One of the many main attractions of New York City is Broadway, the famous avenue where rising stars sometimes make their debut in the famous musicals and plays shown there. Whether you stop to take in one of these acclaimed performances or you stroll up and down the sidewalks gazing in awe at the impressive advertisements around you, Broadway is a magical place for everyone. These top 5 musicals have much to offer to your experience, including classic and not so classic themes.
- The Book of Mormon
If satirical religious comedy à la South Park is your forte, by all means, buy a ticket and go enjoy the musical comedy The Book of Mormon. This story is about Mormon missionaries who travel to Uganda to proselytize to the local population. This musical has been winning prestigious awards since its debut in 2011, including nine Tony awards and 4 Olivier awards. It continues to sell out the Eugene O’Neill Theatre on Broadway to this day.
- Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Released in 2001 and adapted from the popular American cult musical comedy film of the same name, Hedwig and the Angry Inch is an exploration of human sexuality combined with a twisted story of a proclaimed “girly boy’s” life and her constant betrayal by those closest to her. Despite its heavy themes, this Broadway musical recently won four Tony awards in 2014, including Best Revival of a Musical, Best Lighting Design of a Musical, and Best Actor in a musical, for Neil Patrick Harris of the hit TV show How I Met Your Mother.
- Phantom of the Opera
Twenty-six years after its initial release, Phantom of the Opera is still one of Broadway’s most popular musicals. Filled with the heart-wrenchingly beautiful compositions by Andrew Lloyd Weber, this classic story of romance between a disfigured and feared man and a beautiful woman living beneath the opera house in Paris is a spectacle to be witnessed. Reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast or The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Phantom of the Opera is appropriate for all ages and tastes.
- A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
Possibly due to the recent growth in popularity of British shows like Downtown Abbey, the Broadway musical A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder will fulfill your craving for hierarchy, plotting, betrayal, and murder in a brilliantly comedic way. Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical, this story will keep you on your toes from beginning to finish. Also, look out for the actor’s vestments by Linda Cho, who won the Tony for Best Costume Design.
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West is a book that was written by Gregory Maguire in 1995 and adapted for the Broadway stage by 2003. His fantastic tale takes place chronologically before and after the beloved and well-known story of The Wizard of Oz and follows closely Glinda, the Good Witch, and Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. Starring Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth upon release nearly 11 years ago, this hit musical continues to charm audiences of every age with its current set of all-star musical performers.