Top theatre to see in New York in September
Check out our picks for must-see theatre on and off Broadway in September 2022.
September is when three things begin in earnest: fall, school, and theatre. New shows opened during the summer, but September is when the Broadway season gets into full swing, with lots of new Broadway shows playing their first performances. The stars are out on Broadway this month, too, with multiple shows featuring celebrity cast members.
Many Off-Broadway theatre companies begin their seasons in September, too, so take a chance on a new play, musical, or comedy show this month, and see it in an intimate space. Learn more about all the major new theatre shows opening in September, and get your tickets right here on New York Theatre Guide.
Broadway shows to see in September
Lots of award-winning plays start performances on Broadway this month: Pulitzer Prize winners, Tony Award winners, and much more. Be sure to check out these widely celebrated shows, many with celebrities in the cast. September is also the final month of performances for some beloved, long-running musicals, so be sure to catch these Broadway shows closing soon before they're gone!
Come From Away
You've got one more month to visit the Rock! Come From Away is leaving Broadway on October 2, so don't miss this Tony-winning, heartwarming musical as it wraps its five-year Broadway run. Based on a true story, Come From Away begins on 9/11, when the tiny town of Gander, Newfoundland gets 38 planes rerouted to its otherwise sleepy airport. Suddenly, thousands of frightened international passengers are in the residents' backyard, and they immediately mobilize to shelter, feed, and comfort them. What follows is a story of the best of human generosity, and the hope and lifelong bonds these people found among each other amid tragedy.
Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen will only be found on Broadway through September 18, so be sure to catch it this month. The six-time Tony-winning Best Musical centers on an anxious teenage boy who goes to great lengths to find companionship, and ends up at the center of a lie that spirals out of his control. Since 2015, countless audiences have been moved by its story of belonging and its stirring songs. Plus, you can catch Stranger Things star Gaten Matarazzo live as Evan's friend Jared.
Death of a Salesman
Attention must be paid to this revival of Death of a Salesman. Not only are The Wire star Wendell Pierce and Tony nominee Sharon D Clarke leading the Broadway production, making it the first with a Black Loman family, but they're reprising performances that earned them acclaim in London's West End — twice. Pierce stars as Willy Loman, a traveling salesman who must now contend with his unfulfilling life, and both society's and his own role in his failure to achieve his dreams. Arthur Miller's play is tender and heartbreaking, and it's considered one of the best American plays ever written.
Tony nominee Corey Hawkins and Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II star in Topdog/Underdog, Suzan-Lori Parks's Pulitzer-winning work that's been called one of the best plays of the 21st century. Two brothers, Lincoln and Booth, find old distrust and resentment from their childhood creeping back up as one tries to get the other re-involved in a scam he swore off years ago. They both deceive others for a living, but they soon take that out on each other. This acclaimed play explores the various financial and social challenges that come with being a Black man in America, when survival is the name of the game.
Cost of Living
Shortly after Cost of Living premiered off Broadway with Manhattan Theatre Club, it won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Now, MTC is mounting the show's Broadway premiere with much of its acclaimed team intact: stars Katy Sullivan and Gregg Mozgala, and director Jo Bonney. Martyna Majok's play centers on a woman who is a double leg amputee (Sullivan), a man with cerebral palsy (Mozgala), and their respective caregivers, who all end up learning from and providing support to each other as their relationships develop and worlds collide.
Piddle, twiddle, and resolve to see 1776 on Broadway this fall. This revival of the Tony-winning Best Musical features a cast of female, transgender, nonbinary, and racially diverse actors as the Founding Fathers. John Adams is at the center of this show, which follows him as he tries to convince his fellow delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence — a harder task than you might expect. If you like history musicals like Hamilton, check out this 1776 revival, which took inspiration from Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop show and vice versa.
Six-time Tony-winning playwright Tom Stoppard brings his most personal play yet to Broadway. Leopoldstadt is inspired by his late-in-life discovery of his Jewish heritage, and follows one family in Vienna's Jewish quarter (for which the play is named) from 1899 to 1955, as World War II permanently changes their family history and their relationship with their Judaism. Leopoldstadt won the 2020 Best New Play Olivier Award, and now this moving family drama is coming to New York with much of its London cast intact alongside Broadway favorites like Brandon Uranowitz and Caissie Levy.
The Piano Lesson
Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks, and John David Washington star in the first Broadway revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. In 20th-century Pittsburgh, two adult siblings argue over what to do with a family heirloom piano: sell it and use the money reclaim the land where their ancestors were enslaved, or keep it because the faces of those very ancestors are carved into the wood. Their choice determines their family legacy, and Jackson stars as the siblings' elder uncle, on hand to narrate all the family history they don't know or have decided to forget.
Off-Broadway shows to see in September
Off-Broadway theatres have it all this month: innovative new plays, fun musicals, comedy shows, and more. Whatever your taste in theatre, you'll find it off Broadway, so check out these shows starting New York performances this month and find one that's best for you.
Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge
See a landmark debate restaged live for three weeks at The Public Theater. Baldwin and Buckley at Cambridge brings to life, verbatim, a conversation between writer James Baldwin and conservatist William F. Buckley, Jr. They came together in 1965 to debate whether Black people have a place in the American Dream, and their insights about racism, human dignity, and social divides remain relevant to society today.
This Beautiful Future
The New York premiere of this star-crossed teenage love story was a hit earlier this year, and now it's back off Broadway. This Beautiful Future takes place in occupied France during World War II, where teenagers Elodie (a French citizen) and Otto (a German soldier) are enjoying an innocent first romance. Inside an abandoned house, the war — and the violence Otto has committed — fade away, and the play celebrates the thrill of first love and what these young people's lives could have been had the world not destroyed them.
Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical
Put on your best '80s outfit and watch your favorite Netflix show come to life at Stranger Sings! The Parody Musical. The show recreates all the most iconic moments from the sci-fi adventure show about teenagers saving Hawkins, Indiana — and the world — from interdimensional monsters. But in this iteration, Eleven, Mike, Dustin, Lucas, Will, and all the other characters (and monsters) sing, and the songs are hilarious spoofs on the show and '80s pop culture.
Sesame Street: The Musical
Can you tell me how to get, how to get to... Theatre Row, for Sesame Street: The Musical? Elmo, Cookie Monster, Grover, and more are live on stage this fall in a new musical for all ages. In addition to beloved songs from the iconic TV series, the musical features new songs by Pulitzer, Tony, and Grammy winner Tom Kitt (Next to Normal), Helen Park (KPOP), and Nate Edmondson (Winnie the Pooh). Plus, as if seeing the world-famous Muppets live wasn't enough, celebrity guest stars will join Sesame Street: The Musical, just like on the TV show.
Award-winning playwright Gracie Gardner makes her Off-Broadway debut with her new play I'm Revolting. Set in the waiting room of a skin cancer clinic, the show follows patients and their loved ones all anxiously waiting to find out what parts of themselves, and how much, they'll soon lose. I'm Revolting is all about the universally frustrating experience of having a body, and either being someone or knowing someone who doesn't know what to do when it stops working right.
Kate Berlant: Kate
You know her from shows like Search Party and A League of Their Own, and now, comedian Kate Berlant is performing live in New York for the first time in 10 years. In her show Kate, she plays various characters from her life, tells stories of formative moments that led her to where she is today, and reveals a secret she's never shared until now. Berlant is deliberately tight-lipped about further details of the show, so to find out more, you're just going to have to go hear her story for yourself.
New York Theatre Workshop opens its season with Victor I. Cazares's american (tele)visions, a new multimedia show that transcends time, space, and genre. The play tells the story of an undocumented Mexican family, who witness firsthand their American Dream becoming an American nightmare. Their story comes to life on stage and on screens, with both prerecorded and live footage, and narrated by a woman named Erica as she pushes her shopping cart through a '90s Walmart.