Your Ultimate Guide to Broadway's Newest Shows!

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Wondering what new Broadway show might suit your tastes? Overwhelmed with the options and not sure what all those new titles even mean? We've got you covered. Check out our guide to the new shows on Broadway this spring.

There's a wide array of shows on Broadway this spring. Thankfully, the Playbill team has seen them all. Scroll through our guide to the new productions on Broadway this spring to see which one might be your perfect theatrical match.

Into new American plays? How about one from one of America's premiere theatre companies....

If you liked:
Hot L Baltimore
Detroit
Superior Donuts

See: Airline Highway

Read reviews here.

In the parking lot of The Hummingbird, a once-glamorous motel on New Orleans's infamous Airline Highway, a rag-tag collection of strippers, hustlers and philosophers have come together to celebrate the life of iconic burlesque performer Miss Ruby. The party rages through the night as old friends resurface to pay their respects. Tony Award winner Julie White and her co-star K. Todd Freeman were Tony-nominated for their performances. Tix here.

 

If satiric comedy (and a really funny Twitter account) are your thing...

If you liked:
You're Welcome America
The Book of Mormon

See: An Act of God (starting May 7)

God, in the form of "Big Bang Theory" star Jim Parsons, reveals the mysteries of the Bible and answers some of the deepest questions that have plagued mankind in this 90-minute show. The new comedy, which also features Christopher Fitzgerald and Tim Kazurinsky, is based on the book "The Last Testament: A Memoir by God" (check out the Twitter here). The One with the first and last word on everything is on Broadway to set the record straight…and He's not holding back! Tix here.

If MGM-era dance musicals and gorgeous Gershwin tunes are your thing...

If you liked:
Crazy for You
Nice Work If You Can Get It
On the Town

See: An American in Paris

Read reviews here.

Nominated for 12 Tony Awards this season (including Best Musical), the dance-filled Gershwin musical features charismatic and Tony-nominated leading man Robert Fairchild as an American GI lost in a post-war, Technicolor Paris. Tony-nominated British ballet star Leanne Cope is the girl of his dreams. Tix here.

 

For politicos, history buffs and seekers of Hollywood star-wattage...

If you liked:
Frost/Nixon
All The Way

See: The Audience

Read reviews here.

Dame Helen Mirren inhabits Queen Elizabeth II in a series of imagined private meetings with U.K. Prime Ministers, spanning towering political figures from Winston Churchill to current PM David Cameron. Mirren's dazzling onstage costume changes bring a heightened theatricality to the historic proceedings. She won the Olivier Award for her performance and garnered a Tony nomination for recreating it on Broadway. Tix here.

 

If epic romance is your thing...

If you liked:
Les Misérables
Chess
Jekyll & Hyde

See: Doctor Zhivago

Read reviews here.

Boris Pasternak's novel of romance and political upheaval storms Broadway with rugged London leading man Tam Mutu in the title role of Zhivago – an idealist, poet and physician torn between the love for his devoted wife and the mysterious Lara Guishar. Tony-winning Secret Garden composer Lucy Simon penned the sweeping, pop-operatic score. Tix here.

 

Want to feel like a kid again? Love "Glee" and "So You Think You Can Dance"?

If you liked:
Peter and the Starcatcher
Peter Pan

See: Finding Neverland

Read reviews here.

The fantasy-filled musical based on the Academy Award-winning Miramax motion picture by David Magee, and the play The Man Who Was Peter Pan by Allan Knee, features Tony-nominated "Glee" star Matthew Morrison as J.M. Barrie. He's joined by Emmy winner Kelsey Grammer and Olivier Award winner Laura Michelle Kelly. "SYTYCD" fans take note! The show's athletic contemporary choreography is provided by Emmy winner Mia Michaels. Tix here.

 

Into sitcoms, celeb sightings and dry humour?

If you liked:
"Seinfeld"
"Curb Your Enthusiasm"

See: Fish in the Dark

Read reviews here.

Larry David makes his Broadway debut as an actor and playwright with his first play Fish in the Dark, inspired by the death of a friend's father. The cast also features funny ladies Rosie Perez and Jayne Houdyshell. "Seinfeld" fans take note: Jason Alexander will take over for David beginning June 9. Tix here.

 

Looking for a serious musical that makes you think and feel?

If you liked:
Violet
Falsettos

See: Fun Home

Read reviews here.

The critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Alison Bechdel's graphic memoir, which parallels her own coming of age as a lesbian and the death of her closeted gay father, nabbed 12 Tony Award nominations including Best Score, Best Book and Best Musical. All five principal actors, including Judy Kuhn, Michael Cerveris, Emily Skeggs, Beth Malone and 11-year-old Sydney Lucas (in a performance not to be missed) also picked up Tony nominations for their work in this emotional and compelling musical. Tix here.

 

If a night of old-school Broadway charm sounds like heaven to you...

If you liked:
Cinderella
My Fair Lady

See: Gigi

Read reviews here.

"High School Musical" star Vanessa Hudgens makes her Broadway debut in the revival of Gigi, a coming-of-age story set in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Lerner and Loewe's stage adaptation of their 1958 film musical features "Thank Heaven for Little Girls," "I Remember It Well," "The Night They Invented Champagne" and the Oscar-winning title song "Gigi." The cast also boasts Tony winner (and 2015 Tony nominee) Victoria Clark. Tix here.

 

Into irreverent comedies that leave you in stitches (not to mention shock and awe)?

If you liked:
Avenue Q
God of Carnage

See: Hand to God

Read reviews here.

Things heat up quickly at a Texas Christian Puppet Ministry when a student's hand puppet is possessed by the devil in Robert Askins' darkly hilarious play. The foul-mouthed puppet takes on a life of his own as he holds his soft-spoken human hostage and throws the church into chaos. Puppet-toting actor Steven Boyer earned a Tony nomination for his riotous performance, alongside fellow Tony-nominated cast members Geneva Carr and Sarah Stiles. It's also a Tony contender for Best Play. Tix here.

How about a kitschy twist on a classic wedding musical comedy?

If you liked:
You Can't Take It With You
Tony and Tina's Wedding

See: It Shoulda Been You

Read reviews here.

A Jewish mother, a Catholic groom, a torch-carrying ex-boyfriend and a few family secrets nearly derail a perfect wedding. David Hyde Pierce directs the madcap musical that features some major Broadway comedy talent, including Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris and Edward Hibbert. The ensemble cast also boasts David Burtka, Sierra Boggess and Lisa Howard in a stand-out performance. Tix here.

 

Looking to revisit Broadway's Golden Age and whistle a happy tune on the way out of the theatre?

If you liked:
South Pacific
Carousel

See: The King and I

Read reviews here.

Lincoln Center Theater's lavish revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic stars six-time Tony nominee Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe, as Anna and the King, respectively. The classic story gets a breathtaking presentation thanks to director Bartlett Sher, his team of Tony-winning designers and a cast of more than 50. The production's nine Tony nominations included nods to O'Hara, Watanabe and Ruthie Ann Miles (a regal Lady Thiang), as well as Best Revival of a Musical. Tix here.

 

Attention Kristin Chenoweth fans!

If you liked:
Anything Goes
Kiss Me, Kate

See: On the Twentieth Century

Read reviews here.

Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth returns to Broadway in a powerhouse performance as Lily Garland, a larger-than-life film actress whose ex-lover is desperately pursuing her to star in his latest Broadway play. Set aboard the famous luxury train, the over-the-top comedy also features Peter Gallagher and Tony nominee Andy Karl. The production, which is nominated for Best Revival of a Musical, also earned Tony nominations for Chenoweth and Karl. Tix here.

 

How about a heady night of first-class acting from the Brits?

If you liked:
Betrayal
A Delicate Balance

See: Skylight

Read reviews here.

The taut, three-actor play stars Bill Nighy, Carey Mulligan and Matthew Beard, each of whom were Tony-nominated for their performances in this London transfer of David Hare's drama. Two former lovers attempt to rekindle an affair on a snowy winter's night, but opposing ideologies (and another man) can't keep the frost at bay. Skylight garnered seven Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Play. Tix here.

In the mood to laugh, shout and cheer?

If you liked:
Spamalot
The Producers

See: Something Rotten!

Read reviews here.

Musical comedy gold is being mined in this brand-new show that stars Christian Borle and Brian d'Arcy James, both of whom earned Tony nominations for their performances. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play, if only Shakespeare wouldn't keep stealing their thunder (and ideas). In a show-stopping number that has audiences leaping to their feet, a soothsayer (played by Tony nominee Brad Oscar) foretells that the future of theatre will be... musicals! It's nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book and Best Score. Tix here.

 

Love legends? Want to witness theatrical history?

If you liked:
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Cabaret

See: The Visit

Read reviews here.

Broadway legend Chita Rivera has audiences in the palm of her hand on a nightly basis in this chilling new musical from Cabaret and Chicago writers John Kander and the late Fred Ebb. The tale of a wealthy widow out to get revenge on the lover and town who scorned her unfolds in the daring, 95-minute production that earned five Tony nominations including Best Actress (Rivera), Best Score, Best Book (Terrence McNally) and Best Score. Tix here.

 

For history buffs looking to sink their teeth into a theatrical marathon...

If you liked:
Mary Stuart
Macbeth

See: Wolf Hall: Parts 1 & 2

Read reviews here.

The epic stage adaptation of Hilary Mantel's history novels "Wolf Hall and "Bring Up the Bodies," which explore the court of Henry VIII, is presented in a two-part marathon full of pageantry, deceit and betrayal. It transferred to Broadway after an acclaimed London run with its U.K. cast intact. Wolf Hall is nominated for eight Tony Awards, including Best Play, with acting nods for Ben Miles, Lydia Leonard and Nathaniel Parker. Tix here.

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