It’s Been a Dizzying Month on Broadway. Here’s Our Guide to What’s On—and Opening Soon

After last fall’s ceremony-slash-concert special honoring the few Broadway shows that managed to open during the 2019-2020 season, the Tonys are back in full, glorious force at Radio City Music Hall this June—and, as in the pre-COVID past, the cut-off date for award eligibility falls in late April (the 28th this year). That has made this month an especially busy one for avid theater-goers; between productions delayed by the pandemic and ones developed in the interim, the openings have been coming fast…and there are more still to come. Here, our guide to April’s buzziest Broadway shows.  

Take Me Out (April 4)

This revival of Richard Greenberg’s 2002 play stars Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy) as Darren Lemming, a mixed-race professional baseball player who comes out to the public as gay. Difficult conversations with his teammates—some receptive, some rancorous—ensue, most taking place in the locker room. Modern Family’s Jesse Tyler Ferguson co-stars as Lemming’s business manager, Mason Marzac. Scott Ellis (Tootsie, She Loves Me) directs. 

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American Buffalo (April 14)

First staged in 1975, David Mamet’s Obie-winning American Buffalo centers on Don, Teach, and Bobby, three would-be crooks plotting a theft. Neil Pepe’s new production puts Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell, and Darren Criss in those roles. “If you’re a musician, you have a pretty comprehensive familiarity with Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, and if you’re studying theater, American Buffalo is a really big fixture in a drama student’s upbringing,” Criss remarked in 2020. “It’s a heavy-hitter play.”

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The Minutes (April 17)

A Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2018, Tracy Letts’s twisty political satire The Minutes follows the real-time proceedings of a contentious City Council meeting in the fictional town of Big Cherry. Anna D. Shapiro, who won a Tony in 2008 for her direction of August: Osage County (also penned by Letts), helms an ensemble that includes Noah Reid (Schitt’s Creek), Jessie Mueller (Carousel, Waitress, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), and Letts himself.

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How I Learned to Drive (April 19)

Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse both reprise roles that they played 25 years ago in How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning memory play. It sees a woman called Li’l Bit (Parker) reflecting on the years of sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of her Uncle Peck (Morse). “I remember at the time [of the original production,] the Village Voice had a picture of David and me on the cover with the headline ‘Theater Too Tough for Uptown,’ ” Parker said recently. “Back then, it would have been hard to imagine gathering a Broadway audience for this play, or maybe not gathering the audience but investors or the people who puts things together. How would we make that happen? But over time, it became something that was more possible.”

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