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22 Broadway shows you can buy tickets for right now

Including 'Mrs. Doubtfire,' 'Chicago,' 'Hamilton' and 'Come From Away.'

By Adam Feldman and Anna Rahmanan
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In what is likely the biggest signal towards a return to semi-normalcy, Broadway will officially welcome spectators back inside of theaters starting September 14. Although that's still a few months away, productions are already back at work and have announced official return dates—which means that tickets to some of the performances are actually already available for purchase.

Below, we highlight the seven productions that are already on sale but we've got some news about a few others: the much-anticipated revival of The Music Man—this one starring Broadway darlings Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster—is gearing up for performances starting December 20 but has yet to announce an official ticket sale date. The Minutes, a play by Trace Letts, has already made public its opening date (March 15, 2022) but there is no word yet on when tickets to the show will be made available.

Without further ado, here are the Broadway shows you can already buy tickets for.

Broadway shows you can buy tickets for already

Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations
Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations
Photograph: Matthew Murphy

Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of the Temptations

Theater Musicals Imperial Theatre, Midtown West Open run

The Temptations are hard to resist. No matter how much you may chafe at the clunky machinery of Broadway’s latest jukebox biomusical, Ain’t Too Proud, the hits just keep coming, distracting your critical faculties with zaps of R&B greatness. And when the show is at full power—when its lavishly gifted stars are lined up for duty in natty matching suits, moving and singing in synch through songs like “My Girl,” “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg”—the gleam of well-polished nostalgia is strong.—Adam Feldman

 

Aladdin
Aladdin
Photograph: Cylla von Tiedemann

Aladdin

Disney unveils its latest cartoon-to-musical project: the tale of a boy, an uncorked spirit and an aerodynamic rug. Composer Alan Menken adds new tunes to the 1992 original soundtrack, and Chad Beguelin provides a fresh book. Reputed highlights include James Monroe Iglehart's bouncy Genie and the flying-carpet F/X.—Adam Feldman

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American Utopia
American Utopia
Photograph: Courtesy Catalina Kulczar

American Utopia

Returning to Broadway on September 17, this musical was inspired by David Byrne's eponymous 10th studio album, which was released back in 2018. So good is the show that Spike Lee adapted it for the small screen, where it premiered on HBO back in 2020. 

Chicago
Chicago
Photograph: Jeremy Daniel

Chicago

4 out of 5 stars
Theater Musicals Ambassador Theatre, Midtown West Open run

This John Kander–Fred Ebb–Bob Fosse favorite, revived by director Walter Bobbie and choreographer Ann Reinking, tells the saga of chorus girl Roxie Hart, who murders her lover and, with the help of a huckster lawyer, becomes a vaudeville sensation. The cast frequently features guest celebrities in short stints.—Adam Feldman

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Come From Away
Come From Away
Photograph: Matthew Murphy

Come from Away

4 out of 5 stars
Theater Musicals Open run

Irene Sankoff and David Hein’s swelling heart of a musical tells a true story from the aftermath of 9/11, when 38 flights were forced to land in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland. Under Christopher Ashley’s fluid direction, 12 versatile actors play dozens of roles. The show makes a persuasive case for the value of good intentions; for this kind of uplift you don’t need planes.—Adam Feldman

Company
Company
Photograph: Courtesy Ahmed Klink

Company

Full disclosure: tickets for this Stephen Sondheim music revival are actually going on sale tonight at midnight, so be on high alert. Previews are set to kick off on December 20 while the actual show will open on January 9 of next year. Trust us when we say you'll want to grab a seat to this one ASAP.

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Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Dear Evan Hansen

5 out of 5 stars
Theater Musicals Music Box Theatre, Midtown West Open run

A high school student is thrust into social relevance after a classmate's suicide this captivating original musical. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's score combines well-crafted lyrics with an exciting pop sound, and Steven Levenson’s book gives all the characters shaded motives.—Adam Feldman

Diana: A True Musical Story
Diana: A True Musical Story
Photograph: Courtesy Little Fang

Diana: A True Musical Story

New Yorkers were treated to a mere nine preview performances of the musical about the late Princess of Wales back in March of 2020. Alas, we can finally purchase tickets to the musical, which will return to the stage on December 1 and officially open on December 16, once more. A quick note: a filmed version of the performance was shot during the pandemic and will drop on Netflix on October 1.

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GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
Photograph: Courtesy Matthew Murphy

Girl from the North Country

Theater Musicals Belasco Theatre, Midtown West Open run

Playwright-director Conor McPherson weaves 20 songs by Bob Dylan into this adumbral evocation of America during the Great Depression. The songs exist in dramatic brackets; when the excellent actors sing, they usually leave the action of the play and face out to the audience. McPherson uses Dylan’s tunes as atmosphere in the broadest sense: They are the air the characters breathe.—Adam Feldman

Hadestown (Broadway)
Hadestown (Broadway)
Photograph: Courtesy Matthew Murphy

Hadestown

Theater Musicals Walter Kerr Theatre, Midtown West Open run

The show is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice: Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy goes to the land of the dead in hopes of retrieving girl, boy loses girl again. “It’s an old song,” sings our narrator, the messenger god Hermes (André De Shields, a master of arch razzle-dazzle). “And we’re gonna sing it again.” But it’s the newness of Mitchell’s musical account—and Rachel Chavkin’s gracefully dynamic staging—that bring this old story to quivering life.—Adam Feldman

 

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Hamilton
Hamilton
Photograph: Joan Marcus

Hamilton

Do you really need us to explain to you what Hamilton is? If there's anything the long-lasting Broadway shutdown has taught us it is that now is the right time to catch the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It's coming back on September 14. 

Jagged Little Pill
Jagged Little Pill
Photograph: Courtesy Matthew Murphy

Jagged Little Pill

3 out of 5 stars
Theater Musicals Broadhurst Theatre, Midtown West Open run

The jukebox-musical train powers forward on the proven tracks of Alanis Morissette's 1995 album in a show adapted by Diablo Cody (Juno) and directed by Diane Paulus (Pippin). As it traces the fault lines in a suburban family, the musical wants to heal us of multiple social ailments at once—rape culture, opioid addiction, racial microaggression, queer marginalization—and at a certain point, it starts to feel like several after-school specials crammed together. But it has moments of exciting stagecraft and performance.—Adam Feldman

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The Lion King
The Lion King
Photograph: Courtesy Joan Marcus

The Lion King

One of the earliest show to make its Broadway comeback, The Lion King will take the stage once more on September 14. Based on the 1994 animated film, the show first debuted at the New Amsterdam Theatre in New York in 1997 and has been running ever since. Clearly, you need to catch it if you haven't already.

Ephraim Sykes as Benjamin Coffin III in Rent
Ephraim Sykes as Benjamin Coffin III in Rent
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

MJ

Theater Musicals Neil Simon Theatre, Midtown West Open run

Is Broadway ready to embrace a biographical musical portrait of Michael Jackson in the early 1990s, when the King of Pop was on his Dangerous world tour? The producers of MJ are hoping so. Created with the cooperation of Jackson's estate, the show will feature many songs by the late star's extensive catalog, with a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined) and direction and choreography by Christopher Wheeldon (An American in Paris). Empraim Sykes, a breakout star for his Tony-nominated turn as David Ruffin in Ain't Too Proud, plays the title role.

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Moulin Rouge, Broadway 2019
Moulin Rouge, Broadway 2019
Photograph: Matthew Murphy

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

4 out of 5 stars
Theater Musicals Al Hirschfeld Theatre, Hell's Kitchen Open run

Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit play lovers caught in a bad romance in this gorgeous, gaudy, spectacularly overstuffed  adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 movie. Directed with opulent showmanship by Alex Timbers and drawing music from more than 75 pop hits, this jukebox megamix may be costume jewelry, but its shine is dazzling.—Adam Feldman

Rob McClure in Mrs. Doubtfire
Rob McClure in Mrs. Doubtfire
Photograph: Courtesy Matthew Murphy

Mrs. Doubtfire

Theater Musicals Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Midtown West Open run

Broadway's love affair with men in drag continues with this musical adaptation of the 1993 movie about a divorced dad turned cross-dressed Scottish housekeeper. Adapted by Something Rotten!'s John O'Farrell and Karey and Wayne Kirkpatrick, the show is directed by musical-comedy ace Jerry Zaks (Hello, Dolly!). Rob McClure, most recently seen in Beetlejuice, fills Robin Williams's sensible shoes in the title role, joined by Jenn Gambatese, Brad Oscar and Mark Evans.

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Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman
Photograph: Courtesy of the artist

The Music Man

Theater Musicals Winter Garden Theatre, Midtown West Open run

Break out the trombones! Hugh Jackman returns to Broadway in a revival of Meredith Willson's beloved 1957 musical about a wily con man who stirs up "Trouble" in small-town Iowa but meets his match at the local library. Producer Scott Rudin has given him the most deluxe berth imaginable; Sutton Foster is his leading lady, and the extremely tony supporting cast includes Tony winners Jayne Houdyshell, Jefferson Mays, Marie Mullen and Shuler Hensley. The production reassembles nearly thE entire creative team of the Bette Midler Hello, Dolly!, including director Jerry Zaks, choreographer Warren Carlyle and set and costume designer Santo Loquasto; EGOT winner Jonathan Tunick provides the orchestrations. 

The Phantom of the Opera

3 out of 5 stars
Theater Musicals Majestic Theatre, Midtown West Open run

More than three decades into its Broadway run, Andrew Lloyd Webber's horror-romance musical continues to draw tourists into its candlelit lair.While the epic synth-rock chords of the title song may ground Phantom in the 1980s, the show’s Puccini-inflected airs are far grander than most of what one hears elsewhere on Broadway, and Hal Prince's production remains a marvel of sumptuous surfaces.—Adam Feldman

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The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
Photograph: Courtesy Jeremy Daniel

The Play That Goes Wrong

Theater Comedy New World Stages, Hell's Kitchen Open run

Ah, the joy of watching theater fail. The looming possibility of malfunction is part of what makes live performance exciting, and disasters remind us of that; the rite requires sacrifice. There is more than schadenfreude involved when we giggle at, say, a YouTube video of a high-school Peter Pan crashing haplessly into the scenery. There is also sympathy—there but for the grace of deus ex machina go we all—and, often, a respect for the efforts of the actors to somehow muddle through. The Play That Goes Wrong takes this experience to farcical extremes—and you're going to want to witness it.—Adam Feldman

The cast of Six
The cast of Six
Photograph: Courtesy Liz Lauren

Six

Theater Musicals Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Midtown West Open run

The six wives of Henry VIII—two Catherines, a Katherine, two Annes and the Jane Seymour who didn't star in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman—sing their grievances in a new musical that takes the form of a modern pop concert. Conceived in 2017 by a pair of students at Cambridge University, Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, the show moved quickly to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and then to the West End. The Broadway version is directed by Moss and Jamie Armitage.

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Springsteen on Broadway
Springsteen on Broadway
Photograph: Courtesy Rob DeMartin

Springsteen on Broadway

Theater Musicals St. James Theatre, Midtown West

Dressed in simple black with no band, Springsteem performs what amounts to a two-hour solo musical about himself, a rock-star cabaret act. It’s an intimate show and a generous one, not just to past friends and collaborators but also to the audience, inviting us on a cross-country journey that is now less about the gunning of his engines than the steadiness of his drive. —Adam Feldman

Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner in Tina—The Tina Turner Musical
Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner in Tina—The Tina Turner Musical
Photograph: Courtesy Manuel Harlan

Tina—The Tina Turner Musical

3 out of 5 stars
Theater Musicals Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Midtown West Open run

This jukebox biomusical follows Tina Turner from her early years through her self-reinvention as a solo star in the 1980s. The show is corny and broad, but as the rock & roll icon at the center of the show, Adrienne Warren overcomes the mediocrity around her to deliver a performance of superhuman stamina and skill.—Adam Feldman

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