A visit to NYC is incomplete without having seen a Broadway show or two. The drama, the passion, the raw talent on stage not only entertains you, but inspires you with some core lessons in life. Whatever your inclination may be from romance to tragedy, the famous Theater district has something for all.
Depending on your traveling dates, you can catch some of the most loved plays from Broadway history or find new ones never seen before! Here’s a winter/spring 2020 Broadway show guide for tourists.
A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens’ classic tale is coming to Broadway this winter season. With Christmas bells around the corner, you and your family can sit back and enjoy the 12 cherished Christmas carols including Silent Night and Joy to the World. The venue is Lyceum Theater located at 149 W 45th street, and the show starts on December 1st 2020. You can even bring your kids to this 2 hour extravaganza!
At the New Amsterdam Theater at 214 West 22nd Street, you will find the Aladdin is a special for the past 6 years in a row. The amount of people who want to see the classic story over and over can keep the tickets selling! If you want a family-friendly night full of chaste entertainment, say yes to Disney’s iconic rags-to-riches tale on the Broadway stage. Remember to book your tickets as early as possible.
If you want to be moved to tears in your first Broadway experience, there is no better play to watch than Harold Pinter’s classic Betrayal. It falls a little towards the short range with 90 minutes on the clock. But the beauty with which it touches the viewer can leave them spellbound. A tale of love, loss, and heartbreak—not necessarily in that order. It is currently playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater at 242 W 45th Street.
At the Ambassador Theater located at 219 West 49th Street, the epitome of Broadway musicals has been playing since 1996. Even if you don’t know anything about Broadway, you probably know something about Chicago the Musical. This classical show talks to you about fame and fortune in a melodious narrative, making you want to sing along for days! It lasts 2 hours and 30 minutes; go on a weekend.
If you or your little ones are Disney fans, this adaptation of the ice queen’s story will not disappoint. Since this one is all about the dialogue, you will find the Broadway adaptation more complex and profound than the animated version. You can find it playing at St. James Theater at 246 West 44th Street.
Hamilton has been the talk of the town ever since it had its first show in 2015. This refreshing story of a life lived by an unlikely Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton. The show follows his highs and lows, his tragedies and triumphs, and moves you to an immense degree. A musical representation of history, Hamilton the Musical is bound to change your children’s attitudes towards history—or better yet, it will change yours.
Hamilton is currently playing at the Richard Rodgers Theater at 226 West 46th Street.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (1 and 2)
There is barely a Millennial around who can deny their attachment to the Harry Potter franchise. Those who waited in line to get their hands on the final book are now in their thirties—so what better time for a Broadway revival? Playing in NYC since 2018 after its London premiere, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the 8th installment in the series. Find it playing at the Lyric Theater at 214 West 43rd Street. Join Harry and the gang once again on their new lives as parents and their ties with their past.
Before actually watching the play, I would have agreed with anyone who said Nicole Kidman’s performance was unbeatable. After, I realize that it doesn’t have to. The Broadway version of the classic musical film by the same name, Moulin rouge brings to real life the reel story of a forbidden love. Located at the Al Hirschfield Theatre at 302 West 45th Street, the musical is now playing and taking bookings!
Phantom of the Opera
Last but not least, Broadway’s longest running musical narrates the tale of a beautiful singer Christine, who set her unfortunate heart on a bitter phantom of a creature. There is a reason people can’t stop watching Phantom of the Opera, and we feel like you would see it too if you headed to the Majestic Theater at 247 West 44th Street. It’s going to be playing for a long time—you’re bound to get some tickets!
Now that you’ve seen our recommendations, it’s time to ahead and choose the musical that appeals to you most. Whatever you end up watching, we can promise you a delightful time to say the least!