BY: AVA NAMAR
We blinked and the year was almost over(!) but we’re not quite ready to skip ahead to 2019 – because there’s still much more to come to Broadway before that Swarovski ball drops in Times Square. Broadway Spin rounded up all the shows hitting on the Great White Way in 2018. So before you start stressing about your New Year’s plans, check out everything new coming to Broadway – and maybe book yourself a spin!
The Cher Show: Previews began November 1
The title says it all — this show is all about the incomparable pop icon, Cher. In fact, there’s so much Cher packed into this production, that it takes three different women to tell the story – each taking on the star at a different point in her life. The show – told through a whopping 35 of her hit songs — follows Cher from her beginnings to her pop glory, to her superstar status. Not surprisingly, Cher is a producer on the musical, which not only means the creative team had her blessing, but that they had real access BTS during her life. And you know what else that means: There will be lots and lots (and lots!) of sequins.
To Kill a Mockingbird: Previews began November 1
Harper Lee’s American classic comes to life in a production of To Kill a Mockingbird – with a little Aaron Sorkin touch. (ICYMI, the celebrated TV and film writer adapted Lee’s original novel for the stage – and the powers-that-be from Lee’s estate were none too pleased with his deviations from the source material. The estate sued, but settled with the producers out of court, clearing the way for the show.) The semi-autobiographical story, told by Scout (loosely based on Lee herself), is an examination the racial tension in the American south, told with a focus on her father, a lawyer named Atticus Finch. Jeff Daniels stars as Atticus Finch and Celia Keenan-Bolger plays Scout.
Network: Previews start November 10
In an adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky’s Academy-award winning satirical film, anchorman, Howard Beale (Bryan Cranston), has an outburst on live television. But when the ratings spike after the incident, instead of firing Beale, the network uses his antics to its advantage, turning Beale into the biggest star on television. Though the film was released in 1976, its themes ring true today. This will mark Bryan Cranston’s second turn on the Great White Way – he previously won the Tony Award for his turn in All the Way.
The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays: Previews start November 23
In this showcase of magical talent, five phenomenal, world-renowned illusionists exhibit their most astonishing acts in a high-tech spectacle. With non-stop action, sophisticated magic, audacious escapes, and whole lot of illusion, the show will be sure to thrill anyone of any age. But be careful to not let the tickets magically disappear too — the show will only play on Broadway for five weeks.
Choir Boy: Previews start December 11
From Oscar-winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (screenwriter of Moonlight) comes a new drama, Choir Boy. The play takes place at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, which has been devoted to educating strong and ethical black men for over half a century. One boy, Pharus (Jeremy Pope), is striving to take his well-deserved place as the lead of the gospel choir, but his own idiosyncrasies may keep him from that post.
True West: Previews start December 27
Starring four-time Academy Award-nominee Ethan Hawke and actor/director Paul Dano, Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated play comes back to Broadway in its first-ever revival. True West tells the story of two brothers in their mom’s California home. Austin, a screenwriter, and Lee, a lowlife, butt heads about nearly everything — but they end up having more in common than they recognize. The story readily dismisses we thought we knew about family, identity, and the American Dream.