New Haven’s Shubert Theatre announces new season of Broadway Series shows, including ‘Les Miz’

NEW HAVEN — The Shubert Theatre announced its 2018-19 Broadway Series Tuesday evening — a promising lineup of crowd-pleasers ranging from an epic classic to a couple of hilarious comedies.

At a preview/announcement event on the Shubert stage attended by patrons and other guests, Executive Director John Fisher announced seven Broadway Series shows for the legendary theater’s 104th season.

The series kicks off Oct. 4-7, with the Tony Award-winning “Les Miserables,” straight from its recent two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. The show, based on the Victor Hugo novel, began on stage in 1983 in London. A Broadway version originally ran from 1987 to 2003.

The cheeky comedies, both musts for Monty Python fans, get rolling Nov. 30 with “Something Rotten,” a rollicking takeoff on Shakespeare’s work that pleased audiences at The Bushnell in Hartford this past January. On Feb. 21, 2019, “Spamalot” will scratch a similar itch, as it did in a visit to Oakdale in 2011.

Families will flock to the touring version of “The Wizard of Oz,” a version of which was in Hartford recently and will be at The Garde in New London May 3. The touring show will arrive at the Shubert for three days during Christmas week this year (Dec. 27-30) with a “refreshed rendition” that is a lot like the 1939 classic movie, a touring actor told us recently. In mid-March 2019, the heartwarming “Finding Neverland,” based on the 2004 film, will tell the story behind the beloved character Peter Pan.

That leaves a couple of spring/early summer 2019 shows at the historic Birthplace of the Nation's Greatest Hits in the Elm City — an historic one for the Shubert and a newer gem. A new production of “The King and I” will inform a new generation about this story May 2-5; it should be noted that the original production is one of seven Rodgers & Hammerstein productions that made their world premieres on the Shubert stage. And a new iteration of Chazz Palminteri’s 1982 play and 1993 film “A Bronx Tale” will take the stage with a streetwise musical featuring dance numbers and doo-wop tunes. A little “Jersey Boys,” a little “West Side Story,” as one observer put it.

The Shubert will be mailing a renewal package to all current Shubert season ticket-holders, officials said. Single-show sales begin at a later date. For information on tickets, call the Shubert Box Office at 203-562-5666 or 888-736-2663 or visit

Two other renowned New Haven theaters, Yale Repertory Theatre and Long Wharf Theatre, also announced their upcoming seasons as follows:

Yale Rep

“El Huracan,” a world premiere by Charise Castro Smith, Sept. 28-Oct. 20.

“The Prisoner,” text and stage direction by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, Nov. 2-17.

“Twelfth Night” by William Shakespeare, March 15-April 6.

“Cadillac Crew,” a world premiere by Tori Sampson, April 26-May 18.

Long Wharf Theatre

“The Roommate,” a comedy by Jen Silverman, Oct. 10-Nov. 4.

“Paradise Blue,” a music-infused drama by Dominique Morisseau, Nov. 31-Dec. 16.

“Miller Mississippi,” a Southern Gothic tale about a family by Boo Killebrew, Jan. 9-Feb. 3.

“Tiny Beautiful Things,” a meditation on our need for connection based on the book by Cheryl Strayed and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos, Feb. 3-March 10.

“An Iliad,” a riff on Homer’s epic by Lisa Peterson & Denis O’Hare, March 27-April 21.

“A Doll’s House, Part 2” by Lucas Hnath, May 1-26.