Discover New Broadway Shows Opening This Spring

May 7, 2024

Spring has arrived and with it comes a new Broadway season and afresh batch of shows. Come with us as we navigate this new season—fueling our minds, invigorating our curiosities, and sowing seeds of inspiration in young hearts.

When we think of enduring love stories, Nicholas Sparks’s The Notebook is a title that often comes to mind. Now on Broadway, the much-anticipated musical adaptation is set to bring the tale of Allie and Noah, two lovers from divergent worlds, to the stage. Despite their differences and the forces working to separate them, their story is a testament to timeless love. The musical is derived from a book that has sold millions of copies globally and a film that ranks among the highest-grossing romantic dramas ever.

Following a successful world premiere at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater in the fall of 2022, the Broadway adaptation boasts a top-tier creative team, including scenic design by David Zinn and Brett J. Banakis, costume design by Paloma Young; lighting design from Ben Stanton’s genius, and Nevin Steinberg overseeing sound design. Mia Neal, an expert in her field, oversees hair and wig design.

Music supervision is led by Carmel Dean, and arranged in collaboration with Ingrid Michaelson and orchestrated by John Clancy. Finally, Geoffrey Ko oversees musical direction.

Up next is The Outsiders, a production expanding the boundaries of Broadway’s already diverse repertoire. This musical translates S.E. Hinton’s iconic novel to the stage. The tale revolves around Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade, and their band of ‘outsiders’ in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1967, as they grapple with heartbreak, survival, and their place in a world that doesn’t seem to accept them. The musical explores themes we can all resonate with – bonding, defense, and pursuing brighter prospects.

The Outsiders is a story of ‘haves and have-nots’ and arrives on Broadway after an acclaimed premiere at the La Jolla Playhouse. The adaptation features a book by Adam Rapp, and music and lyrics by Justin Levine alongside Jamestown Revival. Levine takes on music supervision, arrangements, and orchestrations, while Rick Kuperman and Jeff Kuperman helm the choreography. Danya Taymor directs the production, ensuring the stage version brings the same level of drama and passion as the original text.

Water for Elephants is based on both the namesake film and the book, and Broadway audiences can anticipate a unique combination of romance, historical elements, and the beauty and mystery of circus life. This tale of love and adventure is rooted in the Depression-era circus, where veterinary student Jacob Jankowski finds his life entangled with Marlena, an equestrian star, and her charismatic but dangerous husband. Turn your eyes to Broadway this Spring as this enticing novel takes shape on the stage and draws the curtain to a bygone era.

Suffs brings to life the powerful narrative of the women’s rights movement. Esteemed writer and composer, Shaina Taub is behind this eye-opening depiction that beautifully weaves history and music. The musical follows the historic suffragists, women who struggled and fought for what they believed in – the basic right to vote.

Suffs is another Broadway treat that educates as much as it entertains. The musical offers a chance to reflect on the past heroes of women’s emancipation, reminding the audiences of the tenacious spirit, courage, and resolve that paved the way for the rights we have today.

Lastly, The Great Gatsby, a classic novel deep in the American literary landscape, leaps from page to the Broadway stage. This cherished tale of love, dreams, and the pursuit of wealth in the opulent 1920s America has been beloved for generations.

Expect a mesmerizing display of the romantic yet tragic story of dream-chasing, love-obsessed Jay Gatsby. Watch as the insatiable desire for the American Dream unwinds itself on stage in an exquisite portrayal of one of literature’s most enduring pieces of art.
Enhancing Your Broadway Experience

Plan activities beyond just the shows to make the most of your Broadway experience. Why not tie in your theatre visit with teaching? Broadway Inbound offers study guides created by each show to extend the Broadway journey into classrooms. It allows teachers to align the theatre outing with the lessons and educational standards – a fun learning experience for students!

Don’t forget to explore Times Square while you’re in the area. The brightly-lit streets, buzzing cafés, and array of shopping options – the lively ambiance is unparalleled.

Dive deeper into the history and culture of the Theatre District through guided tours that take you beyond the lavish curtains of Broadway theatres. Each theatre holds a unique tale within its beautifully adorned walls – a delight for any Broadway fan!

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Photo Courtesy of Joan Marcus.