Broadway shows to see this year


“Chicago,” another spectacular musical, has been on Broadway for 25 years.

As past shows return and newer shows begin their national tours, the next several months will see many interesting Broadway shows opening in San Francisco.

The movie “Mean Girls” was turned into a Broadway musical in April 2018. We assure those who are unfamiliar with the typical high school girl problems that they will have a blast watching this one. Bright Cady Heron attended home school her whole life and was raised by the majority in Africa. When the famed popular girls named the “Plastics” pursue Cady, she and her new friends decide it’s time to overthrow their rule. Will Cady’s desire for vengeance against the Plastics become less important as she gets sucked into their world? Opening night for this show is January 31 and will be in our local city, San Francisco.

The winner of six Tony Awards, “Dear Evan Hansen” opened on Broadway in 2016 and the production ran until the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of many shows. “Dear Evan Hansen” follows high school senior Evan Hansen’s experiences with social anxiety and reinvention and is sure to bring many viewers to tears with emotional music, which earned the composers several awards. The show opened at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco on January 24, 2023 and will continue to run until February 19.

“Come From Away,” which opened on Broadway in 2017, tells the true story of the commercial airplanes that were forced to make emergency landings following the terror attack on September 11, 2001. Nearly forty planes and their passengers landed in a remote town in Newfoundland. Each playing multiple characters, the cast brings to life the experiences and forged connections of the passengers of one plane and the town residents. “Come From Away” is the powerful, hopeful and touching story of compassion in the midst of fear and panic. The show will open on April 11 and run until April 23.

“Hadestown,” an adaptation of a Greek myth premiered on Broadway in 2019 and went on to win eight Tony Awards. In the world of the show, Orpheus and Eurydice are both living in poverty and suffering the effects of extreme climate change, which drives Eurydice to work in the industrialized underworld—Hadestown. The musical follows the love stories of several characters, as well as exploring themes of politics, desperation and hope. While Hadestown does not open in San Francisco until September 2023, the popularity of the show means that tickets will be going fast once they are on sale.