There is no doubt that New York City is the best place to watch a top-notch musical. Get swept away by the magic of some of the best Broadway shows like Hamilton, Chicago, Book or Mormon, and Wicked. If you’re traveling with kids you can see a Disney Broadway show like Aladdin or Lion King. Here is the list of the absolute best and most popular Broadway shows in New York.
Broadway show tickets
We always recommend buying tickets to Broadway shows on time since some shows are very likely to sell out. Sometimes you need to get them months in advance. You can buy tickets to Broadway shows in New York through a couple of websites like seatgeek, StubHub, or ticketmaster, but we will link some below.
The Lion King is one of the best Broadway shows in New York for the whole family and all ages. If you’ve seen the movie you know the story of the lion prince Simba and his evil uncle Scar who tries to take the throne from him. This show sells out very fast so make sure to book your tickets on time.
This Broadway show is based on the Disney movie Aladdin which came out in 1992. The story is about the young Aladdin from Agrabah who finds a magic lamp and wants to win over the Princess Yasmine’s heart. You’ll hear some of the famous songs like a friend like me and million miles away.
Chicago is one of the best and most popular Broadway shows in New York and is being shown at the Ambassador Theater. The musical takes place in the happy 20s and tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderers locked up in Cook County Jail.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
You can now go and see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway in New York. The musical takes place 17 years after Harry defeated Voldemort. Harry now works at the Ministry of Magic and has three kids with Ginny.
Wicket is one of the best Broadway shows in New York and is about the two Witches from OZ, Elphaba, and Glinda. The story takes place long before Dorothy arrives and before the witch got “wicked”.
If you’re a fan of the award-winning movie by Baz Luhmann, you can’t miss out on this show. Moulin Rouge! on Broadway is an incredible experience full of color, lights, emotions, and good music at the famous nightclub in Paris, Moulin Rouge.
This Broadway show in New York took a different turn at the end of the greatest love story of all time by William Shakespeare. You’ll get to follow the story of Juliet and what would’ve happened if she never ended it all over Romeo.
MJ: The Musical
If you’ve ever seen any of Michael Jackson’s music videos you can imagine what to expect from this amazing Broadway show. You will experience the history behind Michael Jackson and hear some of his most famous songs like Billie Jean, Beat It, and Smooth Criminal. This is a must-see if you’re a big fan of his music!
A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical
This Broadway show explores the life of the music icon Neil Diamonds. You’ll learn about his background and hear some of his biggest hits like Sweet Caroline, Cracklin’ Rose, and America at the Broadhurst Theater.
New York, New York
This musical brings Broadway legends back together and is a love letter to the greatest city in the world, New York. The story takes place in 1946 and is about a group of artists with big dreams who try to make it in New York.
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bad Cinderella
Experience the classic saga of Cinderella from a different perspective. This Broadway show by Andrew Lloyd Webber is a story, unlike any fairytale you’ve seen before.
Experience the story of the United States’ founding fathers through rap music. Hamilton is one of the best and most popular Broadway shows in New York and is shown at the Rogers Theater. The story is about Alexander Hamilton, an orphan from the Caribbean who ends up coming to the United States and became an important part of the American Revolutionary War and the country’s first government.
Book of Mormon
Get ready to laugh! This Broadway show by the creators of South Park is one of the most entertaining musicals in New York since it came out in 2011. The story is about two Mormons trying to preach their religion in Uganda.
Back to the Future: The Musical
Just like it sounds, this musical is based on the movie Back to the Future. Experience the adventures of Marty McFly when he travels back in time to 1955 with his scientist friend Doc Brown. After he accidentally changes history, he must race against time to try to fix the present.
Sweeney Todd is a great Broadway show about a pie shop owner and a vengeful barber who’s out for blood. You get to hear songs like The Worst Pies in London, Joanna, A Little Priest, and Not While I’m Around.