What’s new on Broadway, 8/21/15

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Playbill.com has released its update list of Broadway shows scheduled for Broadway and those in the works compiled by Robert Viagas. It’s the best. Check out great news about Broadway on their site.



  • Theatre: Brooks Atkinson Theatre
  • First Preview: September 8
  • Opening: September 27
  • Written by Steven Sater (book and lyrics) and Duncan Sheik (music)
  • Director: Michael Arden
  • Cast: TBA
  • Revival of the Tony-winning 2006 coming-of-age musical, performed in this production simultaneously in American Sign Language and spoken English by a cast of 27.


  • Theatre: American Airlines Theatre
  • First Preview: September 17, 2015
  • Opening: October 6, 2015
  • Written by Harold Pinter
  • Director: Douglas Hodge
  • Cast: Clive Owen, Eve Best, Kelly Reilly
  • Deeley is quite looking forward to meeting Anna, his wife Kate’s friend from long ago. But as the night goes on, Anna’s visit quickly shifts from an ordinary sharing of memories to a quiet battle for power. Original music by Tom Yorke.


  • Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
  • First Preview: September 15, 2015
  • Opening: October 8, 2015
  • Written by Sam Shepard
  • Director: Daniel Aukin
  • Cast: Nina Arianda, Sam Rockwell
  • Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Beaten down by ill-fated love and a ruthless struggle for identity, can they ultimately live with, or without, each other? Daniel Aukin’s production premiered at the Williamstown Theater Festival.


  • Theatre: Golden Theatre
  • First Preview: Sept. 23, 2015
  • Opening: Oct. 14, 2015
  • Written by D.L. Coburn
  • Director: Leonard Foglia
  • Cast: James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson
  • An elderly couple at a nursing home play an increasingly tense series of gin rummy games as they expose truths about their failures, disappointments and insecurities.


  • Theatre: Helen Hayes Theatre
  • First Preview: September 24, 2015
  • Opening: October 22, 2015
  • Written by Jim Wise (music), George Haimsohn (book & lyrics), Robin Miller (book & lyrics)
  • Director: Randy Skinner
  • Cast: John Bolton, Mara Davi, Danny Gardner, Eloise Kropp, Lesli Margherita and Cary Tedder.
  • Ruby steps off a bus from Utah and into her first Broadway show, but hours before the opening night curtain is to rise, the cast learns their theater is being demolished. So Ruby and the cast, with the help of some adoring sailors, set a plan in motion to perform the show on a naval battleship.
  • Announced in August 2013 for a 2014 Broadway bow. A developmental workshop was held January 2014 featuring Laura Osnes, Rachel York, Mara Davi, John Bolton, Cary Tedder, and Danny Gardner. A Hayes bow was announced June 2015 following Second Stage’s purchase of the theater. The show is a rental and not a Second Stage production.


  • Theatre: Cort Theatre
  • First Preview: October 2, 2015
  • Opening: October 27, 2015
  • Written by A.R. Gurney
  • Director: Daniel Sullivan
  • Cast: Matthew Broderick, Annaleigh Ashford, Julie White, Robert Sella
  • A man adopts a sweet little puppy, Sylvia, only to find that she soon drives a wedge between him and his wife. How can he balance the two females in his life? A revival of Gurney’s 1995 comedy.


  • Theatre: Studio 54
  • First Preview: October 1, 2015
  • Opening: October 29, 2015
  • Written by Helen Edmundson
  • Director: Evan Cabnet
  • Cast: Keira Knightley, Gabriel Ebert, Judith Light, Matt Ryan
  • In this tale of love, lust, betrayal, and guilt, Thérèse (Knightley) has made peace with her loveless marriage to a weak man when her world is turned upside down by Laurent walking through the door. Unable to ignore their passion, the pair sets off on a violent path that may have far worse consequences for the perpetrators than for the victims.


  • Theatre: Music Box
  • First Preview: October 10, 2015
  • Opening: November 1, 2015
  • Written by Mike Bartlett
  • Director: Rupert Goold
  • Cast: Tim Pigott-Smith, Oliver Chris, Richard Goulding, Adam James, Margot Leicester, Miles Richardson, Tom Robertson, Sally Scott, Tafline Steen, Lydia Wilson
  • The play imagines a future when Britain’s Prince Charles takes over the monarchy from his mother Queen Elizabeth II.
  • After receiving its world premiere at London’s Almeida Theater, King Charles III transferred to the West End, where it played an extended run through Jan. 31, 2015 and won the Olivier Award for Best New Play.


  • Theatre: Marquis Theatre
  • First Preview: October 5, 2015
  • Opening: November 5, 2015
  • Written by Gloria Estefan (music), Alexander Dinelaris (book)
  • Director: Jerry Mitchell
  • Cast: Ana Villafañe, Josh Segarra
  • The story of two people who — through an unwavering dedication to one another and their pursuit of the American dream — showcased their talent, their music and their heritage to the world in a remarkable rise to global superstardom.
  • Gloria and Emilio Estefan (Estefan Enterprises) are partnering with The Nederlander Organization and producer Bernie Yuman. Mitchell and the further creative team came on board in May 2014. After a try-out run in Chicago in summer 2015, the show comes to Broadway in October at the Marquis Theatre.


  • Theatre: Longacre Theatre
  • First Preview: October 6, 2015
  • Opening: November 8, 2015
  • Written by Jay Kuo (book, music & lyrics), Lorenzo Thione (book), Marc Acito (book)
  • Director: Stafford Arima
  • Cast: George Takei, Lea Salonga, Telly Leung, Katie Rose Clarke, Michael K. Lee, Christopheren Nomura, Greg Watanabe
  • An epic story of love, war and heroism set during the Japanese American internment of World War II, following the story of the Kimura family in the weeks and years following Pearl Harbor, as they are relocated from their farm in Salinas, California to the Heart Mountain internment camp in the rural plains of Wyoming.
  • Premiered at The Old Globe in San Diego 2012. An NYC industry reading was held May 2013, towards a planned spring 2014 opening. Producers continued to seek an available theater before securing one in February 2015, when they announced an October start at a Shubert theater to be announced (soon confirmed as the Longacre).


  • Theatre: Lyceum Theatre
  • First Preview: October 21, 2015
  • Opening: November 12, 2015
  • Written by Arthur Miller
  • Director: Ivo van Hove
  • Cast: Mark Strong, Nicola Walker, Phoebe Fox, Emun Elliott and Michael Gould,
  • Set in the world of the Brooklyn waterfront, the play draws a picture of an older man who is unhealthily protective of his pretty niece.


  • Theatre: Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
  • First Preview: October 21, 2015
  • Opening: November 19, 2015
  • Written by David Mamet
  • Director: Pam MacKinnon
  • Cast: Al Pacino, Fran Kranz
  • A two-character play about a billionaire, Mickey Ross (Pacino), who has just bought a new airplane for his young fiancée as he prepares to go into semiretirement. Ross in the process of leaving his office, and is giving last minute instructions to his young assistant. He takes one last phone call…


  • Theatre: Neil Simon Theatre
  • First Preview: November 19, 2015
  • Opening: TBA
  • Featuring: Jonathan Goodwin, James More, Raymond Crowe, Yu Ho-Jin, Jeff Hobson, Dan Sperry, Adam Trent
  • Following a hit Broadway run last season at the Marquis Theatre, The Illusionists return for a limited holiday engagement through Jan. 3.


  • Broadhurst Theatre
  • First Preview: October 22, 2015
  • Opening: November 15, 2015
  • Written by William Goldman (adaptation), Stephen King (novel)
  • Director: Will Frears
  • Cast: Bruce Willis, Laurie Metcalf
  • Successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon (Willis) is rescued from a car crash by his ‘Number One Fan,’ Annie Wilkes (Marvel), and wakes up captive in her secluded home. As Annie forces Paul to rewrite his newest novel, he realizes she has no intention of letting him go anywhere.
  • The limited engagement will arrive on Broadway in fall 2015. The theater and timeline are still to be announced.


  • Theatre: Winter Garden Theatre
  • First Preview: November 9, 2015
  • Opening: December 6, 2015
  • Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber (music), Glenn Slater (lyrics), Julian Fellowes (book)
  • Director: Laurence Connor
  • Cast: Alex Brightman, Sierra Boggess
  • Down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star Dewey Finn (Brightman) poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious prep school to make ends meet. When he discovers his students’ musical talents, he enlists his fifth-graders to form a rock group and conquer the Battle of the Bands.


  • Theatre: Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
  • First Preview: November 9, 2015
  • Opening: December 10, 2015
  • Written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis & Stephen Bray (music & lyrics), Marsha Norman (book), Alice Walker (novel)
  • Director: John Doyle
  • Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson, Danielle Brooks
  • Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple follows the inspirational Celie, as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life.
  • Producers Oprah Winfrey and Scott Sanders’ plans for a fall 2015 revival were reported in 2014. John Doyle’s stripped-down production received critical acclaim in London. The New York post confirmed a fall 2015 run in January, with Hudson signed on to star as Shug Avery. Original London star Erivo joined Hudson and a November start at the Jacobs was confirmed in March 2015.


  • Theatre: Broadway Theatre
  • First Preview: November 12, 2015
  • Opening: December 17, 2015
  • Written by Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Joseph Stein (book)
  • Director: Bartlett Sher
  • Cast: Danny Burstein
  • The story of Fiddler – inspired by the stories of Sholom Aleichem – concerns Tevye and his daughters, who are yearning for something new even as great changes are happening in the world outside their village of Anatevka.
  • Producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel confirmed in March 2014 to The New York Times that Bartlett Sher would helm this revival on Broadway in fall 2015. Danny Burstein is rumored for the role of Tevye. An October Telecharge Group Sales e-mail revealed that performances will begin Nov. 17, 2015 at a theater still to be announced.


  • Theatre: American Airlines Theatre
  • First Preview: December 17, 2015
  • Opening: January 14, 2016
  • Written by Michael Frayn
  • Director: Jeremy Herrin
  • Cast: Andrea Martin, Megan Hilty, Jeremy Shamos
  • Roundabout Theatre Company revives Frayn’s farce.


  • Theatre: Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
  • First Preview: December 28, 2015
  • Opening: January 20, 2016
  • Written by Richard Greenberg
  • Director: Lynne Meadow
  • Cast: Linda Lavin
  • On the verge of death for the umpteenth time, Anna (Linda Lavin) makes a shocking confession to her grown children: an affair from her past that just might have resonance beyond the family. But how much of what she says is true? While her children try to separate fact from fiction, Anna fights for a legacy she can be proud of. With razor-sharp wit and extraordinary insight, Our Mother’s Brief Affair considers the sweeping, surprising impact of indiscretions both large and small.


  • Theatre: Studio 54
  • First Preview: February 5, 2016
  • Opening: March 3, 2016
  • Written by Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Joe Masteroff (book)
  • Director: Scott Ellis
  • Cast: Josh Radnor, Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski
  • Georg (Radnor) and Amalia (Benanti) are two parfumerie clerks who aren’t quite the best of friends. Constantly bumping heads while on the job, the sparring coworkers can’t seem to find common ground. But little do they know, the anonymous romantic pen pals they have both been falling for happen to be each other.
  • Josh Radnor appeared in a Roundabout gala reading of She Loves Me in 2011. Laura Benanti joins him for this limited Broadway engagement.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015
  • Written by Carol Hill (music & lyrics), Peter Masterson and Larry L. King (book)
  • Director: Rob Ashford
  • Cast: TBA
  • Whorehouse recounts the good times and the demise of the Chicken Ranch, known since the 1850s as one of the best pleasure palaces in all of Texas…that is until the crusading television reporter Melvin P. Thorpe focuses his cameras and his righteous indignation on the institution.
  • Jerry Frankel and Jeffrey Richards will produce this revival, to be directed and coreographed by Rob Ashford. It is aiming for a Broadway bow in 2015.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: Feb. 19 2016
  • Opening: Mar. 21 2016
  • Written by Duncan Sheik (music & lyrics), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (book)
  • Director: Rupert Goold
  • Cast: Benjamin Walker
  • Patrick Bateman’s days are driven by his obsessive and over-the-top materialism; by night, his mask of sanity slips away as he descends into a chilling indulgence in drugs, prostitution and murder.
  • Made its world premiere in London at the Almeida Theatre January 2014, starring Matt Smith. Was announced to return off-Broadway, with some revisions and an all-new cast. Benjamin Walker, who led the show’s initial workshops, was expected to play Bateman. That Second Stage bow was ultimately canceled when commercial producers Act 4 Entertainment pulled the rights. Act 4 is partnering with Jeffrey Richards to instead bring the show directly to Broadway. Following a January 2015 workshop, audition notices confirmed a mid-February 2016 Broadway arrival was targeted.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • First Preview: Feb. 29, 2016
  • Opening: April 7, 2016
  • Written by Arthur Miller
  • Director: Ivo van Hove
  • Cast: Ben Whishaw, Saoirse Ronan, Ciaran Hinds. Sophie Okonedo.
  • Arthur Miller’s political allegory framed as a story about a man falsely charged with witchcraft in colonial, Salem, MA.


  • Theatre: Thomas J. Friedman Theatre
  • First Preview: March 22, 2016
  • Opening: April 12, 2016
  • Written by Florian Zeller
  • Director: Doug Hughes
  • Cast: Frank Langella
  • A fascinating look inside the mind of Andre (Frank Langella), a retired dancer living with his adult daughter Anne and her husband. Or is he a retired engineer receiving a visit from Anne who has moved away with her boyfriend? Why do strangers keep turning up in his room? And where has he left his watch?
  • Produced previously in Paris and London.


  • Theatre: Music Box Theatre
  • First Preview: March 14, 2016
  • Opening: April 21, 2016
  • Written by Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle (music), George C. Wolfe (book)
  • Director: George C. Wolfe
  • Cast: Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter
  • A backstage musical about the events that led to the creation of the groundbreaking Eubie Blake-Noble Sissle musical Shuffle Along.


  • Theatre: Broadhurst
  • First Preview: March 23, 2016
  • Opening: April 17, 2016
  • Written by Nathan Tysen (lyrics), Chris Miller (music), Claudia Shear (book)
  • Director: Casey Nicholaw
  • Cast: TBA
  • Good girl Winnie Foster’s world has been safely contained behind the picket fence that surrounds the house she shares with her mother and grandmother. Yearning to break free, Winnie runs deep into the woods behind their house where she discovers the Tuck family and the secret they’ve been keeping.


  • Theatre: Brooks Atkinson
  • First Preview: March 2016
  • Opening: April 2016
  • Written by Sara Bareilles (music & lyrics), Jessie Nelson (book), Adrienne Shelly (original screenplay)
  • Director: Diane Paulus
  • Cast: Jessie Mueller
  • Based on the 2007 film of the same name, which follows a pregnant waitress named Jenna who is unhappily married in the Deep South. She meets a newcomer to her town and falls into an unlikely relationship as a last attempt at happiness.
  • In development since June 2013 with producers Barry and Fran Weissler, director Diane Paulus and songwriter Sara Bareilles. The show had a successful tryout at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA in summer 2015.


  • Theatre: American Airlines Theatre
  • First Preview: March 31, 2016
  • Opening: April 19, 2016
  • Written by Eugene O’Neill
  • Director: Jonathan Kent
  • Cast: Jessica Lange, Gabriel Byrne, John Gallagher Jr.
  • O’Neill’s tale of an ordinary summer’s day with extraordinary consequences. Roundabout revives the story of the Tyrone family and their battle to unearth — and conceal — a lifetime of secrets.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Spring 2016
  • Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell (music), Edie Brickell (lyrics), Steve Martin (book)
  • Director: Walter Bobbie
  • Cast: TBA
  • In the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina between 1923 and 1945, Billy Cane, a young soldier just home from World War II, meets Alice Murphy, the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal. Together they discover a powerful secret that alters their lives.
  • Premiered at San Diego’s Old Globe in fall 2014. Producer Joey Parnes announced in June 2015 that the musical would next presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington in December, and is aiming for a Broadway bow spring 2016.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Spring 2016
  • Written by William Finn (music & lyrics), James Lapine (book)
  • Director: James Lapine
  • Cast: TBA
  • As Marvin struggles to create a ‘tight knit family’ out of his eclectic array of core relationships (including his ex-wife, his new boyfriend, his adolescent son, his psychiatrist, and his neighbors) amidst a series of monumental life changes, he is forced to reckon with his own views on love, responsibility, and what it means to be a man.
  • Producer Jordan Roth, president of Jujamcyn Theaters, announced plans for this revival in February 2015. Casting is underway.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015-16 Season
  • Written by Mark Medoff
  • Director: Kenny Leon
  • Cast: TBA
  • The story of James Leeds, a new teacher at a school for the deaf, and Sarah Norman, the school’s one-time star student who has stayed behind as its cleaning woman rather than venturing out into the hearing world.
  • Premiered on Broadway in 1980. It ran for more than two years and won the Tony award for Best Play. Hal Luftig will produce this revival, which is aiming for the 2015-16 season.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Spring 2016
  • Written by Matthew Sklar & Marvin Hamlisch (music), Nell Benjamin (lyrics), Chad Beguelin & Bob Martin (book)
  • Director: Jerry Mitchell
  • Cast: TBA
  • In 2007, a group of expert dancers was tasked with getting professional basketball’s first ever senior citizen dance team performance-ready. The venue? Center court. The genre? Hip-hop. Over the coming months, bonds would be formed, generation gaps would be crossed, and, eventually, some pretty hot moves would be busted.
  • Producers Dori Berinstein and Bill Damaschke announced Feb 2015 that Gotta Dance, based on the 2008 documentary of the same name, would make its world premiere Dec – Jan at Broadway In Chicago’s Bank of America Theatre. Producers hope Broadway will follow in spring 2016.




  • Theatre: Lyric
  • First Preview: April 16, 2016
  • Opening: June 2, 2016
  • Written by “Bob & Bill” (Guy Dubuc and Marc Lessard).
  • Director: Philippe Decouflé
  • Cast: TBA
  • New musical that will represent the first Cirque du Soleil show assembled expressly for Broadway.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2016-2017 Season
  • Written by Charlie Smalls (music & lyrics), Luther Vandross (additional songs), William F. Brown (book), Harvey Fierstein (revised book)
  • Director: Kenny Leon
  • Cast: TBA
  • Dorothy, a young woman from Kansas, is swept up in a tornado and relocated to a fantasy world that is inhabited by munchkins, witches and flying monkeys. She eventually takes a path down a yellow brick road to find a wizard who can help her go home and along the way meets a scarecrow, tin man and cowardly lion, who all learn to help one another.
  • Announced March 2015 as NBC’s next live television musical event to be broadcast December 2015; co-producer Cirque de Soleil also plans to take the production to Broadway for the 2016-2017 season.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: Jan. 9, 2017
  • Written by Tim Minchin (music & lyrics), Danny Rubin (book)
  • Director: Matthew Marchus
  • Cast: TBA
  • Like the 1993 film of the same title, on which it is based, the musical tells the story of a snarky TV journalist sent to cover Groundhog Day festivities in Punxatawney, PA, but finds himself in a “Twilight Zone”-like quandary, forced to live the day over and over again until he learns the errors of his ways and gets the day “right.”
  • In development since 2012. This new work from the team behind Matilda will make its world premiere at London’s Old Vic in 2016, followed by Broadway in January 2017.




  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Written by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (music & lyrics), Marco Pennette (book), Jason Filardi (original screenplay)
  • Director: Adam Shankman
  • Cast: TBA
  • A man who is unhappy with how his life has turned out at 37 wakes up as his 17-year-old self and is given a second-chance to rewrite his story. A musical adaptation of the film, which starred Zac Efron.
  • Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures is producing and held an industry only presentation March 6th 2015, starring Darren Criss.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Written by Alan Menken (music), Chazz Palminteri and Glenn Slatern (book & lyrics)
  • Director: Robert De Niro & Jerry Zaks
  • Cast: TBA
  • A musical version of Chazz Palminteri’s solo show, which tells the story of Calogero Anello, a young boy from a working class family who gets involved in the world of organized crime.
  • A developmental workshop was held in August 2014, with new music by Alan Menken (at first David Bryan of Bon Jovi was attached). Dodger Theatricals joined as co-producers. A Feb-March 2016 premiere at Paper Mill Payhouse was announced in February 2015, with Jerry Zaks and Robert De Niro as co-directors.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Written by Dan Messé (music), Nathan Tyson (lyrics), Craig Lucas (book)
  • Director: Pam MacKinnon
  • Cast: TBA
  • A musical adaptation of the award-winning 2001 film, which starred Audrey Tautou as a shy waitress with a wild imagination.
  • Composer Dan Messé, who penned music for the Shakespeare in the Park production of Twelfth Night with his Brooklyn-based folk-rock band Hem, is adapting Amélie for the stage. A developmental workshop was held in July, led by MacKinnon. World premiere is set for Berkely Rep in August 2015, starring Samantha Barks and Adam Chandler-Berat.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Written by Mark Mancina (music), Glen Berger (book)
  • Director: John Doyle
  • Cast: TBA
  • A musically gifted orphan runs away from his New York City foster home in search of his birth parents. On his journey, he’s taken under the wing of a street Maestro named Wizard, who discovers his musical genius, names him ‘August Rush,’ and devises a plan to profit from his talent.
  • In development for a possible Broadway future. Producers include Warner Brothers, CJ Entertainment and Richard B. Lewis. A workshop was held Nov-Dec 2014, ending with a closed-door presentation. The workshop starred Ethan Khusidman, Terrence Mann, Isabel Keating, Alexander Gemignani, Mark Jacoby and Will Connolly.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Written by David Austin (music), Iris Rainer Dart (lyrics & book), Thom Thomas (book)
  • Director: Eric Schaeffer
  • Cast: Whitney Bashor, Shoshana Bean
  • Vivacious, outlandish Cee Cee and beautiful, privileged Bertie meet as children and become fast friends. From pen-pals to roommates to romantic rivals, Cee Cee and Bertie’s oil-and-water friendship perseveres through even the most tragic trials.
  • Beaches continues its development with a second regional production at Drury Lane Theatre in Chicago, running June – August 2015. It is aiming for Broadway with producers attached.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Written by David Greig (book), Marc Shaiman (music & lyrics), Roald Dahl (novel)
  • Director: Sam Mendes
  • Cast: TBA
  • When Charlie wins a golden ticket to the weird and wonderful Wonka Chocolate Factory, it’s the chance of a lifetime to feast on the sweets he’s always dreamed of. But beyond the gates astonishment awaits, as the five lucky winners discover not everything is as sweet as it seems.
  • The West End production has been running successfully since June 2013. According to the Washington Post, the production will transfer to Broadway following the completion of director Sam Mendes upcoming James Bond film. Shaiman confirmed in an October 2014 Broadway World interview that the show was coming to Broadway in the near future, with some creative adjustments planned.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2016-2017
  • Written by Troy Britton Johnson (book, music & lyrics)
  • Director: Jerry Mitchell
  • Cast: TBA
  • A modern-day story about a group of young people in search of themselves — who wind up following a charismatic cult leader who happens to worship all things “Partridge.”
  • An industry reading was held October 10th 2014. The presentation was produced by Lou Spisto, directed by Mitchell and featured Aaron Tveit, Annaleigh Ashford, Telly Leung, Christopher Sieber and Wesley Taylor.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015
  • Written by Sheryl Crow (music and lyrics), Barry Levinson (book)
  • Director: Kathleen Marshall
  • Cast: TBA
  • It’s Christmas 1959 in Baltimore and six high school buddies, now in their twenties, reunite at their old hangout, The Fells Point Diner – before one of them ties the knot.
  • Diner first postponed its Broadway opening from April 2013 to fall 2013. Most recently, Sheryl Crow told the Wall Street Journal that the show is now on track with new producers. A staged reading was held in New York December 2013, and a regional premiere ran through January 2015 at Signature Theatre in Virginia. A second regional tryout is scheduled for Delaware Theatre Company in December 2015.



  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015-16 Season
  • Written by Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland, Jr. (music & lyrics), Rupert Holmes & Linda Bloodworth Thomason (book)
  • Director: Simon Phillips
  • Cast: Faith Prince, Christine Sherrill, Carmen Cusack
  • Former college friends reunite at middle-age and discover they share the same unhappy story — their ungrateful husbands careened into midlife by dumping them for younger women. The three women band together and take back their lives with style.
  • A June 2014 casting notice confirmed renewed plans for this show, now with Simon Phillips at the helm (Francesca Zambello previously left the project). It premiered at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre in spring 2015, and aims for Broadway in the 2015-16 season.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Written by Tom Kitt (music), Brian Yorkey (lyrics), Bridget Carpenter (book)
  • Director: Christopher Ashley
  • Cast: TBA
  • A musical adaptation of the 1976 Walt Disney body-switch comedy.
  • Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey confirmed at the 2014 Tony Awards that they were developing this show. Ryan Scott Oliver had previously been attached. A January casting notice confirmed a developmental lab for March – April 2015, with Christopher Ashley directing.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015-2016 Season
  • Written by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez (book, music & lyrics)
  • Director: Alex Timbers
  • Cast: TBA
  • When introverted, 30-something computer repairman Dan finds a potential spark with outgoing t-shirt designer Lindsay, his attempts at a relationship are thwarted by the Technicolor world in his head.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015
  • Written by David Farr
  • Director: Gísli Örn Garðarsson
  • Cast: TBA
  • Forget everything you ever knew about Robin Hood. In this reimagining, Robin and his unmerry gang of cutthroats steal from the rich, but it’s never occurred to them to give anything back to anyone. But when wicked Prince John threatens all, bold Marion steps in to protect the poor and transform a thuggish Robin from hood to good.
  • Made its UK premiere at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2011, and was seen at the American Repertory Theater in 2013. Currently playing a pre-Broadway Toronto engagement. A limited run at the Marquis in the summer of 2015 was postponed, with producers instead hoping to secure a theater for an open-ended run.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015-2016 Season
  • Written by Stephen A. Weiner (music), Peter Mills (lyrics), Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss (book)
  • Director: John Rando
  • Cast: TBA
  • Ralph Kramden and his buddy Ed Norton are back and still shooting for the moon in this world-premiere musical. After shocking their wives by winning a high profile jingle contest, they are catapulted out of Brooklyn and into the cutthroat world of Madison Avenue.
  • An industry presentation was held November 2014, produced by Jeffrey Finn and Goodspeed Musicals and starring Michael McGrath, Hank Azaria, Leslie Kritzer and Megan Hilty. The show was first announced to premiere at Goodspeed September – November 2015, in association with Jeffrey Finn Production. In March that tryout was canceled, with producers declaring the production “ready for Broadway.”


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Written by Marsha Norman (book), Marius de Vries (composer & arrangements), Michael Mitnick and Richard Thomas (additional lyrics)
  • Director: Eric Schaeffer
  • Cast: TBA
  • A musical adaptation of Merian C. Cooper and Edgar Wallace’s novella.
  • King Kong had its world premiere at the Regent Theatre in Melbourne, Australia. Broadway plans currently have no set timeline or theater. The New York Times reported in September that director Daniel Kramer and book writer Craig Lucas had departed the project due to creative differences. Marsha Norman has signed on as the new book writer, and Norman revealed in March 2015 that Eric Schaeffer had come aboard as director.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Written by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin (music & lyrics), Tina Fey (book)
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA
  • A musical adaptation of the hit 2004 film.
  • Tina Fey first confirmed in January 2013 that a musical adaptation was in the works. In May 2014 Fey and her husband Jeff Richmond, who is scoring the show with Nell Benjamin, confirmed that it was progressing. Richmond told Yahoo in March 2015 that 60 percent of the show was completed prior to an expected summer workshop.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Written by Alfred Uhry (adaptation), John Berendt (novel)
  • Director: Rob Ashford
  • Cast: TBA
  • A musical adaptation of John Berendt’s 1994 best-selling book about the mysterious and eccentric citizens of Savannah, GA. Will feature standards from the American songbook, including the music of Johnny Mercer.
  • Alfred Uhry is writing the book for this adaptation, with Rob Ashford attached as director. In June 2013, the creatives said they were aiming for a fall 2014 out-of-town tryout, with Broadway possibly to follow in 2015. Deadline reports that a reading was held in June 2014 starring Tony Goldwyn and Leslie Uggams, with a September workshop planned towards a London premiere.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2016-2017
  • Written by Tom Kitt (music), Brian Yorkey (lyrics), Roberto Aguire-Sacasa (book)
  • Director: TBA
  • Cast: TBA
  • A stage adaptation of Steven Soderbergh’s film about male strippers.
  • Screenwriter Reid Carolin first confirmed the movie’s stage plans in 2013. At the 2014 Tony Awards, Tom Kitt and Bryan Yorkey confirmed their involvement, and revealed Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was now book writer. A private workshop was held April 2015 featuring Derek Klena and Taylor Louderman.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015
  • Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg (music), Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (lyrics), Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (book)
  • Director: Laurence Connor
  • Cast: TBA
  • An American soldier named Chris marries Kim in Vietnam before departing for the US. Three years later, he returns to find Kimstill alive and raising Thuy, a boy he fathered. With the Viet Cong are closing in on the city and two women wanting the only place in his heart, Chris has big decisions to make.
  • Prior to its West End opening, Cameron Mackintosh said the London revival of Miss Saigon might transfer to Broadway in 2015 if it was well received. The revival went on to break box office records. The New York Times reported in September that a Broadway move would not come before fall 2016 for scheduling reasons.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015
  • Written by Jordan Allen-Dutton and Erik Weiner (book & lyrics), Hal Goldberg (music)
  • Director: Casey Hushion
  • Cast: TBA
  • An outrageous, epic take on the parallel stories of technology pioneers Bill Gates and Steve Jobs as they blaze a path from garage inventors to warring titans of the computer revolution.
  • First presented by the Philadelphia Theatre Company in 2007. Then played a limited engagement at North Carolina Theatre in 2013. A concert was presented at 54 Below in June 2014. Reps for the show confirmed in September 2014 that the show was aiming for a spring 2015 Broadway bow. These plans did not come to fruition, but an April workshop is being held towards a summer/fall Broadway goal.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Written by John Michael Hayes (original screenplay), Keith Reddin (adaptation)
  • Director: Darko Tresnjak
  • Cast: TBA
  • Keith Reddin (Maybe, Black Snow) will adapt the play from the original 1942 short story, about a housebound man who witnesses a murder in a nearby building. The tale is best known for Alfred Hitchcock’s Academy Award-nominated 1954 film.
  • Producers Charlie Lyons, Lias J. Steen, Jay Russell and Tim Guinee announced this project in June 2013 with no set timetable. A regional premiere is set for Hartford Stage in October 2015.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Written by Michael Kunze (original book and lyrics), Sylvester Levay (music), Christopher Hampton (English book adaptation), with English lyrics by Hampton and Kunze
  • Director: Michael Blakemore and Francesca Zambello
  • Cast: TBA
  • Based on the classic Daphne du Maurier novel, this musical is the story of Maxim de Winter, his new wife, and Mrs. Danvers, the controlling and manipulative housekeeper of Maxim’s West Country estate of Manderley — where the memory of his first wife, the glamorous and mysterious Rebecca, still casts a shadow.
  • The Rebecca team has been granted an extension of the show’s stage rights. Producers Ben Sprecher and Louise Forlenza announced in January 2014 that the show had recruited new producers towards a Broadway goal. Conman Mark Hotton was sentenced to three years in prison in October 2014, at which time Sprecher said he was aiming for a fall 2015 opening. In May 2015 Sprecher claimed a spring 2016 bow now looked more likely.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015-16 Season
  • Written by Lee Hall (adaptation), Tom Stoppard & Marc Norman (original screenplay)
  • Director: Declan Donnellan
  • Cast: TBA
  • Promising young playwright Will Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block until he finds his muse in the form of passionate noblewoman, Viola De Lesseps. A stage adaptation of the 1998 Best Picture winning film.
  • Disney is producing this stage adaptation in London with Sonia Friedman, a frequent Broadway producer. London reviews were strong, though a New York Times review was mostly negative. The New York Post reports that the show is aiming for Broadway in the 2015-16 season. The leads are expected to transfer with it.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: TBA
  • Written by Maury Yeston (music & lyrics) and Peter Stone (book)
  • Director: Thom Southerland
  • Cast: TBA
  • A revival of the musical, which tells the story of the passengers of the doomed luxury liner.
  • This revival, a chamber production, began at London’s Southwark Playhouse in 2013. It was first announced to play a try-out in Toronto before a fall 2014 Broadway bow. However, producers confirmed in May that the production would be postponed due to “a lack of an available theatre,” with a new timeline to be announced. In October a new spring 2015 Toronto premiere was announced, with no set plans to follow.


  • Theatre: TBA
  • Target Opening: 2015-2016 Season
  • Written by Irving Berlin (music & lyrics), Chad Beguelin (book)
  • Director: Christopher Gattelli
  • Cast: TBA
  • The glamour of Hollywood’s golden age and the glorious, tap-dancing magic of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers comes to the stage in this classic dance musical.
  • Premiered on the West End in 2013 in an earlier version, directed by Matthew White and choreographed by Bill Deamer. The first New York developmental lab was held in March 2014 – Gattelli now directs and choreographs. It was reported in August 2014 that Tommy Tune had been approached to re-envision the new version for New York audiences. A second lab was held May – June 2015.

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