Sept. 8: Kicking off the fall season on Broadway is the revival of the Tony-winning 2006 coming-of-age musical Spring Awakening, performed in this production simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English by a cast of 27.
Sept. 10: "The Good Wife" star Mamie Gummer plays a discharged soldier from Afghanistan in Roundabout Theatre's Ugly Lies The Bone. Left scarred both physically and emotionally, she escapes into a virtual reality world.
OPENING: Sept. 9: Drag queens unexpectedly shake up the life of a Florida Elvis impersonator in the laugh-out-loud new play by Matthew Lopez, The Legend of Georgia McBride at MCC. The show is filled with plenty of glitter and pizzazz, obviously.
Sept. 6: John Rando's dazzling revival of On the Town closes with Misty Copeland in the role of Ivy Smith. Copeland made history a few months ago when she was the first African-American to be appointed as a principal ballerina at the American Ballet Theatre; she will perform as Ivy in the matinee performance while Megan Fairchild, who created the part, will play the final evening performance.
Sept. 6: Annie Baker's portrait of a disintegrating couple in John, is one that many will be able to (painfully) relate to. Baker reunites with Fun Home director Sam Gold in this stellar Signature Theatre production Off-Broadway.
Sept. 12: After 14 years, the much-loved Broadway production of Mamma Mia! will sing its final "Dancing Queen." Don't miss this last chance to shimmy in the aisles and sing to your favorite ABBA tunes.
Sept. 13: Tony-winner Alex Sharp plays his final performance as the ever-fascinating young Christopher in the acclaimed staging of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a production that is bursting with imagination, just like the story itself.
Sept. 3-6: Tyler Perry's Madea on the Run kicks off a 10-week national tour with a New York engagement at the Beacon Theatre. Director, actor and producer Perry stars in the production (in drag as Madea), which also features new music written by him.
Sept. 12: Multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban kicks off his national tour in Atlanta, celebrating the launch of his album "Stages," a collection of musical theatre favorites.
BACK TO SCHOOL ACTIVITIES:
Sept. 4: The Public Theater debuts its musical adaption of Homer's The Odyssey, conceived and directed by Lear deBessonet, with music, lyrics and book by Todd Almond (Iowa). The free show is staged in partnership with community organizations from around the city. It runs for four nights only at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, featuring Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon as Odysseus and In The Heights star and Tony winner Karen Olivo as Penelope.
Sept. 7-20: The bi-annual Broadway Week gives families the opportunity to purchase half-price Broadway tickets to a range of shows suitable for young audiences, such as Matilda the Musical, Aladdin and The Lion King.