Broadway shows to see in 2022

Check out all the must-see Broadway shows opening in 2022.

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With 2022 quickly approaching, it's time to start planning next year's theatre outings, and there's certainly no shortage of shows to see in 2022. Some productions meant to open in spring 2020 are finally having their debuts two years later, and these shows are complemented by all-new productions of both classic and contemporary works. Many shows feature star-studded casts, with some famous actors making their Broadway debuts and others making long-awaited returns to the New York stage.

Here are all of the Broadway productions that have been announced for 2022 so far, in order of when performances begin. And don't forget, there are plenty more shows that opened or reopened in 2021 — it's not too late to check out a hit Broadway show from this fall!

Paradise Square

Paradise Square transports audiences downtown to the historic 20-block neighborhood of Five Points in New York. In 1863, the area boasted thriving communities of Irish immigrants and free Black people that lived in harmony, and they came together to drink, dance, and mingle at the titular saloon in the neighboorhood's center. Soon, however, the Civil War brings the first-ever draft, and riots ensue as Irishmen are called to enlist while Black people were prevented from serving, threatening to polarize the two groups. Paradise Square starts performances on February 22, 2022.

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Plaza Suite

Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick will take the Broadway stage together for the first time since the 1990s in Plaza Suite. The real-life couple plays three couples in Neil Simon's farce: a long-married pair on the outs, high school sweethearts in it for the long haul, and parents trying to coax their nervous daughter out of the bathroom on her wedding day. All three couples occupy Suite 719 of New York's Plaza Hotel at different points in time. The first Broadway revival of Plaza Suite was set to play the Hudson Theatre in spring 2020, but the show now begins performances February 25, 2022.

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Mr. Saturday Night

Billy Crystal starred in (and made his directorial debut) with the 1992 film of the same name, and now, he's returning to star as Buddy in the new musical adaptation. Buddy is a comedian who estranged his friends and family as he came down from the peak of his fame. Now 40 years past that peak, he has one more shot at stardom, and he hopes to fix his relationships with his loved ones if he gets it. The musical also features the film's original cast member David Paymer as Buddy's brother Stan Yankelman, and the film's screenwriters — Crystal, Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel — have written the musical's book alongside composer Jason Robert Brown and lyricist Amanda Green. Mr. Saturday Night begins performances March 1 at the Nederlander Theatre.

Mr. Saturday Night tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

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Ntozake Shange’s seminal work will be revived on Broadway in 2022, with performances beginning March 4 at the Booth Theatrefor colored girls is a "choreopoem," a theatrical work that combines poetry, song, music, and dance to tell a story. Shange's choreopoem follows seven women of color who share their experiences navigating an oppressive world of sexism and racism. for colored girls has played The Public Theater twice — once for the 1976 world premiere and later in the Public's 2019-2020 season — and on Broadway once before at the Booth Theatre. The show ran there for almost two years and became only the second-ever work by a Black woman to play on Broadway.

for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

Take Me Out

Richard Greenberg's play Take Me Out is back on the Broadway roster 20 years after its 2002 premiere with a star-studded cast including Jesse Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Patrick J. Adams. Set mostly in a professional baseball team's locker room, the play follows fictional major leaguer Darren Lemming, who comes out as gay to the public. Reactions from fans are mixed, but worse are the reactions from his fellow teammates, whose deep-rooted homophobia and racism come to light, as Lemming is also an athlete of color. The play won three Tony Awards in 2003 including Best Play, and  the new revival, beginning performances March 9 at the Hayes Theater, is poised to be a grand-slam hit.

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Birthday Candles

Debra Messing stars as Ernestine Ashworth in the New York premiere of Noah Haidle's play Birthday Candles. As she bakes a birthday cake for herself, the same way her mother taught her, Ernestine wonders what makes life worth living. The play follows her from her 17th birthday to her 101st, during which time she bakes a singular cake and grows from a rebellious young girl into an adult with the calm, family-oriented lifestyle she once rejected. Fellow TV stars Enrico Colantoni and Andre Braugher star alongside Messing in Birthday Candles, beginning performances at the American Airlines Theatre on March 18. 

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American Buffalo

Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet's first play, American Buffalo, is having its third Broadway revival at the Circle in the Square Theatre from March 22. Donny, a Chicago junk shop owner, sells a buffalo nickel for $90, only to realize later it's valued much higher. With the help of Bobby and Teach, Donny's young employee and poker-playing friend, Donny schemes to get the nickel back. The play remains ever-timely as an exploration of greed and to what extremes people will go to make a fortune in America. The all-star cast of the revival includes Tony Award winner Laurence Fishburne, Oscar winner Sam Rockwell, and Golden Globe winner Darren Criss.

American Buffalo tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

Funny Girl

Don't rain on Beanie Feldstein's parade! The Booksmart and Lady Bird actress will star in the first Broadway revival of Funny Girl alongside an all-star cast that includes Jane Lynch and Ramin Karimloo. The musical is based on real-life Ziegfeld Follies star Fanny Brice, who ascended to fame while sparking a tumultuous romance with gambler Nick Arnstein. By giving her love to him, Fanny takes many risky chances of her own. Funny Girl will begin performances March 26, filling the August Wilson Theatre with the music that makes you dance.

Funny Girl tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

Macbeth

Something wicked this way comes to the Lyceum Theatre. Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga portray the deadly Shakespearean duo in the newest production of Shakespeare's tragedy. Inspired by three witches' prophecy and driven by an obsession with power, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth ascend the ranks of the Scottish throne. They commit horrific acts to achieve their success and must deal with the crushing guilt. Macbeth will play a 15-week engagement beginning March 29.

Macbeth tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

The Skin of Our Teeth

Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning play will have its first Broadway revival since 1975 at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, courtesy of Lincoln Center Theater. The Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey persists through an Ice Age, a war, and a Biblical flood in this comedic-dramatic allegory for the life of humankind. LCT Resident Director Lileana Blain-Cruz helms The Skin of Our Teeth, which begins performances March 31. The production coincides with Wilder's would-be 125th birthday on April 17.

The Skin of Our Teeth tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

Beetlejuice

Someone must have said his name three times, because Beetlejuice is coming back to the Broadway stage. Adapted from Tim Burton's hit film, the Beetlejuice musical sees the titular ghost, a newly deceased couple, and a teenage goth girl, Lydia, strike up an unlikely friendship. While teaching the couple how to be dead, Beetlejuice cooks up a scheme to get Lydia to bring him back to life. The Tony-nominated musical's first Broadway run at the Winter Garden Theatre ended prematurely due to the pandemic, but now Beetlejuice is being resurrected at the Marriott Marquis Theatre from April 8.

Beetlejuice tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

Between Riverside and Crazy

Stephen Adly Guirgis's play Between Riverside and Crazy will make its Broadway premiere in fall 2022 at the Hayes Theater, with dates and casting to be announced. Walter "Pops" Washington and his paroled son Junior struggles to stay in one of the last rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive. Junior's girlfriend Lulu and his ex-con friend Oswaldo also spend time there, and their presence as undesirable occupants gives the landlord motive to evict them. The future of their tenancy collides with the rehashing of past troubles. The play first premiered off Broadway in 2015 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Between Riverside and Crazy tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

1776

The 1969 musical 1776, which won three Tony Awards including Best Musical upon its premiere, is set to have a second Broadway revival at the American Airlines Theatre. The American Revolution-era tale, which chronicles the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, will be in good company on Broadway this time with Hamilton at the nearby Richard Rodgers Theatre. The musical is set to play at Boston's American Repertory Theater from May to July 2022 before transferring to Broadway in the fall.

1776 tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

The Piano Lesson

Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, and Danielle Brooks are set to star in the 2022 Broadway revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson, with dates and a venue to be confirmed. The play is set in the 1930s during the Great Depression, when the brother and a sister in a Pennsylvania family are torn over what to do with their piano, a family heirloom. The brother insists on selling it to buy the land where his ancestors worked as slaves, but the sister wants to keep it because those very ancestors' faces are carved into the piano. The Piano Lesson recieved the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for the Best Play Tony Award that same year.

The Piano Lesson tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Melvin Van Peebles's musical was groundbreaking when it first premiered on Broadway in 1971, taking an unflinching look at the negative aspects of the Black American experience. The show consists of 19 musical monologues that incorporate hip hop, spoken word, jazz, and blues and discuss African American street life. Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death's form later influenced choreopoem, spoken word, and rap music as forms of storytelling, and the show premiered at a time when the Black presence on Broadway was growing. Now, more than 50 years later and amid a new racial reckoning, the show will play Broadway once more. Exact dates, casting, and a venue have yet to be confirmed.

Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

Pal Joey

Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart's classic musical is returning to Broadway with a fresh update. The central plot remains the same: Nightclub performer Joey Evans dreams of owning his own nightclub, and he lies and schemes to impress a rich socialite that makes his dreams a reality. It's only so long, however, before people begin to see through his ruse. However, Richard LaGravenese has updated John O'Hara's original book, and the score now includes more of Rodgers and Hart's hit songs that weren't originally in the musical, like “The Lady is a Tramp” and "My Heart Stood Still." The musical is slated to open in the 2022-2023 season, with dates, casting, and a venue to be confirmed.

Pal Joey tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.

Come Fall in Love - The DDLJ Musical

The Indian film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, known globally as Come Fall in Love, is the longest-running film in Indian cinema history and is now a Broadway-bound musical. The show is making its world premiere at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego before coming to Broadway during the 2022-2023 season; dates, casting, and a venue are to be announced. Come Fall in Love centers on an Indian American woman named Simran whose parents have arranged for her to marry a man back in India that she's never met. She goes to Europe for a summer before being married off. There she falls in love with a man named Rog, and she has to convince her family to let her follow her heart.

Come Fall in Love - The DDLJ Musical tickets will be available on New York Theatre Guide soon.