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The Most Popular Broadway Musicals and Plays, Spring 2016

Shows to see on Broadway in spring of 2016: this blog includes a brief summary of the best musicals and shows to see in New York.

There are musicals that run on Broadway for many years. These include such legendary productions as The Phantom of the Opera and Chicago. There are other shows: they were performed in New York many years ago, but come back to Broadway in 2016. This year it is Fiddler on the Roof. There are also completely new shows, among these is an absolutely stunning musical The Color Purple and the new production from Cirque du Soleil, Paramour. There is another type of production, neither a musical nor a play, it’s a show: Stomp, Fuerza Bruta or Blue Man Group.

The most popular musicals on Broadway

The Phantom of the Opera is a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, with stunning scenery and costumes. If you have not seen the musical before, and wondering “what musical to see on Broadway”, The Phantom of the Opera is a great choice. The musical has been performed in New York for 27 years.

Chicago the Musical is as popular as when it first opened in 1996. The story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly continues at the Ambassador theater in New York..

Les Miserables - the musical is closing in September 2016. If you want to see it on Broadway, tickets can be purchased online.

Neither a musical nor a play: a show on Broadway

Stomp - Stomp is often called a symphony (not without some irony). The irony is that the symphony is performed on the lids of the garbage cans, brushes, water bottles, supermarket trolleys etc. The show is very popular.

Fuerza Bruta - get ready for an amazing performance that is taking place over your head. You’ll need to stand for the duration of the show, 90 minutes. Water acrobatics is a key element of the show.

Family-friendly musicals

The Minskoff Theater, home to The Lion King musical, is full at every performance. Tickets for this Disney musical are some of the most expensive. If you decide to see The Lion King in New York, it makes sense to buy tickets in advance.

Another musical from Disney, Aladdin, is a fun and dynamic show. Similar to The Lion King, the production is very popular, and it makes sense to buy tickets in advance. The Orchestra/Front Mezzanine tickets for Aladdin in New York are quite expensive. Consider buying Balcony tickets: the theater is not very large, and you can view the stage from the balcony quite well.

Matilda - after its premiere in New York in 2013, Matilda is still one of the most popular musicals for the whole family. Matilda is one of my personal Broadway favorites, I’ve seen the show several times.

School of Rock - this new musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber opened in New York at the end of 2015 and has become one of the best-selling musicals in 2016. The theater is almost always filled to 100%.

New Musicals in New York in 2016

Cirque du Soleil Paramour - finally, Cirque du Soleil returns to New York in 2016, with a new show, Paramour. A mix of music and acrobatics make this new show by Cirque du Soleil to be one of the most anticipated premiers of the 2016 season in New York.

The Color Purple - my absolute favorite musical of the season. Jennifer Hudson has one of the lead roles in the musical. She is very talented, but I honestly fell in love with the musical not because of her. It turned out that absolutely all the actors who play in the musical are SO talented, I just don’t have enough words to express how thrilled I was with their voices. Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.

Fiddler on the Roof is a familiar story about Tevye the milkman, based on the story by Sholom Aleichem. Danny Burstein and Jessica Hecht are gorgeous.

Cats - the legendary musical Cats returns to Broadway in July 2016. This musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber was performed in New York from 1982 to 2000, and had 7.485 performances. We look forward to Cats’ return to New York.

Looking way ahead, 2017-2018 season promises to be very interesting. The planned productions include Amelie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Frozen, King Kong, Miss Saigon, Shakespeare in Love, Singing in the Rain and To Kill a Mockingbird.

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