Are you a musical fan?
If you are, you probably dream of visiting London’s West End or New York’s Broadway District. Maybe you’ve been already, but one thing is for sure, the ever changing shows on offer mean that every single visit is totally fresh.
New York is probably on your bucket list regardless of its shows, and there are countless things to see and do in this most iconic of cities. Visiting Broadway is a must do however, and the history which this area is steeped in makes it one of the most popular areas to head to in the city – during the 2015-2016 theatre season, over 13 million people headed to one of the 41 theatres in the district to see a show. Can you imagine the revenue that this particular part of the city generates? It’s huge!
Because of this, the standard of the shows is very high indeed, but first things first, you need to get valid tickets.
There are many ticket touts out there who will be only too happy to take your cash off your hands, but they will not give you a valid ticket in return. For this reason, only ever use official Broadway ticket websites or the Box Office of the theatre itself. You should also look to base yourself close to the district if you are planning on seeing a few shows; Broadway is situated in Manhattan, and there are countless accommodation options around.
In terms of some of the best shows around at the moment, you can pick from this handful of suggestions:
- The Lion King
- The Book of Mormon
- The Phantom of the Opera
- Jersey Boys
- Kinky Boots
- Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
This is just a cross section – the shows are always shifting and changing, but some of the most long running productions are the most famous, namely Phantom of the Opera and Cats. If you want to see these two shows you can expect to pay a little more, but if you shop around (from those official vendors, of course), you may find a bargain, especially on the day. It is sometimes the case that any empty seats are sold off a little cheaper, so perhaps head down to the theatre on the morning of the show and see what you can find – you never know!
Many people visit New York purely for the sheer quality of the Broadway shows on offer, and that should tell you a lot about what you can expect to see.