Broadway shows to see in 2022
Check out all the must-see Broadway shows opening in 2022.
There's certainly no shortage of shows to see in 2022. Now that the productions meant to open in spring 2020 finally had their debuts earlier this year, the fall season is filled with all-new productions of both classic and contemporary works. Many shows feature star-studded casts, with some famous actors making their Broadway debuts and others making long-awaited returns to the New York stage.
Here are all the Broadway productions that have been announced for 2022 so far, in order of when performances begin.
Cost of Living
Manhattan Theatre Club presents the Broadway premiere of Martyna Majok's Pulitzer-winning play Cost of Living after presenting its Off-Broadway premiere in 2017. Performances begin at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre from September 13. The show is about two disabled people and their caregivers who each have something to learn from each other, blurring the lines between who is taking care of whom. The show's original Off-Broadway stars, Gregg Mozgala and Katy Sullivan, star alongside Tony nominee Kara Young and David Zayas, and director Jo Bonney returns.
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After an acclaimed world premiere in London, six-time Tony-winning playwright Tom Stoppard's Leopoldstadt comes to New York, marking his 19th Broadway production. Based on his own family history, the show follows multiple decades in the history of one Jewish family and how historical events, good and bad, affect their relationship with their heritage. The show begins performances September 14 at the Longacre Theatre.
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The 1969 musical 1776, which won three Tony Awards including Best Musical upon its premiere, is set to have a second Broadway revival at the American Airlines Theatre. The American Revolution-era tale, which chronicles the events leading up to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, will be in good company on Broadway this time with Hamilton at the nearby Richard Rodgers Theatre. The musical played at Boston's American Repertory Theater from May to July 2022 before transferring to Broadway from September 16.
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Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman is back for its fifth Broadway revival, this time starring The Wire star Wendell Pierce and Tony nominee Sharon D Clarke as Willy and Linda Loman. In the play, which is often considered one of the greatest American dramas in history, the salesman Willy contends with his failures toward the end of his life. Performances begin September 17 at the Hudson Theatre.
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The Piano Lesson
Samuel L. Jackson, John David Washington, and Danielle Brooks are set to star in the 2022 Broadway revival of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson at the Barrymore Theatre from September 19. The play is set in the 1930s during the Great Depression, when the brother and a sister in a Pennsylvania family are torn over what to do with their piano, a family heirloom. The brother insists on selling it to buy the land where his ancestors worked as slaves, but the sister wants to keep it because those very ancestors' faces are carved into the piano. The Piano Lesson recieved the 1990 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for the Best Play Tony Award that same year.
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Corey Hawkins and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II star in the first Broadway revival of Suzan Lori-Parks's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Topdog/Underdog, which follows the contentious relationship between the brothers Lincoln and Booth and the toll financial instability takes on them, will play the Golden Theatre starting September 27.
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It's all happening at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre! On October 3, the new musical adaptation of the hit movie Almost Famous begins performances. The show follows a young aspiring music journalist who gets assigned to tour with a band, but finds himself losing his objectivity as he gets caught up in the band's inner circle and falls for the lead groupie. The story is based on the real experiences of Camerone Crowe, who wrote the movie's screenplay and has now adapted it for the Broadway stage.
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In fall 2021, the musical Kimberly Akimbo premiered Off-Broadway to acclaim and won multiple awards the following spring. Now, it's coming to Broadway from October 12. Based on David Lindsay-Abaire's same-named play, and with new music by Jeanine Tesori, the show follows a teenager with an aging condition that makes her look 70. And amid family troubles and a money scheme she's caught up in, it's the least of her troubles. This show is about one girl looking for happiness when time isn't on her side.
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After a hit Off-Broadway run, a reworked version of the KPOP musical will play the Circle in the Square Theatre from October 13. Real-life K-pop star Luna leads this show, which takes place at a one-night only benefit concert where the performers are hiding secrets that could take down the industry. Audiences will get a backstage look into the fast-paced, high-pressure K-pop world while also rocking out to the infectious music and energetic dance moves K-pop fans know and love.
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Walking with Ghosts
Golden Globe-winning and Emmy- and Tony-nominated stage and screen giant Gabriel Byrne returns to Broadway for 75 performances only, beginning October 18 at the Music Box Theatre. He's performing his solo show, Walking with Ghosts, after an acclaimed London premiere. Based on his bestselling memoir of the same title, Walking with Ghosts includes details of Byrne's childhood in Ireland, his distinct views on being famous, and how people and places can shape a person's destiny.
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Take Me Out
While baseball fans were buzzing about the season kicking off in the spring, the baseball play Take Me Out was becoming one of the biggest events of the 2022 Broadway season. The revival of Richard Greenberg's show about homophobia in Major League Baseball, which won the Best Play Tony Award in 2002, likewise took home the Best Revival award 20 years later. Now, the show is coming back for an encore engagement in the fall, with Tony nominee Jesse Williams and Tony winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson stepping back up to the plate.
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The Stephen Sondheim Theatre is about to blow! & Juliet is a hit pop musical from London now making its Broadway debut. The show takes place after the events of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and tells an entirely original story about what Juliet would do if she didn't die at the end. She finds friends, love, fun, and herself in this coming-of-age tale, which is set to the pop music catalogue of Max Martin. Performances begin October 28.
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Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool
Comedian Mike Birbiglia is returning to the Broadway stage with his second Broadway show: The Old Man and the Pool. Whereas his first Broadway act, The New One, was about him becoming a dad, this show focuses on a different milestone: coming of middle age. A doctor tells him to take up swimming to help ease his heart condition, and he humorously unpacks why he's resistant to do so (and take up a number of other healthy habits). A YMCA pool plays a big role, and Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool is sure to make a splash. Performances run from October 28 to December 30 only at the Vivian Beaumont Theater.
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Some Like It Hot
The Shubert Theatre is getting hot on November 1! A new musical adaptation of the classic 1959 Marilyn Monroe film is coming to Broadway in the fall. Christian Borle and J. Harrison Ghee star as Joe and Jerry, two musicians who unwittingly witness a mob hit in 1920s Chicago. To avoid becoming targets, they adopt disguises and join Sweet Sue and her Society Syncopators, an all-female swing big band, on a cross-country trip.
A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
Good times never felt so good! See the story of musician Neil Diamond at the Broadhurst Theatre from November 2. Two actors play Diamond at different stages of his life: one when he's a young, aspiring artist from Brooklyn, and one when he's become an internationally renowned, bestselling artist with hits like "Sweet Caroline" and "America" that are known the world over. The musical's Broadway premiere coincides with the 50th anniversary of Diamond's 1972 concerts at Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre.
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Ain't No Mo'
The raucous satire Ain't No Mo' comes to Broadway's Belasco Theatre from November 3 after an acclaimed Off-Broadway premiere. At 27 years old, Jordan E. Cooper has become the youngest Black American Broadway playwright of all time with the show. He also stars in the show as the flight attendant Peaches, who takes audiences and plane passengers through a series of vignettes centered around a fictional flight to Africa offered by the American government for all Black citizens.
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Two major acting talents play two major artistic talents in Anthony McCarten's play. Tony nominee Jeremy Pope and Marvel Cinematic Universe star Paul Bettany play Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol in The Collaboration. At the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre from November 29, the show kicks off when the two artists — vastly different in age, background, and art style — are tasked with creating a joint exhibit. The show recreates their conversations about art, commercialism, and more that lead them to develop a historic, if contentious, personal and professional partnership.
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Between Riverside and Crazy
Stephen Adly Guirgis's play Between Riverside and Crazy will make its Broadway premiere in fall 2022 at the Hayes Theater, starring Common. Walter "Pops" Washington and his paroled son Junior struggles to stay in one of the last rent-stabilized apartments on Riverside Drive. Junior's girlfriend Lulu and his ex-con friend Oswaldo also spend time there, and their presence as undesirable occupants gives the landlord motive to evict them. The future of their tenancy collides with the rehashing of past troubles. The play first premiered off Broadway in 2015 and won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
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