Its that time of the year again when the snow falls and we must find indoor activities and entertainment to get us through the long, cold months. Luckily Broadway has pulled through yet again and has plenty of new and returning shows to catch. Whether you can visit the home of Broadway in New York City or head down to your local theater, there are hundreds of thousands of venues across North America playing Broadway shows. Check out some of the new and returning shows below and let us know which you plan on going to this season.
Written and directed by singer and recording artist Sara Bareilles, Waitress is a heart warming musical that takes you along a similar storyline to the 2007 movie of the same name. Following alongside the main character Jenna, the musical, as any good one does, takes you through a rollercoaster of emotions including tears, joy, sadness, and extreme laughs. Working at a diner with her two best friends in a small southern town, Jenna discovers that she is pregnant with the child of her abusive partner. The musical takes you on a journey with Jenna to watch how she deals with her obstacles and provides plenty of laughs along the way.
We never thought we would see the day when George Orwell’s classic novel 1984 hit Broadway, but here we are. The musical follows the same storyline of the book, but if you’ve already read it, the musical is definitely worth still seeing. Following Winston, the main character who lives in a post-modern world, 1984 takes viewers on a journey of understanding, laughs, hope, and general confusion as Winston tries to rebel against the leading party and create a true record of his life and times. Quite fitting for this day and age, 1984 is a true classic both on and off the stage.
The Phantom of the Opera
With spectacular stage settings and the same age old storyline, The Phantom of the Opera is one of the most popular winter and Christmastime shows. Written by Andrew Lloyd Webber, the show is in it’s 31st year of record breaking success. The story follows a beautiful soprano singer, Christine, who becomes the obsession of a mysterious and disfigured musical genius living in the layers beneath the opera house. The love story takes you on an unexpected and eventful journey with the help of the incredible soundtrack. As a true classic, The Phantom of the Opera should not be missed if you are looking to catch a Broadway show this season.
Based on the opera called Madame Butterfly, Miss Saigon is an emotional and tragic tale. The storyline follows a Vietnamese woman who is abandoned by her American lover. Set in the 1970’s during the Vietnam War, the story tells of a Vietnamese bar girl falling in love with an American GI. In search of her long lost love after the war, the story includes tales of forgiveness, love, and hope. With the tragedy of war tearing them apart, the musical takes watchers on an emotional and heart wrenching journey with plenty of twists and turns.
Plenty of returning hit shows will be played at venues across North America including The Lion King, Anastasia, Cats, Aladdin, Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Hamilton, and many, many more. There are also talks that Pretty Woman will hit stages in late 2018. Which Broadway shows are you most excited about this season?
Wicked is the only musical I have seen on Broadway. I see mostly musicals on tour, but they still are quite impressive. I have seen Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, Rent, Pippin, Sound of Music, Annie, and Newsies and those are ones I love among others (which I don’t remember seeing) on tour. I did see Les Mis at community college and the West End, but in November going to see the musical on tour for the first time
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