Every spring a dozen or so shows open on Broadway with the hope of being named the next best musical or play of the season. This spring is no exception with 19 shows confirmed to open between now and the end of April the competition will be strong for a Tony Award in June.
Here is a look at the five plays I’m looking forward to opening on Broadway this spring. Hopefully, I’ll be able to see a few of these when I visit New York this summer.
If you’re more into musicals, check out the five Broadway bound shows I’m looking forward to here.
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
First Preview: April 3
Opening Night: April 25
David Auburn’s latest drama portrays the dilemma faced by powerful Washington columnist Joseph Alsop, who publicly hosted the Kennedy Camelot circle while keeping hidden deep parts of himself.
Cast: John Lithgow
Ethel Barrymore Theatre
First Preview: February 13
Opening Night: March 15
Philip Seymour Hoffman takes on the iconic role of downtrodden American businessman Willy Loman in this Broadway revival of Arthur Miller’s classic.
Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Andrew Garfield, Linda Emond, Finn Wittrock, Fran Kranz, Bill Camp, John Glover, Glenn Fleshler, Stephanie Janssen
First Preview: May 18
Opening Night: June 14
Jim Parsons, according to Roundabout, stars as “one of modern theatre’s most lovable characters, Elwood P. Dowd. Charming and kind, Elwood has only one character flaw: an unwavering friendship with a 6-foot-tall, invisible white rabbit named Harvey. In order to save the family’s social reputation, Elwood’s sister Veta (Jessica Hecht) takes Elwood to the local sanatorium. But when the doctors mistakenly commit his anxiety-ridden sister, Elwood — and Harvey—slip out of the hospital unbothered, setting off a hilarious whirlwind of confusion and chaos as everyone in town tries to catch a man and his invisible rabbit.”
Cast: Jim Parsons, Jessica Hecht, Charles Kimbrough
First Preview: March 21
Opening Night: April 11
Eric Simonson follows up Lombardi with the six-actor Broadway-bound play about the rivalry and friendship between Hall of Fame basketball players Larry Bird and Earvin “Magic” Johnson.
Cast: Tug Coker, Kevin Daniels, Deirdre O’Connell, Peter Scolari, Rob Ray Manning, Jr., Francois Battiste
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
First Preview: March 6
Opening Night: April 1
Gore Vidal’s 1960 play about a contentious election, varied candidates and rocky marriages returns to Broadway.
Cast: James Earl Jones, Angela Lansbury, Candice Bergen, John Larroquette, Michael McKean, Eric McCormack, Kerry Butler