Broadway shows opening in 2023
Check out all the must-see upcoming Broadway shows this year.
Wondering what Broadway shows are premiering in 2023? There's certainly a wide array, from new plays to classic musical revivals to new twists on time-honored stories. New Broadway shows for the spring continue to be announced, and for those who like to plan way ahead, there are even some shows scheduled for the summer and fall to look forward to.
Many 2023 Broadway shows feature star-studded casts, too, with many famous stage and screen actors making long-awaited returns to the New York stage. And even those that don't promise thrilling stories and performances, with scripts and songs by award-winning writers.
Here are all the Broadway productions opening in 2023 so far, in order of when performances begin. This article will be continually updated as new shows are announced, and existing shows set dates and venue information.
Pictures From Home
This new play by Sharr White has a picture-perfect trio of stars: Nathan Lane, Danny Burstein, and Zoë Wanamaker. Pictures From Home is based on the same-named memoir by Larry Sultan, a photographer, about the family secrets and truths he uncovered when he interviewed and took photos of his parents. Tony Award winner Bartlett Sher (To Kill a Mockingbird) directs. The show has a limited engagement at Studio 54, so catch Pictures From Home before it's gone in a flash.
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Don your finest clothes and have a ball at Bad Cinderella, on Broadway from February 17. In this version, written by Oscar winner Emerald Fennell and composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cinderella is the one resident of Belleville who doesn't conform to the town's beauty standards. Eventually, she gets a makeover to impress her best friend, but will a new look be her ticket to love, or will she realize looks aren't everything?
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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Tony, Grammy, and Emmy nominee Josh Groban and Tony winner Annaleigh Ashford make a deliciously dastardly duo in Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd. From February 26, the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre becomes Fleet Street, home to the title character's barber shop and Mrs. Lovett's meat pie shop. Together, they carry out a murderous revenge plot — first on a judge who wronged Sweeney, and soon on anyone who wanders through the barber shop's doors.
Bob Fosse's Dancin'
Chicago, Cabaret, and Pippin fans will love Bob Fosse's Dancin', which celebrates the choreographer behind all those shows: Bob Fosse. This revival, directed by original Dancin' cast member Wayne Cilento, preserves Fosse's choreography from the show's 1978 premiere. Various dance routines blend his signature style with multiple dance genres, all together making a celebration of Fosse and the evolution of dance.
Get ready to have a shuck-ton of fun at Shucked, a new musical comedy worth keeping your ears out for come March. A couple puts their wedding on hold to help their rural town and meets a fun bunch of country characters. There's one thing, though, that brings them all together: corn. Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally wrote the music for Shucked; they've written country hits for Kacey Musgraves, Sheryl Crow, and more.
The legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table comes to the stage once more. Lincoln Center Theater is reviving the beloved Lerner and Loewe musical from March 8, this time with an updated book by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin (To Kill a Mockingbird). All the classic songs, like "What Do the Simple Folk Do?" and "If Ever I Would Leave You," remain, as does the central story: a love triangle between King Arthur, Queen Guenevere, and the knight Lancelot.
Life of Pi
Life of Pi captivated audiences on the page and on screen, and now a play adaptation is roaring to life on the New York stage. This adventure story centers on Pi, the only human survivor of a shipwreck. He and the four wild animals who also made it out are still fighting against time to keep surviving and make it out of the ocean. Yann Martel's novel was a bestseller, the film was a four-time Oscar winner, and Life of Pi on Broadway, which follows an acclaimed London premiere, is sure to be just as big of a hit.
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Revenge is a dish best served hot off the grill in Fat Ham, the Pulitzer-winning Hamlet adaptation by James Ijames. He turns Shakespeare's tragedy into a 90-minute comedy, in which the Black college student Juicy wonders whether violence is the only way to get justice for his father's murder. Fat Ham's Off-Broadway premiere at The Public Theater in 2022 received critical acclaim, with the four-star New York Theatre Guide review calling it "by turns hilarious, chaotic and weirdly lovely."
New York, New York
If you can make it to New York, New York on Broadway, you can make it anywhere. This new Kander and Ebb musical, co-composed with Lin-Manuel Miranda, is loosely based on the iconic 1977 Martin Scorsese film. The post-war NYC setting is the same, but the musical features a completely new plot, so get ready to see New York as you never have. The show begins performances at the St. James Theatre on March 24.
Emmy Award winner Jodie Comer reprises her acclaimed performance from London in Prima Facie, a one-woman drama. Comer plays Tessa, a defense lawyer at the top of her game. When she becomes the victim of a crime, she sees the courtroom from the other side and looks at her career differently. Tessa discovers all the ways a lawyer like her could undermine her and keep her from getting justice. This show is set to begin on April 11 at the Golden Theatre.
A Doll's House
Oscar winner Jessica Chastain stars in Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House, the play's first Broadway revival since 1997 and Chastain's return to Broadway after 10 years. Pulitzer-nominated playwright Amy Herzog has adapted Ibsen's play for this production, retaining the classic story of a 19th-century housewife looking to escape her seemingly perfect life. Performances begin on February 13 at the Hudson Theatre.
Four-time Emmy Award winner and two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Linney leads this new show by Tony- and Pulitzer-winning playwright David Auburn. It's summer in Ohio, and two women — a naive young housewife and a free-spirited artist — develop an unlikely friendship that changes both their lives, helping each other become truly independent. Manhattan Theatre Club was supposed to premiere the show off Broadway, but Linney's star power propelled Summer, 1976 right to the Broadway stage. Performances are at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, with exact dates to come.
The Thanksgiving Play
Thanksgiving season comes early with the arrival of The Thanksgiving Play on Broadway, at the Hayes Theater this spring on a date to be announced. Larissa FastHorse becomes the first Indigenous female Broadway playwright with this show, which follows an all-white theatre troupe as they try to devise a culturally sensitive Thanksgiving pageant to perform for elementary schoolers. A whole cornucopia of problems, and laughs, ensue.
Once Upon a One More Time
The 2023-24 Broadway season begins with Once Upon a One More Time, and you'll wanna go. Get a piece of this musical about Cinderella, Rapunzel, and more fairytale princesses realizing there's more to life than princes and true love's kiss after reading Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique. This original story is set to the hit songs of Grammy Award winner Britney Spears, and they'll have you dancing 'till the world ends at the Marquis Theatre.
Back to the Future: The Musical
How much plutonium will it take to time-travel to June 2023? Back to the Future: The Musical is set to land at the Winter Garden Theatre on June 30, whisking audiences back to 1985. From there, go along with teenager Marty McFly to 1955, where he almost messes up his parents' first meeting and therefore his entire future existence. With the help of Doc Brown, the scientist who invents a time-traveling DeLorean, can Marty fix the past? Great Scott, there's only one way to find out.
The longest-running play in the world is coming to New York for the first time ever. Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap just celebrated 70 years in London's West End, and the show will open on Broadway at a theatre and date to be announced. In this mystery, a group of vacationers become the prime suspects in a murder, and their true identities and secrets get revealed as the murderer is found.
High Noon was first an Oscar-winning Western, and now the classic movie is set to gallop onto Broadway in 2023. Like the movie, the action of High Noon on Broadway takes place in real time over two hours. When Marshal Will Kane learns of danger in his town, he must decide whether to escape with his wife or face his enemies down by himself.
Jaja's African Hair Braiding
There's already one show set for the fall 2023 Broadway season: Jocelyn Bioh's Jaja's African Hair Braiding. The Drama Desk Award-winning playwright, known for School Girls; or, the African Mean Girls Play, Nollywood Dreams, and more, makes her Broadway debut with a new comedy set at a Harlem salon. A group of women there trade stories of love, hope, and secrets during one day there, but they also face the reality of feeling like outsiders in their own tight-knit neighborhood. The the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre hosts this show, with exact dates to be announced.
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