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Everything Hitting Broadway Before the Ball Drops!

11.19.19

BY: GIANFRANCO LENTINI

Just as freezing temperatures begin to set upon New York City, five more Broadway marquees are getting ready to shine and help warm up The Great White Way! So whether you’re looking for an awesome pair of tickets to gift for the holiday season or just an escape from this arctic blast, we’ve got you covered with the shows that will be rounding out 2019 before hitting the new decade. From song tributes to reimagined classics, there’s no place like Broadway for the holidays.

Photo: The Illusionists Live

Photo: The Illusionists Live

The Illusionists: Magic of the Holidays, Opens 11/29/19

Returning to Broadway for a record fifth season in a row, The Illusionists will continue to conjure up audiences at the Neil Simon Theatre for some holiday magic you won’t find anywhere else. Playing a strict six-week limited run through January 5, 2020, The Illusionists will feature some familiar faces from America’s Got Talent including semifinalists Dom Chambers and Eric Chien with a special performance by Light Balance, the hi-tech LED dance/acrobatic troupe who won AGT’s Golden Buzzer Act in 2017. Make sure you grab your tickets to the magic before they vanish!

Photo: Instagram, @harryconnickjr

Harry Connick, Jr.: A Celebration of Cole PorterFirst Preview 12/7/19, Open 12/12/19

Broadway’s about to get a whole lot cozier for the holiday season thanks to the stylings of Harry Connick, Jr. paying tribute to one of Broadway’s most iconic composers and contributors to the Great American Songbook, Cole Porter. Playing for only three weeks this December at the Nederlander Theatre, Connick’s performance will feature numbers off of his most recent record True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter including “You Do Something to Me,” “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home to,” and of course, “Anything Goes.” And since Connick’s no stranger to Broadway, there may just be a special guest or two ready to gather around the fireplace.

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West Side StoryFirst Preview 12/10/19, Open 2/6/20

At the fair Broadway Theatre, where we lay our scene, let it be known that this will not be your grandmother’s West Side Story. Radically reinterpreted by the minds of Ivo van Hove (director), Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (choreographer), and Jan Versweyveld (set and lighting designer), this production marks the first time this iconic musical has been reimagined on Broadway since the original production in 1957. Having already made a splash across Broadway headlines, it’s been revealed this production will feature the “America” heard in the 1961 movie, but it will not include Jerome Robbins’ classic choreography, “I Feel Pretty,” or the “Somewhere” ballet, allowing the performance to run without intermission. After the success of the reimagined Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! (currently playing at the Circle in the Square Theatre), we’re ready to see 23 performers make their Broadway debuts tackling this Broadway juggernaut.

Photo: Second Stage Theatre

Grand HorizonsFirst Preview 12/20/19, Open 1/23/20

Playwright Bess Wohl, known Off-Broadway for her hit plays Small Mouth Sounds and Make Believe, makes her Broadway debut with her latest play Grand Horizons set to open at the Hayes Theatre. This is the story of Bill and Nancy, whom after 50 years of marriage call it quits after settling down in Grand Horizons, leaving their two adult sons to question the parents they thought they knew. Ben McKenize, known for his small-screen roles on Gotham and The O.C., will make his Broadway debut with this show alongside Tony winners Jane Alexander and Priscilla Lopez, Emmy winner James Cromwell, Tony nominee Ashley Park, Lortel winner Michael Urie, and Maulik Pancholy.

Photo: Roundabout Theatre Company.

A Soldier’s PlayFirst preview 12/27/19, Open 1/21/20

After playing its Off-Broadway world premiere in 1981, Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning crime drama will finally play Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre. Directed by Tony Award-winner Kenny Leon, this play takes us back to 1944 when America was on the verge of pulling through a disastrous time abroad, but on the home front the U.S. Army was still facing segregation. After the murder of a black Sergeant on a Louisiana Army base, it becomes one investigator’s fight against the tide to unravel the crime and overcome his white leadership. This play stars three-time Tony nominee David Alan Grier and two-time Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood.