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The 10 Most Highly Anticipated Broadway Shows of Fall 2019

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|by Mark Robinson |


New musicals, star-studded plays and more

Summer of 2019 is quickly coming to a close. It won’t be long until the days begin to shorten, the nights require a sweater or jacket, and that crisp autumn air fills our noses. Fall often means an influx of new theater on Broadway as well, with exciting offerings in the world of plays, musicals and special events filling up the theaters recently vacated. Here are ten Broadway productions that are eagerly anticipated in the fall of 2019, adding a fresh sparkle to the Great White Way: 

Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner in ‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical’ (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner in ‘Tina: The Tina Turner Musical’ (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

The Rose Tattoo
Academy Award-winning actress Marissa Tomei will make her Broadway return in this Roundabout Theater revival of the Tennessee Williams classic The Rose Tattoo. The limited-engagement will run from Sept. 19, 2019 through Dec. 8. Set in Mississippi, The Rose Tattoo tells the story of Serafina (Tomei) an Italian-American widow who finds that her passion did not die with her husband. Romance begins to kindle with the arrival of a new suitor.

The Height of the Storm
The Height of the Storm gives audiences an opportunity to see two of Britain’s finest performers, Jonathan Pryce (Miss Saigon, TV’s Game of Thrones) and Eileen Atkins (film Gosford Park, Broadway’s Doubt) together on the same stage. Playwright Christopher Hampton has translated Florian Zeller’s play, delving into the story of a fifty-year marriage that suddenly begins to fall apart. The Height of the Storm begins previews Sept. 10, and will open officially at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Sept. 24, 2019.

The Great Society
A few seasons back, playwright Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way proved a compelling inspection of the legacy of President Lyndon B. Johnson. The Great Society continues that glimpse into the life of LBJ, with the story set against the backdrop of the turbulent 1960s. Lincoln Center Theater presents the play, with actor Brian Cox in  the role of Johnson. An eclectic cast will bring to life over 50 characters on the stage at the Vivian Beaumont Theater. The Great Society opens on Oct. 1, 2019.

Slave Play
The acclaimed Off-Broadway production of playwright Jeremy O. Harris’ Slave Play will transfer to Broadway’s Golden Theatre, with previews commencing on Sept. 10, 2019. The show officially opens on Oct. 6. A 17-week engagement, Slave Play is officially described as “an antebellum fever dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master’s House.” The compelling and controversial play takes a look at three interracial couples and, through their interactions, offers a 21st-century commentary on race, gender and sexuality.

The Lighting Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical
After a successful, limited engagement Off-Broadway in 2017, followed by a well-received national tour, the musical adaptation of Rick Riordan’s novel Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief appears poised to enjoy an exciting 16-week engagement at the Longacre Theatre. With music and lyrics by Rob Rokicki and a book by Joe Tracz, The Lighting Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical tells the story of a teenager who finds out he is the offspring of Poseidon, who must embark on a quest for Zeus’s stolen lighting bolt. Performances begin Sept. 20, 2019, with an official opening on Oct. 16.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Coming to Broadway following its hit production in London’s West End, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical will open at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Nov. 7, 2019. Coming with the production will be the star of the London show, Adrienne Warren, playing the iconic titular character. Tina: The Tina Turner Musical tells the story of the twelve-time Grammy-winning artist, following her through her trials and tribulations and incorporating many of the songs that she made famous throughout her prolific career.

The Inheritance
Matthew Lopez’s epic play The Inheritance takes its inspiration from E.M. Forster’s novel Howard’s End, transplanting the story to 21st-century New York City. Three generations of gay men find their lives interlinked as they begin to connect and find their own sense of belonging. Like Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and the recent Broadway revival of Angels in America, The Inheritance is a two-part play and requires two separate tickets to see the show in its entirety. The play premiered in London in 2018 and will open at Broadway’s Ethel Barrymore Theatre on Nov. 17, 2019.

Linda Vista
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) will see his next play Linda Vista come to Broadway courtesy of 2NDSTAGE Theatre. The production, which premiered at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre, begins previews at the Helen Hayes Theatre on Sept. 19, 2019, with Oct. 10 set as its official opening. Linda Vista concerns a recently divorced man in the middle of a mid-life crisis who must determine what the next chapter of his life will look like. Comedic, and brimming with honesty, the play is a limited engagement that will end on Nov. 10, 2019.

A Christmas Carol
The holidays just aren’t the same without revisiting that Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. The story of Ebenezer Scrooge, the miser who rejects Christmas, only to be set straight by three spirits, is as much a part of the yuletide as exchanging gifts, baking cookies and decorating trees. This fall, A Christmas Carol will be presented on Broadway with film and television actor Campbell Scott playing Scrooge. This version of the tale is adapted for the stage by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child), and will play Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre from Nov. 7, 2019 to Jan. 5, 2020.

Jagged Little Pill
Arguably one of the most eagerly anticipated musicals of the fall season is Jagged Little Pill, inspired by the album composed and performed by Alanis Morissette. The musical follows the seemingly ideal family, the Healeys, whose home life appears to be hunky dory. In reality, they are maintaining an illusion that threatens to tear them apart. Jagged Little Pill begins previews Nov. 3, 2019 at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre, toward an opening night of Dec. 5.  

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 forthcoming book, Sitcommentary: The Television Comedies That Changed America, will hit the shelves in October, 2019. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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