Broadway celebrates show reopenings on social media
As more Broadway plays and musicals begin to reopen on Broadway, the shows’ stars, creators, and more are taking to social media to share their excitement for the grand reopenings and even support each other’s work. In case you missed it, check out all the social posts celebrating show openings and reopenings, and get your own Broadway tickets on TodayTix.
You are here at the (re)start of a moment, captured in an epic, joyful cast and audience selfie at the reopening of Come From Away.
Jagged Little Pill again took to Twitter to congratulate a fellow show reopening.
Sound designer Gareth Owen provided a rare view of the Gerald Schoenfeld from the sound booth.
Before the show began, director Christopher Ashley and writers Irene Sankoff and David Hein welcomed the crowd back to the rock.
The first standing ovation happened before the opening number. That’s got to be some kind of record.
Not all who celebrated the reopening were in the Schoenfeld. Petrina Bromley, who originated the role of Bonnie and others, sent her love from the place where it all began: Gander, Newfoundland.
Tonight @wecomefromaway returns to Broadway. My heart is there with all my CFA family. Drove past Gander this afternoon and thought about how big and how small the world is at times.— Petrina Bromley (@petieb) September 21, 2021
Merde, merde, merde! Toi, toi, toi! Break all the legs! Give ‘er! I’ll see you soon! pic.twitter.com/ITiOnCF09i
Dawn Baker, Gander resident and author of the children’s book Commander Gander Goes to Come From Away, also sent her regards from Canada.
Delighted @wecomefromaway is back @broadwaycom! The best of luck as you, once again, “tread the boards”! Sending 💙💛 from @townofgander! 🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬🛬@romanomusic @astridvanwieren @SankoffandHein @mrubinoff @petieb pic.twitter.com/iBKkhVCBCe— Dawn Baker (@dawnbakerart) September 21, 2021
Back in New York, the audience was just as emotional.
“We share a unity as we experience old memories and we create new memories,” Joel Hatch, who plays Claude and others, said in a post-show speech.
Cast member James Seol, who made his Broadway debut in the musical’s reopening, was “screeched in” after the show with a shot of the famed Canadian rum.
Welcome to the Haus of…Atkinson? The Queens are back at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
The West End Queens sent their love across the pond.
BROADWAY, HERE WE GO! From all the UK companies of SIX we want to wish the absolute BEST OF LUCK to the Broadway Queens as performances begin tonight! 😆 We’ll be cheering from the other side of the Atlantic! #LiveOnBroadway #SIXBroadway #Queendom @SixBroadway pic.twitter.com/RX6GlNQAKN— SIX 👑 (@sixthemusical) September 17, 2021
I think we cried our eyes out whether or not we were even there on opening night.
Some cried even before the show started.
The gentleman checking vaccination cards said “welcome back” to every single person in line and does that count as tears #1 of the show? @SixBroadway— Ilana Keller (@IlanaKeller) September 17, 2021
Some cried in full-on costume.
The audience gave the Queens praise of royal proportions.
there were more standing ovations at @SixBroadway tonight than there were songs.— Matt Redmond (@mattredmond22) September 18, 2021
One thing is for sure, one thing is for certain: Six served as a bookend to many people’s pandemic, with many having seen it right before the shutdown and again now.
@SixBroadway you were my last show before the shutdown (2/27/20) so it’s only fitting you were my first show as Broadway reopens. And just as I expected, I didn’t bring enough tissues (but I did bring applause and love). #herstory— Sue Yellen (@sueyellen) September 18, 2021
American Utopia received a warm welcome back to Broadway on Twitter, with the Dear Evan Hansen team showing their support.
Jagged Little Pill, too, embraced the show with a congratulations and a dad joke.
Keeping with the theme of plays on David Byrne’s name, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids offered its own punny well wishes.
And of course, the show’s own Twitter account was abuzz, too, with celebratory footage. It kicked off the night with a video of the standing ovation Byrne’s opening number received.
“There’s more!”— David Byrne’s American Utopia on Broadway (@americanutopia) September 19, 2021
Take a look at the moment right after David Byrne finished the opening number of #AmericanUtopia during our first performance on Friday night!
Next show is today at 3! Tickets available online or at the door. 💛 pic.twitter.com/1WJOvE16vZ
The show’s Instagram account also shared a highlight reel of the crowd at the St. James Theatre, American Utopia’s house — and home.
Homecoming was a popular theme for American Utopia theatregoers. Isn’t that how coming back to Broadway feels, in a way?
Sitting in @DBtodomundo’s house, I was finally, finally home. I was in a theatre again, creating an experience with generous and provocative artists. I thought, as @americanutopia is not your typical beautiful Broadway play, I would possibly not fall apart but I was wrong.— eudora melty (@clairealsto) September 18, 2021
It can’t get much homier than welcoming theatregoers from the first show’s run back into the Broadway fold.
Just settled back in at home after setting foot in Midtown NYC for the first time since February 2020.— Kenneth Robert Marlo (@KRobertMarlo) September 19, 2021
The reason for that last visit was @americanutopia. The reason for our visit tonight?
Also @americanutopia 🤣
I can think of a better bookend set for this bizarre year & 1/2.
Expectedly, the Gershwin audience looked like the citizenry of Oz on reopening night.
Lots of sequins, lots of green, and lots of green sequins as the audience heads in for the return of @WICKED_Musical.— Howard Sherman (@HESherman) September 14, 2021
“It’s good to see me, isn’t it?” Yes, Glinda, it’s absolutely wonderful.
Idina Menzel, who originated the role of Elphaba in Wicked, sent her best wishes to the company on Twitter.
Kristin Chenoweth, who originated the role of Glinda, came “home” to the theatre for an in-person tribute.
Ensemble member Jeff Heimbrock got to celebrate a milestone a year and a half in the making. Congratulations!
Thrillified, proud, grateful. Re-opening this beautiful show tonight, with the most sublime company, AND finally celebrating my 1000th performance in @WICKED_Musical. I couldn’t be happier. pic.twitter.com/0HFo4LlBSG— Jeff Heimbrock (@jheimbrock) September 14, 2021
Oh, what a celebration the cast had at curtain call! Thank goodness — Wicked is back!
Finally, the current Elphaba, Lindsay Heather Pearce, shared a heartfelt thanks to the audience.
Inside Edition reporter Leigh Scheps shared the rapturous applause Chicago was met with before the music even began …
… and again after the opening number, this time with a standing ovation.
The official Chicago Instagram recapped the night in a joyful video.
Bianca Marroquín, who debuted as Velma Kelly, celebrated Chicago’s reopening on Twitter. “Very grateful for what I’m living,” her message reads.
Ana Villafañe and Bianca Marroquín take their bows as Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly.
During bows, the full cast celebrated the show they reopened.
The full curtain call is on Chicago’s official Instagram. “Oh we love our life and alllll thaaattt jaaazzzzzzzz” — there’s no more fitting reaction than that.
L. Steven Taylor, who plays Mufasa, summed up what we’re probably all thinking about Broadway’s reopening: “We all need this. It is time.”
Prior to curtain, Brandon A. McCall celebrated the upcoming performance, which marked his Broadway debut as Simba.
Tony Award-winning director of The Lion King, Julie Taymor, opened the night with a speech to the audience.
It is time – The Lion King is back. Our director Julie Taymor lead the opening night in with a talk with the audience + we loved seeing everyone who came to experience what we had been rehearsing on the to get back to. We look forward to the countless audiences in the future 🦁❤️ pic.twitter.com/lcOi22jHF5— The Lion King – Musical (@TheLionKing) September 15, 2021
Timon and Pumbaa (Fred Berman and Ben Jeffrey) rang in opening night with cookies, probably much better than the wilderness insects their characters feed on.
As coined by Fred Berman, who plays Timon, “Hallelujah Matata” might almost be as cool a catchphrase as “Hakuna Matata.” Almost.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and the current Hamilton company celebrated the show’s reopening with a live #Ham4Ham performance featuring the casts of Wicked and The Lion King. We haven’t seen a trio that powerful since the Schuyler sisters.
Miranda later gave an opening speech to introduce the performance.
Music director, orchestrator, and conductor Alex Lacamoire celebrated his own return to the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
🎭⭐️❤️🗽🎹 pic.twitter.com/fcjMfDt74T— Alex Lacamoire (@LacketyLac) September 14, 2021
The London production sent its love across the sea to the Broadway production.
Love y’all!!! 🖤🖤🖤 https://t.co/9zW3lKmnb1— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) September 15, 2021
Mandy Gonzalez, who plays Angelica, gave a shoutout to everyone on stage and off who made the show happen.
History is happening in Manhattan, and the reopening happens to be in the greatest city in the world.
Opening night calls for a classic Playbill/marquee photo.
The official Waitress twitter offered a bird’s-eye view of the packed house. We can almost imagine the smell of fresh pie filling the house, too.
Sugar. Butter. Back on Broadway. pic.twitter.com/QJrU5MmQh7— Waitress Musical (@WaitressMusical) September 2, 2021
Amanda Kloots, the wife of the late Nick Cordero, traveled to New York for Waitress’s opening night. Cordero, who died in 2020 of Covid-19 complications, originated the role of Earl in the musical, and the performance was dedicated to his memory. The diner menu board even featured a “Big Ol Slice of Live Your Life Pie,” named after Cordero’s original song.
At intermission, composer/lyricist Sara Bareilles, who is currently playing the lead role of Jenna for the fourth time, took her followers backstage and described the energy in the Barrymore Theatre that night: “It is utterly magical.”
Bareilles, Kloots, and the Waitress company honored Cordero once more after the curtain call by singing his song “Live Your Life” and inviting the audience to sing along.
Hadestown creator Anaïs Mitchell summed up the excitement around the show’s opening in one short tweet.
WE ARE REOPENING @hadestown ON BROADWAY TONITE thank all the gods— Anaïs Mitchell (@anaismitchell) September 2, 2021
Prior to the show, the Hadestown company posed for a photo outside the Walter Kerr Theatre.
Final stop on the road to Hadestown: our re-opening night. pic.twitter.com/G2ggRTApTr— Hadestown (@hadestown) September 2, 2021
Patrick Page, a Tony nominee for originating the role of Hades, raised a virtual cup to the current Hades, Tom Hewitt, and the rest of the company. Page will be back in the underworld beginning November 2.
Tony Award winner André De Shields, who plays Hermes, shared a joyful photo of the first curtain call.
The official Hadestown Twitter also reshared a mashup of the Hadestown tune “All I’ve Ever Known” from “You Matter to Me” from Waitress in honor of both shows’ openings. We’d also love to see that Anaïs Mitchell/Sara Bareilles collab, please.
And finally, the creators of Hadestown and Waitress shared one simple sentiment on Twitter: Broadway is back.
What she said 💘💘💘 https://t.co/ikDKm91MaI— Anaïs Mitchell (@anaismitchell) September 3, 2021