Theater to See This Season After a Very Long Intermission

In another season, the chance to see “Wicked” or “The Lion King” again after so long wouldn’t be such thrilling news. But this isn’t any other theater season. So while in these listings we detail plenty of world premieres (“Flying Over Sunset,” “The Bedwetter”); inventive revivals (a gender-swapped “Company”); and at least seven plays by Black writers on Broadway, we might also take a look at the old reliables. Welcome back.

Dates are subject to change.


SANCTUARY CITY Immigrant dreamers try to establish their place in America in this play by the Pulitzer Prize winner Martyna Majok (“Cost of Living”). The show, along with many others on and Off Broadway, was in previews when the pandemic closed theaters in March 2020. The same cast members who prepared for that opening will return: Jasai Chase-Owens, Sharlene Cruz and Austin Smith. Rebecca Frecknall directs. (In previews, Sept. 21-Oct. 10, New York Theater Workshop)

THE GARDEN Charlayne Woodard digs into the complicated relationship between an older woman and her middle-aged daughter, who haven’t spoken in years and attempt to reconcile, in this new play. The Baltimore Center Stage and La Jolla Playhouse coproduction is directed by Patricia McGregor and Delicia Turner Sonnenberg. (Sept. 21-Oct 17, La Jolla Playhouse)

PERSUASION The imaginative people at Bedlam return with an adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic novel about a woman who turns away the man who may be the love of her life, and tries to win him back eight years later. Sarah Rose Kearns wrote the play, adapted from Austen’s novel, and Eric Tucker directs. (In previews, Sept. 21-Oct. 31. The Connelly Theater)

LETTERS OF SURESH Friends, strangers and family seek connection through letters sent across the world in Rajiv Joseph’s new play, directed by May Adrales, who is also the new artistic director of the play development lab The Lark. The cast includes Ali Ahn, Ramiz Monsef, Kellie Overbey and Thom Sesma. The play is a companion piece to Joseph’s “Animals Out of Paper” (in which Overbey also appeared). (In previews, Oct. 4-24. Second Stage Theater)

LACKAWANNA BLUES Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s autobiographical play about growing up in a boardinghouse in upstate New York and the generous woman who raised him, features more than 20 characters, all portrayed by Santiago-Hudson, who also directs this Manhattan Theater Club season opener. (In previews; Sept. 28-Oct. 31. Samuel J. Friedman Theater)

A COMMERCIAL JINGLE FOR REGINA COMET Two unknown commercial jingle writers have a shot at the big time when they get the chance to help a pop star sell her new perfume. Can they capitalize on the moment and write her a hit song too? The book, music and lyrics are by Alex Wyse, a co-creator of the funny web series “Indoor Boys,” and Ben Fankhauser (“Newsies”), who also star as the jingle writers. Bryonha Marie Parham (“Prince of Broadway”) is Regina, and Marshall Pailet (“Who’s Your Baghdaddy, or How I Started the Iraq War”) directs. (Previews begin Sept 17; Sept. 27-Nov. 14, DR2 Theater)

SIX The extremely unfortunate wives of King Henry VIII tell their stories of marital misery in song, competing to be she who was dealt the worst hand. The show, which was hours from opening when Broadway shut down, was written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, and Moss directs with Jamie Armitage. (Previews begin Sept. 17; opens Oct. 3, Brooks Atkinson Theater).

CHICKEN & BISCUITS After a brief run at Queens Theater, this new play by Douglas Lyons, about a family funeral at which a secret surfaces, moves to Broadway. Norm Lewis and Michael Urie are among the cast of the comedy, directed by Zhailon Levingston (an associate director of “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”). (Previews begin Sept. 23; Oct. 10-Jan. 2, Circle in the Square Theater)

IS THIS A ROOM and DANA H. In an unusual arrangement, two productions will play in rotation on the same Broadway stage this fall, both making the move uptown after acclaimed runs at the Vineyard Theater in 2019 and 2020. Conceived and directed by Tina Satter, “Is This a Room” re-enacts the F.B.I. interrogation of Reality Winner, the former Air Force linguist and intelligence contractor who was arrested in 2017 and charged with leaking a top-secret government report about election interference to the media. Emily Davis will revisit her role as Winner, making her Broadway debut. Lucas Hnath’s “Dana H.” tells the story of his mother’s experience being kidnapped and held captive for several months. The production’s unique approach to storytelling features a recording of Hnath’s mother, Dana Higginbotham, telling her story, with Deirdre O’Connell onstage mouthing the words. Les Waters directs. (“Room”: Previews begin Sept. 24; Oct. 11-Jan. 16. “Dana H.”: Previews begin Oct. 1.; Oct. 17-Jan. 16; Lyceum Theater)

WHAT TO SEND UP WHEN IT GOES DOWN Aleshea Harris’s production, a sort of play cum ritual with a dash of dance party, looks at the many ways Black people have suffered racist violence, misrepresentation and stereotyping. The show had a well-received run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music this summer, following its 2018 premiere at A.R.T./New York Theaters, and now is getting another run this fall in a BAM/Playwrights Horizons coproduction, in association with the Movement Theater Company. Whitney White directs. (Sept. 24-Oct. 17, Playwrights Horizons)

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY The story of the rise and fall of the financial firm Lehman Brothers, written by Stefano Massini and adapted by Ben Power, was in previews pre-shutdown and will finally have a real Broadway opening, after acclaimed productions at the National Theater in London and the Park Avenue Armory. Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley will return from the original cast, alongside Adrian Lester, making his Broadway debut. Sam Mendes (“The Ferryman”) directs. (Previews resume Sept. 25; Oct. 14-Jan. 2, Nederlander Theater)


THOUGHTS OF A COLORED MAN Following runs at Syracuse Stage and Baltimore Center Stage, Keenan Scott II’s fusion of spoken word, rhythm and slam poetry — telling the stories of seven Black men over the course of one day in Brooklyn — makes it to Broadway. Steve H. Broadnax III (“The Hot Wing King”) directs. (Previews begin Oct. 1; Oct. 31-March 20, John Golden Theater)

BY HEART This is a tough one to describe, but here goes: The Portuguese playwright and performer Tiago Rodrigues, who was recently appointed the next director of the prestigious Avignon Festival, enlists 10 people to memorize a Shakespearean sonnet onstage each night. He also name-checks Shakespeare, Ray Bradbury and Boris Pasternak, among others, but really he is sharing a personal story about his grandmother, who was going blind and wanted to memorize a tale to give it, and perhaps herself, something like immortality. (Oct. 5-17, BAM Fisher Theater)

THE VISITOR Walter Vale, a widower and college professor, discovers that the Manhattan apartment he rarely uses has been rented to a Syrian drummer and his Senegalese girlfriend in the world premiere of this musical based on the 2007 film starring Richard Jenkins. The compassionate professor tries to help the two, who are living in the United States illegally. The show is the first production in what looks to be an exciting season at the Public Theater. Tom Kitt (music) and Brian Yorkey (lyrics), who memorably teamed up on “Next to Normal,” are together again, and Kwame Kwei-Armah, the British actor and playwright, wrote the book with Yorkey. David Hyde Pierce and Ari’el Stachel (“The Band’s Visit”) star, and Daniel Sullivan directs. (Previews begin Oct. 7; Nov. 4-21.,Public Theater,)

CAROLINE, OR CHANGE Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s musical about the relationship between a Black maid and a young Jewish boy in 1960s Louisiana was slated to land on Broadway before the pandemic hit. Thankfully, the Roundabout Theater is forging ahead with this revival, and Sharon D. Clarke will reprise the role that won her an Olivier Award in 2019. Michael Longhurst directs. (Previews begin Oct. 8; Oct. 27-Jan. 9, Studio 54)

THE CHINESE LADY Lloyd Suh’s piercing, intimate and gently comical drama is based on the story of Afong Moy, who was a teenager when she arrived in this country in 1834 to be put on display, spending decades performing a distorted version of Chinese identity for white American audiences. Directed by Ralph B. Peña at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Conn. (Oct. 12-31), then in a different production at the Public Theater in New York (February). THE MOTHER A poor, uneducated Russian mother becomes a revolutionary in this Bertolt Brecht play, which premiered in Berlin in 1932. Elizabeth LeCompte directs the Wooster Group’s version, an adaptation that draws parallels to political unrest in America today. The cast includes Jim Fletcher, Ari Fliakos, Gareth Hobbs, Erin Mullin and Kate Valk as the mother. (Previews begin Oct. 12; Oct. 26-Nov. ; the Performing Garage)

MORNING SUN Blair Brown, Edie Falco and Marin Ireland play three generations of women living together in Greenwich Village in this new play about mothers and daughters, by Simon Stephens (“Heisenberg”). Lila Neugebauer (“The Waverly Gallery”) directs. (Previews begin Oct. 12; opens Nov. 3, New York City Center, Stage 1)

TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 Anna Deavere Smith’s landmark play is based on interviews she conducted after the uprisings that followed the acquittal of Los Angeles police officers in the brutal, caught-on-tape beating of a Black motorist, Rodney King. In Taibi Magar’s production, what Smith originally performed as a multicharacter solo show will be an ensemble piece.( Oct. 12-Nov. 14, Signature Theater)

FAIRYCAKES Douglas Carter Beane took “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and a bunch of fairy tales as his inspiration for this new comedy about mismatched lovers and mischief on a starry night in the forest. Mo Rocca, Jackie Hoffman and Julie Halston are among the starry cast of a show that sounds as if it’s going to be a zany good time. (Oct. 14-Jan. 2, Greenwich House Theater)

URSULA EAGLY: THE NATURE OF PHYSICAL REALITY I’m both intrigued and intimidated by this solo show for an audience of one, in which the performer aims to create the experience of synesthesia in the viewer, bending our perception and using distance Reiki — a contact-free version of the alternative therapy technique sometimes called energy healing. Maybe we’ll be able to see music?( Oct. 15-Dec. 18, Abrons Arts Center)

SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL This annual festival of dance, music, performance art and theater always gathers many creative people from around the world. A combination of indoor, outdoor and online performances, the festival program includes, in addition to more than two dozen artists and ensembles from the Bay Area, the Bons Tempos Theater Company of Mexico City with its production of “Qaddafi’s Cook” and the English-language world premiere of “Performance in a Field,” a tribute to Tolstoy performed outside by Pop-Up Theater of St. Petersburg. (Oct. 18-24, various venues at Fort Mason)

MORNING’S AT SEVEN Paul Osborn’s 1939 comedy about four aging sisters who live close to one another — maybe too close — in a small Midwestern town will feature a starry cast, including Judith Ivey, Dan Lauria, Tony Roberts and John Rubinstein. Dan Wackerman, the artistic director of Peccadillo Theater Company, directs. (Previews begin Oct. 20; Nov. 4-Jan. 9, Theater at St. Clement’s)

NOLLYWOOD DREAMS A young woman dreams of being a star and might get her big break in the burgeoning film industry in 1990s Lagos, Nigeria, in this comedy by the playwright and actor Jocelyn Bioh (“Merry Wives,” “School Girls; Or, the African Mean Girls Play”). Saheem Ali directs. (Previews begin Oct. 21; Nov. 11-28, MCC Theater,)

MRS. DOUBTFIRE Based on the 1993 Robin Williams movie about a father who will do anything, including disguising himself as a nanny(!?), to keep his kids close, this musical is coming to Broadway following its 2019 premiere at Seattle’s 5th Avenue Theater. “Mrs. Doubtfire” was created by the team behind “Something Rotten!” — the book is by Karey Kirkpatrick and John O’Farrell, and the music and lyrics by Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrick. Jerry Zaks directs, and Rob McClure plays the title role. (Previews begin Oct. 21;opens Dec. 5, Stephen Sondheim Theater)

KRISTINA WONG, SWEATSHOP OVERLORD A show that contemplates building community and imagining the future, it grew out of Kristina Wong’s sewing project in the early days of the pandemic: making masks out of old sheets and bra straps, which evolved into enlisting hundreds of mask-making volunteers, all working from home. Directed by Chay Yew. (Previews begin Oct. 25.; opens Nov. 4, New York Theater Workshop;

TREVOR This sweet tale about a gay teenager struggling to express himself is based on a story by Celeste Lecesne, which became a 1995 Oscar-winning short film and led to the creation of The Trevor Project, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention organization serving L.G.B.T.Q. people. This new musical version features a book and lyrics by Dan Collins and music by Julianne Wick Davis, with Marc Bruni directing. (Previews begin Oct. 25; opens Nov. 10, Stage 42)

UNITED SOLO THEATER FESTIVAL This annual festival has, over more than 10 years, brought hundreds of solo productions to New York stages from around the world. Theater, dance, improv and other forms will be presented live onstage but the festival will also include additional offerings through a virtual platform, United Solo Screen. (Oct. 26-Nov. 21, Theater Row,)

TROUBLE IN MIND The Tony and Emmy Award winner LaChanze (“The Color Purple”) stars in Alice Childress’s play about a Black stage actress navigating the world of New York theater in the 1950s. The play ran Off Broadway in 1955 but wasn’t able to make the leap to Broadway until now. Charles Randolph-Wright (“Motown: The Musical”) directs. (Previews begin Oct. 29; Nov. 18-Jan. 9., American Airlines Theater)


CULLUD WATTAH Three generations of Black women are living through the water crisis in Flint, Mich., in Erika Dickerson-Despenza’s play, which examines the physical and psychological effects of the ordeal on real people. The Public Theater had intended to present it in the summer of 2020, but the pandemic upended that plan. Regardless, Dickerson-Despenza won the 2021 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize for the play, which is now getting its delayed world premiere. Candis C. Jones directs. (Previews begin Nov. 2; Nov. 17-Dec. 5, The Public Theater)

DIANA: THE MUSICAL A loveless marriage and media obsession made life difficult for Diana Spencer, an assistant kindergarten teacher who became the Princess of Wales, adored by multitudes. This musical comes from the writers Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, creators of the Tony-winning show “Memphis,” and is directed by Christopher Ashley (a Tony winner for “Come From Away”). The cast features Jeanna de Waal (“Kinky Boots”) and Roe Hartrampf, who played Diana and Prince Charles in the La Jolla Playhouse premiere in 2019. (Previews resume Nov. 2; opens Nov. 17, Longacre Theater)

CLYDE’S The staff making sandwiches at a truck stop restaurant are formerly incarcerated and seeking redemption in this play by the two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage (“Ruined,” “Sweat”). The cast includes Uzo Aduba, Ron Cephas Jones, Reza Salazar, Edmund Donovan and Kara Young, and Kate Whoriskey, who directed “Sweat,” is collaborating with Nottage again. (Previews begin Nov. 3; Nov. 22-Jan. 16, Hayes Theater,)

HOLIDAYS ONSTAGE “Christmas Spectacular,” starring the famous high-kicking dancers of the Radio City Rockettes, will return this holiday season (Nov. 5-Jan. 2, Radio City Music Hall) along with other holiday-themed shows in limited runs. Among them: “’Twas the Night Before …,” Cirque du Soleil’s acrobatic holiday romp, at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden from Dec. 9-27 (following a run at the Chicago Theater, Nov. 26-Dec. 5); and “A Jolly Holiday with Disney on Broadway,” at the Paper Mill Playhouse, featuring Broadway stars performing hit songs from “The Lion King,” “Mary Poppins” and other shows (Dec. 1-Jan. 2).

KIMBERLY AKIMBO The Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire teams up with the Tony Award-winning composer Jeanine Tesori (“Fun Home”) to adapt his darkly comic play into a new musical about a charming, lonely 16-year-old with a vividly dysfunctional family and an obscure disease that has aged her into an old woman. (Nov. 5-Dec. 26, Atlantic Theater Company)

MEDICINE St. Ann’s Warehouse presents the American premiere of Enda Walsh’s meditation on the way mentally ill people are treated. Partly inspired by stories about abuse in psychiatric institutions, as well as by the playwright’s mother’s experience living in a retirement home while suffering from Alzheimer’s, “Medicine” premiered at the Edinburgh International Festival last month. In her review for The Scotsman, the critic Joyce McMillan called it “a heartbreaking yet hugely energizing and thrilling journey.” Domhnall Gleeson stars, with Walsh directing. (Previews begin Nov. 11; Nov. 16-Dec. 5. St. Ann’s Warehouse)

FLYING OVER SUNSET This new musical imagines the actor Cary Grant, the writer Aldous Huxley (“Brave New World”) and the playwright Clare Boothe Luce, who became a congresswoman and an ambassador, tripping on acid. A strange journey, indeed. The book is by James Lapine, who also directs, with music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Michael Korie. The cast of this Lincoln Center Theater production features Tony Yazbeck (“On the Town”) as Grant, Carmen Cusack (“Bright Star”) as Luce and Harry Hadden-Paton (“My Fair Lady”) as Huxley. (Previews begin Nov. 11; opens Dec. 13; Vivian Beaumont Theater)

COMPANY The Tony-winning director Marianne Elliott’s production, which changed the central character of Bobby, the bachelor with commitment issues, to a female Bobbie, gave this 1970 musical from Stephen Sondheim and George Furth a twist that landed with critics in London, where it opened in 2018. In previews when Broadway shut down, the show will pick up again this fall, with Katrina Lenk (“The Band’s Visit”) as Bobbie, leading a cast that also includes Patti LuPone, Matt Doyle, Christopher Fitzgerald, Christopher Sieber and Jennifer Simard. (Previews resume Nov. 15; opens Dec. 9, Bernard B. Jacobs Theater)

SELLING KABUL Abandoned by the Americans who promised to protect him in Afghanistan, a former interpreter for the United States military goes into hiding from the Taliban in this drama by Sylvia Khoury (“Power Strip”). Directed by Tyne Rafaeli. (Nov. 17-Dec. 23, Playwrights Horizons)

ONCE UPON A ONE MORE TIME It seems like an odd fit, but let’s go with it: The Shakespeare Theater Company in Washington, D.C., will stage the world premiere of a new musical inspired by the songs of the pop star Britney Spears. Admittedly, it does sound intriguing, as it’s also inspired by fairy tales like Cinderella and Snow White. Directed and choreographed by Keone and Mari Madrid, the show features a book by Jon Hartmere. (Nov. 30-Jan. 2, Shakespeare Theater Company),

ASSASSINS John Wilkes Booth, Lee Harvey Oswald and other infamous men and women who killed or tried to kill American presidents tell their stories in this 1990 Stephen Sondheim musical, which studies the concept of the American dream from a very different perspective. The book, by John Weidman, is based on an idea by Charles Gilbert Jr. The director, John Doyle, the artistic director of Classic Stage Company, who is set to retire after this season, has assembled an impressive cast, including Adam Chanler-Berat, Tavi Gevinson, Steven Pasquale, Ethan Slater, Will Swenson and Wesley Taylor. (Previews begin Nov. 2; Nov. 14-Jan. 9, Classic Stage Company)


MJ Lynn Nottage wrote the book for this musical inspired by the life of Michael Jackson, and the show features more than 25 of his hits. Christopher Wheeldon (a Tony winner for “An American in Paris”) is the director and choreographer, and Myles Frost makes his Broadway debut as the King of Pop. (Previews begin Dec. 6; opens Feb. 1, Neil Simon Theater)

THE MUSIC MAN Hugh Jackman stars as the con man Harold Hill and Sutton Foster is the River City local who captures his heart in this revival of Meredith Willson’s 1957 musical. Directed by Jerry Zaks, and featuring choreography by Warren Carlyle, the show’s cast also includes Jayne Houdyshell, Jefferson Mays, Marie Mullen and Shuler Hensley. (Previews begin Dec. 20; opens Feb. 10, Winter Garden Theater)

SKELETON CREW This drama about a group of Detroit autoworkers at a small plant during the Great Recession is coming to Broadway, several years after a well-received run at the Atlantic Theater Company. The play, by Dominique Morisseau, is part of a trilogy that includes “Detroit ’67” and “Paradise Blue.” Ruben Santiago-Hudson, who directed at Atlantic, will take the helm once again for this Manhattan Theater Club production; Phylicia Rashad stars. (Previews begin Dec. 21; opens Jan. 12, Samuel J. Friedman Theater,)


SWEPT AWAY Four men survive the sinking of their whaling ship in an 1888 storm off the coast of Massachusetts in this world premiere musical. How far are they willing to go to stay alive? John Logan (“Moulin Rouge! The Musical,” “Red”) wrote the book; the music and lyrics are by the Avett Brothers; and Michael Mayer will direct. (Jan. 9-Feb. 13. Berkeley Repertory Theater)

LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT Even if we have a bleak winter it will be hard to resist spending time with Eugene O’Neill’s deeply troubled Tyrone family. Elizabeth Marvel will play Mary, the morphine addicted mother of Edmund (Ato Blankson-Wood) and Jamie, and Bill Camp is her husband James. Robert O’Hara directs. (Previews begin Jan. 11; Jan. 23-Feb. 20, Minetta Lane Theater)

TAMBO & BONES The title characters, trapped inside a minstrel show, try to find a way to get out, and get even, in this look at racism in America, hip-hop style. The Playwrights Horizons and Center Theater Group production is a world premiere by Dave Harris, directed by Taylor Reynolds (“Plano”). ( Jan. 12-Feb. 20; Playwrights Horizons)

INTIMATE APPAREL The two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage adapts her loveliest, most wistful play into an opera with music by Ricky Ian Gordon. Inspired by the life of Nottage’s great-grandmother, it tells the story of a single Black seamstress in search of romance in early 20th-century New York. Directed by Bartlett Sher. (Resumes previews Jan. 13; opens Jan. 31, Lincoln Center Theater)

EVERYBODY’S TALKING ABOUT JAMIE This celebration of self expression and the power of a mother-son bond will make its North American premiere in Los Angeles following a smash run that began in 2017 on the West End. Jamie (Layton Williams) is a teenager who definitely doesn’t fit in with his peers, but courageously finds himself through drag, and with help from his mom and an older drag performer, to be played by Roy Haylock (the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 6 winner Bianca Del Rio). The show features music by Dan Gillespie Sells, a book and lyrics by Tom MacRae and is directed by Jonathan Butterell. (Jan. 16-Feb. 20. Ahmanson Theater)

CHANGE AGENT Craig Lucas imagines vital conversations among figures during important times in American history, including the Cuban Missile Crisis, the civil rights movement and the Cold War. The playwright will also direct this world premiere production at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. (Jan. 21-March 6. Arena Stage)

DREAM HOU$E Two Latinx sisters decide to cash in on the gentrification of their neighborhood by selling the family home, and performing on a reality television show while they do it, in this world premiere play by Eliana Pipes that considers the price of progress in America. Laurie Woolery directs. The show will run at Alliance Theater in Atlanta, where it was the winner of the 2021-22 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition, from Jan. 22-Feb. 13, and then at the Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, from March 15-April 3


ENCORES! This annual series that semi-stages underappreciated and lesser-known musicals is back at New York City Center with three productions and a new artistic director, Lear deBessonet. “The Tap Dance Kid,” with music by Henry Krieger, lyrics by Robert Lorick, and a book by Charles Blackwell, is first up (Feb. 2-6), directed by Kenny Leon. “The Life,” with music by Cy Coleman, lyrics by Ira Gasman, and a book by David Newman, Gasman and Coleman, follows, with Billy Porter directing (March 16-20). And “Into the Woods,” Stephen Sondheim (music and lyrics) and James Lapine’s (book) Tony-winning musical, directed by deBessonet, will close out the season (May 4-15).

PARADISE SQUARE I caught this production, which had its premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theater, while passing through the area in January 2019. The musical, about freeborn Black people and newly arrived Irish immigrants coexisting peacefully, for a time, in Five Points, a New York slum, during the Civil War, focuses on a fascinating American story. It seemed Broadway bound when I saw it, and the moment will soon arrive: Following another pre-Broadway run at the James M. Nederlander Theater in Chicago (Nov. 2-Dec. 5), “Paradise” will arrive in New York in the spring. Moisés Kaufman directs the show, with a book by Christina Anderson, Marcus Gardley, Craig Lucas and Larry Kirwan, music and lyrics by Jason Howland and Nathan Tysen and choreography by Bill T. Jones. (Previews begin Feb. 22; opens March 20, Barrymore Theater)

PLAZA SUITE Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker star in a revival of Neil Simon’s 1968 comedy, made up of three one-act farces about three different couples — all played by the same actors — staying in the same hotel room at different times. It will be the first time the actors have worked together on Broadway since 1996, a year before they were married. John Benjamin Hickey directs. (Previews begin Feb. 25; March 28-June 12, Hudson Theater)


TAKE ME OUT Richard Greenberg’s 2002 play about a star major league baseball player who comes out of the closet, opening himself up to hostility and prejudice, returns to Broadway in a revival directed by Scott Ellis. The cast includes Jesse Williams, Patrick J. Adams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. (Previews begin March 9; opens April 4.,Hayes Theater)

THE WANDERER Dion DiMucci, the heartthrob singer-songwriter (“Runaround Sue”) better known as simply Dion, is the subject of this new biographical musical about a troubled kid from the Bronx who made his way to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. (He’s still at it, too: “Blues With Friends,” featuring collaborations with Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon and others, came out in 2020.) Charles Messina wrote the book, Kenneth Ferrone will direct, and Michael Wartella, who as a bratty genius provided most of the memorable moments in the “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” musical, stars as Dion. (March 24-April 24, Paper Mill Playhouse)

HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about sexual abuse finally gets to Broadway, with its original lead performers — Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse. Mark Brokaw (“Heisenberg”), who oversaw the 1997 Off Broadway premiere for the Vineyard Theater, will once again direct. Previews begin (March 29; opens April 19, Samuel J. Friedman Theater)


THE MINUTES Tracy Letts’s play about greed and ambition in the world of small-town politics was in previews pre-shutdown last year. Thankfully, we may finally get a chance to figure out why some of Big Cherry’s City Council minutes are being kept secret. Anna D. Shapiro directs the Steppenwolf production, which had its premiere at the theater’s Chicago home in 2017. (Previews begin in March; opens April 7 , Studio 54)

OUR DAUGHTERS, LIKE PILLARS A mother and her daughters plan a relaxing vacation of antiquing, eating well and avoiding cellphones, but will all of this togetherness really bind them? This new play by Kirsten Greenidge (“Milk Like Sugar”) will have its premiere at the Huntington Theater in Boston, with Kimberly Senior (“Disgraced”) directing. April 8-May 8. The Huntington will follow it up with Greenidge’s “Common Ground Revisited,” an adaptation of “Common Ground,” J. Anthony Lukas’s Pulitzer-winning book about desegregation in the Boston school system, which was set to be staged last year. It was conceived by Greenidge and Melia Bensussen, adapted by Greenidge, and Bensussen directs. (May 27-June 26, Huntington Theater Company)

WEDDING BAND: A LOVE/HATE STORY IN BLACK AND WHITE When this Alice Childress play opened at the Public Theater in 1972, Ruby Dee played one half of its central couple — a Black woman and a white man in 1918 South Carolina, loving each other despite laws and a racist culture that said they couldn’t. The play hasn’t been seen in New York since that production, which Childress directed with Joseph Papp. Now Theater for a New Audience is bringing it back, directed by Awoye Timpo. ( April 23-May 15, Theater for a New Audience)

THE BEDWETTER The comedian Sarah Silverman’s memoir, subtitled “Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee,” is the basis for this new musical about a 10-year-old named Sarah, who has an embarrassing secret. Silverman wrote the show’s songs with Adam Schlesinger, a founder of Fountains of Wayne, who died last year of complications of the coronavirus, and its book with the playwright Joshua Harmon (“Bad Jews”). Directed by Anne Kauffman, it was originally slated to make its premiere in spring 2020. (April 30-June 19, Atlantic Theater Company)

FUNNY GIRL Beanie Feldstein (“Booksmart”) stars as the comedian and actress Fanny Brice in the first revival of this Jule Styne and Bob Merrill classic since Barbra Streisand originated the role on Broadway in 1964. To say this is highly anticipated is an understatement. Harvey Fierstein will revise the original book by Isobel Lennart, and Michael Mayer directs. Previews are set to begin in the spring at a theater yet to be announced.


A MONSTER CALLS Based on a 2011 young adult novel by Patrick Ness, about a 13-year-old boy, his terminally ill mother and a monster with tales to tell, this new play, adapted and directed by Sally Cookson, comes to the Kennedy Center from the Old Vic in London. (May 25-June 12; John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts)

THE OUTSIDERS Does Ponyboy sing and dance? Audiences in Chicago will be the first to find out in Adam Rapp, Jamestown Revival and Justin Levine’s new musical based on S.E. Hinton’s classic young adult novel about rival gangs from different social classes, and on Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film adaptation of it. Directed by Liesl Tommy (“Respect”), with choreography by Lorin Latarro (“Waitress”). ( May 27-July 10, Goodman Theater,)

Laura Collins-Hughes contributed reporting.

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