BY: SAMANTHA BURKE
New marquees are popping up all throughout the Theater District as the 2020 Broadway season gets ready to kick into high gear. There are jukebox musicals; musicals based on movies; timely revivals; what some are calling the next Hamilton (NBD) and a musical based on a fictitious LSD trip shared by Cary Grant, Aldous Huxley and Clare Boothe Luce. You know, the usual. Here’s the full lineup, courtesy of Broadway Spin.
Girl From the North Country, Currently playing at the Belasco Theatre
Featuring the songs of the one and only Bob Dylan, Girl From the North Country tells the story of several lost individuals crossing each others’ paths in the midst of the Great Depression as they search for what comes next. In many ways, this jukebox musical turns the genre on its head, and was described by Newsday during its off-Broadway run as “a gripping play that defies categorization.”
Six, Currently playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Six BLEW UP after its world premiere in 2017, which surely came as a shock to industry newcomers Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, who co-wrote the musical about the six wives of Henry VIII. Six follows in the steps of shows like Hamilton and Beetlejuice, garnering a wildly passionate fanbase of younger theatergoers. Each ex-wife embodies the voice of modern inspiration, ranging from Adele to Shakira to Nicki Minaj, as they perform their mutual ex-husband woes in concert. And hey, wouldn’t we all like to publicly blast our exes in such a spectacular manner?
Diana, Currently playing at the Longacre Theatre
This season marks Princess Diana’s Broadway debut, as the premiere of Diana follows the world favorite (Jeanna de Waal) as she struggled to balance her private life amid a previously unimaginable level of public scrutiny. (Seems that this is still a challenge for members of The Firm — just ask the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.) With a book from Joe DiPietro (Memphis and Nice Work if You Can Get it) and music and lyrics by DiPietro and David Bryan (keyboardist for Bon Jovi, Memphis), Diana extended its limited-run twice at the La Jolla Playhouse last year before moving to the Longacre Theatre in New York City.
Company, Currently playing at the Jacobs Theatre
Company jumps back across the pond following a successful West End run. This gender-bending edition of Stephen Sondheim’s classic Company follows Bobbie (Katrina Lenk), a single woman facing a problem many millennials can relate to: everybody we know–and even some we don’t–asking why we haven’t yet found a nice person and settled down. It’s enough to drive you crazy, but we love a twist on a classic! Patti LuPone, Christopher Fitzgerald, Christopher Sieber and a slew of other talent also star in this new take.
Mrs. Doubtfire, Coming March 9 to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Continuing the trend of movie-to-musical adaptations, Mrs. Doubtfire transfers the hit 1993 film to the stage, featuring a book by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell with music and lyrics from Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, all three of whom brought us the (woefully underrated) Something Rotten!. After losing custody of his children in a messy divorce, Daniel Hillard (Rob McClure) disguises himself as a Scottish nanny, secretly scoring the job of caring for his own children (Analise Scarpaci as Lydia, Jake Ryan Flynn as Christopher, and Avery Sell as Natalie). McClure certainly has big shoes to fill, as the original role was portrayed by the late Robin Williams (who won a Golden Globe for Best Actor), but we believe this team can put a new twist on this beloved classic.
Flying Over Sunset, Coming March 12 to the Vivian Beaumont Theatre
Did you ever wonder what would happen if Hollywood icon Cary Grant, writer Aldous Huxley and congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce all got together… and took LSD? We thought so! Written and directed by James Lapine (Sunday in the Park with George, Falsettos), with music from Tom Kitt (Next to Normal) and lyrics from Michael Korie (Grey Gardens), Flying Over Sunset imagines this very encounter amongst the three famous people in the 1950s. While on the trip, they dive into the mysteries of their lives and their world. Robert Sella and Erika Hennigsen (fresh off of a run as Mean Girls’ Cady Herron) also star.
Caroline, or Change, Coming March 13 to Studio 54
Preparing for its first Broadway revival, Caroline, or Change couldn’t feel more relevant or timely. Riding high on a successful West End revival, Tony Kushner (of Angels in America fame) and Jeanine Tesori (a composer on Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek the Musical and Fun Home, to name a few) tell the story of Caroline (Olivier Award-winning Sharon D. Clarke) a black woman working as a maid for a white, Jewish family (John Cariani and Caissie Levy, fresh off of stunning run as Frozen’s Elsa) in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement, and shows us that “in times of great transformation, even the simplest acts can shake the earth.”
Sing Street, Coming March 26 to the Lyceum Theatre
Based on the 2016 cult-classic, Sing Street will likely find a foothold amongst the younger musical theater fanbase, since the film resonated with younger audiences who take comfort in music and use it to escape their bindings — no matter how metaphorical they may be. Set in Dublin of 1982, where everybody is out of work, 16-year-old Conor and his friends use music to get away from their troubles at home while simultaneously trying to impress a mysterious girl.
These new shows (plus longstanding favorites!) are all in play at Broadway Roulette.