Live theatre is back in NYC: Here are the shows you can see right now
Theatre is coming back to New York City. Whether it’s indoor theatre, outdoor theatre, immersive theatre, or a dining experience, live entertainment is back in NYC. Be a part of the audiences seeing live theatre in New York City again with our roundup of shows you can see right now. You read that right — right now!
Broadway shows are coming back, and there are plenty of other Off-Broadway shows, comedy shows, and other theatrical events to partake in. Check out all the live theatre opening again in New York City in the coming weeks and months.
Broadway shows in New York right now
How to get to Hadestown: You have to take Broadway (the avenue) down to the Walter Kerr Theatre. Anaïs Mitchell’s musical retells the classical Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice with jazz and folk music and reimagines the titular underworld as a bleak industrial factory. The show has won eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and was one of the first musicals to reopen on Broadway alongside Waitress.
The Lion King
Audiences can take their place in the circle of life once more. The musical adaptation of the classic Disney film has been on Broadway for nearly 25 years, bringing the Pride Lands to life with handcrafted costumes and one-of-a-kind movement and puppetry spectacles. The story of Simba, who seeks to take his rightful place as king of the Pride Lands and honor his father Mufasa’s legacy, includes all fan-favorite songs from the film, including “Hakuna Matata” and “Be Prepared.”
Chicago is back with all that jazz and razzle dazzle galore. Go back to the 1920s with Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, two unapologetic murderesses who manipulate their criminal charges into sensationalized headlines, making them stars. The musical is the second-longest-running show in Broadway history, the longest-running American musical, and the longest-running revival, and it’s continuing its 25-year run at the Ambassador Theatre.
Audiences have called it wonderful for nearly 20 years, and now it’s back. Wicked quickly became an audience favorite with its story of Elphaba and Glinda, the Wicked and Good Witches, and the Wizard of Oz before Dorothy arrives. Songs like “Defying Gravity” and “Popular” are some of its most well-known, and now you can see them performed live again, whether you’re a new, “green” theatregoer or a longtime Wicked fan.
Hamilton just happens to be back in the greatest city in the world! History happened in Manhattan when Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical opened in 2015, gaining near-instant popularity and bringing in audiences non-stop ever since. Miranda’s retelling of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s life won 11 Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, and it was filmed for streaming on Disney+ last year. Now, you can see history come to life live on stage again.
Come From Away
Welcome back to the rock! Come From Away has reopened on Broadway, sharing the story of the residents of Gander, Newfoundland, who welcomed thousands of displaced plane passengers after 9/11. The show was recently filmed for Apple TV+, but there’s no better way to experience the musical’s story of generosity and human connection than sharing in it live.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Welcome to the Moulin Rouge! Enjoy a night of revelry with the Bohemians in Paris at the turn of the 20th century. Among them is Christian, a writer who falls hard for the showgirl Satine. Based on Baz Luhrmann’s groundbreaking film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical features the film’s hit music plus dozens of newly incorporated contemporary pop songs. What’s more, the “spectacular spectacular” took home 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical at the 74th annual ceremony.
The magic carpet is flying again! Disney’s hit musical Aladdin is back with all the classic songs from the film including “A Whole New World” and “Friend Like Me.” The titular street urchin’s life changes when he stumbles upon a genie in a magic lamp. With three wishes, he transforms himself into a splendid prince in the hopes of winning the love of the beautiful Princess Jasmine.
The Phantom of the Opera
Don your mask and hear the music of the night once again. The Phantom of the Opera, Broadway’s longest-running musical, has returned to continue its nearly 34-year run at the Majestic Theatre. The opera singer Christine becomes caught in the middle of a treacherous love triangle with her childhood sweetheart Raoul and the mysterious Phantom that lurks in the Paris Opera House’s underground.
The Book of Mormon
Hello! The notoriously irreverent comedy The Book of Mormon is back on Broadway for its 10th year. The musical follows a pair of Mormon missionaries who are sent to a remote African village to convert the locals. It proves a challenging task, as the locals have bigger concerns, like disease, that have caused them to, frankly, hate God. Maybe leave the kids at home, but go two-by-two with a friend or a date to this musical comedy.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Just like magic, all the beloved characters from the Wizarding World are back on Broadway. The formerly two-part play has been transfigured into a one-part theatrical event with all its spellbinding special effects intact. The play sees two generations of wizards — an adult Harry Potter and his friends, and all their children attending Hogwarts — get swept up in a time-bending adventure to right old wrongs and defeat dark forces they thought were long gone.
Phone rings, door chimes, in comes Company! See Marianne Elliott’s gender-swapped revival of Stephen Sondheim’s musical. The bachelorette Bobbie, played by Tony Award winner Katrina Lenk, is turning 35, and her friends all gather at her birthday party and wonder why she can’t settle down. Broadway icon Patti LuPone also stars in this show that is guaranteed to bring together a city of strangers.
Dear Evan Hansen
You will be found at Dear Evan Hansen once again. The six-time Tony Award-winning Best Musical sees the titular character, an anxious and lonely teen, attempt to make a meaningful connection with the parents of a deceased classmate. He pretends to be a former friend of their son to comfort them and ends up starting a social movement for inclusion, but the truth eventually comes to light.
Girl From the North Country
Spend a few hours with the music of Bob Dylan in his hometown of Duluth, Minnesota. The musical, titled after Dylan’s 1963 track, tells an original story of a family running a guest house during the Great Depression. The family’s and the guests’ lives all intersect at the inn, and Dylan’s songs are reimagined as rousing group numbers and affecting solos through which the characters share their fears, struggles, and hopes for a fulfilling life.
Live Off-Broadway shows in New York right now
Since 1994, Stomp has been entertaining audiences with “the rhythm of New York,” created by an eclectic mix of garbage cans, brooms, matchboxes, and more. The performance is part dance, part music, part theatre, and all rhythm.
The Play That Goes Wrong
For a play so wrong, it’s doing something right! The Play That Goes Wrong is returning off Broadway with the story of an amateur theatre troupe that’s about to open a new murder mystery play. But they have to contend with every possible mishap: props go missing, actors go missing, and the set all but falls down around them. Their show is a success if they can just make it through.
Friends Parody (The One With The Puppets)
Grab a bite at Central Perk and then check out Friends Parody (The One With The Puppets), which will always be there for you. All the best moments from the sitcom are acted out with puppets in this follow-up to the 2016 Off-Broadway hit That Golden Girls Show. Die-hard Friends fans will recognize all their favorite catchphrases and inside jokes.
Gazillion Bubble Show
Gazillion Bubble Show is an incredibubble, unique experience for all ages to enjoy. Five members of the Yang family, all of whom hold Guinness World Records for their bubble artistry, have been performing their bubble spectacular off Broadway for nearly 15 years. Live bubble art comes together with magic tricks and mesmerizing lights in this 65-minute show.
Walk like a man to New World Stages, where Jersey Boys is back on stage. See how Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons went from unknown singers in Newark to one of the most successful vocal groups of all time, and hear all their greatest hits like “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” “Sherry,” and “Oh, What a Night.”
Live events in New York right now
Boy Band Brunch
Only have eyes for One Direction? Wish you could have been a New Kid on the Block? You’ll love Boy Band Brunch, bringing its boyish pop tracks back to Green Room 42. You’ll feel like you’re back at a live concert, as a cast of Broadway stars sing all your favorite 1990s hits. We can guarantee you’ll be obsessed.
The boozy, bawdy performances of the Bard are back. Five actors perform a Shakespeare play, one of whom has had five shots of whiskey. The four sober actors must keep the drunk one on track while playing off them, making for a different, zany show each night. Audiences get to join the fun, too, by drinking throughout the show if they wish.
The Rose Room
Circus spectacular meets cabaret show at The Rose Room. Audiences enjoy cocktails and an immersive nightlife experience at this secret club.
Live comedy shows in New York right now
Alex Edelman: Just For Us
Alex Edelman brings his newest solo show to the Soho Playhouse. Edelman shares anecdotes on topics from a sign language-proficient gorilla to his Olympian brother, but the crux of his show is a funny yet scary tale. Edelman recalls how he infiltrated a white nationalist gathering after receiving hate online in order to see his bullies face-to-face.
The short-form improv comedy troupe Rufus Khan is back with interactive improv entertainment. The shows feature a rotating lineup of comedy guests creating scenes, games, and competitions on the spot.
Seth’s Broadway Breakdown
Broadway musician, actor, podcaster, and host of the quarantine web series Stars in the House Seth Rudetsky returns to live theatre with Seth’s Broadway Breakdown. In the 90-minute show, Rudetsky breaks down Broadway musicals to help audiences fully appreciate them when they attend. The show was born of Rudetsky’s award-winning special Deconstructing Broadway and covers classic and contemporary stars and shows, from Barbra Streisand to Evan Hansen.
Eight is Never Enough
Wish you could decide what happens in a show? Wish no more. Eight is Never Enough combines Broadway comedy with improvisational chaos for a stellar show, where no two performances are ever the same. You could even be called upon as an audience volunteer.
All Star Stand Up
You’ve seen them on screen. Now watch some of America’s finest comedians in person. The lineup changes each evening, but performers have appeared in shows on HBO, Comedy Central and Last Comic Standing. You might even see a star before they hit the big time.
Improv 4 Kids Live
Introduce your kids to the joy of improv with this sketch comedy show designed with younger audiences in mind. During the show, children can suggest what they want to see on stage, and it’ll be presented in a matter of moments.
Late Night Hump
Travel through time, space and reality to visit The Interdimensional at Late Night Hump. Each performance follows a similar premise; one man visits numerous dimensions in order to tie up the universe. How is this possible? Well, the power is in your hands.
Want to see a comedy roast battle for the ages? Well you’ll want Bragging Rights. A group of comedians and actors are split into two teams, doing battle to be crowned the title of Sketch Comedy champions. The winners change every month, so you’ll want to keep going to find out the latest winner.
Live dance shows in New York right now
The Fertile Ground program presents works-in-progress pieces from dance artists at the Green Space in Queens. Each event features multiple artists that represent various dance styles, and a discussion with wine follow each performance lineup.