New York City

Looking for something to do this Holiday Season in New York City? Broadway has so much to offer this Fall/Winter, for every interest and age group. As an avid Broadway fan, here are five of my top recommendations:

1.  Hedwig And The Angry Inch

If you’re looking for a show with a difference and something a little more risqué then this is a great option! Now starring Michael C. Hall (best known for his role as Dexter) in the Broadway role made famous by Neil Patrick Harris, this production re-creates the original raucous rock musical written by John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask. Winner of the 2014 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, this is a heartwarming show with a heartbreaking soundtrack. Leave the children at home for this one though!

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2. CHICAGO

It’s an oldie but a goodie! This November, the Tony Award-winning, worldwide musical smash CHICAGO will celebrate a monumental milestone when it becomes the second-longest running show in Broadway history. At the evening performance on Sunday, November 23, CHICAGO will surpass the iconic Broadway blockbuster “Cats” with a record-breaking total of 7,486 performances. Having seen this show in both London and Los Angeles and being very familiar with the movie, the Broadway production of CHICAGO still blew me away! Jam packed with all of the songs you know and adore (and can sing along to), this is a show not to be missed!

3. If/Then

Starring the amazing Idina Menzel (if you haven’t heard of her, you will know her as the voice of “Let It Go” from Frozen), If/Then is a contemporary new musical that follows two distinct storylines in the life of Elizabeth. Elizabeth is a city planner who moves back to New York to restart her life in this city of infinite possibilities. When her carefully designed plans collide with the whims of fate, Elizabeth’s life splits into two parallel paths. If you liked the movie “Sliding Doors” with Gwyneth Paltrow, I think you’ll enjoy this show. The soundtrack is completely original and completely mesmerizing, as is Idina’s performance. Hint: take some tissues as there are a few very touching moments.

4. Once

Based on the 2007 film of the same name starring Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, Once is a completely different type of musical theatre. Once has something of the feel of a pub concert, and every effort is made to give the audience an intimate evening with the characters. Set in Dublin, Ireland, it tells the story of Guy meets Girl and Girl meets Guy and they fall in love, all set to beautiful original music. If you loved the film, you will love the show. And if you haven’t seen the film, I highly recommend you watch it!

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5. Jersey Boys

I have seen Jersey Boys twice over two years ago, but I still remember it like yesterday. It’s one of those shows that you can watch over and over again. Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons—the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Think you don’t know who the Four Seasons are? Think again! Do yourself a favor and go and see this show. Not only will you know every song, but your feet will be tapping away to all of them as well!

Enjoy!

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