Curtain Up on Broadway’s Spring Season


“Disaster” opened March 8 at the Nederlander Theatre, 208 W 41st Street, bewteen 7th and 8th Ave. (YUNJIA LI/THE OBSERVER)


As spring blossoms, the curtain rises on Broadway’s preview and premiere season. While enjoying the warmer weather, make your way to some of the most anticipated new shows in town. With award-winning casts, complex sets and a healthy dose of old-school magic, these shows are guaranteed to have you dancing along and humming the soundtracks.


Based on the movie of the same name, this new musical featuring a score by five time Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles, is set to be one for the books. It features an all-female creative team, made up of Bareilles, Tony award-winning director Diane Paulus and book-writer Jessie Nelson. “Waitress” tells the story of pregnant waitress Jenna, whose overbearing husband makes happiness impossible. She soon finds solace in baking unique pies and in a newly-blossomed romance. Don’t wait(ress) and see this one before it becomes the hottest ticket in town. “Waitress” begins previews March 25 and opens April 24 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

“Shuffle Along”

Also known as “The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and all That Followed,” this highly anticipated 2016 revival promises to make you smile. Six-time Tony award-winner Audra McDonald returns to Broadway, accompanied by Tony winner Billy Porter of “Kinky Boots” and Tony nominee Brian Stokes Mitchell. Although a revival at its core, the show will shed light on some of the backstage issues it faced back when it first premiered. Among its fans at the time were Langston Hughes and Fanny Brice. Witness the magic that first made this musical a hit roughly 100 years ago. “Shuffle Along” begins previews March 15 and opens April 28 at the Music Box Theatre.

“American Psycho”

Fresh off a sold-out run on London’s West End, “American Psycho,” based on the movie of the same name starring Christian Bale, is making its way to the Great White Way for this upcoming spring season. Although Bale himself will not be making an appearance on stage, the New York cast proves to be equally thrilling in this new, high-intensity musical. The cast stars several Broadway vets, including Benjamin Walker as protagonist Patrick Bateman, Tony award nominee Jennifer Damiano as Jean, Patrick’s assistant and Tony winner Alice Ripley as Patrick’s mother/Mrs. Wolfe. The production also brings about the likes of another Broadway veteran: Tony and Grammy award-winner Duncan Sheik. Sheik, known for his music and lyrics for the critically acclaimed “Spring Awakening,” serves as the show’s composer. “American Psycho” begins previews on March 24 and opens on April 20 at the Schoenfeld Theatre.


Making history as the first-ever Broadway show to include an all-female, all-black cast and creative team and Broadway’s only two black producers, “Eclipsed,” by “The Walking Dead” star Danai Gurira, makes its way to Broadway this season following a sold-out run at the Public Theater. “Eclipsed,” stars Academy Award-Winner Lupita Nyong’o, Saycon Sengbloh, Akosua Busia, Zainab Jah and Pascale Armand and tells the story of four captive wives of a rebel officer who band together to form a fragile community, according to “Eclipsed” runs until June 19 at the John Golden Theatre.


Seth Rudetsky’s brainchild comes to life in this jukebox musical, reminiscent of the classic disaster genre of 70s-era films. Having just opened at the Nederlander Theatre, the show marks Adam Pascal’s return to the theatre after having previously graced its stage twenty years ago as the original Roger in “Rent.” The story takes place in Manhattan in the late 70s. As the first floating casino in New York opens, the quirky characters gather to celebrate. Soon, things take a turn for the unexpected as disasters emerge. See Roger Bart (“Desperate Housewives”), Rudetsky and Pascal, among others, as they try to survive whatever surprises come their way. “Disaster” opened March 8, at the Nederlander Theatre.

Make sure to take advantage of student tickets, by signing up for club outings, such as Theater Thursdays with the Residential Hall Association (RHA).