They say the neon lights are bright on Broadway -- or they will be in September when some of New York's biggest theater shows reopen. Long-running musicals Hamilton, Wicked, Chicago and The Lion King are among the hit shows that have confirmed a return date in mid-September as the COVID-19 wanes, complete with new flexible ticket options.
New York theaters will reopen from Sept. 14, with the four biggies above kicking things off first. More shows like Aladdin, Phantom of the Opera, Come from Away, Jagged Little Pill, Dear Evan Hansen and Mrs. Doubtfire will open in the weeks and months that follow.
The big productions have committed to much more flexible ticketing options than in the past. Previously, expensive theater tickets were fixed to the date and wouldn't allow you to change your plans even if you booked months or years in advance. But now tickets can be changed right up to the day of the performance. Disney is also absorbing Ticketmaster's fees, so you don't have to pay more than the face value of the ticket.
Broadway shows have found a revenue stream on streaming services during the pandemic disruption. You canor before the curtain lifts again at the theater.
If you do head to New York's famed musical district, bear in mind that theaters may have to follow health restrictions and policies to continue keeping staff, performers and audience members safe from the coronavirus.
Broadway has been closed since March 11, 2020, as the pandemic forced the US -- New York City in particular -- into lockdown.