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Broadway Musicals in NYC 2017 – all information & schedule. BroadwayShows-Nyc.com – Guide to Most Popular & Upcoming Broadway musicals. Our guide to Broadway Musicals in NYC will help you find the best prices on show tickets. Broadway musicals include: Waitress, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, Hamilton and more.
Broadway is a must-see if you’re a New York inhabitant or a bright-eyed visitor. Broadway productions offer glitz, glamour, humor, and heart, and a good stage show is truly a spectacle to behold. Generally speaking, musicals are more popular on Broadway, and for good reason. A great musical production captivates your eyes & ears while an exciting storyline unfolds through lyrics and melodies. Indeed, whether you’re a huge music fan or you’re just looking for a night of entertainment, going to see a Broadway musical is a fantastic way to experience the magic of theater.
Broadway Musicals – overview
Broadway’s musical Waitress is based on the 2007 film of the same name. The show tells tale of Jenna, a pregnant waitress in America’s south. Jenna is stuck in an abusive marriage, and it seems like her happy ending is far away. However, an unlikely release comes in the form of her creatively named pies and a romance with an unlikely new face. Waitress features a bouncy score written by musician Sara Bareilles, and it’s perfect for audiences searching for a happy ending.
– Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Carole King is one of pop music’s most treasured musicians who claims a multitude of illustrious song writing credits. Beautiful follows her career from her early days in Brooklyn as a pregnant teen married to an older lyricist. King wrote a succession of hits in the decade that followed, created lifelong friendships, and charted her personal struggles through her music. The musical features some of King’s best hits like “Natural Woman”, “You’ve Got A Friend”, & “Up on the Roof”. Fans of Carole King and people unfamiliar with her work will find something to love in this heart-warming musical.
Hamilton is a recent production, premiering in 2015, but it has already achieved huge critical and mainstream success. The historical hip-hop musical, written by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, is all over the internet at the moment. Hamilton tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers, almost entirely through clever songs. The show is theatrically vibrant and musically stunning. Overall, it’s a catchy and comedic production that thankfully also includes some truly fantastic music. It’s no wonder that the Hamilton soundtrack is wildly popular amongst people who’ve never even seen the Broadway show!
– Naked Boys Singing
Naked Boys Singing has been one of Broadway’s most tongue-in-cheek musical revues for years now and it’s still going strong! The show does exactly what it says in the tin: the attractive all-male cast are out of their clothes and completely naked before the first song even finishes. Naked Boys Singing is a delightful romp that contains gay themes and a lot of laughter. The eight performers sing, dance, and charm their way through an array of catchy, upbeat musical numbers. The topics focus on the male body so, unsurprisingly, Naked Boys Singing is a huge hit with bachelorette parties and gay men – but a wide variety of critics have lavishly praised it too. Obviously, Naked Boys Singing isn’t suitable for children. However, if you’re an adult with an open mind and a love of camp fun, you’ll adore it.
– A Bronx Tale
If you enjoyed West Side Story, you’ll love A Bronx Tale. The relatively new musical is a New York Times Critic’s Pick and has won fans from all over the world. The dramatic musical takes place against the backdrop of 1960s New York, unfolding on the stoops of the Bronx. A pensive young man, Chazz Palminteri, must choose between his father and his potential future as a mob boss. The score is primarily funky, foot-tapping doo-wop music that’ll have you dancing in your seat by intermission. The set and costuming are a delightful complement to this upbeat and heart-wrenching musical masterpiece.
– Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen is a belter of a musical and a real tear-jerker. Evan is a high school senior struggling with social anxiety disorder, encouraged to write daily letters by his therapist. When Evan gets involved in another’s teen’s family tragedy, a mistake threatens to change his whole life. He finally gets the chance to fit in, but at what cost? This clever, tragic musical will make its home in your heart and surely bring you to tears before the final act. However, Dear Evan Hansen also contains pockets of joy, not least through some of its deftly composed musical numbers.
– The Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most iconic musicals of all time, spawning a flurry of media references and repeat productions. The Phantom, a mysterious musical genius who lives underneath an opera house, is obsessed with the beautiful soprano Christine. The music, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, is hauntingly rich and filled with emotion. Indeed, songs like “The Phantom of the Opera” & “Masquerade” are popular far outside their original Broadway setting. One thing is for sure: you’ll be humming the dramatic score long after the curtain falls.
– On Your Feet
On Your Feet recounts the story of international music sensations Gloria & Emilio Estefan. The musical boasts energetic, inspired choreography and gloriously showy costumes, making it a real visual spectacle. And that’s without mentioning the music! A rip-roaring band and talented singers do a wonderful job of recreating the Estefans’ classic hits like “Conga”, “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”, and “1-2-3”.
Long-time Gloria & Emilio Estefan fans will be clapping their hands and reliving the glory days, while new listeners will quickly find something to love in the catchy music, heart-warming story, and eye-popping visuals. On Your Feet is a real mile-a-minute Broadway production and a must-see for Latin music fans.
Cinematic musicals like Grease, La La Land, & High School Musical have brought newfound popularity to the musical genre. However, nothing compares to seeing a musical unfold live on stage before your eyes. Certainly, going to see a musical production on Broadway is an experience like no other. From the orchestras and the talented musical actors to the dazzling costumes and beautiful sets, Broadway musicals are truly captivating.
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ABOUT BROADWAY MUSICALS
The great majority of Broadway shows are musicals. Historian Martin Shefter argues, Broadway musicals, culminating in the productions of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, became enormously influential forms of American popular culture” and helped make New York City the cultural capital of the nation.
Most Broadway Musicals are commercial productions intended to make a profit for the producers and investors (“backers” or “angels”), and therefore have open-ended runs (duration that the production plays), meaning that the length of their presentation is not set beforehand, but depends on critical response, word of mouth, and the effectiveness of the show’s advertising, all of which determine ticket sales. Investing in a commercial production carries a varied degree of financial risk. Shows do not necessarily have to make a profit immediately.
If they are making their “nut” (weekly operating expenses), or are losing money at a rate which the producers consider acceptable, they may continue to run in the expectation that, eventually, they will pay back their initial costs and become profitable. In some borderline situations, producers may ask that royalties be temporarily reduced or waived, or even that performers—with the permission of their unions—take reduced salaries, in order to prevent a show from closing. Theatre owners, who are not generally profit participants in most productions, may waive or reduce rents, or even lend a show money in order to keep it running.
Some Broadway Musicals are produced by non-commercial organizations as part of a regular subscription season—Lincoln Center Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, and Manhattan Theatre Club are the three non-profit theatre companies that currently have permanent Broadway venues. Some other productions are produced on Broadway with “limited engagement runs” for a number of reasons, including financial issues, prior engagements of the performers or temporary availability of a theatre between the end of one production and the beginning of another. However, some Musical shows with planned limited engagement runs may, after critical acclaim or box office success, extend their engagements or convert to open-ended runs. This was the case with 2007’s August: Osage County, 2009’s God of Carnage, and 2012’s Newsies.
Historically, musicals on Broadway tend to have longer runs than “straight” (i.e. non-musical) plays. On January 9, 2006, The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theatre became the longest running Broadway musical, with 7,486 performances, overtaking Cats.
5 Classic Musicals Every Theatre Fan Should Know
So you’re a fan of musical theatre? Maybe you were introduced to the genre on a recent trip to New York City where you got to see Phantom of the Opera on Broadway. Or maybe you saw the recent film version of Les Miserables and just loved it. Many modern musicals are great (and some, of course, are not), but the simple fact is that since musical theatre is a relatively young genre, it is very easy to trace its roots. They all lead back to the classic musicals from the “Golden Age” of Broadway, which primarily occurred between 1940 and 1970. If you really want to feel like you are familiar with the great musicals that started the phenomenon, here are five classic musicals you should get to know.
1. Oklahoma! (music by Richard Rodgers, book and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, first produced in 1943) – Choosing one Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to put on a list is like choosing between your children because the names of these composers are synonymous with classic musical theatre. Odds are you are already familiar with The Sound of Music, since most children have grown up watching the Julie Andrews film version. You might not know the original Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, however, which was Oklahoma!. Premiering on Broadway in 1943, it is often credited as being the first American book musical because of the way it wove its songs directly into the plot. Check out the Original Broadway Cast Recording to hear some of the classic songs as they were originally sung, including “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’,” “I Cain’t Say No,” and “People Will Say We’re in Love.” Also worth renting is the 1999 video recording of the London revival production starring Hugh Jackman as Curly. This is much truer to the original source material than the 1955 film version. Other Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals you should get to know include South Pacific and Carousel.
2. My Fair Lady (music by Frederick Loewe, book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner, first produced in 1956) – Almost as famous a team as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Lerner and Loewe broke new ground when they adapted George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion into a musical in 1956. The musical wasn’t a typical love story, was based on pretty heady source material, and starred a relative nobody in the person of Julie Andrews, but it was an instant hit on Broadway. Pick up the Original Broadway Cast Recording starring Andrews and Rex Harrison and see for yourself why it became the bestselling album in the country the year it was released—and not just among musicals, but among music in general. In particular, look out for the classic songs “Wouldn’t it Be Loverly?,” “On the Street Where You Live,” and “I’ve Grown Accustomed to Her Face.”
The 1964 film version is also a fantastic movie and won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Just be aware that Audrey Hepburn didn’t do any of her own singing and was dubbed over by veteran singer Marni Nixon. Other Lerner and Loewe musicals you should become familiar with include Brigadoon and Camelot.
3. Guys and Dolls (music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows, first produced in 1950) – Frank Loesser’s first runaway hit on Broadway was also his first classic book musical. Guys and Dolls has been a favorite of regional theatres, community theatres, and high school and college theatres ever since its original run. It has also come back to Broadway for three successful revivals. The musical has something for everyone, from gangsters to showgirls. Check out the Original Broadway Cast Recording and specifically pay attention to such hits as “If I Were a Bell,” “Luck Be a Lady,” and “Adelaide’s Lament.” The 1955 film adaptation starring Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra is worth watching, though you should know that it heavily deviates from the original. To get a better idea of the musical as a whole, you’d be better of finding a local production and attending. If you like Frank Loesser, you should also check out How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.
4. Gypsy (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by Arthur Laurents, first produced in 1959) – One of the definitive musicals of the Golden Age, Gypsy was built as a star vehicle for Ethel Merman. It was one of the first projects for Stephen Sondheim, although Merman insisted he only write the lyrics rather than composing the music as well because he was still an unknown. Listen to the Original Broadway Cast recording to hear Merman at her very best in such numbers as “Some People” and the definitive “Rose’s Turn.” Other great songs include “Little Lamb” and “All I Need Is the Girl.” For different interpretations, the 2003 and 2008 Broadway revivals are worth listening to so you can hear how Bernadette Peters and Patti Lupone respectively took on the iconic role of Rose. The 1962 film version starring Rosalind Russell and Natalie Wood is worth watching. If you are a fan of Sondheim’s lyrics and want to check out his music, you should get to know Into the Woods, Company, and Sweeney Todd.
5. Fiddler on the Roof (music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, book by Joseph Stein, first produced in 1964) – Ushering in the second generation of musical theatre duos, Bock and Harnick wrote several great musicals together, but none has been more iconic than Fiddler on the Roof. The tale of the milkman Tevye and his daughters dealing with changing traditions and getting persecuted in Tsarist Russia took on some very heavy subject matter for a musical comedy, but it was handled expertly. Listen to the Original Broadway Cast Recording to see how Zero Mostel handled the role of Tevye. Pay attention to several of the songs, including “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Tradition,” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” The 1971 movie version was a great success and was nominated for three Academy Awards. You should watch it and enjoy the performance of Tevye as done by Topol, who continued to play the role for 40 years in touring productions around the country. Other Bock and Harnick musicals you should get to know include Fiorello! and She Loves Me.