New Broadway shows: 'The Cher Show,' 'King Kong' and more

You’ve got Broadway, babe. "The Cher Show" arrives this November.

"The Cher Show" comes to Broadway's Neil Simon Theatre this November. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

By Matt Windman amNewYork Theater Critic

New season, a whole new crop of Broadway fare.

From brand new musicals to revivals, here’s what’s on the docket this fall on the Great White Way.



"King Kong" 

Following quite a few delays in development, “King Kong” will finally roar on Broadway. The Eighth Wonder of the World will be brought to life via numerous artists and technicians working with a 20-foot high, 2,000-pound puppet. Begins previews Oct. 5; Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway,

"The Cher Show"

You’ve got Broadway, babe. Three actresses (Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, Micaela Diamond) will share the role of Cher (portraying the superstar at different stages of her life) in this new bio-musical, which will also include such characters as Sonny Bono, Robert Altman, Bob Mackie (who is himself designing the show’s costumes) and Freud. Begins previews Nov. 1; Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St.,


"Waverly Gallery" 

Michael Cera (who has already appeared on Broadway in revivals of Kenneth Lonergan’s “Lobby Hero” and “This Is Our Youth”) will tackle Lonergan’s 1999 drama about a young man whose grandmother is suffering from Alzheimer’s. The starry cast also includes Elaine May, Joan Allen, Lucas Hedges and David Cromer. Previews begin Sept. 25; Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St.,


"The Ferryman"

Playwright Jez Butterworth (whose ambitious drama “Jerusalem” played Broadway in 2011) returns with “The Ferryman,” a new play set in 1981 Northern Ireland in which a farming family’s harvest preparations are unexpectedly interrupted by a stranger. The London production (directed by Sam Mendes) was a critical and commercial smash. Previews begin Oct. 2; Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St.,


Bryan Cranston (who won a Tony for “All The Way”) will now play the explosive news anchor Howard Beale (“I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”) in a stage adaptation of the 1976 film “Network” directed by the experimental Ivo van Hove. Begins previews Nov. 10; Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St.,

"To Kill a Mockingbird"

Despite unexpected legal drama involving the estate of Harper Lee regarding an apparently unflattering depiction of the characteristically heroic Atticus Finch, Aaron Sorkin’s new stage adaptation of the seminal civil rights novel is set for Broadway. Previews begin Nov. 1; Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St.,