By Jessie on a Journey, sponsored by ShowTickets.com
While I’m all about going beyond the guidebook and experiencing the offbeat offerings of a city, the well-known attractions also have a place on your travel itinerary. With so many options though, it can be tough to decide which are worth your time and money.
Enter ShowTickets.com, a platform for researching shows and purchasing tickets at competitive prices with no credit card fees. Below you’ll find some of the best shows on Broadway not to miss when visiting NYC, all of which can be booked on their website.
1. Kinky Boots (Al Hirschfeld Theatre). This show is perfect if you’re looking for something fun and a little offbeat. While trying to build up the failing shoe business he inherited from his father, Charlie meets Lola, a sassy drag queen in search of the perfect pair of stiletto heels — made for a man! Their journey together is both heart warming and inspiring, and depicts the true power of friendship, hard work and passion. Oh, and did I mention the show’s score is composed by Cyndi Lauper? Get ready for some fun!
2. Fiddler on the Roof (Broadway Theatre). I’ve always been a big fan of this classic play, especially as I was a dancer in my high school’s version of it. The original opened in 1965, though today’s stars five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein, so you know you’re in for a treat. The storyline revolves around Tevye, a poor milkman full of faith who must deal with living in a tyrannical czarist Russia as well as with daughters who don’t want to abide by the local matchmaker’s wishes, a Jewish tradition. Hey, the heart wants what it wants in this beautiful story of love and family. Another reason to see this show soon: it’s closing at the end of 2016!
3. Wicked (Gershwin Theatre). Just in time for Halloween, this highly acclaimed show tells the story of witches in the Land of Oz. If you’re a Wizard of Oz fan you’ll love this alternative to it (not to mention there are plenty of Dorothy references within). It’s also a story of friendship, as Elphaba (aka the Wicked Witch of the West) and Galinda (later known as Glinda the Good Witch) attempt to work their opposing views and struggle to live under Wizard’s corrupt rule. There’s a reason this show has been a hit at the box office for the past 10 years! For some Wicked fun, check out Mental Floss’ list of 15 Magical Facts about the show.
4. Matilda (Shubert Theatre). For me, hearing the title of this show takes me right back to childhood, as this was one of my favorite movies. Now, it’s also one of the best Broadway shows to buy tickets for. While the storyline is like the movie — the extraordinary Matilda struggling to flourish despite an unsupportive family — the Broadway performance kicks it up a notch with energetic singing and dancing.
5. Book of Mormon (Eugene O’Neill Theater). I’ve saved the best for last, at least in my opinion. I saw this show last year with my mom and we were crying from laughing so hard. For anyone who pictures PG-rated singsongy shows perfect for the whole family, keep in mind Book of Mormon was created by the producers of South Park. And it’s very apparent! The jokes in this religious satire musical are blunt, sometimes shocking and downright hysterical for those with an open mind (and somewhat offbeat sense of humor).
What do you think are the best Broadway shows in NYC are? Please share in the comments below!
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