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Every New Musical Debuting In The 2018-2019 Broadway Season

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

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#1 Gettin’ the Band Back Together

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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

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#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

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#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

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#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

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#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

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#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

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#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

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#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

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#9 Hadestown

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

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