Broadway vaccine rules: All the shows in New York that require vaccinations and Covid tests

Find out details on Covid vaccinations and Covid-19 passes to attend Broadway shows.

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While Broadway theatres may be gearing up for reopening shows at full capacity in the coming weeks, going to the theatre won’t be back to normal just yet. In order for the safety of all parties in the theatre, protocols have been put in place to hopefully slow the spread of Covid-19 on Broadway and across New York.

On November 8, the Broadway League and Actors’ Equity announced updated details of their regulations for Broadway shows in 2021. Previously, proof of vaccination and mandatory mask-wearing at all Broadway theatres was required through December 31. Now, these protocols will be in place through at least February 28, 2022 and include new guidance for international visitors and children under 12. Read more about vaccine requirements on Broadway here

What vaccine requirements are needed for Broadway shows?

As of August 17, people attending live indoor performances in New York must show a photo ID and proof of Covid-19 vaccination, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio. Enforcement and inspection began September 13. 

On November 8, the Broadway League issued specific guidance for international visitors now that some travel restrictions have lifted. International visitors must show proof of two doses of any FDA or WHO-approved vaccine. A "mix and match" combination of vaccines — that is, one dose of one available Covid-19 vaccine and another dose of a different Covid-19 vaccine — is acceptable.

The League has also updated its protocols for children under 12 now that vaccines are available to children as young as 5. Children under 12 need only show proof of one dose of any Covid-19 vaccine, or they can present proof of a negative PCR test from within 72 hours of the show or a negative antigen test from within 6 hours of the show. All children under 12 must be accompanied by a fully vaccinated adult.

According to NYC.gov, acceptable forms of vaccination proof include the NYC Covid Safe App, Excelsior Pass, a physical CDC vaccination card or photo of one, or an NYC vaccination record. Those who received a vaccine outside the U.S. must present an official vaccination record that lists the person's full name, date of birth, type of vaccination received, and location and date the vaccine was administered. All vaccines must be approved by the FDA or the WHO.

What protocols will Broadway shows take if someone tests positive?

According to an August 26 report by Broadway News, if a person involved in a Broadway production tests positive for Covid-19, the person or people with the virus will isolate, and the venue will be thoroughly cleaned. Especially if multiple cases arise, contact tracing and sequencing will be employed to determine whether the virus was transmitted in the building and who will have been exposed. Audiences will be notified on a need-to-know basis about necessary precautions depending on where transmission likely occurred. If in-building transmission is deemed likely or understudies are unavailable to fill in for cast or crew members who are out with isolated Covid-19 cases, a show may temporarily go dark.

To help make it easier, we’ve listed all the current vaccine requirements and Covid protocols for Broadway shows and major off-Broadway shows in 2021.

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations is at the Imperial Theatre from October 16. For all performances from October 16 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on Ain’t Too Proud performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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Aladdin

Aladdin is at the New Amsterdam Theatre from September 28. For all performances from September 28 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on Aladdin performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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Caroline, or Change

Caroline, or Change is at Studio 54 from October 7 - January 9. Roundabout Theatre Company is requiring proof of full Covid-19 vaccination with an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine for audiences as well as artists and staff. The venue will require proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test for anyone under the age of 12 and those who are unvaccinated due to a disability or religious belief. 

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Chicago

Chicago is at the Ambassador Theatre from September 14. For all performances from September 14 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on Chicago performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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Clyde's

Clyde’s is at the Hayes Theater from November 3 - January 16. For all performances, all cast, crew, theatre staff, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the theatre.

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Come From Away

Come From Away is at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre from September 21. For all performances from September 21 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on Come From Away performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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Company

Company is at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre from November 15. For all performances from November 15 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the theatre. Details on Covid protocols for Company performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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David Byrne's American Utopia

David Byrne's American Utopia is at St. James Theatre from September 17 - March 6. For all performances from September 17 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on David Byrne’s American Utopia performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen is at the Music Box Theatre from December 11. For all performances from December 11 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the theatre. Covid protocols for Dear Evan Hansen performances from March 1 are to be announced.

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Diana, The Musical

Diana, The Musical is at the Longacre Theatre from November 2. For all performances from November 2 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the theatre. Covid protocols for Diana: The Musical performances from March 1 are to be announced.

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Flying Over Sunset

Flying Over Sunset is at the Vivian Beaumont Theater from November 11 - February 6. For all performances, all cast, crew, theatre staff, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the theatre.

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Freestyle Love Supreme

Freestyle Love Supreme is at the Booth Theatre from October 7 - January 2. For all performances, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre.

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Girl From the North Country

Girl From the North Country is at the Belasco Theatre from October 13. For all performances from October 13 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on Girl From The North Country performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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Hadestown

Hadestown is at the Walter Kerr Theatre from September 2. For all performances from September 2 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on Hadestown performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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Hamilton

Hamilton is at the Richard Rodgers Theatre from September 14. For all performances from September 14 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on Hamilton performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is at the Lyric Theatre from November 12. For all performances from November 12 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the theatre. Covid protocols for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child performances from March 1 are to be announced.

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Jagged Little Pill

Jagged Little Pill is at the Broadhurst Theatre from October 21. For all performances from October 21 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on Jagged Little Pill performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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MJ The Musical

MJ The Musical is at the Neil Simon Theatre from December 6. For all performances from December 6 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Covid protocols for MJ The Musical performances from March 1 are to be announced.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Moulin Rouge! The Musical is at the Al Hirschfield Theatre from September 24. For all performances from September 24 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on Moulin Rouge! The Musical performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs. Doubtfire is at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre from October 21. For all performances from October 21 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on Mrs. Doubtfire performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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Six

Six is at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre from September 19.For all performances from September 19 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on Six performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

Skeleton Crew

Skeleton Crew is at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre from December 21. For all performances from December 21 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the theatre. Covid protocols for Skeleton Crew performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon is at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre from November 5. For all performances from November 5 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the theatre. Covid protocols for The Book of Mormon performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy is at the Nederlander Theatre from September 25 - January 2. For all performances, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre.

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The Lion King

The Lion King is at the Minskoff Theatre from September 14. For all performances from September 14 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on The Lion King performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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The Music Man

The Music Man is at the Winter Garden Theatre from December 20. For all performances from December 20 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff, and audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the theatre. Details on Covid safety protocols for The Music Man performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera is at the Majestic Theatre from October 22. For all performances from October 22 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on The Phantom of the Opera performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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Thoughts of a Colored Man

Thoughts of a Colored Man is at the Golden Theatre from October 1 - March 20. For all performances from October 1 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on Thoughts of a Colored Man performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical is at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre from October 8. For all performances from October 8 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on Tina: The Tina Turner Musical performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is at the Shubert Theatre from October 5. For all performances from October 5 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on To Kill a Mockingbird performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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Trouble in Mind

Trouble in Mind is at the American Airlines Theatre from October 29 - January 9. Roundabout Theatre Company is requiring proof of full Covid-19 vaccination with an FDA- or WHO-authorized vaccine for audiences as well as artists and staff. The venue will require proof of a recent negative Covid-19 test for anyone under the age of 12 and those who are unvaccinated due to a disability or religious belief. 

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Waitress

Waitress is at the Barrymore Theatre from September 2 - January 9. For all performances, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre.

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Wicked

Wicked is at the Gershwin Theatre from September 14. For all performances from September 14 - February 28, all cast, crew, theatre staff and audience members must be fully vaccinated, and all audience members must wear masks in the theatre. Details on Wicked performances from March 1 are to be confirmed.

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What vaccine requirements are needed for Off-Broadway shows?

Gazillion Bubble Show

Gazillion Bubble Show is at New World Stages from November 5. For performances through January 2, all productions at New World Stages will require audience members to present proof of vaccination and wear masks in the theatre. Guests under age 12 or those who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition or religious reason must present proof of a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance or a negative rapid Covid-19 antigen test taken within six hours of the performance.

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Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys is at New World Stages from November 15. For performances through January 2, all productions at New World Stages will require audience members to present proof of vaccination and wear masks in the theatre. Guests under age 12 or those who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition or religious reason must present proof of a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance or a negative rapid Covid-19 antigen test taken within six hours of the performance.

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Little Shop of Horrors

Little Shop of Horrors is at the Westside Theatre from September 17. All audience members must be fully vaccinated and wear masks in the theatre.

Stomp

Stomp is at the Orpheum Theatre from July 20. Patrons ages 12 and older must provide proof of vaccination. Patrons ages 5 to 11 must provide proof of a negative test result; a negative antigen Covid-19 test taken within six hours of the performance start time; a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance start time.

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The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong is at New World Stages from October 15. For performances through January 2, all productions at New World Stages will require audience members to present proof of vaccination and wear masks in the theatre. Guests under age 12 or those who cannot be vaccinated due to a medical condition or religious reason must present proof of a negative PCR Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of the performance or a negative rapid Covid-19 antigen test taken within six hours of the performance.

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Photo credit: Times Square (Photo by Jason Thibault on Flickr)

Article updated November 8, 2021