5 Best Broadway Shows for 2017
Calling all Broadway fans: 2017 is gearing up to be a very exciting year, with a wide variety of anticipated new openings. Many Broadway names are making long-awaited returns to the Great White Way, including Laura Osnes, Ramin Karimloo, and Bette Midler. The new shows cover a broad range, from adaptations to original works to revivals, offering the community and its players a virtual rebranding of Broadway’s current offerings. From the dazzling Anastasia to the celebrated Hello Dolly! (Hello, Bette Midler!), here are our top 5 picks for Broadway shows in 2017.
“Journey to the past” with Broadway heartthrobs Derek Klena (Dmitry) and Christy Altomare (Anastasia) in the title roles. Inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox Motion Pictures film of the same name, this musical follows the historic account of Anastasia Romanov through the lens of the 1997 animated film, but with a new context thanks to playwright Terrence McNally. Follow Anastasia as she travels from Russia to 1920s Paris, with plenty of adventures along the way. Alongside Klena and Altomare, the cast also includes Broadway veterans Ramin Karimloo as Gleb and Mary Beth Peil as Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna. With previews beginning on March 23 in anticipation of an April 24, 2017, opening date, fans only need to wait a few months to relive one of the most beloved animated films of the 1990s. Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St.; get tickets to Anastasia
Michael Stewart’s 1964 musical phenomenon Hello, Dolly! returns to Broadway on March 15 for previews before an April 20, 2017, opening. Though the original production put now-theatrical legend Carol Channing on the map, Broadway’s 2017 revival will star none other than Bette Midler, legend of the stage and screen. Midler plays Dolly, the widowed matchmaker who has found herself falling in love with “half-a-millionaire.” This newest revival marks the first staging on Broadway since 1995. Joining Midler in the show’s principle track are David Hyde Pierce, Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin, Jennifer Simard, Taylor Trensch, Will Burton, Beanie Feldstein, and Donna Murphy. Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St.; get tickets to Hello, Dolly!
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
“Take a look and you'll see into your imagination” with Broadway’s transfer of the West End’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Christian Borle, most recently seen in the Lincoln Center Theater’s revival of Falsettos, leads the cast as the candyman Willy Wonka. This London show promises to appease the sweetest of tastes with its enticing music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman (better known for their Grammy Award-winning and -nominated works of Broadway’s Hairspray and television’s Smash). Begin scouring the world’s Wonka bars for your golden ticket to enter this world of pure imagination – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory opens for previews on Broadway on March 28, 2017. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St.; get tickets to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Come From Away
On September 11, 2001, the world stopped as tragedy struck New York in the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers. As airspace closed immediately following the attacks, the planes flying over America were forced to land somewhere; Come From Away explores the story of how these 38 planes were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland, releasing 6,579 passengers with unique stories to tell. After record-breaking, sold-out performances in La Jolla, Seattle, and Washington, DC, Come From Away promises to move hearts and souls when it finally lands on Broadway in Manhattan, the island where the heartbreaking story began in 2001. Previews begin on February 18, 2017, at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. 236 W. 45th St.; get tickets to Come From Away
Broadway’s newest musical, Bandstand, explores the 1945 period piece of a singer/songwriter and World War II veteran who pairs with his fellow veterans to enter a radio contest to become America’s next big swing band. The cast stars stage heartthrob Corey Cott as songwriter Donny Novitski with two-time Tony Award nominee Laura Osnes in the role of Julia, the young widow who takes the microphone as the big band’s lead singer. Bandstand finds choreography from two-time Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler and arrives in New York for previews on March 31, 2017. Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St.; get tickets to Bandstand