A Whole New World: Top Broadway Shows To See in March 2024

Spring is just around the corner, and with the new season comes a full crop of sparkling new shows on Broadway. With nine plays, musicals and revivals beginning performances in March alone, there’s a wealth of new theater to experience alongside popular, long-running favorites celebrating milestone anniversaries.

Below, we can show you the world of top shows in NYC. The pre-Tonys crunch means a stacked list of openings, and we’ve rounded up all the Broadway shows you can’t miss this month, from long-awaited revivals of The Who’s Tommy and The Wiz to new musicals inspired by Alicia Keys, Huey Lewis and the News, The Great Gatsby and The Outsiders. Plus, we’ve selected a few shows that are perfectly timed to Women’s History Month.

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Shows Opening on Broadway in March 2024

Nine new productions are raising the curtain on Broadway in March including Doubt: A Parable, The Who’s Tommy, The Outsiders, Lempicka, Suffs, Hell’s Kitchen, The Great Gatsby, The Heart of Rock and Roll and The Wiz. Here’s what you need to know about each show.

Doubt: A Parable

 

Playwright John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony-winning play Doubt is a parable of uncertainty. Set in a Bronx Catholic school in the 1960s, the story pits the school’s rigid principal, Sister Aloysius, against priest Father Flynn, whom she suspects may be sexually abusing the school’s first Black student. Told from the perspective of just four characters — including distrusting young nun Sister James and the student’s mother, Mrs. Muller — what unfolds is an unsettling narrative filled with ambiguity, implication and no easy answers.

Doubt first premiered Off-Broadway back in 2004 and was made into an Oscar-nominated film in 2008 starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis. The 2024 revival — which runs through April 14 at the Todd Haimes Theatre  — was originally meant to star Tyne Daly as Sister Aloysius, but the revered actress stepped away from the role in February citing health problems and was replaced by Amy Ryan.

The Who’s Tommy

 

The Who’s Tommy returns to Broadway for its first-ever revival starting March 8 at the Nederlander Theatre. Adapted from The Who’s famed 1969 rock opera, the musical tells the story of a young pinball wizard coming of age in post-World War II London. (Content warning: the show deals with themes of violence, sexual abuse and substance abuse, and may not be appropriate for minors.)

Once again helmed by original Broadway director Des McAnuff with music and lyrics by The Who’s Peter Townshend, the musical will star Ali Louis Bourzgui in his Broadway debut as Tommy. Broadway mainstays Adam Jacobs and Alison Luff will play Tommy’s embattled parents, Captain and Mrs. Walker.

The Outsiders

The Outsiders has been a defining coming-of-age novel for generations of teens and tweens since it was published by S.E. Hinton in 1967, but the story of Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade, Sodapop Curtis and the other Greasers has never been told quite like this. With a book by novelist Adam Rapp and Justin Levine and music and lyrics by Americana folk duo Jamestown Revival and Levine and a cast full of bright young talent, the musical adaptation of The Outsiders is set to begin performances March 16 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre.

Lempicka

 

Lempicka’s road to Broadway hasn’t been easy. In fact, it’s been more than half a decade since it first premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in the summer of 2018. But the unlikely musical based on the life of Polish painter Tamara de Lempicka will finally begin previews at the Longacre Theatre starting March 19. Broadway luminary (and vocal powerhouse) Eden Espinosa will once again step into the titular role opposite Andrew Samonsky as her husband Tadeusz Lempicki and Amber Iman as Rafaela, the painter’s free-spirited muse.

Suffs

 

“If there isn’t a trail, blaze one.” That’s the tagline for Suffs, Shaina Taub’s new original musical about the women’s suffrage movement in America. The historical drama, which got its start Off-Broadway at the Public Theater in 2022, boasts Hillary Clinton and Malala Yousafzai as co-producers and will likely be a star-making vehicle for Taub, who not only wrote the book, music and lyrics for the show but will also be making her Broadway debut as Alice Paul when previews begin March 26 at the Music Box Theatre.

Hell’s Kitchen

 

Hell’s Kitchen has a not-so-secret weapon in its arsenal when it begins performances March 28 at the Shubert Theatre: none other than superstar Alicia Keys. Taking inspiration from her teenage years spent in Hell’s Kitchen, the musical will transport audiences back to the mid-’90s in the kaleidoscopic Manhattan neighborhood with a soundtrack of both fan-favorite and brand-new songs by the 16-time Grammy winner.

The Great Gatsby 

 

Nearly 100 years after F. Scott Fitzgerald published his literary masterpiece, The Great Gatsby is coming alive as a Broadway musical. With previews beginning March 29 at the Broadway Theatre, the highly anticipated adaptation will feature a star-studded cast including Jeremy Jordan as Jay Gatsby, Eva Noblezada as Daisy Buchanan, Fellow Travelers standout Noah J. Ricketts as Nick Carraway and Eric Anderson as Meyer Wolfsheim. The Great American Novel may be familiar to generations, but after a century, Gatsby is still pinning all his hopes (and wild parties) on that elusive green light across the bay.

The Heart of Rock and Roll

 

Set in the rock heyday of the late 1980s, The Heart of Rock and Roll is a new musical comedy inspired by the discography of Huey Lewis and the News. Featuring the group’s chart-topping hits like “Hip to Be Square,” “If This Is It,” “The Power of Love” and “Stuck With You,” the show is sure to inspire fans new and old as it explores what it takes to get a second chance at your dreams. Previews for The Heart of Rock and Roll begin March 29 at the James Earl Jones Theatre.

The Wiz

Get ready to ease on down the road, because The Wiz is back on Broadway for the first time in over forty years. Starring newcomer Nichelle Lewis as Dorothy (in her Broadway debut!) as well as Deborah Cox as Glinda and Wayne Brady as The Wiz, the latest revival of the 1975 classic begins previews March 29 at the Marquis Theatre.

The proudly Black retelling of The Wizard of Oz nearly swept the 1975 Tony Awards by taking home seven of its eight nominations — including Best Musical — and quickly spawned a 1978 movie musical starring the likes of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Lena Horne and Richard Pryor. This year’s second revival on Broadway promises to add to the show’s legacy by featuring new material by Amber Ruffin in addition to famous songs like “Home,” “Ease on Down the Road” and “A Brand New Day.”

Top Broadway Shows in March 2024

SIX

 

March is Women’s History Month, and there’s no better show to celebrate with than the Tony Award-winning SIX. The herstory musical reimagines the six wives of Henry VIII as powerful pop divas. With an all-female cast, each queen takes on the role of a modern pop star, sharing her story and arguing who had the toughest fate. Created by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss during their time at Cambridge University, SIX debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2017. Following a successful run in London’s West End, the show made its Broadway premiere in October 2021, with Moss making history as the youngest female director of a Broadway musical.

Wicked

 

Did we mention International Women’s Day is also on March 8? If you’re looking to celebrate, you won’t find a more powerful leading female duo than Elphaba and Glinda in Wicked, which has cast its spell on Broadway for over 20 years now. Since its debut at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre in 2003, Wicked has captivated audiences and set records. The enchanting tale, crafted by composer-lyricist Stephen Schwartz and book writer Winnie Holzman, unveils the “untold true story of the Witches of Oz” and has garnered 10 Tony Award nominations, winning three, including Best Actress in a Musical for OG star Idina Menzel’s portrayal of Elphaba. Featuring iconic songs like “Defying Gravity” and “For Good,” Wicked has left a lasting impression on Broadway — and is an amazing choice for a musical to see during Women’s History Month.

Aladdin

 

The party in Agrabah is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this month at the New Amsterdam Theatre! Based on Disney’s beloved animated classic of the same name, the stage adaptation brings Aladdin’s journey from street rat to magic carpet-riding hero to breathtaking life alongside Princess Jasmine, Genie, Jafar, Iago, the Sultan and more. The magical musical features cherished songs from Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice’s original score like “A Whole New World,” “One Jump Ahead“ and “Friend Like Me” as well as both brand new songs (“A Million Miles Away,” “Somebody’s Got Your Back”) and others that were originally cut from the film (“Proud of Your Boy”).

Shows Leaving Broadway in March 2024 (Last Call)

Days of Wine and Roses

 

Starring Broadway vets Kelli O’Hara and Brian d’Arcy James, Days of Wine and Roses is a poignant show that follows the story of Kirsten and Joe, a young couple grappling with alcoholism in 1950s New York City. As they strive to build a family amidst the challenges of addiction, the play delves into the complexities of their relationship and the impact of their struggles on their lives and future. Catch this compelling show before it closes on March 31, 2024.

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