What to see in New York in August

Here's our top picks of New York theatre to check out in August 2021.

Photo credit: Pass Over (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Broadway’s big return is coming in the fall. Dozens of Broadway shows will be reopening in a matter of weeks, and we can’t wait for the Great White Way to shine bright once more. But before that, New York theatre in August is set to wow audiences, whether you're seeing shows in-person or virtually. There’s plenty of Broadway and off-Broadway offerings, as well as concerts and movie nights across NYC. Here’s our top theatre picks in New York in August 2021.

Restart Stages at Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts

The summer festival at Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts continues throughout August. This month’s highlights include concerts from Shuffle Along’s Brian Stokes Mitchell, as well as the premiere of a new Spike Lee film. If you're looking for family offering, why not see one of the many kids concerts, or check out the KPOP special. All Restart Stages at Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts are available through TodayTix lotteries. 

Lincoln Center, continues throughout August. 

TodayTix Presents at Tavern on the Green

TodayTix Presents continues their summer concert series at Tavern on the Green throughout August. Broadway stars taking part in August include Jason Gotay on August 2, Max Von Essen on August 3 and Joshua Henry on August 9. More performers are to be confirmed in the coming weeks, so stay tuned!

Tavern on the Green, from August 2.

TodayTix Presents tickets are on sale now. 

Pass Over

After a New York premiere in 2018 at Lincoln Center Theater, Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu’s Pass Over will make history as the first Broadway play to open after the prolonged shutdown in August 2021. Exodus meets Waiting for Godot in Pass Over, which was inspired by the shooting of Travyon Martin in 2012. In Pass Over, two Black men dream of miracles and a new world while on a street corner.

Pass Over is a heartfelt and compelling insight into modern-day America, starring its original cast members Jon Michael Hill, Namir Smallwood and Gabriel Ebert. Pass Over runs to October 10, with future shows at the August Wilson Theatre to be announced.

August Wilson Theatre, from August 4.

Semblance

How do you view Black women? A hard-hitting question, but one that’s at the centre of Whitney White’s Semblance. In a solo drama, Nikiya Mathis will ask audiences how they treat Black women and what it means to be a feminine Black woman in 21st-century America. During the month-long run, Semblance will be available to watch in-person and virtually.

New York Theatre Workshop, from August 4.

Stranger Sings! The Musical Parody

Have you watched Stranger Things on Netflix and wished you could venture into the Upside Down. Well now you can, as the hit television series has now been adapted into an eighties-inspired musical sensation. Join all your favourite Stranger Things characters as they go on new, musical adventures in Hawkins, Indiana. Thankfully, there’s no demogorgons, but it really is a “Never Ending Story.”

Players Theatre, from August 5.

Stranger Sings! The Musical Parody tickets are on sale now. 

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Theatre doesn’t get any more meta than a musical about writing a musical. And that’s what two writers do in [title of show], trying to create the next big thing before a festival. [title of show] is considered to be a love letter to musical theatre, and it’s in New York for just one week.

Brooklyn Navy Yards, from August 13.

[title of show] tickets are on sale now. 

Bryant Park Movie Nights

Watch your favorite movie musicals under the stars for free this summer at Bryant Park. During the two months of movie nights, screenings include The Phantom of the Opera, Mrs. Doubtfire and Moulin Rouge! The Musical which are all reopening on Broadway in the fall. Special guests are to be announced, but you’ll want to make sure you’re at Bryant Park.

Bryant Park, from August 23.

The Last of the Love Letters

Atlantic Theater Company reopens for live performances in August 2021 with the world premiere of Ngozi Anyanu’s new work. Not much is known about The Last of the Love Letters just yet, but press material suggests the two-hander will follow a couple who are torn romantically; can they stick together or leave their lives behind.

Linda Gross Theater, from August 26.

Photo credit: Pass Over (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)