New Broadway shows: ‘Burn This,’ ‘Beetlejuice’ and more

Broadway’s “Beetlejuice” previews begin March 28. Photo Credit: CBS/Jeff Neumann

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.


‘Burn This’

Keri Russell and Adam Drive in "Burn This."
Keri Russell and Adam Drive in "Burn This." Photo Credit: Danielle Levitt

Following a long history of stops and starts, the Broadway revival of the late Lanford Wilson’s 1987 drama, which explores the effect of a young dancer’s death on two strangers, has finally arrived. It stars Adam Driver (“Girls”) and Keri Russell (“Felicity,” “The Americans”), with Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening”) directing. In previews; Hudson Theatre, 141 W. 44th St., burnthisplay.com

‘Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus’

This comic sequel to Shakespeare’s notoriously violent tragedy by performance artist Taylor Mac (“A 24-Decade History of Popular Music”) is led by Nathan Lane (who won a Tony last season for “Angels in America”) and Kristine Nielsen (replacing Andrea Martin, who suffered injuries in rehearsal). Prolific film composer Danny Elfman has contributed original music. In previews; Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St., garyonbroadway.com

‘Hillary and Clinton’

Frequent Broadway-goers Hillary and Bill Clinton will now (sort of) take the stage themselves in this new play from Lucas Hnath (“A Doll’s House, Part 2”), which takes place in 2008 as Hillary vied with Barack Obama for the Democratic Party presidential nomination. Playing Hillary and Bill are Tony winners Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow, respectively. In previews; Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., hillaryandclintonbroadway.com

‘King Lear’

Acclaimed English actress Glenda Jackson (who broke a 30-year absence from Broadway with a stunning performance last season in Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women”) is now playing the title monarch in Shakespeare’s grim and challenging tragedy. The cast also includes Ruth Wilson (“The Affair”), Elizabeth Marvel (“Homeland”), Jayne Houdyshell (“The Humans”) and John Douglas Thompson (“Carousel”), with direction by Sam Gold (“Fun Home”) and an original score by Philip Glass. In previews; Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., kinglearonbroadway.com



Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic work (perhaps the most important musical of the 20th century) has been totally remade in this experimental, stripped-down, intimate and ominous revamp, which played St. Ann’s Warehouse last year. While there won’t be much of a “bright golden haze on the meadow,” chili and cornbread are served at intermission. In previews; Circle in the Square Theatre, 1633 Broadway, oklahomabroadway.com


It has been a long journey. But after playing Off-Broadway, Canada and London, folk singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s pop-jazz musical based on the tragic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice is now on Broadway. The cast includes Reeve Carney (“Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”), Patrick Page (“The Lion King”), André De Shields (“The Wiz”), Eva Noblezada (“Miss Saigon”) and Amber Gray (“Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812”). Previews begin March 22; Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., hadestown.com


The out-of-town reviews in Washington, D.C., were mixed, but anticipation is still high for the Broadway musical adaptation of Tim Burton’s ghoulish 1988 film comedy. The title character (Michael Keaton in the film) will now be played by Alex Brightman (“School of Rock”). It has direction by Alex Timbers (“Moulin Rouge!”) and a score by Australian singer-songwriter Eddie Perfect (“King Kong”). Previews begin March 28; Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway, beetlejuicebroadway.com


In this new Broadway musical adaptation of yet another film — the 1982 comedy about an out-of-work male actor who takes on a new, female persona — Santino Fontana (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”) will perform the roles of Michael Dorsey and Dorothy Michaels (originated by Dustin Hoffman). Joining Fontana are Lili Cooper (“SpongeBob SquarePants”), Sarah Stiles (“Hand to God”), Julie Halston (“You Can’t Take It With You”) and Michael McGrath (“Nice Work If You Can Get It”). The score is by David Yazbek (who just won a Tony for “The Band’s Visit”) and the production is directed by Scott Ellis. Previews begin March 29; Marquis Theatre, 210 W. 46th St., tootsiemusical.com

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