Broadway Shows That Aren’t Musicals: 6 Plays for Theatergoers with Tin Ears

Broadway is known around the world for its musicals. If you are planning a trip to New York and would like to take in a show, but a musical is not your cup of tea, Broadway has many other plays to offer that are not musicals. These are some of the most popular shows that are currently being featured on Broadway or that are coming soon.

The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie will be returning to Broadway in a revival starring Academy Award winner Sally Field. Previews will begin in February. The play is based on Tennessee Williams’ 1944 family drama about a mother who used to be a Southern belle but is struggling to support her son and her disabled daughter. The play will be performed at the Belasco Theatre.

Kirk Douglas and Jane Wyman in the film version of The Glass Menagerie

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The Present

The Present, a drama based on Chekhov’s play Platonov, which was discovered after his death, will begin previews at the Barrymore Theatre on December 17 and will officially open on January 8. The play will star Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh. Blanchett will play the role of Anna Petrovna, a widow celebrating her birthday with a group of guests. Unresolved relationships and regrets become apparent at the party.

A performance of Chekhov’s Platanov in France.
By Elie-Alban Lescout [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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The Price

The Price, a play written by Arthur Miller, tells the story of Victor Franz, a man who gave up his dream of getting an education during the Depression to work to support his father. He returns to his childhood home decades later with his family and thinks about the sacrifices he made. The play will star John Turturro, Jessica Hecht, Tony Shalhoub, and Danny DeVito and will be directed by Terry Kinney. Tickets are available for performances at the American Airlines Theatre starting in February.

Actor John Turturro in 2015. Credit: Georges Biard

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Les Liaisons Dangereuses

Les Liaisons Dangereuses is currently being performed at the Booth Theatre on Broadway. This drama of seduction and intrigue was written in pre-revolutionary France by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos and stars Janet McTeer and Live Schreiber as two manipulative aristocrats.

Michael T. Weiss & Yvonne Woods in a production from 2005 at Boston University Theatre. By The Huntington from Boston, Massachusetts, USA (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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August Wilson’s Jitney will premiere at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on Broadway on December 28 and is scheduled to officially open on January 19. Jitney is the only play in Wilson’s The American Century Cycle that has not already been performed on Broadway. The play tells the stories of a group of men who drive unlicensed cabs, or jitneys, in the 1970s. Problems arise when the city threatens to shut down the business and the boss’s son is released from prison.

August Wilson. Credit: Huntington Theatre Company via Flickr/CC BY 2.0

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Oslo is a drama about the behind-the-scenes work that led to the Oslo Middle East peace accords. The play opened off-Broadway at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater and will transfer to the Vivian Beaumont Theater, which is also at Lincoln Center but is considered a Broadway theater. The play was written by J.T. Rogers, one of a small number of living American playwrights with a play being performed on Broadway today.

By The Vivian Beaumont Theater. Credit: Andreas Praefcke (Own work (own photograph)) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Broadway has a lot more to offer than just musicals. Many dramas are currently being performed or are coming soon. If you are planning a trip to New York, take in one of the many exciting Broadway plays the city has to offer. Order your tickets from today.

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