The year 2021 promises to be a great one for theater enthusiasts, with the introduction of the vaccine and guidelines to prevent the spread of the virus. From classic to modern, musicals to plays, there are numerous must-see theatrical performances this year. The list includes some of the most popular and successful productions, ranging from Hamilton, The Lion King, and Wicked to newer titles such as Moulin Rouge! The Musical and Dear Evan Hansen. These shows promise to offer a feast for the senses and create an unforgettable experience that will stay with audiences forever. So book your tickets today and get ready for an exciting year of theater.
10 Must-See Theatrical Performances in 2021
The year 2020 has been tough on theater enthusiasts. The ongoing pandemic has resulted in the closure of many theaters, canceling some of the most anticipated performances of the year. However, 2021 promises to be different. With the introduction of the vaccine and guidelines established to prevent the spread of the virus, the stage is set for the return of live theater. With that mind, here are ten must-see theatrical performances in 2021.
While the ongoing pandemic forced the closure of theaters worldwide, Hamilton finally made it to the big screen when it premiered on Disney+ in July 2020. However, nothing beats the experience of watching the musical live and in person. With playing sweeping scores, rap battles, and noteworthy choreography, Hamilton has been wowing theater-goers since its premiere in 2015.
2. The Lion King
The Lion King is the triumph of live performance that explores the African savannah through dance moves, puppetry, and amazing visuals. It is an adaptation of the animated film of the same name. The show opened on Broadway in 1997 and has toured the world ever since. The colorful costumes, awe-inspiring scenery, and incredible performances make it a perfect show for people of all ages.
3. Mean Girls
Based on the 2004 movie, Mean Girls, this Broadway musical made its debut on Broadway in 2018. The story follows Cady Heron, who moves from rural Africa to suburban Illinois, where she attends high school. Here she befriends a group of teenagers but soon realizes how hard it can be to fit into the high school social scene. With catchy tunes, amazing choreography, and funny one-liners, Mean Girls is a must-see performance in 2021.
4. The Book of Mormon
Winner of nine Tony awards, The Book of Mormon is a musical comedy created by the makers of South Park. The production follows two Mormon missionaries who attempt to preach the faith to a remote village in Uganda. The hilarious performance, catchy tunes, and live band make it a must-watch in 2021.
Wicked is one of the most significant Broadway hits of our time. The smash-hit musical follows the life of two witches, one of whom is misunderstood. The performance is filled with impressive sets, fabulous tunes, and touching storylines, making it a real crowd-pleaser. Its soaring numbers and powerful themes will leave you spellbound.
6. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The Harry Potter franchise needs no introduction. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-part play written by Jack Thorne. The play is set nineteen years after the events of the final book/movie and follows the life of Harry Potter and his friends. With eye-popping illusions, magical flying, and a compelling storyline, the two-part show is what every true Harry Potter fan should watch.
7. Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen is a musical that tells the story of a teenager struggling to fit in and find his place in the world. The musical takes its audience on a journey through mental health, teenage angst, and finding one’s identity. The production features stirring performances and a memorable score that makes it a must-see musical in 2021.
8. Come From Away
Come From Away tells the story of personal connections made by 7,000 stranded passengers and the residents of Gander, Newfoundland, after their planes are diverted following the September 11 attacks. The musical has won critical acclaim for its impressive performances, touching story, and excellent score.
9. Moulin Rouge! The Musical
Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a modern adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s iconic film. The musical is set in the iconic Moulin Rouge in Paris and follows the love story of a poet and a cabaret actress. The show features a dazzling performance, unforgettable music, and stunning visuals, making it a must-see in 2021.
10. The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera is one of the longest-running productions on Broadway. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical tells the story of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the Paris Opera House. With incredible music, unforgettable performances, and eye-catching sets, it is a timeless classic and a must-watch performance in 2021.
From classic to modern, musicals to plays, the list of must-see theatrical performances in 2021 is endless. With the productions listed above, you are assured a feast for your eyes, ears, and mind. By watching these shows, you will realize that there is an unbeatable magic that happens when live theater meets audiences. You will laugh, cry, and be swept up in the magic, creating an experience that you will never forget. So book your tickets today and get ready for an unforgettable year of theater.