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An Early Look to the 2022-2023 Season

The Phantom of the Opera – The Company performs Masquerade – photo by Alastair Muir

Although we’re only in the opening stages of the 2021-2022 season, two recent surveys sent to patrons may provide some insight as to what to expect for the 2022-2023 season. We’ll break them down here.


The first survey we’ll look at involves the Wharton Center. A partner with Broadway Across America (BAA), the survey asked for patrons’ input and suggestions regarding which shows they would like to bring to East Lansing.

First, we need to establish which shows have come to the venue over the past few years. This will help provide some perspective as to why the shows were included in the survey. Below is the data starting from the 2018-2019 season (new shows are in bold):


School of RockSeptember 18-23, 2018
Love Never DiesOctober 9-14, 2018
Fiddler on the RoofDecember 4-9, 2018
AnastasiaJanuary 15-20, 2019
Miss SaigonMarch 12-17, 2019
HamiltonMay 14 – June 2, 2019


Come From AwaySeptember 10-15, 2019
Les MisérablesNovember 12-17, 2019
AladdinDecember 4-15, 2019
My Fair LadyFebruary 26 – March 1, 2020
WickedApril 1=19, 2020
Rain: A Tribute to the BeatlesMay 6, 2020 ^
Dear Evan HansenJune 16-21, 2020 ^
^ Rescheduled to the 2020-2021 season


Mean GirlsDecember 8-13, 2020 #
Jesus Christ SuperstarJanuary 26-31, 2021
Rain: A Tribute to the BeatlesFebruary 14, 2021 ^
Pretty Woman: The MusicalFebruary 16-21, 2021 #
CatsMay 11-16, 2021 #
Blue Man GroupJune 22-23, 2021
FrozenJuly 7-18, 2021 #
Dear Evan Hansen(August 3-8, 2021 ^) #
# Rescheduled to the 2021-2022 season | ^ Rescheduled from the 2019-2020 season


Pretty Woman: The MusicalSeptember 14-19, 2021 #
Rain: A Tribute to the BeatlesNovember 5, 2021
Mannheim Steamroller ChristmasDecember 1, 2021
HadestownDecember 7-12, 2021
CatsJanuary 4-9, 2022 #
FrozenJanuary 27 – February 6, 2022 #
Mean GirlsMarch 1-6, 2022 #
HamiltonMarch 29 – April 10, 2022
Dear Evan HansenMay 17-22, 2022 #
Ain’t Too ProudJune 7-12, 2022
# Rescheduled from the 2020-2021 season

Next, let’s get to the contents of the survey. BAA traditionally breaks down their surveys into sections with a level of interest next to each show. These surveys provide patrons with the opportunity to voice their opinion about which shows they would prefer to see. Although routing a tour is much like putting a puzzle together, the surveys do carry some weight into the makeup of a season. And, since BAA venues are in larger markets, they typically will be the first to present newer shows. Here are the shows listed in each section:

New Musicals

This list provides us with evidence that Jagged Little Pill and Tina are expected to head out on tour. Booking groups have been offering these shows since 2020 and touring announcements may come around the Tony Awards in late September. Outcomes at the ceremony also play a factor, but with fewer shows than normal currently on Broadway, it is more than likely that we will see these go on tour in the 22-23 season.

Beetlejuice, which had previously announced a tour, wisely decided to wait a season to begin touring. However, Aida, which had a tour route that was cancelled in 2020, does not appear on this list, making me believe that it will not tour in the foreseeable future.

Each of the other shows that are listed have been touring, or are currently scheduled to begin touring this season. I also anticipate a few of the new shows on Broadway to begin touring in the 22-23 season. These may include: Girl From the North Country, Company, Mrs. Doubtfire, MJ, and Diana.

New Plays

Although we’re familiar with Mockingbird, A Soldier’s Play seems like an unusual choice to tour. The show, which closed in March 2020 due to the Broadway shutdown, played for only 58 performances. It is currently nominated for seven Tony Awards, which may provide it with some interest across the nation. And, indeed, its booking group is currently scheduling the show with presenters.

One show of note that is missing is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is currently being revised from two acts to a single act. This change would indicate to me that the show’s producers would like to try and make it more accessible to being seen within a traditional time frame, which works within the parameters of the standard touring production.


Here is where things start to get interesting. Of the seven offerings listed, three (9 to 5, Annie, and West Side Story) are new to the touring scene. To be sure, they each have previously been on tour, but enough time has passed to consider them to be new revivals.

Possibly the most intriguing is West Side Story, which is expecting to see a surge of interest following the new film adaptation that will come out later this year. No indication for a tour was given when the new Broadway revival closed earlier this week; but, if it does end up on the road, it may have to perform major overhauls due to the complicated sets and overall safety of the performers.

Two revivals not mentioned in this listing are The Music Man and the recently-announced Funny Girl, which will each open in early 2022, and would be ideal candidates for the 22-23 touring season.

Returning Favorites

This list gives us some insight as to which shows will be returning, and those which might not be returning, in the coming season. First, this list does gives some evidence to a few shows returning the road following their COVID-related closures, including: Aladdin, Book of Mormon, Chicago, and Les Mis. Of the currently-running touring shows, here are the shows that are missing, and which may or may not be returning following the 21-22 season:

While it is unlikely that all of the shows will not return in the 22-23 season, their absence from the options is certainly something to take into consideration.


Although this list does not represent all of the potential holidays shows that tour on a regular basis, the one newcomer to the roster (Smokey Mountain Christmas Carol) will provide a new twist on the holiday classic. It is also satisfying to see the new adaptation of A Christmas Carol as an option as it looks to build on the success of its Broadway run and upcoming tour.


The Koger Center also recently sent patrons a survey to gauge their interest for potential shows to be included in their 22-23 season. The survey consisted of four questions, with two providing show listings. Surveyees don’t have the category breakdown found in the BAA survey, so it is hard to tell what criteria they are using. Before we hit the lists, here’s a summary of the venue’s shows from the past few seasons:


Jersey BoysNovember 20-21, 2018
Kinky BootsJanuary 13-14, 2019
The Wizard of OzFebruary 18, 2019
Rock of AgesFebruary 24, 2019
Something Rotten!March 4-5, 2019
ChicagoMarch 23, 2019
BeautifulApril 2-7, 2019


Mannheim Steamroller ChristmasNovember 22, 2019
Christmas Wonderland Holiday SpectacularDecember 17-18, 2019
WickedJanuary 22 – February 9, 2020
An American in ParisMarch 31 –April 1, 2020
BandstandApril 29-30, 2020
The Color PurpleMay 12, 2020
CatsJune 16-17, 2020 ^
^ Rescheduled to the 2020-2021 season


Les MisérablesSeptember 29 – October 4, 2020
CatsNovember 2-4, 2020 ^
A Magical Cirque ChristmasDecember 16-17, 2020 #
Jersey BoysFebruary 21, 2021 #
Fiddler on the RoofMarch 22-23, 2021 #
South PacificApril 6-7, 2021 #
AnastasiaMay 25-26, 2021 #
CatsAugust 13-14, 2021 #
WaitressSeptember 14-15, 2021 #
^ Rescheduled from the 2019-2020 season | # Rescheduled to the 2021-2022 season


AnastasiaNovember 17-18, 2021 #
A Magical Cirque ChristmasDecember 14-15, 2021 #
Jersey BoysJanuary 23, 2022 #
CatsFebruary 28 – March 1, 2022 #
The Lion KingMarch 23–April 3, 2022
WaitressApril 27-28, 2022 #
South PacificMay 10-11, 2022 #
Fiddler on the RoofJune 6-7, 2022 #
# Rescheduled from the 2020-2021 season

Here are the list of show options provided with the survey:

Options 1

Options 2

Here is another indication that Aladdin, Les Miserables, and 9 to 5 will be touring in the 22-23 season. Hamilton would certainly be an interesting option as the show will be playing in North Charleston, SC next season. Typically, however, we see venues informing patrons of the show’s coming as an incentive to boost subscription sales–especially if it is the venue’s first time presenting the show.

However, the elephant in the room may be the return of Phantom, which last toured in the 19-20 season. A look on the show’s production company’s website (Troika) has the show listed and indicates that it is “Coming Soon.” So, perhaps the Phantom will be back on the road as early as 2022.

Combining the data, here is a potential list of shows that will be touring in the 2022-2023 season:


As you can see, just from two surveys we’re able to provide speculative information regarding future shows and where they may go during the 22-23 season. However, as more surveys are expected to be sent in the near future, the picture will become clearer. We’re a few months away from the new announcement season, so stay tuned as new information is added to the site.

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