What to see in New York in September

Check out our picks for must-see theatre on and off Broadway in September 2021.

Aladdin

After an 18-month-long shutdown, the longest in theatre’s history, Broadway is returning in full swing this fall. New shows and classic favorites alike will open and reopen this month, ushering in a new era for Broadway. Beyond the Theatre District, numerous Off-Broadway theatres are celebrating the return to live performances with new in-person productions, and comedy shows, concerts, and more special events are also opening throughout the city. You can become part of the great return, too — check out our top picks for New York theatre in September 2021.

Returning Broadway Shows

Many of your favorite shows are back and brighter than ever. Long-running blockbusters, Disney classics, and recent hits are all returning to Broadway and are ready to welcome new and returning audiences alike.

Waitress

Broadway’s never ever getting rid of Waitress! After a Tony-nominated four-year run at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Waitress is opening up once more at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Through October 17, Sara Bareilles will return as the savvy pie chef Jenna who bakes her way through a rocky pregnancy and an even rockier marriage. 

Ethel Barrymore Theatre, from September 2.

Waitress tickets are on sale now.

Hadestown

Hadestown was livin’ it up on top in 2019 when it won 8 Tony Awards out of 14 nominations and became the most talked-about musical of the year. Anaïs Mitchell’s adaptation of the Orpheus and Eurydice myth, set in an industrial underworld with folk and jazz music, is ready to take audiences “way down to Hadestown” again. Original Broadway cast members Reeve Carney, Eva Noblezada, Amber Gray, and André De Shields will all return to their fabled roles. Tom Hewitt will play Hades through November 2, when original cast member Patrick Page will reassume the role.

Walter Kerr Theatre, from September 2.

Hadestown tickets are on sale now.

The Lion King

Retake your place in the circle of life at The Lion King. Its story of a young cub who aspires to lead his father’s animal kingdom one day has become a staple of the Disney canon. The musical adaptation features all the film’s most beloved songs including “Hakuna Matata,” “Circle of Life,” and “I Just Can’t Wait to Be King” and is bound to delight audiences of all ages.

Minskoff Theatre, from September 14.

The Lion King tickets are on sale now.

Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s groundbreaking hip-hop history lesson Hamilton will return to Broadway September 14. Fans worldwide got to experience the modern retelling of the Founding Fathers’ story on Disney+ last summer and can now once again see it live. Still one of Broadway’s hottest tickets more than six years after its opening, Hamilton has cemented its own place in the history books.

Richard Rodgers Theatre, from September 14.

Hamilton tickets are on sale now.

Wicked

Get ready to defy gravity, as the ever-popular Wicked is back on Broadway. Dance through life, or at least through two and a half hours, with Elphaba and Glinda in this blockbuster prequel to The Wizard of Oz. Before they were known as the Good and Wicked Witches, The Tin Man, The Scarecrow and more, the citizens of Oz were friends and schoolmates, and their story has put a spell on audiences for nearly 20 years.

Gershwin Theatre, from September 14.

Wicked tickets are on sale now.

Chicago

Broadway’s longest-running American musical is back with all that jazz. The reopening cast of Chicago includes Tony winner Lillias White as Matron “Mama” Morton, Ana Villafañe as Roxie Hart, and Bianca Marroquín, a longtime Roxie, now debuting as Velma Kelly. 

Ambassador Theatre, from September 14.

Chicago tickets are on sale now.

David Byrne’s American Utopia

Talking Heads frontman David Byrne debuted his theatrical concert, American Utopia, on Broadway in 2019 for a limited run, and the production was filmed for streaming in 2020. Byrne and his 11-person ensemble now return to the New York stage for one more limited engagement through March 5, 2022. The group performs songs from Byrne’s album of the same name along with hits from throughout his career.

St. James Theatre, from September 17.

David Byrne’s American Utopia tickets are on sale now.

Come From Away

Come From Away is finally returning to Broadway, telling a story of personal connection that is just what the world needs after months of isolation. The musical tells the true account of a Newfoundland town that welcomed hundreds of people displaced by 9/11. The show has welcomed audiences from all over the world since 2017, and it is ready to welcome you back to the rock, too.

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, from September 21.

Come From Away tickets are on sale now.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Bohemians, lovers, dreamers, muses, and artists — welcome back to the Moulin Rouge! The glamorous musical adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s iconic film will take theatergoers into the glitzy and raucous Parisian club where the writer Christian becomes enchanted with the star performer, Satine. The show’s score features more than 70 classic and contemporary pop songs to bring the 1900s to today.

Al Hirschfeld Theatre, from September 24.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical tickets are on sale now.

Aladdin

Take a magic carpet ride at the New Amsterdam Theatre with Aladdin on Broadway. The poor street-dweller Aladdin discovers a genie in a magic lamp, and Aladdin is given three wishes to get himself the noble life — and the princess — he desires. Audiences will recognize all the film’s hit songs like “Friend Like Me” and “Prince Ali,” but the live Broadway experience of the Disney tale is “A Whole New World.”

New Amsterdam Theatre, from September 28.

Aladdin tickets are on sale now.

New Broadway Shows and Off-Broadway Shows

A new theatre season is beginning, and many new shows are ready to make their premieres. From highly-anticipated West End transfers to original musicals to a special concert celebration, there’s plenty of new Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre to discover for the first time.

Neal Brennan: Unacceptable

Known for his work co-creating Chappelle’s Show and his own solo stand-up special 3 Mics, comedian Neal Brennan returns to the stage with a new theatrical comedy show, Neal Brennan: Unacceptable. With true stories from Brennan’s childhood through the present, he honestly yet humorously discusses feelings of loneliness in an attempt to understand them.

Cherry Lane Theatre, from August 25.

Neal Brennan: Unacceptable tickets are on sale now. Rush tickets are available on TodayTix.

The Last of the Love Letters

Daniel J. Watts stars alongside the show's playwright, Ngozi Anyanwu, in a story about two people deciding whether to stay in a relationship or let go of the thing they love most, as painful as the goodbye may be.

Linda Gross Theater, from August 26.

The Last of the Love Letters tickets are on sale now.

Lackawanna Blues

Award-winning actor, playwright, and director Ruben Santiago-Hudson returns to Broadway with a new solo show. He plays more than 20 characters in the autobiographical story of “Nanny,” the woman who welcomed a young Santiago-Hudson into her upstate New York home and raised him. This tribute to Nanny’s compassion and Santiago-Hudson’s youth also features original blues music by Bill Sims., Jr.

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, from September 14.

Letters of Suresh

Thirteen years after Second Stage Theater premiered Rajiv Joseph’s play Animals Out of Paper, the company is presenting its companion play, Letters of Suresh. Told through a series of letters between family members, friends, and strangers, the play is a story of people seeking connection and hope as a city they love is consumed by war.

Tony Kiser Theater, from September 14.

Letters of Suresh tickets are on sale now.

Curtain Up!

Curtain Up! is a three-day celebration of Broadway’s reopening that will include live concerts and performances, panels, and interactive experiences. The free outdoor festival will take place in Times Square from Friday, September 17 to Sunday, September 19 with a host of theatre talent. 

Times Square, from September 17.

Six

After enjoying a hit West End run, multiple tours across the globe, and multiple productions in America, the fast-rising phenomenon Six is finally opening on Broadway, 18 months after its original opening night was canceled by the shutdown only hours before curtain. Now, audiences can get down with the Queens, Henry VIII’s six wives, in their 80-minute pop song competition to determine who had it the worst as the king’s bride.

Brooks Atkinson Theatre, from September 17.

A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet

The first new musical to premiere in New York since the Broadway shutdown is making a celestial debut off Broadway. Two commercial jingle writers dream of their big break, which comes when pop star Regina Comet taps them to write a jingle for her new perfume line. Ben Fankhauser and Alex Wyse wrote the musical and star as the hopeful songwriters alongside Bryonha Marie Parham as Regina Comet.

DR2 Theatre, from September 17.

A Commercial Jingle for Regina Comet tickets are on sale now.

The Lehman Trilogy

This three-part saga, told as one theatrical piece, follows the rise and fall of the Lehman Brothers financial institution. Told over 164 years spanning multiple generations of a single immigrant family, the story highlights the business’s greatest successes and its eventual bankruptcy that inflamed the 2008 financial crisis. The production had an acclaimed run on the West End, and two actors from the production — Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley — will reprise their roles, joining Adrian Lester in his Broadway debut.

Nederlander Theatre, from September 25.

The Lehman Trilogy tickets are on sale now.