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May 11, 2021
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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 and The Lion King are among the hit shows that have confirmed a return date as the COVID-19 pandemic wanes, complete with new flexible ticket options.

New York theaters will reopen from Sept. 14. Big shows like Aladdin and Chicago will reopen their doors in the following weeks. More shows like Come From Away, Jagged Little Pill and Mrs. Doubtfire will open throughout the rest of the year.

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 can watch Hamilton on Disney Plus or check out the Princess Diana musical on Netflix before the curtain even lifts at the theater.

If you do head to New York's famed musical district, bear in mind that theaters may have to follow state or CDC restrictions and policies to continue keeping staff, performers and audience members safe from the coronavirus.

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