With the high and ever-increasing demand of attending a Broadway show, we wanted to help fans get an edge on what one of the best theatre scenes in the world has to offer next year. Here is our 2020 Broadway Preview, The Theatre We’re Excited to See Next Year.
(Note: For a more comprehensive, weekly update on what’s along the Great White Way, check out our reoccurring Theatre Thursday)
Opens: December 23, 2019
This Winter, 2nd Stage Theater is bringing Grand Horizons to the Helen Hayes stage for just two and a half months of dysfunctional family drama. The cast is a strong one, enlisting actors Jane Alexander, James Cromwell, Priscilla Lopez, Ben McKenzie, Maulik Pancholy, Ashley Park, and Michael Urie. Described to engage with the “wild, unpredictable, and enduring nature of love,” Grand Horizons is the marriage and family story you need this season to escape the pressures of your own.
My Name Is Lucy Barton
Opens: January 15, 2020
Laura Linney returns to Broadway in the play My Name is Lucy Barton. Adapted from the Elizabeth Strout novel by playwright Rona Munro, My Name is Lucy Barton will feature post-op Laura Linney as Lucy Barton. Barton wakes up from the operation to find her estranged mother at the foot of her bed, launching the play about family reconciliation, memory, identity, and loss. Five-time Olivier Award winner Richard Eyre is directing what critics are already describing as a “spellbinding” production up at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Girl from the North Country
Opens: February 7, 2020
The Belasco Theatre will be home for Bob Dylan’s legendary, genre-defining songbook as Girl from the North Country takes the stage. The music of Bob Dylan has been reimagined to tell the story of a down-and-out community, the one of Duluth, Minnesota in 1934. Achingly beautiful and originally transformed, fans ought to get ready to hear Bob Dylan’s music as its never been heard before.
Opens: August 13, 2020
Replacing The Cher Show at at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre will be the previously cancelled and recently renamed Michael Jackson Musical. Now titled MJ, the Christopher Wheeldon-directed musical follows the musician’s 20s and 30s. Penning the book is two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage. Just last month, it was announced that the Hamilton and Ain’t Too Proud actor Ephraim Sykes will be taking on the role of Michael Jackson.
72 Miles to Go…
Opens: March 10, 2020
This Spring at the Laura Pels Theatre, fans will be able to witness the world premier of a new play by Hilary Bettis titled 72 Miles to Go… The production is a tale about deportation, displacement, and the journeys we take for family. 72 Miles to Go… measures the space between a woman in Nogales, Mexico, and her husband and children in Tucson, Arizona. 72 miles to Go… is a 2019 Finalist for the Blackburn Prize.
Opens: March 12, 2020
The U.K-born hit has already made its U.S debut in other cities, and next year it’s Broadway’s turn. Six, the musical which gives theater-goers an opportunity to hear from six divorced, beheaded, or otherwise dead wives of Henry VIII. The concert musical, where the six ill-fated wives tell their stories through a high-energy pop score, has earned five Olivier Award nominations, including Best New Musical. Fans will be able to catch Six at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (currently home to Waitress).
Opens: March 15, 2020
Playwright and actor Tracy Letts will return to Broadway this Spring for the NYC premier of his new play, The Minutes, set to be held at the Cort Theatre. The play, about small-town politics interacting with world-level power, is currently a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Anna D. Shapiro will be directing, a reunion of sorts for the two since collaborating on August: Osage County.
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Opens: March 3, 2020
We couldn’t be more excited for the upcoming revival of Edward Albee’s seminal work, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which will be up at the legendary Booth Theatre this Spring. Starring in the revitalized production is Laurie Metcalf, Rupert Everett, Patsy Ferran, and Russell Tovey. This landmark drama arrives nearly 60 years after its Broadway premier, one which first shook audiences with its vexed and unflinching portrait of a marriage.
Opens: March 24, 2020
Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, and Darren Criss will star in the return of David Mamet’s classic American Buffalo. The production will reside at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Though American Buffalo originally premiered in 1975, the play is said to be more poignant and provocative than ever, speaking deeply to our current moment while exploring the inextricable relationship between business and crime.
Opens: January 8, 2020
For just one month over at the Atlantic Theater Company’s West Side location, theater aficionados have the opportunity to catch Paris, the Off-Broadway playwriting debut of acclaimed actor Eboni Booth (Dance Nation). Following one of the few black people living in Paris, Vermont, the play is about invisibility and the lonely survival of people in the work force and on their feet for ten hours a day. Paris is a recipient of the Edgerton Foundation New Play Award.
How I Learned to Drive
Opens: April 22, 2020
Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize–winning masterpiece How I Learned to Drive will be taking over at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre this Spring, reuniting Mary-Louise Parker with her original co-star David Morse. Parker and Morse created the roles for an Off Broadway production in 1997. Over two decades later, they are finally able to bring the story to Broadway. The famed memory play will be directed by Mark Brokaw, who also directed the original production.
Opens: April 13, 2020
Who better to bring to life Neil Simon’s classic comedic play about marriage to life than two bonafide actors who are also married? Two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick and two-time Emmy winner Sarah Jessica Parker will return to Broadway in the first-ever New York revival of Plaza Suite, a play told in three one-acts set in the Plaza Hotel. Plaza Suite is set open at the Hudson Theatre.