Updates on Current and Upcoming National Tours

National Tour News   Updates on Current and Upcoming National Tours
 
A look at the touring musicals and plays that may soon be coming to a city near you, as well as those canceled by the coronavirus pandemic.
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NOTE: MOST TOURS ARE SUSPENDED THROUGH AUGUST. PLAYBILL WILL UPDATE THESE LISTINGS WHEN NEW INFORMATION IS MADE AVAILABLE.

*A note about Equity versus non-Equity tours: Many touring productions are marketed as “direct from Broadway”—but performers and stage managers on Broadway work under Actors’ Equity contracts, which provide fair pay, benefits, and job protections. An Equity tour means actors and stage managers are fairly compensated with rights and protections that allow them to give you their all, every performance.

1776- National Tour (beginning September 14, 2021)
Musical about the vivid personalities behind the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The Tony-winning show humanizes the likes of Ben Franklin, John Hancock, Richard Henry Lee and the "obnoxious and disliked" -- and passionate -- man identified as the true Founding Father, John Adams. Score includes "Sit Down, John," "Yours," "He Plays the Violin" and "Mama, Look Sharp." [Equity]

AIDA- National Tour
Aida will now premiere in Germany in 2022, as opposed to launching a North American tour.

AIN'T TOO PROUD- National Tour (beginning January 5, 2021)
The electrifying new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The winner of the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography, it’s a thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal during a decade of civil unrest in America. Set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits, including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” Ain’t Too Proud tells the unforgettable story of the legendary quintet that Billboard Magazine named the greatest R&B group of all time. [Equity]

ANASTASIA- National Tour
All tour dates in 2020 have been postponed or rescheduled

THE BAND'S VISIT- National Tour
Performances resume September 22, 2020 in Salt Lake City
The critically acclaimed musical, The Band's Visit, celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all. After a mix-up at the border, an Egyptian Police Band is sent to a remote village in the middle of the Israeli desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. [Equity]

BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL - National Tour
Performances resume January 22, 2021, in Houston, TX.
Beautiful tells the inspiring true story of Carole King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. [Equity]

BLUE MAN GROUP: SPEECHLESS TOUR- National Tour
Performances of Blue Man Group will resume in March 2021. Contact your local venue for additional information.
Over 35 million people on our blue planet have experienced the surprising and exciting show that is Blue Man Group. And now, the Blue Men return with a new show - Blue Man Group: Speechless Tour. The world-renowned bald and blue trio embarks on a new journey of discovery, the result of over 27 years spent observing humanity. Speechless will feature new and original compositions, acts, and instruments alongside iconic Blue Man Group moments based in joy, art, music, comedy, social commentary, and hilarious absurdity. Join the fun as the Blue Men search for the elusive present moment while creating moments of large-scale participation and universal connection with the audience (that’s you!) that unites us beyond words in our always-on world. [Non-Equity]

BUDDY... THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY- National Tour
Performances resume October 31, 2020, in Parkersburg, WV
Musical biography of early rock 'n roller Buddy Holly, charting his rise to fame and his tragic early death. The story is used as a framework for performances of his songs, including "Peggy Sue" and "That'll Be the Day" plus "Chantilly Lace," and "La Bamba." [Non-Equity]

CATS- National Tour
All tour dates in 2020 have been rescheduled; the tour is scheduled to resume December 29 in Portland, Oregon.
Winner of 7 Tony Awards® including Best Musical, Cats tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber, original scenic and costume design by John Napier, all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz , all-new sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne and direction by Trevor Nunn make this production a new Cats for a new generation! [Equity]

THE CHER SHOW- National Tour (beginning Fall 2021)
Superstars come and go. Cher is forever. For six straight decades, only one unstoppable force has flat-out dominated popular culture — breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries, and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. The Cher Show is the Tony Award-winning musical of her story, and it’s packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star, and the icon. The Cher Show is 35 smash hits, six decades of stardom, two rock-star husbands, a Grammy®, an Oscar®, an Emmy®, and enough Tony Award-winning Bob Mackie gowns to cause a sequin shortage in New York City, all in one unabashedly fabulous new musical that will have you dancing in the aisles!

CHICAGO - National Tour
The Chicago national tour has been canceled

COME FROM AWAY- National Tour
Performances of Come From Away through August been postponed or canceled
Come From Away takes you into the heart of the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Cultures clashed, and nerves ran high, but uneasiness turned into trust, music soared into the night and gratitude grew into enduring friendships. [Equity]

DEAR EVAN HANSEN- National Tour
Performances of Dear Evan Hansen through 2020 have been postponed or canceled; the tour is scheduled to resume in L.A. December 1.
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have. Evan Hansen is about to get the one thing he’s always wanted: a chance to finally fit in. Dear Evan Hansen is the deeply personal and profoundly contemporary musical about life and the way we live it. [Equity]

ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE- National Tour
Performances of Escape To Margaritaville have been suspended through December 1, 2020.
A change in attitude, is headed to your latitude. Welcome to Margaritaville, where people come to get away from it all - and stay to find something they never expected. Get ready for a hilarious and heartwarming musical with the most unforgettable songs from one of music's greatest storytellers - Jimmy Buffet. [Non-Equity]

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF- National Tour
Performances of Fiddler On The Roof through 2020 have been canceled or postponed. Performances resume January 12, 2021, in Omaha, NE
Tony Award-winning director Bartlett Sher and the team behind South Pacific, The King and I and the 2017 Tony Award-winning Best Play Oslo, bring a fresh and authentic vision to this beloved theatrical masterpiece from Tony winner Joseph Stein and Pulitzer Prize winners Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. [Non-Equity]

FROZEN- National Tour
Performances of Frozen through 2020 have been canceled or postponed. Performances resume January 6, 2021, in Cincinnati, OH
Frozen is melting hearts on Broadway in an all-new production created for the stage by an award-winning team. It features the songs you know and love from the original film, plus an expanded score with a dozen new numbers. An unforgettable theatrical experience filled with sensational special effects, stunning sets and costumes and powerhouse performances, Frozen is everything you want in a musical: It's moving. It's spectacular. And above all, it's pure Broadway joy. [Equity]

HADESTOWN- National Tour (Scheduled to Launch Spring 2021)
Welcome to HADESTOWN, where a song can change your fate. Winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards® including Best Musical and the 2020 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Theater Album, this acclaimed new show from celebrated singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and innovative director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812) is a love story for today... and always. Intertwining two mythic tales — that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone — HADESTOWN is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.

HAIRSPRAY- National Tour
A new North American tour of the hit musical Hairspray, led by original director Jack O'Brien and choreographer Jerry Mitchell. Set in Baltimore in 1962, Hairspray is the story of plain-jane Tracy Turnblad, who is going to do whatever it takes to dance her way onto TV's most popular show. Can a big girl with big dreams—and even bigger hair—turn the whole town around? Hairspray the Musical is based on John Waters' 1988 film classic. [Equity]

HAMILTON- National Tour (through February 6, 2022)
Performances of Hamilton through November 1, 2020, have been canceled or postponed
Winner of 11 Tony Awards and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Hamilton is one of Broadway’s biggest hits. From the mind of 2015 MacArthur Genius grant recipient Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ron Chernow’s landmark bestselling biography comes a new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, Alexander Hamilton. Tony Award-winner Thomas Kail directs this musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down. [Equity]

JACQUELINE NOVAK: GET ON YOUR KNEES - National Tour
Performances of Get On Your Knees through August have been canceled or postponed. Performances begin September 8, 2020, in San Francisco, CA
Comedian Jacqueline Novak’s Get On Your Knees is the most high-brow show about blow jobs you’ll ever see. Novak spins her material on the femininity of the penis and the stoicism of the vulva into an unexpectedly philosophical show that’s part feminist outcry, part coming-of-age tale of triumph.

JERSEY BOYS - National Tour
Performances of Jersey Boys through October have been postponed or canceled. Performances resume November 10, 2020, in Dallas, TX
They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story—a story that has made them an international sensation all over again.Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon Jersey Boys. From the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, this is the musical that’s just too good to be true. [Equity]

JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR- National Tour
Performances of Jesus Christ Superstar have been canceled or postponed through 2020; the tour is scheduled to resume January 5, 2021 in For Meyers, Florida.
Almost 10 years after the last major tour, a new mesmerizing production of this iconic musical phenomenon comes to North America. Helmed by the acclaimed director Timothy Sheader and cutting-edge choreographer Drew McOnie, the Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. [Equity]

LES MISÉRABLES- National Tour
Performances of Les Misérables through August have been canceled or postponed. Performances resume September 15, 2020, in Nashville, TN
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boubil and Claude-Michel Schönberg’s Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon, Les Misérables. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly re-imagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production has left both audiences and critics awestruck. Featuring the thrilling score and beloved songs “I Dreamed A Dream,” “On My Own,” “Stars," “Bring Him Home,” “One Day More,” and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. [Equity]

THE LION KING - National Tour
Performances of The Lion King through November have been canceled or postponed. Check your venue's website for details.
More than 70 million people around the world have experienced the awe-inspiring visual artistry, the unforgettable music, and the uniquely theatrical storytelling of this Broadway spectacular—one of the most breathtaking and beloved productions ever to grace the stage. Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and based on the beloved 1994 Disney film, The Lion King brings together one of the most imaginative creative teams on Broadway. Tony Award-winning director Julie Taymor brings to life a story filled with hope and adventure set against an amazing backdrop of stunning visuals. [Equity]

MEAN GIRLS- National Tour
Performances of Mean Girls resume October 20, 2020
Tina Fey’s fetch movie is, like, now on tour. Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung. Mean Girls features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film, music by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond; and lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw directs and choreographs. [Equity]

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET- National Tour
Performances of Million Dollar Quartet through September have been postponed or canceled. Performances resume October 23, 2020, in Wabash, IN
Around Christmas time in 1956, Carl Perkins was in a post-“Blue Suede Shoes” funk. He booked a recording session on Dec. 4th with producer Sam Phillips. Along with Jerry Lee Lewis, Perkins and his band recorded a number of songs including one of Perkins’ best-known records, “Matchbox.”. Details from the rest of that day are still questioned, but this is what is known: Perkins and Lewis were later joined by Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash, and the foursome held an impromptu jam session. A newspaper wrote, “This quartet could sell a million.” Shortly after they were known as “The Million Dollar Quartet.” [Non-Equity]

MISS SAIGON- National Tour
All remaining performances of Miss Saigon have been canceled.

MOULIN ROUGE- National Tour
Set in Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the century, a world of indulgent beauty and unparalleled extravagance, of bohemians and aristocrats, of boulevardiers and mademoiselles, Moulin Rouge! The Musical tells the fictional story of an ambitious, lovesick writer, Christian, and a dazzling, entrancing chanteuse, Satine. Their lives collide at the Moulin Rouge with its many characters including the host of the Moulin Rouge, Harold Zidler, the brilliant and starving artist Toulouse-Lautrec, the greatest tango dancer - and gigolo - in all of Paris, Santiago, the tempting Nini, and The Duke of Monroth, the wealthy and entitled patron of the club who thinks he can buy anything he wants, including love. [Equity]

MY FAIR LADY- National Tour
Performances of My Fair Lady through August have been canceled or postponed. Performances resume September 22, 2020, in San Antonio, TX
From Lincoln Center Theater that brought you The King & I and South Pacific, comes a new production of Lerner & Loewe’s My Fair Lady. Boasting such classic songs as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “The Rain in Spain,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “On the Street Where You Live,” My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a “proper lady.” But who is really being transformed? [Equity]

THE OFFICE!: A MUSICAL PARODY- National Tour
All existing tour dates of The Office! have been rescheduled
The Office! A Musical Parody, currently selling out the Jerry Orbach Theatre in New York City, lovingly pokes fun at the hit TV show “The Office.” Don’t miss this hilarious unauthorized musical parody featuring your favorite coworkers from Dunder Mifflin. Featuring songs such as “Welcome to Scranton (The Electric City),” “That’s What She Said,” “The Dundies,” “Marry Me Beesly,” and more. [Non-Equity]

OKLAHOMA!- National Tour
A confident cowboy competes with a surly, mysterious farmhand for the honor of taking a lovely young farm woman to a dance in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1943 musical adaptation of Green Grow the Lilacs.

PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL- National Tour
Get ready to experience this dazzling theatrical take on a love story for the ages. After an incredible run on Broadway, Audience Choice Award-winner Pretty Woman: The Musical is going on tour! One of Hollywood’s most beloved stories of all time, Pretty Woman: The Musical is brought to life by a powerhouse creative team representing the best of music, Hollywood, and Broadway. Featuring direction and choreography by two-time Tony Award® winner Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray, Kinky Boots, Legally Blonde), an original score by Grammy® winner Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance (“Summer of ’69”, “Heaven”), and a book by the movie’s legendary director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J.F. Lawton, Pretty Woman: The Musical will lift your spirits and light up your heart.

THE PROM- National Tour (scheduled to launch January 23, 2021 in Providence, Rhode Island)
We’ve got trouble, folks, right here in Indiana and when Broadway’s brassiest hear a student is unceremoniously sidelined from a small-town Indiana prom—and the press is involved—they are ready to kick-ball-change the world.

RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES
Performances of Rain: A Tribute To The Beatles through the end of 2020 have been canceled or postponed. Performances resume February 17, 2021, in Greensboro, NC
In celebration of the anniversary of Abbey Road, Rain will bring the greatest hits of this epic recording to life, in addition to all your early Beatles favorites. This mind-blowing performance takes you back in time with the legendary foursome delivering a note-for-note theatrical event. Experience the worlds' most iconic band and come celebrate the best of Abbey Road with Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles. [Non-Equity]

RENT - 25TH ANNIVERSARY FAREWELL TOUR- National Tour
Opening in early 2021, exact date TBD
For a quarter of a century, RENT has inspired us to choose love over fear and to live without regret. This Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning phenomenon has become more than a musical – it’s a cultural touchstone and a source of joy and strength for millions. RENT’s 25th Anniversary “Farewell Season of Love” is your FINAL CHANCE to experience this celebrated touring production – so don’t miss it!. [Non-Equity]

ROALD DAHL'S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY- National Tour
Performances resume December 22, 2020
Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory…to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now’s your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before—get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper! [Non-Equity]

SPAMILTON- National Tour
All performances of Spamilton have been postponed.
Created by Gerard Alessandrini, the comic mastermind behind the long-running hit Forbidden Broadway and performed by a versatile cast of seven, Spamilton is a side-splitting new musical parody. After tearing it up in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and London, Spamilton: An American Parody will stage a singing, dancing, comedy revolution in cities across the country. [Non-Equity]

STOMP- National Tour (re-opens January 13, 2021)
Performances of STOMP through 2020 have been postponed or canceled. Performances resum January 13, 2021 in Casper, WY
Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at Stomp, the inventive and invigorating stage show that's dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm. [Non-Equity]

SUMMER: THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL
Performances of Summer: The Donna Summer Musical resume September 8, 2020, in August, TX
Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the famed songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise and descent. The show features a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff.”[Equity]

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD- National Tour
Performances of To Kill A Mockingbird through September have been canceled or postponed. Performances begin October 6, 2020, in Tampa, FL
Academy Award® winner Aaron Sorkin has adapted Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterwork for the stage with spectacular, universally praised results.With its unflinching and wholly relevant insight into race relations and our criminal justice system, not to mention what might be the most indelible cast of characters ever to populate a work of fiction, To Kill a Mockingbird is every bit as enthralling to audiences today as it was when Haper Lee's novel was published in 1960. Directed by Tony Award® winner Bartlett Sher. [Equity]

TOOTSIE - National Tour
Featuring a hilarious Tony®-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony-winner David Yazbek (The Band’s Visit, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), this laugh-out-loud love letter to the theater tells the story of Michael Dorsey, a talented but difficult actor who struggles to find work until one show-stopping act of desperation lands him the role of a lifetime. [Non-Equity]

WAITRESS- National Tour
Performances of Waitress through September have been postponed or canceled. Performances resume October 8, 2020, in Toledo, OH
Based upon the 2007 movie, Waitress features a new score by five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, a book by Jessie Nelson, direction by Diane Paulus and choreography by Lorin Latarro—making it the first Broadway musical in history with an all-female creative team. This uplifting new musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie. [Non-Equity]

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME- National Tour
What The Constitution Means To Me will announce new tour dates shortly
This boundary-breaking play breathes new life into our Constitution and imagines how it will shape the next generation of American women. Fifteen-year-old Heidi Schreck earned her college tuition by winning Constitutional debate competitions across the United States. Now, the Obie Award winner recalls her teenage self in order to trace the profound relationship between four generations of women in her own family and the founding document that dictated their rights and citizenship. [Equity]

WICKED- National Tour
Performances of Wicked through August have been canceled or postponed. Performances resume September 30, 2020, in Durham, NC
Winner of three 2004 Tony Awards, Wicked is a Broadway phenomenon that looks at what happened in the Land of Oz… but from a different angle. With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular,” and “For Good,” Wicked transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story and opulent physical production. [Equity]

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