What to see on Broadway this fall

Check out our complete guide to everything opening on Broadway this fall.

Freestyle Love Supreme

Broadway is back in full swing this fall! Multiple shows that were playing at the time of the March 2020 shutdown start performances as early as September 2, but new and returning shows are opening throughout the fall season. Shows like Six and Flying Over Sunset, whose opening nights were postponed indefinitely in 2020, are finally raising their curtains alongside classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and new plays like Trouble in Mind and Clyde’s. You can plan now for a trip to the theatre anytime this fall with our guide to the most-anticipated Broadway shows opening in the coming months.

Pass Over

Inspired by Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot and the Book of Exodus, Pass Over sees two Black men stuck on a street corner. Like the biblical figure he is named for, Moses seeks to lead himself and Kitch off that corner and into a promised land beyond fear of racism and brutality. With a new ending, playwright Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu unflinchingly confronts the limits of freedom, but offers a glimmer of hope.

August Wilson Theatre, from August 4.

Pass Over tickets are on sale now.

Waitress

Waitress closed its four-year run in January 2020, but the diner is opening up for one more limited Broadway engagement in September. Sara Bareilles will return to star as Jenna through October 17. Jenna, a small-town pie chef with great culinary talent, endures an unexpected pregnancy and a loveless marriage, hoping to bake her way to a better life.

Ethel Barrymore Theatre, from September 2.

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Hadestown

The classical Greek myth of Orpheus, who takes a perilous journey through the underworld to rescue his lover Eurydice, is reimagined for the industrial age in Hadestown. Anaïs Mitchell sets her adaptation, scored with folk and jazz music, in an underground factory and likens the misery of the underworld to grueling labor. But above all, it is a tale of love, one that won eight Tony Awards when it premiered in 2019.

Walter Kerr Theatre, from September 2.

Hadestown tickets are on sale now.

The Lion King

Be prepared for the return of The Lion King to Broadway. Since it first opened in 1997, the musical has become a Broadway mainstay known for its intricate costumes and, of course, classic songs from the original film like “Circle of Life” and “Hakuna Matata.” Children and adults alike can enjoy the journey of Simba, who as a young lion cub dreams of assuming his father’s role as king of the Pride Lands. 

Minskoff Theatre, from September 14.

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Hamilton

Hamilton has experienced non-stop success. The story of Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Fathers, told primarily through hip-hop music, has gathered 20 awards including the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and made Lin-Manuel Miranda a household name. Hamilton doesn’t just retell history — it’s made history.

Richard Rodgers Theatre, from September 14.

Hamilton tickets are on sale now.

Chicago

Twenty-five years after the first Chicago revival opened on Broadway, the criminally enjoyable production is still going strong. Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, the musical’s iconic antiheroines,  are jailed for murder, and they enlist the help of the suave lawyer Billy Flynn to prove them innocent and make them stars. Tony winner Lillias White returns to play Matron “Mama” Morton, with Ana Villafañe, Bianca Marroquín, and Paulo Szot in the other principal roles.

Ambassador Theatre, from September 14.

Chicago tickets are on sale now.

Lackawanna Blues

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, an award-winning actor, playwright, and director, assumes more than 20 different characters in his new Broadway show. Lackawanna Blues is Santiago’s tribute to “Nanny,” the woman who raised a young Santiago-Hudson in her home just outside Buffalo, New York. Music by the late blues composer Bill Sims., Jr. underscores Santiago-Hudson’s storytelling.

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, from September 14.

Wicked

Before Dorothy showed up, the witches and Dorothy’s companions were classmates and (in some cases) friends in the land of Oz. Elphaba and Glinda are even roommates before they meet the Wonderful Wizard and their lives are changed. The three-time Tony-winning musical has become an audience favorite in its nearly 20 years on Broadway and is as popular as ever.

Gershwin Theatre, from September 14.

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Six

If all you wanna do is see a feminist pop musical, it’s finally time! The worldwide breakout hit Six is an account of the lives of Henry VIII’s six wives told — and sung — in their own words. Its original opening night was set for the day Broadway shut down, but Six will finally bow on Broadway in September ahead of an official October opening. The “histo-remix” has run to acclaim in Australia, the United Kingdom, and throughout North America, and now you can get down with the Queens in New York.

Brooks Atkinson Theatre, from September 17. 

David Byrne’s American Utopia

American Utopia first opened on Broadway in 2019, with Talking Heads frontman David Byrne bringing his album of the same name to the stage in a theatrical concert performance. He will take his show to Broadway once more starting in September. Besides the entirety of the titular album, the show contains numerous other songs from the course of Byrne’s career, played by Byrne and 11 musicians.

St. James Theatre, from September 17.

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Come From Away

To the ones who have come from away, it’s time to come back. Come From Away is resuming Broadway performances in September, and its true account of a Newfoundland town that welcomed hundreds of people displaced by 9/11 has captivated audiences for over five years. The musical’s story of generosity and connection is the perfect antidote to the isolation blues brought on by the pandemic.

Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, from September 21.

Come From Away tickets are on sale now.

Chicken & Biscuits

Tony Award nominee Norm Lewis, appearing in his first Broadway play, stars alongside Michael Urie in Douglas Lyons’s family comedy. Baneatta Jenkins wants her father’s funeral to be perfect, but nosy, showy, and otherwise disruptive family members make that difficult — as does the revelation of a family secret at the ceremony. Zhalion Levingston, making his Broadway directorial debut, is the youngest Black director ever on Broadway.

Circle in the Square Theatre, from September 23.

Chicken & Biscuits tickets are on sale now.

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

The Moulin Rouge is opening its doors once again to any lover, artist, nightclub-dweller, dreamer or theatregoer who believes in the power of love. The writer Christian finds a muse in Satine, the star showgirl at the titular Paris nightclub, in the musical adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s cult-classic film. In addition to some of the pop music used in the original movie, the musical incorporates dozens of contemporary tunes.

Al Hirschfeld Theatre, from September 24.

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Is This A Room

Tina Satter’s newest work has a rare source material: a transcript of an interrogation from the FBI. Told verbatim in the course of the 70-minute play, audiences learn the true story of Reality Winner, a former Air Force linguist. She is currently serving a five-plus-year sentence — the longest ever given for her alleged crime — after being charged with leaking information about Russian interference in U.S. elections to the press. The play will be performed in repertory with Lucas Hnath’s Dana H., which, along with Is This A Room, premiered as part of the Vineyard Theatre’s 2019-2020 season.

Lyceum Theatre, from September 24.

The Lehman Trilogy

After successful runs on London’s West End and at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan, Stefano Messini and Ben Powers’s three-part play about the Lehman Brothers financial firm is coming to Broadway as one event. It examines Western capitalism through the perspective of one family who was wrapped up in it, achieving as much wild success with their firm as crushing failure in later years. Simon Russell Beale and Adam Godley will reprise their roles from London, and Adrian Lester rounds out the cast in his Broadway debut.

Nederlander Theatre, from September 25.

The Lehman Trilogy tickets are on sale now.

Aladdin

After over a year without Broadway, coming back may feel like stepping into a whole new world — and where better to do so than at Aladdin? The title character feigns nobility — with a little magical help from a genie — to win approval to marry the princess Jasmine. The Disney musical includes the most memorable songs from the movie like “Friend Like Me” and “A Whole New World,” making it perfect for a family outing to the theatre.

New Amsterdam Theatre, from September 28.

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Thoughts of a Colored Man

Keenan Scott II’s new play takes place throughout one day in Brooklyn, when seven Black men cross paths with each other in various ways. The play dives deep into their hopes, dreams, and fears told through a combination of spoken word, slam poetry, music, and dance. The work premiered in September 2019 on Syracuse Stage in association with Baltimore Center Stage, which then mounted the play a month later. With the upcoming bow of Thoughts of a Colored Man, Scott is making his Broadway debut alongside director Steve H. Broadnax.

Golden Theatre, from October 1.

Thoughts of a Colored Man tickets are on sale now.

Dana H.

Dana H. can be described as a “harrowing docudrama” and a “one-woman show performed by two women,” as the New York Theatre Guide review outlines. Audiences hear Lucas Hnath’s mother, the titular Dana, recount her kidnapping by a patient at the psych ward where she worked. The full account details how they became acquainted, Dana’s five months in captivity, and the aftermath of the traumatic event. Deirdre O’Connell lip-syncs the audio of Hnath’s mother, creating a layered performance. Dana H. will run in repertory on Broadway with Tina Satter’s Is This A Room; both plays premiered at the Vineyard Theatre in its 2019-2020 season.

Lyceum Theatre, from October 1.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Jeff Daniels, who originated the role of Atticus Finch when To Kill a Mockingbird opened in 2018, will return to his Tony-nominated performance beginning in October. Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of Harper Lee’s landmark novel is as searingly timely as ever, centered on Finch’s decision to represent a young Black man falsely accused of rape. Finch and his children are met with hostility from their anti-Black neighbors in Maycomb, Alabama, a situation based on events from Lee’s own childhood.

Shubert Theatre, from October 5.

To Kill a Mockingbird tickets are on sale now.

Freestyle Love Supreme

Freestyle Love Supreme first hip-hopped onto Broadway in fall 2019 for a hit limited engagement. Now, after reaching even wider audiences with the release of the documentary We Are Freestyle Love Supreme on Hulu in June 2020, it is dropping the beat on Broadway for one more limited run. Members of the FLS troupe take audience suggestions and spin them into raps, skits, and full-fledged musical numbers to make a fully unique show every night. Guests including Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson, and Freestyle Love Supreme creator Lin-Manuel Miranda have been known to make surprise appearances at performances — you truly never know what you’re in for at Freestyle Love Supreme.

Booth Theatre, from October 7.

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Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

Shake a tail feather and groove to the music of Tina Turner at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Tony nominee Adrienne Warren will return in her powerhouse performance as the singer for a limited time. The musical tells the story of Turner’s life from her beginnings as a church singer in Tennessee to a globally renowned rock ‘n’ roll legend. The musical, whose character depictions and choreography reflect extensive creative input from Turner herself, features 21 of her most classic songs in a celebration of her prolific, trailblazing career.

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, from October 8.

Caroline, or Change

Sharon D. Clarke reprises her Olivier Award-winning performance as Caroline in Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s musical on Broadway. An eclectic mix of blues, folk, spiritual, klezmer, and Motown music underscores the story of two families: the Jewish Gellmans, and their Black housemaid, Caroline, and her own daughter. It centers on Caroline and the young Noah Gellman, and how Noah’s simple act of leaving change in his pockets for Caroline comes to represent larger issues of equity, greed, and justice.

Studio 54, from October 8.

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Girl From the North Country

Bob Dylan’s discography is arranged into both rousing ensemble numbers and tender solos for Girl From the North Country. Although set in Dylan’s hometown of Duluth, Minnesota, it is not a recollection of his life — the musical is set during the Great Depression and tells the original story of a family, the guests at the inn they own, and how their lives all intertwine. Nineteen of Dylan’s songs are incorporated into Girl From the North Country, used as vehicles for the characters to work through issues of love, addiction, illness, and financial hardship.

Belasco Theatre, from October 13.

Girl From the North Country tickets are on sale now.

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

Get ready for the return of Ain’t Too Proud to Broadway. Motown sensations The Temptations went from unknown Detroit singers to the first act from the Motown record label to receive a Grammy. Their rise to success wasn’t always smooth — internal disputes, for one, threatened the group’s success — but it’s nothing short of historic. Audiences are sure to be on cloud nine after singing along to The Temptations’ timeless hits and experiencing Sergio Trujillo’s Tony Award-winning choreography.

Imperial Theatre, from October 16.

Ain't Too Proud tickets are on sale now.

Mrs. Doubtfire

The Hillards are on Broadway, poppets! Rob McClure takes on Robin Williams’s beloved titular role in the new musical adaptation of Mrs. Doubtfire. Daniel Hillard (McClure) adopts the disguise of a British nanny in a desperate attempt to spend time with his three children, even though his ex-wife has custody. Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick, who wrote the 2015 musical comedy Something Rotten!, composed the music and lyrics for this heartwarming show that’ll bring the family together.

Stephen Sondheim Theatre, from October 21.

Mrs. Doubtfire tickets are on sale now.

Jagged Little Pill

Alanis Morrissette’s iconic 1995 album, including hit songs like “Ironic,” “You Oughta Know,” and “You Learn,” is set to a fully original story by Diablo Cody in the Jagged Little Pill musical. The members of the seemingly put-together Healy family secretly struggle with addiction, perfectionism, sexuality, and mental health. The album’s ability to be an apt vehicle for today’s pressing issues prove it as resonant as it was upon its release, when Morrissette won five Grammy Awards for her work.

Broadhurst Theatre, from October 21.

Jagged Little Pill tickets are on sale now.

Trouble in Mind

LaChanze leads the long-awaited Broadway premiere of Alice Childress’s Trouble in Mind, which was originally set to open on Broadway in 1957 after a hit 1955 Off-Broadway run, but never did. Childress’s meta-theatrical work follows a Black stage actress named Wiletta through rehearsals for a Broadway production helmed by a white creative team. She has been given the chance to become a star, but she risks compromising her principles in the process.

American Airlines Theatre, from October 29.

Trouble in Mind tickets are on sale now.

Diana

In addition to Emma Corrin in The Crown and Kristen Stewart in Spencer this year alone, Jeanna de Waal is one of the latest actresses to take on the role of The People’s Princess. The new musical about Princess Diana’s life centers, from her perspective, on her husband Prince Charles’s affair with Camilla Parker Bowles, as well as her equally tumultuous relationship with the Queen and the unforgiving British press. A month before the live show’s debut, audiences can watch a filmed version of Diana on Netflix featuring the Broadway cast.

Longacre Theatre, from November 2.

Diana tickets are on sale now.

Clyde’s

Two-time Pulitzer winner Lynn Nottage will be on Broadway twice this season. Her play Clyde’s will begin performances in November, and a month later, MJ The Musical, for which she wrote the book, will start performances. Clyde’s is set at a truck stop sandwich shop whose workers are formerly incarcerated. The job allows them a chance to get back on their feet, and their mission to create the perfect sandwich gives them license to dream even bigger. Uzo Aduba stars as the titular shop owner Clyde, and Ron Cephas-Jones, Reza Salazar, and Kara Young round out the cast.

Hayes Theater, from November 3.

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The Book of Mormon

It’s as hilarious as it is infamous, and it’s still bringing in faithful audiences after 10 years on Broadway. A duo of Mormon missionaries hope to get sent on a mission to Orlando, Florida, but are sent to convert the locals of a remote village in Uganda instead. This satirical send-up of religion won nine Tony Awards and contains the popular show tunes “Hello!” and “Spooky Mormon Hell Dream,” among many others. You shouldn’t bring the kids, but you can go two by two with a partner or a friend, or grab your entire congregation and go.

Eugene O’Neill Theatre, from November 5.

The Book of Mormon tickets are on sale now.

Flying Over Sunset

Take a trip to Flying Over Sunset, and you’ll follow along with an entirely different kind of trip. Author Aldous Huxley, diplomat Clare Boothe Luce, and actor Cary Grant have one thing in common: They all tried LSD in the 20th century. James Lapine’s new musical imagines what a meeting between these three historical figures doing acid together would have been like, complete with tap-dancing and song.

Vivian Beaumont Theater, from November 11.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The theatrical sequel to the Harry Potter book series was acclaimed on both Broadway and the West End, winning a combined total of more than 40 awards. Spellbinding special effects are the key to bringing the Wizarding World to life onstage in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Albus Potter and Scorpius Malfoy befriend each other at Hogwarts and embark on a quest through time to reverse tragic events from their parents’ past, but messing with time reverses positive events, too, and introduces them to a dark alternate timeline where evil rules the Wizarding World.

Lyric Theatre, from November 12.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child tickets are on sale now.

Company

Phone rings, door chimes, in come audiences to see the third revival of Company on Broadway! Katrina Lenk stars as Bobbie, a single woman celebrating her 35th birthday alongside her married and engaged friends. In a series of short vignettes, audiences see Bobbie with potential lovers or else one of the couples she calls friends, searching for intimacy and connection — perhaps exactly what audiences might be looking for now, too. Marianne Elliot’s production of Company was first seen on the West End, and its Broadway cast includes Patti LuPone returning to the New York stage.

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, from November 15.

Company tickets are on sale now.