We’re officially declaring September the month of the play! Out of the nine shows hitting Broadway this month, a whopping eight of them are plays. (The ninth show is a musical based on a young adult novel, so that does balance things out a bit.) Here’s our official guide to everything hitting the Great White Way in the next four weeks.
The Great Society: September 6
As soon as the Tony-winning drama All the Way ended its Broadway run, playwright Robert Schenkkan started working on the sequel, The Great Society. In the original, Bryan Cranston, of Breaking Bad fame, played Lyndon B. Johnson. This time around another TV alum hits the stage. Succession’s Brian Cox takes on the role of the 36th president of the United States during the tumultuous events that led up to the conclusion of his presidency in 1968.
Derren Brown: Secret: September 9
Magic is so hot right now. (But really, it is.) Enter Derren Brown, the famed British mentalist, who’s bringing his bag of tricks to Broadway. Known for his ability to seemingly read minds, Brown categorizes himself as a “psychological illusionist.” He has been a mainstay on TV for years and previously enjoyed a successful off-Broadway run, but this is his inaugural show on The Great White way and he’s most certainly going to make the most it.
Slave Play: September 10
Following its sold-out run at the New York Theatre Workshop, Slave Play has a new home at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre this fall. Written by Jeremy O. Harris, this new play is officially described as “an antebellum fever-dream, where fear and desire entwine in the looming shadow of the Master’s House.” It already has a start-studded fan club and received a lot of press when Scarlett Johansson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Madonna (along with her daughter Lourdes Leon) all saw it off-Broadway.
The Height of the Storm: September 10
Two legendary actors, Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) and Eileen Atkins (The Crown) have teamed up to bring the three-time Olivier Award winning play from the West End to Broadway. The Height of the Storm follows a husband and wife, who after 50 years of marriage, find their relationship suddenly changing.
The Sound Inside: September 14
Mary-Louise Parker returns to Broadway in The Sound Inside, penned by Broadway superstar Adam Rapp. Parker plays Bella Baird, a creative writing professor at Yale, and mentor to a challenging university student named Christopher Dunn. But she not only helps him – she wants something from him. To say any more would ruin it.
Linda Vista: September 19
Penned by the iconic Tracy Letts, Linda Vista tells the story of Wheeler, a 50-year-old divorcee in the middle of a midlife crisis. Recently having relocated from his ex-wife’s garage to a place of his own (baby steps!), Wheeler starts on a journey of self-discovery complete with old friends and blind dates as he struggles to reconcile the man he has become with the man he wants to be.
The Rose Tattoo: September 19
Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei takes on Tennessee Williams in The Rose Tattoo at the American Airlines Theatre. Tomei plays Serafina, a widow who rekindles her desire for love and life when she encounters a fiery suitor. Think of it as a coming-of-age play about a woman who is already of-age.
Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical: September 20
Based on Rick Riordan’s 2005 best-selling novel, The Lightning Thief heads to Broadway following an impressive 32-city North American tour. With a book by Joe Tracz (Be More Chill), the action-packed, kid-friendly musical tells the story of Percy Jackson — the son of Poseidon — who discovers powers he can’t control, while encountering monsters during a quest to find Zeus’ lightning bolt to prevent a war between the Greek gods.
The Inheritance: September 27
Matthew Lopez’s two-part play essentially reimagines E.M. Forster’s iconic Howard’s End in modern day New York. The story follows the interlocking lives of three generations of gay men as they search to find their place in the world and examine the role each of us must play in paving the way for future generations.