More than 20 Broadway productions have already announced their intention to take their place on the Great White Way this fall, with other shows still expected to join the line-up. Tickets have also started to go on sale.
And while much of Broadway will be different – for example, theatergoers may need to wear masks, some shows will start with reduced playing schedules and final decisions on casting have yet to be made on most shows – the reality is that much will have stayed the same since the spring of 2020, when Broadway suddenly shut down due to the pandemic.
As expected, many long-running shows such as “Wicked,” “Chicago,” “The Lion King,” “Hamilton,” “Ain’t Too Proud,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Aladdin” and “Come from Awa” and Dear Evan Hansen (Dec) will return to their original theaters, some as soon as September 14.
In addition, two of the 2019-2020 Tony Award contenders for Best Musical, “Jagged Little Pill” and “Tina: The Tina Turner Musical,” will resume performances in October. (No word yet on the fate of the third nominee, “Moulin Rouge,” although star Karen Olivo has publicly announced she will not return to the show. And the season’s highest acclaimed (if non-Tony-eligible) musical, “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” will return to the Hudson Theatre for a limited engagement on September 17.
As was also expected, a number of shows that were in previews last March – or about to start them –- will also return: “Six,” “Caroline or Change,” “Mrs. Doubtfire,” “Company” and “Flying Over Sunset.” (The latter, produced by Lincoln Center Theatre, has not posted an exact opening date,)
Meanwhile, theatergoers looking for completely new fare aren’t totally out of luck. “Diana: The Musical,” and “MJ: The Michael Jackson Musical,” will both begin performances in December, as will the heavily anticipated revival of “The Music Man,” starring Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster (although the decision by lead producer Scott Rudin to remove himself from the show could cause a complication.)
On the play front, the Roundabout will reopen its American Airlines Theatre in late October with the first Broadway production of Alice Childress’ 1955 play “Trouble In Mind”; Second Stage will begin its Broadway season at Hayes Theater in November with Pultizer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s latest work, “Clyde’s”; Manhattan Theatre Club will launch its season at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater with Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s autobiographical solo show “Lackawanna Blues” and Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s searing three-character drama, “Pass Over,” originally produced at LCT3 in 2018, will have a limited engagement at the August Wilson Theater (which was vacated by “Mean Girls” during the pandemic.”)
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