find redemption and hold onto their lives in a world that doesn't want them.