We’re sure you’re also surprised with how fast the year has been going, but there are good things about it being suddenly September–major musicals are coming out!
From a professionally-filmed version of the original stage production to a star-studded Hollywood adaptation of a Tony Award-winning hit, there are a handful of gems coming out this month that are enough to bring some much-needed excitement at the start of this ~season.
With releases coming a week apart for three weeks in a row, September’s shaping up to be a pretty good month for theater fans!
Come From Away
Where: Apple TV+
Come From Away tells the story of 7,000 stranded air passengers aboard 38 planes after being forced to land in the small town of Gander located in Newfoundland and Labrador after the September 11 attacks. The hit show is written by Tony nominees and Olivier winners Irene Sankoff and David Hein. It is directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley, choreographed by Kelly Devine.
The performance to be streamed was filmed on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre last May with an audience that included 9/11 survivors and front-line workers.
As previously reported, the cast will be the returning original company members Jenn Colella as Beverley/Annette, Petrina Bromley as Bonnie, Joel Hatch as Claude, Caesar Samayoa as Kevin J./Ali, Q. Smith as Hannah, Astrid Van Wieren as Beulah, and Sharon Wheatley as Diane. Rounding out the cast are fellow company members De’Lon Grant as Bob, Tony Lepage as Kevin T., Emily Walton as Janice, Jim Walton as Nick/Doug, and Paul Whitty as Oz.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Where: Amazon Prime
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie follows the story of Jamie, a gay 16-year-old boy living in Sheffield, England, who wants to become a professional drag queen. He faces opposition from his conservative community, particularly the homophobic bullies at school and his own narrow-minded father. But with the support of his best friend, his mother, and a group of fabulous drag queens, Jamie gains the courage to find his voice and to step into the light as his true self.
The film stars young newcomers Max Harwood as Jamie and Lauren Patel as his friend, Pritti. The rest of the cast include British film and stage veterans such as Sarah Lancashire, Sharon Horgan, Richard E. Grant, Ralph Ineson, Samuel Bottomly, Shobna Gulati, and Adeel Akhtar.
Dear Evan Hansen
When: September 24
Where: U.S. cinemas
Dear Evan Hansen follows the story of a young man struggling with social anxiety and who gets unintentionally caught up in an elaborate deception when the family of a classmate who committed suicide mistakes one of Hansen’s letters as their son’s suicide note. As Hansen finds the love and acceptance he has yearned for, he feels conflicted about telling the family the truth.
The musical opened on Broadway in 2016 and was nominated for nine Tonys and won five including best musical, best actor, best featured actress, and best score.
As previously reported, Ben Platt will reprise the role of Evan Hansen, which he originated on Broadway and for which he won a Tony Award. The rest of the confirmed cast is as follows: Julianne Moore as Heidi Hansen, Amy Adams as Cynthia Murphy, Kaitlyn Dever as Zoe Murphy, Colton Ryan as Connor Murphy, Danny Pino as Larry Murphy, Nik Dodani as Jared Kleinman, and Amandla Stenberg as Alana Beck.
While the movie’s official soundtrack will be released on September 24, two tracks have already been made available online: “Waving Through a Window” performed by Platt and “You Will Be Found” performed by Platt, Dever, Stendberg, and more.
The movie will be released in US theaters on September 24.