Everyone should experience the theatre at least once in their life.
There’s something about the lights going down and curtains going up, or the spotlight hitting the stage and the first words being spoken that is intoxicating. Or actors being just a stage away, conveying the right emotions and taking us on their character’s journey in real time that makes the theatre so majestic.
There is nothing like a night out at the theatre. And if you are looking to experience for the first time or again, here are some new and limited engagement Broadway shows you should see and support while they are on Broadway.
Also, if you never been to the theatre, it may be overwhelming what to do and how you should act. So here are some things to know:
- Dress to impress — think nice dinner or at least business casual…also theatres can be cold, bring a sweater just in case
- No recordings or photos during the performance — if you want to take any photos, take while the lights are up before the show begins
- Arrive at least 20 minutes early BUT never late
- When it is over, try to stay until the end, after the thespians have taken their bows
- Last but not least, cellphones off
Other terms to know when buying tickets:
- Orchestra – The ground level of seating.
- Mezzanine – The next tier of seating. Many theatres only have these two levels.
- Boxes – Seating on the mezzanine level but farther forward than the lip of the full mezzanine (a bit like hanging on the walls of the theatre).
- Balcony – The third and highest tier of seating.
Anyway enough rambling, check out the nine new or limited engagement Broadway shows you should see this year.
Death of a Salesman
One man and his family are caught up in the pressures and delusions of living the American Dream. Miller’s play is the story of a traveling salesman whose illusions of picture-perfect business and family life cave in on him.
Starring: Wendell Pierce, Sharon D Clarke, , Khris Davis, McKinley Belcher III, and André De Shields.
Theater: Hudson Theatre | 141 W 44th St
Run Dates: now until Jan 15th
Topdog/Underdog, Suzan-Lori Parks’ Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, returns to Broadway for its 20th Anniversary Production. Topdog/Underdog, a darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity, tells the story of two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, names given to them as a joke by their father. Haunted by the past and their obsession with the street con game, three-card monte, the brothers come to learn the true nature of their history.
Starring: Corey Hawkins, Yahya Abdul Mateen II
Theater: John Golden Theatre | 252 West 45th Street, Between Broadway and 8th Avenue
Run Dates: It officially opens Oct 20 – until (also 16 week limited run)
For more information: https://topdogunderdog.com/
The Piano Lesson
A battle is brewing in the Charles household. At the center lies the family’s prized heirloom piano. On one side, a brother plans to build the family fortune by selling it. On the other, a sister will go to any length to keep it and preserve the family history. Only their uncle stands in between. But even he can’t hold back the ghosts of the past. Set in 1936 Pittsburgh, August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama returns to Broadway in a production directed by LaTanya Richardson Jackson
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, and Danielle Brooks, Trai Byers, April Matthis, Ray Fisher, Michael Potts, Nadia Daniel, Jurnee Swan, Shirine Babb, Charles Browning, Peter Jay Fernandez, Sharina Martin, Warner J Miller Doron Jepaul Mtichell, and Kim Sullivan
Theater: Ethel Barrymore Theatre | 243 West 47th Street, Between Broadway and 8th Avenue
Run Dates: until Jan 15, 2023
For more information: https://pianolessonplay.com/
Ain’t No Mo
Ain’t No Mo’ dares to ask the incendiary question, “What if the U.S. government attempted to solve racism by offering Black Americans one-way plane tickets to Africa?” The answer comes in the form of an outrageous and high-octane comedy about being Black in today’s America. From the mischievous mind of Jordan E. Cooper, Ain’t No Mo’ seamlessly blends sketch comedy, satire and avant garde theater to leave audiences crying with laughter—and thinking through the tears.
Starring: Jordan E. Cooper, Crystal Lucas-Perry, Fedna Jacquet, Simone Recasner, Marchánt Davis, Shannon Matesky and Ebony Marshall-Oliver
Theater: Belasco Theatre | 111 West 44th Street, Between Broadway and 6th Avenue, near 6th Avenue
Run Dates: Previews begin Nov 03, 2022. It opens Dec 1, 2022 – until
For more information: https://aintnomobway.com/
MJ The Musical
He is one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Now, Michael Jackson’s unique and unparalleled artistry has finally arrived on Broadway in a brand-new musical. Centered around the making of his 1992 Dangerous World Tour, and created by Tony Award(R)-winning director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, MJ goes beyond the singular moves and signature sound of the star, offering a rare look at the creative mind and collaborative spirit that catapulted Jackson into legendary status. Turn it up, Broadway—MJ is here!
Current Cast: Myles Frost, Quentin Darrington, Whitney Bashor, Gabriel Ruiz, Antoine Smith, Walter Russell III, Christian Wilson, Joey Sorge, Tavon Olds-Sample, John Edwards, Corey J, Ayana George, Apollo Levine, Lamont Walker II, Zelig Williams
Theater: Neil Simon Theatre | 250 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019
Run Dates: (official opening) Feb 1, 2022 – until
For more information: https://mjthemusical.com/
Ohio State Murders
Directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (A Soldiers Play), Audra McDonald plays a famous writer who returns to her alma mater to finally reveal the truth of what happened when she was a student there.
Starring: Audra McDonald, Bryce Pinkham, Mister Fitzgerald, Lizan Mitchell, Abigail Stephenson, Brett Diggs, Brooke Gardner, Christian Pederson, Gayle Samuels
Theater: James Earl Jones Theater, 138 West 48th St, New York, NY 10036
Run Dates: Opening: Dec 8, 2022
For more information: https://ohiostatemurdersbroadway.com/
A Strange Loop
Meet Usher: a Black, queer writer writing a musical about a Black, queer writer writing a musical about a Black, queer writer…
Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, blisteringly funny masterwork exposes the heart and soul of a young artist grappling with desires, identity, and instincts he both loves and loathes. Hell-bent on breaking free of his own self-perception, Usher wrestles with the thoughts in his head, brought to life on stage by a hilarious, straight-shooting ensemble. Bold and heartfelt in its truth-telling, A Strange Loop is the big, Black, and queer Great American Musical for all.
Theater: Lyceum Theatre | 149 West 45th Street, Between Broadway and 6th Avenue
Run Dates: now until Jan 15, 2023
For more information: https://strangeloopmusical.com/
In the summer of 1984, longtime international superstar Andy Warhol and the art scene’s newest wunderkind, Jean-Michel Basquiat, agree to work together on what may be the most talked about exhibition in the history of modern art. But can these two creative giants co-exist, or even thrive? The stage is their canvas in this sizzling tour-de-force by Anthony McCarten.
Current Cast: Ben Crawford, Emilie Kouatchou, John Riddle, Sara Esty, Raquel Groen, Maree Johnson, Bradley Dean, Craig Bennett, Carlton Moe
Theater: Majestic Theatre | 245 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
Run Dates: previews begin Nov 29, 2022. It opens Dec 20, 2022 – until
Take Me Out
Take Me Out follows Darren Lemming, star center fielder for the Empires, who reveals he is gay and faces a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices. Facing some hostile teammates and fraught friendships, Darren is forced to contend with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution. As the Empires struggle to rally toward a championship season, the players and their fans begin to question tradition, their loyalties and the price of victory.
Currently Starring: Jesse Williams, Jesse Ferguson, Bill Heck, and more
Theater: Schoenfeld Theatre | 236 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036
Broadway Run: 14 weeks starting Oct 27th