Broadway is an iconic part of life in New York City, with over ten million people catching a show each year. For those who are planning on watching a Broadway show sometime soon, here are some of the latest musicals to hit the stage.
Anastasia is a show that opened in April and takes you from the Russian Empire to 1920’s Paris. The plot features a young woman, called Anastasia, who attempts to learn more about the mysteries of her past while being pursued by a Soviet officer at the same time. With the help of a handsome con man, the couple embarks on an epic adventure that will not fail to delight you. The musical is based on the Twentieth Century Fox animated classic and is being shown at the Broadhurst Theater.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – The Musical
The story of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is one that many will already know, but the newly-opened Broadway musical brings it to life in a new way. The musical tells the tale of a young boy, named Charlie Bucket, who wins a golden ticket that gives him the opportunity to visit Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. With everything from glass elevators to chocolate waterfalls, this musical has the stage filled with magic and a childlike wonder that will appeal to people of all ages.
Based on the book and movie with the same name, Groundhog Day is a musical comedy that tells the story of Phil Connors, an arrogant weatherman from Pittsburgh TV. When he is sent to cover Pennsylvania’s annual Groundhog Day event, he finds himself trapped in a time loop, and is forced to repeat the same day over and over again.
Bandstand tells the story of singer and songwriter Donny Novitski and his band of WWII veterans, focusing on the experiences that American servicemen had when they came home after the second World War. Andy Blankenbuehler, a Tony Award-winning choreographer, is the director and choreographer of this musical and manages to have the audience wanting to clap their hands in joy while blinking back tears at the same time. This is an emotionally-charged musical, but still has plenty of peppy spirit throughout.
Come From Away
Come From Away is a musical that was first shown in February this year, and tells the tale of September 11th, 2001, an infamous day that affected so many people. The musical focuses on Gander, Newfoundland, which is where the 38 planes, and 6579 passengers, were forced to land after the incidents of the day occurred, doubling the population of this small town in such a short time. This is a fascinating musical with quite a serious note but is well worth watching for those who want to experience the day from another perspective.
Broadway boasts an incredible array of shows to choose from. While its classic, long-lasting musicals are definitely a must-see, these newer shows are just as worthwhile and promise an evening of spectacular entertainment.