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 Broadway 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!
This is Part three of our installment; so if you don’t find a show that calls to you in this article, check out last few week’s articles here or next week’s piece coming soon!
The Play That Goes Wrong
We’ve got another Olivier Award winner in the states! This gut busting comedy will not give your laugh lines a break during the whole two-hour run! A murder in a 1920s mansion will have you giggling and guessing the entire evening.
The Lyceum Theatre is calling your name if you’ve chuckled your way through Noises off or Something’s Afoot. The Play that Goes Wrong currently has an open ended run, so don’t you worry! You can see it more than once. You know you’ll want to.
This realistic dark comedy about illness, caretaking, and death just opened at the American Airlines Theatre on 42nd St. It is an older style, slower paced, fly on the wall sort of play that is not to be missed. Marvin’s Room is about a family coming together in a time of struggle.
Marvin’s Room can be compared to The Humans, Steel Magnolias, and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf. If these plays bring joy to your artistic soul, Marvin’s Room is for you!
On Your Feet
This moving musical about Gloria Estefan’s life story is full of touching stories about falling in love, finding home, and sustaining family through hard times, both personally and professionally.
If In The Heights’ themes of home and family, or Beautiful’s narrative of Carole King’s life and struggles make you want to move your body, get to the Marquee Theatre and snag tickets to On Your Feet.
The Phantom of the Opera
What to say about this long running Broadway blockbuster? It has called New York home since 1988, playing to full and joyous houses eight times a week. It is still fresh and entertaining. The stage magic will transport you to the haunted French Opera House to train right next to Christine Daae.
Listen to the Angel of Music and go see The Phantom of the Opera if shows like Miss Saigon and Sunset Boulevard bring you to your feet at curtain call. This classic has just the right balance of thrills and frills.
This team building, happy dance filled night of fun will refill your hope for the future. Based on the 2005 film of the same name, this musical is a great night for the whole family. Laced with themes of love, acceptance, and hard work, you’d be hard pressed to find a person who this show wouldn’t please.
Written by Cyndi Lauper and Harvey Fierstein, lovers of La Cage Aux Folles, Mama Mia, and 1980s pop will be extra enthusiastic about this 2013 Tony Winner.
This Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg classic is brand new again playing at the Broadway Theatre eight times a week! Straight from a successful West End run with break out, freshly discovered star, Eva Noblezada, Miss Saigon has all the best parts of the original production but is reinvigorated for a 2017 audience. This musical has big show stopping numbers with heart and great acting!
If Les Miserables, Allegiance, and Sunset Boulevard are shows that you’ve enjoyed, check out the Miss Saigon revival.
School of Rock
What to even say about School of Rock the musical? Based on the 2003 film starring Jack Black, this smash hit has music and lyrics by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber and a book by Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame. These two men are best known for their more classic and proper works, but this rocking show will make you wonder what else these guys have up their sleeves.
Don’t go in expecting 1900s royal norms, but do expect an evening full of mega talented kids all playing their instruments live to adoring crowds. If Freaky Friday and Billy Elliot made you want to take lessons, School of Rock is the right choice for your night out.
The Lion King
This spectacle is not your normal Disney musical. Directed by Julie Taymor, her vision of this show changed Broadway as we know it. It’s use of puppetry, space, color, and team built characters makes this musical an absolute must see. It has called the Minskoff Theatre home since 2006, and before that was set at the New Amsterdam Theatre down the street, now home to Disney’s Aladdin the musical, when it won a half dozen Tonys in 1998 awards show.
If Across the Universe or Spiderman: Turn off the Dark turn your day around, The Lion King should be your next stop on Broadway.
Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812
Few shows have the buzz that Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 has had and sustained it for years. From it’s Off Broadway production in the famous “tent” next to its now home at the Imperial Theatre, through to an immersive run at Boston’s American Repertory Theatre all the way to their critically acclaimed Tony Nominated Broadway production, this adaption of Leo Tolstoy’s 1869 classic is anything but ancient.
Did you catch Here Lies Love at the Public Theatre during its run? If you are one of the lucky ones who were able to get a ticket and enjoyed it, this game changer is for you!
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’s always a show right around the corner to fall in love with, whether it be live or on Cennarium from the comfort of your own home!
By: Samantha Robins
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