Six Broadway Shows You Should See When You’re in New York

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New York is easily one of the most iconic cities in the world, you could explore it for days without running out of things to do. However, you’d be remiss to take a trip to the Big Apple without dropping into Broadway for a show. So, we here at TrekAmerica decided to put together a list of the best plays that are on at Broadway right now. We’ve decided to leave out the big hitters that you’ve heard of already, so no Hamilton, Wicked, Lion King, Evan Hansen or Chicago. This list is all about helping you discover newer and lesser known shows that you wouldn’t have heard of before.

Six

Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived. Everyone knows the rhyme that explains the fate of Henry VIII’s six wives, but what’re their stories? Six presents a modern retelling of the lives of the six women. The play consists of the women competing over whose life was made the most difficult thanks to their shared husband. The queens are presented as a British pop band, with the winner of the contest becoming the lead singer. The show has a great energy, coming across as if it were a Spice Girls concert. Opening on Broadway in 2020, everyone should try and see it while they’re in the city.

Ain’t too Proud

Following a similar vein of Jersey Boys, Ain’t Too Proud is a musical that follows the lives of the legendary band, The Temptations. With fifteen Billboard top ten hits and four of those hitting number 1, the band are amongst the most successful musical acts in history. Ain’t Too Proud follows this incredible run of success, from their first meeting to their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Including many of the songs that made the group famous, the show is an excellent insight into the history of the band.

Be More Chill

If you’re after a musical about the troubles of today, Be More Chill is for you. The show follows a high schooler who wants to fit in. To pursue this, he ingests a microcomputer which changes the world around him. The show is a great exploration into the challenges that face modern teenagers and the lengths that people will go to in order to feel as if they matter. Fans of Dear Evan Hansen will love this one.

Hadestown

Broadway has found great success with unorthodox stories that are presented in a fresh perspective. Hadestown offers both, by combining two Greek myths into one musical - the play showcases the stories of Orpheus and Eurydice while also showing the tale of Hades and Persephone. The modern perspective on the ancient story will bring even the most critical theatregoer to hum along. This production swept the Tonys in 2019, getting fourteen nominations and winning eight of them.

("To be entirely honest, this play is my personal favourite. Prioritise this one." - Ollie, Team Trek)

Come From Away

This play is based on a true story, taking place on the 11th September 2001. After the terrorist attacks in New York, thirty-eight planes were grounded at the same airport, stranding thousands of passengers in Gander, Canada. The musical is based on how the people of Gander accepted the passengers into their town, housing and feeding them until they could leave. This is an incredibly heartfelt production that will have everyone reaching for their tissues.

Mean Girls!

Out of all of the musicals on the list, this is the only one that can be described as ‘fetch’. Based on the 2004 film, Mean Girls follows Cady, a girl who has moved from Kenya to Chicago. The play focuses on how she navigates the politics of high school, applying what she’s learned from the savannah to the school. This results in her deciding to try to infiltrate and destroy the most popular group of girls in the school from the inside. While the play will be a familiar one to anyone who has seen the film, the infusion of musical numbers will freshen it up for long-time fans. But worry not, it sticks close enough to the source material to keep everyone happy.

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