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For couples planning a romantic getaway to NYC, Broadway offers a unique allure. What could be more romantic than sitting hand-in-hand in a dimmed theatre, waiting for the curtains to rise, and enjoying a love story come to life? 

Hadestown on Broadway
[Hadestown]

Hadestown: A Tragic Love Story on Stage

In the pantheon of romantic Broadway shows, Hadestown holds a special place. The brainchild of singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin, this show is a modern reimagining of ancient Greek mythology.

Set in a grim industrial world, Hadestown follows two couples: Underworld rulers Hades and Persephone and young lovers Orpheus and Eurydice. This jazz-inflected folk opera is a standout, from Orpheus’s Wait for Me to group numbers like Way Down in Hadestown.

Moulin Rouge
[Moulin Rouge! The Musical]

Moulin Rouge! The Musical: A Spectacle of Passion and Romance

Based on the 2001 film by Baz Luhrmann, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is an extravaganza of passion, colour, and music that is sure to make hearts flutter. Set in the world of the Moulin Rouge in 1890’s Paris, the story follows a penniless writer, Christian, who falls for the club’s star performer, Satine.

Their forbidden love story is both thrilling and heartbreaking, making for a perfect romantic evening. Moulin Rouge! The Musical is a visual masterpiece, with lavish sets and costumes that transport audiences to the heart of Montmartre. Each musical number in the show features a mix of songs from different eras, creating showstoppers like Welcome to the Moulin Rouge! and Elephant Love Medley.

The Notebook
[The Notebook]

The Notebook: A Tale of Enduring Love on Broadway

The Notebook, a recent addition to Broadway’s romantic offerings, is based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks and the beloved 2004 film. With a book by Bekah Brunstetter and music and lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson, this musical adaptation captures the timeless love story of Allie and Noah, spanning decades and testing the boundaries of memory.

The story unfolds in three timelines, following young Allie and Noah’s passionate summer romance, their eventual reconnection, and finally, their twilight years. With heartwarming musical numbers like If This Is Love, performed by Jordan Tyson as young Allie, this show will resonate with anyone who has ever been in love.

Water for Elephants cast
[Water for Elephants cast; photo by Matthew Murphy]

Water for Elephants: Adventure & Romance Under the Big Top

Water for Elephants is an adaptation of Sara Gruen’s best-selling novel. This musical invites audiences into the world of a 1930’s traveling circus, where a tale of forbidden love unfolds. The story follows Jacob, a young veterinary student who, after a tragic turn of events, finds himself working for a traveling circus. There, he meets and falls in love with Marlena, the star performer who is married to the abusive ringleader.

With musical numbers like Wild, performed by the leading duo of Isabella McCalla and Grant Gustin, the musical score of Water for Elephants enhances the romantic spirit of the story. 

Broadway Inbound

Planning Your Broadway Getaway: Tickets and Activities 

Planning a Broadway getaway requires a bit of foresight. Tickets should be purchased through authorized ticket sellers well in advance, especially for popular shows. If you’re flexible with dates, midweek performances often have better availability. 

Broadway has undeniable magic, and these romantic shows are perfect for sparking romance and creating shared memories on your NYC getaway. The next time you’re planning a trip to the city that never sleeps, consider adding a Broadway production to your itinerary.

This post produced in partnership with The Broadway Collection.

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