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Broadway shows reopen: ‘Wicked’, ‘Hamilton’, ‘Lion King’, ‘Chicago’ return to the stage


MIDTOWN, Manhattan (WABC) – Broadway’s highest-grossing musical of all time returns to the stage tonight, along with other blockbuster hits. Broadway is back!

The Lion King, Hamilton, Bad and Chicago will raise the curtain again, this time for crowds fully vaccinated and wearing masks.

Previews will also begin for Blues Lackawanna, with an opening night scheduled for September 28.

After 18 months in the dark due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great White Way is coming back to life.

The Broadway League launched “This is Broadway,” a historic initiative to welcome theatergoers to Times Square after the industry’s historic shutdown.

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“This is Broadway” is the result of unprecedented partnerships between theater owners, a myriad of behind-the-scenes professionals and industry competitors to create a unified comeback campaign that screams to the world “Broadway is BACK!” and celebrates a quintessentially American international art form.

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

Martin runs the Broadway League, which represents an industry that brings the city billions of dollars every year. Due to its particularly limited space and high operating costs, Broadway simply could not reopen at reduced capacity.

Instead, he waited until he needed vaccines and masks, and a squad of experts made it clear that seeing a show was safe.

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

The first Broadway shows to resume production were Springsteen on Broadway (which lasted until September 4), Go over, Hadestown, and Waitress, and others will reopen in the coming weeks.

Six premieres September 17 with the opening night slated for October 3, while American Utopia also opens on September 17th.

Come from afar returns on September 21, Chicken & Biscuits debuts September 23 Moulin Rouge and Is it a room September 24 and The Lehman Trilogy September 25.
Aladdin is the last show reopening this month, which is scheduled to resume on September 28.

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Here’s a list of all the shows that will reopen this fall and continue into 2022:

Chicago

Opening date : September 14, 2021
“Chicago” will reopen at the Ambassador Theater on September 14, with regular performances scheduled until February 2022. The musical, set in 1920s Chicago, follows Velma and Roxie, two women who were jailed for murder.

Hamilton

Opening date : September 14, 2021
“Hamilton” will reopen at the Richard Rodgers Theater on September 14, with regular performances scheduled until June 2022. The musical follows the rise and fall of one of America’s most influential founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton .

The Lion King

Opening date : September 14, 2021
“The Lion King” will reopen at the Minskoff Theater on September 14, with regular performances scheduled until August 2022. The musical is a theatrical adaptation of the 1994 Disney film and follows Simba’s adventures after his father’s death.

Bad

Opening date: Sep 14, 2021
“Wicked” will reopen at the Gershwin Theater on September 14, with regular performances scheduled until March 2022. The musical tells the story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.

American Utopia

Opening date : September 17, 2021
“American Utopia” will reopen at the theater to be announced on September 17, with regular performances scheduled until January 2022. The idea for the theatrical concert comes from singer David Byrne, former frontman of the Talking Heads.

Come from afar

Opening date : September 21, 2021
“Come From Away” will reopen at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater on September 21, with regular performances scheduled until June 2022. The musical is based on the true story of 7,000 passengers who found themselves stranded in Gander, Terre- New, after their planes were hijacked.

Red Mill! Musical comedy

Opening date : September 24, 2021
“Moulin Rouge! The Musical” will officially reopen at the Al Hirschfeld Theater on September 24, although there will be a special dress rehearsal on September 23 to honor frontline workers. The musical is a theatrical adaptation of the film of the same name by Baz Luhrmann in 2001.

Aladdin

Opening date : September 28, 2021
“Aladdin” will reopen at the New Amsterdam Theater on September 28, with regular performances scheduled until August 2022. The musical follows the Disney film of the same name, in which Princess Jasmine wants to live more than the typical royal life, Jafar anticipates. take the throne, and the two meet Aladdin, who upsets the status quo.

Blues Lackawanna

Opening date : September 28, 2021
“Lackawanna Blues” premieres September 28 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theater – though premieres start September 14. The solo piece is written, directed and performed by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, and is about a woman. named Miss Rachel, who raised him.

Six

Opening date :

October 3, 2021
After postponing its opening night due to the pandemic, “Six” will open on October 3 at the Brooks Atkinson Theater – although premieres start on September 17 and regular performances are scheduled until March 2022. La The musical follows Henry VIII’s six women and their stories.

Kill a mockingbird

Opening date : October 5, 2021
“To Kill a Mockingbird” will reopen at the Shubert Theater on October 5, with regular performances scheduled until February 2022. The play is a theatrical adaptation of the Harper Lee novel.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Opening date : October 8, 2021
“Tina” will reopen at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater on October 8th. The musical details the history of the famous singer, from her youth to her current status as a rock icon.

Ain’t Too Proud: Life and Times of Temptations

Opening date : October 16, 2021
“Ain’t Too Proud” will reopen at the Imperial Theater on October 16, with regular performances scheduled until July 2022. The musical tells the story of Motown The Temptations, from their Hall of Fame debut.

Small jagged pill

Opening date : 21 October 2021
“Jagged Little Pill” will reopen at the Broadhurst Theater on October 21, with regular performances scheduled until July 2022. The musical is based on music by singer Alanis Morissette.

The Phantom of the Opera

Opening date : 22 October 2021

“The Phantom of the Opera” will reopen at the Majestic Theater on October 22, with regular performances scheduled until March 2022. Broadway’s longest-running show, the musical is based on a 1910 horror book by Gaston Leroux, and concerns a figure mask that haunts the Paris Opera.

Caroline, or Change

Opening date: October 27, 2021
The premieres of “Caroline, or Change” were originally scheduled for March 2020, but have been postponed due to the pandemic. The musical will now have its opening night on October 27 at Studio 54, with premieres starting October 8. She follows a dark maid working for a Jewish family in 1963 in Louisiana.

Diane

Opening date: November 17, 2021
“Diana” will open at the Longacre Theater on November 17, although premieres will begin on November 2; regular performances are scheduled until November 2022. The musical follows the life and legacy of the late Princess of Wales.

Problem in mind

Opening date : November 18, 2021
“Trouble in Mind” will premiere at the American Airlines Theater on November 18, although premieres begin October 29. The play follows Wiletta Mayer, a black actress who is continually labeled due to her skin color, as she prepares for a play that deals with racism in the United States.

Mrs. Doubtfire

Opening date : Dec 5 2021
“Mrs. Doubtfire” will open at the Stephen Sondheim Theater on December 5, although premieres will begin October 21; regular performances are scheduled until May 2022. The musical will adapt the 1993 film for the stage and follow the same story of an actor disguising himself as a nanny to stay in the lives of his children.

Fly over the sunset

Opening date : December 6, 2021
“Flying Over Sunset” will premiere at the Vivian Beaumont Theater on December 6, although premieres begin on November 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 : December 11, 2021
“Dear Evan Hansen” will reopen at the Music Box Theater on December 11, with regular performances scheduled until June 2022. The musical follows the main character, Evan Hansen, as he goes through life and writes letters to himself in course.

Society

Opening date : January 9, 2022
“Company” will open at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater on January 9 of next year, although premieres will begin on December 20; regular performances are scheduled until June 2022. The musical follows Bobbie as she sails for love in New York City.

MJ

Opening date : February 1, 2022
“MJ” will premiere at the Neil Simon Theater on February 1 of next year, although premieres will begin on December 6. The musical is based on the life of Michael Jackson and will reintroduce audiences to the King of Pop.

Visit ThisIsBroadway.org to find a complete overview of what’s happening on Broadway.

(Some information from Good Morning America)

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