Your 2022 Guide to Classic Shows on Broadway in NYC

November 30, 2021

When it comes to the quality of modern American theater, it is prestigious Broadway that sets the gold standard.

For over one hundred years, the Great White Way has served as a beacon of artistic integrity, innovation, and creativity.

Just like fashion trends, Broadway productions have waxed and waned in popularity. However, Broadway classics are traditional shows whose long-running productions, timeless stories, and familiar songs have stood the test of time.

From the universally beloved Phantom of the Opera, which has charmed audiences since 1988, to the mistresses of murder's row in Chicago, Broadway classics continue to enchant audiences year after year.

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Whether you are seeking a drama, straight play, or a musical extravaganza, New York City's theater district is sure to provide the glitz, glamour, and show-stopping numbers you crave.

Follow along with our handy guide to learn everything there is to know about the classic Broadway hits gracing the stage this year.

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What You Need to Know

We are just overjoyed that after an 18-month hiatus, the sparkling lights of Broadway will be shining again. 

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Of course, safety is everyone's primary concern, and the entire musical theater community is working hard to make Broadway's return as smooth and simple as possible. 

In order to experience the pleasure of a Broadway production, you will need to:

  • Show proof of vaccination, either on paper or on your phone. We highly recommend the use of the NYC COVID SAFE app.
  • Present a photo I.D. such as a driver's license or passport (children can utilize a school (I.D., birth certificate, or passport).
  • If anyone in your party is too young to be vaccinated or cannot obtain it for medical or religious reasons, they will need to show proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the performance.
  • Wear a mask/face covering for the entirety of the performance!

NYC Hotels

While there is certainly no shortage of Tony award-winning and critic-favored plays to soak in this theater season, it would be a shame not to take advantage of the bevy of museums, world-class restaurants, and iconic attractions on your New York City vacation. 

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Make the most of your time in the Big Apple by extending your stay and booking a night or two at any of our premier New York City Hotels

Stay close to the Theater District for convenience, or embrace quiet luxury by the Flatiron. 

Wherever you choose to lay your head, sleep soundly knowing you are guaranteed our lowest possible rates.

Close up photo of the two main characters in the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway in NYC, New York, USA

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Classic Shows on Broadway - The Phantom of the Opera

Romantic, thrilling, with a hauntingly beautiful score by master composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, it's no surprise Phantom of the Opera is the longest-running musical in Broadway History.

For over three decades, audiences have fallen under the spell of the 'music of the night' as they witness the excitement, terror, and heartbreak of a forbidden love gone awry. 

This enduring musical tale explores the journey of a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House and obsesses over young, rising soprano Christine. 

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Between sumptuous costumes, gasp-inducing special effects, and elevated period scenery (including a stunningly recreated chandelier), you won't know where to look next.

Fun Facts about The Phantom of the Opera

  • The Phantom of the Opera is the winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
  • The initial Broadway production cost a record $8 million in 1988. That same production today would cost $20 million.
  • Each actor who plays the Phantom has a mask custom-made from a mold of their face.
  • Each performance of The Phantom of the Opera takes 125 cast, crew, orchestra members, and house personnel to complete.
  • The show's famously opulent chandelier is a replica of one at the Paris Opera house,  featuring 6,000 beads, and weighs one ton.

The Phantom of the Opera lasts approximately 2.5 hours, with one intermission. Also, it is suitable for children eight years and older.

Transportation

The Majestic Theatre is located at 245 West 44th Street New York, NY. In addition it is easily accessible by NYC public transit. 

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The closest subway stops and directions are as follows:

  • A, C, E train:  exit the subway at the 42nd St. Port Authority Bus Terminal stop and walk approximately 3 minutes to the theater.
  • 7 train, S shuttle:  exit the subway at the Times Square 42nd St. stop and walk approximately 3 minutes to the theater
  • 1, 2, 3 train:  exit the subway at the Times Square 42nd St. stop and walk approximately 3 minutes to the theater

Restaurants

'All we ask of you' is that you try any of our first-rate food recommendations for a nearby pre or post-show bite! 

  • Butter:  for elevated dining with a touch of cozy, Food Network star Chef Alex Guarnaschelli does it best at Butter. Devour fresh out of the oven homemade Parkerhouse rolls, share the exquisite gnocchi mac and cheese, and trade bites of the herby pan-seared Branzino.
  • Junior's Restaurant and Bakery:  while you may be tempted to skip the savory stuff and dive headfirst into their world-famous cheesecake, we implore you to try their matzo ball soup or pastrami Reuben.
  • Obao Noodles & BBQ:  warm your soul with a bowl of tangy tom yum soup, followed with juicy steamed dumplings, and all of the spicy drunken noodles and lemongrass kalbi short ribs you can handle!
Close up photo of the cast of Chicago point up to a bright sign that says Chicago on Broadway in NYC, New York, USA

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Classic Shows on Broadway - Chicago The Musical

Extra, extra read all about it! Murdering mistress Roxie Hart is heading to the clink! Prepare yourself for an evening of Razzle Dazzle and rip-roaring 1920s fun when you take in an evening with Chicago the Musical. 

A universal satire on the enduring lure of fame and celebrity, Chicago tells the story of murderous housewife Roxie Hart, her rival cellmate Velma Kelly, and their fast-talking lawyer, Billy Flynn.

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Packed to the brim with show-stopping jazz-inspired numbers such as 'Cell Block Tango' and 'When You're Good to Mama,' you won't be able to resist the glamour, glitz, and fun of America's longest-running musical. 

Fun Facts About Chicago The Musical

  • Chicago is the winner of 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards, and 1 Grammy.
  • Chicago has played in more than 35 countries and has been seen by more than 31 million people worldwide.
  • This year Chicago celebrates its 25th anniversary!
  • The musical is based on a real-life murder case from 1924, Chicago. 
  • Since its 1996 Broadway debut, Chicago has grossed over $300 million.

Chicago The Musical runs for approximately 2.5 hours, with one intermission. Also, due to mature themes, is recommended for children 13 years and older.

Transportation

The Ambassador Theatre is located at 219 West 49th Street, New York, NY. In addition, it is easily accessible by NYC public transit. 

The closest subway stops and directions are as follows:

  • C, E train:  exit the subway at 50th St. stop and walk approximately 2 minutes to the theater
  • 1 train:  exit the subway at the 50th St. stop and walk approximately 2 minutes to the theater
  • N, R, W train:  exit the subway at the 49th St. stop and walk approximately 2 minutes to the theater
  • B, D, F, M train:  exit the subway at the 47th-50th Rockefeller Ctr stop and walk approximately 5 minutes to the theater

Restaurants

Participating in all that Bob Fosse shimmying and shaking is sure to work up quite an appetite. So wet your whistle, or grab a post-show dinner or aperitif at any of our favorite nearby haunts.

  • Joe Allen:  a broadway icon where you might even catch a glimpse of your favorite actor chowing down on some classic bistro fare, such as meatloaf, steak tartare, or refreshing arugula and carrot salad.
  • The Blue Dog:  settle in at the bar for a specialty bespoke cocktail such as the Glen Coco or Spanish Conquest, or refuel with an order of harissa dusted butternut squash fries and a luxuriously rich salmon ragu fettuccine.
  • Dutch Freds:  grab a late-night post-show bite of bang bang shrimp or buffalo chicken flatbread at this slick cocktail bar, and be sure to try any of their equally inventive and delicious cocktails such as the Kinky Boots or Willy Wonka.
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Classic Shows on Broadway - Stomp

Can you feel the beat? With an explosion of electrifying rhythm, engaging percussion, and unbridled creativity, Stomp is the smash-hit production that will have you clapping in your seat.

Experience the wonder and awe of the visual comedy, dance, and cacophony of pulsating sounds produced from found objects such as matchboxes, zippo lighters, brooms, garbage cans, and more. 

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Everyday items such as metal shopping carts and water jugs will be transformed into energizing instruments right before your eyes.

Fun Facts About Stomp

  • Did you know Stomp was created in the U.K. and premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1991?
  • Stomp made its Broadway debut in 1994.
  • Stomp has won both an Obie and a Drama Desk Award and performed at the Academy Awards.
  • In honor of STOMP's 10th anniversary in 2004, Second Avenue at 8th Street was officially renamed "STOMP Avenue."

Stomp clocks in at approximately 1.75 hours, with no intermission. Also, it is a family-friendly show recommended for children five years and older.

Transportation

The Orpheum Theatre is located at 126 Second Ave, New York, NY. In addition, it is easily accessible by NYC public transit. 

The closest subway stops and directions are as follows:

  • 6 train:  exit the subway at the Astor Place stop and walk approximately 3 minutes to the theater
  • R, W train:  exit the subway at the 8th St. stop and walk approximately 4 minutes to the theater

Restaurants

Before you repurpose your kitchen garbage can into a drum, make sure to take a moment and savor some of the exemplary eats at your disposal down in the East Village.

  • Momofuku Noodle Bar:  David Chang's humble noodle bar that started an international revolution is not to be missed. Sample the best:
    • pillowy pork buns
    • crunchy cucumber salad
    • garlic chicken ramen
    • extra spicy pork
  • Cafe Mogador:  an East Village staple, Mogador has been fortifying hungry patrons for almost 40 years with:
    • creamy hummus
    • velvety baba ganoush
    • tantalizing Moroccan tagines
  • Veselka:  load up on Ukrainian classics at this beloved no-frills pierogi joint. Our must-order menu items always include:
    • their homemade potato pancakes served with sour cream
    • applesauce and the savory stuffed cabbage
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Classic Shows on Broadway - Company

The groundbreaking Sondheim musical production of Company is reimagined with a gender-bending twist this year on Broadway.

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It's Bobbie's 35th birthday, and her nagging friends, family, and suitors won't stop asking why she hasn't yet settled down. Told through a series of musical comedy vignettes, Company explores themes of love, commitment, and being alive in the madness of Manhattan in the 21st century.

Anchored by the gravity, wit, and warmth of a Stephen Sondheim score, Company's revival is illuminated by the star presence of both Katrina Lenk as Bobby and Patti LuPone as Joanne.

Fun Facts About Company

  • The original production of Company debuted in 1970 and was nominated for a record-setting 14 Tony awards and won 6.
  • Originally 'Company was going to be called 'Threes.'
  • Patti LuPone is reprising the role that won her an Olivier award.
  • Company was one of the first musicals on Broadway to deal with more mature, adult themes such as relationships, sex, and love. 

Company runs approximately 2.75 hours, with an intermission. Also it is recommended for children eight years and older.

Transportation

The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre is located at 242 West 45th St., New York, NY. In addition, it is easily accessible by NYC public transit. 

The closest subway stops and directions are as follows:

  • A, C, E train:  exit the subway at the 42nd St. Port Authority Bus Stop and walk approximately 2 minutes to the theater
  • 7 train, S shuttle:  exit the subway at the 42nd St. Times Square stop and walk approximately 3 minutes to the theater
  • N, Q, R, W train:  exit the subway at the 49th St. stop and walk approximately 4 minutes to the theater

Restaurants

If you haven't already poured yourself a cocktail honoring Bobbie's 35th birthday, well, we can help with that!

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Whether you are looking for a stiff drink or a hot meal, we have the best dinner recommendations for your pre or post Company show cravings.

  • Boqueria:   sip on some sublime sangria, or try an exotic shishito margarita at this tasty tapas spot. For more filling sustenance, order the complete 'Boqueria experience' which includes an exquisite 30-month-aged, hand-carved Jamón Ibérico.
  • Pio Pio:  spicy green sauce, juicy rotisserie chicken seasoned with mama Juanita's special recipe plus oodles of sweet plantains, fried yucca, and saffron rice make for a Peruvian feast at Pio Pio.
  • Dutch Freds:   with an extensive beer menu and a healthy wine list, not to mention intriguing cocktails such as 'Pimpers Paradise' which features Mezcal, ancho poblano, pineapple, agave, fresh lemon, and hellfire bitters, Fred's is the ideal spot to tie one on. 
Actors on stage performing Hamilton on Broadway in NYC, New York, USA

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Classic Shows on Broadway - Hamilton

Young, scrappy, and hungry Hamilton is the mega Broadway hit that took everyone by surprise. Sung and or/rapped from start to finish, you won't want to miss your 'shot' to see the one musical that is on everyone's mind. 

Birthed from the creative genius of Lin Manuel Miranda, Hamilton tells the story of one immigrant's journey from a bastard, orphan nobody to revolutionary war hero, scholar, and Treasury head.

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A musical production that throws away the rulebook, Alexander Hamilton rhythmic rapping, and razor-sharp verses will leave you spellbound. Winner of 11 Tony Awards, this is a tale of America's past as told by its present.

Fun Facts About Hamilton

  • Lin Manuel Miranda was inspired to write Hamilton after reading the Alexander Hamilton biography written by Ron Chernow.
  • Hamilton was originally going to be called 'The Hamilton Mixtape.'
  • Although Lin Manuel takes some creative leeway, Hamilton was researched in incredible detail. In fact, many of the songs contain lines lifted directly from primary source documents, such as personal letters.
  • It took Lin Manuel Miranda a year to write his first song of the show, 'Alexander Hamilton.'

Hamilton's run time is approximately 2.5 hours, with an intermission. Also, it is recommended for children ten years and older.

Transportation

The Richard Rodgers Theatre is located at 226 West 46th St., New York, NY. In addition, it is easily accessible by NYC public transit. 

The closest subway stops and directions are as follows:

  • B, F, M train:  exit the subway at the 47th-50th Rockefeller Ctr stop and walk approximately 3 minutes to the theater
  • N, Q, R, W train:  exit the subway at the 49th St. stop and walk approximately 3 minutes to the theater
  • 7 train, S shuttle:  exit the subway at the 42nd St. Times Square stop and walk approximately 4 minutes to the theater

Restaurants

Spitting verses, an infamous duel, and revolutionary level excitement are sure to spark up quite an appetite. But, unlike Hamilton, we won't make you 'wait for it'...

  • Carmine's:  an iconic theater district eatery serving up tempting Southern Italian fares such as linguine with clam sauce, penne alla vodka, and chicken parmigiana.
  • Utsav:   feast on traditional Indian dishes such as creamy butter chicken and tandoori lamb chops accompanied by fluffy naan bread and the flakiest vegetarian samosas.
  • Moms Midtown:  dial down the fancy, but pump up the flavor at this downhome watering hole featuring modern comfort food and all-day brunch. Confuse your tastebuds with Mac and cheese pancakes, or play it safe with a plate of crispy chicken and gravy. 
The Jersey Boys performing on Broadway in NYC, New York, USA

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Classic Shows on Broadway - Jersey Boys

Based on the real-life story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Jersey Boys will have you exclaiming 'Oh What a Night,' by curtain call.

A classic show chock full of perfect harmonies, 1960s period costumes, and iconic dance moves. Jersey Boys is an enduring musical biopic production. 

Follow along as we travel with the Garden State's most famous quartet as they make their way from the mean streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

An international smash success featuring pop hits like Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like A Man, and Can't Take My Eyes Off You. This is one Jersey export that even New Yorkers can get behind!

Fun Facts About Jersey Boys

  • Jersey Boys has won both a Tony, Olivier, and a Grammy award
  • The Four Seasons was one of only two American bands to top the charts before, during, and after the British Invasion of the Beatles.
  • Jersey Boys currently has both a U.S. and U.K. Tour.
  • The Four Seasons were welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

The Jersey Boys production lasts approximately 2.5 hours, with an intermission. Also it is recommended for children 12 years and older.

Transportation

The New World Stages is conveniently located at 340 West 50th Street, New York, NY. In addition, it is easily accessible by NYC public transit. 

The closest subway stops and directions are as follows:

  • A, C, E train:  exit the subway at the 50th St. stop and walk approximately 1 minute to the theater
  • 1, 2 train:  exit the subway at the 50th St. stop and walk approximately 2 minutes to the theater
  • N, Q, R, W train:  exit the subway at the 49th St. stop and walk approximately 4 minutes to the theater

Restaurants

Have the sweet dulcet notes of Frankie and the boys lulled you into dreamland? Then, step back to reality with a quick post-show nosh, drink, or dinner at any of our preferred nearby establishments.

  • Empanada Mama:  keep it casual at this quick and easy Latin American eatery with creative empanadas such as reggaeton, buffalo chicken, and greek spinach pie.
  • Ipuddo NY:  slurp up bowls of piping hot ramen in a silky sesame or Pork tonkatsu broth, and don't sleep on the unbelievably juicy and crunchy Oishii Karaage (fried chicken).
  • The Press:  ideal for a swanky post-show drink, the Press offers up scenic panoramic views of the Hudson River, as well as fancy cocktails like the Holiday Cheermeister, which features an intriguing mix of Breckenridge bourbon, carpano antica, cocchi rosa, and aromatic bitters.
The actors from To Kill a Mockingbird bowing on Broadway in NYC, New York, USA

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Classic Shows on Broadway - To Kill a Mockingbird 

A standby of middle school English teachers everywhere, To Kill a Mockingbird is a stalwart of American literature. 

The new adaptation of this classic Pulitzer Prize-winning tale penned by Harper Lee is helmed by the dynamic Aaron Sorkin and directed by Bartlett Sher.

Themes of courage, family life, and treating others with dignity are sparsed throughout this moving saga of one gentle lawyer's attempt to defend a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman in 1930s rural Alabama.

Fun Facts about To Kill a Mockingbird

  • The original novel has never been out of print since its original publication.
  • The book was loosely inspired by Harper Lee's childhood in Alabama (and she based the character of Scout on herself).
  • There is a famous 1962 film adaptation of the novel.
  • Jeff Daniels will be playing the role of everyone's favorite lawyer, Atticus Finch, through 1/2/2022. Greg Kinnear will take over 1/5/2022.

To Kill a Mockingbird runs for approximately 2 hours and 35 minutes, with an intermission.  Also, it is recommended for children 12 years and older.

Transportation

The Shubert Theatre is conveniently located at 225 West 44th Street, New York, NY. In addition, it is easily accessible by NYC public transit. 

The closest subway stops and directions are as follows:

  • A, C, E train:  exit the subway at the 42nd St. Port Authority stop and walk approximately 3 minutes to the theater
  • 7 train, S shuttle:  exit the subway at the Times Square 42nd St. stop and walk approximately 2 minutes to the theater
  • N, Q, R train:  exit the subway at the Times Square 42nd St. stop and walk approximately 4 minutes to the theater

Restaurants

With such thought-provoking and (still) timely themes at play, we can't help but want to linger over To Kill a Mockingbird's stoic stage presence and quietly moving performances with a post-show drink or late dinner. 

  • Chez Josephine:  a quaint French Bistro inspired by the legendary Josephine Baker, Chez delivers escargot, pate, and delightful Cassoulet with a perfect pinch of je nai se quoi.
  • Bea NYC:  choose to celebrate here with cocktails or a heavenly wine selection, or fill up on tasty gnocchi and Uncle TTommy'sground lamb pie. 
  • Hunt & Fish Club:  level up the luxury with a satiating seafood tower, or split a Porterhouse for two at this upscale steak restaurant.

There's no business like show business, and no one puts on a better show than Broadway! 

From glittering grandiose Parisian chandeliers to wigs of real human hair and speakeasy-like scenery that will have you swear you're in the 1920s Windy City, classic shows on Broadway are true feasts for the eyes and ears. 

However you choose to experience the magic of live theatrical production, from stomping to the beat with garbage cans and broomsticks to rapping about the Federalist papers with everyone's favorite founding father, we can't wait to welcome you back to Broadway.

Which Classic Shows on Broadway Did We Miss?

Are there any classic shows on Broadway you love? Any nearby restaurants that are on your must-visit list? Let us know in the comments below!

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