The AT&T Performing Arts Center announced tonight the lineup for its 2016-17 Broadway Series, which imports national tours of top New York shows.
The season kicks off with A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, the Tony winner for best musical. It’s an adaptation of the Ealing Studios classic film Kind Hearts & Coronets, and features a leading actor playing all the victims of a planned crime, men and women. Aug. 16–28.
Next up is the 20th anniversary tour of Rent, which won four Tonys including best musical in 1996. It centers around a group of hipsters dealing with HIV and ethical dilemmas. It, too, was based on a prior property: Puccini’s opera La Boheme. Sept. 20–Oct. 2.
For the third consecutive year, the very gay Book of Mormon comes back for an encore performance. Once more, it won the Tony. This is a bonus show, not in the regular subscription. Dec. 20–31.
The lone play in the lineup is another Tony winner, last year’s best play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a psychological drama about a gifted but isolated teenager. Jan. 11–22, 2017.
Another bonus show is Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which won the Tony for best revival of a musical last year. It is a rock opera about a transgender punk singer. Feb. 7–12, 2017.
The first show not to win the best play, musical or revival Tony is nonetheless one of B’way’s modern classics: Stephen Sondheim’s twisted fairy tale Into the Woods. May 17–28, 2017.
Two more shows are huge popular hits. Something Rotten! is a campy comedy set in the Middle Ages, as two brothers set out to compose the first musical. June 13–25, 2017.
The final version is Finding Neverland, based on the Oscar-winning film, about L. Frank Baum’s inspiration to write Peter Pan. For the record, I boycott all Peter Pan-related performances. Sooooo over it. July 11–23, 2017.