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2021 Broadway Season

chrishuyen
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2021 Broadway Season#1
Posted: 2/17/20 at 1:48am

We've gotten a number of announcements already, and I don't think there's anything new that'll be coming in this season, so I figured it isn't too early to start keeping track.  As with other threads like these, "official" musicals will be ones with either dates or a theater announced.

Update: with the pandemic shutting down Broadway for just about all of 2020, I've changed this to track what shows have been pushed forward to whenever Broadway comes back again.  All dates are 2021 unless otherwise noted.

New Musicals
- Flying Over Sunset, Vivian Beaumont Theatre (Spring 2021)
- MJ, Neil Simon Theatre (P: Mar. 8, 2021, O: Apr. 15, 2021)

Musical Revivals
- 1776, American Airlines Theatre (Spring 2021) 
- Caroline or Change, Studio 54 (Spring 2021)
- The Music Man, Winter Garden Theatre (P: Apr. 7, O: May 20)

New Plays
- Birthday Candles, American Airlines Theatre (Fall 2021)
The Minutes, Cort Theatre (P: Mar. 1, O: Mar. 15)

Play Revivals
- American Buffalo, Circle in the Square (P: Week of Mar. 22, O: Apr. 14)
- How I Learned to Drive, Friedman Theatre (2020-2021 Season)
- Plaza Suite, Hudson Theatre (P: Mar. 19, O: TBA, C: Jul. 18 )
- Take Me Out, Helen Hayes Theatre (P: Week of Mar. 22, O: Apr. 22)
- Trouble in Mind, American Airlines Theatre (Winter 2021-2022)

Other
- American Utopia, Hudson Theatre (O: Sep. 18, 2020, C: Jan. 17, 2021)

Rumored/Unconfirmed
- Almost Famous (new musical)
Death of a Salesman (play revival)
Double Feature (new play)
Funny Girl (musical revival)
- Lehman Trilogy (new play)
Lempicka (new musical)
Life of Pi (new play)
- Once Upon a One More Time, Marquis Theatre (new musical)
- Our Town (play revival)
- Some Like It Hot (new musical), Fall 2021
Tommy (musical revival)

Updated On: 7/1/20 at 01:48 AM
chrishuyen
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2021 Broadway Season#2
Posted: 6/24/20 at 12:38pm

Made some adjustments to the list of shows, including ones from the 2019-2020 season that were postponed to 2021, or whenever Broadway comes back.

chrishuyen
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HenryTDobson
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2021 Broadway Season#4
Posted: 6/26/20 at 2:17pm

Thank you for this, very helpful! Let's hope these productions actually happen in 2021....

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Sutton Ross
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2021 Broadway Season#5
Posted: 6/26/20 at 2:35pm

This is helpful AF. Thank you!!!

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LexiGirl
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2021 Broadway Season#6
Posted: 6/26/20 at 4:12pm

Thank you so much for doing this! It is quite a bit to keep track of with all the updates and changes. I plan to reference this a lot.

chrishuyen
Leading Actor
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2021 Broadway Season#7
Posted: 6/26/20 at 7:29pm

Glad that this has helped other people too because it definitely helps me keep track of what has and hasn't announced that they're coming back.  And feel free to let me know if there's anything I missed!

BwayinVan
Broadway Star
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2021 Broadway Season#8
Posted: 6/27/20 at 8:15pm
Really curious how the Tonys will play out. Do they combine them? Do a double show awarding Tony’s for shows that actually opened during the 19/20 and then shows that opened during the official 20/21 season. It would suck bit to give the shows that actually opened the recognition they deserved but at the same time only awarding one per category for two seasons combined would also not be fair. A long way to go before any of this is answered but still interesting to think about
Jordan Levinson
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2021 Broadway Season#9
Posted: 6/27/20 at 10:19pm

BwayinVan said: "Really curious how the Tonys will play out. Do they combine them? Do a double show awarding Tony’s for shows that actually opened during the 19/20 and then shows that opened during the official 20/21 season. It would suck bit to give the shows that actually opened the recognition they deserved but at the same time only awarding one per category for two seasons combined would also not be fair. A long way to go before any of this is answered but still interesting to think about"

Some season combination could probably be made, pay attention in the months to come for ATW and B'way League announcements. Also, I believe the odds of a 2021 Tony ceremony actually happening are 50-50 at the moment. It all depends on vaccine/treatment progress; let's see where we are at the height of the holiday season. We should get some efficacy data from some Phase 3 trials by the end of the year, to say the least.

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SweetLips22
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2021 Broadway Season#10
Posted: 6/28/20 at 4:45pm

The same old same old shows will have to return as they are a given for tourists[if they ever return], but it would be wonderfully refreshing if they got swept away with the virus and all those new and revisited shows mentioned above could put new life/new blood back into Broadway.

As much as the beloved LuPone/Peters etc etc seem to be the stalwarts on the GreatBroadWay, there must be just so many others waiting for their chance to move on up.

Now is the time for that Great Big Broom, and lots of disinfectant, to re-invent the wheel.

Updated On: 7/1/20 at 04:45 PM
chrishuyen
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2021 Broadway Season#11
Posted: 6/30/20 at 9:46pm

Dustin Hoffman in Our Town directed by Bart Sher added to the Unconfirmed column: https://deadline.com/2020/06/scott-rudin-dustin-hoffman-broadway-our-town-2021-bartlett-sher-1202974393/

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Georgeanddot2
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2021 Broadway Season#12
Posted: 6/30/20 at 10:02pm
I'm still holding on to a little bit of hope that Laurie Metcalf's Virginia Wolf might come back.
chrishuyen
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Jarethan
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2021 Broadway Season#14
Posted: 7/1/20 at 4:26pm

BwayinVan said: "Really curious how the Tonys will play out. Do they combine them? Do a double show awarding Tony’s for shows that actually opened during the 19/20 and then shows that opened during the official 20/21 season. It would suck bit to give the shows that actually opened the recognition they deserved but at the same time only awarding one per category for two seasons combined would also not be fair. A long way to go before any of this is answered but still interesting to think about"

If they really do open up in April, having the Tonys June or July 21, the combination of the two years into one 'season' would make total sense to me, in that May 19 - March 20 followed by March 21 - May21 in fact represents single season months-wise.  Why dilute the awards.  I personally am betting that there will not be that much new product in the April - May (or June) period anyway, so it is probably not going to be that big a deal.  And if someone or something that you love loses because of that, well Barbara Streisand lost to Carol Channing and Ethel Merman in Gypsy lost to Mary Martin in Sound of Music and Dreamgirls lost to Nine and Pippin lost to A Little Night Music and...and...and.  

IMO it would diminish the award to give a Tony for the March to May or June 21 mini-season.

 

JSquared2
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2021 Broadway Season#15
Posted: 7/1/20 at 4:34pm

Jarethan said: "BwayinVan said: "Really curious how the Tonys will play out. Do they combine them? Do a double show awarding Tony’s for shows that actually opened during the 19/20 and then shows that opened during the official 20/21 season. It would suck bit to give the shows that actually opened the recognition they deserved but at the same time only awarding one per category for two seasons combined would also not be fair. A long way to go before any of this is answered but still interesting to think about"

If they really do open up in April, having the Tonys June or July 21, the combination of the two years into one 'season' would make total sense to me, in that May 19- March 20 followed by March 21 - May21 in factrepresents single season months-wise. Why dilute the awards. I personally am betting that there will not be that much new product in the April - May (or June) period anyway, so it is probably not going to be that big a deal. And if someone or something that you love loses because of that, well Barbara Streisand lost to Carol Channing and Ethel Merman in Gypsy lost to Mary Martin in Sound of Music and Dreamgirls lost to Nine and Pippin lost to A Little Night Music and...and...and.

IMO it would diminish the award to give a Tony for the March to May or June 21 mini-season.


I completely agree, Jarethan.  The biggest obstacle, however, would be getting the voters to remember shows that they had seen nearly 2 years ago.  I'm talking about shows that opened in the fall or winter of last year (like Betrayal, Sea Wall/A Life, Lucy Barton, The Sound Inside, A Soldier's Play, Slave Play, The Inheritance, etc. etc.)

I guess there's no perfect solution.

 

chrishuyen
Leading Actor
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2021 Broadway Season#16
Posted: 7/1/20 at 4:37pm

I know there's already been a lot of discussion on why releasing the NYPL archives to the general public isn't feasible, but could that be something the 2022 Tony voters use for shows from this past fall?

Jarethan
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2021 Broadway Season#17
Posted: 7/1/20 at 10:58pm

JSquared2 said: 

I guess there's no perfect solution.

I actually suspect that it will not be an issue, from two key perspectives:

-- Things like Slave Play, The Inheritance, The Sound Inside are not going to be quickly forgotten, due to the level of excellence achieved.  Similarly, WWW (as the only revival) may be polarizing, but the people who love it are not going to lose their fervor.  Same thing with Moulin Rouge, a likely 2021 winner of many awards.  Smaller things may get lost, e.g., Lucy Barton and Laura Linney but, as big a fan as I am, there was no way she was going to win a Tony for that.  Mare Winningham or Lauren Patton may be 'hurt' by the gap, but that assumes either had a chance against Patti Lupone (and Patti Lupone is not going to be forgotten).  She may not win, depending on what does open in April - May or June, but she won't be forgotten.  I am sure there are other examples, but I think these are representative.

-- I really don't think there will actually be that much produced in the Spring when we look back.  Maybe wrong, but I can't believe that that many productions that have not already been capitalized will get investors excited for a Spring 2021 opening.  Maybe Fall 2021 or Spring 2022, but not Spring 2021.  Also, I don't pretend to know how much additional funding (if any) the productions that were in previews will require to open and the productions that were open will need to reopen, but I am still guessing that some of them will never make it back.  Hopefully, I will be proven wrong.