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.
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.
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.
Cast: Keira Knightley, Gabriel Ebert, Judith Light, Matt Ryan, David Patrick Kelly
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
Written by Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Joseph Stein (book)
Director: Bartlett Sher
Cast: Danny Burstein, Jessica Hecht, Alix Korey, Adam Kantor
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.
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.
Written by Jerry Bock (music), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Joe Masteroff (book)
Director: Scott Ellis
Cast: Zachary Levi, Laura Benanti, Jane Krakowski
Georg (Levi) 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.
Written by Carol Hill (music & lyrics), Peter Masterson and Larry L. King (book)
Director: Rob Ashford
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.
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.d.
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?
Written by Nathan Tysen (lyrics), Chris Miller (music), Claudia Shear (book)
Director: Casey Nicholaw
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.
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 its first full production at American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA in summer 2015.
Written by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell (music), Edie Brickell (lyrics), Steve Martin (book)
Director: Walter Bobbie
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 in spring 2016.
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.
Written by Matthew Sklar & Marvin Hamlisch (music), Nell Benjamin (lyrics), Chad Beguelin & Bob Martin (book)
Director: Jerry Mitchell
Cast: Lillias White, Andre De Shields, Georgia Engel, Haven Burton, Lori Tan Chinn and Stefanie Powers
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.
Written by Charlie Smalls (music & lyrics), Luther Vandross (additional songs), William F. Brown (book), Harvey Fierstein (revised book)
Director: Kenny Leon
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.
Written by Alan Zachary and Michael Weiner (music & lyrics), Marco Pennette (book), Jason Filardi (original screenplay)
Director: Adam Shankman
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 6, 2015, starring Darren Criss.
Written by Alan Menken (music), Chazz Palminteri and Glenn Slater (book & lyrics)
Director: Robert De Niro & Jerry Zaks
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.
Written by Dan Messé (music), Nathan Tyson (lyrics), Craig Lucas (book)
Director: Pam MacKinnon
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. The show had its world premiere at Berkeley Rep in August 2015, starring Samantha Barks and Adam Chandler-Berat.
Written by Mark Mancina (music), Glen Berger (book)
Director: John Doyle
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.
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.
Written by David Greig (book), Marc Shaiman (music & lyrics), Roald Dahl (novel)
Director: Sam Mendes
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. Shaiman confirmed in an October 2014 interview that the show was coming to Broadway in the near future, with some creative adjustments planned.
Written by Sheryl Crow (music and lyrics), Barry Levinson (book)
Director: Kathleen Marshall
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.
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.
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. The show extended what was billed as 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.
Written by Stephen A. Weiner (music), Peter Mills (lyrics), Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss (book)
Director: John Rando
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.”
Written by Marsha Norman (book), Marius de Vries (composer & arrangements), Michael Mitnick and Richard Thomas (additional lyrics)
Director: Eric Schaeffer
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.
Written by Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin (music & lyrics), Tina Fey (book)
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.
Written by Alfred Uhry (adaptation), John Berendt (novel)
Director: Rob Ashford
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.
Written by Claude-Michel Schönberg (music), Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (lyrics), Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg (book)
Director: Laurence Connor
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.
Written by John Michael Hayes (original screenplay), Keith Reddin (adaptation)
Director: Darko Tresnjak
Cast: Kevin Bacon
Keith Reddin (Maybe, Black Snow) adapted 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 from 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.
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
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.
Written by Lee Hall (adaptation), Tom Stoppard & Marc Norman (original screenplay)
Director: Declan Donnellan
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.
Written by Maury Yeston (music & lyrics) and Peter Stone (book)
Director: Thom Southerland
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.
Written by Irving Berlin (music & lyrics), Chad Beguelin (book)
Director: Christopher Gattelli
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.
FOOL FOR LOVETwo lovers locked in destructive passion reunite at a seedy motel in Sam Shepard’s propulsive 1983 play. Daniel Aukin’s gritty production starring Nina Arianda and Sam Rockwell had its premiere at the Williamstown Theater Festival last year and comes to Broadway via Manhattan Theater Club, in association with Williamstown. Previews begin Sept. 15. Opens Oct. 8. Samuel J. Friedman Theater,manhattantheatreclub.org.
OLD TIMESWhat starts as a genteel dinner party turns into a classic Pinter power struggle in Harold Pinter’s eerie play about a married couple visited by an old friend of the wife’s. Clive Owen, in his Broadway debut, stars with Eve Best and Kelly Reilly. Douglas Hodge, whose prior two visits to Broadway were as an actor (“Cyrano de Bergerac” and “La Cage aux Folles”) is the director, and Thom Yorke of the band Radiohead provides original music. Previews begin Sept. 17. Opens Oct. 6. American Airlines Theater, roundabouttheatre.org.
BELIEVERS This new tragicomedy checks in on a marriage at its start and 20 years later, when a devout couple is tested more severely than they’d ever expected. Written by Ken Jaworowski (“Interchange”), a staff editor at The New York Times, and directed by Alex Dmitriev. Sept. 24-Oct. 17. WorkShop Theater, workshoptheater.org.
BARBECUE A family attempts an intervention during a barbecue in the park, but frank talk about a sibling’s drug use escalates in the latest from Robert O’Hara (“Bootycandy”), directed by Kent Gash. Previews begin Sept. 22. Oct. 8.-Nov. 1. Public Theater, publictheater.org.
THE GIN GAME For the first time since “A Hand Is on the Gate” in 1966, James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson will share a Broadway stage, in this revival of D. L. Coburn’s play about nursing home residents whose seemingly innocuous games of gin rummy grow more fraught as she continues to win. Leonard Foglia directs. Previews begin Sept. 23. Oct. 14-Jan. 10. Golden Theater, thegingamebroadway.com.
MOTHERSTRUCK A single lesbian with no health insurance or financial stability wants to have a baby in this autobiographical work by the poet and activist Staceyann Chin (“Border/Clash: A Litany of Desires”). Cynthia Nixon is the director, and Rosie O’Donnell the producer of this Culture Project presentation. Previews begin Sept. 24. Opens Oct. 7. Lynn Redgrave Theater, cultureproject.org.
DAMES AT SEA Downtown heads uptown when this musical comedy that was presented in 1966 at the Off Off Broadway Caffe Cino starring a young Bernadette Peters finally gets its Broadway bow. Directed and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the show, with a book and lyrics by George Haimsohn and Robin Miller and music by Jim Wise, has been reimagined for its big moment, and will include new dance and vocal arrangements by Rob Berman. Previews begin Sept. 24. Opens Oct. 22. Helen Hayes Theater, damesatseabroadway.com.
ECLIPSED Three women who have been kidnapped by a Liberian rebel commander live together in a shack and somehow attain stability until a new girl appears and disturbs the status quo, in this play by Danai Gurira (Michonne on “The Walking Dead,”). Liesl Tommy, who directed the 2009 premiere at the Woolly Mammoth Theater and a subsequent production at Yale Rep, does the honors in New York as well with a cast that includes Lupita Nyong’o (“12 Years a Slave”). Previews begin Sept. 29. Oct. 14-Nov. 13. Public Theater, publictheater.org.
RIPCORD Abby (Holland Taylor) is not pleased with her new and annoyingly upbeat roommate Marilyn (Marylouise Burke) at an assisted living facility, and she plots to do anything to rectify the situation in this comedy by David Lindsay-Abaire. David Hyde Pierce directs the Manhattan Theater Club production. Previews begin Sept. 29. Opens Oct. 20. City Center Stage I, manhattantheatreclub.org.
EMPANADA LOCA Daphne Rubin-Vega stars as an ex-con living in a subway tunnel and out for revenge in this Labyrinth Theater Company world premiere, written and directed by Aaron Mark and inspired by thelegend of Sweeney Todd. Previews begin Sept. 30. Oct. 21-Nov. 8.labtheater.org.
THE HUMANS The latest by Stephen Karam (“Sons of the Prophet”) is about a family’s tension-filled Thanksgiving dinner, and features Reed Birney, Jayne Houdyshell and Joyce Van Patten among the cast, with Joe Mantello directing. Previews begin Sept. 30. Opens Oct. 25. Laura Pels Theater, roundabouttheatre.org.
THÉRÈSE RAQUIN Unhappily married, the title character — played by Keira Knightley in her Broadway debut — enters into an affair with deadly consequences in this adaptation, by Helen Edmundson, of the Émile Zola novel. Evan Cabnet directs and Gabriel Ebert, Matt Ryan and Judith Light co-star. Previews begin Oct. 1. Opens Oct. 29. Studio 54,roundabouttheatre.org.
SYLVIA Annaleigh Ashford, who won a Tony for “You Can’t Take It With You” (her hilarious “Kinky Boots” performance was equally worthy), is reason enough to head to the Cort Theater for this revival of A. R. Gurney’s1995 comedy. Matthew Broderick is Greg, who brings home a dog one day — that’s Sylvia (Ms. Ashford) — creating a love triangle that also includes his wife (Julie White). Daniel Sullivan directs. Previews begin Oct. 2. Opens Oct. 27. Cort Theater, sylviabroadway.com.
INDECENT The 1923 Broadway premiere of Sholem Asch’s “God of Vengeance,” set in a brothel, was controversial to the point of arrests on obscenity charges for the cast. Now, Yale Repertory Theater presents this new play with music by Paula Vogel and Rebecca Taichman (who also directs), which is inspired by the 1923 incident. The show is a co-production with La Jolla Playhouse, where it will be performed Nov. 13-Dec. 10 (lajollaplayhouse.org). At Yale: Oct. 2-24. University Theater, New Haven, yalerep.org.
ON YOUR FEET! This new musical based on the life story of the multipleGrammy-winning couple Gloria and Emilio Estefan (who collaborated on the music, lyrics and orchestrations) arrives on Broadway after a premiere in Chicago. “The bookwriter Alexander Dinelaris, the choreographer Sergio Trujillo and the director Jerry Mitchell have, together, not only avoided feathery excess and nostalgic 1980s schmaltz, they’ve created a show with a strikingly high amount of emotional intimacy,” Chris Jones wrote in his Chicago Tribune review. Ana Villafañe, in her Broadway debut, plays Ms. Estefan opposite Josh Segarra. Previews begin Oct. 5. Opens Nov. 5. Marquis Theater, onyourfeetmusical.com.
FUTURITY A Civil War soldier and a mathematical genius unite to create a machine that will bring about peace in this science-fiction musical by the band the Lisps. Sarah Benson directs the co-production of Ars Nova and Soho Rep. The book and lyrics are by César Alvarez and the music by Mr. Alvarez with the Lisps. Previews begin Oct. 6. Oct. 20-Nov. 8. Connelly Theater, arsnovanyc.com.
FIRST DAUGHTER SUITE Michael John LaChiusa fantasizes about the private and inner lives of some famous daughters — Tricia and Julie Nixon and Amy Carter among them — along with their moms in this follow-up to “First Lady Suite,” presented at the Public Theater in 1993. The show, directed by Kirsten Sanderson, looks at the challenges of living under constant scrutiny and personal mother-daughter dynamics. Previews begin Oct. 6. Oct. 21-Nov. 15. Public Theater, publictheater.org.
ALLEGIANCE Inspired by the story of the actor George Takei (who also stars), this musical about Japanese-Americans forced into internment camps after Pearl Harbor had its world premiere at the Old Globe Theater in 2012. On Broadway (as at the Old Globe), Stafford Arima (“Carrie”) directs a cast that also includes Telly Leung and Lea Salonga. The book is by Marc Acito and music and lyrics by Jay Kuo. Previews begin Oct. 6. Opens Nov. 8. Longacre Theater, allegiancemusical.com.
DEATH OF A SALESMAN Arthur Miller, who died in 2005, would have turned 100 on Oct. 17, so expect a lot of Miller revivals this season. This one, presented in Yiddish by New Yiddish Rep in association with Castillo Theater, promises to be a distinctive component to an unofficial Miller festival popping up around New York City. Lester Thomas Shane directs. Previews begin Oct. 8. Oct. 17-Nov. 22. Castillo Theater,newyiddishrep.org.
ERMA BOMBECK: AT WIT’S END The twin sister journalists and playwrights Allison Engel and Margaret Engel (“Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins”) have turned their attention to another great humorist/columnist for this solo show, to star Barbara Chisholm, with David Esbjornson directing. The Arena Stage premiere is part of the citywide Women’s Voices Theater Festival that will include more than 50 productions in Washington this fall. “Erma Bombeck” runs Oct. 9-Nov. 8. Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle at Arena Stage, Washington,arenastage.org.
KING CHARLES IIIMike Bartlett’s (“Cockfight Play”) play, written in iambic pentameter, imagines that Queen Elizabeth II is dead and Prince Charles ascends to the throne where he tries to have a stronger than merely symbolic impact, but thereby causes national chaos. Tim Pigott-Smith will revive the title role he played in London, where the show won an Olivier Award for best new play. Rupert Goold directs. Previews begin Oct. 10. Nov. 1-Jan. 31. Music Box Theater, kingcharlesiiibroadway.com.
DADA WOOF PAPA HOT The playwright Peter Parnell looks at the challenges faced by gay parents, through the eyes of an older married couple (played by John Benjamin Hickey and Patrick Breen) with a 3-year-old daughter. Alex Hurt, Kellie Overbey, John Pankow and Stephen Plunkett round out the cast, with Scott Ellis directing the Lincoln Center Theater production. Previews begin Oct. 15. Opens Nov. 9. Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater, lct.org.
HIR Newly returned from Afghanistan, a Marine (Cameron Scoggins) returns to his parents’ suburban home to find that his mother (Kristine Nielsen) has liberated herself from her oppressive marriage, and that his sister, Maxine, is now his brother, Max (Tom Phelan). Previews begin Oct. 16. Nov. 8-Nov. 29. Playwrights Horizons Peter Jay Sharp Theater,playwrightshorizons.org.
SONGBIRD This could be quite interesting: It’s a Southern twist on Chekhov when a fading country star returns home to Nashville ostensibly to help her son get his music career off the ground but is bitter about her own career. Based on “The Seagull,” the musical, with a book by Michael Kimmel and with music and lyrics by Lauren Pritchard, is directed by J V Mercanti. Oct. 20-Nov. 29. 59E59 Theaters, 59e59.org.
A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE When this Young Vic production of the Arthur Miller classic ran in London last year, it gobbled up raves andOlivier awards. The show is one of two Miller revivals on Broadway to be directed by Ivo van Hove this season: His production of “The Crucible” is slated to start at the end of February. (Mr. van Hove is also directing “Lazarus” at New York Theater Workshop and “Antigone” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this season.) “View” begins previews Oct. 21. Nov. 12-Feb. 21. Lyceum Theater, aviewfromthebridgebroadway.com.
CHINA DOLL David Mamet and Al Pacino make a powerful theatrical pair and despite tough reviews, sold plenty of tickets when Mr. Pacino was featured in the 2012 revival of “Glengarry Glen Ross.” Now, Mr. Mamet has written a play just for his pal; a play with an intriguing Mametian premise: A billionaire about to head into semiretirement takes one last phone call on his way out of the office and, well, it is safe to assume things become complicated. Christopher Denham co-stars, and Pam MacKinnon directs. Previews begin Oct. 21. Opens Nov. 19. Gerald Schoenfeld Theater,chinadollbroadway.com.
MISERY He didn’t get out of the cockadoodie car! Stephen King’s novel about a novelist taken prisoner by an extremely controlling fan comes to the stage in this adaptation by William Goldman, starring Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf, directed by Will Frears. Previews begin Oct. 22. Opens Nov. 15. Broadhurst Theater, miserybroadway.com.
INCIDENT AT VICHY A group of men, many of them Jewish, are detained in Vichy, France, during World War II and must speculate as to the reason and potential outcomes in this Arthur Miller play. Signature Theater Company presents it in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Miller’s birth, and Michael Wilson directs. Oct. 27-Dec. 6. Pershing Square Signature Center, signaturetheatre.org.
INVISIBLE THREAD Idealism clashes with reality in this story about a young American man who goes to Uganda as an altruistic aid worker but faces unexpected challenges — and it’s a musical! The show, by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews, had its premiere at the American Repertory Theater last year, then called “Witness Uganda,” and has since undergone significant changes. Diane Paulus directs. Previews begin Oct. 31. Opens Dec. 2. Second Stage Theater, 2st.com.
STEVEIt’s a difficult birthday for the title character, a failed Broadway chorus boy who is now a stay-at-home father suspicious that his partner of 14 years is cheating. This New Group premiere of Mark Gerrard’s play stars Mario Cantone, Jerry Dixon and Malcolm Gets, with Cynthia Nixon directing. Nov. 3-Dec. 27. Pershing Square Signature Center,thenewgroup.org.
HENRY IV The British director Phyllida Lloyd, who brought an acclaimed all-female production of Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” to St. Ann’s Warehouse in 2013, returns with another all-female cast. The production, the second in a planned trilogy of Shakespeare plays set in a women’s prison, is the first show at St. Ann’s new home in the Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park. It kicks off a season that will also feature Mark Rylance in “Nice Fish,” Enda Walsh’s new opera “The Last Hotel” and more. Nov. 6-Dec. 6, stannswarehouse.org.
SCHOOL OF ROCK — THE MUSICALAndrew Lloyd Webber’s latest creation is a rock musical based on the 2003 Jack Black movie about a struggling musician who fakes his way into a substitute teaching job and helps a class of prep school kids release their inner rock gods, forming a kickin’ band. Directed by Laurence Connor (“Les Misérables”), the show will feature music from the film along with new music by Mr. Lloyd Webber and the lyricist Glenn Slater. The book is by Julian Fellowes. Previews begin Nov. 9. Opens Dec. 6. Winter Garden Theater,schoolofrockthemusical.com.
THE COLOR PURPLE Gosh, has it been that long already? “The Color Purple” had its premiere on Broadway in December 2005, and ran for over two years. Now comes the first revival; a production directed by John Doyle who has reimagined it and stripped it down. Mr. Doyle’s version ran in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013 and drew raves. Danielle Brooks — Tastee in “Orange Is the New Black” — plays Sophia along with Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery and Cynthia Erivo as Celie, all three making their Broadway debuts. Marsha Norman wrote the book for this adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel; the music and lyrics are by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Previews begin Nov. 10. Opens Dec. 10. Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, colorpurple.com.
GIGANTICAdolescence is rough; rougher still when you get shipped off to weight loss camp. This musical, which had a developmental production — as “Fat Camp” — at the New York Musical Theater Festival is the season opener at the Vineyard. Scott Schwartz will direct, and the book is by Randy Blair and Tim Drucker, lyrics by Mr. Blair, music by Matt roi Berger and choreography by Chase Brock. Vineyard Theater, vineyardtheatre.org.
NORA The always busy Austin Pendleton directs Ingmar Bergman’s adaptation of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” for the Cherry Lane Theater, in a production that will feature George Morfogen. Nov. 14-Dec. 12. Cherry Lane Theater, cherrylanetheatre.org.
NEW YORK ANIMALS A cast of four embodies 21 New Yorkers with multiple, intersecting stories on a rainy day in the city in this new play by Steven Sater (“Spring Awakening”), featuring music by Burt Bacharach. It’s a Bedlam production, to be directed by Bedlam’s artistic director, Eric Tucker. Previews begin Nov. 14. Nov. 29-Dec. 20. New Ohio Theater,theatrebedlam.org.
LAZARUS Enda Walsh and David Bowie give theatrical life to this story of an alien who comes to earth looking for water — adapted from the novel “The Man Who Fell to Earth” by Walter Tevis. The inventive director Ivo van Hove (“Scenes From a Marriage”) returns to New York Theater Workshop once again, and Michael C. Hall stars. Previews begin Nov. 18. Opens Dec. 7. New York Theater Workshop, nytw.org.
FIDDLER ON THE ROOFDanny Burstein stars as Tevye, and Jessica Hecht is his wife Golde in this revival of the 1964 musical that gobbled up numerous Tony awards. The story, about a poor Jewish family in a Russian shtetl in 1905, features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and a book by Joseph Stein. Bartlett Sher will direct. Previews begin Nov. 20. Opens Dec. 20. Broadway Theater, fiddlermusical.com.
BRIGHT STAR A soldier just back from World War II and the editor of a Southern literary journal form a powerful and possibly life-changing connection in this Steve Martin (music and book) and Edie Brickell (music and lyrics) collaboration. The show had its world premiere at the Old Globe Theater in 2014 and is stopping off at the Kennedy Center on what is being publicized as a journey toward Broadway. Dec. 2-Jan. 10. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, kennedy-center.org.
GOTTA DANCE The over-60 crowd gets down in this musical based on the 2008 documentary about the New Jersey NETSationals, a team of hip-hop dancers aged 60 and over employed by the N.B.A. franchise. The show is aiming toward Broadway and has a powerful creative team: Jerry Mitchell will direct and choreograph, the book is by Chad Beguelin (“Aladdin”) and Bob Martin (“The Drowsy Chaperone”), music by Matthew Sklar (“Elf”) and lyrics by Nell Benjamin (“Legally Blonde”) with additional music by Marvin Hamlisch.
NOISES OFF Andrea Martin, Megan Hilty and Campbell Scott are just a few members of the well-cast crew in this Roundabout revival of Michael Frayn’s surefire farce about theater folk barreling through a disastrous dress rehearsal. Jeremy Herrin directs. Previews begin Dec. 17. Opens Jan. 14. American Airlines Theater, roundabouttheatre.org.
OUR MOTHER’S BRIEF AFFAIR Anna, near death (again), confesses to her children a past affair that could have reverberating consequences in this new play by Richard Greenberg (“Three Days of Rain”). But it is unclear if Anna is telling the truth. Linda Lavin stars in the Manhattan Theater Club production, with MTC’s artistic director, Lynne Meadow, directing. Previews begin Dec. 28. Opens Jan. 20. Samuel J. Friedman Theater, manhattantheatreclub.com.
PRODIGAL SON A kid from the Bronx is violent, lonely, smart and out of his element when he attends private school in New Hampshire in this new play by John Patrick Shanley, inspired by his own experience. Mr. Shanley will also direct the production for Manhattan Theater Club, which has had premieres of several other Shanley plays in the past, including “Doubt” and the recent “Outside Mullingar.” Previews begin Jan. 19. Opens Feb. 9. City Center Stage I, manhattantheatreclub.org.
ANGEL REAPERS The religious sect the Shakers, or more officially the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, sought connection with God through celibacy and ecstatic worship. (The name “shaker” came from a description of the ritualistic movement to shake off sins.) With text by Alfred Uhry and choreography by Martha Clarke (who also directs), this new show explores this nearly extinct faith. Feb. 2-March 13. Pershing Square Signature Center, signaturetheatre.org.
SHE LOVES ME Zachary Levi and Laura Benanti are perfumery co-workers in 1934 Budapest who barely get along but don’t realize their romantic pen pals are more known to them than they think. The 1963 musical features a book by Joe Masteroff, music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Scott Ellis, who directed Roundabout Theater Company’s 1993 revival, does the honors again as Roundabout celebrates its 50th anniversary season. Previews begin Feb. 5. March 3-May 22. Studio 54,roundabouttheatre.org.
ENCORES This popular City Center series that annually stages short runs (too short!) of interesting musicals that are rarely seen or heard, offers a three-show lineup starting with “Cabin in the Sky” (Feb. 10-14). The 1940 show is about Little Joe Jackson, who dies in an altercation in a saloon brawl but has a chance to stay on earth and prove his worth before his Judgment Day. The season will also include “1776” (March 30-April 3) and “Do I Hear a Waltz?” (May 11-15). City Center, nycitycenter.org.
AMERICAN PSYCHO Benjamin Walker (“Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson”) plays the murderous Patrick Bateman in this musical based on the Bret Easton Ellis novel about an investment banker on a killing spree. The book is by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and the music and lyrics are by Duncan Sheik. Rupert Goold, also handling “King Charles III” this season, is the director. Previews begin Feb. 19 at a Broadway theater to be announced; americanpsychobroadway.com.
I’LL NEVER LOVE AGAINTalk about baring your soul. The playwright Clare Barron (“You Got Older”) turns to her own diary from the age of 16 for her latest work about first kisses and heartbreaks. Michael Leibenluft directs. Feb. 24-March 19. The Bushwick Starr, thebushwickstarr.org.
HUNGRY Richard Nelson sure has a way of making the rest of us feel lazy. On the heels of his four-play cycle “The Apple Family Plays,” he is at work on a trilogy titled “The Gabriels: Election Year in the Life of One Family,” which begins with “Hungry.” This time he’ll look at the 2016 election through members of the Gabriel family, who live in Rhinebeck, N.Y., very close to the Apples. He’s upped the ante for himself, too: The Apple plays were presented one per year for four years, but all three parts of “The Gabriels” are to be staged in 2016, with the final installment set to open on Election Day. This industrious playwright will also direct. Previews begin Feb. 27. March 4-March 20, Public Theater, publictheater.org.
THE CRUCIBLEThe director Ivo van Hove, also helming “A View from the Bridge” this season, revives Arthur Miller’s drama about the Salem witch trials, which he wrote in response to McCarthy-era communist hunting. Ben Whishaw (“The Hour”) will play John Proctor with Sophie Okonedo (“A Raisin in the Sun”) as Elizabeth Proctor and Saoirse Ronan (“Atonement”) as Abigail Williams, the young woman whose false accusations initiated the proceedings that led to imprisonment and deaths of innocent men and women. Previews begin Feb. 29 for an April 7 opening at a Broadway theater to be announced.
IRONBOUND At a dumpy bus stop in Elizabeth, N.J., Darja, a Polish immigrant, is breaking up with her cheating boyfriend in this new play by Martyna Majok, which had its premiere in Chicago as part of Steppenwolf’s “First Look” series last year. We meet Darja at three different times in her life, all at the same bus stop and all marked by struggle. Daniella Topol (who directed in Chicago) directs for Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, in a co-production with Women’s Project Theater. March 2-April 10. Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, rattlestick.org.
SHUFFLE ALONG, OR, THE MAKING OF THE MUSICAL SENSATION OF 1921 AND ALL THAT FOLLOWED The inimitable Audra McDonald stars as Lottie Gee in this new musical about the creation of the 1921 musical “Shuffle Along.” Collaborating for the first time since “Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk” are the book writer George C. Wolfe, who will also direct, and the choreographer Savion Glover. The cast also features Brian Stokes Mitchell, Billy Porter, Brandon Victor Dixon and Joshua Henry. Previews begin March 14. Opens April 21. Music Box Theater, shufflealongbroadway.com.
THE FATHERFrank Langella stars as a man slipping into dementia in this drama by the French playwright and novelist Florian Zeller, in a translation by Christopher Hampton. Doug Hughes directs the Manhattan Theater Club production. Previews begin March 22. Opens April 12. Samuel J. Friedman Theater, manhattantheatreclub.com.
TUCK EVERLASTING This musical about a girl whose unusual adventure begins when she happens upon the trapped-in-time Tuck family, which has not aged in many years, is based on the 1975 children’s book by Natalie Babbitt. The show, with a book by Claudia Shear, music by Chris Miller and lyrics by Nathan Tysen, had its premiere earlier this year at the Alliance Theater. Casey Nicholaw is the director and choreographer. Previews begin March 23. Opens April 17. Broadhurst Theater,tuckeverlastingmusical.com.
LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Jessica Lange is a stand-in for Eugene O’Neill’s drug-addled mother in this Roundabout Theater Company revival of a devastating, semi-autobiographical play that won O’Neill one of his four Pulitzer Prizes for drama. Gabriel Byrne, John Gallagher Jr. and Michael Shannon round out the cast, directed by Jonathan Kent. Previews begin March 31. April 19-June 26, American Airlines Theater, roundabouttheatre.org.
WAITRESS Based on the 2007 film about a small-town waitress who longs to escape a stultifying marriage, this new musical is running at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., with Diane Paulus directing and Jessie Mueller (“Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”) starring. (Only Ms. Paulus has been announced for Broadway at this point.) The music and lyrics are by the singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles and the book by Jessie Nelson. Previews begin in March with an opening planned for April. Brooks Atkinson Theater, waitressonstage.com.