Your Guide to Broadway’s New Musicals
2016-09-07 CATEGORY: Broadway
The curtain may be closing on Starlight’s 2016 season, but there are many new musicals opening on Broadway if you get a chance to visit New York City. This fall, audiences will be treated to two film-to-stage adaptations, two transfers of Off-Broadway hits and an a cappella musical sensation.
Below is your guide to the new musicals opening on the Great White Way:
Roundabout Theatre Company’s stage adaptation of the 1942 film classic is about former vaudevillians who run a showbiz-themed New England hotel that’s open only on holidays. This adaptation was produced previously at Goodspeed Musicals and the St. Louis Muny.
Previews begin September 1 at Studio 54. Opens October 13.
Broadway transfer of the Off-Broadway musical by the songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (Dogfight, A Christmas Story). The show was seen previously in 2015 at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and in spring 2016 at Off-Broadway’s Second Stage where it had a sold-out run. It won the Obie Award and Outer Critics Circle Award as Best New Off-Broadway Musical.
Previews begin November 14 at the Belasco Theatre. Opens December 4.
Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Broadway transfer of the 2013 Off-Broadway sensation. Singer Josh Groban will make his Broadway debut alongside Denee Benton in this unusual musical that takes a chapter from Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel, War and Peace. It tells the story of an aristocratic young woman who turns her back on a “proper” society marriage and falls madly in love with a handsome, but worthless, playboy.
Previews begin October 18 at the Imperial Theatre. Opens November 14.
An a cappella (sung without instrumental accompaniment) musical about life in New York City. Written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen), James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth, and directed by Kathleen Marshall.
Previews and opening date TBA in fall 2016. At the Circle in the Square Theatre.
A Bronx Tale
New musical based on Chazz Palminteri's solo show and film, which tell the story of Calogero Anello, a young boy from a working-class family who gets involved in the world of organized crime.
Previews begin November 3 at the Longacre Theatre. Opens December 1.