When traveling to New York City, top Broadway musicals such as Lion King and Wicked are worth seeing for their exceptional score and stunning production. However, veering slightly off the most traversed path and venturing into the world of less-known and Off-Broadway shows is guaranteed to be an equally rewarding experience. What’s more, tickets for these shows are bound to cost less than the most sought-after musicals.
Luckily for you, The New Yorker Hotel has the scoop on the best shows that you may have not considered seeing. Sit back and read about our top picks.
Let’s begin with Once on this Island, a musical that centers on an uplifting story about a girl living on tropical island who risks everything for love and manages to cross and unite social classes. The colorful costumes, singing and choreographies will transport you to the Caribbean. Piña Colada, anyone?
As the name suggests, Kinky Boots is a musical that tells how a shoemaker and a drag queen began a booming business: high-heeled shoes for men. The consensus is that you’ll be laughing, singing along and even dancing throughout the show.
When it comes to Disney on Broadway, Aladdin is an excellent alternative to Lion King. The tale of the thief who found a magic lamp continues to captivate new generations. Who wouldn’t want to have three wishes granted by a superb genie? Add lavish costumes and the beloved score, and you’ve got yourself a winning Broadway musical.
As promised earlier, we’ve gone beyond Broadway and picked our favorite shows and performances showing in theaters across New York.
Blue Man Group has been a worldwide phenomenon for years. When you combine lights, technology, electronic music, percussions and ever-changing props, the result is a visually-stunning performance that never ceases to amaze.
For an extraordinary show that will keep you at the edge of your seat, purchase a ticket for Stomp. Simplicity, precision and a urban scenario merge in a theatrical and musical performance that’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Think of Avenue Q as a sort of satirical version of Sesame Street for teens and adults. The story follows a college graduate who moves to a not-so-great apartment in a big city. He meets neighbors who share their views on life, experiences and real-life issues with humor and great singing.