New Broadway shows in 2023
Broadway is a thriving industry at the heart of New York City that continues to captivate audiences with its world-class productions and unrivalled talent. As of 2023, Broadway stands as a symbol of artistic excellence and cultural significance, showcasing the very best of live theatre. The permanence of the allure of Broadway lies in its ability to transport audiences into its narratives, where the magic of storytelling and the power of live performances intertwine. The anticipation surrounding new shows is in the air, with both seasoned theatre enthusiasts and newcomers eagerly awaiting the arrival of fresh, innovative productions. As the curtains rise on new shows, the excitement is infectious, promising unforgettable experiences and the potential to discover new favourites in the ever-evolving landscape of NYC musical theatre.
Harmony, a highly anticipated musical, will be making its debut on Broadway in October 2023. From the creative minds of Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman, this show has been long-awaited by theatre enthusiasts. Set in Germany during the rise of the Nazi regime, the musical explores the journey of a beloved vocal ensemble struggling to maintain their artistic integrity amidst the political turmoil of the time. The show’s themes of unity, resilience and the power of music resonate deeply, making it a unique and compelling production. With a cast showing off such talents as Danny Kornfeld, Chip Zien and Julie Benko, Harmony promises to be a standout experience for audiences this season.
Moving on to the iconic musical Sweeney Todd, its 2023 Broadway revival has generated immense excitement. With its dark and haunting storyline, this musical has stood the test of time and continues to captivate audiences night after night. Set in Victorian London, this cut throat tale of revenge and obsession explores themes of justice, morality, and the human condition, and remains relevant in the present day. The revival is expected to bring new elements and interpretations to the classic story, breathing fresh life into the beloved characters. With notable cast members like Annaleigh Ashford and Josh Groban, and a 26-piece orchestra brinning one of Stephan Sondheim’s best works back on stage, this revival of Sweeney Todd promises to be a theatrical masterpiece that will likely encourage multiple rewatches.
Shucked, a new and exciting addition to the Broadway lineup in 2023, brings a distinctive blend of genres and storytelling to the stage. This comedic musical, with a book by TonyⓇ Award winner Robert Horn and a score by Grammy Award winners Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark, Shucked offers a fresh take on the theatre scene. Nestled in Cob County, a tight-knit community of country-dwellers has thrived in obscurity, bound together by their love for the land and each other. However, when the imminent threat of extinction looms over their beloved town, a brave individual must step forward to save the community’s way of life.
At the center of the story is Maizy, a farmgirl who embarks on a journey to the bustling city of Tampa in a desperate attempt to protect her hometown.
The appeal of this show to audiences lies in its unique concept and engaging storytelling. This production breaks away from traditional narratives by offering a fresh and light-hearted escape for theatregoers. The combination of comedy and country-inspired music creates an energetic and joyful atmosphere, ensuring a memorable experience for all.
Notable cast members such as Alex Newell, Andrew Durand, John Behlmann, and Caroline Innerbichler, as well as creative elements further elevate the allure of this production.
New York, New York is a love letter to the city that never sleeps, paying homage to its rich history and vibrant culture. Set in 1946, the show follows the dreams of a group of artists, including Jimmy Doyle, a disillusioned musician, and Francine Evans, a young singer with aspirations of greatness, as they navigate the bustling streets of New York. Watch as their love story unfolds, accompanied by an exhilarating new score by John Kander and Fred Ebb. With iconic songs like “New York, New York” and “But The World Goes Round,” the musical captures the essence of New York City’s magic. The production, directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, boasts a talented cast and dazzling dance numbers that transport audiences to the heart of the Big Apple. New York, New York is a must-see for anyone seeking an immersive and enchanting experience of the city that never fails to surprise.
Once Upon a One More Time is a musical comedy that brings together iconic fairy tale characters and the chart-topping hits by Britney Spears. In this clever and uproarious production, the storybook heroines gather for their regular book club meetings, discussing the only book they know, Grimm’s Fairy Tales. However, their world is turned upside down when a rogue fairy godmother introduces them to The Feminine Mystique, and from that moment on, their concept of “happily ever after” is forever changed. This revisionist fairy tale, set to the catchy tunes of the world-renowned Princess of Pop, explores the themes of empowerment and self-discovery. Once Upon a One More Time offers a fresh and entertaining take on the classic folk tales we all grew up on. Prepare to feel stronger than yesterday as you join the story’s heroines on their journey of self-realization and liberation.
Here Lies Love is a critically acclaimed, immersive musical experience that takes the audience on a journey through the life of former Filipina First Lady, Imelda Marcos, and the Philippine People Power Revolution. Created by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, this groundbreaking production transforms the theatre into a dance club, allowing the audience to get down to the grooves of the disco pop soundtrack. With choreography by Annie-B Parson and direction by Alex Timbers, the show has garnered praise for its innovative approach to audience engagement. Here Lies Love explores the historical significance of Imelda Marcos and her rise to power, elucidating the complex political landscape of the post-war Philippines. The mix of modern dance, hip-hop and traditional Filipino music creates a catchy, energetic and captivating experience for theatregoers. This thought-provoking musical not only entertains but also educates, breathing new life into a fascinating historical figure guaranteed to leave the audience with a newfound appreciation for the Philippines and its people. With its radiant visuals, emotional story, and energetic music, Here Lies Love is a must-see for those seeking a truly unique theatre experience.
Back to the Future: The Musical is a highly anticipated adaptation of the beloved film that has captured the hearts of audiences for decades. With a book by Bob Gale and new music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard, the musical brings the iconic story of Marty McFly and Doc Brown to the Broadway stage. The creative team faced the challenge of translating the time-traveling adventure into a theatrical production, but with the direction of John Rando, they successfully captured the essence of the ever-popular original film. Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane and relive the magic (or science) of the original film live. With a talented cast and the use of technological innovations, Back to the Future: The Musical promises to transport audiences to the 1950s and take them on a thrilling journey as Marty struggles to fix the past and return to the present (or the future). Don’t miss the chance to be part of this time-traveling thrill and create new memories with Broadway. Buckle up for a night of exhilaration and nostalgia.
Get ready for the powerful lineup of new Broadway shows in 2023! From highly anticipated adaptations to groundbreaking original productions, the stage is set for an unforgettable continuation of the year. These productions promise nothing less than the best Broadway experience. So get ready to be entertained, inspired and transported to new worlds.