But which show should it be? The choice is great. Here are four Broadway classics that are always right.
The Phantom of the Opera
No musical has been running on Broadway for as long as this one: The Phantom of the Opera has been one of the absolute Broadway classics since 1988. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, the show has been performed more than 13,000 times and has drawn millions of viewers.
Based on the novel by Gaston Leroux, the story tells of a mysterious phantom that haunts the stage of the Paris Opera and falls in love with a beautiful young soprano – one of the most touching love stories par excellence. New York travelers can look forward to an exciting evening of theater to the incomparable music of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
The performance of Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones aka “Roxie Hart” and “Velma Kelly” in the Oscar-winning hit film “Chicago” is unforgettable. The story of intrigue, fame and murder has been on Broadway as a stage musical with almost 10,000 performances since 1996. Even in the 26th year of its existence, the award-winning show still promises a lot of glamor and star appeal: because the current cast is none other than Baywatch beauty Pamela Anderson.
With one gripping song after another and rousing dance routines choreographed by Bob Fosse, Chicago has everything that makes Broadway and New York so unique.
The Lion King
A true family classic and the most successful show on Broadway in terms of gross revenue, The Lion King is based on the Disney film of the same name, The Lion King. Accompanied by the music of Elton John, the musical inspires with impressive stage technology, larger-than-life animal figures, acrobatics and grandiose choreography. Makeup artists, plastic artists and costume designers spent over 37,000 hours creating the most realistic animal costumes possible.
The result is impressive: it is not without reason that The Lion King received six Tony Awards, including the award for Best Musical. While The Lion King can also be seen in Hamburg and elsewhere in Europe, nothing beats the Broadway original, the icing on the cake of any New York trip. “There is nothing like it,” wrote the New York Times.
Fans of “The Wizard of Oz” should not miss the musical adaptation “Wicked”. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked tells the story of a young woman with emerald skin – smart, fiery, misunderstood and endowed with an extraordinary talent. She meets a lively and popular blonde. The initial rivalry turns into the most unlikely of friendships – until the world decides to label one “good” and the other “bad.”
As an absolute Broadway hit of the 2000s, Wicked has now also made it to Europe. What only a few in this country know: Indina Menzel, the English voice of Elsa from “Frozen” celebrated her big breakthrough as “Elphaba” in the original cast of Wicked and thus made it to Hollywood.
Book tickets in advance
To ensure that your visit to Broadway is a guaranteed success, you should definitely book tickets in advance. Because some shows are booked up quickly. A good tip: afternoon performances during the week are usually cheaper. After the show, you can linger in the numerous restaurants and cafés in the theater district. More information and booking at www.broadwayinbound.comfurther information: www.broadwaycollection.com