Spring Preview 2023 | Playbill

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Playbill proudly presents our first ever Spring Preview. Here, we take a deep dive into some of the most anticipated shows coming up in NYC. The short versions of these articles appear in our February print Playbill, but be sure to read the much longer versions below for more backstage stories, original photography, and videos. Playbill has also unveiled exclusive performance numbers from some of the spring's hottest upcoming shows. Because after all, spring is all about abundance. To paraphrase the new Kander & Ebb (and Lin-Manuel Miranda) musical, New York, New York, start spreading the news!

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Broadway Shows Opening Spring 2023

Pictures From Home

First Preview: January 13, 2023
Opening Date: February 9, 2023

A comic and dramatic portrait of a mother, a father and the son who photographed their lives. Based on the photo memoir by Larry Sultan, Pictures From Home will evoke memories of childhood, parenthood, and the vicissitudes that comprise familial relationships.

A Doll's House

First Preview: February 13, 2023
Opening Date: March 9, 2023

Nora Helmer, a childlike wife and mother accustomed to an existence built around her husband Torvald, comes to confront the truth of her marriage, in Henrik Ibsen's groundbreaking 1879 play.

Bad Cinderella

First Preview: February 17, 2023
Opening Date: March 23, 2023

In the exceptionally beautiful kingdom of Belleville, the fields are idyllic, the prince is charming, and the townsfolk are ravishing. Only one stubborn peasant stands in the way of absolute perfection: Cinderella. To the flawless residents and royals of Belleville, this damsel IS the distress.


First Preview: February 21, 2023
Opening Date: March 16, 2023

Marietta, Georgia, 1913. 13-year-old Mary Phagan is found dead in the basement of a pencil factory, and Leo Frank, the Jewish superintendent of the factory, is wrongfully accused of committing the crime.

Sweeney Todd

First Preview: February 26, 2023
Opening Date: March 26, 2023

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a deliciously thrilling story of revenge and retribution, continues our celebration of the titan of musical theater: Stephen Sondheim.

After 15 years in exile, Sweeney Todd, an unsettling man with a mysterious past, arrives in a dark and gritty London, hungry for vengeance against the judge who destroyed his life. Todd joins forces with Mrs. Lovett, the unhinged proprietress of a failing pie shop, and together they develop a spinetingling plot to exact revenge. When the lights go down and the curtain goes up, you won’t dare look away.


First Preview: March 2, 2023
Opening Date: March 19, 2023

This anthology of dance vignettes, using a wide variety of styles, existing songs and no book, is directed and choreographed by Bob Fosse.


First Preview: March 8, 2023
Opening Date: April 4, 2023

What do you get when you pair a semi-neurotic, New York comedy writer with two music superstars from Nashville? A hilarious and audacious farm-to-fable musical about the one thing Americans everywhere can’t get enough of: corn. Shucked is the new musical comedy that proves sometimes tearing down a few walls, rather than growing them, is the only way to preserve our way of life. Shucked is about to turn Broadway on its ear and offer a kernel of hope for our divided nation.


First Preview: March 9, 2023
Opening Date: April 13, 2023

King Arthur founds the kingdom of Camelot and the Knights of the Round Table, who fight for justice and right, only to see his ideal crumble when his wife Guenevere falls in love with his favorite knight, Sir Lancelot.

Life of Pi

First Preview: March 9, 2023
Opening Date: March 30, 2023

After a cargo ship sinks in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, a sixteen-year-old boy name Pi is stranded on a lifeboat with four other survivors – a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan, and a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger. Time is against them, nature is harsh, who will survive?

Jonas Brothers

First Preview: March 14, 2023
Opening Date: March 14, 2023

The Grammy-nominated band The Jonas Brothers will set up shop March 14–18, with each night of their residency dedicated to one of their six albums, including Jonas Brothers; A Little Bit Longer; Lines, Vines, and Trying Times; Happiness Begins; and their forthcoming release, The Album.

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

First Preview: March 17, 2023
Opening Date: April 19, 2023

Co-written by Mischief company members Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer and Henry Shields, Peter Pan Goes Wrong is a highly physical comedy packed with finely-tuned and inspired slapstick, delivered with split-second timing and ambitious daring. The play sees the ‘Cornley Drama Society’ back on stage battling technical hitches, flying mishaps and cast disputes as they attempt to present J.M Barrie’s much-loved tale. But will they ever make it to Neverland?

Fat Ham

First Preview: March 21, 2023
Opening Date: April 12, 2023

Juicy is a queer, Southern college kid, already grappling with some serious questions of identity, when the ghost of his father shows up in their backyard, demanding that Juicy avenge his murder. But here’s the rub! Revenge doesn’t come easy to Juicy, a sensitive and self-aware young Black man in search of his own happiness and liberation. From an uproarious family cookout emerges a compelling examination of love and loss, pain and joy.

New York, New York

First Preview: March 24, 2023
Opening Date: April 26, 2023

It is 1946, the war is over, and a resurgent New York is beginning to rebuild. As steel beams swing overhead, a collection of artists has dreams as big and diverse as the city itself. But do these singers, dancers, musicians and makers have what it takes to survive this place, let alone to succeed? If they can make it there, they can make it anywhere.

The Thanksgiving Play

First Preview: March 25, 2023
Opening Date: April 20, 2023

Four (very) well-intentioned theatre people walk into an elementary school. The work at hand: a Thanksgiving pageant that won’t ruffle any feathers. What could possibly go wrong?

In MacArthur Genius Larissa FastHorse’s skewering and satirical comedy, well, just about everything. Rambunctious, thorny and not altogether politically correct, The Thanksgiving Play serves up the hypocrisies of woke America on a big, family-style, platter. Come get ya some.


First Preview: March 27, 2023
Opening Date: March 27, 2023

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Ragtime, the Entertainment Community Fund is hosting a one night only benefit reunion concert, originally scheduled for 2020. The event will star original Broadway cast members including Emmy, Grammy and six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald ("Sarah"), two-time Tony Award winner Brian Stokes Mitchell ("Coalhouse Walker, Jr.") and SAG Award winner Peter Friedman ("Tateh"), with Tony Award winner Kelli O'Hara ("Mother") in the role originally performed by the late Marin Mazzie.

Summer, 1976

First Preview: April 4, 2023
Opening Date: April 25, 2023

Over one fateful summer, an unlikely friendship develops between Diana, a fiercely iconoclastic artist and single mom, and Alice, a free-spirited yet naïve young housewife. As the Bicentennial is celebrated across the country, these two young women in Ohio navigate motherhood, ambition, and intimacy, and help each other discover their own independence.

Good Night, Oscar

First Preview: April 7, 2023
Opening Date: April 24, 2023

It’s 1958, and Jack Paar hosts the hottest late-night talk-show on television. His favorite guest? Character actor, pianist and wild card Oscar Levant. Famous for his witty one-liners, Oscar has a favorite: “There’s a fine line between genius and insanity; I have erased this line.” Tonight, Oscar will prove just that when he appears live on national TV in an episode that Paar’s audience—and the rest of America—won’t soon forget.

Good Night, Oscar explores the nexus of humor and heartbreak, the ever-dwindling distinction between exploitation and entertainment, and the high cost of baring one’s soul for public consumption.

Prima Facie

First Preview: April 11, 2023
Opening Date: April 23, 2023

Tessa is a thoroughbred. A young, brilliant barrister. She has worked her way up from working class origins to be at the top of her game; prosecuting; cross examining and winning. An unexpected event forces her to confront the lines where the patriarchal power of the law, burden of proof and morals diverge.

The Sign in Sidney Brustein's Window

First Preview: April 25, 2023
Opening Date: April 27, 2023

Set in 1960s Greenwich Village, Hansberry paints a portrait of the couple's marriage, and their progressive circle of friends whose ideals do not always match reality. Will those ideals, which Sidney clings to, cost the couple their marriage?

Grey House

First Preview: April 29, 2023
Opening Date: June 6, 2023

When a couple crashes their car in the mountains, they seek shelter in an isolated cabin. Its inhabitants, though somewhat unusual, are eager to make their guests feel right at home. But as the blizzard outside rages on and one night turns into several, the couple becomes less and less sure of what's true—about their hosts, themselves, and why that sound in the walls keeps getting louder.


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