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The 15 Most Highly Anticipated New Broadway Shows of 2020

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|by Mark Robinson |


From star-studded plays to brand-new musicals and revivals alike

The new year is here, and the lineup of new Broadway shows in 2020, as well as a plethora of revivals, are adding up to be an exciting opportunity for theatergoers in the new year. Broadway shows that premiered in 2019 were full of exciting surprises, and we at ShowTickets can’t wait for what 2020 has in store for Broadway fans. We’re highlighting 15 Broadway shows that we are excited to see when they arrive on the Great White Way this year. Here is our “most highly anticipated” Broadway shows list for 2020 – which ones will be on your “must-see” list? 

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The London cast of the new musical Six, coming to Broadway this season (Photo: Idil Sukan)

The London cast of the new musical Six, coming to Broadway this season (Photo: Idil Sukan)

A Soldier’s Play
Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize–winning A Soldier’s Play played Off-Broadway for 468 performances from 1981 to 1983. Now, this compelling drama comes to Broadway with original cast member David Alan Grier, joined by Blair Underwood, and Jerry O’Connell. When a black Sergeant is murdered on a Louisiana Army base, an investigator finds himself up against a predominantly white chain of command as he tries to solve the case. A Soldier’s Play officially opens on January 21, 2020.

West Side Story
Director Ivo Van Hove has promised a streamlined and edgier revival of the musical theatre classic West Side Story. Currently in previews at the Broadway Theatre, this production is already breaking box office records as audiences clamor to get tickets for this a Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim/Arthur Laurents masterpiece. Set in the 1950s, warring street gangs square-off as a star-crossed romance ignites between two of the rivaling sides. West Side Story, which opens officially on February 20, is the first Broadway production not to feature the iconic Jerome Robbins choreography. 

Girl From North Country
The music of prolific singer-songwriter Bob Dylan is the inspiration for this jukebox musical crafted by playwright Conor McPherson. Set in 1934 in Duluth, Minnesota, the musical centers around a boarding house where we learn about its inhabitants and witness how their lives intertwine. Following critically-acclaimed, smash-hit runs at The Public Theater, The Old Vic London, and in the West End, Girl from the North Country is a poetic and beautiful story about family, love, and humanity. The show opens on March 5, 2020. 

Six: The Musical
From London to Chicago, the musical Six has been thrilling audiences with its contemporary take on the perspectives of the wives of Henry VIII. Now this compelling pop concert-meets-musical is coming to Broadway on March 12. What started as a Cambridge University student production at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss musical has become a phenomenon. The Broadway berth of Six will feature the cast of the 2019 Chicago Shakespeare Theatre production. 

Hangmen
The Royal Court Theatre/Atlantic Theater Company present Academy Award winner, Olivier Award winner, and Tony Award nominee Martin McDonagh’s new comedy Hangmen opening on March 19, 2020 for a limited engagement. Set in England in 1965, following the abolition of hanging as a means of capital punishment, the country’s second most famous executioner is trying to figure out what is next for his life. Mark Addy and Dan Stevens star.

Company
The 1970 Broadway musical Company, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and a book by George Furth, was groundbreaking in its day. For its 50th anniversary, it returns to Broadway in a gender-bending reimagining of the show. Tony-winner Katrina Lenk plays “Bobbie” a woman having a midlife crisis as she wrestles with her own fears of commitment while spending time with married friends. Also in the cast is two-time Tony winner Patti LuPone as the acerbic Joanne, singing the show stopping “The Ladies Who Lunch.” Company opens March 22, 2020. 

Diana
The world continues to be captivated and inspired by the legacy of Princess Diana, a real-life royal whose charity work and generous spirit touched millions. The new musical Diana seeks to tell the story of this multi-faceted woman whose life came to a tragic conclusion in 1997. Joe DePietro and David Bryan (the team behind the Broadway hit Memphis) bring us this new musical poised to open on March 31. Jeanna De Waal and Judy Kaye are set to star. 

Mrs. Doubtfire
Rob McClure, fresh out of last season’s hit musical Beetlejuice, takes a star turn as the title character in the musical adaptation of the film comedy classic Mrs. Doubtfire. With a sore by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick, and a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, this new musical, set to open on April 5, 2020, tells the story of a dad, in an effort to win back his kids after losing custody, who disguises himself as an elderly nanny named “Euphegenia Doubtfire.” He then gets himself hired by his ex-wife and gets to be the father he never was.

Caroline, or Change
Courtesy of Roundabout Theatre Company, a revival of the acclaimed musical Caroline, or Change will take the stage at Studio 54. With a Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home) and Tony Kushner (Angels in America) score, and a book by Kushner, the musical takes us to 1963, Louisiana where an African-American maid goes through a series of changes as she embraces the person that she is and faces the turbulent world around her. Sharon D. Clarke reprises her Oliver Award-winning performance. Caroline, or Change officially opens on April 7, 2020.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Any occasion where two-time Tony Award-winner Laurie Metcalf returns to the Broadway stage is an event, so we are on the edge of our seats to see how she tackles the role of Martha in the Edward Albee perennial classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Joining her as her sparring partner and husband George is star of stage and screen Rupert Everett. In one, long evening, a cold and unforgiving marriage crashes and burns before the eyes of an unwitting young couple. The production opens on April 9, 2020.

Plaza Suite
The comedy writing of the late Neil Simon lives on with a Broadway revival of his trio of one act plays Plaza Suite. Each act of the play concerns different characters and storylines, but they all take place in suite 719 at the Plaza Hotel. Starring in the production are the husband-wife team of Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker. Plaza Suite opens on April 13, 2020 under the direction of John Benjamin Hickey.

Flying Over Sunset
Lincoln Center brings us a brand new musical this spring with the arrival of Flying Over Sunset. Featuring a book by James Lapine (Into the Woods, Falsettos), and a score by Tom Kitt (music) and Michael Korie (lyrics), the musical is inspired by the real-life experiences of writer Aldous Huxley; playwright, diplomat, and congresswoman, Clare Booth Luce; and movie star Cary Grant and their experimentations with LSD. Michelle Dorrance. Carmen Cusack, Harry Hadden-Paton and Tony Yazbeck star, and Lapine directs. Flying Over Sunset opens on April 16, 2020.

How I Learned to Drive
Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive will receive its Broadway premiere this spring, reuniting the original cast of the Off-Broadway production for the event. Mary Louise Parker and David Morse will reprise their roles as Li’l Bit and Uncle Peck, respectively, with original director Mark Brokaw once again at the helm. Opening April 22, 2020, the play explores the themes of control and manipulation, chronicling the emotional and sexual abuse an adolescent girl endures from her uncle. 

Take Me Out
Opening April 23, 2020, Second Stage Theatre mounts the first Broadway revival of Richard Greenberg’s Tony-winning play Take Me Out. Set in the world of professional baseball, Darren Lemming, the star center fielder for the Empires, announces that he is gay. The athlete must then deal with the varied reactions of his teammates, struggling to stay afloat as a homosexual person of color playing ball in a prejudiced world. Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson star in the riveting play directed by Scott Ellis.

The Music Man 
There is no doubting, particularly from the brisk box office it’s already enjoying, that the forthcoming revival of the musical comedy classic The Music Man is one of the most-eagerly anticipated titles of 2020. With Tony winners Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster in the leads, not to mention the time-honored Meredith Willson score including “76 Trombones” and “Till There Was You,” The Music Man arrives on Broadway with an October 15 opening. The story of a flim-flam traveling salesman who wins the hearts of a stubborn, unwelcoming Iowa town, first played on Broadway in 1957, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. 

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. His latest book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, was released on Oct. 15. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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