Broadway's reopening: All the new and returning shows, and what you need to know about tickets
Broadway is reopening. But how to score tickets? How much are they? And what shows are on Broadway this fall? We have the answers.
There are 41 Broadway theaters, and sometimes it seems like nearly as many ways to grab tickets to see the shows they house.
Let’s hit the basics.
Telecharge.com and TicketMaster.com sell tickets to the bulk of Broadway’s performances. Using their desktop sites or apps, you can search for performance dates, select your seats, pay for the tickets and add them to your account and digital wallet. Show your phone at the door and you should be all set. (Exceptions to the rule are Roundabout Theatre Company and the Hudson Theatre, which sell tickets on their own websites.)
New to the traditional mix is SeatGeek.com, which entered into a multi-year partnership with Jujamcyn Theaters as the official seller of tickets to shows in its houses.
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How much are Broadway tickets?
So how do you find discount tickets?
Google is your friend. Often, if a discount is available, all it takes to find it is searching “show name AND discount” for deals or discount codes associated with Playbill, Broadway.com and other sites.
Other apps like TodayTix offer discount pricing. Just keep an eye on fees to make sure that deals you find actually save you money. And as always, read the fine print on exchanges, fraudulent ticket risks and more that can bite you.
Roundabout, Manhattan Theatre Club and Lincoln Center Theatre also offer great deals to young ticket buyers through HipTix, LincTix and 30 under 35 programs, respectively.
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When are Broadway shows opening?
“Springsteen on Broadway” reopened June 26 at the St. James Theatre. Here’s a list, in chronological order, of Broadway shows that are opening throughout the fall and into 2022. (Descriptions of each show follow the list of reopenings).
“Hadestown,” Sept. 2. Walter Kerr Theatre, hadestown.com.
“Skeleton Crew,” Jan. 12. Previews Dec. 21. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, manhattantheatreclub.com.
“MJ: The Michael Jackson Musical,” Feb. 1. Previews Dec. 6. Neil Simon Theatre, mjthemusical.com.
“The Music Man,” Feb. 10. Previews Dec. 20. Winter Garden Theatre, musicmanonbroadway.com.
“Plaza Suite,” March 28. Previews Feb. 25. Hudson Theatre, plazasuitebroadway.com.
“Take Me Out,” April 4. Previews March 9. Helen Hayes Theatre, 2st.com/shows/take-me-out.
“The Minutes,” April 7. Previews March. Studio 54, theminutesbroadway.com.
“Birthday Candles,” April 10. Previews March 18. Opening American Airlines Theatre, roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/seasons.
“How I Learned to Drive,” April 19. Previews March 29. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, manhattantheatreclub.com/shows/2021-22-season/how-i-learned-to-drive.
“West Side Story,” TBA, Broadway Theatre, westsidestorybway.com.
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What shows are on Broadway this fall
Here’s a summary of the shows that are opening on Broadway this fall, in alphabetical order.
“Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations”: “I’ve got sunshine…” just thinking about this show. Winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, the musical follows the Motown group’s journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Full of signature dance moves, there are plenty of great songs — which should not be surprising since the group had 42 Top 10 hits and 14 No. 1’s. You’ll see how they met, how they made it big, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear them apart. So “Get Ready.” Imperial Theatre, 249 W. 45th St. Performances resume Oct. 16. ainttooproudmusical.com
“Aladdin”: A whole new world … The Disney hit is set in the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah and follows the familiar tale of a poor young man who is granted three wishes by a genie in a lamp, which he uses to woo a princess and to thwart the sultan’s evil Jafar. New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St. Performances begin Sept. 28. aladdinthemusical.com.
“Birthday Candles”: Debra Messing of “Will & Grace” fame returns to the stage as Ernestine Ashworth, who spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe. Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Her 70th. Her 101st. Playwright Noah Haidle makes his Broadway debut with this work, part of Roundabout Theatre Company’s 2021-22 season. No dates for the show have been announced. roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/2021-2022-season/birthday-candles.
“Caroline, Or Change”: Sharon D Clarke won the Olivier Award for her portrayal of Caroline Thibodeaux in the 2018 West End production, a role she is set to reprise in Roundabout Theatre Company’s limited run of the revival this season. Her turn as a Black woman working for a Jewish family in the 1960s American South was called “incandescent” by Time Out London. It features music by Jeanine Tesori and book and lyrics from Tony Kushner. Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St., Previews Oct. 8, Opening Oct. 27, roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/upcoming/caroline-or-change
“Clyde’s”: What “Waitress” did for pie, Lynn Nottage’s “Clyde” might do for sandwiches. Directed by Kate Whoriskey (“Ruined”), it stars Uzo Aduba (“Orange Is the New Black”) in the title role, as a truck-stop sandwich shop owner whose kitchen employs the formerly incarcerated. Sounds noble, even if Clyde isn’t always. Still, the staff — including Emmy-winner Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”), Reza Salazar (“Sweat”) and Kara Young — are on a mission: Build the best sandwich ever. Two-time Pulitzer winner Nottage is busy this season, having also written the book for “MJ,” the Michael Jackson jukebox musical. Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St. Previews Nov. 3, opens Nov. 22. 2st.com/shows/clydes.
“Chicago”: The second-longest running show on Broadway (“The Phantom of the Opera” is first), “Chicago” is a sexy, spicy, irreverent tale about two murderesses who enlist the help of the slickest defense attorney in Chicago. Original choreography by Bob Fosse, with music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb. Ambassador Theater, 219 W. 49th St. Performances resume Sept. 14. chicagothemusical.com.
“Chicken & Biscuits”: This new play by Douglas Lyons calls itself “a feel-good comedy that will feed your soul.” It tells the story of a family reuniting after the death of its patriarch, complete with teenage drama and the inclusion of one grandson’s Jewish boyfriend. It features Norm Lewis in his Broadway play debut, as well as Michael Urie. Circle in the Square, 1633 Broadway, Previews Sept. 23, Opening Oct. 10, chickenandbiscuitsbway.com
“Come From Away”: As the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks approaches, the return nears of this musical that celebrates the human spirit and the kindness of strangers. When the American air space was closed in the aftermath of the attacks, dozens of airplanes landed in Gander, Newfoundland – and the weary travelers taken in and cared for by the residents. With music and lyrics from husband-and-wife Irene Sankoff and David Hein, this nonstop musical (with no intermission) echoes the frenzy and friendship experienced in the days following Sept. 11. Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St. Resumes performances Sept. 21, comefromaway.com
“Company”: You’ve never seen “Company” like this. Katrina Lenk (“The Band’s Visit”) plays Bobbie in a gender-bending feminist recasting of the Stephen Sondheim and George Furth musical about looking for love after — gasp — age 35. Directed by Marianne Elliott (“War Horse”), the cast features Broadway royal Patti LuPone (“Gypsy,” “Evita”) who’ll hoist vodka stingers in “Ladies Who Lunch” (as she did in the West End production as Joanne) and urge us all to rise. Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, 242 W. 45th St. Previews Nov. 15, opens Dec. 9, companymusical.com.
“Dana H.”: The true story of a woman held captive in a series of Florida motels for five months, told in Dana Higginbotham’s own words and reconstructed for the stage by her son, Tony-nominated playwright Lucas Hnath. But while we hear Dana’s voice, she is not performing — actress Deirdre O’Connell mouths her words. Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St., running in repertory with “Is This A Room.” Previews Oct. 1, opens Oct. 17. https://thelyceumplays.com
“David Byrne’s American Utopia”: David Byrne of Talking Heads fame is joined by 11 musicians from around the globe in this critically acclaimed production, featuring innovative staging, motion and music. Among the songs in the show are “Once in a Lifetime,” “Burning Down the House and “Road to Nowhere.” St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St. Performances begin Sept. 17. americanutopiabroadway.com.
“Dear Evan Hansen”: “Dancing With the Stars” Season 25 champion Jordan Fisher will play the title role when this beloved musical returns. The show is about a teenager and his relationship with the family of a classmate named Connor who kills himself. When a letter Evan wrote to himself to help him deal with his anxiety is found with Connor, the family assumes the two were friends. Evan goes along with it, to help them feel better. And then social media kicks in. There is laughter and plenty of tears, soaring melodies, a brilliant scenic design and a message that teens and parents will understand. Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St. Performances resume Dec. 11. dearevanhansen.com/broadway.
“Hadestown”: The Tony Award-winning Best New Musical (and winner of the 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album) follows two interwoven love stories — young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and King Hades and his wife Persephone. A journey to the underworld and back, the musical features a blend of modern American folk music and New Orleans-inspired jazz. It was the most-honored show of the 2018-2019 season. Walter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St. Performances resume Sept. 2. hadestown.com.
“Hamilton”: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking show about the Founding Father, the women who loved him, the men who served with him and, yes, the man who shot him, won 11 Tony Awards — and brought a revolution to Broadway. Full of energy, excitement and emotion, it’s a wonderful mix of hip-hop, rap, pop, jazz and R&B. The songs and lyrics are brilliant and full of surprises — including references to classic Broadway shows. Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St. Performances resume Sept. 14 (the show is also streaming on Disney+). hamiltonmusical.com.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”: Harry Potter 2 is now Harry Potter 1, as director John Tiffany’s Tony-winning two-part marathon has been distilled, as if by magic, into a single-ticket experience. The how’d-they-do-that illusions remain, they promise, and it’s still the story of the “Potter” kids’ kids navigating a wizarding world. Only audiences in the Western Hemisphere will see the condensed version, in New York, San Francisco and Toronto. Want to see the original two parts? Head to London, Melbourne or Hamburg. Lyric Theatre, 214 W. 43rd St. Performances begin Nov. 12. harrypottertheplay.com.
“How I Learned to Drive”: Mark Brokaw (“Heisenberg”) directs Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning drama about a woman experiencing flashbacks to the trauma she experienced at the hands of an uncle and its impact on her life. Reunites original cast Mary-Louise Parker (“Proof”) and David Morse (“The Iceman Cometh”). Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St. Previews March 29, 2022, opens April 19. manhattantheatreclub.com.
“Is This A Room”: The true story of Reality Winner, the 25-year-old former Air Force linguist who was surprised at her home by the FBI on June 3, 2017. The drama’s text is taken from the FBI transcript of her interrogation. Conceived and directed by Drama Desk-nominated Tina Satter. Running in repertory with “Dana H.” at the Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St. Previews Sept. 24, opens Oct. 11. thelyceumplays.com.
“Jagged Little Pill”: Inspired by Alanis Morissette’s 1995 groundbreaking album, this musical tells the story of a “perfectly imperfect” American family, hitting on issues of race, gender, sexuality, drugs, sexual assault and more amidst the backdrop of the angsty classics, as well as a few later songs and new additions. With lyrics by Morissette, music by Morissette and Glen Ballard, a book by Diablo Cody and additional music by Michael Farrell and Guy Sigsworth, this show draws the audience to a mid-show standing ovation night after night. Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St. Resumes performances Oct. 21. jaggedlittlepill.com.
“Lackawanna Blues.”: A portrait of a lady — but unlike the one by Henry James, this one is painted in words and music. The words: actor-writer Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s loving reminiscences of Miss Rachel, the woman who raised him. The music: guitar by Blues Hall of Famer Junior Mack, playing a score composed by Bill Sims, Jr. The show originated at the Public Theater in 2001; this Manhattan Theatre Club production is its Broadway debut. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St. Previews Sept. 14, opens Sept. 28. manhattantheatreclub.com.
“MJ: The Musical”: The King of Pop — in spirit, not in person, and without some of the personal baggage. Myles Frost plays Michael Jackson; the show will feature 25 Jackson hits, while the book, by Pulitzer prize-winner Lynn Nottage (“Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” “Ruined”), focuses on the backstage drama of a 1992 tour. Directed and choreographed by Christopher Wheeldon. Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St. Previews Dec. 6, opens Feb. 1, 2022. mjthemusical.com.
“Moulin Rouge”: Buckle your seat belt. Baz Luhrmann, the author and director of movie spectacle Moulin Rouge, is not known for subtlety — or restraint. The show, directed by Alex Timbers, is 2½ hours of razzle-dazzle fun; the New York Times called it “a cloud-surfing, natural high of a production.” There’s music galore: roughly 70 songs, many of them hits of the past several decades. And the story, of course, is about love, revolving around a young man, who falls in love with a beautiful courtesan, a singer at the Moulin Rouge, whom a jealous duke covets. It stars Natalie Mendoza and Aaron Tveit. Al Hirschfeld Theater, 302 W. 45th St. Performances resume Sept. 25. moulinrougemusical.com.
“Pass Over”: A season brimming with plays by Black authors kicks off with Antoinette Chinonye Nwanda’s Broadway debut, her streetwise answer to “Waiting for Godot.” Moses and Kitch shoot the breeze, dreaming of a world where cops don’t kill. Then a stranger arrives. With Jon Michael Hill, Namir Smallwood and Gabriel Ebert, directed by Danya Taymor. First staged at Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater in 2017, it’s a second New York trip for “Pass Over,” which was revised before reaching Lincoln Center in 2018 and has been revised again for this run. If you’ve seen Spike Lee’s Amazon film, you haven’t seen the latest “Pass Over.” August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St. Previews Aug. 4, opens Sept. 12. passoverbroadway.com.
“Plaza Suite”: Matthew Broderick (a two-time Tony winner) and his wife, Sarah Jessica Parker (a two-time Emmy winner), play three different couples in this classic Neil Simon comedy: Karen and Sam are a long-married pair whose relationship may be headed for an early checkout; Muriel and Jesse are former high school sweethearts who seem destined for an extended stay; and Norma and Roy are the mother and father of the bride, ready to celebrate their daughter’s nuptials — if only they can get her out of the bathroom. Hudson Theatre, 141 W. 44th St. Previews Feb. 25, 2022, opens March 28. plazasuitebroadway.com.
“Six”: Divorced, beheaded, delayed. The Broadway COVID shutdown spoiled what was to be the opening night of “Six” in 2020, but the queens are back and ready to roll. This British import is a pop concert of a musical telling the stories of each of the six wives of Henry VIII. Written by Toby Marlowe and Lucy Moss, the musical took America by storm long before it hit Broadway, with a 2019 national tour and plenty of footage from the West End production. The Broadway version features the same cast as the original U.S. tour, cementing the adoration of the little musical that could. Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St. Previews Sept.17, opens Oct. 3, sixonbroadway.com
“Skeleton Crew”: Three auto workers and their manager confront an imminent layoff, during the 2008 recession, in Dominique Morisseau’s play, the third in her cycle called “The Detroit Projects.” Phylicia Rashad stars in this new Manhattan Theatre Club production of the play, which had its premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company in 2016. Ruben Santiago-Hudson is once again the director. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St. Previews Dec. 21, opens Jan.12, 2022. Hudson can also be seen starting Sept. 14 in his own “Lackawanna Blues.” manhattantheatreclub.com.
“Take Me Out”: In this Tony Award-winning Best Play, playwright Richard Greenberg celebrates the personal and professional intricacies of America’s favorite pastime. When Darren Lemming, the star center fielder for the Empires, comes out of the closet, the reception off the field reveals a barrage of long-held unspoken prejudices. Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St. Previews March 9, opens April 4. https://2st.com/shows/take-me-out
“The Book of Mormon”: “South Park’s” Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s blockbuster musical won nine Tonys, including the 2011 Best Musical award. In this irreverent show, a pair of mismatched Mormon missionaries are sent to Uganda to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 230 W. 49th St. Performances return Nov. 5. bookofmormonbroadway.com.
“The Lehman Trilogy”: Three brothers, three generations. It’s an American success story — only the brothers in question are named Lehman (Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, Adrian Lester), and the global financial services firm they founded in 1847 imploded spectacularly in 2008, dragging most of the U.S. economy down with it. The 2015 three-part, single-night play by Italian novelist and playwright Stefano Massini, ran (in translation by Ben Power) in London’s West End, came to off-Broadway in 2019, and was all set to open on Broadway in March 2020 when COVID happened. Now it returns, directed by Sam Mendes. with Lester replacing Ben Miles. Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St. Previews Sept. 25, opens Oct.14. thelehmantrilogy.com.
“The Lion King”: Disney’s massive hit opened in 1997 and has been a big draw ever since. The opening, when Rafiki calls the animals to perform newborn Simba’s presentation ceremony, is worth the price of the ticket on its own. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Direction of a Musical (Julie Taymor) and Best Costume Design (Taymor). Performances begin Sept 14. lionking.com.
“The Minutes”: The Chicago Tribune said “nothing in this explosive 90-minute play is as it seems,” and that sums it up. Without giving away too much, the new play from Tracy Letts explores a city council meeting that goes from ordinary to anything but with drama, humor and everything in between. It began previews at the Cort Theatre in February 2020, with a planned March opening that was squashed by COVID. It now plans to open at a new home. Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St. Previews March 2022, Opening April 7, theminutesbroadway.com
“The Music Man”: Professor Harold Hill’s on hand! The revival of the beloved 1957 Meredith Willson musical, featuring hits like “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Trouble,” and “Till There Was You,” has Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster as the marquee names, and Broadway ace Jerry Zaks in the director’s chair. It’s all about a grifter who riles up crowds by convincing them their way of life is in danger, and only he can save them. Wait — didn’t we just see that show? Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway. Previews Dec. 20, opens Feb. 10, 2022. musicmanonbroadway.com
“The Phantom of the Opera”: The longest running play on Broadway, The Phantom, based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux, tells the story of a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House and tutors and composes operas for a gorgeous young soprano star-to-be. When a good-looking suitor from her past shows up, the Phantom, fiercely jealous, terrorizes the opera owners and company. Still his student is drawn to him. Score by Andrew Lloyd Weber. Majestic Theatre, 247 W. 44th St. Performances resume Oct. 22.us.thephantomoftheopera.com.
“Thoughts of a Colored Man”: In 1912, James Weldon Johnson wrote a controversial book, “Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man,” about a light-skinned man who “passed.” The title, but not the premise, is echoed in this “slam poetry” meditation on the inner lives of seven Black men (Dyllón Burnside, Bryan Terrell Clark, Keith David, Da’Vinchi, Luke James. Forest McClendon, Tristan “Mack” Wilds) who are most definitely not Ex. Written by by Keenan Scott II, directed by Steve H. Broadnax III, John Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St. Previews Oct. 1, opens Oct. 31. thoughtsofacoloredman.com.
“Tina — The Tina Turner Musical” Two-time Tony Award nominee and Olivier Award nominee Adrienne Warren will return to the title role for a limited engagement. The show about the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll may not be a great musical, but Warren’s performance is not to be missed. Even when she’s not singing — and her voice is just incredible — she lights up the stage. You can’t take your eyes off her. The end of the show turns into a big concert from Turner’s 1988 tour. Get ready to roar. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St. Performances resume Oct. 8. tinaonbroadway.com.
“To Kill a Mockingbird”: Based on Harper Lee’s classic novel, Aaron Sorkin’s play resumes performances with Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Jeff Daniels reprising his iconic role as Atticus Finch. Celia Keenan-Bolger also returns in her Tony Award-winning performance as Scout. Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St. Performances resume Oct. 5. tokillamockingbirdbroadway.com.
“Trouble in Mind”: The title comes from an iconic blues song of the 1920s: Louis Armstrong, Big Bill Broonzy, Dinah Washington and Nina Simone all recorded it. In 1955, the trailblazing playwright and novelist Alice Childress (“A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich”) did her own variation: a drama about an actress of color (LaChanze) confronting the white creative team of her latest play — about lynching, no less. The original production ran for 91 performances off-Broadway; an announced 1957 Broadway production never happened. Now it’s finally arrived. Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St. Previews Oct. 29, opens Nov. 18. roundabouttheatre.org/get-tickets/2021-2022-season/trouble-in-mind.
“Waitress”: It’s amazing what baking can do. In this case, it’s reviving a fan-favorite musical that closed in January 2020 after a nearly four-year run on Broadway. Sara Bareilles, who wrote the music and lyrics alongside Jessie Nelson’s book, will return for a short starring stint, until Oct. 17. The musical, based on the movie by Adrienne Shelly, tells the story of a waitress who becomes pregnant while in an abusive marriage, and dreams of escaping by way of a pie-baking contest’s grand prize. Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St. Performances begin Sept. 2, running through Jan. 9. waitressthemusical.com.
“West Side Story”: This radical, multi-media production of the Broadway classic is directed by Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove, with breathtaking choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. There is no return date for the show. The revival, which opened shortly before the pandemic, is only 105 minutes, with no intermission. Certain scenes take place offstage, shown on TV screens. There are also people with cameras that film the actors, recorded images of the characters, as well as video of Puerto Rico, and the wall between Mexico and the United States. All of this can be distracting if not annoying, but there are some who found the approach exciting and engaging. westsidestorybway.com.
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