If you're new to the scene, Broadway shows may seem like a hobby only for Tisch students (and a number of nerdy Sternies), but it doesn’t have to be! Aside from the famous names, such as Phantom of the Opera and Lion King, there are actually a wide range of performances each season that appeal to a variety of topics. There's bound to be a show that speaks to you; it’s only a matter of whether you take the time to learn about them. Let us delve into a few shows that may convert you into a regular Broadway-goer!
Having won 8 Tony awards, including Best Musical, Hadestown has seen rave reviews from critics and theatre-goers alike. The musical creatively retells a Greek myth surrounding the tales of Orpheus and Eurydice as well as Hades and Persephone. Against the backdrop of an industrialized Underworld, Hadestown tells a story that illuminates a time of uncertainty with the brightness of hope. Paired with a haunting score inspired by New Orleans jazz and a brilliant, immersive set design, Hadestown will definitely not disappoint.
Characterized by its crimson red set design and its famous “Lady Marmalade” show-stopper, Moulin Rouge is a Broadway adaptation of the 2001 film. At the Al Hirschfeld Theatre every night, audiences are treated to the signature elephant that appears in the movie in addition to the iconic Parisian windmill. The flashy musical revolves around the story of a young composer and the star actress of the Moulin Rouge cabaret. If the mysterious plot is not enough to convince you, you will be excited to know that the show is packed with songs from Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and other familiar pop stars.
One of my personal favorites, Waitress opened in 2016 and is based on the 2007 movie of the same name. Set in the intimate setting of a diner in the south, the musical witnesses the unraveling life of a young waitress who finds herself stuck in an abusive marriage. With music written by Sara Bareilles, who penned the hit pop song “Brave,” audiences hold their breaths every night during the emotional 11 o’clock number "She Used to Be Mine." Packed with laughter and tears, Waitress tops it all off with the scent of fresh-baked pie in the theatre’s lobby every night.
You may be interested to know that one of the show’s leads, Ali Stroker, is the first Broadway actress in a wheelchair to win a Tony award. Not enough for you? Well, Stroker also happens to be an alum of our very own NYU Tisch School. This Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, which first played in 1943, has gotten a fresh, 21st century revival. Within the unique, oval-shaped theatre features the story of violence and lawlessness set on the grounds of southern farm life. If you are looking forward to an unusual night on Broadway, be sure to grab a seat at the Circle In The Square Theatre soon!