What to see, and how to see it. This is our comprehensive guide to one of New York City’s best entertainment fixtures. Here are The Broadway Shows to See This Season.
Long Running Crowd Pleasers
Dear Evan Hansen: Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Musical, Dear Evan Hansen continues to rattle and capture audiences with its tear-jerking, troubled teen narrative. Replacing the tremendous Ben Platt is Hello, Dolly!‘s Taylor Trensch.
The Book of Mormon: The intelligent and profane musical comedy Book of Mormon— written by South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone—is one of the wittiest tales ever to be spun on Broadway, albeit not for the weak of heart.
Chicago: As crazy-fun as ever, Chicago tells the story of two locked-up murderesses in the Cook County Jail. The razzle and dazzle are ever strong in this jazz hot 20’s broadway musical.
Wicked: Even though Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel bowed out long ago as Glinda and her nemesis, Elphaba, the Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman spin on Wizard of Oz has remained a huge draw. Wicked is for “Oz” fans of all ages.
What Critics Are Raving About
The Band’s Visit: Coming from Off-Broadway, this now Tony Award Winning musical stars Tony Shalhoub and Katrina Lenk. Poignant, witty, and touching, The Band’s Visit is about a bumbling Egyptian police band arriving in an Israeli desert town.
My Fair Lady: Bartlett Sher’s lush revival of Lerner and Loewe’s My Fair Lady stars Lauren Ambrose as the cockney flower girl, Eliza Doolittle and Harry Hadden-Paton as Professor Henry Higgins, with Norbert Leo Butz as Eliza’s father and Diana Rigg as Higgins’s mother.
Come From Away: A New Musical, Come From Away takes from the true story of a group of airline passengers stranded in Newfoundland, just days after the 9/11 attacks. This feel-good production touches on the nostalgia of a time not very long ago.
For Kids And Their Grown-Ups
The Lion King: From famous cinematographer Julie Taymor, this lush retelling of the Disney classic has transcended into the realms of high art. Visually stunning, branded by its extravagant masks and puppetry, The Lion King continues to go strong after two decades.
Spongebob Squarepants: The Broadway Musical: You don’t need to be a kid to enjoy an evening with Spongebob and his pals. With its eye-popping Rube Goldberg design and its infectious score (by Sara Bareilles, the Flaming Lips, Panic! at the Disco and others), this musical is pure, concentrated fun.
Aladdin: Magic carpet rides, genies, the pomp and circumstance of Agrabah, the story of Aladdin now resides on the New Amsterdam Theatre stage. Gorgeously produced from start to finish, and implemented with seven new songs, Aladdin is a treat for kids and their grown-ups.
Carousel: In this Jack O’Brien revival of Carousel, opera singer Renee Fleming crosses genres to bring Rodgers and Hammerstein’s score to life. From its stacked choreography to beautifully rendered soliloquy, Carousel powerfully beats on.
Hello, Dolly!: Bette Midler, who has made this revival one of the hottest broadway tickets in town, has returned for a victory lap (July 17-Aug. 25) alongside her Horace Vandergelder, David Hyde Pierce.
(Nearly) Impossible Tickets
Hamilton: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s quasi-historical, poetic, game-changing musical phenomena continues to be one of the most sought after experiences on Broadway. Detailing the life of political mastermind and founding father Alexander Hamilton, this musical exploration will undoubtedly go down in Broadway history.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: For those of you whose childhoods were captivated by the magical world of Harry Potter and Hogwarts, Broadway now has a place for you. No less astonishing than the books themselves, Cursed Child carries on the saga left behind by Harry, his friends, and his nemesis’.
Springsteen on Broadway: Since last fall, Bruce Springsteen, the Boss, has been working his first real job in quite some time: five nights a week at the Walter Kerr Theater. “Springsteen on Broadway” is 50/50 music and storytelling, the material derived from his 2016 autobiography Born to Run.
Same Day Strategies: When it comes to snagging tickets the day of the show, there are in-person lotteries or rush methods available to you. Note, the rules are different for every show. For example, Hamilton offers a digital lottery for $10 orchestra seats—46 for every show. The Book of Mormon and Wicked offer in-person lotteries, where you go to the theater at a designated time on the day of the performance and put your name into a drawing for the chance to buy cheap tickets. Thankfully, Playbill offers a running tab on each show’s policies.
Buying Ahead: Because Broadway tickets can run from expensive, to astronomical, to just outright unavailable on the market, sites like ours are a safe and easy bet for affordable tickets. In addition to our selection of Broadway tickets, we suggest TodayTix, a trustworthy ticket resource where users can buy online as much as 30 days in advance, then pick up from a uniformed TodayTix employee at showtime outside the theater. But you don’t know where your seats are until you pick them up.
Planning For Showtime
Get anywhere you’re going, Early: Nothing is worse than scrambling into a Broadway show late. Whether you’re meeting friends for cocktails before, or getting a coffee with your parents in the lobby, we suggest getting wherever you’re going, early.
Dress Comfortably: Though it’s against one’s inclination to “dress down” or comfortably to a Broadway show, we suggest considering it, as the event usually involves close, small seating, and being on your feet for short stretches (waiting for doors to open, bathroom lines, concessions, etc).
Eat Late: There are countless cheap, late night food options in the theater district. So instead of rushing to the show, or drinking too much beforehand, or possibly spilling something on your outfit, we suggest planning the fun stuff after the production.