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Broadway Shows 2016: Reviewing the Previews

No NYC trip is complete without a Broadway show

No trip to New York City is complete without a Broadway show or two... or seven. Here are seven must-see shows opening on Broadway in 2016.

Apart from seeing the sights, staying in a great hotel, and eating your way around Manhattan, no trip to NYC is complete without taking in a show or two. Luckily, spring is the season when most new shows hit Broadway, and previews begin as early as February. Here’s a selection of the best new offerings from the 2016 season.

Waitress

Sara Bareilles, the singer-songwriter behind pop hits like “Love Song” and “Brave,” is the musical and lyrical talent behind Waitress. This new musical is based on the 2007 romantic dramedy of the same name, and will feature Tony Award winning actress Jessie Mueller in the starring role. If you love romantic comedies about pie-making competitions and unexpected pregnancies, this is one to look out for.

Paramour

Cirque du Soleil is one of the most iconic names in showbiz, and they’re bringing a new musical to Broadway this April. Set in the Golden Age of Hollywood, Paramour promises to combine the dazzling circus displays that we expect of Cirque du Soleil with the infections and hummable charm of a Broadway musical.
 

Blackbird

This Broadway premiere strikes a more somber note: Blackbird was described by the Guardian as a “riveting study in sexual obsession” when it first hit stages ten years ago. Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams will star in the Broadway version, which will run in a limited 18-week engagement — get your tickets as soon as you can.

Fully Committed

Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson has a lot on his plate this upcoming season, since he’ll be taking on the roles of over 40 characters in a one-man comedy called Fully Committed.

This riotous show centers around the man who takes reservations at a fancy NYC restaurant and proved to be a huge success when it ran Off Broadway in the late ‘90s. To top it all off, Fully Committed is directed by Jason Moore, the mind behind the movie Pitch Perfect.

Theater

Bright Star premiered in California last year, and the Southern Americana-filled production will be staged on Broadway in the spring of 2016. With a script and score written by Steve Martin, Bright Star has been called a “gorgeous anthem to optimism” by Variety, and this story of love and redemption promises to make for an entertaining evening.

Eclipsed

Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong’o from 12 Years a Slave will be starring in the Broadway production of Eclipsed, which is currently enjoying a successful Off Broadway run. The subject matter is harrowing — Eclipsed tells the story of a group of women who are captured during the Liberian Civil War — but critics like Oskar Eustis have praised the play for its ultimately “life-affirming” message, beautiful writing, and wit.

American Psycho

This musical is coming to Broadway after a sold out run in London, and fans of the successful book and the movie are waiting with bated breath for the March previews of American Psycho to begin. The iconic story of serial killer Patrick Bateman is in good hands, since Grammy and Tony award winner Duncan Sheik has written the lyrics and music for what promises to be one of the (gruesome) highlights of Broadway’s spring season.

Do any of these shows strike your fancy? Here are our top tips to find the best deals on and off Broadway this summer!”

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