A trip to the Big Apple is not complete without taking in at least one Broadway show. And this summer will certainly not disappoint in that department. No matter your preference-drama, comedy or musical-there will be something to tickle your fancy this season, from The Book of Mormon to Wicked, just to name a couple. Some 2013 Broadway productions will be new, while others have a lengthy pedigree. Either way, be sure to buy your tickets and plan your evening well in advance.
The Book of Mormon continues to be one of the hottest shows on Broadway. The satirical, over-the-top musical debuted in 2011 to rave reviews. Created by the same guys who brought the world South Park, The Book of Mormon even earned several prestigious Tony awards. The musical tells the story of two well-intentioned but misguided missionaries in Africa as they experience one misadventure after another. The Book of Mormon tickets can be purchased at the box office or in advance over the Internet.
If you want to see a show that has stood the test of time, then Wicked is an excellent choice. As of 2013, Wicked has become the 12th longest-running Broadway show of all time. The show borrows from L. Frank Baum's imagined world, as well as the Judy Garland film, but takes a lot of creative liberties with the source material. For instance, the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North are the best of friends in author Winnie Holzman's reimagining. Tickets for Wicked are naturally still as sought after as the show's inaugural season. Great songs, thrilling performances, and an overall sense of whimsy are what keep audiences coming back for more.
Lucky Guy musical tickets are likely to be top sellers throughout the summer. Starring Tom Hanks in his first Broadway performance, Lucky Guy weaves a sordid tale of journalism in the 80s. Directed by the accomplished Nora Ephron, Lucky Guy will definitely be up for one or more Tony awards. If nothing else, seeing the incomparable Tom Hanks perform in person should be worth the cost of admission.
As usual, there are more than a few reliable standards being produced both on and off Broadway. Even if you've seen The Phantom of the Opera before, why not indulge in another viewing? The great thing about the theater is that it's always a new experience. Other great shows worth seeing for the second (or third, or fourth) time include The Lion King, Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, and Chicago-the Musical.
The show itself is only part of the Broadway experience. First, there's the hubbub and energy in the air as you step out of the taxi or walk from the hotel. Located in an artsy section of the city, Broadway is also home to exclusive art galleries, shopping destinations and hidden-away tourist destinations. Not only that, quite a selection of fine dining can be had only minutes away from the theater box offices.
So, the stage is set and the players are tuning up. Why not make the most of your New York visit with a day and/or night spent enjoying the productions on Broadway, theater capital of the United States.