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Broadway Update

Tammy Faye, Sunset Boulevard and Delia Ephron.

By: David Sheward

March 26, 2024: As the 2023-24 Broadway season begins the final mad rush to its conclusion just before the Tony deadline, the 2024-25 season is starting to solidify. Two shows announced for the fall, Tammy Faye and the revival of Sunset Boulevard, both London transfers, have announced definite dates and theaters. Tammy Faye, the musical based on the life of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, will begin previews Oct. 19 at the newly renovated and elevated Palace Theater with an opening set for Nov. 14. Katie Brayben and Andrew Rennells will repeat their Olivier-nominated performances as Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker. Sir Elton John wrote the music, lyrics are by Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters, the book is by James Graham who previously collaborated with Tammy Faye director Sam Goold on Graham’s play Ink.

Tom Francis and Nicole Scherzinger in “Sunset Boulevard”. Credit: Marc Brenner

Tammy Faye, Sunset Boulevard and Delia Ephron.

By: David Sheward

March 26, 2024: As the 2023-24 Broadway season begins the final mad rush to its conclusion just before the Tony deadline, the 2024-25 season is starting to solidify. Two shows announced for the fall, Tammy Faye and the revival of Sunset Boulevard, both London transfers, have announced definite dates and theaters. Tammy Faye, the musical based on the life of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker, will begin previews Oct. 19 at the newly renovated and elevated Palace Theater with an opening set for Nov. 14. Katie Brayben and Andrew Rennells will repeat their Olivier-nominated performances as Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker. Sir Elton John wrote the music, lyrics are by Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters, the book is by James Graham who previously collaborated with Tammy Faye director Sam Goold on Graham’s play Ink.

Andrew Rannells and Katie Brayben will repeat their London performances when Tammy Faye moves to Broadway. Credit: Marc Brenner

Sunset Boulevard will begin its NY performances on Sept. 28 at the St. James Theater with an opening set for Oct. 20. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s adaptation of Billy Wilder’s classic film of the delusional silent film star Norma Desmond is directed by Jamie Lloyd and was nominated for 11 Olivier Awards during its London run. Repeating their Oliver-nominated performances are Nicole Scherzinger as Norma, Tom Francis as Joe Gillis, Grace Hodgett-Young as Betty Schaeffer and Oliver winner David Taxton as Max von Meyerling.

Delia Ephron Memoir On Stage: Producer Daryl Roth announced that Delia Ephron (You’ve Got Mail) will make her Broadway playwriting debut with Left on Tenth, based on her best-selling memoir, to be directed by Tony winner Susan Stroman (The Producers, Contact) and starring Emmy winner Juliana Margulies and SAG winner Peter Gallagher. The production is scheduled for fall 2024 with dates and a theater to be announced. 

Delia Ephron

Left on Tenth chronicles Ephron’s second chance at love. When she least expects it, Delia Ephron, best-selling novelist and screenwriter of You’ve Got Mail, makes a surprising connection with a man from her past and falls into her own romantic comedy. As their immediate spark blossoms into a love story that seems to defy all odds, Delia’s life takes an unexpected turn. Left on Tenth tells the messy, beautiful truth about getting older while feeling young, as it celebrates two people with the courage to rewrite their futures and open their hearts again.

“I am grateful and thrilled to be working with these champions of theater – Susan Stroman and Daryl Roth,” said Delia Ephron. “Left on Tenth is about a perilous and wondrous time of my life. We invite you to join our team of warriors and become believers yourselves.”

Juliana Marguiles and Peter Gallagher.

“When Delia first spoke to me about her manuscript of Left on Tenth, I felt that her story would make a magnificent play,” said producer Daryl Roth. “It is heartfelt, deeply personal yet universal, and full of hope. But it is also a classic romantic comedy for a certain generation, showing us that we can all be blessed with a second chance at life and love.”

With her sister Nora, Ephron co-authored the Off-Broadway play, Love, Loss and What I Wore. Her many movie credits – often co-written with her sister Nora — include You’ve Got Mail, Michael, and Hanging Up, based on her novel. 

2023-24 Broadway/Off-Broadway/Awards Calendar (and Beyond)

Spring 2024

March 28–The Who’s Tommy (Nederlander)

April 1–Brynolf & Ljung in Stalker (New World Stages)

April 1–Bistro Awards (Gotham Comedy Club)

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

April 2–Fish (Keen Co./Working Theater/Theater Four) 

April 4–Lortel Award nominees announced

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 15–MAC Awards (Peter Norton Symphony Space)

April 16–Sally & Tom (Public Theater)

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 22–Patriots (Barrymore)

April 22–Outer Critics Circle nominations announced

April 22–Drama League nominations announced (NY Library for the Performing Arts)

April 23–Mary Jane (MTC/Friedman) 

April 24–Illinoise (St. James)

April 24–Uncle Vanya (LCT/Vivian Beaumont)

April 25–Mother Play (Second Stage/Hayes)

April 25–The Great Gatsby (Broadway)

April 26–Chita Rivera Award nominations announced

April 29–Drama Desk Award nominations announced

April 30–Tony Nominations Announced

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

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

May 5–Lortel Awards (NYU Skirball)

May 13–Here There Are Blueberries (NYTW)

May 13–Outer Critics Circle winners announced

May 17–Drama League Awards (Ziegfeld Ballroom)

May 20–Chita Rivera Awards Ceremony (NYU Skirball)

May 23–Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony

May 28–Ben Platt at the Palace

Summer 2024

June 5–Home (Roundabout/Todd Haimes)

June 10–Drama Desk Awards

June 10–Theater World Awards

June 12–The Welkin (Atlantic Theater Company)

June 12–Titanic (Encores/City Center)

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

June 20–Cats (Perelman Performing Arts Center)

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

Aug. 15–Forbidden Broadway on Broadway: Merrily We Stole a Song (Hayes)

Fall 2024

Oct. 20–Sunset Boulevard (St. James)

Nov. 11–What a Wonderful World: The Louis Armstrong Musical (Studio 54)

Nov. 14–Tammy Faye (Palace)

The Counter (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

King Lear (Kenneth Branagh Theater Company/The Shed)

Left on Tenth

Yellowface (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Winter 2024-25

English (Roundabout/Todd Haimes Theater)

Liberation (Roundabout/Laura Pels)

2024-25

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

Our Town

Smash

Spring 2025

Othello

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 Griswolds’ Broadway Vacation; High Noon; Imitation of Life; The Interestings; 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 Queen of Versailles; The Secret Garden; Sing Street; Soul Train; Stranger Things: The First Shadow; Working Girl.

2023-24 Broadway Season Breakdown:

New Plays:

The Cottage

Grey House

I Need That

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

Mother Play

Patriots

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

Illinoise

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