More Broadway Reopenings: Hamilton, The Lion King, Wicked, Aladdin, Tina, plus: MJ the musical

Hamilton, The Lion King and Wicked have announced reopening dates of September 14, the earliest possible date, with Aladdin on September 28 and Tina the Musical on October 8. Tickets are available for sale on Ticketmaster.

Also this morning, “MJ,” the new musical about Michael Jackson, also announced performances starting Dec. 6 and an opening Feb. 1 (with tickets going on sale May 18.) The musical, which focuses on preparations for the “Dangerous” tour, has a book by Lynn Nottage and is directed by Christopher Wheeldon.

This is added to the nine Broadway shows that have already announced re/opening dates, including four that have not previously opened: Six (Sept 17), Mrs. Doubtfire (Dec 5), Diana (Dec 16) and Company (Jan 9)

Cast members Alexandra Billings (Madame Morrible in Wicked), Krystal Joy Brown (Eliza in Hamilton), and L. Steven Taylor (Mufasa in The Lion King) announced the September 14 reopening of these three top-grossing musicals jointly in a five-minute interview on Good Morning America, supplemented by fancy Twitter announcements:

The subsequent press announcement also included a reminder that Hamilton opened six years ago, Wicked 17 years ago and The Lion King 23 years ago. “Combined, the three musicals have played to 176 million audience members in dozens of countries around the globe. On Broadway alone, the three productions combined have employed nearly 1000 performers during their runs, in addition to the thousands more who have performed the shows on stages around the world.”

All of the openings and reopenings are of course dependent on continued approval by the state, which in turn will make its judgment based on the situation with Covid-19. Visitors to the Ticketmaster site are greeted with this announcement, to which they must agree:

The link directs here

Tickets for Hamilton on Sept 14 ranged from $149 to $399, but there are also “priority” & “premium” tickets that are “locked,” and an announcement that prices will “fluctuate.”

Author: New York Theater

Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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