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Must-See New Musicals of 2017

JANUARY 10, 2017

2016 was quite a year for new musicals on Broadway. We welcomed the revival of Broadway’s longest-running show Cats, got in line to conga with On Your Feet! and were immediately moved by Dear Evan Hansen. 2017 marks the dawn of new musicals, and we’ve rounded up a few that you absolutely cannot miss this year.

Come From Away
Come From Away is the breathtaking new musical that played record-breaking engagements in La Jolla, Seattle, and Washington, DC. Written by Canadians Irene Sankoff and David Hein, this is the stunning production from Tony-nominated director Christopher Ashley (Memphis).

In a heartbeat, 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland. The locals opened their hearts and homes, hosting this international community of strangers – spurring unexpected camaraderie in extraordinary circumstances.

On September 11, 2001 the world stopped. On September 12, their stories moved us all.

What Critics Are saying: “A moving tribute to the indomitable human spirit.” -Variety
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Miss Saigon
Direct from its smash London run, Cameron Mackintosh's stunning new production of Boublil and Schonberg's legendary musical Miss Saigon lands on Broadway in March, 2017, featuring its acclaimed stars Eva Noblezada and Jon Jon Briones.

Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub, owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as "The Engineer." John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night—a night that will change their lives forever

What Critics Are Saying: “Thrilling, soaring and spectacular! Eva Noblezada is sensational. Jon Jon Briones brilliant, avaricious charm.” -The Times
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Amelie
Amélie captured our hearts in the five-time Academy Award-nominated 2001 French film. Now she comes to the stage in an inventive and captivating new musical directed by Tony Award winner Pam MacKinnon (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Clybourne Park), with a book by three-time Tony Award nominee Craig Lucas (An American in Paris), and starring Phillipa Soo (Hamilton, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812)

Follow the mesmerizing journey of the inquisitive and charmingly shy Amélie and who turns the streets of Montmartre into a world of her own imagining, while secretly orchestrating moments of joy for those around her. 

What Critics Are Saying: "A sparkling musical and an enchanting act of theatrical reinvention. Phillipa Soo is exquisite. Every time she opens her mouth to sing, the stars in Paris’ night sky shine brighter." - Los Angeles Times
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Hello, Dolly!
Hello, Dolly!, returns to Broadway starring none other than Bette Midler. Directed by four-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Zaks, Hello, Dolly! will begin performances at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre (225 West 44th Street) on March 15, 2017.

This production, the first new production of Hello, Dolly! to appear on Broadway since it opened more than fifty years ago, will pay tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion, which has been hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history.

What Critics Are Saying: “Don’t bother holding onto your hats, because you won’t be needing them. You’d only be throwing them into the air anyway.” –Herald Tribune
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Groundhog Day
Groundhog Day is the story of Phil Connors, a cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman who is sent to cover the annual Groundhog Day event in Punxsutawney, PA, when he finds himself caught in a time loop, forced to repeat the same day again and again…and again. As each day plays out exactly the same as before Phil becomes increasingly despondent, but is there a lesson to be learned? Will he ever unlock the secret and break the cycle?

The 1993 Columbia Pictures film, with a screenplay by Danny Rubin and Harold Ramis, starred Bill Murray. Now widely regarded as a contemporary classic, Groundhog Day was cited by the Writers Guild of America as one of the 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written.

What Critics Are Saying: “This profound musical has its own dizzying brand of joy Groundhog Day is an amazing treat.” -London Evening Standard
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Anastasia
Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia comes to Broadway.

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway musical Ragtime, this dazzling show transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920’s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing con man and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love and family.

Anastasia features a book by noted playwright Terrence McNally and a lush, original score by Stephen Flaherty (music) and Lynn Ahrens (lyrics). Tony Award-winning director Darko Tresnjak directs.

What Critics Are Saying: “’Anastasia’ musical might give ‘Hamilton’ a run for its money.” –New York Post
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Author: Chanelle Cotton

TAGS: COME FROM AWAY, BROADWAY, THE BROADWAY COLLECTION, AMELIE, A NEW MUSICAL, HELLO DOLLY, GROUNDHOG DAY, ANASTASIA