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Upcoming Broadway Shows – What Not to Miss

Broadway is the gift that keeps on giving. With each season comes a new lineup of shows, ready to take the stage. Theatergoers eagerly anticipate their arrival and critics get ready to pen opinions that will make or break a production’s life-line. There’s certainly no dearth of talent and creativity in the New York City theater circuit, with stellar standout productions taking the spotlight each and every year.

In 2016, Hamilton stunned the nation, grossing over $100 million in its first year alone, making writer-actor Lin Manuel Miranda a household name. This year, Dear Evan Hansen raked in over $65 million in ticket sales as of November, a number that is only expected to rise during the 2017 holiday season. Other smash hits include Tony winners Come From Away, Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812, and Hello, Dolly!. With a never ending lineup of exciting upcoming broadway shows, there’s always something enticing waiting behind the curtain.

Broadway’s 2017-2018 season, which kicked off in June, has already shaped up to showcase some truly Tony-worthy productions. With some of the best new arrivals set to debut at the start of the new year, 2018 will undoubtedly be a riveting year in the world of theater. Here’s a look at some of the most promising upcoming Broadway shows.

Opening December 2017


Once On This Island

Dec 3, 2017 - TBD

From $86

Once on This Island is the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl in the Antilles who falls in love with Daniel, a young man she meets under unusual conditions. When Daniel returns to his wealthy family on the other side of the island, four Gods, Mother of the Earth Asaka, God of Water Agwé, Goddess of Love Erzulie and Demon of Death Papa Ge, come together to guide Ti Mourne through a test of her love against prejudice and hate.

What the critics are saying
“Emphasizing the musical's themes of natural disaster and economic inequality, director Michael Arden brings an unexpected dose of gritty realism, while also honoring its gorgeous score of dynamic group numbers and tender ballads. Vocal fireworks and full-bodied dance choreography imbue spirituality and joyful theatricality.”
- amNEWYORK

Why you shouldn't miss this
Once on This Island is a charming tale about the trials of young love, backed with wonderful music and a lively stage adaptation.

Good for

Caribbean dance

Kids

Family

Circle In The Square Theatre
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SpongeBob Squarepants

Dec 4, 2017 - TBD

From $43

For the first time ever, catch Nickelodeon’s beloved character, SpongeBob, on Broadway! In a brilliant reimagining of the popular cartoon, chaos erupts as the undersea world of Bikini Bottom faces total annihilation. Just when all hope seems lost, an unexpected hero rises up, taking center stage. Get ready to experience the joys of stellar on-stage wizardry, and witness production values that rival Hollywood. Featuring original songs by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Sara Bareilles, The Flaming Lips, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Cyndi Lauper, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, They Might Be Giants and T.I., a song by David Bowie and much more - dive into this pop-fueled show and find out if the power of optimism really can save the world!

What the critics are saying
“By the time "The SpongeBob Musical" turns the Krusty Krab into a Hells Kitchen canteen, SpongeBob SquarePants, designated flipper of the Krabby Patty, might just be the yellow tonic that Broadway, and its fans across America, sorely need.”
- Chicago Tribune

Why you shouldn't miss this
Join SpongeBob as he faces off against the evil forces threatening to destroy Bikini Bottom, coupled with fantastic costumes, catchy music, and winning performances.

Good for

Must See

Kids

Family

Palace Theatre
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The Children

Dec 14, 2017 - Feb 4, 2018

From $57

An adaptation of Lucy Kirkwood's drama, The Children, is set in a remote cottage on the lonely British coast, where a couple of retired nuclear engineers live a quiet life. Outside, the world is in utter chaos following a series of devastating events. When an old friend turns up at their door, they’re shocked to discover the real reason for her visit. After a successful run in London, the show is looking to make waves in the Broadway circuit.

Why you shouldn't miss this
This classic Broadway fare with hints of an apocalypse scattered throughout the show will surprise and entertain you in more ways than one along the way.

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Must See

Kids

Family

Samuel J Friedman Theatre
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Farinelli and the King

Dec 17, 2017 - March 25, 2018

From $39

Farinelli and the King tells the true story of Philippe V, a Spanish monarch on the brink of madness. He finds unexpected solace in the voice of world-renowned castrato Farinelli, sung by countertenor Iestyn Davies. Three-time Tony winner Mark Rylance, fresh off a winning run at the movies with Dunkirk, returns to the stage with Claire van Kampen's critically acclaimed play, in the role of Philippe V.

What the critics are saying
“Rylance, who plays the space with half an eye on us, turns in a flirtatious, humble performance. Sam Crane catches some of the same soft-touch sadness in Farinelli and, along with Grove, offers an unfussy, generous performance.”
- Variety

Why you shouldn't miss this
A breezy yet thoughtful play with amazing performances by a stellar cast, Farinelli and the King is one of those Broadway shows that just can’t be missed.

Good for

Celebs on stage

Drama

Plays

Belasco Theatre
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Previews starting February 2018


Escape to Margaritaville

Previews Feb 16, 2018 - Opens March 15, 2018

Welcome to Margaritaville, the island paradise where the sun is hot, the ocean is warm, and the drinks are cold and plentiful. Here, the city folk can get away from it all and the locals get into the kind of trouble you can almost always sweet talk your way out of. Featuring a fine medley of original songs and your favorite Jimmy Buffett classics, this new musical is the story of a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and full-time charmer named Tully who thinks he’s got life all figured out. That of course changes when a beautiful tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything he believed in.

What the critics are saying
“Escape to Margaritaville successfully pulls off the laid-back attitude while delivering a paint-by-numbers, frequently goofy romantic comedy replete with many of Buffett’s most popular tunes.“
-Variety

Why you shouldn't miss this
Escape to Margaritaville, much like its namesake beverage, goes down easy, tastes good, and leaves you with a pleasant feeling and a sudden urge to plan a vacation.

Good for

Jimmy Buffet fans

Comedy

Family

Marquis Theatre
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Frozen

Previews Feb 22, 2018 - Opens March 22, 2018

From $140

Based on the 2013 Disney blockbuster, the stage adaptation of Frozen expands on the story with even more iconic songs and backstories for your favorite characters. Frozen is the tale of two sisters, Elsa and Anna, who are looking for love and family but are pulled apart by a dark secret. After their parents tragically die in a storm, Elsa must suppress her cryokinetic magic and become the Queen of Arendelle. Anna, on the other hand, has to bring the family together when a prince from the Southern Isles sets his eyes on their kingdom.

What the critics are saying
“What's notably different about this production are at least 10 new songs, the addition of full-fledged musical numbers, a more subdued color palette, and of course the characters are now played by humans who must tread the line between caricature and reality. The diverse, well-trained cast does all this and more.”
-The Hollywood Reporter

Why you shouldn't miss this
Frozen captures the imagination of families worldwide with an emotional story of sisterly bond at its core, backed with a catchy soundtrack and stellar production design.

Good for

Disney fans

Kids

Family

St. James Theatre
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Angels in America

Previews Feb 23, 2018 - Opens March 25, 2018 - Closes July 01, 2018

One of the greatest theatrical journeys of our time is set to return to Broadway in an acclaimed revival production. As political as any play in the American canon, Angels in America surprises with its hilarious irreverence and heartbreaking humanity. Astonishingly relevant, it speaks every bit as urgently to our anxious times as it did when it first premiered. Tackling Reaganism, McCarthyism, immigration, religion, climate change, and AIDS against the backdrop of New York City in the mid- 1980’s, the show touches on topics that are, unfortunately, still very much relevant all these years later. A stellar story that needs to be seen by all, this show is bound to be one of the year’s most eye-opening and raw productions.

What the critics are saying
“Some astonishing performances from a very good cast. But the prime impression is of Kushner’s conviction that, although we live in dark times where both God and Marx are dead, there is always hope in the instinct for survival and the tenacity of the human spirit.“
The Guardian

Why you shouldn't miss this
Broadway legend Nathan Lane and Hollywood stalwart Andrew Garfield star in the National Theatre's production of Tony Kushner's landmark play.

Good for

Celebs on stage

Drama

Plays

Neil Simon Theatre
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Carousel

Previews Feb 28, 2018 - Opens April 12, 2018

Carousel, an American classic in every sense of the word, makes its triumphant return to Broadway for the first time in more than two decades. Rodgers & Hammerstein's timeless musical is brought to life in this new production starring Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry, Tony winner Jessie Mueller and Renée Fleming. Set in a small New England factory town, Carousel describes the tragic romance between a troubled carnival barker and the young woman who gives up everything for him. With a sweeping musical score and incandescent ballet sequences, this story of passion, loss and redemption is one you shouldn’t miss.

Why you shouldn't miss this
Carousel features some of the most beloved numbers in the American songbook, making it nothing less than a masterpiece!

Good for

Drama

Classics

Ballet

Imperial Theatre
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Previews starting March 2018


Lobby Hero

Previews March 01, 2018 - Opens March 26, 2018

A thoughtful study of what happens when our emotions and principles come in conflict, Lobby Hero is the stage adaptation of Kenneth Lonergan’s drama. The story is set in the lobby of a Manhattan apartment building. But it's much more than just a waiting area for four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation. It’s a testing ground for what happens when personal and professional personas find themselves at odds. A young security guard with big ambitions clashes with his stern boss, an intense rookie cop and her unpredictable partner in a play from the 2017 Oscar-winning writer of Manchester by the Sea.

Why you shouldn't miss this
American stars Chris Evans and Michael Cera star in the revival of Kenneth Lonergan's thought-provoking drama.

Good for

Celebs on stage

Drama

Plays

Helen Hayes Theatre
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Mean Girls

Previews March 12, 2018 - Opens April 08, 2018

Relive the cult classic Mean Girls live on Broadway! Come along as Cady Heron wades the treacherous waters of a school run by the resident mean gang, the Plastics. Tina Fey is back on board as the writer, alongside director Casey Nicholaw, well known for his work on Aladdin and The Book of Mormon. Updated to realistically depict the lives of social media savant teens of today, the show promises to deliver everything you loved about the movie, plus more! Discover the power of friendship, enmity and everything in between with this ferociously funny comedy for the ages.

What the critics are saying
“Fey and company have reprised the snarky mayhem of North Shore High School with a delightful and energetic tuner packed with strong performances, engaging numbers and eye-popping visuals.”
-Variety

Why you shouldn't miss this
Experience the bite and drama of your favorite suburban Illinois high school all over again with the Broadway adaption of the 2004 cult classic, Mean Girls.

Good for

Comedy

Teens

Family

August Wilson Theatre
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Iceman Cometh

Previews March 22, 2018 - Opens April 26, 2018 - Closes July 04, 2018

Denzel Washington returns to Broadway with a limited 14 week engagement of Eugene O’Neill’s classic, The Iceman Cometh. The story unravels in Harry Hope’s dive on the West Side of Manhattan, a saloon populated with alcoholic social washouts awaiting Hickey, a salesman, for drinks and tall tales of selling on the road. Harry delivers as expected, but then announces his intention of curing his friends of the “pipe dreams” that keep them going. What follows is equally devastating and uncomfortable. A riveting revival, the play is as relevant today as it was when O’Neill wrote it.

Why you shouldn't miss this
There’s something about The Iceman Cometh that makes it relatable and engaging enough for audiences across different generations..

Good for

Celebs on stage

Drama

Plays

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
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That rounds up our list of upcoming Broadway shows. From comedy to drama, musical to play, the options are aplenty. Starring some of the brightest Broadway and Hollywood stars, 2018 is set to be an incredible year. Which upcoming Broadway shows will earn a Tony nomination? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see!

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