Some of the best Broadway shows in decades are currently wowing audiences from all over the world. Along with the West End in London, New York City’s Broadway has long been home to the world’s most iconic stage plays and musicals — and it’s still very much business as usual.
If you’re planning to take in a show during your next visit to NYC, here are six of the best options on Broadway right now.
The Best Broadway Shows on Stage Right Now
Hamilton was originally a relatively low-key production at the off-Broadway Public Theater. However, since its first sold-out show in 2015, this lavish musical has gone from strength to strength. Such was the demand during the show’s initial run, it was moved to the prestigious Richard Rodgers Theatre later that year.
The musical tells the story of the eponymous Founding Father. Multicultural and infused with rap, hip-hop and a modern touch, Hamilton is nothing short of a phenomenon. However, you’ll need to book tickets well in advance, as demand is still at record highs.
2. My Fair Lady
Starring Lauren Ambrose as Eliza Doolittle, My Fair Lady is the classic musical made famous by Julie Andrews (stage) and Audrey Hepburn (film). This modern take on the show inspired by George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion retains all of the original magic, as well as an added touch of sorrow. And it’s all thanks to an incredible performance by Ambrose. You’ll also get to see acclaimed British actress, and star of Game of Thrones, Diana Rigg in action. On stage at Lincoln Center, this is a great show for all ages.
3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the sequel to J.K. Rowling’s world-renowned series of books and movies. The story follows Harry as he struggles with life as a parent. Expect to see all of the wizardry we’ve all come to know and love. But the real beauty if this show lies in the relationship between Harry and his middle child.
Playing six days a week at Broadway’s Lyric Theatre, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a visual feast. While the scenes featuring flying dementors are a little intense, most children will love this latest instalment from J.K. Rowling and director John Tiffany.
4. Mean Girls
Based on Tina Fey’s movie Mean Girls, this stage adaptation possesses all of the same humor and charm as the original story. Featuring music from Jeff Richmond and Nell Benjamin, the story delves into what life is like for teenage girls in the digital age of social media and online peer pressure. This is a great show for families with teenagers, but parents will also take something profound away from the gripping narrative. You can catch Mean Girls at the August Wilson Theatre, Tuesday through Sunday.
Featuring Richard Rodgers’ classic score, Carousel at the Imperial Theatre is a heady mix of orchestral music, stunningly choreographed music and social commentary. The musical tells the story of a failing marriage, a botched robbery and how real life can get in the way of real love.
This probably isn’t a show for a young family, but it’s ideal for couples who want a reminder of just how important love and trust is in a relationship. Starring Jessie Mueller and Joshua Henry, Carousel is making theater history to packed audiences more than 70 years after its initial run.
6. Once on This Island
Once on This Island is a modern take on the classic fairytale The Little Mermaid. Set in the Caribbean, the show is as uplifting as it is strewn with social commentaries. This is a great show for families of all ages, thanks to its Disney-esque songs and innate sense of fun. Look out for special performances from Hailey Kilgore and Glee actor Alex Newell.
There are many more incredible shows to enjoy on Broadway