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Seven Of The Best Broadway Shows To See This Year

Broadway. This strip of historic theatres in Manhattan has been home to some of the greatest shows and artists of all time. And witnessing a Broadway production is arguably one of the greatest experiences New York has to offer.

But when you’re visiting from abroad and only have a limited amount of time on your hands, how do you decide which show to see? While there are no wrong choices to be made here, there’s no denying that there are always standout productions that deserve a little extra praise.

We’ve gone ahead and pulled together a list of seven of the best shows on – or soon-to-open-on – Broadway right now to make your choice that little bit easier. As they say, “five, six, seven, eight”.

West Side Story

Image: West Side Story / supplied

A classic production takes on a fresh new tone, and it’s getting a lot of praise as a result. The modern take on West Side Story is directed by Tony Award-winner Ivo van Hove and features a cast of Broadway actors making their debuts, including Australian Yesenia Ayala in the role of Anita.

The Broadway Collection describes this show as a “radical new interpretation” of the story of a modern-day Romeo and Juliet with “extraordinary dancing and breathtaking visuals”.

Opening February 6, 2020

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

Baz Luhrmann’s love story about an English writer and a courtesan who has been promised to a vile Duke has finally been adapted for the live stage, almost 20 years after the film hit our screens.

The spectacular production that is Moulin Rouge! The Musical opened in 2019, and features a Grammy-nominated ensemble of songs – many of which come from the original film. A camp display of French extravagance; the musical is a nostalgic treat for fans of the movie, and a jaw-dropping introduction for first-timers.

Tickets available now.

Phantom of the Opera

If you’re after a classic theatre experience, there’s no going past Phantom of the Opera. The musical is in its 31st year on Broadway, making it the longest-running musical in the theatre district.

A disfigured musician living beneath the Paris Opera House becomes infatuated with a young soprano singer in this musical. His obsession with her drives him to terrorise the others working within the opera, attempting to force them to give her roles. The musical is based on a novel from the 1900s with iconic music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Tickets available now.

Hadestown

Eight-time Tony-award-winning musical (including the award for Best Musical) Hadestown exploded onto Broadway in 2019. The production, which pivots off stories from Greek mythology, follows the journeys of two pairs of lovers: Orpheus and Eurydice, and King Hades and his wife, Persephone.

Orpheus travels to the underworld to plead with Hades – god of death – to let Eurydice return to the world of the living and unsurprisingly, complications arise.

The show takes audiences into the depths of hell, with the help of a soulful soundtrack and a killer cast. Hadestown has been brought to life by singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin.

Tickets available now.

Six

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Image: Six / supplied

After successful runs in London and Sydney, Six is making its way to Broadway. The musical tells the stories of King Henry VIII’s wives who were famously “divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived,” in the format of an upbeat, pop performance.

As The Broadway Collection puts it, the musical follows the six women as they “remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into a modern celebration of girl power, rocking out on stage”. Six, which is headed for the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, was written by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss.

Opening March 12, 2020

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Image: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child / supplied

Taking place almost 20 years after Harry, Hermione and Ron saved the wizarding world from Voldemort, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is an entirely new chapter in the anthology we all know so well.

The two-part Tony-award-winning play explores a now-adult Harry Potter’s complicated relationship with his son and the delicate nature of the fabric of time. It’s a deeply moving production with some of the most impressive set-design elements you’ll ever see, and a haunting musical arrangement by Imogen Heap.

Tickets available now.

Hamilton

A modern take on a musical if ever there was one, Hamilton is a hip-hop, jazz and R&B production that tells the story of American Founding Father, Alex Hamilton.

The book, music and lyrics were all written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and the show has won Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Tickets are difficult to get, and it’s one of the more expensive shows on Broadway, but the cultural impact it has had is profound, so expect a memorable experience if you choose to go.

Tickets available now.

(Lead image: Moulin Rouge! The Musical / supplied) 

Published 03 February, 2020