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When Broadway Shows Will Be Opening (or Re-Opening)

More than 30 Broadway productions listed below are expected to open or re-open before year's end.

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Chip Deffaa, Editor-at-Large

Chip DeFFaa, Editor-at-Large

More than 30 Broadway productions–which I’ll list below–are expected to open or re-open before year’s end. Producers are gambling that by the fall, audiences will be ready to return. I’ll list below the shows and projected opening dates, as it stands now. (And this is still in flux. Info changes almost every day.) Fingers crossed! Lights should be returning to Broadway this fall…

There are still a lot of unknowns, of course. No one knows, for example, what the tourist situation will be, come fall. And tourists traditionally buy a lot of theater tix. And no one knows if the pandemic will be fading out in the fall or–due to emerging variants–be resurgent.

As someone who’s passionate about theater, I’m hoping that everything works out and that Broadway (and off-Broadway, and regional productions, and all other forms of the art) can get back to “normal,” or something like that. I’m hoping for a robust recovery of the arts (and everything else) as soon as possible.  We will see….

Here are shows and their projected opening dates, as things stand now:

Pass Over: August 4, 2021

Waitress (for a limited engagement), September 2, 2021

Hadestown: September 2, 2021

Chicago: September 14, 2021

Hamilton: September 14, 2021

Lackawanna Blues: September 14, 2021

The Lion King: September 14, 2021

Wicked: September 14, 2021

David Byrne’s American Utopia: September 17, 2021

Six: September 17, 2021

Come From Away: September 21, 2021

Moulin Rouge!: September 24, 2021

The Lehman Trilogy: September 25, 2021

Aladdin: September 28, 2021

Thoughts of a Colored Man: October 1, 2021

To Kill a Mockingbird: October 5, 2021.

Caroline, or Change: October 8, 2021

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical: October 8, 2021

Chicken and Biscuits: October 10th

Girl from the North Country: October 13, 2021

Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations: October 16, 2021

Jagged Little Pill: October 21, 2021

Mrs. Doubtfire: October 21, 2021

The Phantom of the Opera: October 22, 2021

Diana: November 2, 2021 (Netflix in October)

Flying Over Sunset: November 4, 2021

The Book of Mormon, November 5, 2021

Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes: November 5, 2021

Company: November 15, 2021

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: November 16, 2021

MJ The Musical: December 6, 2021

Dear Evan Hansen: December 11, 2021

The Music Man: December 20, 2021

Skeleton Crew: January 12, 2022

The Minutes: March 15, 2022

Birthday Candles: March 18, 2022

Plaza Suite: March 28, 2022

Shows announced as coming, but without specific dates yet…

How I Learned to Drive – scheduled for spring 2022

Take Me Out – scheduled for spring 2022

1776 – scheduled for the fall of 2022

Plays that have not yet announced when they might possibly open (or re-open) include, to the best of my knowledge: American Buffalo, Sing Street, and West Side Story.

The Broadway productions of  Hangmen and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, which were in previews when the pandemic hit, were cancelled.  And the Broadway productions of  Frozen and Mean Girls, which were running  when the pandemic hit, have closed.

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