Spring means a whole new crop of Broadway fare. From brand new musicals to revivals, here’s what’s on the docket this spring on the Great White Way — plus notable off-Broadway productions.
In Lynn Nottage’s timely drama about a Pennsylvania industrial town, the factories are shutting down, production is shifting to Mexico and longtime unionized workers are suddenly out of work, leading to rage, racial fearmongering, drug abuse and violence. It comes to Broadway following a sold-out off-Broadway run at the Public Theater. In previews, opens March 26; Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., sweatbroadway.com.
“The Hairy Ape”
Bobby Cannavale leads an epic-scale revival of Eugene O’Neill’s rarely-seen expressionistic drama about a ship laborer whose self-pride is seriously wounded after a young upper-class woman reacts in disgust to his brutish physical appearance. To reflect the theme of overwhelming industrialization, the production will incorporate a revolving stage that operates like a conveyer belt. In previews, opens March 31; Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave., armoryonpark.org.
The beloved Bill Murray film about a cynical weatherman who keeps repeating the same day over and over again receives a Broadway musical adaptation from songwriter Tim Minchin and director Matthew Warchus, who worked together on “Matilda.” It received raves when it premiered in London. In previews, opens April 17; August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St., groundhogdaymusical.com.
Nothing else this season screams Broadway, sure-fire mega-hit and all-out excitement to the same extent as Bette Midler starring in a revival of this 1964 musical comedy smash. Midler is joined by a solid supporting cast including David Hyde Pierce, Kate Baldwin, Gavin Creel and Jennifer Simard. In previews, opens April 20; Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St., hellodollyonbroadway.com.
“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
Can’t find a golden ticket? A regular theater ticket will suffice in order to join Charlie Bucket, Grandpa Joe and the four other children on the tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory in this adaptation of Roald Dahl’s novel, which has a score combining classic songs from the movie version with new ones. Playing Willy Wonka is Christian Borle. Begins previews March 28, opens April 23; Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., charlieonbroadway.com.
Just in case the new revivals of “Sweeney Todd” and “Sunday in the Park with George” haven’t satisfied your craving for Stephen Sondheim musicals, Classic Stage Company will present “Pacific Overtures,” a critical examination of the westernization of Japan told through the language of Kabuki drama. Leading the cast is George Takei. Begins previews April 6; Classic Stage Company, 136 E. 13th St., classicstage.org.
This stage adaptation of George Orwell’s grim futuristic novel, which has received renewed attention in the current political atmosphere, will come to Broadway after touring the U.K. multiple times. You can bet that Big Brother will be watching. Begins previews May 18, opens June 22; Hudson Theatre, 139-141 W. 44th St., revisedtruth.com.
The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park season of free outdoor classical theater will open with the Roman tragedy “Julius Caesar” (to be followed by the romantic comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”). Begins performances May 23; Delacorte Theatre in Central Park, publictheater.org.