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The Best Broadway Shows for Date Night

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:



First Date

There's nothing like a well-known classic to break the ice. This heartwarming tale of a man who goes from rags to riches, and finds true love, is based on a 1994 animated Disney movie of the same name. Get ready to show your date 'a whole new world' as you embark on this magic carpet ride together.

Aladdin

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Watch this classic Disney story come to life on stage with extraordinary visuals and catchy songs. The tale revolves around Aladdin, a street urchin, whose wildest dreams come true when he accidentally meets a Genie in a lamp. Will Aladdin be able to marry his true love, Princess Jasmine of Agrabah, with the help of the Genie? Watch to find out!

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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

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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.

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Stephen Sondheim Theatre
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Double Date

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.

The Phantom Of The Opera

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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.

Married

For the married couple, 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.

Another choice would be to watch 'Head Over Heels' - a celebration of love in more ways than one! From the crafting visionaries that brought you 'Avenue Q' and 'Spring Awakening', this original musical is set to the tunes of the famed 1980s all-female rock band The Go-Go's. This adaptation (by James Magruder) of Jeff Whitty's book is one that married couples are sure to get buzzed about. Told from the perspective of a royal family, the musical delves around a life-changing journey that they take.

Hamilton

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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.

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Richard Rodgers Theatre
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Head Over Heels

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Following the tale of an odd, gender-fluid royal family attempting to avert possible downfall (as prophesised), 'Head Over Heels' boasts harmless-yet-extravagant comedy that has stood the test of time. Experience this wonderfully-crafted musical (and its many songs like “Our Lips are Sealed”, “Vacation”, “Heaven is a Place on Earth”) with your partner right away!

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.

Need an option B? Go for 'Pretty Woman', the Broadway musical based on the hit film of the same name! Featuring music by Grammy-award winner Bryan Adams and his eclectic songwriting partner Jim Vallance, choreography and direction by Jerry Mitchell, a two-time Tony Award winner, and a book by Gary Marshall and the movie's screenwriter J.F Lawton, 'Pretty Woman' is a must-watch. Watch the stunning chemistry unfold between lead actors Samantha Barks and Andy Karl!

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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 its own drunken shenanigans!

Pretty Woman

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Watch actors Andy Karl and Samantha Barks take on the roles of Edward and Vivian from the 1990 hit film. Just as in the movie, Pretty Woman the Broadway musical also delves into the uncanny situation of a businessman falling in love with an escort whom he hires to spend a week with. Jive to songs like “Rodeo Drive” and “Something About Her” as part of this romantic celebration!

Friends

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.

An alternative option would be to catch Jack Thorne's theatrical take on 'King Kong', the by-now extremely popular myth. The show also features a scintillating crew - Drew McOnie handling the choreography and the duo of Marius de Vries and Eddie Perfect offering a splendid musical score. Be stunned by the innovative display of puppetry, stagecraft and robotics.

The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

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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!

King Kong

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The iconic Jack Thorne brings to the stage the legendary tale of 'King Kong' in a stunning theatrical production. Watch in awe as filmmaker Carl Denham and aspiring actress Ann Darow travel to Skull Island on Captain Eaglehorn's ship (The Venture) and encounter a twenty foot tall Gorilla, all this while believed to be just a myth. This would, without a doubt, make for a fun evening with friends as you watch the unlikely duo try to capture this beast. Celebaring monstrosity, love, and adventure, 'King Kong' is an interesting show to catch with a group of friends.


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.


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