A New Musical Opens, and a London Hit Arrives on Broadway

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Corbin Bleu, Lora Lee Gayer and company Joan Marcus

PREVIEWS

September 29: William Finn and James Lapine’s groundbreaking, Tony-winning musical Falsettos returns to Broadway in an all-new production from Lincoln Center Theater. The anticipated revival features an all-star cast that includes Christian Borle, Andrew Rannells, Stephanie J. Block, Betsy Wolfe, Tracie Thoms, Brandon Uranowitz and Anthony Rosenthal.

Janet McTeer in <i>Les Liaisons Dangereuses</i>
Janet McTeer in Les Liaisons Dangereuses Johan Persson

October 4: David Hare's Plenty returns to the Public Theater, where it premiered in 1982 to critical acclaim before transferring to Broadway. The award-winning, post-World War II drama is directed by five-time Tony nominee David Leveaux and stars Oscar winner Rachel Weisz and Corey Stoll.

October 4: Performances begin for the New York premiere of Vietgone by Qui Nguyen at Manhattan Theatre Club. Inspired by the playwright’s own life, the story is billed as a “modern twist” on the all-American love story about two refugees from the Vietnam War who are newly settled in a relocation camp in Middle America.

October 4: The Keen Company kicks off its anticipated revival of Jonathan Larson’s autobiographical musical Tick, Tick...BOOM! Off-Broadway. The production stars Ciara Renée, Nick Blaemire and George Salazar.

October 8: The Donmar Warehouse’s hit London revival of Les Liaisons Dangereuses arrives on Broadway. Tony Award winners Janet McTeer and Liev Schreiber star as La Marquise de Merteuil and Le Vicomte de Valmont, respectively, in Christopher Hampton's play about sexual intrigue in 18th century France.

OPENING

September 29: Direct from acclaimed runs in London and Edinburgh, Simon McBurney debuts The Encounter on Broadway. The show uses aural technology and unique storytelling devices to detail National Geographic photographer Loren McIntyre’s experience of being lost in the Amazon rain forest.

Simon McBurney
Simon McBurney Tristram Kenton

READ MORE: WHAT TO EXPECT FROM BROADWAY'S THE ENCOUNTER

October 6: The Roundabout Theatre Company production of Holiday Inn, The New Irving Berlin Musical officially opens on Broadway. Based on the Oscar-winning film, the cast is led by Tony nominees Bryce Pinkham and Megan Lawrence, along with Megan Sikora, Corbin Bleu, Lee Wilkof and Lora Lee Gayer.

LAST CHANCE

October 2: Don’t miss Tony-winning actress Heather Headley as Shug Avery in the acclaimed Broadway staging of The Color Purple. Headley dazzles onstage alongside this year’s breakout star, Cynthia Erivo.

October 9: The Tony Award-winning An American in Paris plays its final performance at Broadway's Palace Theatre. Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film of the same name, the romantic tale will embark on its first national tour this fall.

October 9: Leona Lewis departs the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats. The British pop singer made her Broadway debut in the role of Grizabella and will be succeeded by Mamie Parris.


SPECIAL EVENTS

Jennifer Holliday
Jennifer Holliday

September 29: See Josh Groban and Denée Benton, the stars of Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, in conversation with New York Times theatre reporter Michael Paulson. They are joined by the show’s composer and lyricist, Dave Malloy, and director Rachel Chavkin as part of the TimesTalk series.

October 1: Dame Julie Andrews turns 81. The award-winning actress seems far from retiring; she just directed a production of My Fair Lady in Sydney, Australia.

October 2: Following an emotional final bow at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theatre September 10, Fun Home kicks off its first national tour with a brand-new cast and set design. First stop: Cleveland, OH.

October 4: Jennifer Holliday, who won a Tony Award in 1981 for her stand-out performance in the original Dreamgirls, returns to Broadway in the role of Shug Avery in the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple.

October 9: Tony winner Lena Hall steps into the shoes of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theatre, marking the first time in Hedwig history that the same actor has played both Hedwig and Yitzhak in the same production. Hall will play the title role once a week during the national tour with Darren Criss playing the remainder of the performances (with Hall as Yitzhak).

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