After being shut for more than a year, Broadway is springing back to life, with the return this fall of such favorites as The Lion King, Hamilton and Phantom of the Opera, and entirely new musicals about Princess Diana and Michael Jackson.
Also, Bruce Springsteen returns to Broadway later in June, and Shakespeare in the Park returns to Central Park in July.
Here are opening dates confirmed so far.
Ticket prices are expected to be similar to what they were pre-Pandemic, from Telecharge, Ticketmaster and Seatgeek.
NYCOTC insider tip –
- Tickets for previews are always less expensive than once a show has opened
Live Theater Now Underway
Springsteen on Broadway
The Boss was the first to open a Broadway show.
It is a blockbuster sell-out follow-up to his 2017 Broadway sell-out, the show is based on his autobiography Born to Run. It’s a combination of his music and his personal stories. featuring the Boss, his guitar, and a piano—it also unleashes his inner raconteur as he spins personal stories.
Springsteen said: “I’m thrilled to have been asked to reprise the show as part of the reopening of Broadway.”
Springsteen on Broadway is at the St. James Theatre thru Labor Day Weekend. Good luck getting tickets.
- For tickets visit seatgeek.com/springsteen-on-broadway-tickets
FREE performances return to Central Park’s Delacorte Theater this summer, with a reimagined production of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” set in Harlem.
The 2021 season starts on Tuesday, July 6, with reduced seating capacity for social distancing.
Where to Eat in
Times Square/Theater District
Broadway Shows Opening in September
2019’s Tony-winning musical follows the overlapping love stories of Orpheus & Eurydice and Hades & Persephone. The action ping pongs between New Orleans and Hades stomping ground, The Underworld.
- Walter Kerr Theatre
It’s not easy being green. Before Dorothy, the Munchkins and the Yellow Brick Road, there was a competition between Elphaba and Galinda.
- Gershwin Theatre
This is a one-man show written, directed, and performed by Tony winner Santiago-Hudson.
- Previews begin at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
- Official opening set for September 28th at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
The longest running American musical in Broadway history.
It tells the universal tale of greed, fame and fortune with show-stopping songs and some of the best dancing you’ve ever seen, adapted from the original choreography by a guy named Bob Fosse, with all that jazz and sizzle.
- Ambassador Theatre
- Richard Rodgers Theatre
The Lion King
- Minskoff Theatre
- Gershwin Theatre
Henry VIII’s sextet of wives rock out in previews, each one getting her own song, along with ensemble songs.
Six was in previews last year and due to open on March 12, 2020 – the day all NYC theaters went dark.
- Official opening set for October 3rd at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Come From Away
This celebrated 2017 musical is based on the true story that unfolded on September 11, 2001, when thousands of airline passengers were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland, and the community opened its homes and its hearts to the stranded travelers. It’s an inspiring story of friendship, set to music.
- FYI: Apple’s film version of the musical is also set for release this fall.
- Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
This is a colorful and flamboyant stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 genre-bending film.
- Al Hirschfeld Theatre
The Lehman Trilogy
The acclaimed drama play, tracking three generations of the family who controlled the Lehman Brothers investment bank from its beginnings to its apex to its dramatic fall.
- Official opening set for October 14th
- Nederlander Theatre
- New Amsterdam Theatre
The 74th Tony Awards for the 2019-2020 Season
Celebrate the return of Broadway with this special two-hour multi-platform event.
It will be broadcast live 9pm-111pm on the CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+ and the CBS app.
The streaming presentation honors the outstanding shows, performances and artistry of the 2019-2020 Broadway season, which was brought to a halt by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Tony Awards are presented by the Broadway League and The American Theatre Wing.
A Whole New World
Disney turns yet another animated classic into a live stage play. This show debuted in 2014, and returns in 2021.
Will it be as popular as Aladdin, The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Frozen? Who knows.
Broadway Shows Opening in October
Thoughts of a Colored Man
This drama by Keenan Scott II will be the first entirely new play to debut on Broadway post-Pandemic. It dramatizes the inner voices and lives of Black men in the 21st century through what’s described as “spoken word, slam poetry, rhythm and humor.”
- Previews at the Golden Theater
- Official opening set for October 31st.
To Kill a Mockingbird
The acclaimed stage version Harper Lee’s astounding and enduring 1934 novel about racial injustice and childhood innocence returns with its original cast, led by Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch (the role portrayed by Gregory Peck in the film version)
- Shubert Theatre
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
The musical version of her life story interspersed with and the music of her life (and ours) her sparkling costumes and her inspiring resiliance against adversity.
- Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Caroline, or Change
Set in Louisiana in the 1960s, this is the story of an African-American maid whose life is changed by the events of the time.
- Official opening set for October 27th at Studio 54
Girl From The North Country (Belasco Theatre)
October 16th: The Motown greats, career trajectory intact, are front and center once more with the reopening of…
Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations
The music of Motown is back, along with the personal and political conflicts of the musicians.
- Imperial Theatre
Jagged Little Pill
Inspired by Alanis Morissette’s Grammy-winning album, this 2019 musical about a deceptively perfect family offers comedy, compassion, pathos, and some great music.
- Broadhurst Theatre
Mrs. Doubtfire: The Musical
Based on the 1993 film starring the great, late Robin Williams, it’s a story about a divorced actor who will do anything to be with his kids, including acting as their dumpy-looking housekeeper.
- In previews until official opening set for December 5th
- Stephen Sondheim Theatre
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ever-popular long-running record breaker returns with that iconic chandelier and the hypnotic “Music of the Night”. in its Broadway digs once more.
- Appropriately, at the Majestic Theatre
Broadway Shows Opening in November
Diana: The Musical
One of the most compelling figures of the 20th Century, set to music.
- In previews until official opening set for November 17th at the Longacre Theatre)
Diana: The Musical will release its original cast recording September 24, both digitally and as a physical release, ahead of the work’s October 1 premiere on Netflix and return to Broadway November 2.
Flying Over Sunset
No, this is not a mis-named version of Sunset Boulevard. This is a fictionalized account of three prominent folks in the 1950s – actor Cary Grant, diplomat and philanthropist Clare Boothe Luce, and writer Aldous Huxley – who experimented with LSD and what they discovered. It should be quite a trip!
- In previews until official opening December 6th
- Vivian Beaumont Theater in Lincoln Center
Broadway Shows Opening in December
MJ: The Musical
- In previews until official opening on February 1, 2022
- Neil Simon Theatre)
Dear Evan Hansen
This won the the 2017 Best Musical Tony, for its compelling take on the life of a high school student deals trying to fit in and a lie that changes everything.
This Stephen Sondheim revival stars Tony winners Katrina Lenk as Bobbie and Patti Lupone as Joanne.
- In previews until official opening January 9th, 2022 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
The Music Man
76 trombones lead the parade to River City. This long-anticipated revival stars Broadway favorites Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster.
- In previews until the official opening set for February 10th, 2022
- Winter Garden Theatre
Phylicia Rashad stars in Dominique Morisseau’s drama set in 2008 Detroit and the people in and around a failing automotive factory.
- In previews until official opening set for Jan 21, 2022
- Samuel J. Friedman Theatre)
Opening in Early 2022
- In playwright Noah Haidle’s Broadway debut, actress Debra Messing stars as a woman who goes from ages 17 through 101.
- Official opening set for April 10th, 2022 at the American Airlines Theatre
- A new musical that centers on the racially diverse regulars at Paradise Square, a saloon in the slums of Lower Manhattan. Cheers!
- Official opening set for March 20th, 2022 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre
How I learned to Drive
- Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer-Prize winning drama comes to Broadway with its two original 1997 Off-Broadway stars, Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse.
- Official opening set for April 19th, 2022 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Shows Not Returning to Broadway
A Soldier’s Play
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
We’ll have Off-Broadway openings soon.