Summer is often the best time to head to New York City to see a show. And depending on how long you’re there and if you play your cards just right, you can get into seeing all the Tony Award nominees. It might cost a pretty penny, but you only live once, am I right?
With summer on the horizon and the Tony Awards just around the corner, I thought I’d compile a quick list of Broadway shows I’m definitely interested and planning to see.
5. Kinky Boots
I had the pleasure of seeing Brendon Urie a couple years back at a Panic! at the Disco concert, and wow was it fantastic. I think Urie, in many ways, is like Sara Bareilles; a talented singer-songwriter, performer and artist. I also had the pleasure of seeing Kinky Boots a couple years ago at Playhouse Square. At the end of the day, Kinky Boots is probably one of my all-time favorite musicals. The score is brilliant (bless you, Cyndi), the message is as uplifting as it is empowering and it’s one of those shows that you can watch again and again. It captures your heart, mind and your dancing shoes in a way not many musicals can.
With Urie taking over the role of Charlie, I am especially excited to see what he does with the role. I always wonder about putting recording artists in Broadway and musical-related roles. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t (cough, cough, Carrie Underwood and The Sound of Music). Don’t get me wrong, I love Carrie’s talent and discography, but acting is certainly a different beast. I have no doubt, however, that Urie will be able to revitalize Kinky Boots and its heartfelt message.
4. Come From Away
In a period where humanity faces crippling acts of terrorism, this new Broadway musical takes place the week following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Nominated for 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Come From Away tells the true story of 7,000 passengers who were left stranded in Gander, Newfoundland as part of Operation Yellow Ribbon. I’ve heard great reviews about it, and when considering the polarity of the world, I think this is a show that will remind everyone the importance of kindness.
3. Groundhog Day
Also nominated for 7 Tony Awards this season is Groundhog Day. Starring Andy Karl as Phil Connors, we meet a man who is stuck in the middle of small town USA. As a meteorologist, his life is pretty average and most definitely uneventful. But as he gets to know another person on set at the station, life starts to take a brand new turn. Life can get pretty monotonous and I’m hoping this will be one of those shows that will remind you to see the beauty and opportunity in life everyday life.
2. War Paint
Star power holds heavy this new Broadway musical, which comes off its run in Chicago. Warpaint, featuring Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, features a rivalry between two female entrepreneurs in the cosmetic industry during part of the 20th century. Together, the two forge new terrain, shattering glass ceilings in a business world dominated by men. I’m especially excited to compare and contrast women in business from the 1930s to today, and what the workplace dynamic looked like in a period not that long ago.
1. Hello, Dolly!
Two words: Bette. Midler. Need I say more? As one of the most enduring Broadway shows, I am especially looking forward to seeing Hello, Dolly!. For theatre enthusiasts of the Millennial generation, I think this show is imperative to see because it plays such a big part in the woven history of Broadway. It’s a classic. Plus, to see Bette Midler in what will (probably) be her last Broadway performance is just a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Check out the ad below from its 1978 run!
What shows are you most looking forward to seeing on Broadway this summer? Let me know in the comments below!
By: Logan Foster