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By Kevin McCarthy

Spring is a great time to hit Broadway. It’s the most common time for shows to open (commonly trying to generate hype just before Tony season gets underway) so audiences have a good chance to be the first to check out fresh new shows, and right between the rush of the holiday and summer seasons, it’s also an ideal time to snag great seats. Here are four shows opening in March, which offer a mix of returning classics and Broadway premieres:

The Glass Menagerie

One of the most classic and enduring works of American drama, Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie will return to Broadway in a new production opening March 9th at the Belasco Theatre. Williams’ breakthrough hit and a staple of English classes, the play focuses on Amanda Wingfield, a faded Southern belle (of course) struggling to find a suitor for her fragile, insecure daughter Laura and grappling with her own lost youth. It’s amongst Broadway’s most-produced plays – the last revival, starring Cherry Jones, was only three years ago – but it’s also easy to see the appeal, when there are plenty of great actresses eager to take on the iconic role of Amanda. This time around it’s two-time Oscar-winning screen legend Sally Field, who previously played the part in a 2004 Kennedy Center production. Co-starring with Field is Joe Mantello, a return to acting from one of theater’s most prolific directors (a two-time Tony-winner, he most recently directed last season’s Blackbird and The Humans, he also directed Wicked). Mantello will play Tom, the narrator/Tennessee Williams stand-in. The show will be directed by Sam Gold, who recently won a Tony for directing Fun Home. The Glass Menagerie tickets can be purchased through the box office for as low as $39.

Significant Other

The new American play Significant Other will premiere on Broadway at the Booth Theatre, beginning previews February 14th (Valentine’s Day, fittingly) and opening March 2nd. Written by Joshua Harmon (Bad Jews) this comedy centers on Jordan Berman, a gay, unlucky-in-love bachelor who tries to find a fulfilling relationship as his friends prepare for marriage. The show premiered at the Laura Pels Theater, in a Roundabout production, in 2015, where it was critically acclaimed and was ranked as one of the best plays of the year by the New York Times. Tickets for Significant Other are on sale now through Telecharge, with seats starting at $49.

Miss Saigon

Oh man, Broadway is really bringing back all its 1980’s British megamusicals. After recent revivals of Les Miserables and Cats, and with Phantom of the Opera still running eternally, it seems inevitable that we’d eventually see that other long-running sung-through show of the era, Miss Saigon, back in New York. Written by the team of Chalde-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil (who also wrote Les Mis), Miss Saigon is a musical based on Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly, updating the setting to the Vietnam War, focusing on a doomed affair between an American soldier and a Vietnamese prostitute in Saigon near the end of the war. The show premiered in London in 1989 and Broadway in 1991, and the positive buzz around the show’s epic scope and spectacle – it memorably featured a helicopter landing on stage – helped make it one of Broadway’s longest-running shows, running for nearly a decade. The upcoming revival originally played in London in 2014. Producer Cameron Macintosh had said he had planned a Broadway transfer if the production was a success, and was it ever: it received critical acclaim and unprecedented advanced ticket sales. Hopefully it sees the same success when it premieres in New York on March 23rd at the Broadway Theatre (coincidentally the same venue it occupied in the ‘90s). The show will have a limited run through January 15th 2018, and tickets for Miss Saigon are on sale now, with seats starting at $39-$165.

Come From Away

One of the season’s most eagerly anticipated new musicals, Come From Away, will begin previews at the Schoenfeld Theatre February 18th, with an official opening on March 12th. This original musical tells the inspiring and unlikely story of resilience and hope in the aftermath of 9/11, in which 38 planes were diverted to a small Newfoundland town after the World Trade Center attacks, stranding over 6,000 passengers and nearly doubling the population of the town. As the locals open their homes to help, a strong bond of camaraderie forms between this group of international strangers. The show, directed by Christopher Ashley (Memphis, Xanadu), premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in 2015 and has had a record-breaking tryout tour, playing in Seattle, Washington D.C. and Toronto. The show has received huge acclaim, with Variety calling it “a moving, thoroughly entertaining tribute to international amity and the indomitable human spirit” and a critic for Broadway World calling it “the best musical I’ve seen all year and possibly ever.” It’s likely to be a major Tony Award contender, so grab tickets for Come From Away now.