King Kong premieres on Broadway this Fall. Photo Credit: Jeff Busby
While “summer Fridays”, trips to the Hamptons, and rooftop BBQ parties are still in full swing here in the City that never sleeps, we wanted to take a second to chat about what we’re excited about this upcoming Fall on Broadway. There’s a ton of exciting shows coming into town this Autumn, and we want you to be ready.
Two exciting late-summer openings are happening this week: Pretty Women makes its debut at the Nederlander Theatre this Wednesday, and the TONY® winner John Rando helmed production of Getting The Band Back Together opened this past Monday night at the Belasco Theatre.
TONY® Award-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell’s brand new production of Pretty Woman, based on the 1990 film of the same name, had it's out of town tryout this past Spring in Chicago. The musical marks Mitchell’s tenth trip to the boards on the creative side of the table, and his fifth as a director/choreographer; his 2013 Best Musical winning production of Kinky Boots is currently running at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Broadway. Pretty Woman features a score by Grammy® award-winning songwriter, Bryan Adams.
Getting The Band Back Together tells the hilarious story of a group of old friends getting the gang back together to win a battle of the band's competition— all to save leading man Mitch Papadopolous’ Sayreville, New Jersey house. The musical is the return of TONY® winner John Rando, whose directorial work was last seen on Broadway in 2014 with On The Town, and briefly in 2015 when Penn And Teller On Broadway ran a limited engagement.
Getting The Band Back Together at it's out of town tryout at the George Street Playhouse. Photo Credit: T. Charles Erickson
Coming up later this Fall is the Broadway debut of the largest ape to ever grace the stage; King Kong. The musical, which premiered in Melbourne Australia back in 2013, is directed and choreographed by Olivier® winner Drew McOnie and features Kong as an enormous and highly adaptable 2,000-pound, 20-story gorilla puppet. The awe and amazement of the puppet reportedly has the theatre community buzzing.
TONY® winner Casey Nicholaw returns to Broadway with The Prom in his twelfth trip to the boards as a director or choreographer. The musical opens at the Longacre Theatre in November and tells the story of a canceled high school prom, the female high school student who wanted to attend with her girlfriend, and how Broadway— and some local press— are ready to “kick-ball-change” the world.
When The Prom opens in November, it will be Nicholaw’s fourth show currently running on Broadway. He’s also currently represented with Mean Girls, Aladdin, and The Book Of Mormon.
The Cher Show. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus
TONY® winning choreographer Christopher Gattelli makes his 2018 debut with The Cher Show. The musical, which tells the life story of the pop diva herself, struts into the Neil Simon Theatre this December after finishing a summer tryout in Chicago. With three Broadway divas, (Stephanie J. Block, Teal Wicks, and Miceala Diamond), portraying Cher’s life at different stages, the show will feature many of the singer’s beloved hits like “If I Could Turn Back Time," "Believe," "I Got You Babe," "Strong Enough," "Half Breed," "I Found Someone," "A Different Kind of Love Song," "Take Me Home," and "Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves.”
Also exciting in the Fall 2018 theatre lineup— the Off-Broadway musical world premiere of the 1990’s classic film Clueless. The musical will feature a reunion of the Rock Of Ages director/choreographer team Kristin Hanggi and Kelly Devine. TONY® nominee Kelly Devine’s work was recently seen on Broadway with Escape To Margaritaville and can currently be seen at The Schoenfeld Theatre, which is home to the 2017 Best Musical winner Come From Away. Clueless The Musical is written by original screenplay author Amy Heckerling, and will have a score adapted by Broadway’s Ethan Popp that, according to Vulture, “reimagines ’90s hits into ingenious parodies and yearning monologues for her lovesick characters.”