Top theatre to see on Broadway this fall
Check out our complete guide to everything opening on Broadway this fall, from starry revivals to thrilling new plays and musicals by celebrated writers.
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 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. There's something for everyone to enjoy.
Broadway musicals this fall
Whatever your taste in musical theatre is, you'll find it represented in the Broadway musicals opening this fall. Comedies, dramas, and various musical genres hit the stage this season. Discover all the Broadway musicals opening this fall, listed in order of start date.
Melissa Etheridge: My Window
This show isn't a traditional musical, but it's a chance to see a Grammy and Oscar winner in an intimate setting. My Window is a solo concert by Melissa Etheridge, who sings her greatest hit songs and tells stories from meaningful moments in her life. Etheridge played her concert off Broadway last year, and now, you have another chance to come to her window. Performances begin September 14 at the Circle in the Square Theatre.
Gutenberg! The Musical!
Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells are best known as the original leading duo in the Tony-winning musical The Book of Mormon. For the first time since starring in that show in 2011, they reunite on Broadway in Gutenberg! The Musical!. The musical premiered off Broadway in 2006, and it's about two friends' ill-fated and hilarious attempt to write a musical about the inventor of the printing press. Performances begin September 15 at the James Earl Jones Theatre.
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Merrily We Roll Along
Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along was a famous flop in its day, but the show has had a renaissance and now gets its first Broadway revival with Jonathan Groff, Daniel Radcliffe, and Lindsay Mendez. The trio starred in director Maria Friedman's Off-Broadway production of the show last winter, which now transfers to the Hudson Theatre from September 19. The show tells, in reverse order, how three friends' relationship disintegrates over 20 years.
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This new musical, featuring original songs by Barry Manilow, is a Broadway hit 25 years in the making. Harmony premiered in 1997 but only made it to New York in 2022, and that Off-Broadway production transfers to Broadway with Chip Zien, Sierra Boggess, Julie Benko, and more. The show tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a German Jewish choral group whose global fame came crashing down amid World War II. Performances begin October 18 at the Barrymore Theatre.
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Fresh off a hit run at the Kennedy Center, director/choreographer Josh Rhodes's production of Spamalot comes to New York, marking the show's first Broadway revival. Monty Python original member Eric Idle co-created this show in the spirit of the acclaimed comedy troupe, sending up the legends of King Arthur, fellow Broadway musicals, and plenty of other material in between. Performances begin October 31 at the St. James Theatre.
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How to Dance in Ohio
This inspiring musical is based on Alexandra Shiva's Peabody Award-winning documentary of the same name. How to Dance in Ohio follows seven autistic adults who prepare for a spring formal dance and find love, independence, and courage in the process. The show premiered at Syracuse Stage in 2022, and all seven autistic principal actors from that production are now making their Broadway debuts. Performances begin November 15 at the Belasco Theatre.
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Broadway plays this fall
If you're 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.
Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. returns to Broadway following his star turn in Hamilton in a revival of Ossie Davis's play. He takes on the title role, a traveling preacher who returns to his Georgia hometown to liberate plantation workers and his congregation during the Jim Crow era. Performances begin September 7 at the Music Box Theatre.
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I Need That
This play is a family affair — Danny DeVito stars alongside his daughter, Lucy DeVito. Danny DeVito plays a reclusive hoarder tasked with sorting through his stuff when threatened with eviction, and he finally — maybe — discovers a line between trash and treasure. Theresa Rebeck's play begins performances October 13 at the American Airlines Theatre.
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Prayer for the French Republic
Manhattan Theatre Club presented the world premiere of Joshua Harmon's acclaimed drama in 2021, and now, the company mounts the play's Broadway premiere. Prayer for the French Republic follows two stories 70 years apart: that of a Jewish couple awaiting news of their missing family during World War II, and of their descendants debating a move to Israel out of similar fears of anti-Semitism. Performances begin December 13 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Jaja's African Hair Braiding
Make an appointment at the hair salon this fall at Jaja's African Hair Braiding, which marks the Broadway writing debut of Drama Desk Award winner Jocelyn Bioh. On a sweltering summer day in the title Harlem salon, a group of neighborhood women confront their dreams alongside their fears of being pushed out of the place they've always called home. Performances will run at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, with exact dates to be announced.
Pulitzer-nominated playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins makes his Broadway debut in winter 2023 at the Hayes Theater. Appropriate won the 2014 Obie Award for Best New American Play, and it follows a family reunion going south in the South. A group of relatives gather to sort out the affairs of their deceased patriarch, but secrets and long-held resentments resurrect.
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Photo credit: Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells for Gutenberg! The Musical! (Photo courtesy of production)
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