While most of us are happy to leave 2016 behind, we are sad to say goodbye to some of our favorite shows that have closed and will be closing in the coming weeks on Broadway. We’ve already bid adieu to Fiddler on the Roof, Matilda, and Something Rotten. Soon we will see the closures of The Color Purple, Jersey Boys and Holiday Inn. So what’s next? We compiled a list of shows scheduled to make their debut in 2017.
Eva Noblezad in the London production of Miss Saigon
• Theatre: Broadway
• Previews: March 1, 2017
• Opens: March 23, 2017
• Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg (music), Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (lyrics), Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (book)
• Director: Laurence Connor
• Cast: Jon Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada
• An American soldier named Chris marries Kim in Vietnam before departing for the US. Three years later, he returns to find Kimstill alive and raising Tam, a boy he fathered. With the Viet Cong closing in on the city and two women wanting the only place in his heart, Chris has big decisions to make.
• Prior to its West End opening, Cameron Mackintosh said the London revival of Miss Saigon might transfer to Broadway in 2015 if it was well received. The revival went on to break box office records.
• Limited run through January 15, 2018.
Patti Lupone in War Paint
• Theatre: Nederlander
• Previews: March 7, 2017
• Opening: April 6, 2017
• Writers: Book by Doug Wrights; music and lyrics by Scott Frankel and Michael Korie
• Director: Michael Grief; choreographer: Christopher Gattelli
• Cast: Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole
• Musical based on the rivalry of cosmetics titans Helena Rubenstein (LuPone) and Elizabeth Arden (Ebersole)
• Premiered at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago in summer 2016.
Andy Karly in Groundhog Day
• Theatre: August Wilson
• Previews: March 16, 2017
• Opening: April 17, 2017
• Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin, book by Danny Rubin
• Director: Matthew Warchus
• Cast: Andy Karl
• A musical adaptation of the 1993 Bill Murray film about a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman who is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, PA, when he finds himself caught in a time loop, forced to repeat the same day again and again…and again. Will he ever unlock the secret and break the cycle?
• Produced in London in summer 2016.
• Theatre: Shubert
• Previews: March 15, 2017
• Opens: April 20, 2017
• Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman; book by Michael Stewart
• Director: Jerry Zaks; choreographer: Warren Carlyle
• Cast: Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce
• Revival of the blockbuster 1964 musical about a matchmaker who sets out to find a match for herself at the turn of the 20th century.
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Douglas Hodge West End production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
• Theatre: Lunt-Fontanne
• First Preview: March 28, 2017
• Opening: April 23, 2017
• Written by David Greig (book), Marc Shaiman (music & lyrics), Scott Wittman (lyrics), Roald Dahl (novel)
• Director: Jack O’Brien
• Cast: Christian Borle as Willy Wonka
• When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
• A West End production opened in June 2013.
Christy Altomare sings Once Upon a December in Anastasia
• Theatre: Broadhurst
• First Preview: March 23, 2017
• Opening: April 24, 2017
• Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Terrence McNally
• Director: Darko Tresnjak
• Cast: Christy Altomare, Derek Klana, Ramin Karimloo, Mary Beth Peil, John Bolton, and Caroline O’Connor
• Inspired by the 1997 film about a young woman who may be the last surviving member of the Russian royal family. The score features songs from the movie, including the Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past,” plus additional new songs from the same Tony Award-winning team.
• The musical had its world premiere at Hartford Stage May 12 through June 26, 2016.
Laura Osnes and Corey Cott in Bandstand
• Theatre: Jacobs
• First Preview: March 31, 2017
• Opening: April 26, 2017
• Music by Richard Oberacker and book and lyrics by Robert Taylor and Richard Oberacker
• Director/Choreographer: Andy Blankenbuhler
• Cast: Laura Osnes and Corey Cott
• This self-described “big-band musical” chronicles a mismatched band of WWII veterans who join forces to compete in a radio contest with dreams of stardom.
• The show had a hit first production in summer/fall 2015 at Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.
PRINCE OF BROADWAY
Ramin Karimloo, Tony Yazbeck, Josh Grisetti and Shuler Hensley in Prince of Broadway
• Theatre: Thomas J. Friedman
• First Preview: August 3, 2017
• Opening: August 24, 2017
• Libretto by David Thompson; songs by Stephen Sondheim, Kander & Ebb, Strouse & Adams, Bock & Harnick, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many others.
• Co-directors: Hal Prince and Susan Stroman
• Musical revue featuring highlights from the career of master showman Harold Prince.
• Had a tryout production in Japan in fall 2015.
Hank Azaria, Megan Hilty, Michael McGrath and Leslie Kritzner to lead in The Honeymooners
• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: TBA
• Written by Stephen A. Weiner (music), Peter Mills (lyrics), Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss (book)
• Director: John Rando
• Cast: Michael McGrath, Hank Azaria, Laura Bell Bundy and Leslie Kritzer.
• Ralph Kramden and his buddy Ed Norton are back and still shooting for the moon in this world-premiere musical. After shocking their wives by winning a high profile jingle contest, they are catapulted out of Brooklyn and into the cutthroat world of Madison Avenue.
• An industry presentation was held November 2014, produced by Jeffrey Finn and Goodspeed Musicals and starring Michael McGrath, Hank Azaria, Leslie Kritzer and Megan Hilty. A full fall production at Goodspeed was subsequently cancelled. McGrath, Azaria, Bundy and Kritzer took part in an April 2016 lab presentation in New York.
• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: TBA
• Written by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin (music & lyrics), Tina Fey (book)
• Director: Casey Nicholaw
• Cast: TBA
• A musical adaptation of the hit 2004 film.
• Produced by Lorne Michaels and Stuart Thompson.
• Tina Fey first confirmed in January 2013 that a musical adaptation was in the works. In May 2014 Fey and her husband Jeff Richmond, who is scoring the show with Nell Benjamin, confirmed that it was progressing. Richmond told Yahoo in March 2015 that 60 percent of the show was completed. A reading was presented in fall 2015. A world premiere production was announced for fall 2017 at the National Theatre in Washington DC.
SPONGEBOB: THE MUSICAL
Spongebob: The Musical cast in the Chicago premiere
• Theatre: TBA
• Target Opening: 2017
• Book by Kyle Jarrow, music by Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, They Might Be Giants, Jonathan Coulton, Dirty Projectors, The Flaming Lips, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, T.I. and David Bowie.
• Director: Tina Landau
• Cast: Ethan Slater, Lilli Cooper, Danny Skinner, Gavin Lee, Carlos Lopez and Nick Blaemire.
• Stage adaptation of the hit Nickelodeon cartoon series about the undersea residents of Bikini Bottom.
• The show had a Chicago tryout in summer 2016.
There are so many great shows in the making. For a full list of upcoming shows visit: www.Playbill.com Which shows are you most excited about?