BY: AVA NAMAR
It’s October, which means the new Broadway season is kicking into high gear. With a comprehensive list of three plays, two musicals, and a one-man comedy show hitting the stage before Halloween, there’s never been a better time to head to the Great White Way. Included in this mix are Hollywood stars, Broadway veterans, and one enormous gorilla. Here’s Broadway Spin’s breakdown of everything to keep on your radar right now.
Performances began September 2
Winner of 10 major awards already, including Best Play and Best Director, The Ferryman is coming to New York for its Broadway debut after its year-long run in London. The show takes place in rural Northern Ireland, 1981, in the Carney farmhouse. The family’s preparations for the annual harvest fest are interrupted when their past comes back to haunt them. The play features an impressive cast of 30 actors, and in the London production, there was even a live rabbit and goose.
Performances begin October 5
From a Hollywood set to a Broadway stage, the epic tale of King Kong comes to life in the form of a musical with a 20-foot high, 2,000-lb. animatronic gorilla in the center of the stage. The story follows a young actress and film director who, while filming in an uncharted territory, encounter the monstrous creature known as Kong. The giant puppet requires a total of 30 people to operate all of its moving parts. The thrilling new score from Maries de Vries (La La Land) and Eddie Perfect (Beetlejuice The Musical) and a book by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) bring the exhilarating legend to life (well, to the theater).
Performances begin September 6
Starring Kerry Washington from Scandal and Steven Pasquale from American Crime Story, the new Broadway drama, American Son, takes place in a Florida police station in the middle of the night, where two panicked parents search for their missing teenage son. It is a captivating tale of family, love, loss, and identity, and explores themes of race and questions who we are as a nation. The play is written by Broadway newcomer Christopher Demos-Brown and has a limited run of only 16 weeks.
Performances begin October 9
After its successful run Off-Broadway, Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song is coming to Broadway. The revival stars Tony Award-winning thespian Michael Urie and Academy Award-winning actress Mercedes Ruehl. Arnold Beckoff (Michael Urie), is on a journey to find love in New York, but after his mother comes to visit him, he realizes he wants more than just a husband and a child: He wants respect. This heartfelt comedy reminds us of the families we can and cannot choose, and everything we do for them.
Performances begin October 23
The Prom Previews begin October 23 Set in a small town in Indiana, this “new musical comedy with issues” follows four Broadway stars looking for a little publicity. At a local high school, some drama begins to form around one girl who wants to bring her girlfriend to the prom. The (former) stars see this as their perfect opportunity to get the press coverage they’ve been craving. The show stars Tony Award nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (Something Rotten), Tony Award winner Beth Leavel (The Drowsy Chaperone), and two-time Tony Nominee Christopher Sieber.
Mike Birbiglia: The New One
Performances begin October 25
Don’t Think Twice star Mike Birbiglia is bringing even more comedy to the Broadway stage this October. As a critically acclaimed comedian, Birbiglia brings a fresh perspective on the transition into fatherhood and every little thing that comes with it. His hilarious personal accounts and stories and non-stop jokes will keep you laughing for days. The Billions star has scheduled his one-man show for only 12 weeks and 99 performances.
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