Updated: Sep 12, 2022
Broadway is a must stop on any trip to NYC. The ability to transport you into another world, someone else story, is what makes broadway magical. Here are 5 currently running shows that will add that broadway magic to your itinerary.
Come From Away
This show is based on the true story of Gander, Newfoundland, who played host to the world. What started as an average day in a small town turned in to an international sleep-over when 38 planes, carrying thousands of people from across the globe, were diverted to Gander’s air strip on September 11, 2001. Undaunted by culture clashes and language barriers, the people of Gander cheered the stranded travellers with music, an open bar and the recognition that we're all part of a global family.
This show has been playing since March 12, 2017 and come October 2 of 2022 it will take its final bow. I had the pleasure of getting to see it twice, and it did not disappoint either time. If you have been on the fence about an NYC trip, don't walk, fly to Broadway and see this show before it's too late.
MJ The Musical
Opened: Feb. 1st, 2022
Status: STILL RUNNING
Classed as one of the greatest entertainers of all time, now, Michael Jackson’s unique and unparalleled artistry has finally arrived on Broadway in a brand-new musical. Where most jukebox musicals try to tell the whole story of someone's life over the course of the show, this music centre's around the making of MJ'S 1992 Dangerous World Tour. It was created by Tony Award(R)-winning director/choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage, MJ offer's what critics are classing as a rare look at the creative mind and collaborative spirit that catapulted Jackson into legendary status.
A Strange Loop
Status: STILL RUNNING
Meet Usher: a Black, queer writer writing a musical about a Black, queer writer writing a musical about a Black, queer writer......
Michael R. Jackson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, and now also Tony Winner show exposes the heart and soul of a young artist grappling with desires, identity, and instincts he both loves and loathes. Hell-bent on breaking free of his own self-perception, Usher wrestles with the thoughts in his head, brought to life on stage by a hilarious, straight-shooting ensemble. It may not be everyone's cup of tea, but for some A Strange Loop is the big, Black, and queer-ass Great American Musical for you.
Opened: April 3rd, 2022
Status: Still Running
Joaquina Kalukango (Picture Left) sang a song from this show at the Tony's on June 12th and I was blown away! I immediately hit the google to learn more about this show. Set in New York, 1863. As the Civil War rages on, free Black Americans and Irish immigrants live and love together in the unlikeliest of neighborhoods – the dangerous streets and crumbling tenement houses of Lower Manhattan’s notorious Five Points slum. It is here in the Five Points where tap dancing was born. But this racial equilibrium would come to a sharp and brutal end when President Lincoln’s need to institute the first Federal Draft to support the Union Army would incite the deadly NY Draft Riots of July 1863.
Within this galvanizing story of racial harmony undone by a country at war with itself, we meet the denizens of a local saloon called Paradise Square. These characters include the indomitable Black woman who owns it; her Irish-Catholic sister-in-law and her Black minister husband; a conflicted newly arrived Irish immigrant; a fearless freedom seeker; an anti-abolitionist political boss; and a penniless songwriter trying to capture it all. They have conflicting notions of what it means to be an American while living through one of the most tumultuous eras in our country’s history.
Opened: December 9, 2021
Status: Still Running
My husband had the pleasure of taking in this show this month, and as he described it, "Damn near perfect show!" It is currently starring Patti LaPone and Katrina Lenk (Both Pictured Left).
At Bobbie’s 35th birthday party, all her friends are wondering why isn’t she married? Why can’t she find the right man? And, why can’t she settle down and have a family? This classic tale by Stephen Sondhiem is given a game-changing makeover for a modern-day Manhattan, with revelatory staging my Marianne Elliott.
These shows won't be running forever. If any of them peek your interest, don't wait. Click the button below, schedule a meeting, and let's get you to the great white way.
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