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    24 Broadway And Off-Broadway Shows To See This Fall

    The Deaf West production of Spring Awakening, Jennifer Hudson's Broadway debut, and so much more.

    1. Whorl Inside a Loop

    2. Spring Awakening

    3. Daddy Long Legs

    4. Old Times

    5. Barbecue

    6. The Gin Game

    7. Eclipsed

    Where it's playing: The Public Theater - LuEsther Hall (Off-Broadway)

    When previews begin: Sept. 29

    When it opens: Oct. 14

    What it's about: Set during the Liberian Civil War, Eclipsed follows the captive wives of a rebel officer as they struggle to form a tenuous community and determine their own forms of survival.

    Why we're excited: This play from Danai Gurira — yes, you may know her as Michonne from The Walking Dead — first made waves when it premiered at Yale Rep in 2009. Now it's making its off-Broadway debut, and so is Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o.

    Buy tickets here.

    8. First Daughter Suite

    9. Ripcord

    10. Dames at Sea

    11. The Humans

    12. Sylvia

    13. Thérèse Raquin

    14. King Charles III

    15. On Your Feet!

    16. Allegiance

    17. Hir

    18. Dada Woof Papa Hot

    Where it's playing: Lincoln Center at the Mitzi E. Newhouse (Off-Broadway)

    When previews begin: Oct. 15

    When it opens: Nov. 9

    What it's about: An older married couple, Alan and Rob, run into trouble when Alan finds himself attracted to a younger gay dad and worries that his 3-year-old daughter Nicola prefers her other dad.

    Why we're excited: Playwright Peter Parnell has experience raising a daughter as a gay dad — that should bring some very grounded humor to his new play, which stars John Benjamin Hickey, among other fabulous actors.

    Buy tickets here.

    19. Misery

    20. China Doll

    21. School of Rock

    22. Lazarus

    Where it's playing: New York Theatre Workshop

    When previews begin: Nov. 18

    When it opens: Dec. 7

    What it's about: Based on the book The Man Who Fell to Earth, which was previously adapted for the screen with David Bowie, Lazarus follows Thomas Newton (Michael C. Hall), an alien who crash-lands on Earth in search of water.

    Why we're excited: Hall channeled his inner Bowie when he took on the title role in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. He's a great fit for this production, which features new music composed by Bowie himself.

    Buy tickets here.

    23. The Color Purple

    24. Fiddler on the Roof

    Where it's playing: Broadway Theatre

    When previews begin: Nov. 12

    When it opens: Dec. 17

    What it's about: Poor milkman Tevye (Danny Burstein) and his wife Golde (Jessica Hecht) raise three daughters while struggling to maintain their Jewish tradition in a quickly changing Anatevka.

    Why we're excited: Fiddler on the Roof is a gorgeous and too often underappreciated show. This excellent cast — Burstein and Hecht will be wonderful — and direction from Bartlett Sher should usher in a new era of fans.

    Buy tickets here.


    A previous version of this post listed Fran Kranz as Al Pacino's co-star in China Doll. He was recently replaced by Christopher Denham.


    The title of the upcoming play at the Mitzi E. Newhouse at Lincoln Center is Dada Woof Papa Hot. A previous version of this post misstated the title. Also, Robert O'Hara's play Bootycandy premiered at Playwrights Horizons, not The Public as previously reported.