Luner on Theatre Looks Ahead: Spring 2016 On Broadway
As we say goodbye to 2015 and all the theatre it brought us, we’re look ahead to 2016 and specifically, the 2016 Broadway spring season! New musicals, old musicals, plays, debuts and so much more are slated to fill an already eye-popping Broadway season! Luner on Theatre wants to make sure you know everything you possibly can before the season even begins! While you can expect coverage all season long of Broadway and it’s news, today we’re giving you a head start.
This is Luner on Theatre’s Look Ahead to the Spring 2016 Season on Broadway!
Noises Off returns to Broadway as Roundabout Theatre Company continues their celebration of their 50th anniversary! Taking up residence at The American Airlines Theatre on Broadway, the show began previews in late December and officially opens January 14th, 2016. The fantastic comedy takes us to opening night for Nothing On where the cast is stumbling through final dress. Literally. Lines are forgotten, love triangles are being revealed and pandemonium has taken over backstage. Can the actor’s pull themselves together on stage even if they can’t off stage? Broadway favorites such as Andrea Martin, Rob McClure and Megan Hilty led a fantastic cast while Jeremy Herrin directs as RTC continues their all-star season on Broadway. While the show began previews in 2015, it will officially open (And be Broadway’s first) in 2016!
Our Mother’s Brief Affair comes to Broadway making its New York premiere presented by Manhattan Theatre Club! The new production will take up residence at MTC’s flagship on Broadway, The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre where previews began in late December, but the show will officially open January 20th, 2016. The new work brings us to Anna, a mother of several now grown children, on the verge of death once again. This time though, Anna has a confession to make. While their mother admits to an affair that may extend far beyond their family’s reach, the children work to separate fact from fiction all while examining the surprising and overwhelming impact of that which is unknown. The new work stars Tony Award winner Linda Lavin and is directed by Lynne Meadow.
The Humans transfers to Broadway this season following a critically acclaim run Off-Broadway at the Laura Pels Theatre. On Broadway, the show will take over the smallest house in the Theatre District residing at The Helen Hayes Theatre where previews begin January 23rd with an official opening February 18th, 2016. The show takes us to Lower Manhattan where Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate Thanksgiving with his daughter Blake. As night falls, the pre-war duplex, already quite ransacked, is bumped further into dismay as family tensions begin to spill over. Horror, heart and humor within the family are exposed as the night goes on. The entire Off-Broadway cast will transfer intact to Broadway with Joe Mantello repeating his work on Broadway as director.
Hughie returns to Broadway this season bringing us not only a dose of Eugene O’Neill but a Broadway debut. The show moves into one of Broadway’s most coveted houses for straight plays residing at The Booth Theatre where previews begin February 8th before an official opening February 25th, 2016. It’s the summer of 1928 in New York City and Erie has just met Charlie, the new night clerk at the small lobby in the hotel he calls home. As the night goes on, Erie laments and discusses his life as he works towards the American Dream in order to survive. His redemption and loneliness offer us a first hand look into humans the conditions we’re often don’t realize we’re facing. Academy and Golden Globe Award winner Forest Whitake makes his Broadway debut alongside Tony Award winner Frank Wood. Tony Award winner Michael Grandage directs the revival.
Eclipsed transfers to Broadway this season following a critically acclaimed run downtown Off-Broadway at The Public Theatre which has presented knockouts such as Hamilton and Fun Home in recent seasons. The show is slated to take up residence at The John Golden Theatre where previews begin February 23rd with an official opening March 6th, 2016. The show tells the story of a group of women, captive wives of a rebel officer amid the Liberian Civil War, whose balance is thrown off by the arrival of a new girl. The narrative paints a portrait of the women as their strength is tested among horror in a hostile world they did not create. The entire Off-Broadway cast transfers intact led by Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o and directed by Liesl Tommy.
Disaster! at last comes to Broadway this season having played New York twice in recent years Off-Broadway helmed by Broadway fanatic Seth Rudetsky. The musical takes up residence at Broadway’s Nederlander Theatre beginning previews February 9th before an official opening March 8th, 2016. The musical tells the story of a cast that can’t be stopped from dancing and singing on New York’s first floating casino! Wildlife, earthquakes, tidal waves and more threaten the theatre while a songbook from the 1970’s fills the audience’s ears. The show features a cast of Broadway veterans and all-stars including Roger Bart , Kerry Butler, Kevin Chamberlin, Adam Pascal, Faith Prince, Rachel York, Max Crumm and Rudetsky himself.
Blackbird brings a dose of darkness to Broadway this season years after first debuting across the pond and playing various venues around the world. Residing at one of Broadway’s most beautiful theaters, Blackbird will nest at The David Belasco Theatre where previews begin February 5th before an official opening March 10th, 2016. The production tells the story of a woman who confronts a man she had an affair with 15 years earlier. Despite establishing a new name and a new life, the woman is able to track him down and corner him as she questions revenge, a second chance and even new accusations between the couple. The Broadway debut of the piece stars Tony Award nominee Jeff Daniels and Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams directed by Joe Mantello.
She Loves Me returns to Broadway for its second revival this season as a part of the Roundabout Theatre Company 50th anniversary season! Set to play the infamous Studio 54, previews begin February 19th with an official opening March 17th, 2016. The musical comedy tells an old-fashioned love story as two co-workers can’t seem to find a common ground buttheads. However, each writes their anonymous pen pal who they have both managed to fall in love with. Little do the two know, they’re writing to each other. Laura Benanti and Zachary Levi lead the revival among other Broadway favorites such as Gavin Creel, Jane Krakowski and Michael McGrath. Scott Ellis directs with choreography by Warren Carlyle.
Bright Star marks one of the many new musicals coming to Broadway this season and one of the first for the spring. Taking up residence at one of Broadway’s smallest theaters, Bright Star will shine bright at The Cort Theatre where previews begin February 25th before an official opening on March 24th, 2016. The new musical tells the true story of literary editor Alice Murphy who meets a young solider returning from World War II. Their connection inspires redemption as the two realize their power to transform lives in the American South with a sweeping tale of love. The production premiered on the West Coast just last year and recently played The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. before heading to New York. The musical comes to Broadway directed by Walter Bobbie featuring music, lyrics and story by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell.
The Crucible returns to Broadway just in time for the 100th anniversary of Arthur Miller! The beloved and haunting drama will reside at The Walter Kerr Theatre beginning previews February 29th before an official opening April 7th, 2016. The story tells the infamous hunt for witches in Salem, Massachusetts as one man’s accusations lead the town in total chaos amid political allegations. Tony Award winner Sophie Okonedo leads the show back to Broadway directed by Ivo van Hove who previously directed Miller’s A View From The Bridge this season on Broadway as well.
The Father marks Manhattan Theatre Club’s second Broadway production of the season and only seems appropriate after their previous show having the word “mother” in the title ! Residing at The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, the show is slated to begin previews March 22nd with an official opening April 12th, 2016. The show tells the story of a retired adult dancer who lives with his daughter Anne and her husband. Or he is a retired engineer being visited by his daughter and her husband at his own home. Which is it? Frank Langella stars as Tony Award winner Doug Hughes directs this new work on Broadway.
American Pyscho comes to Broadway at last following a sold out London premiere and skipping a previously planned Off-Broadway mounting! The show is taking over The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre with previews beginning March 24th and an official opening sometime in April 2016. No official opening date has been set yet. The musical tells the story of Patrick Bateman, a young man who has it all, or at least appears to. Money, looks and style are all on his side but his big secret is no. When those closest to him keep dissapearing, everything will change like never before. Benjamin Walker returns to Broadway alongside Alice Ripley, Jennifer Damiano and Heléne Yorke. Rupert Goold directs the production following directing King Charles III on Broadway earlier this season.
Waitress finally arrives on Broadway this season, earlier than previously expected, and following a sold-out engagement at Harvard’s American Repertory Theatre in Summer 2015. Waitress is just the latest A.R.T. addition to Broadway following Pippin, All The Way and Porgy & Bess just to name a few hit transfers in recent seasons. The new musical takes over The Brooks Atkinson Theatre beginning previews March 25th before an official opening April 24th, 2016. The musical, based off the movie of the same title, tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, who finds himself with the opportunity of a lifetime and faces the ultimate decision. She ways local customers, co-workers and as escape at love against her commitments. Directed by Diane Paulus and starring Jessie Mueller, the musical’s biggest anticipation comes as Grammy Award nominee Sara Bareilles makes her Broadway debut penning the music and lyrics.
Fully Committed will mark the only one performer show on Broadway this season despite one man/woman shows hitting Broadway at levels unseen in previous seasons. Slated to move into Broadway’s oldest house, The Lyceum Theatre, previews will begin April 2nd with an official opening April 25th, 2016. Jesse Tyler Ferguson returns to Broadway playing over 40 characters as he covers a red-hot reservation line for one of New York’s most exclusive restaurants. He makes reservations for guests of all kinds and plays them as well! From celebrity divas, to nervous waiters to a fame-hungry chef…I think it’s easy to say, Ferguson has his hands full on this new project. I mean, just take a look at the artwork! Jason Moore directs the 1999 comedy’s return.
Tuck Everlasting finally comes to Broadway finally this season after a regional premiere in Atlanta and what seems like (Ironically), forever. The new musical takes The Broadhurst Theatre with previews beginning March 31st before an official opening April 26th, 2016. Based off of the book and movie of the same title, Winnie Foster discovers an incredible secret about the Tuck family. She embarks on an adventure that will not only change her life forever but teach her about love, family and living life to the fullest as she faces the question; If you could live forever, would you? The musical stars Carolee Carmello, Andrew Kennan-Bolger and Terrance Mann to name a few directed by one of Broadway’s favorites, Casey Nicholaw.
Long Day’s Journey Into The Night will give Broadway a double dose of Eugene O’Neill following the return of Hughie earlier in the spring as well. The show takes up residence at The American Airlines Theatre with previews beginning March 31st with an official opening April 27th, 2016. One of the most profound and powerful plays ever brought to the stage, Long Day’s Journey Into The Night is a Pulitzer Prize winning play and draws heavily from O’Neill’s personal history. The Tyrone family battle so much with a daughter addicted to drugs and a son fighting tuberculosis as the family’s secrets just begin to become revealed to the audience. John Gallagher, Jr. returns to Broadway alongside Jessica Lange making her Broadway debut directed by Jonathan Kent.
Shuffle Along or The Making Of A Musical Sensation of 1921 And All That Followed (Say that 10 times fast) comes to Broadway this season as one of the most anticipated new/reworked productions. Shuffle Along will shuffle into The Music Box beginning previews March 15th with an official opening April 28th, 2016. The new musical will follow the backstage story behind the creation of Shuffle Along, one of the most popular and hit musical comedies of the 20th century nearly 100 years along. No shortage of star power brings back this all-star work and the story of its creation as Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter and Joshua Henry lead the cast directed by George C. Wolfe.
Paramour will soar onto Broadway this spring as the debut for the well-known company Cirque du Soleil. Known for their larger than life production’s they’ve selected Broadway’s largest house, The Lyric Theatre, where previews begin April 16th before officially opening May 16th, 2016. We should note this production opens this spring, but will not be eligible for the 2015-16 Tony Awards season. The show follows a young actress as she chooses between love, art and the Golden Age of Hollywood. The production plans to combine Cirque’s well-known soaring acrobatics with a Broadway musical storyline like never before. The production is directed by Philippe Decouflé. This is the first Cirque production helmed and created exclusively for Broadway.
Wow! What a truly incredible list! We hope this list gives you a great look ahead to the 2016 Broadway spring season! We’re looking forward to covering all of these productions as they head to The Great White Way this season and all the news they bring as well! In the meantime, stay tuned for more news but check out the rest of Luner on Theatre as we launch into 2016 like never before!