Fall Preview 2019: 7 Broadway Shows That Already Have Us Shook

Magic, lightning, and a "Jagged Little Pill."

It’s been a summer of love and beauty on Broadway thanks to the hit stage adaptation of Moulin Rouge!, but this fall is shaping up to be just as spectacular.

Mark your calendars for these seven buzzworthy shows hitting the Great White Way.

Derren Brown: Secret

Ahron R. Foster

Two-time Olivier Award winner Derren Brown, a master mentalist from London, makes his Broadway debut with a magically mind-blowing theatrical experience that includes audience participation. Not a secret: He’s gay. In previews; opens September 15 at the Cort Theatre.

Slave Play

Joan Marcus

Jeremy O. Harris’ provocative exploration of race and sexual power, set on what looks like an antebellum plantation, stars Ato Blankson-Wood and James Cusati-Moyer as one of four interracial couples. Trigger warning, y’all. In previews; opens October 6 at the Golden Theatre.

The Rose Tattoo

Daniel Rader

A Tennessee Williams revival is always desirable. Trip Cullman directs the Tony-winning 1951 play, last seen on Broadway in 1995, with Oscar winner Marisa Tomei as a Sicilian-American widow who takes a new lover. Previews September 19; opens October 15 at the American Airlines Theatre.

The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical

Jeremy Daniel

In this action-packed saga based on the YA novel, a teen discovers he’s the “half-blood” son of Poseidon—and that it’s his differences that make him strong. You don’t have to be a demigod to spot the queer subtext. Previews September 20; opens October 16 at the Longacre Theatre.

The Inheritance

The Inheritance/Marc Brenner

Hot from London’s West End, where it won the Olivier for Best New Play, Matthew Lopez’s two-part epic—inspired by E.M. Forster’s 1910 novel Howards End—follows the struggles of three generations of gay men in New York City. Previews September 27; opens November 17 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre.


Manuel Harlan

First came Donna Summer, then came Cher. The latest diva to get a Broadway bio-musical is none other than Tina Turner. Adrienne Warren reprises her Olivier-nominated performance as the rock legend in this rags-to-riches tale. Previews October 12; opens November 7 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Jagged Little Pill

Evgenia Eliseeva

Alanis Morissette’s iconic '90s alt-rock songs should make this jukebox musical easy to swallow. Oscar winner Diablo Cody wrote the suburban family narrative in which a teen daughter explores her sexuality with a genderqueer friend. Previews November 3; opens December 5 at the Broadhurst Theatre.

Main image: Andrew Burnap in The Inheritance.

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