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Broadway Shows by Year – Opened in 2023




The Broadway scene in 2023 was marked by a vibrant array of productions that ranged from revivals of classic plays to innovative new musicals. Here, we delve into some of the standout shows that opened on Broadway in 2023, celebrating the rich tapestry of performances that captivated audiences throughout the year.

1. “Once Upon a One More Time”

“Once Upon a One More Time” is a jukebox musical that intertwines the music of pop icon Britney Spears with a fairy-tale setting. Directed and choreographed by Keone and Mari Madrid, the show opened at the Marquis Theatre in June 2023. The story reimagines classic fairy-tale princesses who embark on a journey of self-discovery, set to the backdrop of Spears’ greatest hits. This production was notable for its energetic choreography, whimsical set design, and the nostalgic pull of Spears’ music.

2. “New York, New York”


Inspired by the 1977 Martin Scorsese film of the same name, “New York, New York” is a new musical that opened at the St. James Theatre in April 2023. Directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman, with a book by David Thompson and Sharon Washington, the show features a score by John Kander and Fred Ebb, with additional lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Set in post-World War II New York, the musical follows a group of artists striving to make it in the bustling city. The production was praised for its lush orchestrations, dynamic choreography, and heartfelt performances.

3. “Some Like It Hot”

A musical adaptation of the classic 1959 film, “Some Like It Hot” opened at the Shubert Theatre in November 2023. Directed by Casey Nicholaw, with a book by Matthew López and Amber Ruffin, and music by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the show reimagines the story of two musicians who disguise themselves as women to escape from mobsters. The production was celebrated for its humor, catchy score, and the dazzling performances of its lead actors.

4. “Here Lies Love”

“Here Lies Love” is a unique immersive musical experience that opened at the Broadway Theatre in July 2023. Created by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, the show chronicles the life of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines, through a disco-infused score. The production transforms the traditional theatre space into a dance club, with the audience standing and moving with the performers. This innovative staging, combined with the compelling story and music, made “Here Lies Love” a standout production of the year.

5. “The Notebook”

Adapted from Nicholas Sparks’ bestselling novel, “The Notebook” opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in February 2023. Directed by Michael Greif, with a book by Bekah Brunstetter and music and lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson, the musical tells the poignant love story of Allie and Noah. The production featured heartfelt performances, evocative music, and a set design that beautifully captured the passage of time and memory.

6. “Harmony”

“Harmony” is a new musical by Barry Manilow and Bruce Sussman that opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in March 2023. The show tells the true story of the Comedian Harmonists, a German musical group that rose to fame in the 1920s and 1930s but faced persecution under the Nazi regime. Directed by Warren Carlyle, “Harmony” was acclaimed for its moving narrative, rich musical numbers, and the powerful performances of its cast.

7. “The Outsiders”

Based on S.E. Hinton’s iconic novel, “The Outsiders” opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in October 2023. The musical adaptation, directed by Liesl Tommy, with a book by Adam Rapp and Justin Levine and music and lyrics by Jamestown Revival, captures the struggles of the Greasers and Socs in 1960s Tulsa. The production was noted for its gritty realism, compelling performances, and a score that resonated with the themes of rebellion and belonging.

8. “The Devil Wears Prada”

A musical adaptation of the popular novel and film, “The Devil Wears Prada” opened at the Nederlander Theatre in May 2023. With music by Elton John, lyrics by Shaina Taub, and a book by Kate Wetherhead, the show follows the story of Andy Sachs as she navigates the cutthroat world of fashion under the formidable Miranda Priestly. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, the production was lauded for its stylish set and costume design, sharp wit, and the memorable performances of its lead actresses.

9. “Water for Elephants”

Based on Sara Gruen’s bestselling novel, “Water for Elephants” opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre in September 2023. The musical adaptation, directed by Jessica Stone, with a book by Rick Elice and music and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co., tells the story of Jacob Jankowski, a young man who joins a traveling circus during the Great Depression. The production was celebrated for its inventive staging, touching performances, and a score that beautifully captured the magic and melancholy of circus life.

10. “The Time Traveler’s Wife”

Adapted from Audrey Niffenegger’s beloved novel, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” opened at the Broadhurst Theatre in December 2023. Directed by Bill Condon, with a book by Lauren Gunderson and music and lyrics by Joss Stone and Dave Stewart, the musical explores the complex relationship between Clare and Henry, whose love story is complicated by his uncontrollable time travel. The production was praised for its emotional depth, captivating music, and the chemistry between its lead actors.


The Broadway shows that opened in 2023 showcased a remarkable range of stories, styles, and musical genres. From the nostalgic tunes of Britney Spears to the immersive experience of “Here Lies Love,” and the heartfelt adaptations of beloved novels like “The Notebook” and “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” the year was marked by creativity and innovation. These productions not only entertained but also resonated deeply with audiences, reflecting the enduring power of live theater to inspire, move, and connect us all.

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