Broadway has finally reopened with blockbuster musicals
After 18 months of waiting, Broadway has at last reopened its doors for the public and musicals are now back on stage. This includes hits such as The Lion King, Hamilton, Wicked and Chicago.
A brand new musical, called Lackawanna Blues, is also joining the group now that it has had its first preview. Written, performed and directed by Santiago-Hudson, the show is expected to have its opening night on 28thSeptember.
Lackawanna Blues is set in a 1950s boarding house outside of Buffalo. The show features original music by Bill Sims Jr., performed on stage by Junior Mack, who is a Grammy nominated blues guitarist.
Now that Broadway has opened again, audiences are all expected to be fully vaccinated and masked in order to be seated for the shows. It has been a long time since the beginning of the shutdown, but now that the shows are running, there are strict health and safety measures for the public.
The Broadway League launched This is Broadway, a historic initiative to welcome back the theatre lovers to Times Square after the industry’s shutdown. This is Broadway is a comeback campaign to celebrate the international art form.
Before the performance of Hamilton began on Tuesday night 14th September, Lin-Manuel Miranda made a surprise appearance on stage and welcomed the audience back.
The Lion King cast were also joined by MTA officials and the head of the Broadway League outside the Times Square to encourage the public to take transportation to Broadway.
The first Broadway shows to resume production were Springsteen on Broadway, Pass Over, Hadestown and Waitress. Now that The Lion King, Hamilton, Wicked and Chicago have opened their doors as well, more will continue to follow throughout September.
A show called Six will preview on 17th September, with its opening night on 3rd October.
American Utopia will open on 17th September.
Come From Away will return on 21st September.
Chicken & Biscuits debuts on 23rd September.
Moulin Rouge and Is This A Room both return on 24th September.
The Lehman Trilogy is back on 25th Septmeber.
Aladdin is the final show reopening this month, which will be on 28th September.
With more shows to open from October onwards, there is no doubt that theatre is back in business and hopefully continues to stay that way. Do not forget to stay updated on the new musicals that are set to debut soon!