Best Broadway Musicals to See in New York City

posted on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 at 3:37:15 PM

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The curtain rises. The spotlights turn on. A brand-new world appears. It’s the magic of Broadway. If there’s one city to see these spectacular spectacles on stage, it’s New York City. Find out which Broadway musicals you should add to your travel itinerary during your trip to the Big Apple this fall. Whether you’re in search of a long-time favorite or new kid on the block, NYC offers a variety of shows to sing along to this season.

The Classics

If there’s two shows that will not disappoint, it’s The Lion King and Wicked. These two shows have captured audience’s praise for over a decade and taken the first and second place as the highest grossing Broadway shows of all time.  Both musicals offer captivating story lines, colorful costumes and many laugh-out-loud moments.

The Phantom of the Opera offers a world of ornateness and grandeur that can only be found on the Broadway stage. As the longest running show in the history of Broadway and the winner of seven Tony Awards, the unforgettable story has captivated audience’s hearts for several generations. Transport into the Paris Opera House during 1911, where the protagonist Christine Daae becomes the obsession of a mysterious Phantom. Kidnapping, lavish musical performances and romance ensues in this Gothic romance.

Finally, My Fair Lady has been receiving rave reviews for its 2018 revival of the classic which first premiered in 1956. The musical centers on Eliza Doolittle and Professor Henry Higgins, who decides to transform Doolittle from an unrefined citizen into a classy socialite.

Buzz-Worthy

Chances are, you’ve already heard of Hamilton. It’s the show that brought fame to creator and composer, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and blazed onto the Broadway scene in 2011. However, getting tickets for this show can be difficult and should be bought many months in advance. From scandals to rap numbers, discover the fascinating story of America’s Founding Fathers.

Dear Evan Hansen is another notable musical for those who are in search of a memorable show. The coming-of-age story aims at heavier topics such as mental health and suicide. Continuing with its dramatic themes, Carousel follows the tragic romance of protagonists Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan, who go through poverty, crime and plentiful hardships. This year’s revival of Carousel earned two Tony Awards for Best Choreography and Best Featured Actress in a Musical.

Up-And-Comers

If you thought that Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams were irreplaceable in “Mean Girls,” think again. Creator of the film, Tina Fey, has transformed the movie into a Broadway musical that’s caught many people’s attention. From burn books to fetch moments, Mean Girls provides a comedic and heart-warming show that’s well on its way to becoming a Broadway staple.

Next up on the up-and-comer list, Once on This Island. The story is a cross between Moana and The Little Mermaid, set in the Caribbean. Prepare for vibrant musical numbers and an enchanting love story that has garnered eight Tony nominations in 2018.

The Bands Visit and Come From Away are two lesser-known gems that have been gaining critics’ rave reviews. The Bands Visit follows the story of an Egyptian band that ends up stranded in a city in Israel. The lives of the band members and residents then intersect through heartfelt dialogue and music. Come From Away is based on the true story of passengers who were detoured to Newfoundland during 9/11. While the storyline may seem melancholy, the show is actually filled with many uplifting songs.

Whether you’re searching for a hidden gem or historic favorites, New York City offers a variety of shows to suit your musical palate. See more of Broadway without blowing your budget when you take advantage of exclusive travel packages from Vacations by Marriott.

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