See these revivals on Broadway and off Broadway right now

Catch a classic show you may have missed the first time it hit the New York stage.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

We love new plays and musicals — there's nothing like being among the first people to see a classic in the making. But what about the existing classics? They're classics for a reason, and there are always plenty popping up in New York. Play and musical revivals are just as exciting as new shows, and seeing a revival can offer a new experience whether you saw the original or not.

Whether you're seeking nostalgia or a fresh take on a classic show, revivals are just the ticket. Check out the major revivals on Broadway and off Broadway right now below. You've got a second (or third, or fourth) chance to catch these shows if you couldn't before, so don't let it pass you by!

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Chicago

Chicago almost doesn't feel like a revival since this production has been on Broadway for 25 years and counting. It's the only Chicago many modern theatregoers know and has established its own historic legacy, setting plenty of Broadway records. But this production marks Chicago's second time bringing all that jazz to Broadway. The musical first took the Broadway stage in 1975. That premiere was a success in its own right, playing for nearly 1,000 performances, immortalizing Bob Fosse's signature style, and putting Gwen Verdon and Chita Rivera in the spotlight.

Then, in 1996, Chicago was granted a short Off-Broadway revival as part of New York City Center's Encores! series. Ann Reinking rejigged Fosse's choreography and starred as Roxie, playing opposite Bebe Neuwirth as Velma Kelly. The rest is history, as plenty of stars have put on their garters in the musical's leading roles. And while the original Broadway production walked away from the Tonys empty-handed, the revival razzle-dazzled the Tony voters and won six trophies, including Best Revival of a Musical.

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Merrily We Roll Along

This musical revival is already a success, even though it doesn't roll along to Broadway until September 19. Jonathan Groff, Daniel Radcliffe, and Lindsay Mendez starred in Merrily We Roll Along at New York Theatre Workshop in fall 2022, and it was all but sold out before it began. All three will reprise their roles in the Broadway transfer, which is Merrily We Roll Along's first Broadway revival in history. The 1981 premiere was a flop, but as for the 2023 production, one thing's for sure — it's a hit.

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An Enemy of the People

Succession's Jeremy Strong stars in the first revival of this Ibsen drama in 10 years. He plays Dr. Thomas Stockmann, a man who quickly becomes, well, an enemy of the people when he exposes contaminated water in the town's lucrative spa baths. Instead of being grateful that he saved thousands from sickness, they accuse him of ruining the town's reputation and economy. Pulitzer Prize finalist Amy Herzog, acclaimed for her adaptation of Ibsen's A Doll's House in 2023, also adapts this work for a new generation.

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Little Shop of Horrors

Seymour and Audrey may want to get out of Skid Row, but New York audiences can't get enough of Skid Row and the bloodthirsty plant inside its humble flower shop. This new revival is in the cozy Westside Theatre off Broadway, and that environment is where Little Shop thrives. The show first took root off-off Broadway in 1982 and moved off Broadway later that year. That production at the Orpheum Theatre won multiple awards and, by the end of its three-year run, was the highest-grossing Off-Broadway show in history at the time.

Little Shop of Horrors had one Broadway run in 2003, which received a Tony nomination but closed after just under a year. People felt that the show was most successful in small venues — the musical is called Little Shop of Horrors, after all! That theory has proved true with the current revival, which has been acclaimed as much for the lead actors' performances as for its intimate nature. Let's just say that if you're in the front row, you'll get up close and personal with Audrey II. Watch the snapping jaws!

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The Wiz

Like its source material, The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz is timeless. The all-Black adaptation of L. Frank Baum's classic story eases on down the road to Broadway every so often. Its 1975 premiere won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and a short-lived revival popped up in 1984. Now, Wayne Brady stars in a new revival from March 2024, reinventing the classic tale once more.

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Cabaret

Come to the cabaret, old chum, in spring 2024. The Rebecca Frecknall-directed production, which earned seven Olivier Awards for its London premiere, is coming stateside. Experience Kander and Ebb's ever-urgent story of an American writer, an English cabaret singer, a mysterious German emcee, and the downfall of their beloved title Kit Kat Club amid the rise of Nazism.

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The Who's Tommy

The pinball wizard is back. On Broadway again for the first time since its 1993 premiere, The Who's Tommy brings a groundbreaking rock opera to a new generation. The story of Tommy, a catatonic boy who finds a release from childhood trauma in pinball, first catapulted The Who to a new level of fame in the band's 1969 rock-opera album. Then, the Tony-winning stage version redefined what topics stage musicals can tackle — and now, The Who's Tommy's amazing journey takes it back New York to captivate today's audiences.

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Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard was last on Broadway in 2017, with Glenn Close in the starring role of Norma Desmond. Normally, it's at least a decade before shows get their next revival, but the star power of Nicole Scherzinger put a 2023 London production on the fast track to New York.

Adapted by Andrew Lloyd Webber and others from the Billy Wilder film, Sunset Boulevard sees Scherzinger as Norma Desmond, a film star whose star has faded — leading to tension, rage, and bloodshed as she latches onto a rising screenwriter to try and get it back. Unlike her character, Scherzinger proves with this revival — her Broadway debut — that she's right in her prime.

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Romeo + Juliet

Romeo + Juliet is laying its fair scene on Broadway for the 36th time — but this is the first time the show is starring fast-rising stars Kit Connor (Heartstopper) and Rachel Zegler (Steven Spielberg's West Side Story). They're making their Broadway debuts alongside Jack Antonoff, a frequent collaborator of Taylor Swift and frontman for the band Bleachers.

Antonoff wrote original music for this production, which is one thing that makes this Romeo + Juliet so unique. The celebrated creative team also includes Tony Award-winning director Sam Gold and Tony-winning choreographer Sonya Tayeh. This Romeo + Juliet isn't a full-out musical, but the talents of these performers and creators will surely make this play wholly unique from any Romeo + Juliet seen before.

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Once Upon a Mattress

New York City Center is known for its annual Encores! series, an annual lineup of three rarely revived musicals that play for a few weeks each. Some of those shows go on to longer Broadway runs — and this year's is Once Upon a Mattress, starring Tony Award winner Sutton Foster. She is the latest person to play Princess Winifred in the classic musical comedy adaptation of The Princess and the Pea.

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Gypsy

The last time Gypsy was on Broadway, in 2008, Patti LuPone was playing the iconic role of Mama Rose, who goes to extreme lengths to make stars of her two daughters since she never achieved fame herself. Since its debut another 50 years earlier, the show has become a celebrated classic featuring tunes like "Rose's Turn," "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," and "You Gotta Get a Gimmick."

Now, it's Audra's turn. Six-time Tony-winning Broadway legend Audra McDonald will lead Gypsy's latest revival from November 2024.

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