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Patti LuPone in Company
Photograph: Courtesy Brinkhoff/Moegenburg Patti LuPone in Company

The best 9 Broadway shows to see in spring 2020

Our 2020 spring preview of the best Broadway musicals and plays coming to New York City this season

By Adam Feldman
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The theater season starts warming up in March and really gets hot in April, as many of the best Broadway shows jockey to open in time to be considered for Tony Awards. Between now and then, 18 productions are scheduled to open on the Great White Way, including four transfers from recent Off Broadway runs. Along with new plays and musicals, the 2020 spring crop on Broadway features a healthy number of revivals (including two musicals co-written by Stephen Sondheim) and performances by stars including Laurie Metcalf, Patti LuPone, Mary-Louise Parker, Armie Hammer and Jesse Tyler Ferguson. It's impossible to predict which of these 18 shows will turn out to be the most rewarding—and we're always happy to be surprised!—but here are the nine shows we're currently most excited about, listed in order of when they begin.

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Best shows to see this spring

Isaac Powell
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

West Side Story

Theater Musicals Broadway Theatre, Midtown West
Open run

If you thought the recent revival of Oklahoma! was unconventional, fasten your seat belt for Belgian expressionist bad boy Ivo van Hove's multimedia take on Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and Arthur Laurents's classic 1957 musical drama, a gang-war tale inspired by Romeo and Juliet. The multiethnic cast includes Isaac Powell as Tony, Shereen Pimentel as Maria, Yesenia Ayala as Anita and Amar Ramasar as Bernardo.

Katrina Lenk in Company
Photograph: Courtesy Ahmed Klink

Company

Theater Musicals
Open run

Stephen Sondheim and George Furth’s path-breaking 1970 musical about love in the big city has had several revivals, but this one has a twist: The commitment-averse main character is now a woman, played by The Band’s Visit’s mesmerizing Katrina Lenk. The American cast of this London transfer, directed by Marianne Elliott (War Horse), includes Broadway über-diva Patti LuPone.

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