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The 15 Most Highly Anticipated Broadway Shows of 2019

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|by Mark Robinson |


From star-studded revivals to critically acclaimed new musicals

2019 is just about upon us, and the New Year is shaping up to be an exciting one on Broadway. From plays to musicals, from new pieces to revivals, there is something for every theatergoer in the coming the year. To help you plan your show-going in the New Year – and assist with any last-minute gifting you may need to complete – we’ve created a comprehensive list of all of the shows announced (thus far) for 2019.

‘Hadestown’ is one of several new musicals coming to Broadway in 2019 (Photo: David Cooper)

‘Hadestown’ is one of several new musicals coming to Broadway in 2019 (Photo: David Cooper)

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
Imperial Theatre
(Opens March 21, 2019)

The jukebox musical that tells that story of the music group The Temptations is the next showbiz biography to come to Broadway. Utilizing the ‘60s and ‘70s band’s litany of hits – including “My Girl,” “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone,” “Just My Imagination” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” – Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations has already received enthusiastic buzz out of town.

All My Sons
American Airlines Theatre
(Opens April 22, 2019)

Arthur Miller’s All My Sons will receive a revival this spring, and The Roundabout Theatre Company has secured a top-notch cast for the leads. Annette Bening (Coastal Disturbances) will return to Broadway after a 30-year absence to star, with Tony-winning playwright (August: Osage County) and actor (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) Tracy Letts joining her. Set just after the end of World War II, the play deals with the Kellers, a family struggling to keep from splintering as secrets and lies threaten to tear them apart.

Be More Chill
Lyceum Theatre
(Opens March 10, 2019)

To what extent would you go to be popular in high school? If there was a pill you could take that would ensure that you were embraced by the “in crowd,” would you take it? The musical Be More Chill ventures to explore that possibility and the cost that comes with it. Already a sensation Off-Broadway in 2018, the musical, with a score by Joe Iconis, will make the journey to the Great White Way in March of 2019.

Beetlejuice
Winter Garden Theatre
(Opens April 25, 2019)

The 1988 Tim Burton film Beetlejuice has been reimagined for the Broadway musical stage. With a score by Eddie Perfect (King Kong), the musical tells the story of Lydia Dietz, a morose teenager who is fixated on death. When her family moves into a haunted house, Lydia accidentally gets tangled up with one of the creepiest troublemakers of the afterlife. Beetlejuice will be directed by Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson).

Burn This
Hudson Theatre
(Opens April 16, 2019)

Adam Driver (The Force Awakens) and Keri Russell (The Americans) will headline the Michael Mayer-helmed revival of Lanford Wilson’s Burn This. A quartet of friends come together to mourn the drowning death of a young gay dancer. Through the experience, they begin to explore their own identities, their eyes opening to the people they want to be and to the direction they want their lives to take.  

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
Booth Theatre
(Opens April 11, 2019)

Have you ever wondered what happened after the action Shakespeare’s goriest play Titus Andronicus? Well, whether you have or not, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus offers the answers. Taylor Mac’s comedy, which will be directed by George C. Wolfe, imagines what comes after the carnage. Tony-winning comedic greats Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin will play the two lowly servants tasked with cleaning up the mess.

Hadestown
Walter Kerr Theatre
(Opens April 17, 2019)

The recent announcement that Hadestown will open on Broadway this spring has myriad followers of the Anaïs Mitchell musical in eager anticipation of the piece that got its New York premiere at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2016. Hadestown tells a post-apocalyptic version of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. Shedding light on Orpheus’s journey to the Underworld and back, the musical is currently enjoying a critically acclaimed run as London’s Royal National Theatre.

Hillary and Clinton
John Golden Theatre
(Opens April 18, 2019)

Multiple Tony winners Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow star in this new play by Lucas Hnath, who gave us the compelling A Doll’s House – Part 2 two seasons ago. Hillary and Clinton imagines an alternate universe where a female presidential candidate named Hillary Clinton is struggling to appeal to voters, and calls upon her husband to step in and offer her guidance on her journey to the White House.  

Ink
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
(Opens April 24, 2019)

Manhattan Theatre Club brings the Almeida Theatre production of James Graham’s play Ink to the Big Apple. Set in 1969 London, Rupert Murdoch acquires a struggling newspaper and turns its future around, transforming it into a must-read success. Along the way, he hires an unconventional editor who assembles a unique collection of reporters.

King Lear
Cort Theatre
(Opens April 4, 2019)

Two-time Academy Award-winner and recent Tony honoree Glenda Jackson (Three Tall Women) takes on one of Shakespeare’s most challenging roles. In King Lear, The title character divides his estate between two selfish daughters, overlooking his third and favorite offspring when she refuses to publicly declare her devotion to him. Soon, King Lear finds his kingdom crumbling around him, all due his fatal flaw of vanity.

Kiss Me, Kate!
Studio 54
(Opens March 14, 2019)

The classic musical Kiss Me, Kate! (the first musical to win the Tony Award for Best Musical) will receive a revival in 2019, courtesy of Roundabout Theatre Company. Kelli O’Hara and Will Chase will play the quarrelsome ex-husband and wife duo starring opposite each other in a musical version of William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, where the off-stage fighting and romance parallel what’s happening in the Bard’s story. The Cole Porter score is packed with great songs such as “So In Love,” “Where Is The Life That Late I Led?,” “Wunderbar,” “Too Darn Hot” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.”

Moulin Rouge!
Al Hirschfeld Theatre
(Opens July 25, 2019)

The summer of 2019 is heating up with the announcement that the stage musical adaptation of the Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film sensation Moulin Rouge! is making its way to Broadway. With a score composed of some of the most iconic hits of the last century, the musical tells the story of a star-crossed romance set amid the bohemian world of the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France in the year 1900. Alex Timbers directs the show, with a cast led by Tony winner Karen Olivo, Aaron Tveit and Danny Burstein.

Oklahoma!
Circle in the Square
(Opens April 7, 2019)

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s groundbreaking musical Oklahoma! will receive a Broadway revival this spring, fresh with new orchestrations and a country music flavor. The atmospheric St. Ann’s production, marking the musical’s 75th Anniversary, was heralded in 2018 as a new approach to a classic. That production will make the journey to Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre. The score brims with showtune favorites, including “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “I Cain’t Say No,” “People Will Say We’re In Love” and the rousing title song.

Tootsie
Marquis Theatre
(Opens April 23, 2019)

David Yazbek gave us 2018’s Tony-winning Best Score in the Tony-winning Best Musical The Band’s Visit. Yazbek returns to Broadway this season with music and lyrics for the musical comedy Tootsie. The musical draws its inspiration from the 1982 film of the same name, about a temperamental, down-on-his-luck actor who dresses as a woman and auditions for a female role, only to get the part. He must now survive an industry that doesn’t always treat women with equality or dignity.

True West
American Airlines Theatre
(Opens January 24, 2019)

Sam Shepard’s riveting play about two brothers who are seemingly opposites, but soon learn that they have much more in common than they bargained for, will be given a revival by The Roundabout Theatre Company in early 2019. Stars of stage and screen, Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano, play the leads in True West, which originally debuted in 1980 and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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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