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
Pass Over is the first play to open on Broadway after the pandemic, and is also a Broadway debut for playwright Antoinette Chinonye Nwandu. The Waiting For Godot meets Exodus play follows Moses and Kitch as they dream of a new life in a promised land. For each production of Pass Over, the script is tweaked to reflect current issues. So if you want to be a part of Broadway history, then you’ll need to see Pass Over.
A new production of Waitress is back on Broadway, with Sara Bareilles back in the leading role of Jenna for a limited time. Jenna, a talented pie chef at a small-town diner, dreams of a better life after unexpectedly learning she is pregnant by her unloving husband. She finds support in her coworkers, her doctor, and of course, in the art of baking. It is one of the first musicals opening up on Broadway since the pandemic, ready to welcome audiences back with the smell of fresh pie and popular songs like “She Used to Be Mine” and “Bad Idea.”
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.
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.
Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson returns to Broadway with a new solo show. He wrote, directed, and plays all the characters in an autobiographical story that centers around Miss Rachel, or “Nanny,” the woman who ran a boarding house outside Buffalo, New York. She opened her doors to anyone in need, including a young Santiago-Hudson, who she raised. His story is underscored by blues compositions by Bill Sims, Jr., performed by Blues Hall of Fame guitarist Junior Mack. In addition to regular tickets, TodayTix offers a Rush program for the chance to get $30 same-day tickets.
The former Talking Heads frontman and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee returns to Broadway with another limited engagement of American Utopia. Byrne’s theatrical concert includes all of his solo studio album American Utopia plus other assorted hits from throughout his career. The original Broadway run of the show received a special Tony Award this year, and Byrne and all of his 11 original musicians from that production are returning.
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.
The Circle in the Square Theatre is serving up a heaping helping of laughs with some family drama on the side. In Douglas Lyons’s play, Beanetta Jenkins just wants her father’s funeral to go smoothly — but the rest of her family isn’t making it easy. One relative is in everyone’s business, another brings a new boyfriend, and another doesn’t stick to traditional funeral attire. This comedy play has all the ingredients of a delicious hit.
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.
After successful runs off Broadway and in the West End, The Lehman Trilogy is returning to New York. The three-part saga, performed as one theatrical event, documents the 163-year lifespan of the Lehman Brothers financial firm, from its humble beginnings to its ultimate collapse that triggered an American financial crisis. Simon Russell Beale, Adam Godley, and Adrian Lester play the Lehman brothers, their sons, and their grandsons, tracing the firm’s history through the lens of multiple generations.
Live events in New York right now
Two people must decide whether to stay with the thing they love most or to walk away. Playwright Ngozi Anyanwu stars alongside Tony nominee Daniel J. Watts in this emotional play described as “a plea and a painful goodbye wrapped into one.” In addition to regular tickets, TodayTix offers an exclusive Rush program on the TodayTix app to get day-of tickets at a discounted price.
Rajiv Joseph returns to Second Stage Theater with Letters of Suresh, a companion play to his work Animals Out of Paper. In Letters of Suresh, strangers, friends, family members, and lovers send letters to each other from far away, all dreaming of the same war-torn city. In addition to regular tickets, TodayTix offers a $25 Rush ticket program, in which audiences have the chance to get discounted same-day tickets.
Lynn Clay Byrne’s world-premiere play is set in the visiting room of a jail, following five incarcerated people and their loves ones. It shows the effects the criminal justice system has on these people and in doing so, investigates the failures of the criminal justice system.
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.
Two commercial jingle writers get a chance at a big break when the titular pop star asks them to pen a song for her new perfume. Regina Comet is the first new musical to premiere in New York this year, and it promises catchy tunes, a tight 80-minute run time, and plenty of laughs.
Theatre is back and magic is real? Combining Shakespearean stories with traditional fairytales, mischief leads to romance in Fairycakes. There’s an all-star cast too, including Jackie Hoffman, Mo Rocca, Julie Halston and Arnie Burton. So come one, come all for an enchanting evening in the forest.
New York is now deep in the Hundred Acre Wood as Winnie the Pooh comes to town. In a new Disney musical, join Pooh, Christopher Robin, and the rest of the gang as they go on a brand new adventure. Life-size puppets bring all your favorite characters to life, and there’s original music from the Sherman Brothers. You won’t want to be a “willy, nilly, silly old bear.”
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.
Speakeasy is back at the landmark theatre district restaurant Bond 45. A ticket includes a night of burlesque, cirque, and musical performances, an appetizer from Bond 45’s chefs, and a five-cocktail flight. Each week’s performances feature new guest stars, making the Speakeasy experience different each time.
Circus spectacular meets cabaret show at The Rose Room. Audiences enjoy cocktails and an immersive nightlife experience at this secret club.
Watch your favorite movie outdoors, including musicals, cult films and Disney animations. September films include When Harry Met Sally, The Breakfast Club, Dirty Dancing, and Rent.
Live comedy shows in New York right now
Humorously titled in a similar vein to Broadway musical The Book of Mormon, The Book of Moron sees Robert Dubac come to terms with the fact he’s been brainwashed. Worshipping image and appearance over what really makes a person, join Dubac as he undergoes the arduous task of thinking for himself. Can he snap out of real life and see the bigger picture?
Comedian Neal Brennan, best known for co-creating Chappelle’s Show and for his own hit stand-up special 3 Mics, is back with a new theatrical comedy show. Brennan takes an honest, darkly humorous look at his own feelings of loneliness and inadequacy in an attempt to understand them. In the 75-minute show, he makes use of physical comedy, childhood anecdotes, political commentary, and stories from his long comedy career. In addition to regular tickets, TodayTix is offering an exclusive Rush program to get discounted tickets the day of each performance.
If you’re reading this list of live theatre in NYC, you’ve probably seen a musical or two before. But have you ever seen an improvised musical? Ease yourself into the world of improv with Vern, as they parodise musical theatre tropes to create a never-seen-before and never-to-be-staged again masterpiece. Arrive armed with suggestions for the wackiest ideas and let the mayhem begin.
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.
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.
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.
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 concerts in New York right now
Preston Max Allen – September 21
Eli Bolin – September 22
Jaime Lozano & The Familia – September 23
54 Salutes Frank Sinatra – September 23 – May 21, 2022
Rob Kevlin – September 24
Christine Andreas – September 24-25
Jane & Tucker – September 27
Kelli O’Hara – September 28 – October 3
Noah Kieserman, Maria Wirries, and Gian Perez – October 4
Laura Benanti – October 5-10
Ellie MacPherson – October 11
Cristina Fontanelli – October 12
Robert Neary: So Good – The Neil Diamond Experience – October 12
Ruby Mangér – October 13
Kelli Barrett and Jarrod Spector – October 13-14
Alexis Michelle – October 14 – November 19
Jersey Boys & Girls – October 15
Women of the Wings Volume III: A Celebration of Female Musical Theatre Writers – October 17
Megan Hilty – November 2-7
Jennifer Holliday – February 8-13, 2022
Live dance shows in New York right now
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Upcoming Broadway shows in New York
Caroline, or Change
Dear Evan Hansen
Diana The Musical
Freestyle Love Supreme
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Jagged Little Pill
Take Me Out
The Book of Mormon
The Lehman Trilogy
The Phantom of the Opera
Thoughts of a Colored Man
Trouble in Mind