Heading to New York? Visiting The Big Apple is not complete without seeing a Broadway show. Here's a handy guide to see what's on offer on and off Broadway.
With over forty professional theatres in the district, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing Broadway musicals. From classics such as Phantom of the Opera (the longest-running show in Broadway history) to modern hits like Wicked and School of Rock – The Musical, there’s something for all the family to enjoy here.
Nicknamed the Great White Way in 1902 due to its bright billboard lights, Broadway quickly became established as the place to see world-class musicals and theatre in the early twentieth century. Mesmerizing Broadway shows such as Zeigfeld Follies and Girl Crazy, influenced the rise of household names such as Eddie Cantor, Marilyn Miller, and Ethel Merman, to name just a few stars. The legendary district, centred in and around Times Square continues to flourish, with matinee and evening shows entertaining visitors from all over the world.
The Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Broadway Theatre, known as the Tony Award, recognises the best actors and shows on Broadway each year. Established in 1947, the awards have been hosted at The Beacon Theatre and Radio City Music Hall in recent years, with winners including Hamilton, The Color Purple, and She Loves Me.
Looking for a little inspiration before you buy your Broadway tickets? There are so many great shows to choose from, including Aladdin, based on the Academy Award®-winning animated film, or Chicago, the theatre classic, which has grossed more than $300 million on Broadway since 1996. Disney fans will also enjoy The Lion King, telling the story of the young lion named Simba, with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice. Musical fans have to see the classics of course, such as The Phantom of the Opera and Cats, both with irresistible scores by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Book your tickets, get comfy in your seats, and prepare for an unforgettable experience with the magic of Broadway theatre.