A peek inside the legendary Pop artist’s creative process, MJ The Musical is an epic rendition of some of the most acclaimed work if the artist. Directed by Christopher Wheeldon, the jukebox musical is an exhilarating experience. As theatrics entwine with the unforgettable tunes of Michael Jackson, audiences would be left nostalgic and enthralled by the epic performance. Nod your head to some of the songs that weaved history in the music industry with this electrifying Broadway musical.
19 Upcoming Shows On Broadway You Should Look Forward To
Broadway shows are known to be the epitome of performing arts in the world. A beautiful confluence of theatre and music occurs in the cultural center of the city that never sleeps. The world knows it as Broadway, and visitors from all around the world hope to catch at least one show during their visit to New York City. As winter rolls away, spring sees a host of new Broadway openings. March is considered prime time for Broadway with a lot of shows premiere just in time to be nominated for the prestigious Tony Awards.
From theatrical renditions of popular stories to revivals of old classics, Broadway always has something exciting lined up. The second phase of premieres starts in September, around the holidays. Off-Broadway performances follow the same pattern, and they are preferred by some theatre aficionados for their more intimate setting and affordable rates. Subscribe to newsletters and keep yourself updated on what’s currently running on Broadway to make sure you don’t miss out on an eagerly awaited show.
One can catch the glittery extravaganzas by Disney at any time of the year, and they make for a memorable experience. Here is a specially curated list of acclaimed Upcoming Broadway and Off-Broadway Shows.
19 Best Upcoming Broadway Shows 2020
MJ The Musical
A life full of charisma and chaos, few have received the kind of adoration that Princess Diana received during her time. The Broadway Show Charts Diana's life as she realizes the cost one has to pay to stand their ground and protect their integrity. The show delves into the intricacies of the royal life and how Diana left an unparalleled legacy behind her.
Girl From The North Country
Inspired by the works of Bob Dylan, Girl from the North Country builds a harmony between strangers running away from their past and resting at a guesthouse. The story is threaded with hope and heartbreak as the audience realizes truths about being in the present. With the social setting of the Great Depression, the show seeks to question the misogyny and racism rooted in the country at the time. A striking story with raw emotions, Girl From the North Country is a heart touching story, staying with the audience long after it is over.
Six: The Musical
Threading the modern-day girl power with the historically infamous six wives of Henry VIII, SIX is a sensational musical. The new broadway show is an out of the box creative endeavor, with British Royalty taking on the mic. As Tudor Queens and the princesses of Pop belt out centuries worth of heartbreak, the audience is transcended into an alternate reality of that era. Celebrate the power of feminism with a power-packed female cast.
Hangmen is a story that revolves around an out of job executioner - a plot sure to leave the crowd in splits. Academy Award winner Martin McDonagh brings yet another hilarious play to the Broadway tracing the life of Harry, Britain's sought after executioner. The local celebrity's life is turned topsy turvy as executions get banned. The play explores reactions, convoluted motives and much more.
The 35th birthday of Bobbie brings with it a party and a ton of questions. As questions about settling down and finding a man makes its rounds, she is forced to reconsider life in the big apple in the 21st century. The hilarious production tastefully imbues an existential crisis on the stage. The charms of being single and the comfort of married life are pitted against each other as Bobbie tries not to let her New York life drive her crazy!
The Music Man
Owing to its immense popularity, this beloved broadway show is returning to Broadway. The show gave the audience a character they have treasured ever since. Heralded as the “great glory” of American pop culture, the show explores the life of con man Harold Hill. Enjoying his life as a fake musician to fill his pockets, Hill’s life changes when Marian sees him for the man he is. The dynamic that follows is both hilarious and heartwarming.
The Lehman Trilogy
This masterfully created trilogy is an absolute rollercoaster ride. The show brings on stage one family, one company that changed the world. Sam Mendes triumphs to portray the saga of three brothers building a dream. A century later, when the name they establish breaks down, it takes the entire world with them. The Lehman Trilogy reflects power in its most brutal form, portrayed by the artist with extraordinary elegance.
How I Learned To Drive
This broadway show explores the controversial themes of incest, misogyny, abuse, and pedophilia. The baffling relationship between a young girl and her uncle urges the audience to ask uncomfortable questions about manipulation and control. The bold show reflects on how the relationship impacts the girl’s past, present, and future.
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?
A seminal work of Broadway, Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? It is an enlightening drama that aims to differentiate reality and illusion. Through the complicated relationship of an old married couple contrasting with a young and vibrant couple, the story shows the unflinching reality of marriage. This powerful narrative is a strong commentary on the illusion that shrouds the hard-hitting truths of marriage.
A Soldier's Play
This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Charles Fuller is debuting on Broadway for the first time. The murder of a black military officer in 1944 Louisiana triggers a fellow black soldier to investigate his death, for he suspects the hand of the infamous Ku Klux Klan in it. As he unravels the murder mystery, he discovers the deep racial tensions running amongst the black people in America during that time. The nuanced writing deals with the complex issue of racism being integrated within the African American individuals, towards one another.
This brilliant play by the celebrated author Tracy Letts is a satire on the political structure of America. When Mr. Peel, the newly elected member of the City Council tries to uncover the proceedings of a meeting he had missed, he lands upon a world of hypocrisy and ambition for power. The play attempts to mirror and mock the current state of democracy and will have you in splits right from the beginning.
Mrs. Doubtfire is a heartwarming musical rendition of the 1993 film by the same name. Daniel Hillard, an out of work actor, desperately puts all his resources together to stay in touch with his children. He finds a job as a Scottish nanny named Euphegenia Doubtfire in his ex-wife’s house and the story that follows as he tries to juggle his double-life is hilarious.
This comical story of three couples who stay at New York’s famous Plaza Hotel plays out in three acts. They all stay at Suite #719 - navigating love, marriage, and heartbreak and through the course of the show. Absurd, comical but emotionally relatable, this performance by veteran actors Mathew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker who play all the three couples, will leave you in splits.
Ernestine Ashworth, a 17-year-old girl is swimming with questions of existentialism and her role in the universe. As the years and birthdays roll by, she realizes her missed chances and unaccomplished dreams. At 101 years of age, she looks back at her life and attempts to answer the universe’s oldest conundrum, what makes a lifetime, into a life?
The year is 1985 and Ireland is in the midst of the Great Recession. Conor, a 16-year-old young Dubliner is forced to drop out of private school and enroll in a local public school. Here, he starts a Rock-band with his new friends, experiences first love and steps out of adolescence. This coming of age musical resonates with the young audience and has become a cult favorite.
Upcoming Off-Broadway Shows
72 Miles To Go...
72 miles may seem like a small distance to cover but for a Mexican mother and her American born husband and children, it is a decade long battle. This profound story of human relations and heart-rending separation is an iconic Off-broadway production.
The year is 1965 and hanging has been abolished in England. This brings upon the second-most famous executioner of England, Harry from Oldham, a major dilemma- what to do now? The dry, dark British humor makes for an interesting and quirky Off-broadway show.
Little Shop of Horrors
This is an off-Broadway musical adaptation of the cult-favorite horror-comedy film by the same name. Seymour, the nerdy assistant at a florist shop unknowingly nurtures a plant that grows to feed on blood and flesh. As the true scale of the man-eating plant’s ambitions are revealed, Seymour finds himself choosing the easier, morally wrong path. It is up to Seymour and his co-worker crush, Audrey to tackle this crisis which threatens to destroy humanity.
In this humorous musical, the world of emoji archetypes is threatened by a software update. This is a community of diverse archetypes who take each other on face value- a smiling face with underlying depression or a princess who doesn’t want a prince. Faced by this imminent threat, Emojiland attempts to answer the fundamental questions of life- who are we… and who matters?
This is a story that spans decades of personal ambitions and grudges between two-families. The drama reaches a crescendo when they gather in the massive library of a gaudy Fifth Avenue Apartment, to celebrate the nuptials of their children. Things begin to unravel quickly, the question is- can they set aside personal history and just get through the ceremony?
Chekhov / Tolstoy: Love Stories
Two short stories beautifully adapted for theatre, from two of the greatest authors to ever grace earth- Anton Chekhov and Leo Tolstoy. Chekhov’s An Artist’s Story is about Nicov, a painter who encounters two women with contrasting personalities. Taking from their diametrically different world-views, he comes to a new understanding of himself. Tolstoy’s What Men Live By is a story of a Russian peasant couple who takes in a mysterious, helpless man in their house, which subsequently changes their fortune.
Blues for an Alabama Sky
This story is set in New York City during the summer of 1930, just when the dreamy promises of the Harlem Renaissance are being swept away by the Great Depression. In an apartment on 126th street, four progressive friends set out to carve a name for themselves in the city. But then an innocent newcomer from Alabama arrives in their midst, setting the drama in motion.
The legacy of the unrequited love story first portrayed in 1962 is revived in No Strings. The broadway show narrates the story of a young American-African fashion model in Paris who has fallen in love with a white American Novelist. She motivates the man to return home and seek inspiration, which he eventually does without her along. The no-strings relationship is explored in a healthy manner, giving audiences a different notion of “happily ever after”.
This elegiac musical takes Ellen and the audience on a quest to find an Unknown Soldier. A picture hidden at Ellen’s grandmother’s place ignites a spark within Ellen to embark on a journey to find the mysterious soldier. The secrets of the family’s past unravel the history of three generations in Ellen’s Family. The inevitable effect of the past on Ellen’s future is artistically narrated through the Broadway show.
Black Angels Over Tuskegee
This is a poetic rendition of the struggles of six men fighting all odds to be in the United States Air Force. Their journey of the Tuskegee Airmen was plagued with the issue of inequality. As they struggle with Jim Crow and their intelligence, a dream of a fair society that doesn’t question patriotism based on color takes shape. The story is a masterpiece exploring human perseverance and passion.
Girl Gone: Or Before A League of Their Own
This suspenseful broadway drama recollects the time of World War II when the women kept baseball alive. Starting long before there was A League Of their own, a group of girls came together to test the waters of the male-dominated sports world. As lies, deceit, and power unveil, the group is left alone to fend for themselves.
The Lehman Trilogy
The Lehman Trilogy is an acclaimed epic, which traces the rise and fall of one of the greatest banking organizations in the world. Spanning nearly two centuries, this is the story of Lehman Brothers, whose fall into bankruptcy forced the world economy to its knees.
Anne Frank, The Musical
The tragic adventures of Anne Frank through the Holocaust are depicted in this musical through touching music and hair raising lyrics. 12 artists take on the stage and rekindle the grief and pain of the Jewish girl. Imbued with opera, oratorio, and musical theatre, Anne Frank, The Musical is an emotional journey back to the dark times of World War 2.
This 1948 classic is a walkthrough of American History. Be ready to be swept away into the past of America. The story narrated through burlesque comedy, songs, and dance is a satirical hit at the American Dream. With contextual and metaphorical songs, the show is an entertainment-packed reality check about having it all.
Thoroughly Modern Millie
With glam, jazz, and New York, this Broadway show has all the ingredients to give you a heartwarming evening. The story revolves around the inception of modernity in the Big Apple. As New York questioned gender roles and set the record for a new age, Millie with her dancing shoes is ready to make a place for herself in the dream city. A thoroughly fun show, Modern Millie is sure to make you resonate with her passion and dedication to make it big!
...What The End Will Be
Opening with such an intriguing title, the show goes on to answer much more complicated questions. As three generations of men living in the same house face the harsh realities of being Gay and Black, the audience is forced to think about the taxing impact of racism and homophobia. The play, in its journey, depicts the pain of acceptance and the patience required to be different through the relationship between father and son.
The pleasant weather of New York during springtime will tempt the visitors and locals to explore its sprawling gardens and magnificent buildings. But keep in mind that the world of Broadway is thriving and there are new shows lined up for the year. From hilarious comedies like Hangmen, solemn dramas like How I Learned to Drive or depictions like the Lehman Brothers, Anne Frank or MJ the Musical- the lanes of Broadway are filled with masterpieces this year. Contending fiercely for the highest awards in Broadway theatre, each of these upcoming Broadway shows is critically acclaimed and highly anticipated.