Celebrate 2023 with new Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre

Kick off the year by seeing these new shows in January and February.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

If your New Year's resolution is to see more new theatre, there's plenty to choose from right away when 2023 begins. January and February aren't the busiest months of the year for show openings, but the ones that are starting up are already buzzworthy — and you can be among the first to see them.

Catch family dramas with star-studded casts (hello, Nathan Lane and Jessica Chastain back on Broadway), a new musical twist on a classic fairytale, or a stand-up show by a quintessential New York comedian.

Read on for our guide to upcoming shows that will help you ring in the new year and beat the winter blues.

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Pictures From Home

Capture the moment — Nathan Lane, Danny Burstein, and Zoë Wanamaker star on Broadway together for a limited time only in Pictures From Home. The first new Broadway show of 2023, this play follows a photographer who uncovers family secrets when he turns his lens on his parents. The show is based on Larry Sultan's same-named memoir and features his actual photos, interview snippets, and unmissable celebrity performances in picture-perfect harmony.

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Bad Cinderella

This isn't your stepmother's Cinderella story. In this fresh makeover of the classic fairytale by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Emerald Fennell, everyone in the town of Belleville is perfect — except Cinderella. She trades her rebellious goth aesthetic for one night in the hopes of winning true love, but will that do the job? Or is inner beauty better than any gown and glass slippers?

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A Doll's House

Academy Award winner Jessica Chastain leads the latest revival of Ibsen's A Doll's House, newly adapted by Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog. The play tells the story of Nora Helmer, a housewife who longs to escape her "perfect" yet stifling life and marriage. The play is one of the 20th-century greats, and with Chastain in the house, even those familiar with A Doll's House are bound to see it anew.

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford are the most deliciously deadly duo on Broadway this winter. This buzzy new revival of the Tony-winning Sweeney Todd sees them as Todd and Mrs. Lovett, a barber and a pie shop owner who enact a revenge plot that spins out of control. Attend the tale and experience Stephen Sondheim's haunting score as originally written, with a full 26-piece orchestra, for the first time since the show's Broadway premiere.

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Without You

Relive the one song glory of Rent's heyday at Without You, a solo musical performed by Anthony Rapp. Rapp, who starred as Mark Cohen in the hit musical's first productions, shares how the musical changed his life and the love and loss that the cast went through when Rent's creator, Jonathan Larson, suddenly passed away. Amid these stories, Rapp performs songs from Rent along with original songs, and even the song he sang at his first Rent audition.

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The Wanderers

Real-life movie star Katie Holmes plays a fictional movie star in The Wanderers, a new play by Anna Ziegler about rewriting one's future and enjoying one's present. The story of how Julia (Holmes) and Abe's worlds turn upside down when they start a secret correspondence is told in parallel with that of Esther and Schmuli, a pair of newlyweds just getting to know each other after an arranged marriage.

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Colin Quinn: Small Talk

Brooklyn-based comedian Colin Quinn is known for his stand-up shows about politics and his New York upbringing, but he tackles a new topic in Small Talk: charisma. Quinn provides advice, supported by a lifetime of chatting with family, friends, and counter workers, on how to be personable and add energy to a room rather than sucking the life from it.

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Wolf Play

If you missed Wolf Play's acclaimed premiere last winter, you have another chance to catch Hansol Jung's poignant play off Broadway. This play about finding, breaking, and mending families centers on a young boy who is passed from one set of adoptive parents to another by way of a Yahoo message board post. As tensions brew between his guardians old and new, the boy longs for a true home, like a wolf looking for a pack.

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The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window

Rachel Brosnahan and Oscar Isaac lead this rarely performed Lorraine Hansberry play for a limited time only. The show follows two artists whose involvement in a local campaign turns their marriage and friendships upside down. The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window was progressive in its time an remains relevant, exploring themes of race, sexuality, gender equality, and more.

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Cornelia Street

No, Cornelia Street isn't related to the Taylor Swift song, but it is a new musical. The lead character, Jacob Towney, owns a restaurant on the title street frequented by the West Village's outcasts and ghosts. Running out of time, money, and luck, Jacob still hopes to save the restaurant and build a better future for his daughter.

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The Trees

Agnes Borinsky's new Off-Broadway play is about building a safe community in a volatile world. This lyrical show centers on a brother and sister who create a utopia in a park without even meaning to. But with danger on all sides, is it better for its members to stay rooted there or uproot themselves?

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