2018 Broadway fall season preview of musicals: Which will be remembered by the Tony Awards?

A new Broadway season is gearing up, and there are currently three productions of musicals (all new) set to open this fall. Could we be seeing any of them contend at next year’s Tony Awards? Below, we recap the plot of each musical as well as the awards history of its author, cast and creative types and the opening and (where applicable) closing dates.

“King Kong” (previews begin October 5; opens November 8)
In this musical adaptation of Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack’s classic 1933 film of the same name, an ambitious young actress and a maverick filmmaker voyage from the bustling streets of 1930s New York to an uncharted island to capture the greatest wonder the world has ever seen. At the center of this 21st-century reimagining: a 2,000-pound, 20-story gorilla, and the woman who risks everything to help him.

With a book by Tony-winning playwright Jack Thorne (“Harry Potter & the Cursed Child”, 2018) and a score by Grammy-winning music producer Marius de Vries (“La La Land”, 2016) and Eddie Perfect, the production stars Eric William Morris, Christiani Pitts, Erik Lochtefeld, and is directed & choreographed by Olivier winner Drew McOnie (“In the Heights”, 2016).

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“The Prom” (previews begin October 23; opens November 15)
In this original musical with a book by Tony winner Bob Martin (“The Drowsy Chaperone”, 2006) and four-time Tony nominee Chad Beguelin (“The Wedding Singer”, 2006; “Aladdin”, 2014), a high school student is not permitted to bring her girlfriend to their prom. Several actors travel to Indiana to support the girls’ cause and put a spotlight on the issue…and themselves. 

With a score by Chad Beguelin and Tony nominee Matthew Sklar (“The Wedding Singer”), the production stars Tony nominee Brooks Ashmanskas (“Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me”, 2007), Tony winner Beth Leavel (“The Drowsy Chaperone”), two-time Tony nominee Christopher Sieber (“Monty Python’s Spamalot”, 2005; “Shrek the Musical”, 2009), Caitlin Kinnunen (“The Bridges of Madison County”, 2014), Isabelle McCalla, Michael Potts (“Jitney”, 2017), Angie Schworer, Courtenay Collins, Josh Lamon (“Groundhog Day”, 2017), and is directed & choreographed by Tony winner Casey Nicholaw (“The Book of Mormon”, 2011).

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“The Cher Show” (previews begin November 1; opens December 3)
In this biographical musical about the life of legendary recording artist Cher, the story shows three stages of her life and uses three actresses to portray her: “Babe,” “Lady,” and “Star.” Also portrayed are important people in her life, including Bob Mackie, Sonny Bono, and Cher’s parents.

With a book by three-time Tony nominee Rick Elice (“Jersey Boys”, 2006; “Peter & the Starcatcher”, 2012), the production stars two-time Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block (“The Mystery of Edwin Drood”, 2013; “Falsettos”, 2017), Teal Wicks (“Finding Neverland”, 2015), newcomer Micaela Diamond, Tony nominee Jarrod Spector (“Beautiful”, 2014), Tony nominee Michael Berresse (“Kiss Me, Kate”, 2000), Tony nominee Emily Skinner (“Side Show”, 1998), Michael Campayno, Matthew Hydzik (“Side Show”, 2014), and is directed by Tony nominee Jason Moore (“Avenue Q”, 2004).

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