Before the pandemic, the lights along the Great White Way could be found shining almost all hours of the night. Now, along the iconic row and throughout its surrounding theater district, the stages have gone dark. For now.

Though Broadway has been forced to shutter to keep patrons safe during the pandemic, several shows that were scheduled to open in Fall 2020 have secured dates for next year. From Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams’ reboot of “Take Me Out” to the all-female revival of 1776, here are 10 Must-See Broadway Shows Opening in 2021.

American Buffalo

Opening Night: April 14, 2021 with previews beginning March 22, 2021

The revival of David Mamet’s American Buffalo is set to open at Circle in the Square Theater exactly one year from its original dates. American Buffalo” was to star Laurence Fishburne, Sam Rockwell and Darren Criss, but the production has yet to confirm if the show’s originally slated actors will still be available to perform in 2021.


Opening Night: TBD, Spring 2021

The all-female revival of 1776, a musical which details the historic incident of 13 delegates meeting to sign the Declaration of Independence, will still be produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company—just one year later. 1776 will be making the American Airlines Theatre its home in spring of 2021, bringing this iconic, re-wired story to Broadway’s eager and dedicated audiences.

The Music Man

Opening Night: May 20, 2021 with previews beginning on April 7, 2021

The long-awaited revival of The Music Man, starring Tony winners Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, is set to finally open on Broadway in May 2021. The Music Man will be held at the Winter Garden Theatre and produced by Scott Rudin. “Despite the postponement, we are sticking together as a company, and we are grateful to be able to do so. And so we look forward arriving at The Winter Garden,” Rudin said, “and to being just one part of what we expect will once again be a vibrant and exciting Broadway.”

Take Me Out

Opening Night: April 22, 2021 with previews beginning March 21, 2021

Directed by Scott Ellis and starring  Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Williams, the Richard Greenberg play Take Me Out is now scheduled among many other plays to open in Spring 2021. Take Me Out, a Tony-winning baseball play, will be staged at the Helen Hayes Theater. Modern Family actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson is set to star.

MJ: The Musical

Opening Night: April 15, 2021 with previews beginning March 8, 2021

Prior to Broadway going dark, MJ: The Musical was set to open this month (July 2020). Detailing the complicated familial and fame of Michael Jackson and written by Pulitzer prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage, MJ: The Musical is scheduled to be staged at the Neil Simon Theatre. The production has yet to announce if Ephraim Sykes (Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations) is still slated to perform as Michael Jackson.

Plaza Suite

Opening Night: March 19, 2021

Plaza Suite, a revival of the beloved Neil Simon comedy, was set to begin previews this past March. Now, after stars (and married couple) Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick remained optimistic about the show going on post shutdown, the production now has dates set in 2021. Plaza Suite will run March 19, 2021 through July 18 at the Hudson Theatre.

Caroline, or Change

Opening Night: TBD, Spring 2021

The revival of Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori’s musical, Caroline or Change, was originally postponed to the fall. Now, the Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that the show will not go on until Spring 2021. Caroline, or Change is set to go on at Studio 54 and star Sharon D. Clarke, who won an Olivier Award in London for her turn in the title role.

The Minutes

Opening Night: March 15, 2021 with preview beginning March 1, 2021

Though producers of the small-town drama The Minutes originally said they wouldn’t reschedule the show until a vaccine was readily available, dates have now been set for Spring 2021. One of many iconic plays by Tracy Letts, The Minutes had been awarded a huge cast for its Broadway debut. But word is still out on if the actors, including Armie Hammer and Tony winner Jessie Mueller, are still slated to bring The Minutes to life in 2021.

Flying Over Sunset

Opening Night: TBD, Spring 2021

Providing the fictional account we didn’t know we needed is the musical Flying Over Sunset, a show which imagines the far-out encounter between writer Aldous Huxley, playwright and congresswoman Clare Boothe Luce, and actor Cary Grant. The Lincoln Center production has been officially postponed until Spring 2021 and has not announced if stars Harry Hadden-Paton, Carmen Cusack and Tony Yazbeck will remain with the show.

Birthday Candles

Opening Night: TBD, Fall 2021

The bad news is that the Noah Haidle play Birthday Candles, detailing the odd existence of a woman who ages from 17 to 101, has been postponed until Fall 2021. The good news is famed actress and Emmy winner Debra Messing is still slated to star in the play. Next Fall, with production by the Roundabout Theatre Company, Birthday Candles will call American Airlines Theater its home.

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