As much as I’d like to dazzle you with a complete list of Broadway previews, openings and re-openings, the current roster is far from complete. Still, considering the Great White Way has been dormant for over a year and a half, the evolving influx of announcements is dramatically optimistic!
To get theatre lovers started on plotting their Broadway adventures from September on, here is a list of shows that have gone on record with preview and opening dates. (FYI: City Guide will be adding updated postings to the list below, so make it a point to check in regularly.)
BROADWAY SHOWS: CALENDAR SO FAR
June 26th: Springsteen on Broadway (At the St. James Theatre thru 9/4; for tickets visit seatgeek.com/springsteen-on-broadway-tickets). A follow-up to Springsteen’s 2017 Broadway sell-out, the show is based on his autobiography Born to Run, featuring the Boss, his guitar, and a piano—it also unleashes his inner raconteur as he spins personal stories. Of his return to the Great White Way, Springsteen said: “I’m thrilled to have been asked to reprise the show as part of the reopening of Broadway.”
August 4th: Pass Over (Official opening set for 9/12 at the August Wilson Theatre). Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s acclaimed play, inspired by Waiting for Godot and the Exodus story—and set on an urban street corner—was last seen at Lincoln Center Theater’s LCT3. It hits Broadway with the original cast: Jon Michael Hill, Namir Smallwood, and Gabriel Ebert.
Jewelle Blackman, Kay Trinidad, and Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer of Hadestown. Photo by Matthew Murphy.
September 2nd: Hadestown (Walter Kerr Theatre). 2019’s Tony-winning musical follows the overlapping love stories of Orpheus & Eurydice and Hades & Persephone. The action unfolds in both a stylized New Orleans setting and Hades stomping ground, The Underworld.
September 3rd: Blue Man Group makes a colorful return to the Astor Place Theatre.
Broadway's Chicago. Photo: Jeremy Daniel.
September 14th: Hamilton (Richard Rodgers Theatre). The Lion King (Minskoff Theatre). Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues (Official opening set for September 28th at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre). Wicked (Gershwin Theatre). Chicago (Ambassador Theatre). Four of the Great White Way’s long-running mega hits return, just as Manhattan Theatre Club’s Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Lackawanna Blues—a solo show written, directed, and performed by Tony winner Santiago-Hudson—launches its first preview.
September 17th: Six (Official opening set for October 3rd at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre). David Byrne’s American Utopia (Hudson Theatre). Former Talking Head frontman & co. return for a limited concert run the same night Henry VIII’s sextet of wives rock out in previews.
September 21st: Come From Away (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre). 2017’s celebrated musical based on the true story that unfolded on 9/11, 2001, when thousands of airline passengers were diverted to Gander, Newfoundland. FYI: Apple’s film version of the musical is also set for release this fall.
September 24th: Moulin Rouge! The Musical (Al Hirschfeld Theatre). A gleefully flamboyant stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 genre-bending film, the acclaimed musical that launched the 2019/2020 season is poised to kick up its decadent heels anew.
September 25th: The Lehman Trilogy (Official opening set for October 14th at the Nederlander Theatre). The acclaimed epic play, tracking three generations of the family who helmed Lehman Brothers investment bank from its beginnings to its apex to its dramatic fall, resumes Broadway performances after sell-out houses in London and New York.
September 26th: The Tony Awards for the 2019-2020 Season
September 28th: Aladdin (New Amsterdam Theatre). Disney’s animated classic became a magically madcap Broadway draw when it debuted in 2014. Get ready for its fall reboot in “A Whole New World”!
October 1st: Thoughts of a Colored Man (Official opening set for October 31st at the Golden Theatre). Keenan Scott II’s Thoughts of a Colored Man marks the first new play to debut on Broadway post-shutdown. A limited engagement, the production tracks the inner voices and lives of Black men in the 21st century through “spoken word, slam poetry, rhythm and humor.”
October 8th: Tina: The Tina Turner Musical (Lunt-Fontanne Theatre). “Big wheel [will absolutely] keep on turning”, when Tina sparkles its way back onto the Lunt-Fontanne stage—just as the first Broadway revival of the poignant and timely Tony Kushner-Jeanine Tesori musical begins previews.
Celia Keenan-Bolger and Jeff Daniels, (c) Julieta Cervantes.
October 5th: To Kill a Mockingbird (Shubert Theatre). Aaron Sorkin’s celebrated stage version of the Harper Lee classic returns with original cast members Celia Keenan-Bolger and Jeff Daniels. Regarding his role of Atticus Finch, Daniels said, “At this moment in our country’s history, I’m honored…to inhabit an iconic American hero who still speaks to our times and will help us all remember who we can be.”
Caroline, or Change (Official opening set for October 27th at Studio 54)
October 13th: Girl From The North Country (Belasco Theatre). Conor McPherson’s striking new work, set during the Depression and featuring a score that taps into the Bob Dylan songbook, resumes performances with most of the cast (including Tony winner Mare Winningham), which debuted to excellent reviews on March 5th, 2020.
October 16th: Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations (Imperial Theatre). The Motown greats, career trajectory intact, are front and center once more with the reopening of this must-see production.
October 21st: Jagged Little Pill (Broadhurst Theatre). Inspired by Alanis Morissette’s Grammy-winning album, Jagged Little Pill—the 2019 musical about a deceptively perfect family—reemerges on Broadway. Meanwhile, the arrival of the musical based on the hilarious Robin Williams film, becomes a long-awaited reality.
Mrs. Doubtfire (Official opening set for December 5th at Stephen Sondheim Theatre)
Photo by Matthew Murphy.
October 22nd: The Phantom of the Opera (Majestic Theatre). Andrew Lloyd Webber’s staggeringly long-running record breaker will be spreading “Music of the Night” in its Broadway digs once more.
October 29th: Trouble in Mind (Official opening November 18th at American Airlines Theatre). Playwright Alice Childress’s groundbreaking look at racism in the theatre industry was originally slated to premiere on Broadway in the 1950s…finally, and I would add, about time.
November 4th: Flying Over Sunset (Official opening December 6th at the Vivian Beaumont Theater). A fictionalized musical foray into the dropping of LSD by a formidable trio: Cary Grant, Aldous Huxley, and Clare Booth Luce, all of whom tried the drug in real life.
Little Fang, La Jolla Playhouse’s world-premiere performance of Diana.
November 2nd: Diana: The Musical (Official opening set for November 17th at the Longacre Theatre). Another delayed preview that has anglophiles antsy to be among the first East Coast theatregoers (it already had a run at San Diego’s La Jolla Playhouse). Let the royal romance, heartache and shenanigans begin!
November 5th: The Book of Mormon (Eugene O’Neill Theatre). One of Broadway’s most successful, Tony-winning (nine in 2011!) shows returns and no one is happier than creators Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Robert Lopez, who said, “Can’t wait to be back with the entire team and our wonderful cast, crew, and orchestra.”
December 6th: MJ the Musical (Official opening set for February 1st, 2022 at the Neil Simon Theatre).The new musical bio featuring over 25 Michael Jackson hits comes with a staggeringly impressive pedigree: book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage; direction & choreography by Tony-winner Christopher Wheeldon.
Photo: Matthew Murphy.
December 11th: Dear Evan Hansen (Music Box Theater). It picked up the 2017 Best Musical Tony and now DEH will be reopening, bringing its compelling take on what happens when one high school student deals with the aftershock of death and a lie that changes everything.
December 20th: Company (Official opening set for January 9th, 2022 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre). The Music Man (Official opening set for February 10th, 2022 at the Winter Garden Theatre). Two of the upcoming season’s most anticipated—and star-studded—revivals will be boosting holiday morale! The big buzz gender-tweaking Company stars Tony winners Katrina Lenk (as Bobbie) and Patti Lupone (as Joanne). Paralleling the Stephen Sondheim musical’s opening will be Meredith Willson’s The Music Man with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster. Trust me, River City will be a red-hot destination!
December 21st: Skeleton Crew (Official opening set for 1/12/22 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre). Phylicia Rashad stars in Dominique Morisseau’s drama set in 2008 Detroit and the people in and around a failing automotive factory.
Match 18th: Birthday Candles (Official opening set for April 10th, 2022 at the American Airlines Theatre).In playwright Noah Haidle’s Broadway debut, actress Debra Messing stars as a woman who goes from ages 17 through 101.
February 22nd: Paradise Square (Official opening set for March 20th, 2022 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre). Conceived by Larry Kirwan who co-wrote the book with Craig Lucas, Marcus Gardley, and Christina Anderson, this new musical set in 1863 centers on the racially diverse regulars at Paradise Square, a saloon in the slums of Lower Manhattan and how their relationships come unraveled “by a country at war with itself.”
March 29th: How I Learned to Drive (Official opening set for April 19th, 2022 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre). Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama comes to Broadway with its two original 1997 Off-Broadway stars, Mary-Louise Parker and David Morse.
SHOWS NOT RETURNING TO BROADWAY
A Soldier’s Play
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf