Many things start in September, and the
theater season used to be one of them. But
once air-conditioning arrived, theatergo-ing became possible even during a New
York summer. So the 2016–17 theater
season began in July, with the return of two oldies but goodies.
Motown: The Musical brought
the life story of music legend
Berry Gordy back to the stage
with a soundtrack from the
Motown catalog of hit records
and dance numbers by Patricia Wilcox.
And CATS embarked on the second of its
nine lives with new choreography by Andy
Blankenbuehler. There are more shows
due, of course. The ones listed below were
scheduled to open at press time, and if the
stars align—but only if the stars align—they
will open somewhere (some have not yet
found theaters) between now and the Tony
deadline in May. They are listed, in keeping
with theater tradition, in order of appearance. But nothing in the theater is written in
stone; count on changes.
Holiday Inn: The New Irving Berlin
Musical Based on the 1942 movie starring Fred
Astaire and Bing Crosby, this show is a treasure
trove of classic Irving Berlin tunes—not just
holiday anthems like “White Christmas” and
“Easter Parade,” but “Steppin’ Out With My
Baby” and “What’ll I Do?” Gordon Greenberg
and Chad Hodges wrote the adaptation, and
Denis Jones choreographed under Greenberg’s
direction. Starts Sept. 1 at Studio 54.
Falsettos This wonderful 1992 William
Finn–James Lapine musical, about the love,
sex and friendship among a gay man, his lover,
his ex-wife, his son and his shrink, returns to
Broadway with Lapine once again directing
and Spencer Liff choreographing. Broadway
favorites Christian Borle, Stephanie J. Block
and Andrew Rannells star. Starts a limited run
Sept. 29 at the Walter Kerr.
The Great Comet Dave Malloy’s
off-Broadway hit, based on Tolstoy’s
classic novel War and Peace, now stars
Josh Groban as the lovesick Pierre.
Rachel Chavkin directs and Sam Pinkle-
ton choreographs. Starts Oct. 18 at the
A Bronx Tale In the beginning, it
was Chazz Palminteri’s autobiographi-
cal one-man show, about growing up in
a mob neighborhood. Then it became a
1993 movie, directed by and co-starring
Robert De Niro. Now it’s a musical, well
received this spring when it opened at
the Paper Mill Playhouse in New Jersey.
Palminteri has partnered with composer
Alan Menken and lyricist Glenn Slater, and
choreographer Sergio Trujillo works with the
all-star directing team of De Niro and Jerry
Zaks. Starts Nov. 3 at the Longacre.
The Illusionists—Turn of the Century
The magic revue returns to Broadway with an
array of acts directed by Neil Dorward. Starts
a limited run Nov. 25 at the Lunt-Fontanne.
Dear Evan Hansen After winning a slew
of awards off-Broadway and in Washington,
DC, this musical about teenage angst returns
to the stage. Steven Levenson wrote the
book, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul composed,
Michael Grief directed and Danny Mefford
did the choreography. Starts Nov. 14 at the
In Transit Kathleen Marshall’s latest
project has a Broadway first—an all a cappella
score. Its subject, however, belongs to a long
line of New York–centric shows, following
11 subway riders as they navigate their lives.
Starts in the fall at Circle in the Square.
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BY SYLVIANE GOLD
Rick Thomas in The Illusionists—
Turn of the Century
The London production of CATS
from Half Time