The 71st annual Tony Awards may be over, but an entire new season of shows are already underway. Here's a look at what is in previews, what has been announced, and what you can expect to see soon on the stage.
Big Brother has landed on the Great White Way. The stage version of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel, 1984, is the first production to kick off the start to the new 2017-2018 season. The play opened at the Hudson Theatre on June 22. You probably remember being forced to read this novel in high school. The story centers on a world controlled by a totalitarian government and a figure known as Big Brother who controls the entire population and suppresses all forms of freedom, with constant 24/7 surveillance on the public. No children under the age of 13 are even permitted to step foot into the theatre due to graphic depictions of violence and torture. If you are looking for a "feel good" show this might not be the best option, but if you are in the mood for some great acting and drama, look to 1984. Also, Olivia Wilde is making her Broadway debut, which is even more of a reason to grab your tickets!
Mark your calendar for August 3 as Prince of Broadway finds its home at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. The show centers around the Prince of Broadway himself, Harold Prince. If you are unfamiliar with the name, you are certainly not unfamiliar with his work. Prince has developed some of the most iconic musicals of our time during his 60-year career as an acclaimed director and producer. A Little Night Music, Evita, The Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd, and West Side Story are just a few notable highlights from Prince's career. This show is set to combine all of his works into one incredible event. If you're a fan of An American in Paris or Falsettos, you're not going to want to miss Brandon Uranowitz in this production. As for myself, I'm very excited to see Michael Xavier back on the stage after his phenomenal run in Sunset Boulevard. If you are a fan of renowned musicals, then I feel that Prince of Broadway if the perfect fit. I'm very excited about this show!
Another musical to add to your list is The Band's Visit. And no, this is not anything similar to Bandstand. The Band's Visit takes place in Israel where an Egyptian Police Band are set to play a concert, but after a mix up at the border, the group winds up in the middle of a secluded desert. With no transportation or hotels in sights, they begin to form unlikely friendships with the local villagers. The production has already won numerous awards for its Off-Broadway run at the Atlantic Theatre Company. For me, the storyline seems to have some similarities with Come From Away. Performances begin on October 7 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.
The Palace Theatre is transforming into Bikini Bottom. Are you ready, kids? Spongebob Squarepants the Musical will arrive on November 6. There's no doubt that this show is going to do great at the box office with families, especially during the holiday season. The spirit of Spongebob will come alive through music by Steven Tyler, Cyndi Lauper, Sara Bareilles, John Legend, Lady Antebellum, David Bowie, and more.
But if you are not looking to dive into Bikini Bottom, you can Escape to Margaritaville the Musical over at the Marriott Marquis Theatre on February 16. If you are a fan of Jimmy Buffett, this show is not to be missed. The musical comedy will feature some of Buffett's greatest hits and it centers around a bartender who falls in love with a tourist. Parrotheads and all of those looking for a license to chill, can catch the show before its Broadway run in La Jolla, New Orleans, Houston, and Chicago.
Grab your pink and get ready for a Wednesday matinee because Mean Girls the Musical is arriving. The show will make its premiere at the National Theatre in D.C. this fall before heading to Broadway in March. I cannot wait to see how this wildly, favorite movie is turned into a musical. Casting has yet to be announced, but of course we all want to know who will make up the The Plastics clique. Get your tickets now... because that's so fetch.
The queen of Broadway is coming home. Idina Menzel is set to return to the stage, but this time she won't be belting it out as usual. Menzel will appear in Skintight, an Off-Broadway play at the Roundabout Theatre Company. The storyline is centered around a character named Jodi Isaac, who Menzel plays, whose husband leaves her for a much younger woman. She is left with a 20-year-old son, while her father is also involved in a relationship with a much younger man. Performances will begin on May 31, 2018.
Other production openings:
Marvin's Room- American Airlines Theatre, First Preview: June 8, 2017 (Play)
The Terms of my Surrender- Belasco Theatre, First Preview: July, 28 2017 (Play)
Junk- Vivian Beaumont Theatre, First Preview: October, 5 2017 (Play)
Once on this Island- Circle in the Square Theatre, First Preview: November, 9 2017 (Musical)
Frozen- St. James Theatre, Opening Spring 2018 (Musical)
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child- Lyric Theatre, First Preview: April 22, 2018 (Play)
King Kong- Broadway Theatre, Opening Fall 2018 (Musical)