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Popular Broadway shows in New York City 2019 – will be an exciting bunch. There are plenty of new releases and big name actors making their way to Broadway 2019. From film adaptations to iconic musicals, Broadway is going to be an exciting place this year. You’ll be spoiled for choice with so many fantastic new productions on offer.
About Broadway shows
Broadway is arguably the most famous and prestigious theater district in the world. Compiling forty different theaters in New York City, tourists and New Yorkers alike flood to Broadway shows that range from musical comedies to bleak existential dramas. Unknown actors have made their names on Broadway, and now some of the biggest stars in the world line up to star in Broadway productions, including Meryl Streep, Hugh Jackman, Al Pacino and Julia Roberts.
Although the first theaters opened in this area in 1750 and entertainment ranging from musicals to Shakespeare was provided there up until the end of the nineteenth century, it wasn’t Broadway as we know it now. In the 1920s and 1930s, theaters began to be built around Times Square, joining the theaters which already existed near Union Square and Madison Square. Society in New York began to develop: wages rose, transportation improved, and culture began to evolve as people had more money in their pockets for the finer things in life. Operettas were popular, and in the beginning of the twentieth century they were joined by plays by PG Wodehouse and Guy Bolton.
In the 1920s, a turning point took place. With the colossal success of the musical Show Boat combined with the popularity of American playwrights like Eugene O’Neill, Broadway began to make a bigger name for itself. O’Neill was joined by Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Elmer Rice, as elsewhere tunes by George Gershwin and Cole Porter drew huge crowds. Stars like Gielgud and Robeson made their Broadway debuts, and audiences responded rapturously.
Throughout the twentieth century, Broadway hit its golden age. The Tony Awards were established in 1947, and musicals like Oklahoma! (1947), The Phantom Of The Opera (1988) and Cats (1982) began historically long runs that drew tourists from all over the globe. These days, Broadway is still the most talked about theater district in the world. With musicals like Wicked drawing thousands of people per week, the runaway success of Hamilton, and high-profile play transfers like Angels In America, Broadway has a one-in-a-million reputation for being inclusive, extravagant, glorious and beautiful. It’s rich with culture and art, and one of New York City’s most important institutions.
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Best Broadway Shows in NYC 2019 – Find Best Deals
HAMILTONNew Work City 2019View TicketsSHOW DESCRIPTION
If you’re thinking about Broadway, there’s nothing more famous or talked about than Hamilton: An American Musical is right now. With music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda (known for the show In The Heights and composing the Moana soundtrack), it brings hip-hop, soul and R&B music to the tale of the Founding Fathers. It made its Broadway debut in August 2015 at the Richard Rodgers Theater, where it won 11 Tonys and received a huge amount of audience and critical acclaim. It’s one of the most exciting and innovative shows to hit Broadway in a long time and has taken the world by storm.
THE LION KINGNew Work City 2019View TicketsSHOWS DESCRIPTION
The Lion King is one of the most well-known and best loved Disney films, and the musical has followed in its footsteps to become a huge worldwide hit beloved of families, musical theater fans, and critics alike. It’s the third longest-running show in Broadway history and has grossed more than $1billion, but it hasn’t lost the sense of wonder, creativity and joy that has rightfully earned it so many fans. Playing at the Minskoff Theatre in the heart of Times Square, it boasts music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, including much-loved songs such as Circle Of Life and Hakuna Matata.
FROZENNew Work City 2019View TicketsSHOWS DESCRIPTION
Ironically, Frozen is one of Broadway’s hottest tickets at the moment. Based on the smash hit Disney film of the same name that was released in 2013, Frozen stars Caissie Levy as Elsa, Patti Murin as Anna, and Jelani Alladin as Kristoff. It premiered on Broadway at the legendary St James Theatre in March 2018 and quickly became a huge hit with Disney fans and musical theater buffs alike. With songs including Do You Want To Build A Snowman? and the iconic Let It Go along with a sparkling and sumptuous wintery set, Frozen is one of Broadway’s biggest 2019 successes.
HARRY POTTERNew Work City 2019View TicketsSHOWS DESCRIPTION
Transferring from London’s West End, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a two-play extravaganza that began previews at the Lyric Theater on March 16. A new and original story by Jack Thorne, JK Rowling and John Tiffany, it takes place nineteen years after the events of the last Harry Potter book and follows the title character and his son Albus Severus, who befriends the son of Harry’s old school enemy Draco Malfoy when he starts school. In the UK, the play received rave reviews along with a record-breaking nine Laurence Olivier Awards. With a magical set and spellbinding special effects, it’s a perfect day out for the whole family.
WICKEDNew Work City 2019View TicketsSHOWS DESCRIPTION
Described as a ‘monster hit’ by the New York Times, Anastasia opened on Broadway in March 2017 at the Broadhurst Theater. Based on the 1997 movie of the same name, it follows the story of Anya, a brave orphan with amnesia who wants to discover the story behind the secrets in her past. With songs including Once Upon a December and Journey To The Past, Anastasia features an exquisite set, opulent costumes and a night of Russian finery that every theater-goer will relish. Mamma Mia! and Spring Awakening star Christy Altomare stars as the title role in this Drama Desk award-nominated musical.
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERANew Work City 2019View TicketsSHOWS DESCRIPTION
Phantom of the Opera is one of the most famous and revered musicals by composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, and it’s now in its thirtieth year at the Majestic Theater, making it Broadway’s longest running show. Loved by audience thanks to its lavish set and timeless plot, Phantom is also known for songs including the title track, The Phantom Of The Opera, alongside The Music Of The Night, All I Ask Of You and Think Of Me. It’s based on a 1919 horror novel and follows the story of the disfigured Phantom, who becomes obsessed with the beautiful opera singer Christine.
KING KONGNew Work City 2019View TicketsSHOWS DESCRIPTION
In November 2018, King Kong will finally hit the Broadway stage. Written by Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playwright Jack Thorne, directed by Drew McOnie, and scored by Marius de Vries and Eddie Perfect, it will be produced at the Broadway Theater. Starring a giant animatronic puppet in the title role, it takes place in the 1930s during the Great Depression, following a young actress and a filmmaker as they travel to the far-off Skull Island to film, before they run across the famed King Kong. It was originally staged in Melbourne in 2013, and will prove to be just as much of a success when it hits New York.
COME FROM AWAYNew Work City 2019View TicketsSHOWS DESCRIPTION
Described as a ‘bearhug of a musical’ by the chief critic for the New York Times, Come From Away takes place in the days following September 11, 2011, when the small community of Gander, Newfoundland played host to 38 planes full of people from across the world after they were diverted there. With the book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein, the characters in the musical are based on real people, and the plot is intended to show the goodness at the core of humanity. Playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, it’s a musical that will warm the most cynical of hearts.
PRETTY WOMANNew Work City 2019View TicketsSHOWS DESCRIPTION
Pretty Woman is one of the most beloved and iconic romantic comedies of the 1990s, and now the story of Vivian and Edward has made its way to Broadway. With a book by Garry Marshall and JF Lawton and a score by Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, the production is directed by Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. Samantha Barks stars as Vivian, the role made famous by Julia Roberts, who is an escort hired to spend the weekend with businessman Edward, played by Steve Kazee. The show, which promises to flesh out the characters that audiences already know from the movie, opens July 20 at the Nederlander Theatre.
KINKY BOOTSNew Work City 2019View TicketsSHOWS DESCRIPTION
The winner of six Tony Awards, Kinky Boots is one of the most popular shows on Broadway. Based on a British movie released in 2005, it tells the story of Charlie Price, who forms an unlikely partnership with drag queen Lola to save the shoe factory that he inherited from his father by creating a brand new line of sturdy stilettos. Pop icon Cyndi Lauper composed the score, while Harvey Fierstein wrote the book and Jerry Mitchell directed and choreographed. It made its debut at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in April 2013 and became a huge hit with audiences as a show with plenty of heart and lots of laughs
DEAR EVAN HANSENNew Work City 2019View TicketsSHOWS DESCRIPTION
Dear Evan Hansen made its Broadway debut at the Music Box Theatre in December 2016 and immediately became a cult success, striking a chord with audiences and generating a huge amount of love from critics. The story of a teenager who suffers from severe social anxiety and his struggle to fit in after a tragic event shocks his community, it won six Tony Awards including Best Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. A contemporary musical that’s already a Broadway classic set to take the rest of the world by storm, the New York Times described it as ‘a breathtaking knockout’.
STOMPNew Work City 2019View TicketsSHOWS DESCRIPTION
Stomp is an off-Broadway stalwart and an absolute must for anyone visiting the Big Apple. A percussive symphony full of energetic dance, acrobatics and comedy, it’s created using unconventional instrumentation including brooms, garbage cans, and matchboxes. Stomp originated in Brighton, in the south of the UK, in 1991, and took London’s West End by storm before transferring to the Orpheum Theatre in New York in 1994, when it also won OBIE and Drama Desk Awards. It’s a show full of energy, life and creativity that’s suitable for families, date nights, and anyone who wants to see an incredible theatrical extravaganza.