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Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer in <i>Finding Neverland</i>
Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer in Finding Neverland Carol Rosegg

PREVIEWS

March 24: The new musical American Psycho, which is based on the cult novel by Bret Easton Ellis, begins performances on Broadway. The show, starring Benjamin Walker in the lead role, features music and lyrics by Tony winner Duncan Sheik (Spring Awakening).

Sara Bareilles and Jessie Mueller
Sara Bareilles and Jessie Mueller

March 25: Tony winner Jessie Mueller returns to Broadway in Waitress as Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and loveless marriage. Based on the film of the same name, the new work marks Sara Bareilles' musical-theatre composing debut.

Read about the time Bareilles and Mueller auditioned for the same role. Now the two are inseparable!

March 26: Sparked by a real-life death at Benj Pasek's high school more than a decade ago, Dear Evan Hansen follows one student's struggle for identity amidst the ensuing chaos. The musical features music and lyrics by the Tony and Emmy-nominated composing team of Pasek and Justin Paul ( Dogfight), with a book by Steven Levenson (Masters of Sex).

March 31: Would you choose to live forever if you had the chance? That’s one of the questions you’re likely to be asking after seeing Tuck Everlasting, the new musical based on Natalie Babbitt's novel. The tale follows the Tuck family, who accidentally drank from a stream of immortality and became frozen in time. See photos from the production below.

March 31: Dena Blizzard’s one-woman show One Funny Mother explores the hilarious, crazy and confronting realities of motherhood.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Jesse Tyler Ferguson

April 1: Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson returns to the Broadway stage with Fully Committed, a one-man show in which he plays 40 characters. Read Playbill’s interview with Ferguson here.

April 3: Eugene O’Neill’s classic and unforgettable tale of the Tyrone family, Long Day’s Journey Into Night returns to Broadway starring Jessica Lange and Gabriel Byrne. The Roundabout Theatre revival is directed by Jonathan Kent.


OPENING

March 24: Comedian Steve Martin makes his musical theatre writing debut with Bright Star, for which he penned the book and music with Edie Brickell. Set in the American South, the love story takes place after World War II and follows the connection between a successful literary editor and an ambitious soldier.

March 28: Tarell Alvin McCraney's Head of Passes officially opens at the Public Theater, directed by Tina Landau. The Off-Broadway play is inspired by the Book of Job and stars Tony winner Phylicia Rashad.

Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Ronan James Minchin III

March 31: Director-of-the-moment Ivo van Hove tries his hand at another American classic: Arthur Miller's The Crucible. In the role of Abigail is Oscar and Golden Globe nominee Saoirse Ronan. Read about how the Irish star, who is actually a Bronx native, is preparing for her Broadway debut.

April 3: The York Theatre Company’s production of Cagney, which played a sold-out engagement last year, officially opens Off-Broadway for an open-ended run. The musical chronicles the life of legendary movie and dance star James Cagney.


LAST CHANCE

March 27: Don’t miss Oscar winner Forest Whitaker’s Broadway debut in the revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Hughie.

March 27: Stage and screen star Wayne Brady will strap on his Kinky Boots for the last time when he exits the long-running Broadway show. You can catch the star Off-Broadway April 4 when he performs in the mysterious solo play White Rabbit Red Rabbit.

April 3: Stage and screen actor Kelsey Grammer hangs up his hook in Finding Neverland, the Peter Pan-inspired musical about the life of playwright J.M. Barrie.

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The cast of 1776

SPECIAL EVENTS

March 30-April 3: Performances kick off for the City Center Encores! production of 1776. Directed by Garry Hynes, the diverse cast of theatre stars makes for a unique revival of the Tony-winning musical.

March 31: The unexpected death of David Bowie earlier this year has turned his Carnegie Hall tribute concert into a memorial event. Performers include Cyndi Lauper, Jakob Dylan and The Roots.

April 3: The winners of the 40th annual Olivier Awards, recognizing excellence in British theatre, are announced at a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London.

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