Curtain up, light the lights.
After being shuttered for well over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Broadway finally has some solid re-opening dates in view.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on May 5 that tickets would go on sale May 6 for shows starting Sept. 14 at 100 percent capacity. However, that doesn’t mean tickets for all shows will be available immediately.
The Broadway League says anticipated return dates for each Broadway production will be announced in the coming weeks on a show-by-show basis, with producers determining performance schedules and other timelines.
“The theater owners, producers and other League members will continue to work with the NY State Department of Health and the governor to coordinate the industry’s return and the related health and safety protocols required to do so. We remain cautiously optimistic about Broadway’s ability to resume performances this fall and are happy that fans can start buying tickets again,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of the Broadway League, in a statement.
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Not all shows plan to re-open in September. Some will open over the last few months of 2021, while others may not return until 2022.
In addition to the logistics of getting a show up and running, financial considerations are also at the forefront of planning for productions, particularly for an industry that relies heavily on tourists. Safety protocols for productions and audiences also are yet to be announced.
Prior to the announcement on May 5, the first and only show to reveal official plans for a re-open was “Diana: The Musical.”
On March 30, the show announced it will begin previews on Dec. 1 at the Longacre Theatre, with an opening night set for Dec. 16.
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A joint announcement for some of Broadway’s blockbusters had been anticipated in recent weeks. On Thursday, “Good Morning America” teased a May 11 event — “The #Broadway announcement we’ve all been waiting for, LIVE! Tune in starting at 7am,” it tweeted.
On May 4, producers announced that “Pass Over” would re-open the August Wilson Theatre, which was home to “Mean Girls” at the time of the shutdown, although a specific opening date was not given.
Broadway re-opening dates
“Aladdin”: Sept. 28, New Amsterdam Theatre, aladdinthemusical.com
“Chicago”: Sept.14, Ambassador Theatre, chicagothemusical.com
“Hamilton”: Sept. 14, Richard Rogers Theatre, hamiltonmusical.com
“The Lion King”: Sept.14, Minskoff Theatre, lionking.com
“Wicked”: Sept. 14, Gershwin Theatre, wickedthemusical.com
“Six”: Previews, Sept.17, Opening Night: Oct. 3, Brooks Atkinson Theatre, sixonbroadway.com
“Come From Away”: Sept. 21, Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, comefromaway.com
“Caroline, Or Change”: Previews Oct. 8, Opening Oct. 27, Studio 54, roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/upcoming/caroline-or-change
“Tina: The Tina Turner Musical”: Oct. 8, Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, tinaonbroadway.com
“Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations”: Oct.16, Imperial Theatre, https://www.ainttooproudmusical.com/
“Jagged Little Pill”: Oct. 21, Broadhurst Theatre, jaggedlittlepill.com
“Trouble in Mind”: Previews Oct. 29, Opening Nov. 18, American Airlines Theatre, roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/upcoming/trouble-in-mind/
“Mrs. Doubtfire”: Previews Oct. 21, Opening Dec.5, Stephen Sondheim Theatre, mrsdoubtfirebroadway.com
“The Phantom of the Opera”: Oct. 22, Majestic Theatre, us.thephantomoftheopera.com
“Diana: The Musical:” Previews, Dec. 1, Opening night, Dec. 16, Longacre Theater, thedianamusical.com/
“Company”: Previews Dec. 20, Opening Jan. 9, Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, companymusical.com
“Birthday Candles”: Previews March 18, 2022, Opening April 10, 2022, American Airlines Theatre, roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/upcoming/birthday-candles
“Aladdin”: TBA, New Amsterdam Theatre, aladdinthemusical.com
“The Book of Mormon”: TBA, Eugene O’Neill Theatre, bookofmormonbroadway.com
“Dear Evan Hansen”: TBA, Music Box Theatre, dearevanhansen.com
“Girl From The North Country”: TBA, Belasco Theatre, northcountryonbroadway.com
“Hadestown”: TBA, Walter Kerr Theatre, hadestown.com
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”: TBA, Lyric Theatre, harrypottertheplay.com
“The Lehman Trilogy”: TBA, Nederlander Theatre, thelehmantrilogy.com
“The Minutes”: TBA, theater to be announced, theminutesbroadway.com
“Moulin Rouge!”: TBA, Al Hirschfeld Theatre, moulinrougemusical.com/new-york/home/
“To Kill A Mockingbird”: TBA, Shubert Theatre, tokillamockingbirdbroadway.com
“West Side Story”: TBA, Broadway Theatre, westsidestorybway.com
“Ain’t Supposed to Die A Natural Death”: TBA, theater to be announced
“David Byrne’s American Utopia”: Sept. 17 (previously announced), theater to be announced, americanutopiabroadway.com
“American Buffalo”: TBA, Circle in the Square; americanbuffalonyc.com
“Between Riverside and Crazy”: Fall 2022, Helen Hayes Theatre, 2st.com/shows/between-riverside-and-crazy
“Clyde’s”: Fall 2021, Helen Hayes Theatre; 2st.com/shows/lynn-nottage
“Flying Over Sunset”: TBA, Lincoln Center Theater, lct.org/shows/flying-over-sunset
“How I Learned to Drive,”: TBA, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, manhattantheatreclub.com/shows/2021-22-season/how-i-learned-to-drive/
“Lackawanna Blues”: TBA, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, manhattantheatreclub.com/shows/2021-22-season/lackawanna-blues/
“MJ: The Michael Jackson Musical”: Previews, Dec. 6, Opening Feb. 1, 2022, Neil Simon Theatre, mjthemusical.com
“The Music Man”: TBA, Winter Garden Theatre, musicmanonbroadway.com
“Pass Over”:TBA, August Wilson Theatre, passoverbroadway.com
“Plaza Suite”: TBA, Hudson Theatre, plazasuitebroadway.com
“Skeleton Crew”: TBA, Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, manhattantheatreclub.com/shows/2021-22-season/skeleton-crew/
“Sing Street”: TBA, theater to be announced, singstreet.com
“Take Me Out”: Spring 2022, Helen Hayes Theatre, 2st.com/shows/take-me-out
“Thoughts of a Colored Man”: TBA, Golden Theatre, thoughtsofacoloredman.com
“1776”: TBA, American Airlines Theatre, https://www.roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/upcoming/1776/
Some shows that were running at the time of the shutdown announced they will not re-open when Broadway does.
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Ilana Keller is an award-winning journalist and lifelong New Jersey resident who loves Broadway and really bad puns. She highlights arts advocacy and education, theater fundraisers and more through her column, “Sightlines.” Reach out on Twitter: @ilanakeller; [email protected]