Reporter Frank DiLella knows theater and fashion, covering plays and interviewing performers for NY1 and also doing their Fashion Week coverage. Here he predicts what’s going to be hot on Broadway this fall, and he tells us how to look good for a night at the theater.
Frank DiLella’s five picks for the 2016/2017 Broadway season:
I’m stoked for this revival! This William Finn-James Lapine musical centers around Marvin and his “modern family of sorts,” including his ex-wife, their kid, and Marvin’s lover. The show features a solid company of some of my favorite musical theater performers, including two-time Tony Award winner Christian Borle (Something Rotten!, Smash), Andrew Rannells (The Book of Mormon, Girls) and Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Wicked).
Two-time Tony award winner Nathan Lane returns to Broadway in this revival of the classic Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur play about a bunch of reporters on the police beat in Chicago in the late ’20s. Lane is certainly in good company: John Slattery (Mad Men), John Goodman (Roseanne), Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) and Sherie Rene Scott (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Aida) fill out the cast.
I caught this show in the summer of 2015, when it premiered at The Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. I knew then it was something special. Created by songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Tony nominees for A Christmas Story, with a book by Steven Levenson, the musical centers around a high school student grappling with a dark secret. The show played off-Broadway at Second Stage in the spring of 2016, when it was a critical and box office hit. You couldn’t get a ticket. Now it’s on its way to Broadway. Shout out to performers Ben Platt (Pitch Perfect) and Rachel Bay Jones (Pippin), two performers in the show who will definitely be up for Tony Awards in the spring. Get your tickets now.
This show will begin previews on Broadway in February after a successful run off-Broadway last year. Actor Gideon Glick (Spring Awakening) plays Jordan, a guy who is just looking for “Mr. Right.” Glick’s performance will absolutely break your heart. Ladies, dudes—we’ve all been in his shoes.
She’s back! And reincarnated in the form of entertainment icon Bette Midler. We just need to wait until spring.
Styled by Wendell Brown. Shot at Birdland.
Main image: “I love wearing blazers with jeans to the theater. The brown blazer with the cashmere sweater is a perfect fall look. I would wear this doing interviews on a red carpet, or just sitting back in my seat taking in a show.” Double Breasted (part of a suit) jacket, cashmere sweater, and pocket square by Ralph Lauren and jeans by Bonobos.