20 Shows Returning to Broadway This Year

The bright lights of Broadway were dimmed for more than a year, when the COVID-19 pandemic forced theaters to shut.

But as restrictions ease and vaccinations rise, Broadway's biggest stars are back to tread the boards once more.

Brand new plays and musicals are finally getting to debut after having their previews delayed; others are resuming their runs this year, with some old favourites joining them.

Here are 20 shows returning to Broadway before the end of 2021.

Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations

Ain't Too Proud musical
A person walks outside Ain't Too Proud at Imperial Theatre in Times Square as the city continues the re-opening efforts following restrictions imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus on December 23, 2020 in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images

Ain't Too Proud is a jukebox musical based on the story and music of The Temptations.

It opened on Broadway in March 2019 and ran for a year before it was forced to close.

It returns to the Imperial Theatre on October 16 with a gala performance.

Jagged Little Pill

jagged Little Pill opening night on Broadway
Alanis Morissette, Diane Paulus and cast pose during the curtain call of the opening night of the broadway show "Jagged Little Pill" at Broadhurst Theatre on December 05, 2019 in New York City. Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

The most nominated musical at the 2021 Tony Awards, Jagged Little Pill is inspired by Alanis Morissette's album of the same name, and deals with issues like drug addiction, sexual assault and gender identity.

Jagged Little Pill, which opened at the Broadhurst Theatre in December 2019, will return to Broadway on October 21.

The Lion King

The Lion King on Broadway
Pedestrians walk beneath a sign for the musical "The Lion King" March 6, 2003 in New York City. Mario Tama/Getty Images

The Lion King is Broadway's third longest-running show in history and the highest-grossing Broadway production of all time, so it's no surprise that it has resumed performances as of September 14.

The show, based on the Disney film of the same name, is at the Minskoff Theatre.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge The Musical on Broadway
The cast on stage during "Moulin Rouge!" at Al Hirschfeld Theatre on September 24, 2021 in New York City. This is the first show of "Moulin Rouge!" since Broadway shut down 18 months ago due to the coronavirus pandemic. Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images

Moulin Rouge! The Musical won a whopping 10 Tony Awards out of 14 nominations in 2021, and has now returned to Broadway.

The musical, based on Baz Luhrmann's film Moulin Rouge!, opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in June 2019, and ran for nine months.

Performances resumed on September 24.

The Phantom Of The Opera

Phantom of the Opera on Broadway
Outside the special gala for the 7,486th performance of "Phantom Of The Opera" at the Majestic Theater in New York City on January 9, 2006. "Phantom" is now the longest running show on Broadway, beating out "Cats". Peter Kramer/Getty Images

What's Broadway without The Phantom Of The Opera?

The longest-running Broadway show in history has been going strong since 1988, and will approach 14,000 performances when it resumes on October 22 at the Majestic Theatre.


Aladdin on Broadway
James Monroe Iglehart, Adam Jacobs, Courtney Reed during the Broadway Opening Night Performance Curtain Call for Disney's 'Aladdin' at the New Amsterdam Theatre on March 20, 2014 in New York City. Walter McBride/WireImage

Aladdin's Broadway production—based on the Disney film of the same name—opened in March 2014 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, and ran until COVID shuttered Broadway.

After originally being suspended until June 2021, Aladdin reopened on September 28.

However, a performance was canceled the following night because of COVID-19 cases detected in the company.


Six The Musical
People walk by signage for Six the Musical at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on June 29, 2020 in New York City. Broadway will remain closed until 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Cindy Ord/Getty Images

This British musical—a pop concert staged by the six wives of Henry VIII as they retell their lives—began life at the Edinburgh Fringe, before it began previews on Broadway in February 2020.

But we all know what happened just a few weeks later. Thankfully, Six's previews have now resumed at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, and will premiere officially on October 3.

Slave Play

Slave Play cast
Cast members Irene Sofia Lucio, Chalia La Tour, James Cusati-Moyer, Ato Blankson-Wood, Sullivan Jones, Joaquina Kalukango and Annie McNamara visit the Build series to discuss the Broadway show “Slave Play” at Build Studio on October 18, 2019 in New York City. Gary Gershoff/Getty Images

This three-act play by Jeremy O. Harris—about three interracial couples undergoing "Antebellum Sexual Performance Therapy" because the black partners no longer feel sexual attraction to their white partners—received the most nominations by a non-musical play (12) at the 2021 Tonys.

It first opened to the John Golden Theatre in October 2019 and closed as scheduled in January 2020.

However, if you missed it first time around, you have another chance, as Slave Play will be staged at the August Wilson Theatre from November 23, 2021, to January 23, 2022, before moving to Los Angeles.

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon cast
The cast of "The Book of Mormon" during the curtain call on the opening night of "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway at Eugene O'Neill Theatre on March 24, 2011 in New York City. Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images

Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez's hilarious musical about The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints has become one of Broadway's highest grossing musicals ever since it premiered at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre in 2011.

After suspending performances last March, the musical will resume on November 5.


Wicked billboard
A billboard promoting the Broadway play "Wicked" is viewed in Times Square on June 10, 2017 in New York, New York. George Rose/Getty Images

It's time to defy gravity once more, as Broadway's fifth longest-running show has made its triumphant return to the Gershwin Theatre, with the original Glinda, Kristin Chenoweth, giving a speech at the grand reopening on September 14.

A musical retelling of the Gregory Maguire book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, Wicked tells the story of the unlikely friendship Elphaba (the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (whose name later changes to Glinda the Good Witch).

Wicked first opened back in October 2003.


Chicago on Broadway
A general view of the Marquee of the Ambassador theater during the curtain call for the 10th Anniversary of Broadway's "Chicago" on November 14, 2006 in New York City. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images

The original Broadway production of the legendary musical Chicago opened in 1975 and ran for two years, before being revived in 1996.

Following its temporary closure, Chicago reopened at the Ambassador Theatre on September 14, with Ana Villafañe as Roxie Hart, Bianca Marroquín as Velma Kelly, and Tony winner Paulo Szot as Billy Flynn.

The musical tells the story of a woman put on trial for the murder of her husband, who becomes a celebrity criminal.

Come From Away

Come From Away on Broadway
The cast during the "Come From Away" Broadway Opening Night Curtain Call at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on March 12, 2017 in New York City. Walter McBride/WireImage

This Canadian musical, about the true story of 38 planes were ordered to land unexpectedly in the small town of Gander in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon in response to the 9/11 attacks, was a huge critical and commercial hit when it premiered on Broadway in 2017.

Following the live recording of the production being released on Apple TV+ to mark the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Come From Away resumed performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on September 21.


Patti LuPone
Patti LuPone performing her show "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda - Played That Part" at 54 Below on Wednesday night, February 13, 2013. Hiroyuki Ito//Getty Images

Stephen Sondheim's Tony-winning musical about a single man, his three girlfriends and his married and engaged friends first opened in 1970 on Broadway, and has been revived on two occasions, in 1995 and 2006.

2021 marks its third Broadway revival, after its previews were cut short last year due to the pandemic.

Previews begin on November 15 and an opening night is set for December 9 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, with Patti LuPone reprising her role of Joanne.


Lin Manuel Miranda in Hamilton
Phillipa Soo, Christopher Jackson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Ramos attend Lin-Manuel Miranda's final performance of "Hamilton" on Broadway at Richard Rodgers Theatre on July 9, 2016 in New York City. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images

No musical has swept the globe quite like Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton. The cultural phenomenon tells the story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton through hip-hop, and it has reached even more fans since landing on Disney+ last year.

However, those who haven't seen it yet, or want to relive the magic, can snap up tickets as Hamilton is back for its sixth year at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, having resumed performances on September 14.

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child
An exterior view of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at Lyric Theatre on June 29, 2020 in New York City. Broadway will remain closed until 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Harry Potter and The Cursed Child will return to Broadway in November, but not as you know it.

While the existing two-part play, which can be split over two days, will continue on London's West End and in Melbourne and Hamburg, the production staged at the Lyric Theatre will now be condensed into one show—so Muggles will only have to buy one ticket.

Performances resume on November 12.

David Byrne's American Utopia

David Byrne's American Utopia
The cast of performers line up onstage with David Byrne as "David Byrne's American Utopia" reopens on Broadway at St James Theater on September 17, 2021 in New York City. Roy Rochlin/Getty Images

For something a little different than your usual Broadway fare, David Byrne's theatrical concert American Utopia is back.

After a limited engagement in 2019 and 2020, the Talking Heads legend has moved the show from the Hudson Theatre to St. James Theatre, and performances resumed on September 17.

Dear Evan Hansen

Jordan Fisher in Dear Evan Hansen
Jordan Fisher as Andrew Barth Feldman takes his final "Dear Evan Hansen" bows and "Passes the Polo" to Jordan Fisher at the Music Box Theatre on January 26, 2020 in New York City. Walter McBride/Getty Images

While the movie adaptation of Dear Evan Hansen may not be getting the critical fanfare its original received, the show will return to the Music Box Theatre this December.

Jordan Fisher will play Evan Hansen in the musical from December 11, after the show was suspended last March following three years on Broadway.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
An NYPD van is parked in front of Tina: The Tina Turner Musical at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on June 29, 2020 in New York City. Broadway will remain closed until 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Adrienne Warren won the Best Actress Tony for her performance as music legend Tina Turner, and she will be back in the show this October.

The jukebox musical, which opened on Broadway in 2019, will be back at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from October 8.

The musical, which charts Turner's journey from humble beginnings to superstardom, features a soundtrack including "Nutbush City Limits", "Proud Mary" and "A Fool In Love".

Freestyle Love Supreme

Freestyle Love Supreme cast
Director Thomas Kail, Producer Jenny Steingart, Chris Sullivan, Lin-Manuel Miranda, James Monroe Iglehart, Aneesa Folds, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Kaila Mullady, Andrew Bancroft, Anthony Veneziale, Christopher Jackson pose backstage at the closing night performance of the improvised Rap and Hip-Hop musical "Freestyle Love Supreme" on Broadway at The Booth Theatre on January 12, 2020 in New York City. Bruce Glikas/WireImage

Lin-Manuel Miranda started the hip-hop improv comedy group Freestyle Love Supreme back in 2004, and their musical hit Broadway in 2019.

While the run was initially to mark the group's 15th anniversary, performances will resume on October 7 at the Booth Theatre.

Girl From The North Country

Girl from the North Country opening night
Signage at the opening night of the new Bob Dylan Musical "Girl From The North Country" on Broadway at The Belasco Theatre on March 5, 2020 in New York City. Bruce Glikas/Getty Images

Girl From The North Country, a musical using the songs of Bob Dylan, made its move to Broadway in 2020, three years after originating at London's Old Vic.

However, its first show was staged on March 5, 2020, and was closed just one week later.

The show will return on October 13 to the Belasco Theatre.

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