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How to Choose the Right Broadway Show For You

By Viator, September 2017

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Broadway theater is a New York City cultural institution, and with roughly 30 shows running at any given time, it can be tough to decide which one to see. To help you choose which will suit the interests of your group, see our suggestions below.

Good for Kids
Remakes of Disney classics like The Lion King, Aladdin, and Frozen are family favorites, as well as School of Rock, based on the 2003 Jack Black movie, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Out with Friends
For an entertaining night out with friends in Manhattan, choose a buzzed-about, not-suitable-for-children show like The Book of Mormon, by the creators of South Park; Kinky Boots, with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper; or Avenue Q, known for its use of puppets dealing with adult themes.
 
Date Night
Dinner and a show with your sweetheart is the quintessential New York City date. Check out Amélie, a musical based on the 2001 French film; Bandstand, set amid the post-war swing-music scene of 1945; or A Bronx Tale, the story of a man from the Bronx caught up in the mafia in the 1960s, based on the film of the same name and directed by Robert De Niro.

Longest Running
Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera opened on Broadway in 1988, making it the longest-running show and still a must-see for theater buffs. Cats, Chicago, and Wicked are other always-popular musicals on every classic Broadway list.

Revivals
Having spent 10 years on Broadway from 1991, Miss Saigon, set during the last days of American occupation in Saigon during the Vietnam War, is back in for a revival. Hello, Dolly! with Bette Midler is another hot revival.
 
Movie Remakes
Fans of cult movies Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray, and Waitress, starring Keri Russell, won't want to miss these two remakes on the Broadway stage.

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The Lion King On Broadway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 497 Reviews

Book your tickets for the Tony-winning extravaganza 'The Lion King' on Broadway. A favorite with children and adults alike, 'The Lion King' is a visual and ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $135.35
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Jersey Boys On Broadway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 229 Reviews

This behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons will take you from the streets of Newark to the heights of stardom. Follow the incredible ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.75
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Phantom of the Opera On Broadway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 441 Reviews

While you are in New York, don't miss your chance to see the longest-running Broadway show in history, Andrew Lloyd Webber's magical The Phantom of Opera . ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $98.75
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Wicked on Broadway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 188 Reviews

Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz. From real flying monkeys to a trip to the Emerald City and a soaring, modern score by Stephen Schwartz, ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $126.31
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School of Rock on Broadway

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Andrew Lloyd Webber, the man who brought rock and romance to Broadway, is back with a new heart-stirring hit. School of Rock is a  New York Times  Critics’ ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes

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Chicago On Broadway

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See Broadway's red-hot musical smash 'Chicago', the recipient of six Tony Awards, two Olivier Awards, a Grammy and thousands of standing ovations. Add a bit of ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (approx.)

From USD $128.75
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Kinky Boots on Broadway

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Kick up your heels and watch ‘Kinky Boots’ on Broadway, a fabulously fun musical with an infectious original score penned by Grammy Award winning musician ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

From USD $101.31
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Disney's Aladdin on Broadway

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Book your tickets to the new, Tony Award winning Broadway rendition of Disney’s classic animated film ‘Aladdin’! See the beloved cast of characters come to ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $86.40
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Beautiful On Broadway

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 38 Reviews

Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and a dream. From the back rooms of ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes

From USD $73.75
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The Book of Mormon on Broadway

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Book the hottest ticket on Broadway: ‘The Book of Mormon,’ the Tony Award–winning show ‘The New York Times’ dubbed the best musical of this century. 'The Book ...  Read more

Location: New York City, New York
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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