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Best Broadway Shows Right Now


The Theatre District in New York City, also known as The Great White Way, runs along Broadway between 42nd and 53rd Streets, and includes Times Square. Home to 40 professional theatres seating 500 people or more, there are always plenty of shows and musicals from which to choose. The longest running musical in Broadway history is The Phantom of the Opera, having opened in 1988 and still running strong. It’s therefore no surprise that our list begins with this production that has run more than 13,000 times.




Phantom of the Opera

Currently running at the Majestic Theatre, Andrew Lloyd Wright’s musical score for Phantom of the Opera has mesmerized crowds throughout the decades. With the power of a dramatic love story of a disfigured musical genius who haunts the Paris Opera House, the legendary chandelier, and spectacular special effects, this is one you will remember forever and probably see more than once. Prepare to be entranced.


Hamilton

A musical that manages to give a great history lesson while delivering an unexpected score comprised of hip-hop, rap, jazz and R&B deserves to be seen. The transitions from fast paced rap to soulful ballads really work and using it to tell the story of the unlikely Founding Father has surprised many critics. Meet Hamilton, the political mastermind, as well as George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr, Hamilton’s ever-present friend/foe. Go see how the American Musical is not only surviving, but evolving and thriving. It’s playing at Richard-Rodgers Theatre.


The Lion King

The story of the Lion King hardly needs an introduction but the Broadway hit Circle of Life performance is breathtaking and emotional. Simba, the young lion prince whose father Mufasa was murdered, flees his kingdom, only to return as an adult ready to take on the evil forces. Metaphors and life philosophies abound in this profound production of The Lion King that is suitable for all ages. Head to the African Savannahs during this elaborately staged show playing at Minskoff Theatre.


Chicago

The second longest running production on Broadway, featuring spectacular dance and fantastic music, is based on a 1926 satirical play about corruption and the concept of “celebrity criminal.” Set in Chicago during the roaring 20’s, the themes of crimes of passion and manipulation of the press still resonate with modern viewers. Currently playing at the Ambassador Theatre.


Wicked

Playing at the Gershwin Theatre is the story of The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good from the Wizard of Oz. Did you know they met in the land of Oz and were good friends long before Dorothy came from Kansas? This is a popular show for entire families, with costumes, scenery and music that fills in all the blanks if you ever wondered about “the good witch” and “the bad witch” in the Wizard of Oz. Even if you haven’t, this musical will catch you up in a whirlwind of a story involving high school drama as well as some politics (for those who love to read between the lines.) Wicked has won numerous Tony Awards since opening in 2003.


Aladdin

Aladdin arrives on Broadway bringing us A Whole New World of bright colors and flashy choreography set in the Middle East. The acting, dancing, and singing (with some entirely new songs too) are outstanding and will take you on a magical carpet ride from New York to Agrabah, from desert hills to palace halls. You can take your family to this wonderful comedy that springs from the old tale of sorcerers, genies, and romance. Yes, it is somewhat different from the movie, but you’ll encounter most of the main characters you know and love. It is playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre.


Ain’t Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations

As it chronicles the rise of The Temptations from humble beginnings in Detroit all the way to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Ain’t Too Proud showcases the signature dance moves and unmistakable sound of the harmonies that rocked the world during a time when the United States was falling into civil unrest. The story of brotherhood, loyalties and betrayals is the backdrop to all the hits we know and love such as My Girl, Just My Imagination, Papa Was A Rolling Stone, Get Ready, and many more. Discover how the group was formed as you revel in this jukebox musical. Playing at Imperial Theatre beginning March 21, 2020.


Moulin Rouge

One of the great love stories, Moulin Rouge is set in the Montmartre Quarter of Paris, France at the turn of the century amid cafes and salons that were the center of discourse for writers, artists and musicians. Moulin Rouge was a popular cabaret known as the birthplace of the can-can dance. The Broadway hit brings to life the aristocrats and bohemians and makes it personal. With off-the-charts energy and non-stop music, this must-see production is currently at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.


Come From Away

This hit musical is the heartwarming true story of a tiny Canadian town that opened wide their doors and arms for thousands of grounded travelers in the aftermath of 9/11. A lot of sensitive material is covered to the tune of Gaelic drumbeats. Songs and dance are authentically Newfoundland-based and the entire experience is cathartic in a world that has become increasingly divisive. Get away from it all at Come From Away playing at the Schoenfeld Theatre.


Dear Evan Hansen

Here is a show that is really focused on the acting, as there aren’t a great many props or special effects. If you attend a lot of Broadway shows, be prepared for the fact that this one is all about the story rather than sparkle, but the set utilizes social media themed backdrops that are very cool. An awkward high school student gets caught up in a web of lies that allow him to carve out a new identity. The music is wonderful; try listening to a few tunes ahead of time: Waving Through a Window, For Forever, Only Us, and Good For You. Head to the Music Box Theatre to see Dear Evan Hansen.


Jersey Boys

Even though the Jersey Boys have moved to Off-Broadway at New World Stages, the story of the young men from New Jersey who became Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons never gets old. The music, energy and acting is first class and one of the singers has been in the Jersey Boys Broadway production for 3000 performances. The legendary hits Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You, Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Walk Like a Man and so many more will have you tapping your toes at the very least in this powerful walk down memory lane.