Looking to celebrate the Holidays in one of the best theater districts in the world? Or to impress your friends and family from out of town? New York City has, yet again, many incredible offerings this Broadway season. Plays. Famous, bandstand musicals. High caliber celebrity sightings. Here is What’s On Broadway, This 2018 Holiday Season.
Olivier-winning play written by Jez Butterworth is getting quite the hype. Between a 21 actor cast, a baby, and a goose, The Ferryman achieves both rollicking family fun and a hard interrogation of extremism. Centered on a family with close ties to the IRA, specifically 24 hardened hours, The Ferryman is a beautiful and thought-provoking drama that transcends the bustling Carney Farm. After three extended runs in London, The Ferryman has arrived, finally, to NYC’s Broadway.
THE NEW ONE
Mike Birbiglia has extended his Off-Broadway run of The New One, bringing it to his fans through January 20th. So what is The New One? It’s one man, Mike Birbiglia, as an adult. It’s a character versed in trauma and relationship snafus, in feelings of inadequacy and near constant embarrassment. But with a kid.
This new play by Christopher Demos-Brown falls within the new wave of drama written towards the experience of being a young black man in America, specifically when it comes to the threat of racially biased police. Driven by outstanding performances from Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale, this story offers a perspective aside from the standard procedural. Gripping, natural, and at times nightmarish, American Son is definitely one you want to see this Broadway season.
Harvey Fierstein’s Torch Song has arrived on Broadway, with Michael Urie starring as the impatiently ambitious Arnold Beckoff, who just wants to pave his own way in New York City. Torch Song is both hilarious and heart-wrenching, a play that most families can relate to in one form or another.
THE WAVERLY GALLERY
Iconic actor, comedian, and director Elaine May returns to Broadway for the first time in 50 years for Kenneth Lonergan’s acclaimed memory play, The Waverly Gallery. Poignant, devastating, and at times hilarious, The Waverly Gallery details a feisty grandmother’s journey as she battles Alzheimer’s disease. What else can we say about The Waverly Gallery? Don’t forget your waterproof mascara.
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
Jeff Daniels is the iconic lawyer Atticus Finch in the classic American story, To Kill A Mockingbird. Adapted into a new play by award-winning director Aaron Sorkin, this Broadway endeavor is an industry dream come true. We think it’s nearly inevitable that this stage adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird becomes an interesting footnote to these crazy times.
THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT
Based on a “true-ish” story, The Lifespan of a Fact is a comedy placed in the high stakes world of publishing. When a determined young fact checker (Daniel Radcliffe) is unleashed on a groundbreaking piece from an unorthodox author (Bobby Cannavale), it becomes a showdown between truth and fiction. With a three person cast completed by the talented, beloved actor Cherry Jones, this new play feels both timeless and relevant.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN
Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen continues to rattle and capture audiences with its tear-jerking, troubled teen narrative. Replacing the tremendous Ben Platt is Hello, Dolly!‘s Taylor Trensch.
THE BOOK OF MORMON
The intelligent and profane musical comedy Book of Mormon— written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone—is one of the wittiest tales ever to be spun on Broadway, albeit not for the weak of heart.
THE BAND’S VISIT
Coming from Off-Broadway, this now Tony Award Winning musical stars Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk. Poignant, witty, and touching, The Band’s Visit is about a bumbling Egyptian police band arriving in an Israeli desert town.
COME FROM AWAY
A New Musical, Come From Away takes from the true story of a group of airline passengers stranded in Newfoundland, just days after the 9/11 attacks. This feel-good production touches on the nostalgia of a time not very long ago.
MY FAIR LADY
Bartlett Sher’s lush revival of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady stars Lauren Ambrose as the cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle and Harry Hadden-Paton as Professor Henry Higgins, with Norbert Leo Butz as Eliza’s father and Diana Rigg as Higgins’s mother.
For Kids, and Their Grown-Ups
THE LION KING
From famous cinematographer Julie Taymor, this lush retelling of the Disney classic has transcended into the realms of high art. Visually stunning, branded by its extravagant masks and puppetry, The Lion King continues to go strong after two decades.
Based on the movie by the same name, with music and lyrics from Sara Bareilles, Waitress details the life of a woman trying to bake her way out of her circumstances. When faced with the opportunity for a new life—and relationship—Jenna has to rise above her self-doubt in order to taste her own happy ending.
Magic carpet rides, genies, the pomp and circumstance of Agrabah, the story of Aladdin now resides on the New Amsterdam Theatre stage. Gorgeously produced from start to finish, and implemented with seven new songs, Aladdin is a treat for kids and their grown-ups.