Your 2022 Guide to Musical Legends & Icons on Broadway in NYC

November 30, 2021

Nothing pairs quite so perfectly with Broadway, than a biopic treatment of a musical legend or pop icon.

For decades we have devoured movies, shows, and now plays on the Great White Way that utilize the songbooks, stories, and lives of our favorite pop-rock bands and/or singers.

There is something truly magical about such familiar and well-loved lyrics being repurposed to tell new and exciting stories.

Whether you are belting out ‘Proud Mary’ along with the Queen of Rock and Roll, or witnessing the lyrical genius of Bob Dylan being used to tell the story of a group of wayward souls in a 1930s Minnesota guest house, it’s impossible to not be captivated by these musical productions.

Read on to discover everything you need to know about the musical legends and icons gracing Broadway this season...

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 efficient 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 ID such as a drivers license or passport (children can utilize a school ID, birth certificate, or passport).
  • If anyone in your party is too young to be vaccinated, or cannot obtain it for medical and/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!

Musical Icons on Broadway - Hotels

New York City is never a bad idea! Squeeze out every last moment of Big Apple entertainment and attractions by extending your stay in the city that never sleeps.

Take advantage of life beyond the theater district by spending a day at MoMa, or explore the lush rolling hills of Central Park by bike. 

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Make your accommodation reservations stress-free, by reserving any number of our top-tier New York City Hotels. Book with confidence knowing you are always guaranteed our lowest rates. 

Wide side view of the stage and audience with a mid-show standing ovation for Jagged Little Pill on Broadway in NYC, New York, USA

photo credit: Jagged Little Pill via Facebook

Musical Icons on Broadway: Jagged Little Pill

An invigorating roller coaster ride of emotions and empowerment, set to the iconic musical soundtrack of the same name, Jagged Little Pill is a tour de force of musical expression.

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This jukebox musical with a big heart delves into what happens when a real life trauma, pain, and controversy threaten to crack open the facade of a picture perfect family. 

Featuring hits from Alanis Morissette's 1995 Grammy award winning album, including ´You Oughta Know´, Ironic, and One Hand in My Pocket, as well as an original story by Diablo Cody, this musical delivers visceral and electrifying performances night after night.

Fun Facts About Jagged Little Pill

  • Jagged Little Pill features two original songs written by Alanis Morissette specifically for the show.
  • The musical received 15 Tony Award nominations, more than any other Broadway show cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The themes of Jagged Little Pill were inspired by motherhood, and the common experiences shared by all three of its creators.
  • Lead Lauren Patton´s performance of ´You Oughta Know´often receives standing ovations.

Jagged Little Pill lasts approximately 2.5 hours, with one intermission. Also, due to mature content, themes, and strong language it is suggested for children 14 years and older.

Transportation

The Broadhurst Theater is located at 235 West 44th Street New York, NY. Also, it is easily accessible by NYC public transit. 

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The closest subway stops and directions are as follows:

  • 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.
  • B, F, M train:  exit the subway at the 42nd St. Bryant Park stop and walk approximately 5 minutes to the theater.

Restaurants

´You Oughta Know´ by now that we wouldn't leave you hanging without some stellar restaurant recommendations. Whether you are looking for a quick pre show dinner or an indulgent post show sweet treat, we have the details on the delicious eats that will have you flashing a peace sign.

  • Bond 45 - for an elegant italian aperitivo or entree, head over to Bond and savor bites of antipasto, fried artichokes, and a spectacular Branzino. Don´t forget to save room for their famous chocolate mousse, a rich delight that is intended for sharing (though we won't judge you if you don't). 
  • Juniors Restaurant & Bakery - While there is no rule against cheesecake for dinner, we love starting with something savory at Junior´s, whether it's their beef brisket sandwich or comforting matzo ball soup.
  • Brooklyn Diner - Keep it casual with a spot of diner comfort food at Brooklyn. Menu standouts that are sure to hit the spot include their waffle grilled cheese and bacon sandwich, as well as their famous all beef frankfurters and soul warming chicken pot pie.
Close up photo of the cast of Girl From the North Country on Broadway in NYC, New York, USA

photo credit: Girl From The North Country on Broadway via Facebook

Musical Icons on Broadway: Girl From the North Country

The time is 1934 and America is caught in the vicious grip of an unrelenting depression. In the middle of Duluth, Minnesota wayward and wandering souls gather at a dilapidated guesthouse in the midst of a storm to confront old dreams, new passions, and the perils of life on the edge. 

Girl From the North Country is a luminous, critically acclaimed musical that marries the joy, heartache, and poetry of Bob Dylan´s lyrics with thrilling direction and execution from Conor McPherson.

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A NY Times smash hit that is being heralded as ´heaven on earth,´ this universal story about family, love, and commitment is chock full of roof-raising ensemble pieces and soul-stirring solos.

Fun Facts About Girl From the North Country

  • Girl From the North Country premiered in London in 2017, and was only on Broadway for one week before closing due to COVID-19.
  • Has been nominated for both Olivier and Outer Critics Circle Awards.
  • Nineteen Bob Dylan songs are performed by the cast throughout the show, and each is backed by instruments from the 1930s.
  • Bob Dylan himself has seen the show and is a fan.

Girl From the North Country runs for 2.5 hours, with one intermission. Also, due to mature themes, it is suggested for children 12 years and older.

Transportation

The Belasco Theatre is located at 111 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:

  • 7 train:  exit the subway at the Times Square 42nd St. stop and walk approximately 4 minutes to the theater.
  • 1, 2, 3 train:  exit the subway at the Times Square 42nd St. stop and walk approximately 4 minutes to the theater.
  • B, F, M train:  exit the subway at the 42nd St. Bryant Park stop and walk approximately 2 minutes to the theater.

Restaurants

Looking for a place to revel in the ravishing production and lyrical genius of Girl From the North Country post show?

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Whether you are simply seeking a sip of bourbon, or a four course meal follow along for our favorite nearby eats.

  • Tony´s Di Napoli - A hearty Italian family style meal is always a family favorite. Kick off your order with a serving of crispy calamari fritti, or mussels marinara followed by rigatoni alla vodka with mushrooms, or a massive order of chicken and eggplant parmigiana to share.
  • Connolly's Pub & Restaurant - Keep with the theme of the show and wet your whistle at this Times Square staple irish bar with any of their finest whiskeys or bourbons. And if you´re feeling peckish, order their gooey spinach artichoke dip or their warm soft baked pretzel sticks for the table.
  • Tsuru Ton Tan Udon - Nothing staves off the chill from a blustery NYC evening better than a piping hot bowl of Udon noodles to slurp down! We are partial to the Spicy Tan Tan, but the Wagyu Deluxe Sukiyaki is next level delicious. 
Close up photo of the back of the actor playing Michael Jackson in MJ The Musical standing on his toes on Broadway in NYC, New York, USA

photo credit: MJ: the musical via Facebook

Musical Icons on Broadway: MJ The Musical

Gear up for a ‘thriller’ night that will leave you boogieing in your seat when you take in an electrifying performance of MJ The Musical.

Mega fans of the ‘man in the mirror’ will have their world rocked as they witness over 25 of Michael Jackson's biggest hits set to explosive choreography.

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​MJ tells the story of the King of Pop's life, as connected through different songs and points of time. Become a fly on the wall, as Michael prepares for his 1992 Dangerous World Tour, then take a voyeuristic peek inside his creative process and pivotal career moments.

Fun Facts About MJ The Musical

  • The play is a collaboration between the Micheal Jackson estate and Columbia Live Stage.
  • MJ The Musical’s book is by Lynn Nottage.
  • Director Christopher Wheeldon was very much influenced by Spielberg's Lincoln in which he utilized a specific event to unfold a complicated life’s story. 

MJ The Musical runs for 2.5 hours, with one intermission. In addition, it is recommended for children 8 years and older.

Transportation

The Neil Simon Theater is located at 250 West 52nd St. New York, NY. Also, it is easily accessible by NYC public transit. 

The closest subway stops and directions are as follows:

  • E, B, D train - exit the subway at the 7th Avenue station stop and walk approximately 2 minutes to the theater.
  • 1, 2 train - exit the subway at the 50th St. station stop and walk approximately 3 minutes to the theater.
  • C, E train - exit the subway at the 50th St. station stop and walk approximately 4 minutes to the theater.

Restaurants

All that moonwalking is sure to be ‘starting something’ in your tummy, and we know just the spots to satisfy all of your pre and post MJ The Musical show cravings.

  • Victor’s Cafe - superb Cuban cuisine, tantalizing cocktails, and tropical vibes are what's on the menu at Victors. Transport yourself to the sunny tropics with ceviche, authentic cuban sandwiches, ropa vieja, and a side of crispy tostones!
  • Black Tap - level up your classic burger and fries order at Black Tap, where their creative burger combos are not only mouthwateringly tasty, but award winning. Sink your teeth into the Mulberry Street Burger, which won NYC Wine & Food Festival’s Burger Bash and wash it down with a creamy Nutella or Cake batter shake.
  • Yakitori Torishin - relish elevated Japanese fare in an elegant environment at Torishin. Splurge on the Omakase special and savor 15 courses including A5 Wagyu Beef and Bellota Iberico Pork.
Close up photo of the actress who plays Tina and other actors around her in Tina The Tina Turner Musical on Broadway in NYC, New York, USA

photo credit: Tina Broadway via Facebook

Musical Icons on Broadway: Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

Rule breaker, boundary pusher, Queen of Rock, and owner of the best damn legs in the business, Tina Turner is a musical legend like no other.

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Tina - the Tina Turner Musical follows the beloved icon's life story and musical journey from her humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee as the daughter of sharecroppers to her ascendance into Rock and Roll fame.

Simply the ‘best’, Tina's story of resilience, strength, and ultimate triumph Is an inspiration to any and all fans of the Proud Mary singer.

Fun Facts About Tina - the Tina Turner Musical

  • Tina - the Tina Turner Musical is being produced with the blessing of the Queen of Rock and Roll herself.
  • Tina's book is written by Olivier Award winning playwright Katori Hall and is directed by Phyllida Lloyd.
  • Tony nominee Adrienne Warren will be reprising her role as Tina Turner.
  • Tina Turner is one of the best selling artists of all time and has won 12 Grammy awards.

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical runs for approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Also, it is suggested for children 14 years and older.

Transportation

The Lunt-Fontanne Theater is located at 205 West 46th St. In addition, it is easily accessible by public transit.

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The closest subway stops and directions are as follows:

  • 1, 2, 3 train:  exit the subway at the Times Square 42nd St. station stop and walk approximately 5 minutes to the theater.
  • 7, S train:  exit the subway at the Times Square 42nd St. station stop and walk approximately 5 minutes to the theater.
  • N, R, W train:  exit the subway at the 49th St. station stop and walk approximately 4 minutes to the theater.

Restaurants

The coupling of Tina’s powerhouse vocals and stupendous dance moves makes the Tina Turner musical a pure feast for both the eyes and ears.

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However, if you are looking to feast on some closeby culinary delights, here are our favorite picks:

  • P.S. Kitchen - plant based foodies rejoice P.S. Kitchen delivers top notch vegan eats and donates all of their profits to charity! For lighter fare we love the Western BBQ chicken salad or chowing down on their Buffalo Maitake wings.
  • Dutch Fred’s - linger over cocktails such as the ‘kinky boots’ and ‘working class hero’ at this trendy bar and restaurant.
  • Cafe Un Deux Trois - whisk yourself away to gay Paris, post theater for a thoroughly French bistro meal. Snack on pate de campagne to start. Then devour their exquisite moules or steak frites, all accompanied by a juicy, bold Beaujolais.

 

Close up photo of the cast of Ain't Too Proud to Beg, one wearing a yellow suit and all other cast members wearing grey suits on Broadway in NYC, New York, USA

photo credit: Ain't Too Proud Musical via Facebook

Musical Icons on Broadway: Ain't Too Proud to Beg - The Life and Times of the Temptations

Dust off your dance moves and prepare yourself for a night of Motown magic when you soak in a performance of Ain’t Too Proud to Beg - The Life and Times of the Temptations.

An irresistible jukebox musical that follows the life and times of America’s favorite soul group, Ain’t Too Proud to Beg uses beloved hits like ‘My Girl’ and ‘Papa Was a Rolling Stone’ to tell a story of fame, family, love, and politics. 

‘Come see about’ the famous quintet, as they make their way from the streets of Detroit to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

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Smooth harmonies and intricate choreography provide the soundtrack to the deeper personal conflicts and the civil unrest that marked this tumultuous time period.

Fun Facts About Ain’t Too Proud to Beg - The Life and Times of the Temptations

  • The Temptations created 42 Top 10 Hits, with 14 reaching number 1.
  • The Temptations musical actually premiered in Berkley, California in 2017.
  • Nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2019 and won for Best Choreography.
  • Won a 2020 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. 

Ain’t Too Proud to Beg - The Life and Times of the Temptations runs for approximately 2.5 hours. In addition, it is suggested for children 13 years and older.

Transportation

The Imperial Theatre is located at 249 West 45th St. Also, itis easily accessible by public transit.

The closest subway stops and directions are as follows:

  • A, C, E train:  exit the subway at 42nd St. Port Authority Bus Terminal stop and walk approximately 3 minutes to the theater.
  • 1, 2, 3 train:  exit the subway at 42nd St. Times Square stop and walk approximately 3 minutes to the theater.
  • B, F, M train:  exit the subway at 47-50th St. Rockefeller Ctr stop and walk approximately 5 minutes to the theater.

Restaurants

Is it ‘just our imagination’, or do we always feel hungrier after a five star Broadway performance? Settle in for a sweet snack, or a full meal at any of our preferred culinary haunts:

  • OBAO - rustic wood paneling and glowing lanterns only add to the allure of OBAO’s addicting Asian fusion cuisine. Start off with a tangy, crunchy Papaya salad or intriguing kimchi fries for the table. Then lap up a warm bowl of Pho Bo or devouring their aromatic crispy pork belly Pad Kaprow.
  • BEA NYC - cozy ambience and classic American fare with a twist keeps us coming back to BEA time and time again. Munch on kale cesar salad, grilled shrimp toast, and an exceptional lamb chop served with mint chimichurri.
  • Schmackary’s - Calling all cookie monsters! Snack on some of NYC's best cookies with flavors such as cookies & cream, classic chocolate chip, maple bacon, and Ginger Rogers (and even send a box to your favorite Broadway star), at this Hell's Kitchen bakery.

Eye catching choreography, sublime costumes, and scenery all play their role in creating an unforgettable musical icons Broadway experience.

However, there is something unique about the singular power of a ‘jukebox musical’ to transport us to another time, place, or dimension.

Theatrical musical performances that use pre existing songs offer an emotional anchor in which the audience can root themselves, and experience beloved melodies, harmonies, and lyrics in a new and thrilling way.

Whether you are bopping along to ‘bad’ at MJ The Musical, or witnessing intricate family dynamics with Alanis at Jagged Little Pill, this year's crop of musical icons on Broadway jukebox musicals are sure to reignite the magic of music on the Great White Way.

What Musical Icons on Broadway Did We Miss?

Any show-stopping, musical heart-throb performances we've missed on Broadway? Share with us in the comments below!

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