2021 will go down in history as the year Broadway reopened after over a year of shutdowns due to COVID-19, and pending no other health calamities freeze the Great White Way, the new year is looking bright with new plays and musicals to look forward to. Here, The Broadway Blog shares just five of the works we’re excited to see in 2022!
for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf
Written by Ntozake Shange
Directed and Choreographed by Camille A. Brown
Starts March 4 at the Booth Theatre
Filled with passion, humor, and raw honesty, legendary playwright/poet Ntozake Shange’s form-changing choreopoem tells the stories of seven Black women using poetry, song and movement. With unflinching honesty and emotion, each woman voices her survival story of having to exist in a world shaped by sexism and racism.
Written by Noah Haidle
Directed by Vivienne Benesch
Starts March 18 at American Airlines Theatre
TV icon Debra Messing (Will & Grace) returns to the stage as Ernestine Ashworth, who spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe. Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Then her 70th and her 101st. This new play chronicles five generations, dozens of goldfish, an infinity of dreams, and one cake baked over a century. What makes a lifetime…into a life?
Music and Lyrics by Jule Styne and Bob Merrill
Book by Isobel Lennart
Directed by Michael Mayer
Starts March 26 at the August Wilson Theatre
Beanie Feldstein stars as Fanny Brice, a girl from the Lower East Side who dreamed of a life on the stage. This highly anticipated musical also stars Jane Lynch, Ramin Karimloo, and Jared Grimes and features the show-stopping “Don’t Rain on My Parade” and a revised book by Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein.
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sam Gold
Starts March 29 at the Longacre Theatre
Fun Home Tony Award-winning director Sam Gold takes a new spin on a Shakespeare classic starring movie stars Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga. Come for the star power, stay for the timeless story of the consequences of greed, malice, and power.
How I Learned to Drive
By Paula Vogel
Directed by Mark Brokaw
Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama returns to New York, reuniting original stars Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse in the roles that they originated. As a memory play, it will be especially poignant to see these two stars return to these iconic roles decades later.