What’s star power got to do with it? A lot actually. This autumn, hitmakers like Tina Turner and Alanis Morissette weave together Broadway’s musicals as familiar faces like Mary-Louise Parker and Brian Cox grace the stages of poignant dramas. To think, that’s just a taste of what’s in store this season.
“The Height of the Storm”
In previews; opens Sept. 24 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Jonathan Pryce (“Miss Saigon”) and Eileen Atkins play a married couple whose bond begins to unravel after 50 years.
“The Great Society”
Currently in previews; opens Oct. 1 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater
In Robert Schenkkan’s sequel to his Tony Award-winning “All the Way,” Brian Cox (“Succession”) plays Lyndon B. Johnson as he grapples with the Vietnam War and the Civil Rights Movement.
In previews; opens Oct. 6 at the Golden Theatre
Up-and-coming playwright Jeremy O. Harris is not afraid to provoke, and he does precisely that in this bold exploration of sex, race, and the enduring mark of white supremacy.
In previews; opens Oct. 10 at the Hayes Theater
“August: Osage County” scribe Tracy Letts returns to Broadway with a dark comedy about a 50-year-old man dealing with divorce, mid-life and all that comes with it — including dating and finding oneself.
“The Sound Inside”
In previews; opens Oct. 17 at Studio 54
The ever-idiosyncratic Tony winner Mary-Louise Parker stars as a college professor who struggles with a personal issue and collides with a student in this intimate drama by Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Rapp.
Previews begin Sept. 27; opens Nov. 17 at the Barrymore Theatre
Loosely drawn from E.M. Forster’s “Howards End,” Matthew Lopez’s two-part update re-sets the story to contemporary New York City, where the interwoven lives of gay men over three generations, who struggle with the past and their future.
“David Byrne’s American Utopia”
Previews begin Oct. 4; opens Oct. 20 at the Hudson Theatre
David Byrne is no stranger to New York theater, having created “Here Lies Love” (a hit musical about the Philippines’ Congresswoman and former First Lady Imelda Marcos, who was sentenced to prison last year for corruption) and “Joan of Arc: Into the Fire” (a flop about the saint). The former Talking Heads frontman’s latest venture is a stage version of his 2018 solo album.
Previews begin Oct. 12; opens Nov. 7 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Powerhouse actress Adrienne Warren steps into the hair, heels and chart-topping hits of Tina Turner in this biographical musical.
“Jagged Little Pill”
Previews begin Nov. 3; opens Dec. 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre
Songs by Alanis Morissette and a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (“Juno”) tell the story of a big family facing big challenges.
“A Christmas Carol”
Previews begin Nov. 7; opens Nov. 20 at the Lyceum Theatre
Campbell Scott stars as the grinchy Ebenezer Scrooge in a fresh adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic, reimagined by “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” writer Jack Thorne, with holiday carols woven in for seasonal atmosphere.
“The Wrong Man”
In previews; opens Oct. 7 at The Newman Mills Theater at The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space
“Hamilton” director Thomas Kail helms this new musical about an innocent man framed for murder.
Previews begin Sept. 24; opens Oct. 15 at The Public Theater
Press notes call this musical “a fever dream of American politics,” replete with Hillary Clinton, the tenets of democracy, and a predominantly Asian-American cast.
“Little Shop of Horrors” In previews; opens Oct. 17 at the Westside Theatre
The cult-favorite musical returns to its Off-Broadway roots starring “Mindhunter” leading man Jonathan Groff.
Previews begin Oct. 1, opens Oct. 22 at Manhattan Theatre Club
This solo performance sees author Harvey Fierstein starring as Bella Abzug, the late Women’s Movement leader and New York State’s first female Senator.