6 Shows You Must Cross Off Your Broadway Bucket List
There are some secret ways that you can get discounted tickets to Broadway shows. You can go to a TKTS booth (the most prominent one is located in Times Square but you can also find one in Brooklyn), try to get tickets same day at the box office, use your ID card (such as a student ID), or shop on sites like Theatermania.
With so many fantastic Broadway shows to see, it's hard to narrow it down to just one to see for your next outing. Need some ideas? Check out the following six shows that are a must see and get going on crossing them off your Broadway bucket list.
# 1 The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera is an absolute classic and with good reason. There's a reason why the Phantom's mask has become the iconic symbol of Broadway.
It's also Broadway's longest running musical of all time, that has been going for more than 25 years since having its opening on January 26, 1988.
If you're not familiar with the story, it's (in a very simplified description) about a composer who is deformed, wears a mask, haunts an opera house, and develops a fondness for Christine. You can catch the show at the Majestic Theatre.
# 2 Jersey Boys
As the name suggests, Jersey Boys is all about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, four men who were from New Jersey and took the music world by storm. Frankie Valli, known for his falsetto vocals, was the lead singer of the Four Seasons.
The musical bio of the group had their opening night on November 6, 2005, and it's been going strong ever since. The hit musical has won the Tony Award for Best Musical, the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Musical, and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Album. You can catch the show at the August Wilson Theatre.
# 3 The Color Purple
Based on the novel “The Color Purple,” which was written by Alice Walker, and produced by Oprah Winfrey, The Color Purple on Broadway has been a wonderful presence since opening on December 10, 2015 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. There is some major star power in this cast, including Cynthia Erivo who plays Celie and Jennifer Hudson who plays Shug Avery.
This satirical musical, which opened on March 24, 2011, essentially centers around two male missionaries who are trying to convert residents of Uganda to Mormonism. The 2.5 hour show is currently at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre. The Book of Mormon is definitely a Broadway show you don't want to miss and boasts a phenomenal record of 9 Awards in only a few years.
# 5 Wicked
This Broadway show will have you laughing, crying, and engrossed from beginning-to-end. Wicked is an alternative story about the Wizard of Oz witches – Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West – and how they came to be.
Since its opening on October 30, 2003 at the Gershwin Theatre, the show has captured the hearts of many. The proof? This musical hit broke the record for highest grossing musical in a single week.
# 6 Aladdin
Chances are you've already seen the movie Aladdin, but you can't miss the Broadway musical which has been running since opening on March 20, 2014. The story centers around Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, Jafar, and of course, the Genie. You'll love watching the story unfold on stage right before your eyes. See it for yourself at the New Amsterdam Theatre.
# 7 Hamilton
This new hip-hop musical arrives on Broadway with major buzz after a sold-out run at the Public Theater. Written by Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (who also stars), Hamilton covers the story of one of America’s most controversial founding fathers. The diverse cast presents a reimagined tale of Alexander Hamilton’s unique life via Miranda’s signature style, incorporating rap, jazz, pop and other musical genres.
The show garnered incredible reviews when it opened on Broadway and is already considered the front-runner for the 2016 Tony Awards next June.
# 8 An American in Paris
Broadway and ballet come together in this musical adaptation of the beloved Oscar-winning film An American in Paris. As Paris comes back to life after World War II, American GI Jerry Mulligan decides to stay in the City of Light to pursue a career in art. He befriends an aspiring cabaret singer and an ex-pat piano player, and falls madly in love with a French ballerina.
The show stars Robert Fairchild and Leanne Cope, both professional ballet dancers making their Broadway debuts, earned Tony nominations for their performances. Choreographer Christopher Wheeldon took home a Tony for the elaborate dance numbers.
With so many ways to get discounted Broadway tickets, you can see more shows than you ever imagined. Don't forget to pick up spectacular Broadway souvenirs while you're at it to treasure the moment forever.
Need some ideas? Check out our Broadway Souvenirs article.