The Curtain Finally Rises On Broadway. Here’s A Look At What’s New And Returning.

This is the sort of revival Broadway has never seen.

After being dark since March 12, 2020, the Great White Way is finally reopening. And for those who have pined for live theater, nothing comes close to that magical moment when, Playbill in hand, the curtain rises on a Broadway stage.

As long as you have proof of vaccination, a photo ID and a mask, Broadway is open to you.

Here’s a look, in chronological order, at what’s coming up this season, including returning Tony winners and shows about to open:

Pass Over

A very modern and timely take on “Waiting for Godot” and the Book of Exodus, this was the first play to open on Broadway after the shutdown. Springsteen on Broadway returned in June, but this marks the first play. Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s 95-minute drama features two Black men living on the street and in fear of the police.

Opened: Aug. 22

Closes: Oct. 10

August Wilson Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St.

Hadestown

Who says the classics can’t stay current? This show took eight awards at the 2019 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Anaïs Mitchell wrote the music, lyrics and the book drawing from the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. André De Shields, who’s been working steadily on Broadway since 1973, is back as Hermes.

Returned: Sept. 2

Walter Kerr Theater, 219 W. 48th St.

Waitress

Sara Bareilles set to music this confection based on the 2007 Keri Russell movie. A pregnant waitress, who’s a great pie baker in a lousy marriage, falls for her gynecologist. Bareilles returns to the title role through Oct. 17.

Returned: Sept. 2

Closes: Jan. 9

Ethel Barrymore Theatre, 243 W. 47th St.

Wicked

The origin story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch before Oz. The musical, with Glinda descending from the rafters, became the Broadway rite of passage for girls since opening in 2003. And it has made the word “popular” impossible to say without singing.

Returns: Sept. 14

The Gershwin Theatre, 222 W. 51st St.

The Lion King

Elton John and Tim Rice’s score, combined with Julie Taymor’s direction, bring the Disney movie to life with elaborate masks and choreography by Garth Fagan. A spectacle in the best way, it has played to packed houses for 21 years.

Returns: Sept. 14

The Minskoff Theatre, 200 W. 45th St.

Hamilton

The sell-out sensation returns, with America’s Founding Fathers rapping Lin-Manuel Miranda’s lyrics and putting a brand-new spin on some old stories, like the fight for Independence — and that fateful duel in Weehawken.

Returns: Sept. 14

Richard Rodgers Theatre, 226 W. 46th St.

Chicago

It’s been a rough year or so for everyone. But as Roxie and Velma would be the first to say, down is not out — and these survivors are back and brassier than ever, with Bob Fosse’s spirit, Ann Reinking’s updated choreography and all that jazz still intact.

Returns: Sept. 14

The Ambassador Theatre, 219 W. 49th St.

Six

The snappy London import from Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss features an all-women, diverse cast telling the story of Henry VIII’s wives — all six of them. It’s a rare show that makes losing your head this much fun.

Previews resume: Sept. 17

Opens: Oct. 3

Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St.

American Utopia

David Byrne, a founding member of Talking Heads, returns to Broadway on Sept. 17 after winning a special Tony. This show, starring Byrne and musicians performing Talking Heads classics and his solo work, had a limited run just before the pandemic and earned great reviews.

Returns: Sept. 17

Closes: March 6

St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St.

Come From Away

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 has already brought an onslaught of horrifying memories. So how nice to escape, again, into a rare upbeat story from that time — the musical tale of the airline passengers stranded in, and welcomed by, a tiny Newfoundland town?

Returns: Sept. 21

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical!

As the title broadcasts, the audience is transported to 1899 inside the Moulin Rouge and around Paris. Based on Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 film, this musical received 14 Tony nods. Even if the plot may be familiar, the execution was so much fun, especially with music from Elton John, The Police, and Lady Gaga.

Returns: Sept 24

Al Hirschfield Theatre, 302 W. 45th St.

Is This a Room

The shadowy world of our government’s secrets (and surveillance) comes under a harsh light in this based-on-official-transcripts play by Tina Satter, as government contractor Reality Winner comes home to find FBI agents waiting. Emily Davis plays Winner, who was sentenced to more than five years in prison. The show alternates performances in the Lyceum Theatre with “Dana H.”

Previews: Sept. 24

Opens: Oct. 11

Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St.

The Lehman Trilogy

The three-act play tells the story of the Lehman Brothers, from Henry Lehman emigrating from Germany to their firm becoming a Wall Street powerhouse to its spectacular crash. Stefano Massini’s play has three actors play the brothers and all of the other roles in the Sam Mendes production.

Previews resume: Sept. 25

Opens: Oct. 14

Closes: Jan. 2

Nederlander Theatre, 208 W. 41st St.

Lackawanna Blues

Ruben Santiago-Hudson plays all of the roles in the play based on his memoir about growing up in a boardinghouse in upstate New York. He’s also directing. As an HBO movie 16 years ago, this won two Emmys. The late Bill Sims, Jr. wrote the blues score.

Opens: Sept. 28

Closes: Oct. 31

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St.

Aladdin

Families looking for a big, friendly, full-of-fantasy extravaganza don’t need a magic lamp to get their wish. They just need a Genie — and maybe Jasmine, and the titular hero — who sail their magic carpet back into Manhattan to re-deliver this ever-popular, eye-catching musical.

Returns: Sept. 28

The New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 W. 42nd St.

Dana H.

Deirdre O’Connell stars in this solo show, and singular production, in which she lip-syncs to recordings of playwright Lucas Hnath’s mother — a chaplain in a psych ward, remembering her kidnapping by an ex-con. Definitely not your usual Broadway fare, this was a downtown hit. The show alternates performances at the Lyceum Theatre with “Is This a Room.”

Previews: Oct. 1

Opens: Oct. 17

Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St.

Thoughts of a Colored Man

Keenan Scott II’s play unfolds over one day in Brooklyn. Seven Black men reveal their sorrows, hopes and dreams told through slam poetry and spoken word.

Previews: Oct. 1

Opens: Oct. 31

Closes: March 20

Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s novel never played to an empty seat from its Dec. 13, 2018 opening until the pandemic. Jeff Daniels returns as Atticus Finch in the role made famous by Gregory Peck in the 1962 film about racism in 1930s Alabama.

Returns: Oct. 5

Shubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St.

Freestyle Love Supreme

Lin-Manuel Miranda — the genius behind “Hamilton” and “In the Heights” — Thomas Kail and Anthony Veneziale devised this idea 17 years ago during breaks when rehearsing “In the Heights.” The audience is involved and performers rap and beatbox. So far, this improv musical has had a run on Broadway, a 10-episode show and been the subject of a Hulu documentary.

Opens: Oct. 7

Closes: Jan. 2

Booth Theatre, 222 W. 45th St.

Caroline, or Change

Pulitzer- and Tony-winner Tony Kushner set this play in his hometown of Lake Charles, Louisiana. It’s 1963 as the Civil Rights movement is taking hold. The main character, a Black woman, works for a Jewish family. Sharon D. Clarke returns to the role that earned her glowing reviews.

Previews: Oct. 8

Opens: Oct. 27

Closes: Jan. 9

Studio 54, 254 W. 54th St.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Adrienne Warren, by all accounts, tore up the stage as Turner. The rock goddess consulted on the musical, which traces her arc from hardscrabble beginnings as Anna Mae Bullock of Nutbush, Tennessee through her transformation into Tina Turner, international icon. Warren’s “Proud Mary” is a showstopper, and the musical was collecting Tony nominations when the pandemic hit.

Returns: Oct. 8

Lunt-Fontanne Theater, 205 W. 46th St.

Chicken & Biscuits

This ran for all of two weeks in Queens before the pandemic shuttered it. The playwright, Douglas Lyons, acted in “Beautiful” and “The Book of Mormon.” Norm Lewis and Michael Urie star in the comedy about a family coming together for a funeral.

Opens: Oct. 10

Closes: Jan. 2

Circle in the Square Theatre, 235 W. 50th St.

Girl From the North Country

This also had just opened when the pandemic hit. Irish playwright Conor McPherson set his play during the Great Depression in Duluth, Minnesota. And if the first name that comes to mind with Duluth is Bob Dylan (he was born there), you’re on the right track as this is set to 20 of his songs.

Returns: Oct. 13

Belasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St.

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

The second you say the title, you start singing along, and that’s the joy behind the musical charting The Temptations’ trajectory from Detroit. With 14 songs reaching No. 1 (and 42 Top 10 hits), they had the moves and the voices for “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Just My Imagination.”

Returns: Oct. 16

The Imperial Theatre, 249 W. 45th St.

Jagged Little Pill

Alanis Morissette’s musical returns to Broadway. From her beloved album of the same title, the musical features her songs about a suburban family. “Juno” writer Diablo Cody wrote the book, which garnered 15 Tony nominations, just one shy of the record-holder, “Hamilton.”

Returns: Oct. 21

Closes: Jan. 17

Broadhurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St.

Mrs. Doubtfire

Broadway has a soft spot for musical adaptations of movie comedies about cross-dressing (remember “Tootsie”? “La Cage aux Folles”?) and this take on the 1993 Robin Williams smash hopes to repeat. With hitmaking director Jerry Zaks at the helm, it has more than a chance.

Previews: Oct. 21

Opens: Dec. 5

Stephen Sondheim Theater, 124 W. 43rd St.

The Phantom of the Opera

This Andrew Lloyd Webber warhorse opened Jan. 26, 1988, and it took a pandemic to shut it — albeit temporarily. Phantom is the longest running show in Broadway history. It follows the disfigured musical genius living below the Paris Opera House as he falls in love with a soprano.

Returns: Oct. 22

The Majestic Theatre, 245 W. 45th St.

Trouble in Mind

Sixty-four years after it was slated to come to Broadway, Alice Childress’ play finally makes it. Childress won an Obie for this, becoming the first African American woman to do so. The production didn’t make it to Broadway the first time because Childress refused to change the play to meet the producers’ demands.

Opens: Oct. 29

Closes: Jan. 9

American Airlines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St.

Diana

Didn’t get enough of the Princess of Wales in “The Crown”? Can’t wait for the upcoming movie “Spencer”? Then this biographical musical arrives just in time. Jeanna de Waal stars as the unhappy princess, but Broadway vet Judy Kaye is sure to steal scenes as Elizabeth II.

Reviews resume: Nov. 2

Opens: Nov. 17

The Longacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St.

Clyde’s

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage’s play is set at a truck stop. Former convicts working in the kitchen are getting their lives together and find new purpose as they try to craft the perfect sandwich. Stars Uzo Aduba and Ron Cephas Jones.

Previews: Nov. 3

Opens: Nov. 22

Closes: Jan. 16

Helen Hayes Theater, 240 W. 44th St.

The Book of Mormon

Two naive missionaries go to Africa and learn a lot more than they teach in this out-to-offend hit musical, brainstormed by the iconoclasts behind “Avenue Q” and “South Park.” But reports are they’ve made some kinder, gentler revisions to the script to reflect the racial reckoning.

Returns: Nov. 5

Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 230 W. 49th St.

Flying Over Sunset

A story about LSD and ‘50s Hollywood, whose characters — including authors Aldous Huxley and Clare Boothe Luce and the iconic Cary Grant — sound a bit like an acid trip itself. And did we mention it’s a musical? It’s brand-new, and definitely one of the wildest of the season’s wild cards.

Opens: Nov. 11

Vivian Beaumont Theater, 150 W. 65th St.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Hogwarts can be an exacting institution, but your commitment has been reduced. This revision of the Tony-winning play combines its previous two parts into one. Don’t fear, though — magicians like these are sure to be able to keep all the joy and mystery intact.

Returns: Nov. 12

The Lyric Theatre, 214 W. 43rd St.

Company

Stephen Sondheim’s musical is returning to Broadway for a fifth time, and in this version, the genders are swapped. Instead of Robert, who can’t commit to one person, there’s Bobbie, played by Katrina Lenk from “The Band’s Visit.” Patti LuPone plays one of Bobbie’s friends.

Previews: Nov. 15

Opens: Dec. 9

Bernard Jacobs Theater, 242 W. 45th St.

MJ the Musical

Lynn Nottage wrote the book for the musical with the backing of Michael Jackson’s estate. Myles Frost, with just a couple of TV credits, stars as The Gloved One. Christopher Wheeldon, a ballet choreographer, directs and choreographs.

Previews: Dec. 6

Opens: Feb. 1

Neil Simon Theater, 250 W. 52nd St.

Dear Evan Hansen

It won the Tony for Best Musical in 2017, and this story — about unhappy teenagers, depression, deception and the overpowering influence of social media — still couldn’t feel more up-to-date. Jordan Fisher takes over the starring role.

Returns: Dec. 11

Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St.

The Music Man

Hugh Jackman returns to Broadway — or in this case, River City — as Harold Hill. And if that weren’t enough to pack the theater, Sutton Foster co-stars in the revival of Meredith Wilson’s 1957 classic. This is the third revival, and the original captured six Tonys.

Previews: Dec. 20

Opens: Feb 10

Winter Garden Theatre, 1634 Broadway

Skeleton Crew

Phylicia Rashad is among the small cast in Dominique Morisseau’s play, set in the breakroom of a Detroit auto factory at the beginning of the Great Recession. Ruben Santiago-Hudson directs the play, which he had also overseen when it premiered at the Atlantic Theatre Company five years ago.

Previews: Dec. 21

Opens: Jan. 12

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W. 47th St.

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