Live Performances to Look Forward to in Greater Boston

With vaccinations on the rise, many arts organizations are planning ahead for a return to live, in-person events. We’re compiling a list of shows to mark your calendars for in Greater Boston (with a few notable experiences in western Massachusetts).  We’ll be updating this list as more events are announced, and be sure to head to these organizations’ websites for the most up-to-date information regarding tickets and safety procedures. 

For more, check out the ArtsBoston Calendar for an extensive look at what’s happening in your local arts scene.


Broadway In Boston

The Opera House is planning to open its doors again with a new lineup of touring performances. Aiming for November, the 2021-2022 season will begin with “Hadestown” (Nov. 2-14), and will be followed by “Jesus Christ Superstar” (Jan. 4-16, 2022, at the Emerson Colonial Theatre), “Pretty Woman: The Musical,” (Jan. 18-30), “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical” (Feb. 22-March 6), “To Kill a Mockingbird” (April 5-17), “Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations” (April 19-May 1, “Wicked” (June 8-July 24), and “Anastasia” (Aug. 16-28). “Hamilton,” will be back in Boston the following year, from Jan. 17-March 12, 2023.

Gloucester Stage Company

Gloucester Stage is heading into the outdoors at the Windhover Performing Arts Center! The company’s season starts in June with “Tiny Beautiful Things” (June 11-27) and is followed by “Baskerville” (July 2-25), “Seared” (August 6-22), “Reparations” (September 3 – 19), and “Think of Me Tuesday” (October 1-17).

Huntington Theatre Company

Along with the announcement that they are beginning a renovation to the historic Huntington Ave theater, the theater company also revealed a path to return to live performances starting this August.

Starlight Square

Cambridge’s Central Square was home to several socially distant performances this past summer and fall, and it looks like new projects are headed to the open-air space later this year as well.

Shakespeare & Company 

Renowned actor Christopher Lloyd takes on the central role in “King Lear” at a new outdoor venue on the company’s campus in Lenox, MA from July 2 through Aug. 29.


Tanglewood Music Festival

The Boston Symphony Orchestra is open will be playing once again in the open air at the Tanglewood Music Festival, based in Lenox, MA, from July 9 through August 16.


Jacob’s Pillow

The outdoor dance festival will return to the Berkshires from June 30 through Aug. 29. While a full lineup hasn’t yet been announced, there will be a representation of many dance styles, and the programming will coincide with online programming over the summer as well.


Know of a performance that you’d like to see featured on this list? Email with more information.

Header photo: “Hadestown,” scheduled for Broadway In Boston’s 2021-2022 season. Credit: Matthew Murphy, via Boston Globe

Elena Pearl, Patron Services ManagerElena Morris (she/her/hers) is ArtsBoston’s Community Outreach and Marketing Manager. She is a dramaturg and arts administrator passionate about forward-thinking in the arts. Elena holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University, focusing her studies on dramatic literature and movement.
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