Here's a look at the 19 Broadway shows opening this fall

After being shut down for 18 months due to the pandemic, Broadway opened last fall and had a historic season, dominated by plays and musicals written, directed and starring women and people of color.

And you can be sure that trend is going to continue for 2022-23. As the "Hairspray" song says, "You Can't Stop the Beat."

Among the 18 shows opening are a multi-racial "1776," with a cast of women, non-binary and trans actors playing America's Founding Fathers; a musical about the K-pop phenomenon; a revival of "Death of a Salesman" featuring Black actors playing the Loman family; a musical based on the classic film "Some Like It Hot"; and a play about Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat working together.

There's also a musical featuring Neil Diamond songs, and a musical adaptation of the 2000 film "Almost Famous."

Here's a brief look at the new productions. Tickets for most of them are on sale now.

Broadway shows opening this fall

A scene from the new production of "1776," which played at the American Repertory Theater prior to its Broadway run.
A scene from the new production of "1776," which played at the American Repertory Theater prior to its Broadway run.

1776: Before there was "Hamilton," there was "1776" — and now it's getting a groundbreaking production of its own. The revival, which played a limited engagement at American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., over the summer, features a cast of female, transgender and nonbinary-identifying performers from diverse backgrounds. The musical tells the tale of the founders of our country, settling differences as they shape the nation. The show's music and lyrics are by Sherman Edwards, with a book by Peter Stone. The new production is directed by Jeffrey L. Page and Diane Paulus. Previews begin Friday, Sept. 16, opening is Thursday, Oct. 6. The limited engagement runs through Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St. Tickets start at $59; 212-719-1300 or roundabouttheatre.org.

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& Juliet: A big hit in London's West End (Simon Cowell is a fan), this new musical flips the script on the greatest love story ever told, imagining what would happen if Juliet had a second chance at life and love. The show features a playlist of pop anthems, written by Max Martin and his collaborators, including songs made famous by Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, the Backstreet Boys, Katy Perry and more. Previews begin Friday, Oct. 28, opening night is Thursday, Nov. 17. Stephen Sondheim Theatre, 124 W. 43rd St. Tickets start at $89; 833-274-8497 or andjulietbroadway.com.

Will Swenson and the cast in the Boston production of "A Beautiful Noise." The Neil Diamond musical opens on Broadway this fall.
Will Swenson and the cast in the Boston production of "A Beautiful Noise." The Neil Diamond musical opens on Broadway this fall.

A Beautiful Noise: Sing it with me: "Sweet Caroline (bah bah bah)." Yes, there is a Neil Diamond musical, and it's coming to Broadway. The story of the legendary songwriter and pop icon comes to life in this new show featuring all his hit songs. Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer, "A Beautiful Noise" stars Tony nominee Will Swenson as Diamond. Good times never seemed so good? We shall see. Previews begin Wednesday, Nov. 2, opening night is Sunday, Dec. 4. Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St. Tickets start at $84.50; 212-239-6200 or abeautifulnoisethemusical.com.

A Christmas Carol: Humbug? No, it's true. Jefferson Mays plays more than 50 characters in this new adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. Mays first performed the show in 2018 in Los Angeles. One-man shows are nothing new for him, as he won a Tony Award in 2004 for playing more than 40 characters in "I Am My Own Wife." Mays is currently playing Mayor Shinn in Broadway's "The Music Man," and Deadline reports that he will depart that production on Sunday, Oct. 23. Previews begin Tuesday, Nov. 8, opening night is Monday, Nov. 21. Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St. Ticket information is not yet available.

Ain't No Mo: Direct from The Public Theater, this new comedy from Jordan E. Cooper dares to ask the incendiary question, “What if the U.S. government offered Black Americans one-way plane tickets to Africa?” Press materials say the show blends sketch, satire, avant garde theater and a dose of drag. Presented by Lee Daniels of "Empire" and "Precious" fame, previews begin Thursday, Nov. 3, opening night is Thursday, Dec. 1. Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St. Tickets start at $37; 212-239-6200 or aintnomobway.com.

Casey Likes stars in the Broadway production of "Almost Famous," a new musical based on the 2000 film.
Casey Likes stars in the Broadway production of "Almost Famous," a new musical based on the 2000 film.

Almost Famous: The year is 1973. Led Zeppelin is king, Richard Nixon is president and 15-year-old William Miller is an aspiring music journalist. When Rolling Stone magazine hires him to go on the road with an up-and-coming band, William is thrust into the rock-and-roll circus, where his love of music, his longing for friendship and his integrity as a writer collide. This musical adaptation of the critically acclaimed film has a book and lyrics by Cameron Crowe, who wrote and directed the 2000 movie. Previews begin Monday, Oct. 3, opening night is Thursday, Nov. 3. Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. Tickets start at $59; 212-239-6200 or almostfamousthemusical.com.

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Between Riverside and Crazy: City Hall is demanding more than his signature, the landlord wants him out, the liquor store is closed — and the Church won’t leave him alone. For ex-cop and recent widower Walter “Pops” Washington and his recently paroled son Junior, the struggle to hold on to one of the last great rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive collides with old wounds, sketchy new houseguests and a final ultimatum in this Pulitzer Prize-winning dark comedy from Stephen Adly Guirgis. Previews begin Wednesday, Nov. 30, opening night is Monday, Dec. 19. Hayes Theater, 240 W. 44th St. Tickets start at $89 (a limited number of $30 tickets will be available to those 30 and younger with ID); 212-541-4516 or 2st.com/shows/between-riverside-and-crazy.

Cost of Living: Winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize, Martyna Majok's play receives its Broadway premiere after an off-Broadway run at Manhattan Theatre Club's Stage I. The show, according to press materials, is about "the forces that bring people together, the complexity of caring and being cared for, and the ways we all need each other in this world." The Pulitzer Board said "Cost of Living" invites audiences to examine diverse perceptions of privilege and human connection. Now in previews, opening night is Monday, Oct. 3. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St. Tickets start at $49; 212-239-6200 or manhattantheatreclub.com/shows/2022-23-season/cost-of-living/.

Death of a Salesman: This Arthur Miller classic warns of the trials and tribulations of the American Dream, but this production fresh from the Young Vic/West End comes to America with some lessons of its own. The production transfers with its stars, Sharon D Clarke, who won the Olivier Award for Best Actress in the role, and Wendell Pierce, who was nominated for Best Actor. “Looking at 'Death of a Salesman' from the perspective of a Black family living in a predominantly white capitalist world changes the way that you hear this text,” said director Miranda Cromwell. Previews start Saturday, Sept. 17, opening Sunday, Oct. 9, limited engagement through Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023. Hudson Theatre, 141 W. 44th St. Tickets start at $71, 855-801-5876 or salesmanonbroadway.com.

Victoria Clark in a scene from the off-Broadway production of "Kimberly Akimbo." The show opens on Broadway this fall.
Victoria Clark in a scene from the off-Broadway production of "Kimberly Akimbo." The show opens on Broadway this fall.

Kimberly Akimbo: Winner of the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Musical, the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Musical and the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Off-Broadway Musical, this new show starring Victoria Clark is about a bright and funny New Jersey teen, who happens to look like a 72-year-old woman. And yet her aging disease may be the least of her problems. The show's book and lyrics are by Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire, music by Tony winner Jeanine Tesori, based on the play of the same name by Lindsay-Abaire. Previews begin Wednesday, Oct. 12, opening night is Thursday, Nov. 10. Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St. Tickets start at $104; 212-239-6200 or kimberlyakimbothemusical.com.

KPOP: This new show about the global K-pop phenomenon is the first Broadway musical about Korean culture, according to a news release. It's the story of global superstars putting everything on the line for a one-night-only concert — and how a singer’s inner struggle threatens to dismantle one of the biggest labels in the industry. Expect infectious beats and lots of dancing. Previews begin Thursday, Oct. 13, opening night is Sunday, Nov. 20. Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St. Tickets start at $89.50; 212-239-6200 or kpopbroadway.com.

Leopoldstadt: Set in Vienna, Tom Stoppard's 19th play on Broadway takes its title from the Jewish quarter. The drama begins in the last days of 1899 and follows one extended family deep into the heart of the 20th century. Featuring a cast of 38, including 24 making their Great Bright Way debuts, the show won a 2020 Olivier Award for Best New Play. Now in previews, it opens Sunday, Oct. 2. Limited engagement through Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023. Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St. Tickets start at $74; 212-239-6200 or LeopoldstadtPlay.com.

Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man & the Pool: Comedic storyteller Mike Birbiglia returns to Broadway with a coming-of-middle-age story about when life takes a dive — into a highly chlorinated YMCA pool. The play had sold-out runs in Chicago and Los Angeles. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the show offers "a galvanic, endearing and very funny meditation on mortality — deftly using comedy to demonstrate that when you stop thrashing around and exist in the moment, you float.” Previews begin Friday, Oct. 28, opening Sunday, Nov. 13. Limited engagement through Friday, Dec. 30. Vivian Beaumont Theater at Lincoln Center, 150 W. 65th St. Tickets start at $48; 212-239-6200 or MikeBirbigliaBroadway.com.

Ohio State Murders: Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald stars in this suspense play by 91-year-old Adrienne Kennedy, which will be the first production at the renamed and renovated James Earl Jones Theatre. This is Kennedy's first play to make it to Broadway. A member of the Theater Hall of Fame, she was awarded the Gold Medal for Drama from the Academy of Arts and Letters earlier this year. “I’m honored and humbled to be part of Adrienne Kennedy’s long-overdue Broadway debut ...," McDonald said. "This timeless play has a powerful resonance and relevance today, and we can’t wait to share it with the world." Previews begin Friday, Nov. 11, opening Thursday, Dec. 8. Limited engagement through Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023. James Earl Jones Theatre, 138 W. 48th St. Tickets start at $39; 212-239-6200 or ohiostatemurdersbroadway.com.

Some Like It Hot: Based on the classic MGM Oscar-winning film, this new Broadway musical comedy features a book by Matthew López and Amber Ruffin, music by Marc Shaiman, lyrics by Scott Wittman and Marc Shaiman, and direction and choreography by Casey Nicholaw. The company will be led by Christian Borle, J. Harrison Ghee and Adrianna Hicks. Previews begin Tuesday, Nov. 1, opening night is Sunday, Dec. 11. Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St. Tickets start at $94; 212-239-6200 or https://somelikeithotmusical.com/.

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Take Me Out: As the great Ernie Banks said — "Let's play two!" The 2022 Tony winner for Best Revival of a Play returns to Broadway, complete with Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who won the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Play, and Tony nominee Jesse Williams. Richard Greenberg's play about a baseball player's coming out that "reveals a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices dealing with sexuality and masculinity, money and power, and race and class" will again require audiences to secure their phones in Yondr pouches for the duration of the production. Performances begin Thursday, Oct. 27. The limited engagement runs through Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023. Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St. Tickets start at $69; 212-239-6210 or takemeoutbway.com.

The Collaboration: In the summer of 1984, Andy Warhol and the art scene’s newest wunderkind, Jean-Michel Basquiat, agree to work together on what may be the most talked about exhibition in the history of modern art. But can these two creative giants co-exist? A hit in London, Anthony McCarten's play stars Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope. Previews begin Tuesday, Nov. 29, opening night is Tuesday, Dec. 20. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, Sept. 27; manhattantheatreclub.com/shows/2022-23-season/the-collaboration.

Samuel L. Jackson stars in the Broadway revival of August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson."
Samuel L. Jackson stars in the Broadway revival of August Wilson's "The Piano Lesson."

The Piano Lesson: The revival of August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama will be directed by Tony Award nominee LaTanya Richardson Jackson, the first woman to ever direct a Wilson play on Broadway (and on top of that, she's making her Broadway directorial debut!). The show, set in Pittsburgh's Hill District in 1936, stars Samuel L. Jackson (a cast member of the show's premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre in 1987), Danielle Brooks and John David Washington. Previews begin Monday, Sept. 19, opening night is Thursday, Oct. 13. The limited engagement ends Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023. Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St. Tickets start at $94; 212-239-6200 or pianolessonplay.com.

Topdog/Underdog: Suzan-Lori Parks' Pulitzer Prize-winning "darkly comic fable" returns to Broadway in a 20th anniversary production starring Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as brothers who come to learn the true nature of their history. Parks became the first Black woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama with this play in 2002. Previews begin Tuesday, Sept. 27, opening night is Thursday, Oct. 20. Limited engagement runs through Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023. John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St. Tickets start at $69; 212-239-6200 or topdogunderdog.com.

Ilana Keller contributed to this story.

This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Fall Broadway shows continue multiracial casting trend