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.
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!
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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Sweeney Todd features the worst pies in London and one of the best casts on Broadway. The latest revival of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's musical thriller stars Josh Groban as the titular "demon barber of Fleet Street" and Annaleigh Ashford as pie shop owner Mrs. Lovett. The two team up on a plan to get revenge on two people, and soon, the whole city. Gaten Matarazzo, Jordan Fisher, Ruthie Ann Miles, and more come to Fleet Street, too, from February 2023.
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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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Oscar and Tony nominee Amy Ryan and Tony and SAG Award winner Liev Schreiber lead the first Broadway revival of John Patrick Shanley's religious drama, last seen in 2005. The hard-nosed principal at an all-boys Catholic school suspects inappropriate relations between one boy and a priest, but struggles with her own doubt over whether he's truly guilty.
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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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Spamalot, the King Arthur spoof co-created by Monty Python member Eric Idle, first appeared at Broadway's round table in 2005. The show got nominated for 14 Tony Awards and won three, including Best Musical. Its classic comedy and songs like "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" and "Diva's Lament" endure as fan favorites, and now the show is back on Broadway.
Director/choreographer Josh Rhodes premiered his production in spring 2023 as part of the Broadway Center Stage program at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Spamalot is the first production from this new program, which brings New York talent to D.C. audiences, to transfer to Broadway.
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The White Chip
Plays and musicals, no matter how acclaimed, usually take a decade or more before getting a revival. But The White Chip didn't even take five years. This dark comedy about a man's path to alcoholism recovery premiered off Broadway in 2019 and is now coming back for a limited engagement. Its critically acclaimed star, Joe Tapper, and director, Sheryl Kaller, return for the 2024 run.
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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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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.
Uncle Vanya remains one of Anton Chekhov's most celebrated works, so it's no surprise that it appears on Broadway time and time again. The show has received 11 total Broadway productions, first in 1923 and most recently in 2000, with Derek Jacobi and Laura Linney starring.
The latest revival, premiering in April 2024, features a completely new translation by What the Constitution Means to Me Pulitzer and Tony nominee Heidi Schreck. The time-honored plot of this drama, though, remains the same: The lives of Vanya and his niece Sonya turn upside down when Sonya's father and his wife move in, giving way to troubled romances, hidden resentments, and reckonings with unfulfilled dreams.
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 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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