Broadway, Broadway. Oh how I love you! By far my most expensive hobby but it is so worth it! I have now been to New York City twice for a grand total of 11 days between the two trips. In those 11 days I have managed to see NINE Broadway Shows (eight musicals and one play) While there are some shows you want to see so badly you should definitely buy tickets beforehand, I have also on both of these trips, bought last minute cheap tickets. So without further a due, here are my recommendations of Broadway Shows to see while in New York City
Waitress – Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Based on the 2007 film of the same name, Waitress tell the story of Jenna, a genius baker in an unhappy marriage. After Jenna learns that she is pregnant she begins an affair with the new town Doctor. Looking for a way out of her life, she sees a pie contest and its grand prize as her chance.
It is such an uplifting show with some incredibly funny characters. Though at the same time, it tackles serious subjects like domestic violence and adultery. The music, written by Sara Bareilles (who recently completed a short run in the role of Jenna) is just amazing! Not to mention the other actors! Oh, did I mention that the theatre smells of pie when you walk in?
2. Bandstand – Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
Bandstand The New American Musical tells the story of a group of veterans returning home after World War II. Struggling to fit into their old lives while dealing with the lingering effects of the war – including post-traumatic stress and survivor’s guilt for friends who did not survive – they form a band made up solely of veterans to compete in a national radio contest in New York City. The prize will guarantee instant stardom to the winners, and by performing together they hope to help one another deal with their personal issues.
Corey Cott and Laura Osnes are Broadway GOLD and absolutely smash it in this show! The jazz score is killer and gives the show so much energy. With so much fun and dancing, there are also obviously some sombre scenes that deal with the struggles veterans face after returning home. The creators of the show take the responsibility of the subject matter very seriously. So much so that it became the first Broadway production to seek and receive “6 Certified” status from Got Your 6, a nonprofit group that largely works with Hollywood productions to ensure fair portrayal of veterans on screen and stage.
3. Dear Evan Hansen – The Music Box
Dear Evan Hansen is about a High School Senior who suffers from a social anxiety disorder who tells a lie that runs away from him after the death of a fellow classmate. I can’t really say much more than that without giving too much away!.
Ben Platt, who won the Tony for Best Actor this year, is absolutely incredible. I will admit, I had no idea what this show was about before going to see it and had only heard one song the night before. It BLEW ME AWAY! It’s funny and cringey and cute and devastating all at the same time! A month later and I am still listening to the Original Cast Recording on repeat
4. Anastasia – Broadhurst Theatre
If you are like me and absolutely loved the 1997 cartoon movie Anastasia then you should probably see this show. It follows the same story with a few tweaks. It tells the legend of the Grand Duchess Anastasia Romonov, which claims that she managed to escape the execution of her family. Anastasia, who appears in the show as an amnesiac orphan named Anya sides with con men, Dimitri and Vlad, to help reunite with her family.
It was not the best show of the trip but it was still lovely and fun and the music was so pretty. Shout out to Ramin Karimloo for playing a character called GLEB and still managing to be a babe!
5. Hamilton – Richard Rogers Theatre
Hamilton tells the life story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton and his forgotten role is the countries history. The soundtrack is phenomenal and you should all sit down and listen to it right now! (the first time I listened to it, it took me 5 hours!)
Before you ask, I paid WAY TO MUCH for my tickets but I would do it all over again! WHAT A SHOW! The anticipation building up to finally getting to see Hamilton was excruciating as we bought our tickets almost a year in advance. Everyone was amazing, the choreography was beautiful and I cried through most of it.
5. 1984 – Hudson Theatre
1984 is play based on the George Orwell book of the same name. After an Atomic War divides the world into three states, London is a city in Oceania, ruled by a party who has total control over all its citizens. The play follows Wintson (Tom Sturridge)and his growing rebellion of Big Brother.
To say that this play shook me is an understatement. The relevance it has to modern day politics is pretty frightening. I managed to get last minute tickets for 1984 while it was still in previews and there have been reviews since of audience members throwing up and passing out. They have even had to implement and age restriction on the show, which is very uncommon for Broadway. If you are faint of heart, maybe don’t go and see this.
The Lion King is a show I think everyone should see, just because it’s the Lion king! The dancing and puppetry is pretty awesome. And anyone who says they don’t like the music from The Lion King are lying!
Come From Away is a new musical about the flights that were re routed to Newfoundland in Canada on 9/11. I didn’t see it but my friend said it was absolutely incredible! And the score is very celtic which, as you can imagine, appeals to me!
How to get Cheap Broadway Tickets
There a few ways to get cheap tickets from Broadway shows. Unfortunately for those who like to plan in advance, it’s usually last minute tickets. This means your big shows like Hamilton won’t be available as they are sold out months in advance.
TKTS – The first time I was in NYC I used the TKTS booth in Times Square to get cheap tickets to see Newsies that night. The tickets cost about $80 (at the time that was about £50). Pretty cheap for a Broadway Show
TodayTix – This past trip I used the TodayTix app when booking my 1984 tickets. The good thing about this app is that you can get your tickets 30 days in advance. You book through the app or website. There will be someone in a TodayTix red t-shirt waiting outside the theatre to give you your ticket.
(TRICK – If you have never used the TodayTix APP and want to see a show in NYC, London, Chicago, LA, SF Bay Area, Washington DC, Boston, Connecticut, Philadelphia and Seattle you can use my refer code IMXBX and you’ll get $10 off!)
Lottery – A lot of Broadway shows will have a lottery for every show and will have a certain amount of tickets on standby for this. But you need to be quick as once they’re gone, they’re gone!
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