Something’s coming. Something good.
While West Side Story has yet to announce its intentions, that famous refrain could describe the mood all along Broadway this week. After a year in the dark, shows are finally coming back online, following Governor Cuomo’s announcement that they could reopen at full capacity on September 14, 2021.
Below is a list, constantly updated, of all shows that have announced, along with links to their websites or direct ticket vendors.
Much remains uncertain in the lead-up to autumn. The industry’s 14 labor unions are currently negotiating safety protocols and minimum terms for a return. Tourism is expected to be down for months. Like the rest of the country, the industry is reckoning with its history of racial inequity. And there is currently no clarity on whether audiences will be required to show proof of vaccination, though many producers have expressed that as their preference.
Despite the uncertainty, a quick scan of online box offices indicates high demand for almost every venture that’s on sale. (Good luck getting a ticket for Wicked’s first night back).
Here are the shows that have announced their return:
The Temptations jukebox hit will return to the Imperial on October 16 with a special gala performance, and is on sale through July 2022.
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Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Stephen Adly Guirgis’s play makes a belated Broadway premiere at the Hayes Theater. Dates TBD, fall 2022.
Emmy winner Debra Messing stars in Birthday Candles, a new play by Noah Haidle. Previews start March 18, 2022, opening night set for April 10, 2022.
This lauded revival was in rehearsals when the industry shut down. It will now open at Studio 54 this fall. Previews start Oct. 7, opening night set for Oct. 27.
One of Broadway’s longest-running warhorses, Chicago will return to the Ambassador Theatre the first day shows are allowed to open at full capacity: September 14.
A new play by double Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage, Clyde’s will reopen the Hayes Theater this fall. Exact dates TBD.
The international feel-gooder will reopen at the Schoenfeld on September 21. In the meantime, it will be filmed for streaming and released for home viewers, à la Hamilton on Disney+.
This lauded revival, transferred from a hit run in London, was a week into previews when the industry shut down. Previews restart December 20, with opening set for January 9, 2022.
David Byrne’s hit musical/concert/uncategorizable experiment will play a return Broadway engagement starting September 17. In the meantime, you can watch Spike Lee’s filmed version of the show on HBO.
The royal musical was in the middle of previews when the industry shut down, and will return to the Longacre on December 1, with opening night set for December 16. Like Come From Away, American Utopia, and Hamilton, it is also being filmed, and will be available to stream on Netflix starting October 1.
Ubiquitous, inimitable, and still a hot ticket if current prices are any indication, Hamilton returns to the Richard Rodgers on September 14.
The Alanis Morrisette jukebox, which recently won a Grammy for its cast recording, will return to the Broadhurst starting October 21.
This Michael Jackson jukebox musical will begin previews at the Neil Simon starting December 6. Centering on Jackson’s 1992 Dangerous tour, it’s unclear how much, if at all, the musical will engage with the allegations of abuse and misconduct against its subject, which received new scrutiny in a documentary prior to the pandemic.
This adaptation of the 1993 Robin Williams movie played three previews before the industry shut down. It will reopen at the Stephen Sondheim, with Tony nominee Rob McClure in the title role. Previews start October 21, with opening night set for December 5.
Antoinette Nwandu’s Pass Over will have its Broadway premier at the August Wilson, dates TBD. Like American Utopia, Pass Over was adapted for film by Spike Lee, and can be streamed on Amazon Prime. However, the Broadway version will feature revised material, including a new ending, according to Nwandu.
After grossing millions at the box office during previews, this London musical transfer was supposed to open the night the industry shut down. It is now poised to return Sept. 19, with opening night set for October 3. The original cast album is already available for purchase and streaming.
This revival of Richard Greenberg’s Tony-winning play about a gay baseball player will open at the Hayes next spring. Exact dates TBD.
One of Broadway’s Big Three (alongside Hamilton and Wicked), The Lion King will reopen at the Minskoff on September 14. Like Aladdin, all ticket fees for The Lion King will be covered by Disney.
Initially a primo venture, this production is sailing murky waters after the departure of its lead producer, following allegations of abuse and harassment. Starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, it still plans to begin previews at the Winter Garden on December 20, with opening night set for February 10, 2022.
Before the pandemic, Phantom was the industry’s longest-running musical, having opened in 1988. It will pick up the baton and continue its residence at the Majestic on October 22. Mind the chandelier.
The first new play to announce its arrival post-pandemic, Keenan Scott II’s show will play its Broadway premiere at the Golden this fall. Exact dates TDB.
The hit jukebox, nominated for 12 Tony Awards, will reopen at the Lunt-Fontanne on October 8. However, its star Adrienne Warren has not yet confirmed her return to the title role, citing dissatisfaction with the industry’s response to calls for racial justice.
66 years after its initial Off Broadway run, Alice Childress’s first play will receive its Broadway premiere at the American Airlines Theatre this fall. Previews start October 29, with opening night set for November 18.
Alongside The Lion King and Hamilton, Wicked completes Broadway’s triumvirate of heavy hitters, with a combined $3.6 billion in sales between them in New York alone. Wicked will return to the Gershwin on September 14.
This revival will open at the American Airlines Theatre sometime in the spring of 2022. Exact dates TBD.