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2016-17 Broadway Season

By: David Sheward

We are in the valley between seasons. It’s the trough of summer and nothing will open on Broadway until well after Labor Day. The only hot-weather openings have been revivals of Motown (which has already closed) and Cats.
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By: David Sheward

We are in the valley between seasons. It’s the trough of summer and nothing will open on Broadway until well after Labor Day. The only hot-weather openings have been revivals of Motown (which has already closed) and Cats.
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Andy Karl in Groundhog Day, now in London and coming to Broadway, but when? Credit: Manuel Harlan/Old Vic Theater

The upcoming 2016-17 roster has a few highlights,  but very few new plays. Right now there are only five new plays announced–two are American and both have appeared Off-Broadway previously (Oslo and Significant Other), the other three are British or Australian (The Encounter, The Present, Heisenberg which played MTC Off-Broadway last year). The most exciting nonmusical productions are revivals with an all-star Front Page and Cherry Orchard, Jake Gyllenhaal in Burn This at the newly renovated Hudson Theatre (Broadway’s 41st theater), Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon alternating lead roles in The Little Foxes, and Julie Taymor’s take on M. Butterfly. 

A fair number of new musicals have also been seen Off-Broadway, too. These include Dear Evan Hansen, Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812, and In Transit (the latter may have several changes from its Off-Broadway incarnation at 59E59). There is one cast change with Evan Hansen and major cast changes with Natasha, Pierre with Grammy winner Josh Groban stepping into the role of Pierre. Groundhog Day had been announced for a specific date (March 9, 2017) but those plans fell apart when producer Scott Rudin withdrew. Now the show has opened in London to rave reviews and will definitely come to Broadway but we don’t know when. Here’s a breakdown of the season with significant Off-Broadway openings included:

July 12–Motown the Musical (Nederlander)–already closed

July 31–Cats (Neil Simon)

Sept. 12–Black to the Future (Marquis)

Sept. 29–The Encounter (Golden)

Oct. 10–Oh Hello on Broadway (Lyceum)

Oct. 13–Holiday Inn, the New Irving Berlin Musical (Studio 54/Roundabout)

Oct. 13–Heisenberg (MTC/Friedman)

Oct. 16–The Cherry Orchard (American Airlines/Roundabout)

Oct. 20–The Front Page (Broadhurst)

Oct. 21–Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway (Lunt-Fontanne)

Oct. 25–Vietgone (MTC/City Center Stage I)

Oct. 27–Falsettos (Walter Kerr)

Oct. 30–Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Booth)

Nov. 2–Kingdom Come (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

Nov. 14–Natasha, Pierre, and The Great Comet of 1812 (Imperial)

Nov. 20–Sweet Charity (New Group/Pershing Signature Center)

Nov. 21–This Day Forward (Vineyard)

Nov. 22–Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science (Barrymore)

Nov. 25–The Illusionists: Turn of the Century (Lunt-Fontanne)

Dec. 1–A Bronx Tale (Longacre)

Dec. 4–Dear Evan Hansen (Belasco)

Dec. 5–The Babylon Line (LCT/Newhouse)

Dec. 11–In Transit (Circle in the Square)

Jan. 8–The Present (Barrymore)

Jan. 19–Jitney (MTC/Friedman)

March 2–Significant Other (Booth)

March 6–Burn This (Hudson)

March 12–Come from Away (Theatre TBA)

March 16–The Price (Roundabout/AA)

March 23–The Glass Menagerie (Golden)

March 23–Miss Saigon (Broadway)

April 13–Oslo (LCT/Vivian Beaumont)

April 19–The Little Foxes (MTC/Friedman)

April 20–Hello, Dolly! (Shubert)

April 23–Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Lunt-Fontanne)

April 24–Anastasia (Broadhurst)

2016-17 (Dates TBA)–The Bandstand, The SpongeBob Musical, The Wiz, Camp David, Photograph 51

Spring 2017–Amelie, Half Time, M. Butterfly

2017–Sherlock Holmes, Singin’ in the Rain, Pat Benatar Musical

2017-18–To Kill a Mockingbird

Spring 2018–Frozen, The Flamingo Kid

Future–Groundhog Day

2016-17 Broadway Season

New Plays

The Encounter

Heisenberg

Oslo

The Present

Significant Other

New Musicals

Amelie

Anastasia

A Bronx Tale

Come From Away

Dear Evan Hansen

Half-Time

Holiday Inn, the New Irving Berlin Musical

In Transit

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

Play Revivals

Burn This

The Cherry Orchard

The Front Page

The Glass Menagerie

Jitney

Les Liaison Dangereuses

The Little Foxes

The Price

Musical Revivals

Cats

Hello, Dolly!

Falsettos

Miss Saigon

Motown the Musical

Special Attraction

Alton Brown Live: Eat Your Science

Black to the Future

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway!

The Illusionists: Turn of the Century

Oh Hello on Broadway

Originally Published on August 19, 2016 in The David Desk 2

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