September 19, 2021

Broadway shows reopen: ‘Wicked,’ ‘Hamilton,’ ‘Lion King,’ ‘Chicago’ return to New York City theaters

NEW YORK — The best-grossing Broadway musical of all time returns to the stage tonight, together with different blockbuster hits. Broadway is again!

The Lion King, Hamilton, Depraved and Chicago will as soon as once more increase the curtain, this time for crowds which might be absolutely vaccinated and sporting masks.

Previews will even start for Lackawanna Blues, with opening night time scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 28.

After 18 months in the dead of night due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Nice White Means is springing again to life.

The Broadway League launched “This is Broadway,” a historic initiative to welcome theater lovers again to Occasions Sq. following the trade’s historic shutdown.

“This is Broadway” is the results of unprecedented partnerships between theater house owners, myriad behind-the-scenes professionals and trade rivals to create a unified comeback marketing campaign that shouts to the world “Broadway is BACK!” and celebrates a global artwork type that’s quintessentially American.

“It’s really really exciting, the energy is palpable,” Charlotte St. Martin stated.

Martin runs the Broadway League which represents an trade chargeable for billions of {dollars} to the town yearly. Due to its uniquely tight areas and excessive prices to function, Broadway merely could not reopen at diminished capability.

As an alternative, it waited till it might require vaccines and masks, and an all-clear from a platoon of consultants that seeing a present is secure.

“Broadway will be here for hundreds of years and it will continue to be here. People have to have theater,” Martin stated.

The primary Broadway shows to resume manufacturing had been Springsteen on Broadway (which ran via Sept. 4), Go Over, Hadestown and Waitress, and extra will re-open within the subsequent few weeks.

Six begins previews on Friday, Sept. 17 with opening night time set for Sunday, Oct. 3, whereas American Utopia additionally opens September 17.

Come From Away comes again on Thursday, Sept. 21, Hen & Biscuits debuts on Saturday, Sept. 23, Moulin Rouge and Is This A Room hit the stage on Sunday, Sept. 24, and The Lehman Trilogy is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 25.

Aladdin is the ultimate present reopening this month, set to resume on Thursday, Sept. 28.

Here’s a checklist of all of the shows reopening this fall and persevering with into 2022:

Chicago

Opening date: Sept. 14, 2021
“Chicago” will reopen on the Ambassador Theatre on Sept. 14, with common performances scheduled via February 2022. The musical, set in Nineteen Twenties Chicago, follows Velma and Roxie, two ladies who’ve been put in jail for homicide.

Hamilton

Opening date: Sept. 14, 2021
“Hamilton” will reopen on the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Sept. 14, with common performances scheduled via June 2022. The musical follows the rise and fall of one of many United States’ most influential founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton.

The Lion King

Opening date: Sept. 14, 2021
“The Lion King” will reopen at the Minskoff Theatre on Sept. 14, with regular performances scheduled through August 2022. The musical is a stage adaptation of the 1994 Disney movie and follows the adventures of Simba after the death of his father.

Wicked

Opening date: Sept. 14, 2021
“Depraved” will reopen at the Gershwin Theatre on Sept. 14, with regular performances scheduled through March 2022. The musical tells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.

American Utopia

Opening date: Sept. 17, 2021
“American Utopia” will reopen at a theatre to be announced on Sept. 17, with regular performances scheduled through Jan. 2022. The idea for the theatrical concert comes from singer David Byrne, former frontman for the Talking Heads.

Come From Away

Opening date: Sept. 21, 2021
“Come From Away” will reopen at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Sept. 21, with regular performances scheduled through June 2022. The musical is based on the true story of 7,000 passengers who found themselves stranded in Gander, Newfoundland, after their planes were diverted.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Opening date: Sept. 24, 2021
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” will officially reopen at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre on Sept. 24, though there will be a special dress rehearsal on Sept. 23 to honor front-line workers. The musical is a stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 movie by the same name.

Aladdin

Opening date: Sept. 28, 2021
“Aladdin” will reopen at the New Amsterdam Theatre on Sept. 28, with regular performances scheduled through August 2022. The musical follows the Disney movie by the same name, in which Princess Jasmine wants to experience more than typical royal life, Jafar plans to take over the throne, and both meet Aladdin, who shakes up the status quo.

Lackawanna Blues

Opening date: Sept. 28, 2021
“Lackawanna Blues” will open on Sept. 28 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre — though previews will start on Sept. 14. The solo play is written, directed, and performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and is all about a woman named Miss Rachel, who raised him.

Six

Opening date:

Oct. 3, 2021
After having its opening night rescheduled due to the pandemic, “Six” will open on Oct. 3 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre — though previews will start on Sept. 17, and regular performances are scheduled through March 2022. The musical follows Henry VIII’s six wives and their stories.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Opening date: Oct. 5, 2021
“To Kill a Mockingbird” will reopen at the Shubert Theatre on Oct. 5, with regular performances scheduled through February 2022. The play is a stage adaptation of the novel by Harper Lee.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Opening date: Oct. 8, 2021
“Tina” will reopen at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Oct. 8. The musical details the famous singer’s history, from her early life to her current status as a rock icon.

Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of The Temptations

Opening date: Oct. 16, 2021
“Ain’t Too Proud” will reopen at the Imperial Theatre on Oct. 16, with regular performances scheduled through July 2022. The musical tells the story of Motown group The Temptations, from their beginnings to the Hall of Fame.

Jagged Little Pill

Opening date: Oct. 21, 2021
“Jagged Little Capsule” will reopen at the Broadhurst Theatre on Oct. 21, with regular performances scheduled through July 2022. The musical is based on singer Alanis Morissette’s music.

The Phantom of the Opera

Opening date: Oct. 22, 2021

“The Phantom of the Opera” will reopen at the Majestic Theatre on Oct. 22, with regular performances scheduled through March 2022. Broadway’s longest-running show, the musical is based on a 1910 horror book by Gaston Leroux, and is about a masked figure that haunts the Paris Opera House.

Caroline, or Change

Opening date: Oct. 27, 2021
Previews for “Caroline, or Change” were initially scheduled for March 2020 but were pushed due to the pandemic. The musical will now have its opening night on Oct. 27 at Studio 54, with previews beginning on Oct. 8. It follows a Black maid working for a Jewish family in 1963 Louisiana.

Diana

Opening date: Nov. 17, 2021
“Diana” will open at the Longacre Theatre on Nov. 17, though previews will start on Nov. 2; regular performances are scheduled through November 2022. The musical follows the late Princess of Wales’s life and legacy.

Trouble in Mind

Opening date: Nov. 18, 2021
“Hassle in Thoughts” will open for the first time at the American Airlines Theatre on Nov. 18, though previews will start on Oct. 29. The play follows Wiletta Mayer, a Black actress who is continually typecast due to the color of her skin, as she gears up for a play that discusses racism in the U.S.

Mrs. Doubtfire

Opening date: Dec. 5, 2021
“Mrs. Doubtfire” will open at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Dec. 5, though previews will start on Oct. 21; regular performances are scheduled through May 2022. The musical will adapt the 1993 movie for the stage, and follow the same story of an actor who dresses up as a nanny to stay in his children’s lives.

Flying Over Sunset

Opening date: Dec. 6, 2021
“Flying Over Sundown” will open at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on Dec. 6, though previews will begin on Nov. 4. Set in 1950s Hollywood, the musical follows Cary Grant, Clare Boothe Luce and Aldous Huxley as they experiment with LSD.

Dear Evan Hansen

Opening date: Dec. 11, 2021
“Pricey Evan Hansen” will reopen at the Music Box Theatre on Dec. 11, with regular performances scheduled through June 2022. The musical follows the titular character, Evan Hansen, as he goes through life and writes letters to himself along the way.

Company

Opening date: Jan. 9, 2022
“Firm” will open at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on Jan. 9 of next year, though previews will start on Dec. 20; regular performances are scheduled through June 2022. The musical follows Bobbie as she navigates love in New York City.

MJ

Opening date: Feb. 1, 2022
“MJ” will open on the Neil Simon Theatre on Feb. 1 of subsequent 12 months, although previews will start on Dec. 6. The musical relies round Michael Jackson’s life and can reintroduce audiences to the King of Pop.

Go to ThisIsBroadway.org to discover a complete overview of what is taking part in on Broadway.

(Some info from Good Morning America)