Fantastic shows have left Broadway in 2016, such as She Loves Me, Les Miserables, and Finding Neverland. Other fan favorites including Something Rotten! and Falsettos have already scheduled their closing dates for early January 2017. This leads many Broadway fans wondering what shows can possibly fill their shoes in 2017? Not to worry, here’s a list of some of the wonderful shows to look forward to in the new year.
Set on Sep. 11, 2001, in a small Newfoundland town, Come From Away tells the stories of the people in the small town and the people on the 38 planes that landed there. Based off of true stories and people, it’s a story about people coming together and helping each other under unbelievable circumstances. The website says, “On Sep. 11, 2001 the world stopped. On Sep. 12, their stories moved us all.” The opening date of Come From Away is set for March 12, 2017.
Amélie is a musical based off of the French movie of the same name. Phillipa Soo, who previously played Eliza Hamilton in Hamilton: The Musical, will star as the quirky and imaginative Amélie. In the show, Amélie specializes in small acts of kindness and has an extremely loud imagination. Soon she becomes smitten with a young photographer and decides to take a leap and follow her heart. April 3, 2017, is the current opening date for the show.
Groundhog Day is another movie-turned-musical that is hitting the Broadway stage this year. The musical comedy centers around a city weatherman named Phil Connors. Phil comes to a small Pennsylvania town to cover the Groundhog Day event and ends up forced to relive the same day until he can find a way out of the time loop. Groundhog Day is set to open on April 17, 2017.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is based off of Roald Dahl’s famous and beloved children’s story of the same title. Christian Borle, who previously played Shakespeare in Something Rotten!, is starring as the famous candy maker Willy Wonka. Songs from the film are being incorporated into the show along with new songs written by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is expected to open on April 23, 2017.
Take a journey back in time to 1920s Paris and Russia with the new musical Anastasia. The musical centers around a determined young woman named Anya as she attempts to uncover her foggy past with the help of two conmen. The adventure leads the three to things they never expected. The dazzling show is set to open on April 24, 2017.
All opening dates can be found on Playbill.com.