Sweeney Todd on Broadway

If you’re a first-time visitor to the Big Apple, experiencing a classic Broadway show is an absolute must. We’ve curated a current list of 10 must-see Broadway shows that will captivate your senses and make it a can’t-miss first Broadway encounter. 

Here Lies Love on Broadway
[Here Lies Love]

Inspired by Real Life

Here Lies Love, the disco-pop musical by David Byrne and Fatboy Slim, is another must-see. This immersive show, based on the life of Imelda Marcos, transports you into a vibrant dance club, all while telling the history of the Philippine People Power Revolution.

Audience members will get the unique opportunity to become a part of the show on the dance floor or enjoy it from various seating options, to create a tailored theatre experience. 

MJ on Broadway

Perfect for first-time Broadway visitors, the Tony Award-winning MJ offers high-energy, spectacular performances that capture the life and music of Michael Jackson. This triumphant show thrills with iconic hits, dazzling choreography, and a captivating glimpse into the superstar’s career. Dive headfirst into Broadway with MJ – it’s truly a performance that hits all the right notes.

Shucked on Broadway

Campy and Humourous

Shucked, a new Broadway hit, is a 2022 musical comedy known for its wit and unique country score, brought to life by Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, and Robert Horn. Hosted at the Nederlander Theater, Shucked has garnered amazing reviews. The plot follows Maizy and Beau, residents of Cobb County, as they scramble to salvage their corn crops—and wedding plans—with help from Maizy’s cousin Lulu.

The musical’s inclusivity makes it truly groundbreaking: Cast member Alex Newell, one of the first openly non-binary performers, was nominated for a Tony Award®.

The Book of Mormon
[The Book of Mormon]

The Book of Mormon, called “the best musical of this century” by The New York Times, is a show about the comedic journey of two Mormon missionaries in Uganda. Created by South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the musical astutely combines satire and earnestness, promising an unforgettable Broadway experience.

With a fantastic script, catchy tunes, and rib-tickling humour, The Book of Mormon is ideal for an entertaining night out (viewer discretion is advised for those under 13 years of age).

Kimberly Akimbo on Broadway
[Kimberly Akimbo]

Unique Coming-of-Age Story

This year’s Tony®-winning Best Musical, Kimberly Akimbo, is perfect for Broadway first-timers. Already earmarked as a potential contemporary classic, Kimberly Akimbo is a dark comedy with compelling characters and touching moments that reflect on the trials of growing up and tangled family dynamics.

Containing themes of identity, acceptance, and life’s imperfections, the story is profoundly relatable and embodies Broadway’s artistic depth and diversity.

Sweeney Todd on Broadway
[Sweeney Todd]

Live Action Horror

For Broadway newcomers, the riveting Sweeney Todd is a mix of horror and suspense with a gripping musical score. The tale is set in 19th-century London and follows Sweeney Todd’s quest for vengeance.

Blending horror and satire in an eerie yet engaging narrative, it showcases Broadway’s exceptional talent through compelling performances and intricate storytelling, containing themes of revenge, obsession, and unchecked ambition. 

The enduring classic Little Shop of Horrors at Westside Theater is another audience favourite. This energetic production, led by stellar cast members Joy Woods, Matt Doyle, and Drew Gehling, is a visual treat for first-time viewers.

This dark comedy is complemented by magical puppetry and gripping performances to provide a thrilling, edge-of-your-seat Broadway experience. 

Hadestown on Broadway

Modern Classics

Hadestown intertwines the tales of Orpheus and Eurydice with a soul-stirring score and a breathtaking set design. Set in an industrial underworld, the musical explores themes of love, sacrifice, and the power of art. Ideal for Broadway first-timers, Hadestown offers a transformative, immersive theatre experience where mythology meets contemporary storytelling, and will leave audiences enthralled by its potent emotional journey.

Hamilton on Broadway

Hamilton, inspired by Ron Chernow’s 2004 book, redefines traditional show tunes by blending them with hip-hop and jazz. This sung-through masterpiece takes audiences on a roller-coaster ride through America’s past, showcasing a diverse cast that portray American founding fathers and other historical figures.

Its compelling narrative, presented through a modern lens, resonates with today’s society, offering first-time viewers a chance to witness how Broadway shows can skillfully transcend time and genre.

Chicago on Broadway

Chicago, a timeless classic, offers a sensational Broadway tale of fame, fortune, and all that jazz. This multi-award-winning production features unforgettable characters, show-stopping musical numbers, and breathtaking choreography. Originally choreographed by Bob Fosse, it examines justice, fame, and ambition in a show that still dazzles audiences worldwide. An evening of pure entertainment awaits.

Visit The Broadway Collection online for the latest offerings and to order tickets.

This post produced in partnership with The Broadway Collection. Top image (Sweeney Todd) image by Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman; additional photos courtesy of The Broadway Collection.

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