The 2017-2018 Broadway Season is over. In that season, 33 productions opened which included new plays such as Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts 1&2 and 1984 along with new musicals such as The Band’s Visit and Mean Girls. This list is looking at new musicals debuting on Broadway in the 2018-2019 which include 2 original shows, an adaptation of a hit rom-com, 2 jukebox musicals and a big ape. All art in their own right.
Note: All shows on the list have their venues, first preview and opening confirmed and I’ll try and update the list as new information comes out. If you want to add to the list you can but make sure you know the venue, first preview and opening.
Note 2: All information about previews, openings and venues I got from Playbill
#1 Gettin’ the Band Back Together
This original show is about a guy named Mitch, who is living a good life until he's fired from his job on his 40th birthday and is forced to move back to New Jersey with his mother. Mitch then learns his high school rival threatens to foreclose the family home, Mitch sees an opportunity in The Battle of the Bands and so begins his quest: to reunite his old band he had when he dreamed of fame.
First Preview: 19th July 2018
Opening: 13th August 2018
Venue: Belasco Theatre
#2 Head over Heels
This new show is an adaptation of Philip Sidney's Arcadia (not to be confused with Arcadia by Tom Stoppard) has a score by female band The Go-Go's, book by Tony Winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q, Bring it On), direction by Tony Winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, Thoroughly Modern Millie), choreography by Spencer Lift and orchestrations by Tony Winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal, Spongebob Squarepants).
First Preview: 23rd June 2018
Opening: 26th July 2018
Venue: Hudson Theatre
#3 King Kong
Now I don't blame you if you see "King Kong musical" and need to look twice. Personally, I want a musical adaptation of Bridge to Terebithia but you know this is fine, I guess. With a book by Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts 1&2) and a score by Eddie Perfect (Music and Lyrics) and Marius De Cries (Music), the music is most likely worth seeing mainly for the puppet seen above.
First Preview: 5th October 2018
Opening: 8th November 2018
Venue: Broadway Theatre
#4 Pretty Woman The Musical
One of the most popular romantic comedies of all time has musical adaptation. Starring Andy Karl (Groundhog Day, On the Twentieth Century) and Samantha Barks (film adaptation of Les Miserables) as our leads with direction/choreography by Tony Winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde).
First Preview: 20th July 2018
Opening: 16th August 2018
Venue: Nederlander Theatre
#5 The Prom
This musical seems utterly heart warming and charming. It's a story about a lesbian couple named Emma and Alyssa who plan to go to their high school prom together. With a book by Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and a score by Chad Beguelin and Matthew Skylar (The Wedding Singer) plus direction/choreography by Casey Nicholaw (The Book of Mormon, Mean Girls, The Drowsy Chaperone).
First Preview: 21st October 2018
Opening: 15th November 2018
Venue: Longacre Theatre
#6 The Cher Show
The Cher Show is a jukebox musical about famous pop star Cher (duh). Similar to Summer: The Donna Summer Musical, the show has three actresses playing the title role at different points of her life and those actresses being Stephanie J. Block (My queen), Teal Wicks and Micaela Diamond. Right now the show has performed in Chicago and is already on its way.
First Preview: 1st November 2018
Opening: 3rd December 2018
Venue: Neil Simon Theatre
#7 Be More Chill
Oh Boy! It's finally here! The Joe Iconis musical about a boy who takes a pill that tries to make him cooler, but ends up nearly destroying his life has taken the world by storm and is finally getting to Broadway!
First Preview: 13th February 2019
Opening: 19th March 2019
Venue: Lyceum Theatre
#8 Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations
When I said I would regularly update this I had my fingers closed but anyway, this season's 3rd jukebox musical tells the tale of pop quintet: The Temptations. The show had great success in both L.A and Washington D.C and that shall be expected for the Broadway run. The director/choreographer duo is Des McAnuff and Sergio Trujillo, the same team behind Jersey Boys!
First Preview: 28th February 2019
Opening: 21st March 2019
Venue: Imperial Theatre
After a successful run at London's National Theatre, Anaïs Mitchell's folk opera adaptation of the Greek tale of Orpheus and Eurydice directed by Rachel Chavkin (Great Comet) has finally reached Broadway and now all I can think is that The Tony Awards is going to be very competitive this year. I mean this, Be More Chill and The Prom (just to name a few) all in one season is going to create tension! Just me?
First Preview: 22nd March 2019
Opening: 17th April 2019
Venue: Walter Kerr Theatre
You can tell me this is shameless cash grab profiting off the original film all you want but that will not stop me from freaking out about one of my favourite actors (Alex Brightman) as one of my favourite characters in film and my curiosity on how the ghost world will translate to the stage.
First Preview: 28th March 2019
Opening: 25th April 2019
Venue: Winter Garden Theatre
Tootsie is on its way and it looks cool! It has a score by David Yazbek (The Full Monty, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Band's Vist), a book by Robert Horn (13: The Musical) and direction by Scott Ellis (a lot of shows). Our leads are Santino Fontana (R&H's Cinderella) and Lilli Cooper (Spongebob Squarepants)!
First Preview: 29th March 2019
Opening: 23rd April 2019
Venue: Marquis Theatre
#12 Moulin Rouge!
Is thisin the 2018-2019 season or the 2019-2020? Well it doesn't matter! It's on this list to just to remind you MOULIN ROUGE IS COMING TO BROADWAY! YOU PROBABLY ALREADY KNEW THAT BUT YOU HAVEN'T THOUGHT ABOUT IT IN A WHILE SO REMEMBER!
First Preview: 28th June 2019
Opening: 25th July 2019
Venue: Al Hirschfeld Theatre
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