Extra! Extra! We have dates for Broadway! Most of the major shows have announced dates for their first post-pandemic shows. The news are overwhelming both in quality and quantity. I have tried to gather all the information on the first shows for Broadway reopening that you’ll be able to see this fall!
September to remember
Some of the shows for the grand Broadway reopening are planned to begin in August, but the bulk will make their post-pandemic debut in September. Tickets are already on sale, and I hope that we’ll finally our favorite musicals back on stage!
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the Hamilton team was one of the first to announce their return on the Richard Rodgers stage. Their initial plans were for a symbolic return on the 4th of July, but that idea was scrapped. The current plan is to return on September 14th, Tuesday.
One of the fresh faces on pre-pandemic Broadway, Hadestown was one of the highest sought-after shows. And one of the biggest victims of the COVID – 19 outbreak. Still, Anaïs Mitchell’s post-apocalyptic take on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice snatched eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Hadestown is set to return on September 5th.
Girl from the North Country
One of the most-successful West End shows to come to Broadway in recent years, the Girl From The North Country. Featuring the music of Bob Dylan, Girl From The North Country tells the story of one small town in Minnesota who are left reeling from the Great Depression.
The show opened on Broadway on March 5, 2020, but just a week later fell victim to the shut down.
Little Shop of Horrors
Broadway’s favorite flower shop is planned to open on September 21 in the Westside Theater Upstairs. Watch out for Audrey II.
Jasmine, her dad, The Genie, The Vizier and, well…prince Ali, are expected to make their magical return to the New Amsterdam Theater on September 28, 2021. Disney’s musicals are adored by both young and old, so Aladdin, along with the Lion King were dearly missed. I’m quite sure that the show’s return would be as impactful as a trip on a magical carpet.
The Lion King
Simba’s might roar would echo once again in the Minskoff Theater starting September 14. Like Aladdin, The Lion King is well-loved by many, so its return would be an anticipated one. A smart move by Disney is to debut their primary shows two weeks apart. That way I’ll be able to visit both premiers.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
September 24 seems to be a busy date with Moulin Rouge! The Musical returning on stage that evening! The tragic story of Satine, Christian and the Moulin Rouge cabaret will gain the chance to rebuild its pre-pandemic momentum.
Come from Away
Welcome back to The Rock, if you love Broadway! The most-successful Canadian musical on Broadway is set to return September 21. The story of the cold island, its warm people and its stranded guests that come from away would certainly is preparing for a welcomed return!
The war between Elphaba, Glinda, and The Wizard of Oz will begin once more on September 14. This Broadway veteran is expected to fill the Gershwin once more!
David Byrne’s American Utopia
One of the highly-anticipated Broadway debuts that got canceled due to the pandemic, American Utopia is set to return on the stage of the Hudson Theatre starting September 17. I personally am going to save the date. As a huge David Byrne fan I can’t wait to see his music on a Broadway stage.
Another British show debuting across The Pond, Six took the West End by storm. Featuring a whole host of original royal hits (“Ex-Wives”, “Haus of Holbein” and “Don’t Lose Ur Head”) SIX is ripping the history books as it brings a fun, sassy and feminist take on one of the most famous parts of history – all tied up in a 75-minute epic concert performance!
October has its fair share of shows for thirsty Broadway fans. Broadway’s longest-running show – The Phantom of the Opera, along with Tina – The Tina Turner Musical, Mrs. Doubtfire, Jagged Little Pill, and Ain’t Too Proud have saved dates for October.
So far, the only shows announced for November are Jersey Boys, The Play that Goes Wrong, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular.
Social-distancing measures and restrictions
The Broadway reopening will not happen without measures directed to protect the health of patrons. New York is loosening COVID restrictions as infection rates fall. The positivity rate fell to 1.49% on Tuesday, the lowest level since late October.
Many capacity restrictions are going to fall in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The first measure are set to fall May 19, but the social distancing standard – 6 ft., is going to stay for a little while, but not for long. Most events that require a negative COVID – 19 test or proof for vaccination will, most likely, not have such restrictions.
Tickets went on sale only recently, but most of the first dates are fully sold-out. Most of the main primary and secondary vendors are providing tickets – Telecharge, Ticketmaster, StubHub are already in action, while Vividseats, SeatGeek, and BroadwayPass are close to follow.
Prices are vastly different. And they are high, very high, and I’m sure that they’ll get even higher. So you’ll have to act quickly when buying. I’m taking the obligation to give you accurate, crunched data on how and when to buy tickets for your selected shows.
To wrap it up
Fans everywhere are missing their favorite shows, and the recent news seem to be the most reliable up to now. I expect that the long-awaited Broadway reopening would lead to a new chapter of the stage’s history. A chapter in which Broadway will be far more loved and popular.