There’s no better place in the world to see theater than NYC: home to the legendary Broadway, right in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. There are new, exciting shows that open every season on Broadway, from musicals to plays to performance art pieces to stand-up performances. If you are heading to NYC soon and want to see great live theater, here are the five Broadway shows you can’t miss in Winter/Spring 2019.
What the Constitution Means to Me
What the Constitution Means to Me is a play by Heidi Schreck, a playwright who also stars in the play. Schreck wrote the play as an autobiographical piece, and it looks at gender issues in the American legal system. This might sound dry, but the piece is actually heartwarming and entertaining: the whole play is couched in a childhood speech and debate tournament, so even younger audience-goers will relate to some of the funny, familiar tropes they see.
Hillary and Clinton
Another play that explores political and gender themes (as you might imagine, based on its title) is Hillary and Clinton by Lucas Hnath. This play is about a former First Lady, Hillary, who is at odds with her husband Bill. She is running for president and wants to make sure her campaign succeeds. The play will star major celebrities John Lithgow and Laurie Metcalf, so tickets may be hard to come by. But if you want to see a piece that is relevant, meaningful, and also funny, this is one worth buying seats for early.
Kiss Me, Kate
Want a musical and not a play? See a true classic with Kiss Me, Kate, a revival that is being done by Roundabout Theatre Company. This show was written by musical theater legend Cole Porter, and this revival will star Tony winner Kelli O’Hara. Kiss Me, Kate is now slated to open on February 14 — Valentine’s Day — which is perfectly appropriate for this romantic comedy that is a musicalized, modernized version of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.
Want something truly new and not old-fashioned? Come see Tootsie, the musical adapted from the famous 1982 Dustin Hoffman movie that is set to open on Broadway on April 23. Tootsie tells the story of an actor who is desperate to find work — but who then resorts to a stunt (and some cross-dressing) in order to become a star. Tootsie is funny and heartwarming, and stars Santino Fontana, a Broadway actor who has cemented himself as a star in the theater world.
Be More Chill
Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz wrote Be More Chill, a musical that recently had a sold-out run off-Broadway. The musical is a sci-fi show that is about a high school student, Jeremy, who feels like a loser. That is, until he finds out about a small supercomputer that can get him what he wants (what he wants is a date with a certain girl). Jeremy has to navigate the risks of using new technology to get what he wants and figure out if what he’s doing is worth it. The show explores themes of fitting in, love, technology, and more, and the show’s score is totally pop and appealing to youngsters. The show will open in the spring.
If you are in the mood to see great live theater, head to NYC. You can check out one of the above acclaimed shows, or get tickets to many to see a wider variety of performances. When you’re done, head out into the neon lights of Times Square and look: it’s thrilling to be smack dab in the middle of the universe.