( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) New Productions and Performances On and Off-Broadway
ENSPIRE Contributor: Petra Wolf
The Fall 2023 Broadway lineup has been released, with a wide range of shows and performances. This list includes not just new Broadway shows but Off-Broadway shows as well as Theatrical events throughout New York. Some of these shows are premiering as early as the end of August and as late as May 2024. Be on the lookout for returning shows in and out of New York!
This new season revisits classics abroad and locally. New productions of famous Tony Award-winning hit musicals like Hadestown and The Wiz are already in the works. Worldly events like the International Puppet Fringe Festival and the Catapult Opera are getting ready to touch down in the upcoming months. This season is filled with events and performances that you don’t want to miss if you’re in the New York area.
Antonio Díaz’s “El Mago Pop”, is one of the first upcoming performances on Broadway. Inspired by the idea of challenging the limits of the impossible, Antonio Diaz is the highest-grossing European illusionist in the world! For each of the past 5 years, he has had the greatest box office success of any artist in Spain. The unique magic of Antonio Díaz has astonished 2 million theatergoers, on stage as El Mago Pop. The show will begin performances on Thursday, August 17, at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre (243 W. 47th Street, New York), this strictly limited engagement will disappear after just two weeks.
Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells return on Broadway for the first time in over a decade for “Gutenberg! The Musical!”, written by Tony and Emmy Award® nominees Scott Brown and Anthony King. The show will play at Broadway’s James Earl Jones Theatre (138 West 48th Street) with previews beginning Friday, September 15 ahead of a Thursday, October 12 opening night. This strictly limited 20-week engagement will play through Sunday, January 28, 2024, only. Additional news about “Gutenberg! The Musical!” will be announced in the coming weeks.
The show “Harmony” tells the tale of the most successful entertainers you’ve never heard of until now. In the 1920s and 30s, The Comedian Harmonists sold millions of records, made dozens of films, and sold out the biggest theaters around the world. Their heavenly harmonies and musical comedy antics catapulted these six talented young men from the subway tunnels of Berlin to international superstardom, “Harmony” is their story afterward. The work is based partly on The Comedian Harmonist Archive as curated by the late Dr. Peter Czada. The first preview is in late October with opening night beginning in early November at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
“The Wiz” will launch its national tour in the Fall of 2023 in Baltimore, MD, home of the 1974 world premiere of the musical, September 23-30, 2023. Following its run at the Hippodrome Theatre, the tour will slide into Emerald cities across the country before it begins its limited engagement on Broadway in the Spring of 2024. It takes the most famous White American fantasy story and transforms it into an all-Black musical extravaganza for the ages. The production now welcomes Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker as producers of the musical. New casting is also taking place with recording artist Deborah Cox as Glinda and Melody A. Betts as Aunt Em and Evillene.
The Off-Broadway Scene is packed and vibrant with shows. Celebrated Dramatist John Patrick Shanley returns with a revival of “Danny and the Deep Blue Sea” starring Aubrey Plaza as Roberta in her stage debut. Performances will begin on Monday, October 30, 2023, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (1216 Christopher Street, NY, NY 10014) ahead of an opening night on Monday, November 13. Jeff Ward will direct in his stage directorial debut.
Stephen Sondheim and David Imes will write a musical, “Here We Are”. The limited-run production, directed by Joe Mantello, will begin on Thursday, September 28 at The Shed’s Griffin Theater (545 W. 30th Street) and will have its opening night on October 22. It will run for only 15 weeks.
The “Sesame Street the Musical” show is back at Theatre 555 on West 42nd Street and tickets are currently on sale until October 29. Patrick Page will return to the New York stage in “All The Devils Are Here: How Shakespeare Invented The Villain”. This is a new work created and performed by Patrick Page, based on the villains of William Shakespeare. Directed by Simon Godwin, the solo show will play at the DR2 Theatre (103 E 15th Street) beginning Friday, September 29, with an Opening Night set for Monday, October 16, for 14 weeks only.
The following Broadway shows are currently ongoing:
- Hadestown at the Walter Kerr Theatre on 219 West 48th Street, which will tour throughout the country and Canada until May 2024.
- A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical at the Broadhurst Theatre at 235 W. 44th Street.
- MJ by Lynn Nottage, is on tour from Chicago this month and will play at the Neil Simon Theatre on 250 West 52nd Street starting in August.
- Shucked, is a musical comedy by Jack O’Brien, which is currently playing at the Nederlander Theatre on 208 W. 41st Street.
All ticket information for each of the shows is available in the respective links.