Fall Broadway season begins in the Big Apple

Josh Rittberg

Staff Writer

Josh Groban will star in the musical "The Great Comet" this Broadway season. (Photo courtesy of Variety.com)
Josh Groban will star in the musical “The Great Comet” this Broadway season. (Photo courtesy of Variety.com)

The last Broadway season got quite a boost with the musical “Hamilton”. “Hamilton” helped put Broadway back on the map, and now, everyone is looking to see what wonderful productions the Broadway scene will bring next. This Broadway season also looks like one for the ages.  

The season has already gotten underway with revivals of the musicals “Cats” and the 1992 hit “Falsettos” which features an all-star cast which includes Andrew Rannell’s, who had his claim to fame starring in Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s “The Book of Mormon”. Christian Borle, who is hot off his Tony-winning run in the hit musical “Something Rotten”, could win his third Tony for “Falsettos”. Christian Borle is going to have quite a busy time on Broadway this season.

Along with leading the cast of “Falsettos”, he is also taking on the role of Willy Wonka in the Broadway run of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” this spring. Joining Rannell’s and Borle in “Falsettos” are Broadway veterans Stephanie J. Block, Brandon Uranowitz, Tracie Thomas and Betsy Wolfe. Completing the cast is young actor Anthony Rosenthal,  who is making his Broadway debut in “Falsettos”. This musical that concerns the life of a tight knit family plays through January 8 at the Walter Kerr Theater. This is a production not to be missed.

Another highly anticipated musical this fall is Dave Malloy’s “The Great Comet” which stars singer-songwriter Josh Groban. “The Great Comet” is inspired by a section of the novel “War and Peace”, but don’t let the source material fool you. This production promises to be no bore. The actors in this production interact and engage with the audience throughout the performance to create a truly immersive theater experience like no other.

Next is the transfer of the off-Broadway musical hit “Dear Evan Hansen”. This show had an acclaimed run at off-Broadway’s Second Stage Theater and is slated to be a major heavyweight at the Tony Awards this spring. That is, in large part, thanks to the acclaimed performance from Ben Platt as anxiety-filled teenager Evan Hansen. Platt won an Obie award for his performance at Second Stage and Broadway insiders speculate that he might take home the Tony as well.

The musical has a score by the writing team Pasek and Paul and is directed by Michael Greif, who also directed Jonathan Larson’s groundbreaking musical “Rent”. The musical starts performances at the intimate Music Box Theater on Monday, November 14. This is one of the most anticipated musicals of the fall Broadway season, and it is recommended that you get your tickets now.

Some of the other musicals opening this fall include the new Irving Berlin musical “Holiday Inn” which plays at the Roundabout Theater Company’s Studio 54. The Acapella Musical in “Transit” which opens at Broadway’s Circle in the Square Theater on December 11. Also playing is the new Alan Menken and Robert De Niro musical “A Bronx Tale” which just started performances at the Longacre Theater. Last but certainly not least,  the Cirque Du Soleil musical “Paramour” is currently playing a high flying run at The Lyric Theater.

The plays this fall on Broadway offer an eclectic mix of revivals and innovative new works. Some of the highlights include the star studded revival of the play “The Front Page” which stars John Goodman, Nathan Lane along with many others. Also playing is the two person show “Oh Hello” which stars comedians Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. This play has already attracted the likes of Darren Criss and even Tina Fey, and is supposed to be one of the funniest and hottest shows on Broadway right now.

Tickets for these shows can be purchased at a low price at the half priced TKTS ticket booths which have multiple locations throughout New York City. Most shows also hold ticket lotteries and rush policies which also offer discount tickets.

This fall on Broadway has something for everyone to enjoy. What are you waiting for?! Go see a Broadway show today. One performance can change your life.