Broadway: What's Closed, Canceled or Rescheduled?
By RAVEN SNOOK
Thursday, May 13, 2021  •  
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Which shows are reopening when this fall 

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When Broadway theatres shuttered due to the COVID-19 crisis on March 12, 2020, they vowed to reopen in a month. That did not happen. Happily, as of May 5, 2021, Broadway is scheduled to reopen in September 2021. Below is the current status of every production that was already running or set to open on Broadway in spring, summer or fall of 2020.

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Broadway Productions Scheduled to Return

1776 - scheduled for spring 2022 
The Roundabout Theatre Company rescheduled this revival for spring 2022, exact dates to be determined. This musical about the founding of our nation will be directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus and feature an all female-identifying cast at the American Airlines Theatre.

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Ain't Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations - begins performances October 16, 2021 
This bio-musical about the legendary Motown group resumes performances October 16, 2021 at the Imperial Theatre. We're excited its harmonies will resume!

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Aladdin - begins performances September 28, 2021
This Disney family favorite will reopen on September 28, 2021 at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Can't wait to take another a magic carpet ride!

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Birthday Candles - begins performances March 18, 2022
The Roundabout Theatre Company rescheduled Noah Haidle's play about a woman who ages from 17 to 101 for next spring, with previews starting on March 18, 2022 and an official opening of April 10 at the American Airlines Theatre. Debra Messing still stars.

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Caroline, or Change - begins performances October 8, 2021
The Roundabout Theatre Company rescheduled this revival of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori's musical to fall, with previews starting on October 8, 2021 at Studio 54, with an official opening of October 27, 2021. Sharon D. Clarke, who won an Olivier Award in London for her searing turn as the title character, still stars.

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Chicago - begins performances September 14, 2021
Producers announced that this long-running revival of Kander and Ebb's musical will resume performances September 14, 2021 at the Ambassador Theatre. We can't wait to watch its merry murderesses croon and kill again.

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Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes - begins performances November 5, 2021 
Radio City canceled its annual holiday extravaganza for 2020—the first time that's happened since it started in 1933! Happily, the world-famous Rockettes will return alive and kicking on November 5, 2021.

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Come From Away - begins performances September 21, 2021
This uplifting tale of how a small Newfoundland community welcomed stranded strangers on 9/11 will resume performance on September 21, 2021 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. There's also a recording of the stage production in the works to be released on Apple TV that same month! Can't have too much of this good thing.

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Company - begins performances December 20, 2021
This gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim's landmark musical resumes performances December 20, 2021 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, with an official opening of January 9, 2022. Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone, who got us through the early days of the pandemic with her hilarious basement tours, still star.

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David Byrne's American Utopia - begins performances September 17, 2021
David Byrne's acclaimed concert spectacle ended its original Broadway run about a month before the shutdown, but it had been scheduled to return in fall 2020. Producers then announced it would come back on September 17, 2021 at a theatre to be determined. In the meantime, you can watch a movie version directed by Spike Lee on HBO!

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Dear Evan Hansen - begins performances December 11, 2021
Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for best musical, this tale of a high school misfit who accidentally gets everything he ever wanted will return to Broadway's Music Box Theatre on December 11, 2021. We're glad it will continue to be found!

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Diana - begins performances November 2, 2021
Producers announced that Diana would begin previews at the Longacre Theatre on November 2, 2021, with an opening night of November 17, 2021. In addition, a filmed version of the musical, which was shot live on stage in fall 2020, will premiere on Netflix on October 1, 2021. So Royal family fans have two ways to see this history-inspired show, which is directed by Tony winner Christopher Ashley and stars Jeanna de Waal as the title princess, Roe Hartrampf as Prince Charles, Erin Davie as Camilla Parker Bowles and two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye as Queen Elizabeth.

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Flying Over Sunset - November 4, 2021
Lincoln Center Theater's musical about celebrities taking LSD in the '50s will begin previews on November 4, 2021 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, with an official opening night of December 6, 2021. With a book and direction by James Lapine, and songs by Tom Kitt and Michael Korie, the show stars Harry Hadden-Paton as writer Aldous Huxley, Carmen Cusack as playwright and politician Clare Boothe Luce and and Tony Yazbeck as movie star Cary Grant. Far out!

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Hamilton - begins performances September 14, 2021
Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony and Pulitzer Prize winner phenomenon will reopen on September 14, 2021 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre to blow us all away, again.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - scheduled for 2022
As per The New York Times, this Tony-winning epic won't be back until 2022 at the Lyric Theatre as producers consider streamlining the two-part play. We hope it will continue to cast a spell.

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How I Learned to Drive - scheduled for spring 2022
Manhattan Theatre Club announced that the postponed revival of Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive would open in spring 2022 at the company's Broadway house, the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Stars David Morse and Mary-Louise Parker, who are reprising the roles they originated Off Broadway in 1997, remain with the production.

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Jagged Little Pill - begins performances October 21, 2021
This politically charged musical inspired by Alanis Morissette's seminal album of the same name reopens on October 21, 2021 at the the Broadhurst Theatre. Casting has not yet been announced. We're glad it will live to rage again!

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The Lion King - begins performances September 14, 2021 
This Disney juggernaut will come roaring back at the Minskoff Theatre on September 14, 2021. Here's to the circle of life!

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The Minutes - begins performances March 15, 2022
After initially moving the production to spring 2021, the producers rescheduled it again, setting an opening date of March 15, 2022 at a Shubert theatre to be determined. Most of the original cast members of Tracy Letts' caustic small-town comedy, which was in previews when the shutdown hit, have signed on to the new dates, including Tony winner Jessie Mueller. (Armie Hammer withdrew due to personal issues.)

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MJ The Musical - begins performances December 6, 2021
This jukebox musical about the King of Pop will begin previews on December 6, 2021 at the Neil Simon Theatre, with an official opening date of February 1, 2022. Glad it didn't just beat it!

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Moulin Rouge! - begins performances September 24, 2021
A sexy spectacle jam-packed with pop hits, this stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann's movie resumes performances on September 24, 2021 at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. Original cast members Aaron Tveit, Danny Burstein, Sahr Ngaujah, Tam Mutu, Ricky Rojas and Robyn Hurder are set to return, but not Karen Olivo, who quit the show in a viral Instagram Live video because of Broadway's myriad issues, including abusive producers and systemic racism.

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Mrs. Doubtfire - begins performances October 21, 2021
Helloooo! After being shut down during previews in 2020, this musical based on the beloved 1993 Robin Williams comedy is set to resume on October 21, 2021 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, with an official opening date of December 5, 2021. Rob McClure still stars as the cross-dressing dad.

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The Music Man - begins performances December 20, 2021
The producers of this buzzy revival of The Music Man starring Tony winners Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster announced the production was rescheduled for late 2021, with previews beginning on December 20, 2021 and opening night set for February 10, 2022 at the Winter Garden Theatre.

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The Phantom of the Opera - begins performances October 22, 2021
The longest-running Broadway show ever (since 1988!) will resume performances October 22, 2021 at the Majestic Theatre—let the chandelier falling recommence!

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Six - begins performances September 17, 2021
This international musical sensation, which was originally set to open the day Broadway shut down, has scheduled its royal return for Friday, September 17, 2021 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, with an official opening night on Sunday, October 3. Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived indeed!

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Take Me Out - scheduled for spring 2022
Second Stage Theater announced that its revival of Richard Greenberg's Tony-winning baseball play, which was in rehearsals when the pandemic hit, will open at the Helen Hayes Theater in spring 2022, exact date to be determined. No word on casting, but Modern Family's Jesse Tyler Ferguson was originally set to star. 

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Tina: The Tina Turner Musical - begins performances October 8, 2021
This bio-musical about the Queen of Rock 'n' Roll will reopen on October 8, 2021 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Casting has not yet been announced. As the title diva, Tony nominee Adrienne Warren was simply the best. We hope she returns.

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Wicked - begins performances September 14, 2021
This popular musical about the unlikely friendship between Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West will reopen on September 14, 2021 at the Gershwin Theatre. Thank goodness!

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Broadway Productions Presumably Set to Resume

As of this writing, the following shows haven't updated their statuses since the March 12 shutdown. We assume they plan to return, but will update this article as announcements are made.

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American Buffalo
The producers of this David Mamet revival said they hoped to mount the show in spring 2021 at the Circle in the Square Theatre. Now that Broadway isn't reopening until September 2021, we're waiting to hear about new dates. No word on whether Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, and Emmy winners Laurence Fishburne and Darren Criss will stay with the production.

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The Book of Mormon
Trey Parker and Matt Stone's irreverent smash has been packing 'em in since it debuted in 2011. That said, after the murder of George Floyd sparked calls to address systemic racism on Broadway and beyond, Black cast members sent a letter with concerns to the creative team. Reportedly, the writers are tweaking the show. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future.

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Girl from the North Country
A poetic evocation of life during the Great Depression set to Bob Dylan songs, this was the last Broadway production to open before the shutdown. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope to hear its somber tunes once again.

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Hadestown
This 2019 Tony Award winner for best musical turned the underworld into a hot destination. As of now, no definitive announcements have been made about its future, but we hope Orpheus and Eurydice return to the world of the living.

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The Lehman Trilogy
This theatrical epic about the meteoric rise and catastrophic downfall of a financial dynasty was still in previews when the shutdown hit. In June 2020, producers said they were still hoping to bring it back, though probably in a different Broadway house due to a scheduling conflict at the Nederlander Theatre.

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To Kill a Mockingbird
Aaron Sorkin's stage adaptation of Harper Lee's groundbreaking novel about racial injustice is one of the most successful plays in the history of Broadway. However, as per The New York Times, the nasty revelations about lead producer Scott Rudin have put the production in jeopardy. We're waiting to hear whether Atticus Finch will once again hold court.

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Plaza Suite
Producers of this Neil Simon revival starring Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick rescheduled the show for spring 2021 at the Hudson Theatre. Now that Broadway is reopening in fall 2021, we're waiting to hear about new dates. 

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Sing Street
Producers of this musical, which was a transfer from New York Theatre Workshop, announced it will be rescheduled for sometime between the winter of 2021 and 2022. We're glad they plan to keep on singing.

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West Side Story
Ivo van Hove's radical reinvention of West Side Story opened before the shutdown and was playing to sold-out houses. However, as per The New York Times, the nasty revelations about lead producer Scott Rudin have put the production in jeopardy. We're waiting to hear whether it gets to dance again.

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Closed or Canceled Broadway Productions

Beetlejuice
Producers of this musicalization of Tim Burton's dark comedy announced that the show would not resume performances at the Winter Garden Theatre, though they said they were still considering reopening it at another venue. We hope this isn't the final nail in the coffin.

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Frozen
Disney announced that its stage adaptation of its smash movie would not reopen on Broadway. As one of the few family favorites on the Rialto, we're sorry to let it go.

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Hangmen
After a hit run at Atlantic Theater Company, Martin McDonagh's pitch-black comedy about execution and vengeance transferred to Broadway and was scheduled to officially open on March 19, 2020. But it became the first casualty of the COVID-19 crisis, with producers announcing on March 20, 2020 that they didn't "have the economic resources" to reopen post-shutdown.

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Mean Girls
That's so feh. Although this musicalization of Tina Fey's classic comedy was a teen favorite, the producers announced that it would not reopen on Broadway. The good news? It's being turned into a movie musical, details to be determined.

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
The second Broadway show to close due to the COVID-19 crisis, this revival of Edward Albee's classic play starred two-time Tony winner Laurie Metcalf and Rupert Everett. It was scheduled to officially open in April 2020, but on March 21, 2020, producers said scheduling conflicts would prevent the show from resuming post-shutdown.

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Raven Snook is the Editor of TDF Stages. Follow her at @RavenSnook. Follow TDF at @TDFNYC.




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11 Comments:
Jane Solomon said:
Brava to Raven Snook. Loved the last lines.
Posted on 3/28/2020 at 12:11 PM
Leslie Price said:
You didn't mention Plaza Suite which I have tickets for. Company says it will resume but they told me they are refunding my money not rescheduling? Any insight? thanks
Posted on 3/28/2020 at 12:34 PM
Diamond said:
Thanks for this info. What about California suite with Parker- Broderick? Thanks
Posted on 3/28/2020 at 12:40 PM
Raven Editor of TDF Stages said:
Hi Leslie and Diamond, Thanks for pointing out that I forgot Plaza Suite! I've updated the article with the status of that show. And Jane, thanks for the compliment!
Posted on 3/28/2020 at 1:04 PM
Alice Veyvoda said:
Thank you for the news I am an avid theater fan and TDF member and I sooooo appreciate your updates Thank you and please keep it up I will be here-God willing-when the lights go on again
Posted on 3/28/2020 at 8:41 PM
Evy Mayer said:
I just got a call from the Hudson Theater. They are re-scheduling Plaza Suite. I was given the option of a refund or to reschedule. I chose a date in early August.
Posted on 4/4/2020 at 1:08 PM
Susan Kornhauser said:
Thanks for the update. I had a ticket for most shows but I got refunds for them. Plaza Suite and Music Man switched my ticket to next year, which is great. How do I get a ticket for some of the other shows that are rescheduling? I assume that the theater box offices are closed. Or are they open? I love your column. I learn a lot from it.
Posted on 7/3/2020 at 8:20 AM
Manuel Velez said:
As do many of my colleagues, I am eager to see NYC Theatres re-open. Who better than creative influencers involved at all levels of live entertainment to create logistic ideas to safely open theatres with proper process and service, backstage, on stage and FOH.
Posted on 2/10/2021 at 7:08 PM
Tim Brown said:
I just wish that reopening theatres, opera houses and concert halls had been accorded the same sense of urgency that was given to major league and college sports events.
Posted on 4/25/2021 at 11:51 PM
Robert Hall said:
Was wondering what the thinking about a vaccine mandate is. I would feel much more comfortable with one. While I will feel pretty comfortable with Off Broadway productions, given the type of audience they attract, I am not sure a Broadway production pulling in large numbers of tourists who may not be vaccinated would be safe.
Posted on 5/7/2021 at 3:01 PM
Raven Editor of TDF Stages said:
Hi Robert, That's definitely something we're all wondering! There are a lot of details to be worked out over the next four months.
Posted on 5/7/2021 at 4:05 PM
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