For many visitors to New York, the holiday simply isn’t complete without taking in a performance on Broadway. New York has some of the finest theatre in the world, and at any given moment you’re bound to find an incredible show.
While 2014 will see the continuation of some the Great White Way’s most popular shows, including “Mamma Mia!,” “The Lion King,” “Wicked” and “The Book of Mormon,” the New Year is also going to bring a slew of new shows to the stage, many of which are bound to be hot tickets.
When you are about to make your New York holiday plans, consider reserving seats for some of these shows, and be among the first to see them.
Since 1989, the musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s most famous novel has been thrilling audiences around the world. The beloved musical will return to the Imperial Theatre on March 1, 2014 for an all-new twenty-fifth anniversary production, starring London theatre veteran Caissie Levy as Fantine. This reimagined production will feature new sets, costumes and lighting, making it a new experience even for those who have seen the production in previous tours.
“Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”
Although previews of this already buzz-worthy musical began in November 2013, “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical” does not officially open until Jan. 21, 2014. “Beautiful” is the story of the legendary award-winning singer and songwriter Carole King, from her childhood in Brooklyn through her days as a chart-topping recording artist through her most popular songs, including “I Feel the Earth Move” and “So Far Away.”
Idina Menzel is already Broadway royalty, having starred in such ground-breaking shows as “Wicked” and “Rent,” and in March 2014, the Tony-award winner returns to the stage in the new musical “If/Then.” In this show, Menzel plays Elizabeth, a 40-year-old woman who moves to modern-day Manhattan to begin a new life – and discovers how random occurrences and everyday decisions have a significant impact on her life.
In 1976, a film about a scrappy young boxer from the streets of Philadelphia thrilled audiences around the world — and brought home an Academy Award. Now, almost 38 years later, that same story is coming to the stage in the Sylvester Stallone-penned musical version of “Rocky”. Starring Andy Karl and Margo Siebert as Rocky and Adrienne, the show follows the journey of the small-time boxer who gets the once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight world champion Apollo Creed, showing the world that dreams can come true. “Rocky” previews start in February 2014, with the show officially opening in March.
“Bullets Over Broadway”
Woody Allen was nominated for an Academy award for his screenplay “Bullets Over Broadway,” the story of a young playwright who can only get his play produced if he agrees to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in a lead role. The film finally gets a Broadway adaptation in 2014, opening at the St. James Theatre in mid-April after a month of preview performances. Starring Zach Braff as hapless playwright David Shayne and Vincent Pastore as the mobster Nick Valenti, the show also features brand-new music inspired by the 1920s.
“The Bridges of Madison County”
James Waller’s novel “The Bridges of Madison County” is often called one of the most romantic books of all time, and was even made into a film starring Clint Eastwood and Meryl Streep. But the story of a photographer who has a passionate, though short-lived, affair with an Iowa farm wife has never made it to the stage until now. The new musical, starring Kelli O’Hara as Francesca Johnson and Stephen Pasquale as Robert Kincaid opens for previews in mid-January, with regular performances starting at the end of February.
These are just a few of the new shows hitting the stage in the first part of 2014 — there are literally dozens more, meaning that whether you want a drama, a comedy, a musical or something else entirely, you’re guaranteed to find it.
And of course, if you’re on a budget, do not overlook the TKTS booths if you’re looking for reduced cost tickets and are willing to be spontaneous. Located in Times Square, South Street Seaport and downtown Brooklyn, at these booths you can find same-day show tickets for up to 50 percent off. While it might be more difficult to grab admission for some of the newer shows, you can often find deals on longer-running shows and less popular performance times.