The Notebook. Photo: Liz Lauren
This coming season’s slate of shows presents a wealth of productions from both established and up-and-coming artists. It includes large-scale adaptations of beloved books and films, buzzy award-winning narratives and stories that embrace representation, ensuring that your next favorite show is waiting in the wings. Our guide will help you stay gold as you ease on down the road to the box office.
Prayer for the French Republic
Previews begin December 19, 2023, opens January 9, 2024
A decade after his lauded Bad Jews, Drama Desk Award–winning playwright Joshua Harmon again turns his sharp gaze on the inherited Jewish experience. The production, which won the 2022 Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play as well as a Drama Desk Award, follows multiple generations of a Jewish family as they navigate antisemitism in Paris. Tony winner David Cromer (The Band’s Visit) will direct the show.
For fans of: pointed dialogue, works that critically examine history, Leopoldstadt
Days of Wine and Roses. Photo: Ahron R. Foster
Days of Wine and Roses
Previews begin January 6, 2024, opens January 28, 2024
This adaptation of JP Miller’s 1958 teleplay and subsequent screenplay has big-hitting talent behind it. Fans of The Light in the Piazza will be thrilled to know that composer Adam Guettel and playwright Craig Lucas are reuniting for this production, with Michael Greif (Dear Evan Hansen) directing. The musical, which charts the effects substance abuse has on a loving marriage, was so popular in its Off-Broadway run that a cast recording was created. Tony Award–winner Kelli O’Hara (The King and I) and four-time Tony Award nominee Brian d’Arcy James (Into the Woods) will return in their lead roles.
For fans of: 1950s New York City, bittersweet love stories, Sweet Smell of Success
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Doubt: A Parable
Previews begin February 2, 2024, opens April 14, 2024
John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning play remained in heavy rotation for years after it burst onto the scene in 2004—via Off-Broadway and Broadway runs, international showings, a film adaptation and even an opera. The announcement about its Broadway revival was met with even more excitement when two big names, Liev Schreiber (Glengarry Glen Ross) and Tyne Daly (Gypsy), were cast in the lead roles as popular priest Father Flynn and Sister Aloysius, the strict nun who questions his seemingly inappropriate relationship with a student.
For fans of: morally ambiguous characters, the Bronx in the 1960s, Outside Mullingar
The Notebook. Photo: Liz Lauren
Previews begin February 6, 2024, opens March 14, 2024
If you’ve committed the iconic 2004 Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams film to memory, have reread the original Nicholas Sparks book so many times its pages are dog-eared and thought you’d never again get a fresh Noah and Allie fix, we have great news for you: “It still isn’t over!” Not only will their epic love story be given the Broadway treatment but beloved singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson has written the music and lyrics and Bekah Brunstetter of This Is Us fame the book adaptation. Michael Greif (Rent) and Schele Williams (The Wiz) co-direct.
For fans of: star-crossed lovers, tearjerking romance, Nicholas Sparks novels
After taking London’s West End and Edinburgh Fringe Festival by storm, writer-performer Rob Madge’s autobiographical one-person play is crossing the pond to massive anticipation. The production marries stage performance with archival home videos to create an uplifting queer coming-of-age exploration of family bonds, pop culture, musical theater and identity. Composer Pippa Cleary (The Great British Bake Off Musical) contributes the catchy songs.
For fans of: LGBTQ+ stories, Disney movies, social media celebrities
Water for Elephants. Photo: Matthew Murphy
Water for Elephants
Previews begin February 24, 2024, opens March 21, 2024 Another entry in the book-to-film-to-musical realm, this stage adaptation of Sara Gruen’s 2006 New York Times bestselling novel has already created buzz thanks to the casting of its male lead. Grant Gustin, popular star of The Flash and Glee, will make his Broadway debut alongside Isabelle McCalla (Shucked). The two showcased their chemistry as romantically entwined circus veterinarian Jacob Jankowski and big top performer Marlena Rosenbluth in a preview music video for the musical’s song Wild. And you can expect all the spectacle of a traveling circus because Shana Carroll (Cirque du Soleil Paramour) and Jesse Robb (Miss Saigon) are helming the choreography; Jessica Stone (Kimberly Akimbo) directs.
For fans of: stories about people on the fringe, high-flying performances, The Greatest Show on Earth
The Who’s Tommy
Previews begin March 8, 2024, opens March 28, 2024
Guitarist Pete Townshend of The Who created the music and lyrics for what would become a critically acclaimed sensation in the 1990s. That production adapted the band’s 1969 album Tommy, a rock opera that charts the traumatic life of a “pinball wizard” named Tommy Walker. Decades after the show’s smashing run (which grossed more than any other production at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre), Townshend and his co-writer, Des McAnuff, are reuniting to reimagine it for today’s audiences. With Waitress choreographer Lorin Latarro, Hamilton set designer David Korins and & Juliet sound designer Gareth Owens signed on, it’s sure to be epic.
For fans of: classic British rock, boundary-breaking musical theater, “We’re Not Gonna Take It”
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Previews begin March 16, 2024, opens April 11, 2024
This coming-of-age story centered on a scrappy band of teenage “greasers” reimagines S. E. Hinton’s acclaimed novel and Francis Ford Coppola’s big-screen adaptation for the stage. The 1960s-set musical has serious star power behind it, with Angelina Jolie producing her first Broadway show. Jolie was so impressed when she saw it during its world-premiere run in San Diego that she immediately wanted to get involved. Itfeatures a book by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp (Red Light Winter) and Justin Levine (Moulin Rouge! The Musical) and music and lyrics with by Levine and folk rockers Jamestown Revival.
For fans of: found family, narratives from young adult perspectives, “Stay gold, Ponyboy”
Previews begin March 19, 2024, opens April 14, 2024 After wowing critics and audiences at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and La Jolla Playhouse, this musical celebrating the tumultuous life of famed Polish artist Tamara de Lempicka will premiere on Broadway with Wicked’s Eden Espinosa reprising the title role. Rachel Chavkin (Hadestown) will direct, and the poppy score comes care of Guggenheim Fellow playwright Carson Kreitzer and Matt Gould (Insignificant).
For fans of: art deco, biographical stories, Sunday in the Park with George
The Heart of Rock and Roll
Previews begin March 29, 2024, opens April 22, 2024
The 1980s were synonymous with the sounds of Grammy–winning rockers Huey Lewis and the News. Between 1982 and 1988 they had 13 Billboard top 10 singles including “The Power of Love,” which provided the soundtrack for the pivotal opening scene of Back to the Future and made them a household name. This musical inspired by their hits weaves the band’s iconic songs into a love story aimed at getting audiences to sing along and leave feeling nostalgic.
For fans of: 1980s America, jukebox musicals, Rock of Ages
Previews begin March 29, 2024, opens April 17, 2024
The groundbreaking gospel-, rock- and soul-filled Wiz, adapted for Broadway in 1975 from L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s story, has enjoyed several revivals. This latest iteration builds upon the 1975 show, with additional writing from comedian Amber Ruffin. JaQuel Knight, choreographer behind Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” and “Formation,” will arrange the dance numbers, and designer Hannah Beachler—whose work created the worlds of Black Panther and Beyoncé’s Lemonade—will envision the new Oz. And with Wayne Brady as the Wiz and Deborah Cox as Glinda, Dorothy and her friends will have performing greats ushering them down the yellow brick road.
For fans of: epic sets, reimagined fairy tales, “Ease on Down the Road”
Courtesy, Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club on Broadway
Cabaret at the Kit Kat Club
Previews begin April 1, 2024, opens April 21, 2024 The Olivier Award–winning revival of the beloved musical Cabaret has been hotly anticipated in the States after becoming a huge hit in London’s West End. The production creates the Weimar-era Berlin club scene even before the curtain opens, inviting the audience to drink and sing along with preshow entertainment as they file in. Eddie Redmayne will continue in the role of the emcee; film, TV and theater actress Gayle Rankin will play Sally Bowles. With Tom Scutt (Little Shop of Horrors, Jesus Christ Superstar) as the club, set and costume designer and Julia Cheng (Macbeth, Untold) as choreographer, we expect just as much decadent pomp and circumstance in the American run.
For fans of: 1930s Berlin, showstopping sets and choreography, “Maybe This Time”
Photo: Jason Koerner
Previews begin April 2, 2024
This play has a serious pedigree: originally commissioned by Yale Repertory Theatre; written by Amy Herzog, a Pulitzer Prize finalist; directed by Obie winner Anne Kauffman; and featuring Rachel McAdams as its lead. The narrative—which balances the heartrending struggle of a single mother with the uplifting support of found family—has been hailed by critics from The New York Times and The New Yorker.
For fans of: acclaimed works, powerhouse female performances, 4000 Miles
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Previews begin April 2, 2024, opens April 25, 2024 Jessica Lange, a Grammy short of being an EGOT winner, plays the opinionated matriarch to two teenagers about to leave the nest in playwright Paula Vogel’s limited-engagement show. With celebrated actors Jim Parsons and Celia Keenan-Bolger playing Lange’s children, the talent behind this work is expected to move audiences and garner the cast even more accolades.
For fans of: complicated family dynamics, 1960s America, How I Learned to Drive
Previews begin April 2, 2024, opens April 24, 2024
This fresh translation of Anton Chekov’s acclaimed work by Heidi Schreck is a modern update that follows family members navigating life on their isolated farm. Schreck burst onto the scene performing her sold-out 2019 Broadway show What the Constitution Means to Me, making her one of America’s most watched up-and-coming playwrights.
For fans of: work by new talent, Russian literature, The Seagull
Opens April 18, 2024
Shaina Taub’s 1913-set musical about the suffrage movement in America is fresh off a sold-out 2022 Off-Broadway showing at the Public Theater; former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and activist Malala Yousafzai have signed on to coproduce its Broadway run. Taub wrote the book, music and lyrics, and Tony nominee Leigh Silverman (Violet) will continue as director.
For fans of: American history, feminist stories, “The Schuyler Sisters”
Previews begin May 17, 2024, opens July 28, 2024
This Tony–nominated play was initially produced in 1979 by the Negro Ensemble Company, running Off-Off-Broadway before enjoying a celebrated Broadway run in 1980. Hailed by The New York Times as “an uplifting folk ballad,” playwright Samm-Art Williams’ story follows a Black man from a small North Carolina town grappling with how to leave and, eventually, what it’s like to return. The show will be directed by Kenny Leon, whose formidable credits include Purlie Victorious, Children of a Lesser God, Fences and A Raisin in the Sun.
For fans of: narratives about the African-American experience, the American South, A Soldier’s Play
Note: These were all the shows with opening dates announced for the season as of publication time. More shows will likely be announced and premiere during winter and spring 2024; for information on those, please see our Broadway page. For shows taking part in NYC Broadway Week Winter 2024, which offers 2-for-1 tickets from January 16 to February 4, find the complete list here.