Broadway theatre: Unmissable shows that you need to see in New York
Heading to the Great White Way? With plenty of musicals and plays on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice with theatrical offerings. From the latest world premieres to long-running shows, there’s something for everyone to see on Broadway. But, if you’re looking for a production which has stood the test of time and guaranteed to please, check out our Broadway theatre classics that you have to see.
Broadway theatre you need to see
Don’t miss Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on Broadway, a 21st-century masterclass in musical theatre. 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 the exploration of a political mastermind created by the multi-award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda. Attend a revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation on Broadway.
Experience a whole new world of Broadway theatre at Disney’s Aladdin. As a young, orphaned street rat falls in love with a princess and later meets a genie, will he able to live with the woman of his dreams? Dazzling audiences with energetic choreography and larger-than-life costumes, see your favourite songs from the 1994 Disney movie including ‘A Friend Like Me’ come to life, as well as listening to new songs written for the production. If it’s a theatrical trip to see an animated film that you’re after, you’ll want to see Disney’s Aladdin.
The Lion King
Take a trip to the Serengeti at The Lion King, where the story of Simba growing from lion cub to King of the Pride Lands has wowed audiences on Broadway for over twenty years. Roaring with energy, join Simba as he sets off on a solo adventure, meeting hyenas and making friends along the way. As puppets soar around the auditorium and step out into the audience, you’ll leave wanting to visit the African savannah. Filled with The Lion King songs from the 1994 animated movie including ‘Can You Feel the Love Tonight’, there’ll be no worries for the rest of your days with a trip to The Lion King.
The Book of Mormon
Say ‘Hello!’ to Broadway at The Book of Mormon, continuing to serve as one of the hottest comedies since 2011. As two young missionaries are paired together to spread the word of the Latter Day Saints in Uganda, the elders couldn’t imagine anything worse. In a society plagued with AIDS and attitudes of religious intolerance, how will Elder Price and Elder Cunningham be able to convert people to Mormonism? From the creators of South Park comes a musical that pushes the boundaries, but with plenty of charm and character to shock and entertain anyone.
As one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway theatre history, audiences have flocked to see Chicago for over two decades. Set in 1920s Chicago, the musical follows Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, two vaudevillian mistresses who try to one-up each other in order to be on the front page of the press. Trying to be the best, will the pair be able to put aside their differences and work together? With songs including ‘Cell Block Tango’, ‘Roxie’ and ‘Hot Honey Rag’, see the iconic Bob Fosse inspired choreography and get your jazz hands at the ready to see Chicago.
The Phantom of the Opera
Meet the angel of music at The Phantom of the Opera and see what’s covered by the white mask the phantom wears. As Christine Daaé settles into her new life as a soprano at Paris Opera House, she’s taken to a secret underground lair kept by the Phantom, a mysterious man whose distorted, deformed appearance stuns the young woman. With the Phantom caring for Christine’s every whim, will she able to perform at the opera house? Hear songs including ‘All I Ask of You’ and ‘Angel of Music’ on Broadway and enter a grand world at The Phantom of the Opera.
The spellbindingly green production has been wowing audiences at the Gershwin Theatre since 2003. Even though the story of Elphaba and Glinda has been told at theatres around the world, there’s nothing quite like seeing the original Broadway production. Meet Elphaba and Glinda, paired as university roommates who later become friends. But, with their relationship tested to each other by the Wonderful Wizard of Oz, will they use their witching powers for good or evil? See songs including ‘No Good Deed’ and ‘Defying Gravity’ staged to epic proportions at Wicked.
The eight-time Tony Award-winning production combines tales of Ancient Greece with 21st century musical storytelling in a compelling love story for the ages. Join King Hades, Persephone, Orpheus and Eurydice at Hadestown and follow individuals as they believe in their faith in order to find true love. Featuring an original score by Anais Mitchell, Hadestown gives older tales a brand new lease of life in this special piece of Broadway theatre.