So, you’ve decided it’s time to immerse yourself in the never-ending beauty that is New York theatre for your splurge night, but you do not know just what to see! Well, do I have good news for you! There is not a bad choice in the bunch! You just can’t go wrong! All around the city, you’ll find lots of incredible musical shows to get a ticket to, and then you’ll be able to come home and relax with a nice cup of tea and some Cennarium programming before bed when your evening comes to a close!

 

Come From Away

This brand new musical is stealing the hearts of New Yorkers and tourists alike. It tells the story of a small town in Newfoundland whose population doubled in the week following September 11, 2001, when thirty-eight planes were forced to land at their small but mighty airport. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t want to see a 9/11 musical”! But Come From Away is so much more than that. 9/11 is simply the backdrop for the show. It is a brilliant heartwarming show about community and acceptance in the face of hate, fear, and a changing world.

You’ll like Come From Away if you’ve enjoyed such shows as, Songs for a New World, Edges, or Hands on a Hardbody.

 

Dear Evan Hansen

Yes, kids, the hype is real. This original musical about growing up in the age of social media, teen suicide, and self-acceptance will indeed make you ugly cry but somehow leave smiling with a newly energized outlook on this crazy world. Dear Evan Hansen swept the Tonys this year, and it’s writers, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, are well on their way to an EGOT after their success with the critically acclaimed La La Land earlier this year.

Consider this blockbuster hit if you’ve enjoyed past musicals, Dogfight or Spring Awakening. This Coming Of Age musical is a life changing night for the whole family.

 

A Doll’s House Part 2

On an Ibsen kick? This play is for you. Like new works? This play is for you too. Playwright Lucas Hnath has somehow managed to reimagine this classic in a way that stays true to Ibsen’s original piece while making it relevant and truly enjoyable for a 2017 audience. Every cast member was nominated for a Tony this year. These performances are not to be missed.

If you’re a fan of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice or Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, you’ll have no problem falling in love with this Tony Winning play.

 

Groundhog Day

This musical inspired by the hit 1993 romantic comedy film, is an evening full of wholesome laughs and fun for the whole family. It incorporates both new and old theatrical tricks that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the whole night. This entertaining show swept the Olivier Awards this year and was a West End hit before it transferred to Broadway earlier this season. It’s now iconic first preview, where the set had technical difficulties, so the cast proceeded to finish the show concert style, only boosted the already buzz worthy show. Also, it’s incredible leading man, Andy Karl, tirelessly and heroically worked through his knee injury to continue the run and open the show before being nominated for the Best Actor Tony Award.  The show really must go on, and this tireless cast and crew prove it.

Did you enjoy past hits like Matilda, also written by Tim Minchin, or past humorous musical Something Rotten? Get your Groundhog tickets today!

 

1984

You’re being watched! Freedom isn’t free! This star studded play is wowing audiences every night, sometimes even causing them to faint, have a panic attack, or throw up. If you’re ready for gore and enjoy being shaken by content, this show provides, 1984 is for you. It is also worth mentioning that you’ll be seated in the brand new Hudson Theatre for this show! Broadway’s newest house was just reopened earlier this year. There is a ton of legroom in the audience, beautiful art along the proscenium, and comfortable chairs. Not to mention a fully stocked bar in the lobby and friendly ushers.

If you are a fan of William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus or Arthur Miller’s A View From The Bridge, 1984 is up to your alley.

 

Aladdin

This big, bright, best selling show is so much more than just a live Disney movie. It has show stopping dance numbers, lots of heartwarming talent, and true Disney magic. I have a bachelor’s degree in theatre, and I still cannot figure out what old Broadway or vaudeville magic they used to fly the magic carpet…My only decent explanation of how they could possibly do it is faith, trust, and pixie dust…wait…wrong show, you say? Oops…

Anyway, If you’ve loved past Disney On Broadway musicals such as The Little Mermaid, Mary Poppins, or Beauty and the Beast as well as last season’s family comedy hit, Something Rotten, you’ll have a blast at the historic New Amsterdam Theatre watching Aladdin!

 

Anastasia

“What?! Another 90s childhood classic on Broadway ”, you say? Well, if you’re mad about it, don’t be, because this beautiful musical will make your soul smile and make you dream of a happy Romanoff ending. Written by Stephen Ahrens and Lynn Flaherty, the geniuses behind Once On This Island (coming to Broadway next season!!!), Ragtime, and Seussical the Musical, Anastasia promises to be as versatile from their past works as we’ve come to expect from the dynamic duo.

Do you jam out to My Favorite Year or Beauty and the Beast? Well, buckle in and get ready to be transported to turn of the century Russia for an adventure you won’t soon forget.

So, folks, that’s all for today! Never fear, I’ll be back next week with more fun shows to see! There is never an excuse to be bored in New York City because there is always a show right around the corner to fall in love with, whether it be live or right here on Cennarium!

 

By: Samantha Robins

 

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