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Roundabout and Purple Rain

By: David Sheward

January 10, 2024: Roundabout Theater Company has announced major productions for its 2024-25 Broadway and Off-Broadway seasons and the new name for one of its flagship theaters. The American Airlines Theater will be renamed the Todd Haimes after the company’s late artistic director. Three productions will make up the first season of the newly named Haimes. First up is the Broadway premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face, a comedy inspired by real events. Daniel Dae Kim (TV’s Lost and Hawaii 5-0) stars as a stand-in for the playwright who protests the casting of non-Asians in Miss Saigon and then accidentally casts a white actor in one of his plays. Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet) directs the production which will open in Fall 2024. Yellow Face opened Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 2007. The events depicted in the play were based on the flop Broadway mounting of Hwang’s play Face Value in 1993.

Prince in the film of “Purple Rain”.

Roundabout and Purple Rain

By: David Sheward

January 10, 2024: Roundabout Theater Company has announced major productions for its 2024-25 Broadway and Off-Broadway seasons and the new name for one of its flagship theaters. The American Airlines Theater will be renamed the Todd Haimes after the company’s late artistic director. Three productions will make up the first season of the newly named Haimes. First up is the Broadway premiere of David Henry Hwang’s Yellow Face, a comedy inspired by real events. Daniel Dae Kim (TV’s Lost and Hawaii 5-0) stars as a stand-in for the playwright who protests the casting of non-Asians in Miss Saigon and then accidentally casts a white actor in one of his plays. Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet) directs the production which will open in Fall 2024. Yellow Face opened Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 2007. The events depicted in the play were based on the flop Broadway mounting of Hwang’s play Face Value in 1993.

Daniel Dae Kim willstar in Yellow Face at Roundabout’s Todd Haimes Theater.

Next up is another Broadway premiere of a play previously seen Off-Broadway. Sanaz Toossi’s English won the Pulitzer Prize after it opened at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2022 in a co-production with ATC and Roundabout. The play about an ESL class in Iran will open in the winter of 2024-25 with Knud Adams repeating his directing chores.

The season will conclude in April 2025 with a new adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance by Rupert Holmes set in New Orleans. Tony and Emmy winner David Hyde-Pierce and Tony nominee Ramin Karimloo star with Scott Ellis directing and Warren Carlyle choreographing.

Off-Broadway at the company’s Laura Pels space, two new plays will premiere. The Counter by Meghan Kennedy (Sept. 2024) focuses on the relationship between a waitress and regular customer who asks her a shocking favor. Then in Jan. 2025, Bess Wohl’s Liberation opens. In 1970 Ohio, a group of women meet to try to change the world. Fifty years later, a daughter of one of the women tries to understand what happened.

David Hyde Pierce will headline a new adaptation of The Pirates of Penzance.

Purple Rain: A stage version of Prince’s album and 1984 film Purple Rain is now in development. The book by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Appropriate, An Octoroon) is based on the screenplay by Albert Magnoli and William Blinn. Tony nominee Lileana Blain-Cruz will direct. 

“It’s been almost 40 years since Prince’s legendary film, Purple Rain, took the world by storm and we can’t think of a more fitting tribute than to honor Prince and the Purple Rain legacy with this stage adaptation of the beloved story,” said L Londell McMillan, Chairman of The NorthStar Group, and Larry Mestel, Founder & CEO of Primary Wave Music. “We are thrilled with our Broadway partners and creative team, who are bringing a theatricality to the film’s original fictional story. We can’t wait for a new generation to discover Purple Rain and for lovers of the original film and album to experience its power once again, this time live.”

The stage version will follow the film’s storyline of a Minneapolis-based musician called the Kid and his struggles with creating his music, a tumultuous home life and a budding romance.

2023-24 Broadway/Off-Broadway Schedule and Beyond

Winter 2023-24

Jan. 17–Public Obscenities (TFANA/Polonsky Center)

Jan. 21–Aristocrats (IRT)

Jan. 24–Once Upon a Mattress (Encores/City Center)

Jan. 26–Oh, Mary (Lortel)

Jan. 28–Days of Wine and Roses (Studio 54)

Jan. 30–Sunset Baby (previews begin; opening TBA) (Signature Theater)

Feb. 1–The White Chip (Frankel Theater/MCC Theater)

Feb. 1–Jonah (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

Feb. 3–Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy (Vineyard Theater)

Feb. 6–The Connector (MCC)

Feb. 11–Hamlet (Solo version with Eddie Izzard) (Greenwich House)

Feb. 13–The Apiary (Second Stage/Tony Kiser Theater)

Feb. 14–I Love You So Much I Could Die (NYTW)

Feb. 21–Jelly’s Last Jam (Encores/City Center)

Feb. 22–The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers (New World Stages)

Feb. 22–A Sign of the Times (New World Stages)

Feb. 25–The Seven Year Disappear (The New Group/Signature Center)

Feb. 26–Pericles (CSC)

Feb. 27–The Ally (Public)

Feb. 28–Brooklyn Laundry (MTC/City Center Stage I)

Feb. 29–Doubt: A Parable (Roundabout/AA)

Spring 2024

March 2–Illinoise (Park Ave. Armory)

March 10–Dead Outlaw (Audible/Minetta Lane)

March 11–Corruption (LCT/Mitzi Newhouse)

March 12–My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?) (Lyceum)

March 12–Teeth (Playwrights Horizons)

March 13–The Effect (The Shed/Griffin Theater)

March 14–The Notebook (Schoenfeld)

March 14–Ibsen’s Ghost (Primary Stages/59E59)

March 18–An Enemy of the People (Circle in the Square)

March 19–Fish (previews begin; opening TBA) (Keen Co./Theater Five) 

March 21–Water for Elephants (Imperial)

March 24–Philadelphia, Here I Come (IRT)

March 28–The Who’s Tommy (Nederlander)

March 28–Sally and Tom (Public) (previews begin; opening TBA)

April 2–Mary Jane (previews begin; opening TBA) (MTC/Friedman) 

April 2–Orlando (previews begin; opening TBA) (Signature Theatre)

April 5–Macbeth (an undoing) (TFANA/Polonsky Center)

April 11–The Outsiders (Jacobs)

April 11–Jordans (Public) (previews begin; opening TBA)

April 12–Staff Meal (previews begin; opening TBA) (Playwrights Horizons)

April 14–Lempicka (Longacre)

April 17–The Wiz (Marquis)

April 18–Suffs (Music Box)

April 20–Hell’s Kitchen (Shubert)

April 20/21–Cabaret (August Wilson)

April 22–The Heart of Rock and Roll (James Earl Jones)

April 24–Uncle Vanya (LCT/Vivian Beaumont)

April 25–Mother Play (Second Stage/Hayes)

April 30–Tony Nominations Announced

April 30–Three Houses (previews begin; opening TBA) (Signature Theatre)

April–Here There Are Blueberries (NYTW)

May 2–Wine in the Wilderness (previews begin; opening TBA) (CSC)

Summer 2024

June 5–Home (Roundabout/AA)

June 12–The Welkin (Atlantic Theater Company)

June 12–Titanic (Encores/City Center)

June 16–Tony Awards (David Koch Theater/Lincoln Center)

June–Cats (Perelman Performing Arts Center)

TBA–All of Me (The New Group/Signature Center)

2024

Sunset Boulevard

Fall 2024

The Counter (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

King Lear (Kenneth Branagh Theater Company/The Shed)

Yellowface (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Winter 2024-25

English (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Liberation (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

2024-25

Our Town

Smash

Tammy Faye

Spring 2025

The Pirates of Penzance (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Show Boat (Target Margin/NYU Skirball)

Future–Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death; Beaches the Musical; Black Orpheus; BOOP! The Betty Boop Musical; Come Fall in Love–The DDLJ Musical; Death Becomes Her; The Devil Wears Prada; Ella: An American Miracle; Everybody’s Talking About Jamie; Frida, the Musical; Game of Thrones; The Great Gatsby; The Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation; High Noon; Imitation of Life; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; The Karate Kid; La La Land; Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil; The Mousetrap; Nancy Drew and the Mystery at Spotlight Manor; Pal Joey; Purple Rain; The Queen’s Gambit; Rear Window; The Nanny; The Normal Heart/The Destiny of Me; The Secret Garden; Sing Street; Soul Train; Stranger Things: The First Shadow; What a Wonderful World; Working Girl.

2023-24 Broadway Season Breakdown:

New Plays:

The Cottage

Grey House

I Need That

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

Mother Play

Prayer for the French Republic

The Shark Is Broken

New Musicals:

Back to the Future

Days of Wine and Roses

Harmony

The Heart of Rock and Roll

Hell’s Kitchen

How to Dance in Ohio

Lempicka

The Notebook

Once Upon a One More Time

The Outsiders

Suffs

Water for Elephants

Play Revivals:

Appropriate

Doubt: A Parable

An Enemy of the People

Mary Jane

Purlie Victorious

Uncle Vanya

Musical Revivals:

Cabaret

Gutenberg! The Musical

Here Lies Love

Merrily We Roll Along

Monty Python’s Spamalot

The Who’s Tommy

The Wiz

Solos/Specialties:

Alex Edelman: Just for Us

Melissa Etheridge: My Window

My Son’s a Queer (But What Can You Do?)