Summer Broadway Musicals In NYC


Now that we are well in our way to the summer maybe it’s time to take a break from the pool or the ocean or maybe even work. The kids driving you crazy yet, how about the heat? Why not take a trip to the Big Apple and see a show? As always there are may shows to choose from and there has to be one to please you, but wouldn’t it be fun to try a musical? After all, don’t Broadway and musicals automatically go together?

There are over fifteen musicals currently running on Broadway right now and anyone of them are worth the price of admission. Below are five of the top best sellers of the summer season. You can’t go wrong when seeing one of these spectacular productions.

Wicked - premiered on Broadway in October of 2003 at the George Gershwin Theater where it still plays to capacity crowds almost every performance. It is the untold saga of the witches of Oz before they met Dorothy. While the show is based on a familiar story, it can still be considered a whole new idea. It gives the audience a different view of some of the characters they thought they knew so well. With its witty dialogue, powerful music and amazing costumes, At times the audience is mesmerized by the story that is unfolding before them. Throughout the musical there are several twists and surprises that make for great discussions afterward. Wicked is a fun and intriguing tale that raises many questions, and lets the viewer see Oz in a whole new light!

Jersey Boys - a documentary style musical, opened in November of 2005 at the August Wilson Theater. The production has taken Broadway by storm with this fast- paced biography of one of the most successful 1960’s music groups: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The show took in over $400,000 in ticket sales the day after it opened, and continues to set new weekly records at the box office. This feel good musical takes the audience behind the music of the Four Seasons and uses many of their well-known songs to tell the story of how they rose to fame. It is a tale of four blue collar boys who go from the streets of Newark, New Jersey all the way to American pop sensations. The hits included such popular staples as “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Can’t Take My Eyes off You,” and “Oh, What a Night.” The songs are portrayed in realistic settings such as nightclubs and recording studios rather than having the characters sing at one another. This production has audiences on their feet almost every performance because the music is so familiar, and people can identify with these characters and their story.

Billy Elliot - Best Musical 2009 - This heartwarming musical comes to Broadway direct from London where it won four Olivier Awards including Best New Musical. It opened at the Imperial Theatre on November 13, 2008. This new show which features a score by sensational singer and songwriter Elton John is based on the popular award winning 2000 film of the same name. Billy Elliot is a feel good musical! At times it tends to get a bit dark with some of the material but the ending is never the less uplifting. It is a story of a boy who never quits and has the courage to follow his heart despite the many obstacles in his way. In addition to winning the Tony for Best Musical the show took home an impressive ten awards this year.

Mamma Mia! - The feel good musical debuted on October 18, 2001 at the Winter Garden Theater where it still plays to sold out audiences. This hit musical is based on the songs of the Swedish pop music group ABBA, and the title is taken from their chart topping 1975 classic song. The show was written by British playwright Catherine Johnson. The production features twenty-two of ABBA’s biggest hits including “Dancing Queen,” “Thank You for the Music” and “Winner Takes All.” The production moves to a disco beat as the songs are brilliantly intertwined into a wonderful story of life, love and friendship. Come see why audiences are having the time of their lives with this one!

West Side Story - The classic American musical that hasn’t been seen in almost thirty years returns to that stage promising to be more modern than ever. This production opened in March 2009. The current production appears to have an edgier vibe than the original 1950’s production and will offer a whole new generation a chance to experience this timeless love story. The same legendary score by the award winning team of Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim will set the pace for this contemporary day Romeo and Juliet. It tells the tale of star crossed lovers Tony and Maria who are caught between rival street gangs in New York City. Tony, a Polish boy and a member of the Jets falls in love with Maria, a Puerto Rican girl whose brother is a member of the Sharks. Set in the 1950’s on the turbulent streets of Manhattan’s West Side/Hell’s Kitchen section where the violence seems to be escalating between the gangs the young lovers must decide how they can live in peace with one another.

Any one of these shows would be a fantastic Broadway experience. Check them out of you get a chance. You’ll be glad you did! To view ticket information for any Summer Broadway Musicals In NYC click the link.

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