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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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Into the Woods

Broadway audiences simply can't get enough moments in the woods, as Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Into the Woods has been on Broadway four times. This fairytale mashup musical about what happens after "happily ever after" premiered in 1987 and ran for just under two years. In between, the show won three Tony Awards including Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical, beating out The Phantom of the Opera! (That long-running Broadway hit did take home Best Musical, though.)

A one-night-only Into the Woods concert took place in 1997, and the first full-length revival opened in 2002 and ran for eight months. Since then, the show hasn't appeared in New York until 2022, when New York City Center produced it as part of its Encores! series for rarely revived musicals. The show sold out its two-week run and soon transferred to Broadway with much of its starry cast, including Tony nominees Sara Bareilles and Brian d'Arcy James; and Tony winners Gavin Creel and Patina Miller, intact. Bareilles and left the cast, but now Tony winner Stephanie J. Block has taken over her role.

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The Music Man

The Broadway train has rolled into River City for the fourth time. The Music Man premiered on Broadway in 1957 to critical acclaim and all the fanfare of 76 trombones. The show even beat out West Side Story for Best Musical that year! It was only a matter of time before a revival happened — in 1965, New York City Center hosted a two-week Off-Broadway revival followed by a three-week Broadway revival in 1980.

The year 2000 was the last time Broadway saw Professor Harold Hill, Marian Paroo, and the River City townspeople until now — Tony winner Susan Stroman directed and choreographed. Twenty-two years after that, and 64 years after its original premiere, the newest Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster-led revival proves that The Music Man still hits all the right notes.

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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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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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Funny Girl

Funny Girl made Barbra Streisand the greatest star back in 1964. Although she'd been on Broadway before, her leading turn as Fanny Brice (in both the musical and the film adaptation) made her a household name. Unfortunately, the musical faced tough competition at the Tony Awards, coming home empty-handed because Carol Channing and Hello, Dolly! swept the categories. But Funny Girl didn't fade into obscurity, thanks in large part to Streisand and the iconic tune "Don't Rain on My Parade." Oh, and because the cast album was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame!

However, the musical has never gotten a Broadway revival and now it's Fanny Brice's turn to shine again. The first Broadway revival of Funny Girl stars Lea Michele as Fanny, with Ramin Karimloo as Nicky Arnstein and Tovah Feldshuh as Mrs. Rosie Brice. If you couldn't catch Funny Girl the first time around, now's your chance to hear the music that makes you dance, live!

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1776 has only been on Broadway twice before, in 1969 and 1997, and the show has cemented its place in theatre history. The musical about John Adams and the signing of the Declaration of Independence won the 1969 Tony Award for Best Musical long before Hamilton ushered in a history-musical renaissance. The latest 1776 revival, at the American Airlines Theatre in fall 2022, actually takes a page from Lin-Manuel Miranda's show, featuring a cast of racially diverse female, non-binary, and transgender actors as the American Revolution-era Founding Fathers.

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Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman is one of the most celebrated works in the American theatre canon, and the play has the Broadway record to show for it. Including the latest 2022 revival, Arthur Miller's show about an aging salesman coping with his failures has been on Broadway six times. The show premiered in 1949, winning the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Revivals followed in 1975, 1984, 1999, and 2012, and all but the 1975 run won the Tony for Best Revival of a Play. Celebrities like Dustin Hoffman, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Andrew Garfield, and more have appeared in Salesman on stage and screen, and now it's Wendell Pierce and Sharon D Clarke's turn. The The Wire star and 2022 Tony nominee are the first Black couple to play Willy and Linda Loman on Broadway, and they're reprising their acclaimed performances from London's West End.

Learn about the complete history of Death of a Salesman on Broadway.

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Critics have called Suzan-Lori Parks's Topdog/Underdog, a play about the power struggle between two Black brothers, one of the best American plays of the 21st century. First, though, the show was a small Off-Broadway phenomenon. Jeffrey Wright and Don Cheadle starred in Topdog/Underdog's world premiere, and Mos Def replaced Cheadle for the Broadway transfer in 2002. The show didn't win Best Play, but it earned the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and near-universal critical praise.

Now, Topdog/Underdog is getting its first Broadway revival in honor of the play's 20th anniversary. Tony nominee Corey Hawkins and Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II star this time, and this show about the struggles of survival as a Black man in America has only become more relevant with time.

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Take Me Out

Take yourself out to Take Me Out now that this Tony-winning play is back on Broadway. Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out, about the personal and professional fallout from a Major League Baseball player's coming out as gay, premiered on Broadway in 2003. The show won the Tony Award for Best Play and a Best Featured Actor award for Denis O'Hare as accountant Mason Marzac. Second Stage Theater mounted the show's first Broadway revival took place earlier this year, and history repeated itself: the production won the Best Revival of a Play Tony, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson won his own Best Featured Actor trophy for playing Mason.

The revival is back for an extra inning this fall, once again starring Ferguson and Jesse Williams as baseballer Darren Lemming. Take Me Out had proven a grand-slam hit, and the show also remains relevant. When Greenberg wrote the play, no MLB player had come out while still active in his playing career. As of both iterations of the 2022 revival, that remains the case.

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The Piano Lesson

August Wilson's The Piano Lesson is one of two plays of his to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The other, Fences, got its first and only revival in 2010, and now The Piano Lesson is getting its own first revival. Samuel L. Jackson, Danielle Brooks, and John David Washington star as members of a family deadlocked over whether to sell or keep their hand-carved piano, a priceless family heirloom.

The show's first run was from 1990-91 and was nominated for five Tony Awards, including Best Play. Coincidentally, Jackson appeared in that production, too, as an understudy for the characters of Willie and Lymon.

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