It is no secret that one of the most popular attractions New York City has to offer is its theatre district and its various productions. However, no matter if you are a veteran of the fine arts or are planning to see your very first show on the Great White Way, choosing just one show to see is always a difficult decision.
In order to take some guesswork out of your decision-making process, let us take a look at some of the best shows on Broadway this year:
The brainchild of the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda, the Tony Award winning Hamilton has taken Broadway by storm and does not seem as though it will lose its power any time soon. Featuring catchy rap tunes and a compelling storyline that follows the life, times, and trials of the 10-Dollar Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, it should come as no surprise that this show has consistently sold out and brought in audience members from around the globe.
Created by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen has won six Tony Awards — including Best Musical — since it opened last year. With a moving soundtrack and a relatable storyline, this musical brings people of all ages together to celebrate not only themselves, but others. Additionally, Dear Evan Hansen shines a light on the importance of inclusivity in a remarkably divided world.
Composed by the pop songstress Sara Bareilles, Waitress boasts upbeat and quirky songs that showcase the characters and their not-so-upbeat and quirky life stories. In spite of its darker moments, Waitress concludes on a life-affirming note that reminds the audience that ‘everything changes,’ and that it is never too late to turn one’s life into something sweet.
This list would not be complete without mentioning the side-splittingly funny play, The Play That Goes Wrong. Filled with mishaps, misplaced props, shaky acting, and even shakier sets, this show highlights the issues that give live theatre its true character — the unexpected. Originally staged in London, the Broadway version of this show has been received wonderfully, boasting positive reviews from audiences and critics alike.
Given the incredible levels of creativity and collaborations that are coming together on stage this year, there is no question that now is the best time to see a Broadway show. So choose your show wisely and be sure to book your tickets well in advance!