Love is in the air!
Valentine's Day is the time of the year where everything except love takes a back seat. This time of the year is all about cherubs, kisses, hearts, and flowers. If you're still wondering how to spend an evening with your partner, take them out somewhere special.
While most people would consider going for dinner and a movie, why not try something new, and take your loved one to a Broadway show? Watching a Broadway show is an experience like no other. You are in a theater as part of a live audience, watching extremely talented individuals sing and act out their story. And if you're not a fan of musicals, fret not. Broadway also has plays from a range of genres - there really is something for everyone.
Below is our list of recommended Broadway shows for a fantastic date night:
Nothing says 'fun' like this Broadway show does! Head out for a night of entertainment like no other, and watch John Lithgow: Stories by Heart. John Lithgow’s solo play is an intimate evening that has spent years in the making. Tracing his life as a storyteller and actor, Lithgow interweaves characters and short stories by Ring Lardner and P. G. Wodehouse into his narrative, making for an evening full of heart and humour.
John Lithgow: Stories by Heart
$50 - $100
Watch two-time Tony award winner John Lithgow return to Broadway. The actor will regale audiences with stories inspired by his life, in a highly intimate setting. A poignant tribute to his family, he combines tales about his family with timeless classic stories for an evening of joy and entertainment.
Strong and Steady
Carole King's story will strike a chord with the couple that has been together for a while. The musical, based on the early career of Carole King, explores her rise to fame along with her relationships with her husband and friends. The story journeys through King’s transformation from songwriter to singer, as she struggles to find peace and balance with her relationships. It’s a tale about the real-life making of a star!
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
$50 - $100
Since its premiere at the Stephen Sondheim theatre in 2014, Beautiful has been an instant hit. Grammy Award winner for Best Musical Theatre Album, this jukebox musical revisits some of Carole King’s greatest hits. The foot tapping music and synchronized choreography make it a must-watch musical for Carole King fans and anyone who loves music.
If you are on a double date, Phantom of the Opera is the musical to see! Broadway's longest running show, The Phantom of the Opera revolves around rising star, Christine Daaé. Christine takes the help of the Phantom, a musical genius who composes operas for her to practice. Lonely and deeply romantic, the Phantom becomes obsessed with his love for Christine. When she begins seeing another man, the Phantom grows furious, terrorizing the opera house. A dark and mysterious love story, find out where Christine’s heart leads her.
Phantom of the Opera
Based on the 1910 French novel "Le Fantôme de l'Opéra" by Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera is Broadway’s longest-running hit. Loved by critics and audiences alike, the show has been stunning viewers since its debut in 1988. Winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Phantom of the Opera is one of Broadway's most beloved productions.
For the married ouple, Hamilton provides the perfect entertainment. This hip-hop musical is the perfect amount of fun and enjoyment, and is well-known for its talented cast, engaging performances, and excellent storytelling. The musical traces Alexander Hamilton’s his life from his birth in a Caribbean island to his rise as George Washington’s right-hand man and Treasury Secretary, his life as a rebel and a war-hero, and as a loving husband embroiled in the nation’s first sex scandal.
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton has made waves in Broadway since its debut. It is the journey of a Founding Father ready to make a mark on the new nation. The winner of 11 Tonys and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this musical takes you to the past, but with a modern twist.
Friends with Benefits
Keeping it casual? Drunk Shakespeare is the perfect play for you. Watch as four actors try their best to keep the script on point as they act out a Shakespearean play alongside one, very drunk, cast member, who has had at least five shots of whiskey. An absolute hoot, this is one evening of fun and riot that you and your friend just cannot miss! Drinks and snacks will be available for audience members throughout the show’s entirety.
Join five professional New York actors, one of whom is very, very drunk, as they attempt to perform a major a Shakespearean play.
Unabashedly hilarious, each and every show is full of it’s own drunken shenanigans!
Don't have a date? Don't worry! Grab your best friend and head out for a night of fun, and watch The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking. Tracing the history of alchohol over the last 10,000 years, this 'spirited' play is accompanied by craft cocktails and the brilliant vocals of the Backwaiters acapella group. The lead performs live beer brewing demonstrations and like any good bartender, he keeps his guests laughing/entertained throughout the night. Dive in for an enjoyable evening of immersive theatre and an experience unlike any other.
The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking
$50 - $100
Accompanied by craft cocktails and the brilliant vocals of the Backwaiters acapella group, learn the history and science that went behind in the creation of alcoholic beverages. Trace their political-economic impact on the cultural development of the same. Prepare for a night of entertainment and education, and to leave a little tipsy!
To discover other shows on Broadway, check out our guide on the Best Broadway shows in New York. There are tons of other On and Off Broadway shows as well that you can consider! The choice is all yours!
If you're looking for restaurants to visit before your play, check out our list of 30 Best Theater District Restaurants in NYC.
What are you waiting for? Get your Broadway tickets now and take your special someone out for a lovely night out.