A Broadway Transformation – What’s New on Stage?

Many Ramapo students love to visit NYC’s Broadway Theater District in their free time – whether it be to finally see that musical they’ve been longing to see, celebrate a birthday, or just to have a fun day in the city. Recently, though, Broadway has seen some changes to their show lineup. One of the more recent changes in the lineup was the introduction of the show The Lightning Thief: the Percy Jackson Musical. The Lightning Thief follows the storyline of demigod Percy Jackson and his friends as they go on adventures and attend “Camp Half-Blood”. The show will hit the stage at Longacre Theatre on October 16, 2019 (Playbill – The Lightning Thief). Many Ramapo students are anticipating the release of new shows like this one. Ally, a Ramapo junior, says “I am so excited to see this musical – I have loved the books since I was a kid, and I hope the musical is going to be just as good.”

The Lightning Thief is not the only new addition to the Broadway stage. Six the Musical will be opening in 2020 at Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Six the Musical follows the lives and opinions of King Henry VIII’s six wives in a pop style concert. Although it has faced backlash for being part concert, not a typical “musical”, it appears to be highly anticipated by Broadway fans. The preview for the musical will be on February 13, 2020, but the show officially opens on March 12, 2020 (Playbill – Six Musical).

Multiple other name shows, such as West Side Story, The Music Man, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical, Take Me Out, and The Plaza Suite will also be introduced in 2020, starring popular performers such as Adrienne Warren, Ahmad Simmons, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Matthew Broderick (New York Theatre Guide).

With the introduction of many great new shows, Broadway had to say goodbye to some of their older ones. The Prom, Be More Chill, The Cher Show, Pretty Woman and King Kong: The Musical all closed this past August, and Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Waitress, and Oklahoma! will close by February of 2020 (Last Chance Schedule). Although it is hard to say goodbye to some amazing shows, it seems as if the coming Broadway season will be one for the history books.

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Pictured above: The cast of Six the Musical performing in Chicago. Not only is Six the Musical hitting the Broadway stage, but the show has other highly anticipated performances scheduled in Chicago, Australia, Boston, London, St. Paul, and various other locations in the U.S. and the U.K.

Photo Credit: playbill.com


By Megan Allen
Staff Writer

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