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Out-of-Town to Broadway: 5 New Musicals Coming to NYC Soon

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|by Marshall W. Mabry IV |

The most highly anticipated shows that will soon transfer to Broadway

With every new Broadway season, shows open and shows close. The out-of-town tryout is a period when shows mount a full production – with lights, costumes and set pieces – to see what works and what doesn’t. With some tryouts, there aren’t many changes that need to be made, but others may involve character cuts, new songs added, and possibly even a revised plot. That pre-Broadway tryout is when creative teams get to fine-tune the show for New York audiences. Here are 5 of the most buzzed-about shows that have recently completed or are currently completing out-of-town runs, and will be polished and ready to hit a Broadway stage soon.

Karen Olivo as Satine in ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Karen Olivo as Satine in ‘Moulin Rouge! The Musical’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Fresh off its pre-Broadway tryout in Boston, Moulin Rouge! is ready to rock Broadway. Moulin Rouge! seems to be out to change our thoughts on what a jukebox musical can be. Based on the 2001 Baz Luhrman cult classic of the same name, this show is ready for New York audiences. With a strong love story, the brightest stars on Broadway (hey, Aaron Tveit!) and classic pop hits, this is, without a doubt, going to be a fan favorite of the next season. Moulin Rouge! will open at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on July 25, with previews beginning June 28, 2019.

With a Tony sweep in hand for The Band’s Visit, David Yazbek is returning to Broadway with a new musical. After winning 10 Tony awards with The Band’s Visit, Yazbeck brings Tootsie to Broadway. With Lilli Cooper and Santino Fontata on board to re-tell this story based on the 1982 movie, Tootsie. The show was welcomed with open arms in Chicago and, after a little bit of TLC, will begin Broadway previews in March 2019.

Choir Boy
From the Oscar-winning writer of Moonlight, Tarell Alvin McCraney’s Choir Boy is back in New York. This show has been everywhere, from Off-Broadway to Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, and now it’s headed to Broadway. This musical will spread a unique story about self-acceptance, love and the way they can affect communities. Starring Nicholas L. Ashe, J. Quinton Johnson, Jeremy Pope and more, Choir Boy is set to not only be a hit show, but also sell out its entire run.

Ain’t Too Proud
Ain’t Too Proud is based on the lives and rise to fame of The Temptations. The musical has been setting records as one of the best-selling out-of-town tryouts of all time. Its success is due to the classic tunes of The Temptations, a ridiculously talented cast, and an ironclad book penned by award-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau. There’s no mistaking this show’s potential, and New York critics and audiences alike await its Mar. 21st, 2019  opening at the Imperial Theatre.

Beetlejuice: The Musical
With a Broadway opening set before it even premiered in Washington, D.C., Beetlejuice seems determined to bring the weird to Broadway. The show stars Tony Nominees Rob McClure (Avenue Q), Kerry Butler (Mean Girls) and Alex Brightman (School of Rock) as Adam, Barbara and Beetlejuice. This creative team is dedicated to bringing you the most authentic Tim Burton experience they possibly can, from David Korins’ mind-blowing set design to William Ivey Long’s costume design. Beetlejuice is coming to the Winter Garden Theatre in Spring 2019.

For more of the best of NYC theater, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in December 2018.

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