Talent knows no boundaries when it comes to the Theatre District in New York City, and this is validated by the 13 million spectators annually who enjoy these famous must-see Broadway shows.
Although most of us have heard of Broadway, did you know that even though there is a total of 41 Broadway theaters, only four of them are actually located on the street of Broadway? That’s because, in order to qualify as a Broadway theater, two criteria must be met:
- It must be located between 40th and 54th St, between 6th to 8th Ave.
- It must have at least 500 seats. Any theater with a capacity below 500 is considered off-broadway.
A Little Fun Fact
There’s no ‘I’ in Broadway. While rows A-H and J-Z are present, there isn’t a row ‘I’.
There were too many people getting disappointed when they realized their row ‘1’ was actually row ‘9’ so to avoid this confusion, the row was taken off.
This rule was imposed when people started flocking to the front seat with their I row ticket. Fights and disappointment followed.
Hamilton – RICHARD RODGERS THEATRE
Hamilton holds the record of being the Broadway show with most Tony nominations and is definitely one of our must-see Broadway shows. It has belonged to the most popular Broadway shows in New York since its opening nights and worldwide.
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The innovative idea of combining the story of the United States’ founding father Alexander Hamilton with hip hop.
Music is incredible and the first of its kind so that even today, all shows are completely sold out. All in all, Hamilton is a true masterpiece by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Fun Fact about the Tony Award: the first Tony Awards were held in 1947. For the first 2 years, the winners were not given statues as awards but pocket-sized awards along with scrolls.
The men were given cigarette lighters and the women were given a makeup compact. Bet those are worth more now than an actual Tony!
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Hamilton Star Austin Scott
Dear Evan Hansen – MUSIC BOX THEATRE
A letter that was never meant to be seen, a lie that was never meant to be told, a life he never dreamed he could have.
That sums up Dear Evan Hansen, hands-down one of the best Broadway shows in New York since its debut.
DEAR EVAN HANSEN is a musical about life and the way we live it. This show struck a remarkable chord with audiences and critics everywhere.
The New York Times calls it “a gut-punching, breathtaking knockout of a musical.”It’s a relatable musical that takes you on an emotional roller coaster ride.
While it covers some serious topics, it doesn’t fail to incorporate lots of funny moments,
Harry Potter And The Cursed Child – LYRIC THEATRE
Seven members of the award-winning Original West End Company have reunited on stage for the Broadway premiere Experience.
J.K. Rowling’s magical universe like never before at Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway.
The story of Harry, Ron, and Hermione continues on stage—where the magic is real. It has been 19 years since they saved the wizarding world. But even when the battle seems to be won, sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
This show is very long and expands over a 2-part period. An afternoon matinee followed by an evening show or you can break up both parts over a 2 day period.
Therefore, you should take time and stretch your legs during the intermission on a nice walking tour through Central Park.
The Phantom Of The Opera – MAJESTIC THEATRE
We all know this one and it’s still going strong. After 30 years on Broadway, the Phantom of the Opera remains one of the best Broadway shows of all time.
Even after all this time, the classic musical is seeing sold-out performances on a daily basis. And there is no end in sight.
With this level of popularity in mind, it is a must-see Broadway show in New York for everyone.
Mean Girls – AUGUST WILSON THEATRE, MIDTOWN WEST
We’ll round out our must-see shows with Mean Girls. This is an American teen comedy film directed by Mark Waters and written by Tina Fey.
The film, which stars Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Tim Meadows, Ana Gasteyer, Amy Poehler and Fey, is partially based on Rosalind Wiseman’s 2002 non-fiction self-help book, Queen Bees and Wannabes.
This story describes female high school social cliques and the damaging effects they can have on girls.
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