Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Broadway Musicals and Shows

Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Broadway Musicals and Shows

Broadway Shows are a huge attraction in NYC for locals and tourists alike. We know people who plan trips just for the shows. Whether you’re into Broadway or not, it’s worth doing at least once since it’s such a big part of the New York experience. If it’s your first time, you can’t go wrong with classics like Wicked and Phantom of the Opera. There’s also a constant flow of great new musicals and revivals of older ones that it can be hard to decide on one. If they made it to Broadway, they are here for a reason.

We’re currently making our way through as many shows as possible (so far we’ve seen 16) and listed our current favorites. Check back to see our newest reviews and tips on how to score the best prices on tickets.

Best Broadway Shows NYC

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Last Updated: September 10, 2019.  First Published: March 8, 2018

ULTIMATE GUIDE TO BROADWAY MUSICALS AND SHOWS IN NYC (+ OFF-BROADWAY AND OFF-OFF BROADWAY)

Did you know the difference between Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Off-Off-Broadway are the number of seats in the theater? It’s not necessarily by location. Broadway has over 500 seats, Off-Broadway has over 100, and Off-Off-Broadway is under 100.

Components of a Great Broadway Show

Everyone has different preferences when it comes to shows, and these are the things we are looking for:

  • Overall, it must be entertaining.
  • Story / Book that moves you or compels you to care about the characters.
  • The acting that brings the characters to life.
  • For a musical, a great score, and the music gets weaved in effortlessly and helps to move the story along.
  • The lighting, set design, and sound aren’t as crucial to us unless it’s so bad that it’s distracting.
  • It’s a bonus if it’s a celebrity we know, but it’s not our highest priority.

11 BROADWAY SHOWS IN NYC YOU CAN'T MISS

226 W 46th St, 10036, map
2 hrs and 45 min with one intermission

AWARDS & PRESS: Winner of 11 Tony Awards, 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

SYNOPSIS: “From bastard orphan to Washington’s right-hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we’ve become.”

OUR THOUGHTS: We finally got to see it and can see why this show has so much hype. It’s brilliantly written, entertaining, educational (how much do you actually know about Alexander Hamilton?), the cast is talented, and the production is great. We heard from all our friends that this is the best show out there and it can’t be overhyped, but we have to disagree. Our main issue is that we didn’t enjoy it as much during the show. It wasn’t until we listened to the music after that we started to understand the genius behind it all.

PRO TIP: Listen to the music before you go. It helps you follow along.

If you still haven’t seen it, you should watch it for yourself and see if it meets the hype. Luckily, we had a friend in the cast who could get us tickets, but I’m not sure I would wake up at the crack of dawn to wait in line for the possibility of a ticket. Here are a few ways to try to score tickets:

  • The Hamilton app makes it so easy to enter the lottery and you can set daily reminders. This also means a ton of people enter though. We’ve entered every day for over 6 months with no luck. Rumor has it that if you have a NYC address, you get preferential treatment, but we don’t know for sure.
  • You can also line up at the Richard Rodgers Theatre early in the morning and wait for cancellations. Most people start lining up at 11 AM, but the people we talked to at the front of the line had been there since 6 AM on a Wednesday.

Pro Tip: Listen to the music before you go. It helps you follow along.

If you still haven’t seen it, you should watch it for yourself and see if it meets the hype. Luckily, we had a friend in the cast who could get us tickets, but I’m not sure I would wake up at the crack of dawn to wait in line for the possibility of a ticket. Here are a few ways to try to score tickets:

  • The Hamilton app makes it so easy to enter the lottery and you can set daily reminders. This also means a ton of people enter though. We’ve entered every day for over 6 months with no luck. Rumor has it that if you have a NYC address, you get preferential treatment, but we don’t know for sure.
  • You can also line up at the Richard Rodgers Theatre early in the morning and wait for cancellations. Most people start lining up at 11 AM, but the people we talked to at the front of the line had been there since 6 AM on a Wednesday.

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Hamilton on Broadway New York City

230 W 49th St, 10019, map 
2 hr and 30 in with one intermission, GET TICKETS

AWARDS & PRESS: Winner of 9 Tonys including 2011 Best Musical award.

SYNOPSIS: “A pair of mismatched Mormon missionaries, one serious and dedicated and the other socially awkward yet well meaning, are sent to Uganda to convert citizens to the Mormon religion. When they arrive in Africa, the missionaries find a community grappling with poverty, AIDS and violence.”

OUR THOUGHTS: It’s an older one, but it has been one of our favorite musicals. The music is catchy, the songs are hilarious, and the story kept us laughing and entertained all the way through. After watching other Broadway shows, however, we realized we had no investment in any of the characters.

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214 W 43rd St, 10036, map
Part I: 2 hrs and 40 min with one intermission
Part II: 2 hrs and 35 min with one intermission

SYNOPSIS: “It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.”

OUR THOUGHTS: It was like watching a play and a magic show. The on-stage effects are spectacular and there were so many moments we both audibly oohed and ahhed. The play is in two parts, and you’re basically paying for two shows so it gets pricey. It’s also a full day commitment (or you can watch it over 2 separate days). You do need to watch both to get the full story, but if I had to pick one, Part I was much better than Part II.

Pro Tip: If it’s been a while, it helps to watch the movies before you watch the play to get a refresher. They reference The Goblet of Fire the most.

Note for Kids: The dementors might be scary for small children. They freaked me out.

4. Jersey Boys, New World Stages (Off-Broadway)

340 W 50th St, 10019, map
2 hrs and 30 min with one intermission, GET TICKETS

AWARDS & PRESS: Four Tony Awards including Best Musical (2006), 2009 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical.

SYNOPSIS: “The story of the legendary Four Seasons, blue-collar boys who formed a singing group and reached the heights of rock ‘n’ roll stardom. The musical features such Seasons’ hits as Big Girls Don’t Cry, Oh What a Night, and Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.”

OUR THOUGHTS: We love Jersey Boys! It’s the only musical we’ve watched more than once. It was our third time watching it (we also watched it in Las Vegas and on a Norwegian cruise ship), but I have to admit that the talent on Broadway is unparalleled. The actor who plays Frankie Valli actually sounded very much like him. The songs are nicely woven into the story, and we’re always impressed by what they’re able to do using such a simple set.

Note: It helps to be familiar with the songs. We noticed a younger couple who didn’t seem to enjoy it as much. They had no idea that it was based on a true story.

5. Chicago, Ambassador Theatre

219 W 49th St, 10019, map
2 hr 3o min with one 15 min intermission, GET TICKETS

AWARDS & PRESS: Winner of 6 Tony Awards (1997). Holds the record for longest-running American musical in Broadway history.

SYNOPSIS: “Set amidst the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago> is the story of Roxie Hart, a housewife and nightclub dancer who murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today’s tabloids.”

OUR THOUGHTS: If you’re looking for a classic Broadway musical, this one definitely needs to make your list. We forgot how many recognizable songs came from Chicago. The dancing, ensemble, talent are all remarkable. If you’ve seen the movie, the Broadway version is much more comedic and has a different feel. You should absolutely watch the Broadway version!

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photo: Jeremy Daniel

6. Come from Away, Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

236 W 45th St, 10036, map
1 hr 40 mins, no intermission. GET TICKETS

AWARDS & PRESS: Winner of Tony for Best Direction of a Musical

SYNOPSIS: “Following the 9/11 attacks, 38 planes and 6,579 passengers were forced to land in Gander, Newfoundland, doubling the population of one small town on the edge of the world. Based on interviews with locals, Come From Away is about how hosting this international community of strangers spurred unexpected camaraderie in extraordinary circumstances.”

OUR THOUGHTS: We first heard about Come from Away on a previous trip to NYC when we met some folks from Newfoundland who were really excited about it. The musical does an amazing job of capturing so many different emotions from that day and masterfully weaved in difficult topics like racism. It had us laughing, crying, singing along, and certainly helped restore some faith in humanity.

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photo: Matthew Murphy

7. Waitress, Brooks Atkinson Theatre

256 W 47th St, 10036, map
2 hr 30 min with one intermission, GET TICKETS

SYNOPSIS: “Jenna, a waitress and expert pie maker, is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must weigh her commitments against a rare shot at freedom and recognition. Her customers, co-workers, and the town’s handsome new doctor all offer her conflicting recipes for happiness but Jenna must ultimately decide for herself.”

OUR THOUGHTS: Waitress is one of the shows who bring in temporary guests to star in the show. Sara Bareilles and Katherine McPhee have been here since we moved to NYC, as well as Jason Mraz. It was a cute story and they do a good job of making it feel immersive. You can even buy mason jar pies to eat during the show. We loved the music during the show but didn’t find any of them memorable after.

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Chris Fitzgerald absolutely steals the show. His first song completely blew away the audience.

Waitress Musical - Best Broadway Musicals NYC (photo: Jeremy Daniel)
photo: Jeremy Daniel

8. Beautiful The Carole King Musical

124 W 43rd St, 10036, map
2 hr 20 min with one intermission

SYNOPSIS: “Beautiful tells the 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.”

OUR THOUGHTS: It was a lot of fun to see how many recognizable songs the four of them wrote. They were all performed by the ensemble casts dressed as the artists. The storytelling reminded us of Jersey Boys (although we still like JB better) and parts of the story felt slow, but overall we still left smiling.

9. Pretty Woman at Nederlander Theatre

SYNOPSIS: “Based on the hit film, Pretty Women is a modern Cinderella story. A businessman hires an escort to spend the weekend with him, but before long, the two learn that their connection goes beyond a simple transaction.”

OUR THOUGHTS: Watching it tonight! Review coming soon.

The next three that we plan to watch are: Lion King, Aladdin, and Phantom of the Opera.

Synopses are from Playbill.

Newest Shows

  1. Slaveplay (10.06.19 – 01.05.20, preview 09.10.19)
  2. Freestyle Love Supreme (10.02.19 – 01.05.20, preview 09.13.19)
  3. Moulin Rouge! The Musical (07.25.19)
  4. Beetlejuice (04.25.19)
  5. Hadestown (04.17.19)
  6. Gary a Sequel to Titus Andronicus (04.11.19)
  7. Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of the Temptations (03.21. 19)

COMPLETE LIST OF CURRENT BROADWAY SHOWS

If the dates are not indicated, it’s an open run.

  1. A Christmas Carol (through 01.05.20)
  2. Ain’t Too Proud – The Life and Times of The Temptations
  3. Aladdin (2014 Tony Winner)
  4. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (closing 10.27.19)
  5. Beetlejuice
  6. Betrayal (through 12.08.19)
  7. Birthday Candles (04.02.20 – 07.21.20)
  8. Chicago
  9. Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes (11.08.19 – 01.05.20)
  10. Come From Away
  11. Dear Evan Hansen
  12. Frozen
  13. Hadestown (2019 Tony Winner for Best Musical, Original Score, Direction of a Musical)
  14. Half Time
  15. Hamilton
  16. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
  17. Mean Girls
  18. Moulin Rouge! The Musical
  19. Oklahoma! (through 01.19.20, 2019 Tony Winner for Best Revival of a Musical)
  20. Pretty Woman: The Musical
  21. Sea Wall / A Life, Hudson Theatre (through 09.29.19)
  22. The Book of Mormon
  23. The Boys in the Band
  24. The Cher Show (opening Dec 3, 2018)
  25. The Devil Wears Prada
  26. The Illusionists: The Magic of the Holidays (11.29.19 – 01.05.20)
  27. The Lion King
  28. The Phantom of the Opera
  29. Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
  30. To Kill a Mockingbird
  31. Tootsie (2019 Tony Winner for Best Book of a Musical)
  32. True West
  33. Waitress (through 01.05.20)
  34. Wicked

UPCOMING BROADWAY SHOWS FOR 2018-19

  1. Derren Brown Secret, Cort Theatre (09.15.19 – 01.04.20)
  2. The Height of the Storm, Samuel J Friedman Theatre (09.24 – 11.17.19, preview 09.10.19)
  3. The Great Society, Vivian Beaumont Theater (10.01.19 – 11.30.19, preview 09.06.19)
  4. Linda Vista, Hayes Theater (10.10.19, preview 09.19.19)
  5. The Rose Tattoo, American Airlines Theatre (10.15.19 – 12.08.19, preview 09.19.19)
  6. The Lightning Thief, Longacre Theatre (10.16.19 – 01.05.20, preview 09.20.19)
  7. The Sound Inside, Studio 54 (10.17.19 – 01.12.20, preview 09.14.19)
  8. David Byrne’s American Utopia (10.20.19 – 01.19.20)
  9. Slava’s Snowshow, Stephen Sondheim Theatre (11.13.19 – 01.05.20, preview 11.11.19)
  10. The Inheritance Part 1 and 2, Ethel Barrymore Theatre (11.17.19, preview 09.27.19)
  11. Harry Connick Jr – A Celebration of Cole Porter, Nederlander Theatre (preview Dec 2019)
  12. Jagged Little Pill, Broadhurst Theatre (12.05.19, preview 11.03.19)
  13. A Soldier’s Play, American Airlines Theatre (12.27.19, preview 12.27.19)
  14. My Name is Lucy Barton (01.15.20 – 03.01.20, preview 01.06.20)
  15. Grand Horizons, Hayes Theatre (01.23.20 – 03.01.20, preview 12.20.19)
  16. West Side Story, Broadway Theatre (opening 02.06.20, preview 12.10.19)
  17. Diana, Longacre Theatre (03.02.20)
  18. Girl from the North Country, Belasco Theatre (03.05.20, preview 02.07.20)
  19. Six, Brooks Atkinson Theatre (03.12.20, preview 02.13.20)
  20. Company (03.22.20)
  21. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (04.02.20, preview 03.03.20)
  22. Caroline, or Change (04.07.20)
  23. Plaza Suite, Hudson Theatre (04.13.20 – 07.12.20, preview 03.13.20) 
  24. Flying Over Sunset, Vivian Beaumont Theater (04.16.20)
  25. Birthday Candles (04.21.20)
  26. How I Learned to Drive, Samuel J Friedman Theatre (04.22.20 – 06.07.20, preview 03.27.20)
  27. Take Me Out, Hayes Theatre (04.23.20, preview 03.31.20)
  28. Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough (coming Summer 2020)
  29. The Music Man (10.15.20, preview 10.15.20)
  30. 1776 (coming Spring 2021)
  31. Magic Mike Musical – TBD
  32. Once Upon a One More Time – TBD
  33. Tea at Five – TBD
  34. The Devil Wears Prada – TBD
  35. The Secret Garden – TBD

LIST OF CURRENT OFF-BROADWAY SHOWS

We’re keeping this post as up to date as possible, but since there are an almost endless number of new shows, the Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway is not comprehensive.

  1. (A)loft Modulation, A.R.T. New York Theatres (09.26.19 – 10.27.19)
  2. #DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment (07.08.19 – 09.15.19)
  3. 45 Minutes from Coontown, York Theatre Company (through 09.15.19)
  4. A Bright Room Called Day, Public Theater (10.29 – 12.08.19)
  5. Adrienne Truscott’s (Still) Asking For It (09.20 – 10.13.19)
  6. All the Rage, Barrow Group (09.13.19 – 10.05.19)
  7. American Moor, Cherry Lane Theatre (through 10.05.19)
  8. Antigone, Park Avenue Armory (09.25. – 10.06.19)
  9. As Much As I Can, Public Theater (through 09.16.19)
  10. Blue Man Group, Astor Place Theatre, Noho
  11. Bridget Everett and The Tender Moments (10.25 – 10.26.19)
  12. Caesar and Cleopatra, Theatre Row (through 10.12.19)
  13. Company XIV: Queen of Hearts, Théâtre XIV (through 11.02.19)
  14. CULLUD WATTAH, Public Theater (07.07 – 08.16.20)
  15. Douglas, Daryl Roth Theatre (through 09.14.19)
  16. Drunk Shakespeare, Roy Arias Stages
  17. Dublin Carol, Irish Repertory Theatre (09.20 – 11.10.19)
  18. Dust, 4th Street Theatre (through 09.29.19)
  19. Eureka Day, Walkerspace (through 09.21.19)
  20. The Exes, Theatre Row (through 10.05.19)
  21. Felix Starro, Theatre Row (through 09.21.19)
  22. Fern Hill, 59E59 Theaters (through 09.20.19)
  23. Fiddler on the Roof, Stage 42 (opening 02.24.19)
  24. For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide (10.08 – 11.24.19)
  25. Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation, The Triad (09.18 – 11.29.19)
  26. Frankenstein: A New Musical, St. Luke’s Theatre (09.17 – 12.31.19)
  27. Gazillion Bubble Show, New World Stages
  28. Heroes of the Fourth Turning, Playwrights Horizons (Sep 13 2019 – Oct 27 2019)
  29. I Can’t See, TBD (Sep 25 2019 – Nov 3 2019)
  30. The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking
  31. The Imbible: Day Drinking – The Brunch Musical Comedy, New World Stages (Sep 14 2019 – Dec 29 2019)
  32. The Imbible: Rum & Pirates, The Producers Club (Sep 13 2019 – Oct 12 2019)
  33. Jacqueline Novak: Get on Your Knees, Lucille Lortel Theatre (through Sep 21 2019)
  34. Jersey Boys, New World Stages
  35. Killing an Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, Merchant’s House Museum (09.24.19 – 20.31.19)
  36. Kingfishers Catch Fire, Irish Repertory Theatre (through Oct 20 2019)
  37. Laughing Liberally: Make America Laugh Again, Theatre at St. Clement’s (through Sep 21 2019)
  38. Little Shop of Horrors, Westside Theatre (10.17.19 – 01.19.20, preview 09.17.19)
  39. Looking at You, HERE (through Sep 21 2019)
  40. L.O.V.E.R., Pershing Square Signature Center (through Nov 2 2019)
  41. Mac Wellman: Perfect Catastrophes, The Flea Theater, Tribeca (through Nov 1 2019)
  42. Macbeth, Classic Stage (10.27.19 – 12.15.19, preview 10.10.19)
  43. Make Believe, Second Stage Theater (through 09.22.19)
  44. The Michaels, Public Theater (10.19 – 11.24.19)
  45. The Moles, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (through Sep 14 2019)
  46. Mothers, Duke on 42nd Street (Sep 13 2019 – Oct 12 2019)
  47. A Musical About Star Wars, St Lukes Theatre (through Dec 29 2019)
  48. Naked Boys Singing!, The Theater Center
  49. The New Englanders, Manhattan Theatre Club (09.17 – 10.20.19)
  50. Novenas for a Lost Hospital, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater (through 10.13.19)
  51. The Office! A Musical Parody
  52. Only Yesterday, 59E59 Theaters
  53. Oscar at the Crown, 3 Dollar Bill
  54. Our Dear Dead Drug Lord, WP Theater (through Oct 20 2019)
  55. Perfect Crime, Theater Center
  56. Pinkalicious, St. Luke’s Theatre
  57. The Play That Goes Wrong, New World Stages (through 12.30.19)
  58. Puffs the Play, New World Stages
  59. Rock of Ages, New World Stages (through 01.12.20)
  60. runboyrun & In Old Age, New York Theatre Workshop (09.04 – 10.13.19)
  61. Scotland, PA, Laura Pels Theatre (09.14 – 12.08.19)
  62. Sell/Buy/Date, New York Live Arts (09.12 – 09.21.19)
  63. Sistas The Musical Summary, St Luke’s Theatre
  64. Sleep No More, McKittrick Hotel
  65. Soft Power, Public Theater (09.24.19 – 11.10.19)
  66. Speakeasy Magick, McKittrick Hotel
  67. Stomp, Orpheum Theatre
  68. Sunday, Atlantic Theater Company (
  69. The Swimmer, Minetta Lane Theatre (09.26 – 09.28.19)
  70. Terra Firma, Baruch Performing Arts Center, Kips Bay (09.27 – 11.10.19)
  71. This One’s For the Girls, St Lukes Theatre
  72. ‘Twas the Night Before by Cirque du Soleil (12.12.19 – 12.29.19)
  73. The Vagrant Trilogies, Public Theater (03.17 – 04.26.20)
  74. White Noise, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (09.20 – 09.22.19)
  75. Who Killed Edgar Allan Poe? The Cooping Theory 1969, RPM Underground (09.14 – 11.02.19)
  76. Why?, Theatre for a New Audience (09.21 – 10.06.19)
  77. Wild Bore, Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (09.27 – 09.28.19)
  78. We Will Rock You, Hulu Theater at MSG (11.14.19 – 11.17.19)
  79. Wives, Playwrights Horizons (08.23 – 10.27.19)
  80. The Wrong Man, MCC Theater (09.18 – 10.27.19)

LIST OF CURRENT OFF-OFF-BROADWAY SHOWS

  1. Margaret Trudeau: Certain Women of an Age, Minetta Lane Theatre (09.12.19 – 09.14.19)
  2. Then She Fell, Kingsland Ward (10.06.12 – 12.22.19)
  1. A Charlie Brown Christmas (12.08.18 – 12.16.18)
  2. A Decade of Soul: Classic Soul & Motown Revue
  3. Accomplice
  4. Bette Davis Ain’t for Sissies (until 01.06.19)
  5. Chamber Magic
  6. Chasing the New White Whale, La MaMa (until 12.09.18)
  7. ComedySportz
  8. Dead Darlings (until 12.12.18)
  9. Fringe Encore Series (until 12.16.18)
  10. Exquisita Agonia (extended 01.27.19)
  11. Hansel & Gretel Christmas (until 12.16.18)
  12. Hype Man: a Break Beat Play (until 12.18.18)
  13. It’s Getting Tired Mildred (until 06.08.19)
  14. Little Theatre (until 12.10.18)
  15. Lewiston/Clarkston (until 12.16.18)
  16. Lured (until 11.25.18)
  17. Magic After Hours (until 12.19.18)
  18. Monday Night Magic
  19. My Magical Chivita, the Colorful Colombian Bus (until 12.08.18)
  20. My Name is Gideon:I’m Probably Going to Die Eventually (12.15.18)
  21. Political Parody with Sandy and Richard Riccardi
  22. Premiere: The Improvised Musical
  23. Quicksand (until 12.17.18)
  24. Say Something Bunny! (until 01.27.19)
  25. Selkie (until 12.22.18)
  26. Seven in One Blow, or the Brave Little Kid (until 12.22.18)
  27. shadowplay: An Immersive Experience (until 12.16.18)
  28. Shadows of Heroes (until 12.09.18)
  29. Shake and Bake: Love’s Labour’s Lost (until 01.05.19)
  30. Show Up Kids! (until 12.23.18)
  31. So You Think You’re Godd
  32. That’s Not Tango: Astor Piazzolla, a Life in Music (until 12.16.18)
  33. The Brutes (until 12.09.18)
  34. The Cabaret Showdown
  35. The Eleventh Hour (until 12.01.18)
  36. The Female Role Model Project (until 12.02.18)
  37. The Fifth Dentist
  38. The House of Bernarda Alba
  39. The Infinite Wrench (until 03.03.20)
  40. The Mad Ones, Ars Nova (opening 03.26.19)
  41. The Making of King Kong (until 12.15.18)
  42. The Story Pirates
  43. The Truth About Santa (until 12.20.18)
  44. The Whale (until 11.30.18)
  45. Wars of the Roses: Henry VI and Richard III (until 12.05.18)
  46. Zombie Asian Moms, La MaMa (until 12.09.18)

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Closed Shows

The Prom, Longacre Theatre

SYNOPSIS: Four Broadway stars head to a small town in Indiana to save a prom and change the world.

OUR THOUGHTS: Can’t believe we’re saying this, but this is now our favorite musical to date. We were reluctant to watch it at first since the advertisements made us think it was just another musical about high school, but this was one of the most well-rounded shows we’ve seen. We sat in the balcony behind some very large heads, but even then, we were so engaged in the show we didn’t even notice how uncomfortable we were. That’s pretty damn entertaining. The music was catchy, and they do an amazing job blending multiple stories. We loved the self-deprecating humor, and even though it’s a musical comedy, there are a lot of heartfelt moments. It had you rooting for all the characters.

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The Band’s Visit (closed: Apr 07, 2019)

AWARDS & PRESS: Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical (2018)

SYNOPSIS: “In an Israeli desert town where every day feels the same, something different is suddenly in the air. Dina, the local café owner, had long resigned her desires for romance to daydreaming about exotic films and music from her youth. When a band of Egyptian musicians shows up lost at her café, she and her fellow locals take them in for the night. Under the spell of the night sky, their lives intertwine in unexpected ways, and this once sleepy town begins to wake up.”

OUR THOUGHTS: The pace is slow, and although we thoroughly enjoyed it, I’m not sure I would recommend it to everyone. I would compare it to a beautiful and artsy indie film compared to a feel good blockbuster. Everything about it was beautiful: the lyrics, the music, the performances. You felt like you were part of the scene. The set design and lighting was some of the best we’ve seen, where it looks like sunset and daylight.

Kinky Boots at Al Hirschfeld Theatre (closed April 7, 2019)

302 W 45th St, 10036, map
2 hrs and 20 min with one intermission

SYNOPSIS: “Charlie Price has suddenly inherited his father’s shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father’s legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he’s meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible.”

OUR THOUGHTS: Similar to Waitress, this show has had a constant rotation of leads. We were torn about the guy who played Charlie but Lola absolutely commanded the stage during our show. The show is fun but none of the songs were in particularly catchy.

Other shows we’ve seen that are no longer on Broadway are School of Rock – The Musical, Finding NeverlandHead Over HeelsOnce on This Island, and The Play That Goes Wrong.

Broadway Roulette

If you have a hard time deciding which show you want to go to and want to leave it up to chance, check out Broadway Roulette. It’s a fun way to get a surprise and a perfect way to spend date night. You start of by selecting a date and number of tickets, then you select preferences (like musicals only family-friendly). You also get to select a few shows to eliminate in case you’ve seen them or you’re not interested. On the morning of your date, you get an email with what spin you got! During our time in NYC, we saw The Prom, Head Over Heels, Beautiful, Once On This Island, and Kinky Boots through Broadway Roulette. For those of you who have seen a ton of shows, it’s not the best option, but for people like us who are relatively new to Broadway shows, it was an amazing way to discover shows that we would’ve never otherwise checked out. Whether you’re local or visiting, we highly recommend checking it out. If you want a $10 coupon code, email us at [email protected]

Essential Tips for Watching Broadway Shows on Broadway and Off Broadway

  • If you’re in NYC during Broadway Week (mid-January to early Feb). The tickets are 2-for-1 so you can check off some of the shows that you’ve been meaning to watch. Check the dates early for when they release. The more popular shows (like the Disney ones) are sold out quick.
  • If you have kids, there’s a Kids Night on Broadway, where kids go free if accompanied by an adult.
  • Don’t limit yourself to just Broadway. There are a lot of amazing shows Off-Broadway as well.
  • Be sure to print out your tickets, some box offices will not print them for you. My brother came to a show during his visit and thought his online ticket would work only to find out he had to find a printer. Fortunately, he was able to hop into a nearby hotel to get them printed.
  • Picking up your tickets at the box office? We recommend going earlier in the day. When it gets close to showtime, the whole theater is much more crowded.
  • Plan your bathroom breaks! First off, be aware if there is an intermission, and even if there is, the lines get REALLY backed up.
  • Drop off Big Bags. There isn’t a lot of space between the seats. If you’ve been out all day shopping or have a lot with you, make plans to drop bags off somewhere before heading to the show.
  • Most theaters will sell food and beverages but they come at a price. We picked up some Twizzlers and water for $15, which didn’t surprise me too much. When the couple next to us ordered 2 cups of wine and it came to a total of $50, all of our jaws dropped including the couple who forgot to ask the price.
  • Try your luck with a ticket lottery. If you win, you can get tickets anywhere from $27-$49. Here are the lotteries available: Aladdin, Anastasia, Hamilton (or download the Hamilton app), Harry Potter, King KongKinky BootsLion KingMean GirlsMy Fair LadyPhantom of the OperaPretty Woman.
  • Discounted Tickets: If you’re just looking for a deal, check out TKTS for same day tickets up to 50% off. Their main location in Times Square is hard to miss, but it also has long lines. Check out their other locations for shorter lines. It’s better to go earlier, but sometimes better seats become available closer to showtime. Also try TodayTix app, Broadway Box, TheaterManiaNew York Show Tickets with discount tickets to members for $4.95/month.
  • If you want to see some behind the scenes, go on the Disney on Broadway tour.

We can’t wait to see many more during our year in NYC and will update this post as we do.

What to Pack for Your __

What To Do Nearby

Where to Eat Nearby

Best Places to Stay Near Broadway Shows

  • Casablanca Hotel was the perfect getaway from all the hustle and bustle of Times Square. It’s surprisingly quiet for its location, and we often came back to hang out in their clubhouse when we felt sensory overload. Most importantly, it was only a 5-10 minute walk to all the Broadway shows we watched!
  • The Peninsula New York
  • Pod 39 Hotel

See all the best hotel deals and reviews here.

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Have you seen any of these Broadway shows in NYC or the traveling ones? What did you think? And which one are you hoping to see next?

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Esther and Jacob are the founders of Local Adventurer, which is one of the top 5 travel blogs in the US. They believe that adventure can be found both near and far and hope to inspire others to explore locally. They explore a new city in depth every year and currently base themselves in NYC.

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