Broadway is coming back to life. Broadway shows will reopen starting in September at full capacity, including such hit shows as The Lion King, Book of Mormon, To Kill a Mockingbird and Phantom of the Opera, and entirely new shows Diana and a revival of The Music Man.
That’s great news for everybody who loves live theater, and for the restaurants and other businesses in the Theater District who depend on theater traffic, and such supporting businesses that sew and clean show costumes, printers of show programs, and so on.
Broadway shows will open on a rolling basis, and make their own decisions about how to handle theater-goers who are vaccinated or not. Some theaters may require ticket holders to be fully vaccinated, others may separate the protected and non-protected in different sections, as sports stadiums are doing.
The official opening date, announced by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, is Sept 14, but some shows may open sooner, others later, depending on individual hiring and rehiring performers and backstage crews, and varying amounts of rehearsal needed.
According to Playbill, so far only new shows have announced exact opening dates.
Diana, which played nine preview performances prior to the March 12, 2020, shutdown, says it will resume on December 1. Tickets are on sale now, through Telecharge, starting at $49.
The revival of The Music Man expects to begin previews December 20. With this latest update, theatre goers can expect to see campaigns from long-running favorites announcing their own returns in the coming weeks. It is unclear at this writing whether Hugh Jackman will be in the lead role, as had been planned.
Shows scheduled re-open – in alphabetical order –
- Ain’t Too Proud
- The Book of Mormon
- Come From Away
- Dear Evan Hanson
- Girl From the North Country
- Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
- Jagged Little Pill
- The Lehman Trilogy
- Moulin Rouge
- Mrs. Doubtfire
- Phantom of the Opera
- To Kill a Mockingbird
- West Side Story
The New York Times reports that the high-grossing shows “Hamilton,” “The Lion King” and “Wicked” are planning to reveal their mid-September reopening dates next week.
It’s been more than a year since the lights went out on Broadway, shutting performances in 41 theatrers. Since March 2020, there have been empty seats, stages and dressing rooms,
“Broadway is at the core of our New York identity, and a big part of our economy which employees countless performers and show creators,” Cuomo said. “And beginning this September, the show will go on.”
Broadway, brings in over about $14.7 billion annually to the New York City economy, according to Cuomo’s budget director Robert Mujica
The news follows an announcement by Mayor Bill de Blasio last week that NYS will reopen fully by July 1., and Cuomo stated that capacity restrictions in New York would lift May 19, with venues still required to follow CDC guidelines, including social distancing.
Details for which shows might reopen in September have yet to be announced, though the Broadway League — the national trade association for Broadway — noted that updates can be found on Broadway.org, where information will be added as it becomes available.
Tickets supposedly are on sale now, but the several shows NYCOTC checked have no tickets on sale – yet. The Book of Mormon, for example says “check back soon”. Of course we will. Because we want to see a Broadway show again!
What’s the first Broadway show you want to see? For the first time, or a repeat?