So what's in store for avid theater-goers come September? A lot! Musical adaptations of iconic films, Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas and the newest from seemingly ageless playwright Tom Stoppard are all heading to the Great White Way.
Here's what we're looking forward to the most:
Death of a Salesman: Down-and-out salesman Willy Loman and his family are back, this time with an African-American cast. Wendell Pierce (The Wire) and Sharon D. Clarke star in this revival of Arthur Miller's 1949 classic. This Miranda Cromwell-directed version had an acclaimed run on the West End of London three years ago, so we expect bravura performances from everyone involved. (September 19 through January 15)
August Wilson's The Piano Lesson earned him a Pulitzer in 1990, and is a chapter in the playwright's ten-part look into the African-American experience in the 20th century. The play is set in Pittsburgh in 1936, during the aftermath of the Great Depression, and follows the lives of the Charles family and an heirloom, the family piano, which is decorated with designs carved by an enslaved ancestor. LaTanya Richardson Jackson directs and Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks and John David Washington star. (September 19 through November 30)
Leopoldstadt is 85-year-old master playwright Tom Stoppard's latest. The drama begins in Vienna at the turn of the 20th century and runs the course of fifty years, following the lives of a prosperous Jewish family who had fled the pogroms in the east. Stoppard draws on his own family history for this drama, which ran on the West End in London in 2020. Patrick Marber directs and Betsy Aidem, Caissie Levy and Brandon Uranowitz star. (September 14 through January 29)
How much did you love the movie Almost Famous? (Haven't seen it? Shame on you! Stream it NOW!) Director Cameron Crowe has teamed with songwriter Tom Kitt to adapt his 2000 film into a musical. The story centers around a teenage journalist writing for Rolling Stone in the early 70s, who tours with a fictitious rock band in an attempt to get his first cover story published. We can't wait to see what Crowe does to bring his work to the stage! Jeremy Harrin directs and Chris Wood, Anika Larsen, Solea Pfeiffer, Drew Gehling, Rob Colleti and newcomer Casey Likes star. (October 3 through December 31)
Fans of the mega-hit Hamilton will no doubt be itching to see 1776, a musical based on the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence that first premiered on Broadway in 1969. This go-round, the Founding Fathers are all played by women or trans/nonbinary performers. Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus direct, the book is by Peter Stone, and music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards. (September 16 through January 8)
Remember that there are many more shows opening this autumn. These are just the ones that caught our eye, and we think you'll enjoy them, too!
Image via Johnathon Brown/iStock