There are dozens of Broadway shows that have been around for years. A lot of these shows are amazing in their unique style, culture, and story. While it is impossible to decide which of these shows are the best, we can name a few that have stood out in the last couple of years.
Here is a list of plays that are considered to be the best of Broadway. Again, choosing the best is like picking a favorite child. Hence, this list does not come in a particular order.
Phantom of the Opera
Known to be the longest-running show ever in Broadway, Phantom of the Opera has been continuously running for the past 21 years. Despite being introduced in 1988, the show has been and is still a favorite with its consistent sell-out tickets.
This classic is about a disfigured man who has been haunting the Opera House in Paris. This dramatic story is how this phantom falls in love with Christine Daae and teaches her to sing beautifully like an angel. It is an all-time favorite because of its timeless story, amazing production, and lovely music.
The Lion King
It is undeniable that the Lion King is one of the best animated movies Disney has ever created. It follows the story of Simba, a little cub who grows up to become the king that he is destined to be. The best thing about this tale is that it is dramatic, but funny at the same time. It incorporates innocence and growth beautifully that the characters are very relatable despite being portrayed in a jungle of animals.
Just like the Phantom of the Opera, the Lion King is one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway. It has won viewers’ choice awards over the years. Many who watch it are perhaps reminiscing their childhood, but the play has done a good job of creating new audience in the younger generations. It is a good play to watch for parents who have seen the movie when they were little and for children who are seeing it for the first time.
Although this show has left the stage since 2003, it is still known as one of the most recognizable shows in Broadway. So much so that it has been translated into 20 languages and is known all over the world.
With music composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber and story based on T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the play tells the life stories and adventures of the Jellicle Cats’ and the night they made the Jellical Choice. This choice is about deciding which cat will ascend and come back to a new life.
Based on the novel written by Victor Hugo, Les Miserables is known as the longest running play in London. With music by Claude-Michel Schonberg and lyrics by Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel in the original French version and Herbert Kretzmer in the English libretto, this musical is known to be one of the most successful plays in the West End and Broadway.
Set in 19th century France, the story revolves around the peasant Jean Valjean and his quest for redemption after serving nineteen years in prison for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister’s starving child. The story is set during the revolutionary period in France where the idealistic youth were making their last stand.
A Chorus Line
This old classic has been revived due to the demands of the audience who love it. It has won several Tony Awards and is known to be one of the longest-running musicals on Broadway. The story is about seventeen ambitious and hopeful dancers who share their personal lives as they audition to be a part of the chorus line.
These shows are only some of the best and most known productions in Broadway to date. While most of these musicals have been around for a while, they still entice audience from different parts of the world. Next time you drop by Broadway, make sure to catch some of these shows. They are absolutely worth it.