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|by Mark Robinson |

Mark your calendars – here’s everything opening on Broadway this fall

Fall is here and, even as the trees begin to turn brown and drop their leaves, Broadway is as alive as ever, with new plays and musicals and an occasional revival. The 2018-2019 season has already enjoyed openings of Head Over Heels and Pretty Woman capping off the summer months. Now, we take a look at the exciting offerings that theatregoers will not want to miss this autumn.

Steven Pasquale and Kerry Washington will star in ‘American Son,’ opening November 4th (Photo: Sophy Holland)

Steven Pasquale and Kerry Washington will star in ‘American Son,’ opening November 4th (Photo: Sophy Holland)

Tony-winning actress Janet McTeer will portray one of theater’s most-legendary actresses playing one of theater’s most-legendary characters. In Bernhardt/Hamlet by Theresa Rebeck, we see Sarah Bernhardt (McTeer) preparing to tackle the role of Shakespeare’s melancholy Dane, just as she did in 1897. Bernhardt/Hamlet is presented by the Roundabout Theatre Company, and will open at The American Airlines Theatre on September 25, 2018.


The Nap
Opening September 27, the Manhattan Theatre Club presentation of Richard Bean’s (One Man, Two Guvnors) The Nap looks to be an outrageous comedy about the British game of snooker (think pool). The story follows a fast-rising competitor in the game who gets more than he bargained for when he arrives late to a tournament and finds himself mixed-up in a series of shady dealings. Directed by Daniel Sullivan, The Nap will play the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.


The Lifespan of a Fact
Daniel Radcliffe makes his triumphant return to Broadway and, for the first time, is originating a role. In Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell and Gordon Farrell’s The Lifespan of a Fact, he will be joined by Tony winner Cherry Jones and Tony nominee Bobby Cannavale. The play, which is based on John D'Agata's essay "What Happens There,” explores the world of literary non-fiction, and the real-life debate around a written piece on the suicide of a Las Vegas teenager. The Lifespan of a Fact opens at Studio 54 on October 18 for a limited engagement. 


The Waverly Gallery
The John Golden Theatre will soon be the home to a revival of Kevin Lonergan’s 2000 play The Waverly Gallery. Opening on October 25, the play will feature a cast that includes Elaine May, Michael Cera, Lucas Hedges and Joan Allen. The Waverly Gallery tells the story of a determined grandmother who is battling Alzheimer’s disease, struggling to maintain her independence in the face of her fading memory. Lila Neugebauer will make her Broadway debut as director of the piece.


The Ferryman
Imported from Great Britain following critical acclaim, Jez Butterwoth’s play The Ferryman journeys to Broadway with its thirty-plus cast almost entirely intact. Sam Mendes (Cabaret, The Verticle Hour) directs the tale of a Northern Irish family celebrating the harvest who receive a drop-in from a strange visitor. The Ferryman opens at the Bernard S. Jacobs Theatre on October 21.  


King Kong
The first musical of the fall – and a monster one at that – King Kong is readying to dazzle theater audiences with spectacle and song. Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) writes the book for the musical, with a score by Marius de Vries and songs by Eddie Perfect. The musical, which opens at the Broadway Theatre on November 8, tells the story of the discovery of a mammoth ape and his friendship with a Hollywood starlet.


Torch Song
Harvey Fierstein’s 1982 award-winning play Torch Song Trilogy has been streamlined for this Broadway revival that will open at the Helen Hayes Theatre on November 1, following its successful run at Off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre earlier this year. Michael Urie stars as Arnold Becker, a gay man looking for happiness, love and family in New York City. Directed by Moises Kaufman, the rechristened Torch Song will also star Tony and Oscar winner Mercedes Ruehl as Arnold’s mother.


American Son
With two big stars headlining, Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale, Christopher Demos-Brown makes his Broadway playwriting debut with American Son. The drama is set in a police station in the middle of the night, where two parents are desperately searching for their teenage son. Tony-winning director Kenny Leon (Raisin in the Sun) helms the production, which also features Jeremy Jordan and Eugene Lee in the cast. The riveting drama will open at Broadway’s Booth Theatre on November 4th.  


The Prom
Everyone wants to go to their high school prom, and when a student from Indiana wants to bring her girlfriend, she receives pushback from her school and community. Fortunately, there are four fading Broadway stars who step in to help them – while also generating some press for themselves in the process. Tony winner Beth Leavel, Tony nominee Brooks Ashmaskas, Tony-nominee Christopher Sieber lead the cast in this comedy by Matthew Sklar (Elf) and Chad Beguelin (The Wedding SingerAladdin) on score, and Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) penning the book. The Prom opens at The Longacre Theatre on November 15 under the direction of Casey Nicholaw (Mean Girls, Aladdin).


The Cher Show
Jukebox musicals abound, and the latest one to light-up Broadway will be The Cher Show. With Stephanie Block (Falsettos), Teal Wicks (Finding Neverland), and Micaela Diamond (Broadway debut) sharing the titular role, the story of the pop superstar Cher will unfold on the Broadway stage. Opening at the Neil Simon Theatre on December 3rd, The Cher Show will have a book by Rick Elice and feature a score compiled from the catalogue of Cher’s greatest hits. Jason Moore directs.

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. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at

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