In 2015, my family took a trip to the city that quickly became one of my favorite places in the world. When we arrived in NYC, we headed to the Majestic Theatre to see the acclaimed The Phantom of the Opera. The next night we headed a few blocks to the Gershwin to see Wicked, which is to this day one of my favorite shows.
The love of Broadway started there.
In the years that have followed, I have been fortunate enough to see many other shows, both with my family, my friends, and with school. I have been fortunate enough to see some of my favorite actors and actresses, and have even gotten to meet a few of them. Today I am going to be running through my top 5 favorite shows I’ve seen on Broadway.
If I am being honest, these are my favorite shows at the moment, in no particular order. These do change quite often, but these are the ones I have been loving lately.
I was lucky enough to have seen this show three different times. The first was for my sixteenth birthday, and I loved it. The second time was a last minute purchase, because Jeremy Jordan came to play Dr. Pomatter, and my mom, sister and I love him. The third time I saw the show I took my best friend for her Christmas gift right before the show closed (for the first time). I also loved the way it smelled like pies when you walked in!
Favorite Song: “She Used To Be Mine”
Like I mentioned before, this is one of my favorites and will be forever. I have been lucky enough to have seen this show a handful of times as well, and it was actually my first show back to Broadway post-shutdown, and it was a magical experience. The first note of the show always gives me such a burst of joy, and I will never say no to seeing it live!
Favorite Song: “Defying Gravity”
- Moulin rouge!
This is the most recent show I’ve seen that made it on this list. I saw it just a few weeks back, but have wanted to see it since it opened. I never actually watched the movie, so I went in without knowing too much, which I really liked. I saw this one for my twenty-first birthday, and we rushed to see it over Spring Break because Aaron Tveit is back as Christian, one of the leads, and I have wanted to see him live for years. This show is the only jukebox to make the list out of the three I’ve seen, but it was so good and the music fit well!
Favorite Songs: “Elephant Love Medley” and “El Tango De Roxanne” (with an honorable mention to “Crazy Rolling”)
This was the last show I saw pre-shutdown as part of my eighteenth birthday gift, and it was gorgeous. The story is a tragic one, as it is based on the story of Orpheus and Eurydice from Greek Mythology. The music and the staging of this show was beautiful, and the cast was so strong. I would see this one again in a heartbeat, and would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
Favorite Songs: “If It’s True” or “Wait For Me (Reprise)”
- Come From Away
I saw this show with my entire family as a Christmas gift from my grandfather, and it was another one I had wanted to see since opening. This show sadly closed on Broadway last year, but is currently touring! This show is straight through with no intermission which really added to the overall effect of the show. The staging was magnificent, and each person in the cast played a variety of roles which was really cool to see. This one is definitely heavy, but it is one of my favorite pieces of theater I have ever seen.
Favorite Songs: “Costume Party” or “38 Planes Reprise/Somewhere In The Middle Of Nowhere”
So, there we have it. Again, these are in no particular order. I currently have tickets to see Parade next month and am hoping to catch Sweeney Todd in the next couple of months, both of which I am super excited for!
I’m off to listen to show tunes.