Broadway shows are expected to return?
of Broadway: February 2021
scoop on the Tony Awards, which shows are expected to re-open, which shows are
not returning, and more!
It's no secret that the state of
the world has had a major impact on the theatre industry over the past year.
Broadway, which usually brings in $14 billion to New York City's yearly
revenue, has been shuttered since last March, leaving the futures of many
artists and shows in limbo. While many of those productions move forward with
plans to reopen when Broadway officially returns, some have already announced
that they will not open again.
We've rounded up all of the latest news on the current state of
Broadway for February 2021:
is the latest on the Tony Awards?
As BroadwayWorld reported last week, the
much-delayed Tony Awards (originally set to take place last June) will go on...
eventually. The Broadway League and the American Theater Wing revealed that
the delayed Tony Awards ceremony will be scheduled in
coordination with the reopening of Broadway, and that the voting will take
place from March 1 to March 15.
Around 784 voters will be able to cast their votes for the
season that began in April 2019 and ended, prematurely, in February 2020.
Broadway theaters had been shut down mid-March due to the pandemic, but Tony
administrators decided that only shows which opened by Feb. 19 would be
eligible for awards because not enough voters had seen the shows that opened
Broadway shows are not coming back?
The latest closing announcement came last month with Mean Girls,
which will not reopen as a result of the continued shut down. The production's
final performance was Wednesday evening March 11, 2020, having played 805
performances and 29 previews in a record-setting run at the August
Wilson Theatre. The show joined other previously announced closures,
including Frozen, as well as Hangmen and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf-
both of which never officially opened.
A Soldier's Play, Beetlejuice and The Inheritance have also
played their final performances, as all three had previously announced closing
dates for late Spring 2020.
Broadway shows are expected to return?
Roundabout Theatre Company still plans to open Jeanine
Tesori and Tony Kushner's Caroline, Or Change at Studio
54, As well as Alice Childress's Trouble in the Mind, directed
by Charles Randolph-Wright, at the American Airlines Theatre.
Coming to Broadway in Spring 2022 will be 1776, directed by Jeffrey L.
Page and Diane Paulus. Plans for Noah Haidle's
Birthday Candles, starring Debra Messing, are still to be
In the winter of 2022, Manhattan Theatre Club will present the
Broadway premiere of Skeleton Crew, written by Tony Award nominee Dominique
Morisseau and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben
Santiago-Hudson at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
MTC's planned 2021-2022 season also includes the Broadway premiere of
Lackawanna Blues, written, performed, and directed by Ruben
Santiago-Hudson with original music by Bill Sims Jr.
in Fall 2021 and the Broadway premiere of the Pulitzer Prize-winning How I
Learned to Drive, written by Paula Vogel and directed by Mark
Brokaw in Spring 2022 at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.
Lincoln Center Theater has also announced that
the new musical Flying Over Sunset will open at the Vivian Beaumont Theater in
the fall of 2021.
David Byrne's American Utopia plans to return to
Broadway on September 17, 2021.
Tracy Letts' The Minutes has been rescheduled to open
on March 15, 2022.
As of June 2020, The Lehman Trilogy was still hoping to open on
Broadway, but in a different theatre.
As of August 2020, Sing Street will now begin performances
between Winter 2021 and 2022 at a Shubert theater to be announced.
As of October 2020, the premiere of MJ The Musical has been
postponed until Fall 2021.
The Music Man has announced that previews will begin December
20, 2021 and will open on February 10, 2022.
Tickets are on sale for Jagged Little Pill starting June 1,
Tickets are on sale for Mrs. Doubtfire starting June 1, 2021.
Many shows are expected to return, but have not yet made
official announcements, including: Ain't Too Proud, Aladdin, The Book of
Mormon, Chicago, Come From Away, Company, Dear Evan Hansen, Diana, Girl from
the North Country, Hadestown, Hamilton, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, The
Lion King, Moulin Rouge!, The Phantom of the Opera, Plaza Suite, Six, Take Me
Out, Tina, To Kill a Mockingbird, West Side Story, and Wicked.
Broadway theatres are vacant?
August Wilson Theatre
(former home of Mean Girls)
Barrymore Theatre (former home of The Inheritance)
Booth Theatre (former home of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?)
Cort Theatre (planned renovations)
Golden Theatre (former home of Hangmen)
Lyceum Theatre (former home of Sing Street)
Nederlander Theatre (former home of The Lehman Trilogy)
Palace Theatre (planned renovations)
St. James Theatre (former home of Frozen)