After a year and a half since the COVID-19 health crisis abruptly closed down New York City’s thriving theatrical sector, Broadway performances are slowly beginning to open their doors to the public once more. The return of Broadway signals the arrival of normalcy to the city that was hard-hit by the pandemic.
The first to return was the Sara Bareilles-led Waitress, which premiered on September 2 to a rapturous response from the audience and critics. A tribute was also paid to former cast member Nick Cordero, who passed away in July after enduring symptoms from the COVID-19.
Following that will be Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash hit Hamilton, the long-running Disney musical The Lion King, as well as Broadway mainstays Wicked and Chicago.
All performances are being held for fully vaccinated audiences, and masks are necessary for all attendees.
“When you think of New York City…it’s the capital of arts and culture,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said, according to a local news outlet. “People love Broadway. When Broadway is up and running, it says so much about New York City. And tonight, a lot of Broadway is coming back… You can feel the life of the city coming back.”
In the meantime, Six, a musical that was still in previews when it was forced to close, will resume performances on September 17 before opening its official doors on October 3.
Another returning musical is the Tony-winning Come from Away, which recounts a touching story set against the backdrop of the 9/11 attacks.
Royal fans will also get the opportunity to see the Princess Diana musical, suitably titled Diana, when it launches later this season on November 17.
See here for a list of every Broadway production that will be debuting this month.
Chicago: September 14, 2021
Hamilton: September 14, 2021
The Lion King: September 14, 2021
Wicked: September 14, 2021
American Utopia: September 17, 2021
Come from Away: September 21, 2021
Moulin Rouge! The Musical: September 24, 2021
Aladdin: September 28, 2021
Lackawanna Blues: September 28, 2021