Broadway shows with Monday performances, Sunday evening shows, and weekday matinees
Find out which Broadway musicals and plays you can see on Mondays, Thursday afternoons, or Sunday evenings, when shows do not typically play.
It seems like the bright lights of Broadway never go dim, but every show and its company needs time off. Most Broadway shows have Mondays off, but not all. If you're in New York for a long weekend and want to catch a Monday show, or just need a cure for the Monday blues after a long day, all is not lost. Certain shows' schedules differ from the Broadway norm, so there's theatre available to check out every night of the week.
And it's not just nights: Some shows also add matinees on Thursdays, so if your long-weekend trip starts before the actual weekend, you can see a Broadway musical or play first thing when you arrive. And if your weekend schedule is packed, never fear: most shows offer two performances on Saturdays, and a few offer two on Sundays, too. There's plenty of flexibility so you can fit in a show no matter what your schedule is.
Read below for all the Broadway shows with atypical performance schedules, so you know what's available at off-times. This article will be continually updated as new shows open, and if currently-running shows change their regular weekly schedules. You can also visit each show's individual page for an up-to-date weekly calendar, which reflects all one-time changes.
What is the typical performance schedule for a Broadway show?
Most Broadway shows perform six days a week, with eight performances total per week. Typically, Broadway shows have performances Tuesday through Sunday, with no performances on Monday. There are usually two performances — a matinee and an evening show — on Wednesday and Saturday. There is one performance on the remaining four days, usually a matinee on Sunday and evening performances on the weekdays.
However, some shows' schedules vary: Certain shows have two performances on Sunday instead of Wednesday, for example, or they take off a day of the week other than Monday. Below are shows with atypical performance schedules that can help you plan your trip to the theatre for a long weekend or otherwise.
Shows with Monday performances
Most shows are dark on Mondays, but a few are in performances. If you're spending a long weekend in the city and want to see a Monday show, or simply want to beat the Monday blues after a long day, here are the Broadway shows that perform on Mondays.
Chicago has Monday evening performances at 7 p.m. Instead of Mondays, the show is dark on Wednesdays.
Hangmen has Monday evening performances at 8 p.m. beginning April 25; the performances are at 7 p.m. on April 11 and 18. Instead of Mondays, the show does not perform on Sundays.
The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera has Monday evening performances at 8 p.m. Instead of Mondays, the show is dark on Tuesdays.
POTUS has Monday evening performances on April 18 and 25; the show will not perform on the preceding Sundays. After the week of April 25, POTUS will revert to a normal Broadway schedule, with performances Tuesday through Sunday and no performances on Monday.
Six has Monday evening performances at 8 p.m. Instead of Mondays, the show is dark on Wednesdays.
Shows with Sunday evening performances
Most Broadway shows have one performance on a Sunday, and it's usually a matinee. Some shows differ from this schedule, however, either adding a second performance on Sunday evening, or playing an evening performance in lieu of a matinee. Many Sunday evening performances are earlier than weekday evening performances, which accommodates visitors who need to travel after the show. Below are the shows with Sunday evening performances.
Aladdin has a 1 p.m. matinee and a 6:30 p.m. evening performance on Sundays. The show runs 2 and a half hours long.
The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon has a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m. The show runs 2 and a half hours long.
Chicago has a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m. The evening performance is closer to a typical evening start time; most Broadway evening shows begin at 7 or 8 p.m.
Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen has a 1 p.m. matinee and a 6:30 p.m. evening performance on Sundays. The show runs 2 and a half hours long.
The Lion King
The Lion King has a 1 p.m. matinee and a 6:30 p.m. evening performance on Sundays. The show runs 2 and a half hours long.
The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera has one Sunday performance at 5 p.m. This is later than a typical matinee performance but earlier than a usual evening performance.
Six has a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m. and a 6 p.m. evening performance. This show is 80 minutes long, so even the evening performance gets out early enough for visitors to travel in the early evening.
Wicked has has a matinee at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 7 p.m. most weeks. Certain weeks, there is only a 3 p.m. Sunday performance, and a matinee is added on Wednesdays during those weeks. Check the Wicked page linked below for the most up-to-date performance schedule each week.
Shows with Thursday matinee performances
Most shows only have a weekday matinee on Wednesdays, but if you're coming to New York for a long weekend, you might look to see a matinee later in the week at the start of your trip. Only one show currently has Thursday matinees scheduled, but this article will be updated if other shows' regular schedules add Thursday matinees.
The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera has a Thursday matinee at 2 p.m. in addition to the 8 p.m. evening performance. The Phantom of the Opera is the only Broadway show that currently has a Thursday matinee performance.