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Broadway Reopens: Shows to Watch This Fall

Do you miss seeing the opening night of your favorite Broadway show? Are your friends ready to meet before a show for drinks and dinner, before heading to the theatre? Maybe your family has a yearly Christmas tradition of catching a show together as the holidays approach. 

For roughly the last year and a half, the opportunities to catch a Broadway show have been non-existent. The lights on Broadway were dark for far too long. Thankfully, the time has now arrived for Broadway to reopen! 

Please remember that attending a Broadway show during a pandemic will be different than your regular theatre routine before. Currently, all 41 Broadway theatres are requiring all staff and show attendees to be fully vaccinated to attend any performances. Proof of vaccination is required along with a ticket. Masks will also be required in certain areas of the theatre. 

Several shows are reopening this fall and they should definitely be on your to-do list.

Waitress

Waitress Scene
Photo: Jeremy Daniel via Waitress

This sweet tale stars Sara Bareilles and features her outstanding musical performances. Sara plays Jenna, a waitress and pie maker. Jenna lives in a small town and is unhappy with her marriage. The main character discovers a way to escape when a neighboring county hosts a pie baking contest. Jenna finds strength and courage to go after her dreams in this beautifully written tale.

Hadestown

Hadestown
Photo: Hadestown

This Tony Award-winning musical is back on the stage! Hadestown combines two tales, one of Orpheus and Eurydice, as well as King Hades and Persephone. The musical features a trip to the underworld, intertwined with a tale of love and fate. The majority of the original principal cast has returned for this season. 

Wicked

Elphaba vs Glinda
Photo: Wicked

You already know the story of Dorothy and the Land of Oz. You may not know the tale of Wicked! Wicked focuses on two witches, Galinda and Elphaba. Galinda will later be called, Glenda the Good Witch and Elphaba will be The Wicked Witch of the West. Wicked is one of the highest-grossing Broadway shows of all time. 

The Lion King

The Lion King
Photo: The Lion King

The Lion King is Broadway’s third longest-running show. It originally debuted in 1997 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and continues to impress show attendees of all ages. The show generally parallels the film, with some added scenes and changes. Since the characters are animals, actors wear special costumes with added tools to portray Simba, Rafiki, Scar, and the rest of the crew. 

Tickets can be purchased online and at each theatre’s box office. Be sure to order in advance to be sure you get the date and time that you prefer. Many shows offer an early show on the weekends. If your group consists of 10 or more, be sure to call the box office for special seating for your entire party. 

Before you decide on the first show that you want to catch, be sure to read up on the current policy for vaccination and mask protocol for all Broadway shows here.

Kristi Hill is a freelance writer who loves to travel, cook and watch college football. When she isn’t writing, she’s usually listening to classic rock and spending time with her dog, Chico.

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