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Complete A-Z Listing Of Broadway Musicals Playing In NYC Right Now

‘Music touches us where words alone can’t’, is a famous quote, an established fact and feeling of many. It reinforces our faith in the power of music. This is perhaps the reason why music has been a part of dramatic presentations since times immemorial. Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that blends various forms of expression. Some are singing, dancing, acting, dialogue delivering etc. and technical aspects of entertainment. Myriad of emotions like love, humour, anger, pride,empathy and many others are communicated flawlessly through the medium of Musicals.

Western musical theatre emerged during the 19th century and caught up momentum in the early 20th century. They were then called ‘Broadway Musicals’. Broadway Musicals are presented in about 40 professional theatres with 500 or more seats. These theatres are located in the Theater District and Lincoln Center along Broadway, Midtown Manhattan in New York City. They have enormously influenced American popular culture.

Broadway musicals are all about stunning stage setups, dynamic scene changes, bright lights, exclusive costumes, incredible live singing, dancing and acting. Coupled with these are technology gimmicks. These factors make the Broadway Musicals an absolute favourite with not just theatre and music lovers but also common people.

Here's our list of Broadway musicals in New York City that one just cannot miss:

Broadway Musicals


1

Dear Evan Hansen

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$100 - $200

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Dear Evan Hansen, the winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical for 2017 is one of the most remarkable shows in musical theatre history. This startling and intensely beautiful new musical brings us face to face with with life as a 17 year old. It shows the way we live it with changing lifestyles and standards.

Why Watch Dear Evan Hansen
Ben Platt puts forth a true to life performance as the lead protagonist, Evan. Manoeuvring and coping up with anxiety, depression and the set social norms he takes us through a journey so relatable. Dear Evan Hansen has a n emotionally charged theme. Brilliant acting and soul stirring music are sure to leave you welled up. This heart wrenching musical has a contemporary take. Despite being a new Broadway musical it has struck a chord with varied audiences and critics alike.

Duration: 2 hours 25 mins

2

Chicago

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$50 - $100

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Chicago, winner of 6 Tony Awards, 2 Olivier Awards and a Grammy®, is a musical masterpiece. A racy tale of two rival vaudevillian murderesses locked up in Cook County Jail and perpetually scheming to grab the limelight and attention of the media, Chicago is a Broadway tale unlike any other.

Why Watch Chicago
Exposing sex scandals, murder cover ups, exploitation by rich and famous, Chicago talks of truths that lie behind the scene. It is a story of fame, fortune, seduction and notoriety. What makes Chicago a must-watch? A steamy storyline, glamorous leads, show stopping songs & some of the most astonishing dances.

Duration: 2 hours 30 mins

3

Wicked

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$50 - $100

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Wicked, acclaimed as the ‘Broadway’s Biggest Blockbuster’ by The New York Times, has been one of the longest running shows in the history of Broadway. Into its 15th year now, it has never failed to impress audiences of all ages, gender or stratum. Wicked, an inspirational musical with a powerful message will take you through an emotional journey - one of love, friendship, clashes and trust.

Why Watch Wicked
Wicked is a revolutionary musical changing the viewers’ take on the classic epic, Wizard of Oz. It has stunning visuals, splendid theatrical effects, superb acting and enthralling music. This smashing hit musical, has been an all time favourite. Wicked has been a winner of several prestigious awards including Tony awards and Drama Desk Awards.

Duration: 2 hours 45 mins

4

The Lion King

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$50 - $100

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The Lion King is a beautiful stage adaptation of the classic Disney movie by the same name. It takes you along the heartfelt journey of a young lion cub, Simba, discovering various values in his journey to become the king of the jungle. This spectacular musical has been one of the longest running shows and has been captivating audiences with unparalleled vigour.

Why Watch Lion King
The Lion King is directed by Julie Taymor, music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice and musical score created by Hans Zimmer. It has ingenious costumes, skillfully crafted masks, matched by talented performers, unbelievable sets with riot of colours and a beautiful storyline, making it one of the most successful Broadway shows loved by people of all ages.

Duration: 2 hours 30 mins

5

Aladdin

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$50 - $100

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Aladdin is a timeless musical based on the classic 1992 Disney animated film by the same name. This exceptional piece of musical excellence has been directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw. The story revolves around a street urchin who finds a magic lamp with a genie in it that fulfills his wishes.

Why Watch Aladdin
The elaborate sets, special effects and splendid costumes weave the theatrical magic of a ‘Genie-us’ show attracting audiences of all ages. The show features fresh additions by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken. Lyrics have been penned by the legendary Howard Ashman, Tony Award winner Tim Rice and famous book writer Chad Beguelin. One of the best stage musicals currently, Aladdin takes you to a fantasy world.

Duration: 2 hours 30 mins

Location

New Amsterdam Theatre
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6

The Phantom Of The Opera

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$50 - $100

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The Phantom of the Opera follows the story of a deformed composer who haunts the grand Paris Opera House. Away from the outside world, the lonely Phantom mentors a budding, gorgeous singer Christine, and develops romantic fondness towards her. When Christine begins seeing a handsome suitor, the Phantom is furious, and torments the opera house.

Why Watch The Phantom of The Opera
The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most loved Broadway productions and a theatrical masterpiece. It is the winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical. With over 10,000 performances, it is one of the longest running musicals on Broadway. It is Based on the 1910 horror novel by Gaston Leroux and is adapted into countless films. This musical is a highly captivating dark theatrical performance as it wields suspense and romance. A must watch show.

Duration: 2 hours 30 mins

7

The Book Of Mormon

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$50 - $100

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Winner of 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Book of Mormon ingeniously delivers wit and humor. Created by masterminds Matt Stone and Trey Parker (South Park) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), this brilliant social and political satire brings black humor to the stage like never before, and is one of the best musicals of all time.

Why Watch The Book Mormon
The Book of Mormon Musical is a work of satire on Mormon beliefs and practices that will leave you thoroughly entertained. It follows the story of two Mormon missionaries as they attempt to share their spiritual ideas with the people of a remote Ugandan village. The nonchalant locals preoccupied with more pressing troubles such as AIDS, famine, and oppression from the local warlord have a cynical take on their preachings. This leaves the packed theatre cackling with delight. With nine Tony awards and enthusiastic reviews worldwide, this musical has been declared as a must see Broadway show by many, rightfully earning it a place on this list of best musicals.

Duration: 2 hours 30 mins

Location

Eugene O’Neill Theatre
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8

Hamilton

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$50 - $100

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Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Originally an immigrant from the West Indies he became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War. The musical embarks on his political and personal journey. Rife with controversies in his story makes this a sensational theatrical marvel. Location

Why Watch Hamilton
Hamilton is one of the most successful Broadway musicals ever made having won a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including the one for Best Musical. It also has received 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is an adrenalin thumping performance. This is one of the most popular Broadway musicals right now, so it's best to get your Broadway show tickets ASAP!

Duration: 2 hours 45 mins

Location

Richard Rodgers Theatre
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9

Beautful: The Carole King Musical

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$50 - $100

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Beautiful is the story of Carole King, one of the most successful female songwriters of the 20th century. The musical captures her early career and rise to success while exploring her relationships with her husband Gerry Goffin and their musician friends, duo Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann. The story journeys through King’s transformation from songwriter to singer, as she struggles to find peace and balance with her relationships.

Why Watch Beautiful
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a jukebox musical with a book by Douglas McGrath. It was an instant hit since it premiered in 2014 and has won 2 Tony Awards and a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album. The musical has been directed by Marc Bruni and original music score is by Gerry Goffin and Carole herself. It also includes Carole King’s greatest hits “It’s Too Late,” “So Far Away,” and “I Feel the Earth Move”.

Duration: 2 hours 20 mins

Location

Stephen Sondheim Theatre
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10

Waitress

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$50 - $100

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An empowering musical, Waitress tells the story of Jenna, a waitress and an expert pie maker who is struggling with a loveless marriage. An unexpected pregnancy draws her close to her gynaecologist. And a baking contest in a nearby county offer her a chance at a new life. Her customers and fellow waitresses offer her conflicting recipes for happiness but Jenna must decide for herself.

Why Watch Waitress
Starring five-time Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles, Waitress is one of Broadway’s most recent successes. Uplifting and relatable, the musical strikes a personal chord with audiences. Bareille’s score debuted at number ten on the US Billboard 200 chart, and instantly received outstanding critical acclaim.

Duration: 2 hours 30 mins

Location

Brooks Atkinson Theatre
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11

Frozen

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$50 - $100

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Based on the hit 2013 Disney movie, Frozen narrates the touching story of sisters Anna and Elsa, and the magic that surrounds them. With three Tony Award nominations, this is one family-oriented musical that just can’t be missed!

Why Watch Frozen
Starring Caissie Levy as Elsa, Patti Murin as Anna, and Jelani Alladin as Kristoff, this musical is a powerhouse of diversity and talent, and features 12 brand new songs written just for the Broadway Show. With its Tony, Emmy, Grammy, and Oscar-winning creative team, this inspiring Disney show will take you on a journey like no other.

Duration: 2 hours

12

Mean Girls

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$50 - $100

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This teen comedy was a massive hit in theatres, gaining a massive cult following. Cady Heron, fresh from the grasslands of Africa, is ready to start high school in America – or is she? Written by Tina Fey, and directed by Casey Nicholaw of Aladdin fame, you just can’t miss this incredibly funny musical!

Why Watch Mean Girls
Mean Girls was one of the most nominated shows in Tony Season 2018, with a whopping 12 nominations. With its award winning creative team, including composer Jeff Richmond from 30 Rock, lyricist Nell Benjamin from Legally Blonde, and the incredible Tina Fey (who acted in the movie adaptation of Mean Girls), this sidesplitting musical is a must-watch with its quirky story and its hilarious picture of high school today!

Duration: 2 hours

13

Beetlejuice

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$59 - $159

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Based on the 1988 horror film of the same name, Beetlejuice is a spine-tingling yet funny story of how a deceased couple try to haunt the new occupants of their former home. The ghost couple takes the help of bio exorcist ghost, Beetlejuice, which gives a different twist to the story. Popularly called the gothic fantasy, directed by Alex Timbers, this musical features a score by Australian musician-comedian Eddie Perfect and a book by Anthony King and Scott Brown.

Why Watch Beetlejuice
Beetlejuice is a hilarious musical that balances morbidity with humour. Alex Brightman, best known for his Tony-nominated performance in School of Rock, plays the title role with utmost dexterity. Cleverly crafted sets bring in a touch of reality while amazing costumes, singing and dancing make this musical a thrilling watch.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Location

Winter Garden Theatre
Seating Chart

14

Moulin Rouge

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$99 - $279

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Based on the 2001 film of the same name, Moulin Rouge is directed by Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers and has a book by Tony Award winning “Red” playwright John Logan. Sonya Tayeh’s foot tapping music and choreography makes the theatrical presentation a mega sensation. Keeping up with the expectations, the musical is ablaze with a generous burst of glamour, glitz and extravaganza. The sensory treat of visual and aural presentation takes you into a world of romance and beauty where love is the only thing on your mind.

Why Watch Moulin Rouge
Theatrical presentation of the iconic music coupled with new pop songs and a strengthened storyline make this musical a completely captivating show. The extravagant costumes, splendid sets, hairdos and the elegance with which it is all put together makes Moulin Rouge a breathtaking spectacle.

Duration: TBA

Location

Al Hirschfeld Theatre
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15

Ain't Too Proud

Run Time

Open Run

Price

$49 - $189

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Ain't Too Proud is a jukebox musical based on the story of the vocal quintet, The Temptations. Written by three time Obie Award winner Dominique Morisseau and directed by two-time Tony Award winner Des McAnuff, this musical takes you through the journey of the rise, fall and struggles of this legendary vocal group. The group’s most famous and treasured hits, like “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone,” and others come alive on stage coupled with their signature dance moves by Tony nominee choreographer Sergio Trujillo.

Why Watch Ain't Too Proud
An intriguing storyline with fabulously amazing songs will keep you glued to your seats. The glorious cast wielding great talent takes you through a range of emotions from laughing one moment to welling up the next. It indeed is a spine-tingling sensation to watch this musical.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

To discover other shows on Broadway, check out our guide on the Best Broadway shows in New York. There are tons of other Off Broadway shows as well that you can consider! The choice is all yours!

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