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Could One of These New Shows Be the Next “Hamilton”?

The 10 new Broadway and off-Broadway shows to see this season.

Photo by Joan Marcus/Courtesy of North Country on Broadway

The new year is officially here, and NYC’s Broadway and off-Broadway scenes are already gearing up for an incredible theater season. Here are the 10 shows we’re getting tickets for.

My Name Is Lucy Barton, opens January 15

The luminous and irresistible Laura Linney (Netflix’s Ozark) goes solo in a monologue directed by English stage giant Richard Eyre. Based on a recent novel by Elizabeth Strout, the story follows a writer who lives in New York and, hospitalized by a mysterious infection, finds her mother at the foot of her bed. It’s a wrenching tale of escaping your past—or at least trying to—through the magic of fiction. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 West 47th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Times Square

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A Soldier’s Play, through March 15

Charles Fuller’s 1981 race drama has been filmed and revived regionally for decades, but only now is it getting its Broadway debut thanks to the Roundabout Theatre Company. Based loosely on Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, the story takes place at Fort Neal, Louisiana, in 1944 during the time when the military was racially segregated. A black sergeant who harasses fellow soldiers whom he accuses of acting stereotypically is murdered, and a black Army officer is dispatched to find out who committed the crime. American Airlines Theatre, 227 West 42nd Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Times Square

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Grand Horizons, through March 1

Bess Wohl’s assisted-living comedy involves an elderly couple opening a new chapter at Grand Horizons, when the wife (Jane Alexander) suddenly wants out of 50 years with her supposedly beloved spouse (James Cromwell). Their two adult sons need to contend with a family that is breaking apart after years of bliss. Leigh Silverman (Soft Power) directs this world premiere at Second Stage Theatre’s Broadway space. Hayes Theater, 240 West 44th Street (between Seventh and Eighth Avenues), Times Square

Medea, begins January 12

A wife with magical powers learns that her seafaring husband has been unfaithful…and things go downhill from there. Euripides’s Greek tragedy gets a chic modern makeover by adapter-director Simon Stone in a production that stars real-life partners Bobby Cannavale and Rose Byrne. If you know the story already, you know to leave the kids at home. BAM Strong, Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Fort Greene

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West Side Story, opens February 20

One of the most eagerly—and nervously—awaited revivals of the season pits one of the greatest American musicals of all time against a Dutch director famous for iconoclastic deconstruction. Ivo van Hove and Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker will have their way with the story of white and Puerto Rican street gangs and forbidden love that crosses tribal lines. The explosive, jazzy score by Leonard Bernstein—with lyrics by living legend Stephen Sondheim—is alone worth going. Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway (between West 52nd and 53rd Streets), Midtown West

Girl From the North Country, begins February 7

In a unique meeting of the minds, the great Irish playwright Conor McPherson (The Weir) was given the run of Bob Dylan’s song catalog. Crafting a narrative set in the Midwest during the Depression, he fashioned a frame for the Nobel Prize winner’s evocative tunes. It got raves when it played last fall at the Public Theater. Will this high-concept musical be the Public’s latest show (after Hamilton and Fun Home) to succeed on Broadway? Belasco Theatre, 111 West 44th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), Times Square

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Where We Stand, begins January 31

Playwright and performer Donnetta Lavinia Grays’s solo piece is about an exile in a cruel town seeking forgiveness. A storyteller spins a tale of a lonely soul tempted by the devil’s kindness on a fateful trip to the crossroads. This allegory about immigration, community, and empathy is directed by Tamilla Woodard. WP Theater, 2162 Broadway (between West 76th and 77th Streets), Upper West Side

Nellie and the Women of Blackwell, begins January 30

This harrowing journey into insanity and recovery is based on investigative journalist Nellie Bly’s 10-day stay in a madhouse in 1887, to expose the conditions there. This is the first of a series of fully immersive, guided theater experiences that focus on women’s history. Wildrence, 59 Canal Street (between Allen and Orchard Streets), Lower East Side

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The Unsinkable Molly Brown, begins February 8

Tony Award nominee Beth Malone (Fun Home) has the title role in this rags-to-riches musical, with a score by Meredith Wilson (The Music Man). Molly Brown went from an impoverished childhood in Missouri to sudden wealth from mining. Fate landed her aboard the Titanic on its doomed voyage. She’s not called “unsinkable” for nothing. Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street (between Pitt and Willett Streets), Lower East Side

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72 Miles to Go, begins February 13

The title refers to the distance between Nogales, Mexico, and Tucson, Arizona—the distance that separates a woman at a shelter from her American-born husband and children. Writer Hilary Bettis (The Americans) follows a family shattered by the border over a decade of love and hardship. It’s a play about immigration, with an anguished human face. Laura Pels Theatre, 111 West 46th Street (between Sixth and Seventh Avenues), Times Square

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