Attending a Broadway show is a quintessential New York City experience. The bright lights of the marquees are known worldwide, as is the stream of talent that fills its stages. More and more shows take over Broadway each year. And each creates a fandom all its own.
When you visit a city with the most award-winning theater district in the world, it can be hard to decide which show to see. They’re all SO good. However, some are surefire standouts that are more than a show—they’re a moment. Join the experience with this guide to the best Broadway shows in NYC.
When Hamilton debuted in the fall of 2015, it immediately became the hottest ticket in town. From the creative genius of Lin-Manuel Miranda is a hip hop masterpiece, with an entirely new spin on the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton. Through inventive songs and storytelling, the triumphs and scandals of Hamilton’s life are given new breath. Accordingly, his dealings with George Washington, King George III and even Aaron Burr create a historical perspective unlike any other.
We’ve all heard the story of Oz. But, long before Dorothy made her arrival there was already a story brewing between the two witches of Oz. Wicked turns the table on the old tale, showcasing the journey between two unlikely friends who grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. What were they before the labels, though? The answer will surprise you. As one of the best Broadway shows in NYC, Wicked is a show with heart, courage, and, of course, magic.
3) The Lion King
The cartoon version of The Lion King is one of the all-time Disney classics. The transformation of a cartoon to a stage play sounds impossible. However, through the vision of one of the most acclaimed creative teams on Broadway, it is artfully done. So much so, that the Broadway show is able to pull more emotion and heart from a cartoon than I ever thought possible. In addition, watching Simba, Mufasa, Scar and all of the other memorable characters come to life is truly awe-inspiring. I still marvel at the ability of these actors to give such animal-like prowess to their performances. It’s a remarkable production and is easily one of the best Broadway shows in NYC.
4) Dear Evan Hansen
This 2017 Tony Award winner for Best Musical presents the heartbreaking story of a teenager named Evan Hansen who is forced to lie after the death of a classmate. After reading a private letter, Evan’s life is changed forever as he is given the chance to fit in for once. This profound contemporary musical poses profound questions and has moved both audiences and critics alike. The how spans for two and a half hours and includes one intermission. Further, the show is recommended for ages 12+.
I wonder if Walt ever knew Disney and Broadway would be such a good match. Aladdin soars to new heights in this screen-to-stage adaptation, thanks in large part to its seriously talented cast. Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), Courtney Reed (Princess Jasmine) and James Monroe (Genie) have been with this show since opening in March 2014. Their chemistry is at the heart of this show. Monroe as Genie excels, too, with a high-energy performance that shines on numbers such as “Friend Like Me.” As one of the best Broadway shows in NYC, Aladdin treats guests to a “whole new world” of theater.
Visit the Top Broadway Shows This Year
This year Aladdin has been the hottest ticket in town. Next year, who knows what the next big hit will be! One thing’s for sure, though. When it comes to the best Broadway shows in NYC, Tripster New York City has you covered.
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