The Lights Go On On Broadway… Finally

by Elysian Magazine


A new musical intertwines two mythic tales; the young dreamers Orpheus and Eurdice, and King Hades and Persephone. Set to singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s alluring music, director Rachel Chavkin weaves a poetic image that pits nature against industry, doubt against faith, and fear against love. Not for the faint of heart. Now playing at the Walter Kerr Theater, 219 W. 48th Street.

Eva Noblezada as Eurydice and the cast of Hadestown. (photo credits: Matthew Murphy)



WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna fights to reclaim a long-forgotten part of herself. Through the support of her fellow waitresses and an unexpected romance, Jenna begins to find the courage to take a long-abandoned dream off the shelf. Waitress celebrates the power of friendship, dreams, the family we choose, and the beauty of a well-baked pie. Now playing at the Ethel Barrymore Theater, 243 West 47th Street.

Charity Angel Dawson as Becky, Sara Bareilles as Jenna and Caitlin Houlahan as Dawn in Waitress.
(photo credits: Jeremy Daniel)


The electrifying new musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching number one, set against a dramatic storyline of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal. Performances include “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and more. This 2019 Tony Winner was proclaimed by New York Times theater reviewer Ben Brantley as “Pretty close to perfection.” It opens on October 16 at the Imperial Theatre, 249 W. 45th Street.

Ephraim Sykes as David Ruffin, Jeremy Pope as Eddie Kendricks, Jawan M. Jackson as Melvin Franklin, James Harkness as Paul Williams and Derrick Baskin as Otis Williams in Ain’t Too Proud (photo credits: Jeremy Daniel)


Based on the 1992 Walt Disney animated film, Aladdin tells the story of a street-smart commoner whose whole life changes when he meets a magical genie who can grant him three wishes. Aladdin wants the hand of Princess Jasmine, but that means becoming something he’s not and going toe-to-toe with Jafar who wants the genie for his own evil plans. Opens on September 28 at the New Amsterdam Theatre, 214 West 42nd Street.

Ainsley Melham as Aladdin in Aladdin.


Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, comes to Broadway with Jeff Daniels and Celia Keenan-Bolger. Atticus Finch, a lawyer in the Depression-era South, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and in the process, his children observe firsthand the life-destroying lesson of prejudice. This is the world premiere of Academy Award winner Aaron Sorkin’s new play, brought vividly to life on the Broadway stage by acclaimed film and stage star, Ed Harris. It opens on October 5 at the Sam S. Schubert Theatre, 225 W. 44th Street.

Jeff Daniels as Atticus Finch and Gbenga Akinnagbe as Tom Robinson in To Kill a Mockingbird.


Just in time to celebrate its 25th anniversary, Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great: a universal tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz; one show-stopping song-and-dance after another. Chicago is the longest-running American musical in Broadway history and the second longest-running Broadway production ever. Performances resumed September 14, 202 at Ambassador Theatre, 219 West 49th Street.

Amra-Faye Wright (front left) as Velma Kelly and company in Chicago on Broadway (photo credits: Jeremy Daniel)


The comeback story of the woman who dared to defy the bounds of racism, sexism, and ageism to become the global Queen of Rock n’ Roll. One of the world’s best-selling artists of all time, Tina Turner has won 12 Grammy Awards, performed live shows seen by millions, and has sold more concert tickets than any other solo performer in music history. Featuring many of her much-loved songs, Tina is a celebration of resilience and an inspiration of triumph over adversity. Reopens October 8 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, 205 West 46th Street.

Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner in Tina: The Tina Turner Musical.
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