Winter Culture Scene: Theater

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Scott Sheppard and Jennifer Kidwell in "Th Underground Railroad Game."

David Cote, theater editor for Time Out New York, previews the winter theater season and gives his shortlist of must-see performances.

 → Dear Evan Hansen: a new musical about a socially awkward teen who finally gets a chance to fit in. The show opened at the Music Box Theater on 12/4/16. 

Come From Away: a new musical telling the story of strangers getting to know each other after 38 planes with 6,579 passengers were stranded in a remote town in Newfoundland. Previews begin on 2/18/17 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. 

Groundhog Day: Andy Karl stars as TV weather man Phil Connors in this new musical based on the popular film of the same name. Preview begins on 3/16/17 at the August Wilson Theatre.

AmelieBased on the motion picture written by Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Guillaume Laurant, Broadway previews begin 3/9/17 at the Walter Kerr Theatre. 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory: The popular book and movies makes it Boradway debut on 3/28/17 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. 

→ Anastasia: Inspired by the beloved films, the romantic and adventure-filled new musical Anastasia comes to the Broadthurst Theatre on 3/23/17.

→ Sunset Boulevard:Glenn Close returns to Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber's masterwork of dreams & desires in the land called Hollywood. Sunset Boulevard comes to the Palace Theatre in a brand new production on 2/2/17 for a limited engagement. 

→ Miss Saigon: The epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman returns to Broadway on 3/1/17 for a limited engagement. 

→ The Present: Cate Blanchett stars in a new adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s first play, "Platonov." Previews begin on 12/17/17 at the Barrymore Theatre.

The Glass Menagerie: Sally Field and Joe Mantello star in Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie." Previews begin 2/7/17 at the Belasco Theatre.

JitneySet in the early 1970s, this richly textured piece follows a group of men trying to eke out a living by driving unlicensed cabs, or jitneys. The play makes it debut on 12/28/16 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

→ Sweat: After a successful run at the Public Theatre, Lynn Nottage's Sweat is making it's Broadway debut on 3/4/16 at Studio 54. 

→ Under the Radar Festival: Jan 4-15, 2017

P.S.122's Coil Festival: Jan 3-22, 2017

Prototype Festival: January 5-15, 2017