Jessie Mueller Is Back on Broadway and Wayne Brady Steps Out of Kinky Boots

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The Know: What not to miss this week, March 17-27.
 Jessie Mueller in Waitress
Jessie Mueller in Waitress Jeremy Daniel

PREVIEWS

March 22: Tony winner and Oscar nominee Frank Langella plays a man falling into the grips of dementia in Florian Zeller’s The Father, presented on Broadway by Manhattan Theatre Club.

Sara Bareilles
Sara Bareilles

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).

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.

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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.)


OPENING

March 17: Laura Benanti is back on Broadway in the charming revival of She Loves Me. In this classic musical comedy, the Tony winner stars as a salesgirl in a perfume shop who becomes entangled in an unlikely romance. The star-studded cast also includes Jane Krakowski, Gavin Creel and Zachary Levi, among others. Watch highlights below.

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.


LAST CHANCE

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

Wayne Brady
Wayne Brady Joan Marcus

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.

Wayne Brady Opens Up About His Father — And Dragging It Up as Beyoncé! Find out why the Emmy winner’s role in Kinky Boots has been in the making for years.


SPECIAL EVENTS

March 18: Catch cast members from the critically acclaimed revival of Fiddler on the Roof performing from and signing the show’s cast recording at the Barnes & Noble on the Upper East Side.

March 20: Stage and screen star Tyler Perry narrates and hosts Fox-TV’s The Passion, an original musical about the final hours of Jesus Christ. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Seal is among the cast.

March 21: The annual Broadway Backwards fundraising concert is back in New York with a star-studded cast that includes Tituss Burgess, Chita Rivera, Danielle Brooks and Stephanie J. Block, among others. See your favorite Broadway performers singing songs traditionally sung by the opposite gender. Watch highlights from last year's event below.

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