Here's When All Your Favorite Broadway Shows Are Returning

Broadway's back (soon), baby!

Joan Marcus
Joan Marcus
Joan Marcus

The entertainment industry is lurching back to life after more than a year of varying levels of dormancy due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Concerts are happening, music festivals are planned, movies are being shown in actual theaters in many places, and, now, Broadway is on the way back. In early May, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that Broadway houses would be allowed to reopen at full capacity starting September 14. Since then there have been a wave of announcements about just when beloved or highly anticipated shows will be starting performances. Three cultural juggernauts-Hamilton, The Lion King, and Wicked-will be the first shows audiences can see, but many others are on the horizon. We’ll be cataloguing them all here and letting you know how you can get tickets.


When is it back: September 14
When can you buy tickets: Now via Ticketmaster
What’s it about: C’mon. You don’t know? A bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a Scotsman who became the first U.S. Treasury secretary. The very popular musical also has an ambiguous ending

The Lion King

When is it back: September 14
When can you buy tickets: Now via Ticketmaster
What’s it about: It’s Disney’s version of Hamlet. With lions.


When is it back: September 14
When can you buy tickets: Now via Ticketmaster
What’s it about: It’s the backstory of the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz. Her name is Elphaba and she can belt real big.


When is it back: September 17
When can you buy tickets: Now via SixonBroadway.com
What’s it about: What if the six wives of Henry VIII were a pop group a la the Spice Girls?

Come from Away

When is it back: September 21 
When can you buy tickets: Now via Telecharge
What’s it about: A tiny town in Canada that took in flights from all over the world after 9/11. 


When is it back: September 28
When can you buy tickets: Now via AladdinTheMusical.com
What’s it about: A genie, a lamp, a street rat. 

Manuel Harlan
Manuel Harlan
Manuel Harlan

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical 

When is it back: October 8
When can you buy tickets: Now via Ticketmaster
What’s it about: The life of the legendary Tina Turner. This production starring Adrienne Warren was nominated for 12 Tony awards after the shut down last year. 

Mrs. Doubtfire

When is it back: October 21
When can you buy tickets: Now via MrsDoubtfireBroadway.com
What’s it about: It’s a musical version of Mrs. Doubtfire, duh. 

The Phantom of the Opera

When is it back: October 22
When can you buy tickets: Now via Telecharge 
What’s it about: Broadway’s original masked man will now perform for an audience full of masked patrons. He just needs to cover the bottom of his face. 

Caroline, or Change

When is it back: October 8
When can you buy tickets: Not quite yet.
What’s it about: A revival of the musical by Tony Kushner and Jeanine Tesori about a black maid working for a Jewish family in the 1960s. 

Diana The Musical

When is it back: December 1
When can you buy tickets: Now via TheDianaMusical.com 
What’s it about: Imagine The Crown but with more singing. 


When is it back: December 20
When can you buy tickets: Now via CompanyMusical.com 
What’s it about: It’s a gender flipped version of Stephen Sondheim’s show about 30-something ennui starring Katrina Lenk and Patti LuPone. 
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Esther Zuckerman is a senior entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @ezwrites.


Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.


Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.


BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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