New Broadway Shows: 5 Picks

From theater classics to highly anticipated screen-to-stage productions, the Broadway shows debuting this spring are sure to delight and challenge audiences. Here’s a quick rundown of a few of the plays and musicals that are sure to become the talk of the town!

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New Broadway Shows: Musicals

AMERICAN PSYCHO

After a successful run in London, the musical adaptation of the infamous Bret Easton Ellis book American Psycho finally comes to Broadway. Benjamin Walker stars as insanely handsome Wall Street banker Patrick Bateman. With music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik, American Psycho is an offbeat production with a dark subject-matter. Tony winner Alice Ripley co-stars playing two roles: Bateman’s mother and Mrs. Wolfe, a real estate agent. Costumes by Tony winner Katrina Lindsay (Les Liaisons Dangereuses). Makeup and Hair by Campbell Young Associates.

First Preview: March 24
Opening: April 21

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WAITRESS

Sara Bareilles wrote the music and lyrics for this unexpected musical adaptation of the 2007 movie written and directed by the late Adrienne Shelly. Jessie Mueller, who won a Tony in 2014 for playing Carole King, is back headlining a show that has all the ingredients to become a huge hit. Mueller plays a pregnant waitress who is unhappily married, yet dreams of a better life. Costume design by Suttirat Anne Larlarb (Finding Neverland). Wig and Makeup Design by Rachel Padula-Shufelt.

First Preview: March 25
Opening: April 24

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SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT FOLLOWED

10 Tony awards. That is the impressive number of combined wins the talent involved in this original musical has earned. Director George C. Wolfe leads an all-star cast headlined by Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell and Billy Porter. The story follows the creation of the groundbreaking musical Shuffle Along, by duo Eubie Blake-Noble Sissle. For true musical lovers, this one is a must-see! Oscar and Tony winner veteran Ann Roth created the costumes.  Hair and Makeup designed by Mia M. Neal and Natalie Young respectively.

First preview: March 15
Opening: April 28

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New Broadway Shows: Plays

THE CRUCIBLE

Arthur Miller’s timeless masterpiece comes back to Broadway with a highly talented cast and an avant-garde approach by Ivo van Hove. He sets the story in a schoolroom instead of colonial Massachusetts. Saoirse Ronan, fresh from her Oscar-nominated performance for Brooklyn, makes her Broadway debut in the challenging role of Abigail Williams, who falsely accuses John Proctor (Ben Whishaw) of witchcraft after she is rejected by him. With an original score by Phillip Glass, The Crucible is a much-anticipated revival of a political and moral tale about honor that couldn’t be more current. Luc Verschueren (Campbell Young Associates) is responsible for Hair and Makeup. The anachronistic costumes were designed  by Amsterdam-based Wojciech Dziedzic.

First Preview: March 1
Opening: March 31

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LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT

This new Roundabout production revives Eugene O’Neill’s classic about the crumbling-by-the-minute Tyrone family on a hot summer’s day. Jessica Lange promises to stun in a role that she is finally age-appropriate to play: morphine-addict matriarch Mary Tyrone. She is joined by Gabriel Byrne, John Gallagher Jr. and Michael Shannon as her husband and two children, respectively. Tony Lifetime Achievement recipient Jane Greenwood is the Costume Designer. Hair and Wig Design are by ubiquitous Tom Watson.

First Preview: April 3, 2016
Opening: April 27, 2016

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Also worth checking this spring: “The Father”, with 3-time Tony winner Frank Langella and Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson in a one-man/many-characters solo show “Fully Committed”.