Every year, millions of tourists are seduced by the allure of a thrilling, once in a lifetime experience of watching a musical on Broadway. One of the highlights of paying a visit to the Big Apple is going to a Broadway show. Few would deny that Broadway is the epicenter for dazzling and sometimes noisy Broadway plays. Like most things related to entertainment in New York City, Broadway shows are many. They come and go, but the following are the ones that have stuck on and become a crowd favorite. So, without further ado, here’s a list of the top musicals in New York City.
- A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder
A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder plays at the Walter Kerr Theatre, Midtown West. The play is known as the king of musical comedy, and for good reason. The Edwardian romp slays the audience with its gags and witty humour. The headline here is Tony award winner, Jefferson Mays, who plays a whole range of good-for-nothing snobs and worthless twits throughout the play. Directed by Darko Tresnjak, you don’t really have to be a fan of Monty Python to enjoy the level of foolery portrayed by Mays and the whole team of A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder.
- Fun Home
Based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, Fun Home plays at Circle in the Square, Midtown West. The musical can easily be described as a thing of beauty that grabs your attention with its irony and humor of all the characters. Directed by Sam Gold, with music by Jeanine Tesori, Fun Home is superbly staged and the actors portray complex characters impressively, making it a must watch.
- Finding Neverland
Playing at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, Midtown West, Finding Neverland is finding its way back from the rocky beginnings in Boston. The musical is based on the Johnny Depp starrer, Finding Neverland, which follows the story of playwright J.M. Barrie and his relationship with four soon-to-be motherless boys, one of whom is called Peter. While the acting is often times cartoonish and can be described as overacting, it seems to do the trick and manages to pull at your heart strings, with the peculiar staging courtesy of Kelsey Grammer and the music of Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy.
When it comes to Broadway musicals, this one has been around for a while. Playing at the Ambassador Theater, Midtown West, Chicago has been revived by Walter Bobbie and expertly choreographed by Ann Reinking. The play tells the story of a girl named Roxie Hard who becomes a vaudeville star after killing her lover. While it gets dark and morose at times, the superb acting and great production makes Chicago a must-watch.
- The Book of Mormon
The Book of Mormon is one of the top running plays in New York. Showing at the Eugene O’Neil Theatre, Midtown West, the musical has some of the most deeply penetrating lyrics you will hear at a Broadway musical that have been composed by composer Robert Lopez who also co-wrote Avenue Q. Prepare to laugh your heart out with this viciously hilarious play where you can see Latter Day Saints tap dancing while trying to repress their gay tendencies at the same time. Written by South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone, The Book of Mormon is a sweet tale of a group of Mormons with some really big skeletons in their closet. You just can’t go wrong with that story line.
The truth is that each Broadway season brings with it plays that could pretty well get a Tony award. So, it’s always best to see what’s trending in the theater before you grab yourself a ticket.