You can’t go to New York without seeing Times Square and you can’t get anywhere near Times Square without a strong temptation to see a Broadway show. In fact, many people say they couldn’t live anywhere near New York at all without going bankrupt from spending all their money on Broadway shows. Here’s a list of the best that Broadway has to offer that are absolute must-sees on any musical fan’s list.
Based on the story of The Wizard of Oz but with a little twist. This story takes place long before Dorothy ever landed in Oz, and before there was a wicked witch of the West. That witch’s name is Elphaba, and Wicked is her story. It has been on Broadway since 2003 when it opened with original cast members Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth. It immediately gained popularity among the showtunes crowd and has maintained it for 10 years. Today it still holds the standard for highest grossing Broadway show.
Trailing close behind Wicked in terms of grossing is the Lion King, based on the popular Disney film. Starting in 1997, it was an instant classic and has enjoyed a long run on Broadway. Unlike some of the shows found on Broadway, this is a show that is friendly for the whole family. Its unique use of props and set design has won several awards and continues to defy perceptions of what can be done on stage.
The Book of Mormon
A fairly recent cult-favorite, The Book of Mormon musical gained curiosity as it was penned by the writers of South Park, Trey Parker and Matt Stone. Known for their interest in Mormons and Mormon culture, they wanted to create a musical that represented what they knew and loved about the topic. It gained acclaim not only from critics but from Mormons as well. It is considered religious satire, but having done extensive research on the subject is fairly accurate in the display of their beliefs.
Phantom of the Opera
This popular show holds the record for longest-running show on Broadway and doesn’t show any sign of leaving any time soon. It originated first as a French novel in 1910 and was then translated for the stage by Andrew Lloyd Webber in 1986. It follows the story of a young singer, Christine, whose number one fan is the Phantom of an Opera house. It’s themes of love and betrayal are timeless classics that will continue to be fan favorites forever.
If you are planning to go to New York, no city tour would be complete without stopping at Broadway to see a show. These four are the current favorites, but there are more than 40 shows on Broadway and even more off-Broadway, there is no end to the entertainment you can find on a visit to New York. It is highly recommended to look into all of them and find the one that interests you most. You never know what you might discover.