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Best Shows on Broadway This Fall

Last updated Sept. 19, 2023 by Staff
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The fall season is upon us! As the weather cools down, new plays and musicals, as well as some anticipated revivals, will be making their way to theater's biggest stage. As you plan your trip to Broadway, take a look at the best shows arriving this fall!

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Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch

Now in Previews; Opening Night: September 27, 2023
Cast Includes: Leslie Odom Jr..

Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. stars in the first Broadway revival of Ossie Davis' 1961 play. Directed by Kenny Leon, Purlie Victorious focuses on the traveling preacher Purlie Victorious Judson, who returns to his small Georgia town hoping to save the community's church and emancipate the cotton pickers who work on an oppressive plantation. Get tickets!

Jaja's African Hair Braiding

Now in Previews; Opening Night: October 3, 2023
Cast Includes: Somi Kakoma, Nana Mensah.

The dazzling world premiere of Jocelyn Bioh's new play welcomes audiences to Jaja's bustling hair braiding salon in Harlem and introduces an eclectic group of West African immigrant hair braiders who create masterpieces on the heads of neighborhood women. Join them for one summer day as they navigate love, uncertainty, secrets and what it's like to be an outsider in the their tight-knit community. Get tickets!

Melissa Etheridge: My Window on Broadway

Now in Previews; Opening Night: September 28, 2023; Closing: November 19, 2023
Cast Includes: Melissa Etheridge.

Grammy winner and Academy Award nominee Melissa Etheridge brings her story and songs to Broadway following a successful run off-Broadway earlier this year. Expect to hear “I'm the Only One,” “Come to My Window,” “I Want to Come Over”, and more. Get tickets!

Melissa Etheridge sits against a trunk playing guitar
Melissa Etheridge in the off-Broadway production of My Window
(Photo: Jenny Anderson)

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Gutenberg! The Musical

Now in Previews; Opening Night: October 12, 2023; Closing: January 28, 2024
Cast Includes: Josh Gad, Andrew Rannells.

Original The Book of Mormon stars Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells reunite in this hilarious new musical about an unintentionally hilarious new musical! Featuring a book and score by Anthony King and Scott Brown and direction by Alex Timbers, this work of art imitating life imitating art follows friends Bud and Doug as they attempt to put up a show about inventor of the printing press, Johannes Gutenberg. Laughter ensues! Get tickets!

Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells sit at a table writing
Josh Gad and Andrew Rannells
(Photo: Mandee Johnson)

Merrily We Roll Along

Now in Previews; Opening Night: October 10, 2023; Closing: March 24, 2024
Cast Includes: Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff, Lindsay Mendez.

It's a hit! A starry cast leads the Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheim and George Furth's cult-classic musical, following a successful run at off-Broadway's New York Theatre Workshop and in London's West End. Spanning three decades in the entertainment business, Merrily We Roll Along features some of Sondheim’s most celebrated and personal songs. Get tickets!

Lindsay Mendez as Mary, Jonathan Groff as Franklin and Daniel Radcliffe as Charley sit together in Merrily We Roll Along
Lindsay Mendez, Jonathan Groff and Daniel Radcliffe in the off-Broadway production of Merrily We Roll Along
(Photo: Joan Marcus)

I Need That

Previews Begin: October 13, 2023; Opening Night: November 2, 2023; Closing: December 23, 2023
Cast Includes: Danny DeVito, Lucy DeVito.

Roundabout Theatre Company presents Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck's deeply human new comedy, which finds recluse Sam forced to reckon with what’s trash, what’s treasure, and whether we can ever know the difference between the two. Get tickets!


Previews Begin: October 18, 2023; Opening Night: November 13, 2023
Cast Includes: Chip Zien, Sierra Boggess, Julie Benko.

Based on the unbelievable true story, Harmony tells the tale of the most successful entertainers you've never heard of...until now. Featuring music by Barry Manilow and lyrics by Bruce Sussman, this new musical goes back to the 1920s to introduce The Comedian Harmonists. Get tickets!

The Comedian Harmonists gather in Harmony
Blake Roman, Eric Peters, Zal Owen, Sean Bell, Steven Telsey and Danny Kornfeld in Harmony
(Photo: Julieta Cervantes)


Previews Begin: October 31, 2023; Opening Night: November 16, 2023
Cast Includes: James Monroe Iglehart, Leslie Rodriguez Kritzer, Michael Urie.

The quest is back on! Lovingly ripped from the film classic Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot won the 2005 Tony Award for Best Musical and features such classics as “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life,” “The Song That Goes Like This” and “Find Your Grail." Don't miss this great knight at the theater! Get tickets!

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How to Dance in Ohio

Previews Begin: November 15, 2023; Opening Night: December 10, 2023

Based on the award-winning HBO documentary and featuring seven autistic actors making their Broadway debuts, How to Dance in Ohio is a heart-filled new musical that tells the story of autistic young adults as they prepare for a spring formal dance and open their routines to experience love, stress, excitement and independence. Get tickets!


Previews Begin: November 28, 2023; Opening Night: December 18, 2023; Closing: February 11, 2024
Cast Includes: Sarah Paulson

Branden Jacob-Jenkins' darkly comic drama follows the Lafayette family as they return to their father's Arkansas home to deal with the remains of his estate. As secrets are revealed and resentments rise to the surface, the family is forced to face the ghosts of their past. 

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