• A Raisin in the Sun, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.; $67-$149; previews March 8, opens April 3, closes June 15; Telecharge or raisinbroadway.com: Denzel Washington, who won a best actor Tony for his performance in Fences, comes back to Broadway in Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play about the dreams and frustrations of a black Chicago family; Diahann Carroll plays the family’s focused matriarch.
Richard III, Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St.; $27-$137; opens Oct. 19, closes Feb. 1; Telecharge or www.shakespearebroadway.com: Two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance plays the title role in William Shakespeare’s history play, which runs in rotating repertory with Twelfth Night, featuring Rylance in a very different role.
• Rocky, Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway; $79-$143; previews Feb. 11, opens March 13; Telecharge or www.rockybroadway.com: Though it has taken decades — Sylvester Stallone introduced Rocky Balboa in 1976 — the inspiring story of a loser turned champ hits the stage as a big Broadway musical, with a book by Thomas Meehan, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, music by Stephen Flaherty and staging by Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson director Alex Timbers.
• Romeo and Juliet, Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St.; $88.75-$146.75; closes Jan. 12; Ticketmaster or romeoandjulietonbroadway.com: A hot Romeo (Orlando Bloom) and a beautiful Juliet (Condola Rashad) are the star-crossed lovers in the newest Broadway production of William Shakespeare’s tragedy, featuring a white Montague family and black Capulets in a contemporary setting.
• The Snow Geese, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St.; $67-$125; opens Oct. 24, closes Dec. 15; www.manhattantheatreclub.com: Mary-Louise Parker stars in Sharr White’s World War I-set play about a widowed mother trying to keep her family together; Daniel Sullivan, who directed the star to a Tony Award in Proof, is staging the play.
• A Time to Kill, John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St.; $69.50-$132; opens Oct. 20; Telecharge or atimetokillonbroadway.com: Playwright and pop songwriter Rupert Holmes has done the first stage version of a John Grisham novel, this one about a black father defended by a white lawyer in Mississippi after taking revenge on the men who raped his little girl.
• Twelfth Night, Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St.; $27-$137; previews Oct. 15, opens Nov. 10, closes Feb. 1; Telecharge or www.shakespearebroadway.com: Two-time Tony winner Mark Rylance does double starring duty on Broadway this season, playing Countess Olivia in this Shakespearean classic, which runs in rotating rep with Richard III. British star Stephen Fry makes his Broadway debut in both productions.
• Waiting for Godot, Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St.; $40-$137; previews Oct. 26, opens Nov. 24, closes Feb. 1; Telecharge or www.twoplaysinrep.com: Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are Samuel Beckett’s tramps, waiting for who knows what, in this existentialist classic, performed in repertory with Harold Pinter’s No Man’s Land.
• The Winslow Boy, American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St.; $52-$137; opens Oct. 17, closes Dec. 1; 212-719-1300 or www.roundabouttheatre.org: Terrence Rattigan’s 1946 play about a boy whose explusion from military school sparks a fight to save his family’s honor is a London transfer with an impressive New York cast, including Michael Cumpsty, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Alessandro Nivola and Roger Rees.