As awards are being given out, next year’s season is already starting. These summer shows are sizzling with anticipation. Stars will also come to long running shows such as Melissa Benoist, star of The CW’s Supergirl, trades in her cape for Carole King, making her Broadway debut. Benoist played Marley on Glee. You can see Benoist starting June 7, Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Tony Award winner Bette Midler returns to the revival of Hello, Dolly! Her former co-star David Hyde Pierce, will join her in the limited six-week engagement from July 17 to Aug. 25, when the show will close.
Ryan Murphy’s revival of The Boys in the Band, with a star studied cast. First presented on Broadway 50 years, the ensemble features a cast of openly gay actors led by Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Andrew Rannells, Charlie Carver and Zachary Quinto. Running until August 11th.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson returns to New York for the world premiere of a new play. Log Cabin written by Jordan Harrison (Marjorie Prime). The Off-Broadway production tells the story of a tight-knit group of married gays and lesbians in 2015 whose conservative feelings are revealed when they’re seen through the eyes of their transgender friend. Opens: June 1, Playwrights Horizons
B.D. Wong is joined by Ali Ahn (The Path), Ned Eisenberg (Six Degrees of Separation) and Tony Aidan Vo (Pan Asian Rep’s NoNo Boy) in Lauren Yee’s play The Great Leap about a basketball prodigy from San Francisco’s Chinatown who talks his way onto a college team just as they’re about to travel to China for an exhibition game. Opens: June 4, Atlantic Theater Company’s Stage 2
Following its Fall 2017 run at the York Theatre Company, Desperate Measures – a Wild, Wild West musical comedy inspired by Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure – transfers to New World Stages. In 1890, in a territory out West, Johnny Blood, a hot-tempered young cowboy is sentenced to hang for killing a man in a bar fight. His sister, a novice nun in a nearby mission, is persuaded to plead with a corrupt governor to spare her brother’s life. The governor promises to pardon Johnny if his sister, the Sister, will ‘do his bidding’ for the night. Adding to the humorous complications are a hard-bitten sheriff, a voluptuous saloon girl and a priest who reads Nietzsche. Desperate Measures is a foot-stompin’, knee-slappin’ new musical with a nod to Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. Opens: New World Stages, June 13.
Academy Award and Tony nominee Carey Mulligan stars in Girls and Boys a one-woman show from Dennis Kelly (Matilda the Musical). The show will play Off-Broadway for five weeks. Opens: June 21, Minetta Lane Theatre
Written by Joshua Harmon (tBad Jews and Significant Other), Skin Tight offers a scorching examination of beauty, youth and sex. Broadway’s Idina Menzel plays Jodi Isaac, who turns to her famous father for support after learning her ex-husband is engaged to a much younger woman. It turns out her father is wrapped up with 20-year-old Trey, who may or may not be gay but is likely an adult film star, at least according to Jodi’s 20-year-old gay son. Opens: June 21, Laura Pels Theatre
Tony Award winner Anika Noni Rose stars in Carmen Jones tells the story of a tempestuous parachute factory worker who ignites her own battle in a tragic love triangle with an airman and a prizefighter. Adapted from Bizet’s legendary opera Carmen, Oscar Hammerstein II shifted the story from Spain to World War II America, featuring an all African-American cast. Opens: June 27, Classic Stage Company.
Encores! Off-Center kicks off its 2018 season with Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown’s breakthrough musical Songs from a New World on the New York City Center’s Mainstage from June 27 to 30. Shoshana Bean, Mykal Kilgore and Solea Pfeiffer star.
Stephen Bogardus as Dr. Mark Bruckner and Melissa Errico as Daisy Gamble/Melinda Welles star in rish Repertory Theatre presents an off-Broadway revival of Burton Lane & Alan Jay Lerner’s musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever, directed by Charlotte Moore. Opening June 28.
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Grace Gummer (Mr. Robot) and Blair Brown (Orange Is the New Black) are among the six women set to portray the same seemingly ordinary Ohio accountant at various stages in her life in Mary Page Marlow written by Tracy Letts (August: Osage County). Opens: July 12, Tony Kiser Theater.
From the Tony Award-winning director of Urinetown—John Rando—comes Gettin’ The Band Back Together. This new musical follows Mitch Papadopolous who dreamed about being the next Bon Jovi, but he chose security over stardom and left those daydreams behind for a day job. He thought he had everything—until his 40th birthday when he got handed a pink slip and had to move back in with his Mom in Sayreville, New Jersey. When his high school arch nemesis (with a 20-year-old grudge and a tangerine spray tan) threatens to foreclose on their house, this big-shot banker must win The Battle of the Bands. Maybe he can win back the high school sweetheart he left behind (Marilu Henner)… proving it’s never too late to give your dreams one last shot. Previews begin July 18 at the Belasco Theatre.
A father and his three adult sons are forced to confront their own identities on Christmas Eve in a hilarious and ruthless take on the father-son drama by Obie Award winner Young Jean Lee. Armie Hammer makes his Broadway debut alongside Josh Charles (The Good Wife) and performance artist Kate Bornstein in Straight White Men.Opens: July 23, Hayes Theater.
The Atlantic Theater Company’s world premiere of new musical This Ain’t No Disco, directed by Trip Cullman is set against the grit, the garbage strikes, the graffiti of 1979 New York City, This Ain’t No Disco tells the story of drifters and dreamers searching for their place in the night world of Studio 54 and Mudd Club. In their uptown/downtown quest for revelry and kinship, every decision is fateful in a city where one’s fate can turn on a dime bag. Opening: July 24.
The Go-Go’s provide the music in Head Over Heels, a new musical about a royal family that must prevent an oracle’s prophecy of doom. RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Peppermint stars. Look for “We Got the Beat,” “Get Up and Go,” “Cool Jerk,” “Vacation,” “Our Lips Are Sealed,” “Lust to Love,” “Head Over Heels” and Belinda Carlisle’s solo hits “Mad About You” and “Heaven Is a Place on Earth”, to get you jumping and jiving. Opens: July 26, Hudson Theatre
Last, but not least Pretty Woman the Musical. Originally conceived by the late Garry Marshall, and producer Paula Wagner, the musical adaption from Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell will feature original music by singer Bryan Adams. The production stars Samantha Barks (Tom Hooper’s Les Misérables) as Vivian and Andy Karl (Rocky) as Edward. Opens: August 16, Nederlander Theatre