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The 10 Most Highly Anticipated Broadway Shows of Spring 2019

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|by Mark Robinson |


These long-awaited plays and musicals will finally arrive this season

Spring has sprung, and it won’t be long before we will be entering the theatrical awards season, with the Tony Awards and other prestigious honors on the horizon. Ahead of the cut-off date for nominations, many plays and musicals are poised to open on Broadway this spring. With so many exciting offerings readying to open in the coming months, we take a look at ten shows we simply cannot wait to see. 

Santino Fontana stars in ‘Tootsie’; Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow star in ‘Hillary and Clinton’; Amber Gray in ‘Hadestown’ (Photos: Robert Trachtenberg; ‘Hillary and Clinton’; Helen Maybanks)

Santino Fontana stars in ‘Tootsie’; Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow star in ‘Hillary and Clinton’; Amber Gray in ‘Hadestown’ (Photos: Robert Trachtenberg; ‘Hillary and Clinton’; Helen Maybanks)

Beetlejuice
Opening Night: April 25, 2019
The idea of a musical version of the hit Tim Burton film Beetlejuice may have been startling to us at first, but as the Alex Timbers-helmed production readies itself for Broadway, we cannot help be intrigued by the possibilities. With a score by Eddie Perfect (King Kong) and a book by Scott Brown and Anthony King, Beetlejuice tells the tale of a morose teenager named Lydia, whose family moves into a haunted house where the girl unknowingly summons a dangerous (and funny) ghoul from the afterlife.

Hadestown
Opening Night: April 17, 2019
Speaking of the afterlife, the new musical Hadestown is going to hell and back, literally, to bring us a fresh take on the myths of Orpheus and Eurydice. The musical, written by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell, sets this love story in a dystopian setting. Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812) directs.

Hillary and Clinton
Opening Night: April 18, 2019
Lucas Hnath (A Doll’s House, Part 2) is proving to be one of Broadway’s most intriguing new playwrights. His latest offering, Hillary and Clinton, promises to be a thought-provoking piece. Starring Tony winners Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow, Hillary and Clinton sets the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton in an alternative universe.

Gary: The Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Opening Night: April 21, 2019
Let’s face it, we’ve all been dying to know what happened after the curtain came down on William Shakespeare’s grisliest play, Titus Andronicus. Okay, maybe we haven’t given it much thought, but one must admit that the comedic premise of Taylor Mac’s play Gary: The Sequel to Titus Andronicus, that follows two servants charged with cleaning up the bodies, is bound to entertain. Add Nathan Lane and Kristine Nielsen in the lead roles, and George C. Wolfe at the helm, and this is a must-see production of the spring.

King Lear
Opening Night: April 4, 2019
Speaking of Shakespeare, if a serious tragedy in the hands one of the great actresses of the theatrical stage is more your bent, then look no further than the revival of King Lear starring Glenda Jackson. Jackson, playing a role traditionally performed by a man, is here to prove that a great artist is a great artist, regardless of gender. The story of ego and misplaced trust, bringing a ruler to their ruin, is one of the Bard’s most-haunting plays.

What the Constitution Mean to Me
Opening Night
: March 31, 2019
In a society where the United States Constitution’s elasticity is put to the test on a daily basis, how timely it is to have Heidi Schrek’s What the Constitution Mean to Me coming to Broadway to help us better understand the document. Schreck imagines how the Constitution will shape life for women in the years that come. The show is a limited-engagement, so be sure to get your tickets soon! 

Oklahoma!
Opening Night: April 7, 2019
There is a reason why the Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals continue to endure and are revived at regular intervals. How exciting is it then to have their game-changing, 1943, musical Oklahoma! return to Broadway in an innovative, new production under the direction of Daniel Fish? She re-imagines the show for contemporary times, and the piece is re-orchestrated to have a country music flavor.

Ink
Opening Night: April 24, 2019
James Graham’s new play Ink brings us to 1969 London where Rupert Murdoch buys a struggling newspaper, The Sun, and pours his energy and resources into turning it into a must-read. When he brings a bold new editor on board his team, the two set out to change journalistic history. The show stars Bertie Carvel and Jonny Lee Miller.

Tootsie
Opening Night: April 23, 2019
Taking the 1982 film comedy Tootsie, about a male actor experiencing the world of performing from the point of view of a woman, and moving it from the world of soap operas to the realm of musical comedy, sounds like an ideal premise for a Broadway hit. David Yazbek, who won a Tony last year for his score for The Band’s Visit, writes the music and lyrics, and the book is adapted by Robert Horn. Santino Fontana stars.

Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune
Opening Night: May 30, 2019
Terrence McNally, one of Broadway’s most respected playwrights, is celebrating his 80th birthday this year, and will soon see a revival of his 1987 play Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune. Starring in the show, about a waitress and a short order cook who go on a first date that turns into a one-night stand, is multiple Tony Award winner Audra McDonald and two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon.

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 markrobinsonwrites.com.

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