Broadway Shows You Can’t-Miss If You’re in New York City

Some of the best Broadway shows in the world are currently playing in New York City, so it’s almost criminal to visit this great city and not take advantage of the opportunity to see these productions in person. The following are the 10 best Broadway shows currently playing on Broadway that you can’t miss if you’re visiting New York City.

The Lion King On Broadway

NEW YORK – JULY 16: The Lion King sign on July 17, 2011 in New York. With more than 5,350 performances, The Lion King is now Broadway’s seventh longest-running show in history.

The Lion King is one of the most beloved musicals on Broadway in New York City. This Tony award-winning Disney masterpiece has been captivating audiences since 1997 and is currently in the top three for longest-running show. 

This is an incredible story of Simba and his friends growing up in Africa and learning about the Circle of Life.  The dancing, the music, and the costumes paired with songs from the legendary Elton John and Tim Rice really bring this show to life and set your emotions on fire! 

It’s easy to see why it’s loved so much by kids and adults.  This musical will warm your heart like no other. 

Minskoff Theatre

200 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

Hamilton

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY/USA – NOVEMBER 12, 2016: The marquee of Hamilton, An American Musical, which is playing at the Richard Rogers Theater.

The most popular and acclaimed show on Broadway is Hamilton, an American musical about Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s Founding Fathers. 

The play opened in 2015 to rave reviews and has continued to break attendance records. The Show draws music from hip hop, R&B, pop, soul, and traditional-style while creating a revolutionary moment in the theater, impacting politics and education. 

While visiting New York City, check out what everyone’s talking about—Hamilton.

Richard Rodgers Theatre

Address: 226 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Wicked

NEW-YORK – JANUARY 6: Illuminated facades of Broadway theaters on January 6, 2011 in Times Square, NYC

This Broadway show is one of New York’s best. Based on the novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, but from the perspective of adult witches. 

The wicked witch of the West (Elphaba), born with green skin and a fiery, intelligent spirit, meets The popular and bubbly wicked Witch of the East ( Glinda the good witch).  

Together they entertain the audience with their opposing personalities and different points of view on the Wizard’s corrupt government.  With their high energy and amazing chemistry, this show will entertain you from start to finish.

Gershwin Theatre

Address: 222 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019

Disney’s Aladdin on Broadway

MANHATTAN, NEW YORK CITY/USA – FEBRUARY 11, 2017: The marquee of Disney’s Aladdin, A Hit Broadway Musical, which is playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Aladdin is directed by Casey Nicholaw.

The Tony Award-winning production from Disney Theatrical Productions, Aladdin, plays at Broadway’s New Amsterdam Theater.

This version of Aladdin—the story of a street rat who finds a magic lamp and summons an all-powerful genie—is filled with larger-than-life theatrics, lavish costumes and sets, and plenty of onstage pyrotechnics. 

The show opened on March 20, 2014, and features classic songs such as Friend Like Me and A Whole New World. Don’t miss your chance to see this high-energy classic show.

New Amsterdam Theatre

Address: 214 West 42nd St. NY, 10036

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

New York, NY – Oct 27, 2019: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playing on Broadway at the Lyric Theatre. Theatre sign with people starting to line up for the next showing.

Originally this Theatrical sequel to JK Rowling’s Book was a two-part performance show; however, in 2021, the show was combined into a single three-and-a-half-hour show with an interval.  

The adventure continues 19 years after the trio of Harry Ron and Hermoine saved the wizard world when the next generation at Hogsworth finds themselves in an epic battle to stop the mysterious forces; at the same time, the future hangs in the balance.  

Prepare to be wowed with new acts and magic that will leave you wondering, “how’d they do that”!  It’s everything a fan could hope for from a sequel.

Lyric Theatre

Address: 214 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036

Company

Here is a musical that is the epitome of musical comedy that revolves around a young bachelorette as she searches for love and cocktails in the big apple city. 

It is a remake of a 1970’s award-winning musical with a modern-day Manhattan vibe, featuring some of Sondheim’s best-loved songs, including “Company,” “You Could Drive a Person Crazy,” “The Ladies Who Lunch,” “Side by Side,” and the iconic “Being Alive.”

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

242 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036

MJ The Musical on Broadway

NYC,NY,USA. April 15.2022.The aptly dubbed Broadway Grand Gallery exhibit features 11 large Playbill monoliths. Broadway Plaza between 47 and 48th Streets and they will be on display through June 15.

MJ The Musical is currently on Broadway, featuring a cast of talented performers and actual video footage from Michael Jackson’s archive. 

Not to be missed by fans, MJ The Musical will bring you up close and personal with one of music’s most celebrated figures, featuring over 25 of his biggest hits and iconic dance moves to present an unforgettable performance.   Book your tickets today! 

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.

Address: 205 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

Phantom of the Opera On Broadway

New York – USA – 09-24-2018: Sign of The Phantom Of The Opera musical

Having opened in 1988, Phantom of the Opera is one of Broadway’s longest-running musicals; it is an adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra. It tells a story of love, death, and betrayal as a masked figure lurks beneath the Paris Opera House. 

The romance between the beautiful Soprano Christine Daae and the genius musical genius Erik Phantom is one of Broadway’s greatest tragedies. 

It has won multiple Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Original Score. With songs like All I Ask of You and The Music of the Night, it should be no surprise that Phantom was adapted into a film in 2004.

Majestic Theatre

245 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

Moulin Rouge! The Musical

New York, NY, USA – June 5, 2022: Moulin Rouge Broadway musical marquee. Daytime.

Aside from being a top Broadway show, you can’t miss Moulin Rouge! The Musical when visiting New York City. 

The show is set during Toulouse-Lautrec’s time and focuses on Satine, a courtesan with which Christian falls madly in love. However, as time passes, Christian struggles with Satine’s forbidden relationship with another man.   

What makes Moulin Rouge! The Musical is unique in that it uses music by famous French composers like Claude Debussy and Jacques Offenbach, giving audiences an intimate glimpse into French culture.

Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Address: 302 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036

The Book of Mormon on Broadway

New York NY/USA-May 20, 2011 Theater lovers just before curtain outside the Eugene O’Neill Theater where “The Book of Mormon” is performing

The Book of Mormon opened in 2011 and quickly became a Broadway favorite.  This musical follows two incompatible Mormon missionaries as they try to share their holy scriptures with the natives of a remote Ugandan village.

Hilarity and social commentary ensue. With a combination of religious satire, ironic lyrics, and catchy tunes, ‘The Book of Mormon’ is one Broadway hit you can’t miss if you’re in New York City.

Eugene O’Neill Theatre

230 W 49th St. New York, NY  10019

Visiting New York City and enjoying a night of theater is a great way to experience another culture through its entertainment. From award-winning classics like the Lion King to Comedy such as Wicked to newer shows such as The Book of Morman, there is a performance for every audience.  So when planning your trip to New York, include time for some Broadway performances on your itinerary—you won’t regret it.