Which Broadway Musical Should You Actually See This Season?
For a fun, energetic, and magical experience, you should see Disney's Aladdin! Based on the movie of the same name, this musical will have you singing along to "Friend Like Me" and dropping your jaw during "A Whole New World." This show has received five Tony nominations, including Best Musical.
For a night of '60s music, an inspiring story, and a history lesson on Carole King, you should see Beautiful! Not only does Jessie Mueller give a kickass performance, but you'll also learn that Carole King wrote more songs than you ever knew. You'll be surprised, impressed, and downright enchanted. This show has received seven Tony nominations, including Best Musical.
If you're looking for a musical comedy that will make you laugh for two hours straight, then A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder is a great choice! When Monty Navarro (Bryce Pinkham) learns he is ninth in line to inherit an earldom, he plots to kill the entire D’Ysquith family to claim his spot (all eight characters played by Jefferson Mays). This show received 10 Tony nominations, including Best Musical.
If you like dark musical comedies and want to see Neil Patrick Harris in heels and a wig, give Hedwig and the Angry Inch a try! A rock musical about a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band fronted by an East German transgender singer, Hedwig is filled with adult humor and tragic moments. And if you sit in the first few rows, there's a chance NPH will give you a lap dance or spit in your face (seriously). This show received eight Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical.
If you love jazz music and various styles of dance, make sure to catch After Midnight! In an interesting approach, this musical has no real storyline, but the amazing talent will have you walking away with a deep appreciation for killer vocals and the art of dance. The musical is set at the Cotton Club in Harlem, New York, and the band is so good, you'll never want to leave. This show received seven Tony nominations, including Best Musical.
If you're a sucker for inspirational sports stories, Rocky is a must-see. Based on the movie of the same name, the Rocky musical has amazing staging and props that will transform your theater experience into something you've never seen before. By the end of the show, you will feel as though you were at a real boxing match. This musical has received four Tony nominations, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical.
For a night of crime, adult humor, and classic Broadway dance numbers, you should see Bullets Over Broadway! Zach Braff plays David Shayne, a young playwright who agrees to hire the girlfriend of a gangster for money, even though she’s demanding and talentless. This show received six Tony nominations, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical.
If you want to see a classic Broadway show filled with unbelievable vocals and a heartbreaking story, make sure to see Les Misérables! Set in early 19th-century France, Jean Valijean is on a quest to redemption after serving 19 years in jail for stealing bread. The entire cast is incredible, but Ramin Karimloo will knock you off your feet. This musical has received three Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical.
If you love country music, Sutton Foster, and a good story, you should see Violet! The musical follows a woman named Violet, whose face was disfigured by an axe when she was 13-years-old. In an attempt to change her looks, she goes on a journey to ask a beloved Preacher for his help in giving her a new face. This show received four Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical.
Make sure to catch the 2014 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 8, at 8 p.m. on CBS! Hugh Jackman is hosting and many musicals will be performing for Broadway's biggest night.
* Prays that NPH will perform with Hugh *