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Broadway Update

Stereophonic Transfers, Harmony Closes, Gatsby Musical

By: David Sheward

January 17, 2024: As reported in an earlier update as a rumor, the Broadway transfer for Stereophonic, David Adjmi’s acclaimed play about a Fleetwood Mac-like rock group’s struggles to make an album, is confirmed. The play which had a hit Off-Broadway run at Playwrights Horizons earlier this season, will begin previews at the Golden Theater on April 3 with an opening set for April 19 for a limited 14-week run. The cast, reprising their highly lauded performances, will include Will Brill as Reg, Andrew R. Butler as Charlie, Juliana Canfield as Holly, Eli Gelb as Grover, Tom Pecinka as Peter, Sarah Pidgeon as Diana, and Chris Stack as Simon.

Jeremy Jordan, Eva Noblezada, and Samantha Pauly in in “The Great Gatsby” at Paper Mill Playhouse. Credit: Jeremy Daniel

Stereophonic Transfers, Harmony Closes, Gatsby Musical

By: David Sheward

January 17, 2024: As reported in an earlier update as a rumor, the Broadway transfer for Stereophonic, David Adjmi’s acclaimed play about a Fleetwood Mac-like rock group’s struggles to make an album, is confirmed. The play which had a hit Off-Broadway run at Playwrights Horizons earlier this season, will begin previews at the Golden Theater on April 3 with an opening set for April 19 for a limited 14-week run. The cast, reprising their highly lauded performances, will include Will Brill as Reg, Andrew R. Butler as Charlie, Juliana Canfield as Holly, Eli Gelb as Grover, Tom Pecinka as Peter, Sarah Pidgeon as Diana, and Chris Stack as Simon.

Stereophonic will transfer to Broadway this spring. Credit: Chelcie Parry

One opens and one closes: Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman’s Harmony has posted its closing notice. The final performance at the Barrymore Theater will be Feb. 4 after 24 previews and 96 regular performances. The musical about the real-life Comedian Harmonists has taken a long and arduous path to Broadway. After a 1997 world premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse in California, a pre-Broadway try-out in Philadelphia was cancelled due to a lack of funds. There were subsequent productions in 2013 in Atlanta and Los Angeles. An Off-Broadway production in 2022 by the National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene won the Drama Desk Award for Sussman’s book and inspired a Broadway transfer this season. This closing leaves the Barrymore open. Could a new show slip in before the Tony deadline of April 25? Perhaps a commercial transfer of Appropriate or Prayer for the French Republic which are on limited runs from Second Stage and Manhattan Theater Club respectively?

Harmony will close on Feb. 4. Credit: Julieta Cervantes

Moving to Broadway, Old Sport: The musical version of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel of wealth, privilege, sex, and class, will open at the Broadway Theater on April 25, with previews beginning April 2. Tony nominees Jeremy Jordan (Newsies) and Eva Noblezada (Hadestown) will repeat their lead performances of Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan from the production at Paper Mill Playhouse earlier this winter. The show features music & lyrics by Tony Award nominees Nathan Tysen (Paradise Square) & Jason Howland (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Little Women), a book by Jonathan Larson Grant winner Kait Kerrigan (The Mad Ones), and is staged by award-winning director Marc Bruni (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and choreographer Dominique Kelley (“Mariah’s Magical Christmas Special,” “Dancing with the Stars”). 

Another Broadway production, Mother Play, had earlier announced an opening date of April 25. So it looks like there will be two openings on the same date.

Mia Farrow and Robert Redford (left) and Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in separate film versions of The Great Gatsby.

This is not the first stage version of Fitzgerald’s novel to reach the New York stage. Elevator Repair Service presented Gatz, a marathon production of the entire book at the Public Theater in 2010, and an immersive version played the Park Central Hotel earlier this season. Owen Davis wrote a stage adaptation which played Broadway in 1926. Another musical version with music and lyrics by Florence Welch and Thomas Bartlett and a book by Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok (Cost of Living) is set to debut at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., in June of this year. There have also been opera (by John Harbison, premiering in 1999) and ballet editions. (Now that Gatsby is in the public domain, there are numerous adaptations.)

Gatsby has been seen on the silver screen four times–in 1926, 1949 (with Alan Ladd and Betty Field), 1974 (Robert Redford and Mia Farrow), and 2013 (Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan). A 2000 TV mini-series on A&E starred Tobey Stephens and Mira Sorvino.

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 19–Stereophonic (Golden)

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 25–The Great Gatsby (Broadway)

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

Stereophonic

New Musicals:

Back to the Future

Days of Wine and Roses

The Great Gatsby

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?)