Amazing news: Broadway will fully reopen its doors this September, welcoming audiences once again nearly a year and a half after the industry was shut down due to COVID-19.
The stage is set for a full return to the theater, with Governor Cuomo announcing on Wednesday that Broadway shows will restart on September 14 at 100 percent capacity. Tickets will start to go on sale today (May 6). Safety will, of course, be paramount and staff and attendees will be subject to New York’s health guidelines (which are likely to change—stay tuned).
“We are thrilled that Governor Cuomo clearly recognizes the impact of Broadway’s return on the city and state’s economy and the complexity of restarting an entire industry that has been dormant for over a year,” said Charlotte St. Martin, President of the Broadway League. “Nothing beats Broadway. The theatre owners, producers, and other League members will continue to work with the NY State Department of Health and the Governor to coordinate the industry’s return and the related health and safety protocols required to do so. We remain cautiously optimistic about Broadway’s ability to resume performances this fall and are happy that fans can start buying tickets again.”
Now the only question is... which show will you see first? Here’s a list of the shows that have announced their opening plans:
- Jagged Little Pill, the musical inspired by the Alanis Morissette album, will open its first show on October 21 at Broadhurst Theatre
- Ain’t Too Proud, a musical about The Temptations, will return on October 16 at Imperial Theatre
- Chicago, one of Broadway’s most famous musicals, will welcome attendees on September 17 at Ambassador Theatre
- Diana the Musical will bring the legend of Princess Diana to life on December 1
- Tickets for SIX, a musical about the six wives of Henry VIII, are currently on sale but the date of its first show is unclear
- NBC News reports that shows like Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King and Wicked could potentially be ready to reopen quicker than other shows (there are no opening dates currently announced, however).
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