Hamilton, The Lion King, and Wicked – First To Return!

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Broadway is returning, and the three biggest performances in history return to the stage without hesitation. Hamilton, the Lion King, and Wicked all announced their return plans this week. They will open on the first day of production in New York this fall, as Broadway plans to resume operations.

The Returning Top 3

The return of the three marquee works was announced during the Good Morning America joint debut on Tuesday. The actors of all three musicals – Alexandra Billings played Mrs. Moriball in “Wicked“, Krystal Joy Brown, played Eliza in “Hamilton”, L. Steven Taylor, who played Mufasa in “The Lion King” joined the host announcement of the popular morning show. All three works are performed in theaters owned by the Nederlander Organization. Hamilton at the Richard Rogers Theater, the Lion King at Minskoff, and Wicked at Gershwin. Tickets are already on sale.

Distancing Measures

Just last week, state officials announced that Broadway would be able to reopen at full capacity without social distancing requirements, as of mid-September. Although preliminary agreements in the Nederlander have been announced, including updates to air filtration and a purely digital ticketing system. No specific plans for the safe reopening of spectators have yet been formulated.

Although state officials have allowed producers to start performing on September 14, everyone is making their own decisions about the reopening plan. Other reopening dates announced since the state’s decision include Chicago on September 14th, Six on September 17th, Come From Away on September 21st, and the Phantom of the Opera on October 22nd. :

Up to now

Broadway has been closed since mid-March 2020. New York hoped to reopen in spring and summer, and plans to remove all hard audience caps this month, although the crowd capacity will continue to increase due to CDC’s temporary social distancing guidelines, so the location.

Other returning shows include Hadestown, Girl from the North Country, Moulin Rouge! The Musical, and David Byrne’s American Utopia!


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