West End and Broadway shows to see across North America
Far away from New York? Can’t travel overseas to London? No problem! Broadway in New York and the West End in London may be some of the world’s biggest theatre hubs, but you don’t have to live near those cities to catch famous musicals and plays. After making it big on stages there, shows often travel across America to entertain audiences in plenty of different cities.
TodayTix has you covered with the best theatre all across the U.S. From Boston to Seattle, Philadelphia to Los Angeles, we have tickets to hit New York and London shows that are in performances across America. So if you want to see West End or Broadway theatre right in your own backyard, read on to find out which shows are playing in a city near you.
Boston, a hub for American history, is a natural place for a production of What The Constitution Means to Me, which you can see in February and March at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre. Plenty of popular plays and musicals come to Boston after debuting on Broadway, so check back to find out more Broadway shows in Boston you can get tickets to on TodayTix.
What The Constitution Means to Me
Heidi Schreck’s Tony- and Pulitzer-nominated Broadway play What the Constitution Means to Me includes, as suggested by the title, a healthy dose of American history. And what better place for such a show than the historic Boston?
Cassie Beck now performs the semiautobiographical story of how Schreck spoke about the Constitution in debate competitions to win prize money for college. Amid facts about the amendments, she also discusses the shortcomings of the document in today’s society and how four generations of women in Schreck’s family were shaped by it. The show is in performances from February 22 to March 20.
Chicago is a hub for new iterations of Off-Broadway phenomena, from the family-friendly Blue Man Group at the Briar Street Theatre to the adults-only Drunk Shakespeare at the Lounge at The Lion Theatre. Plenty of Broadway shows come through Chicago regularly, too, so keep checking back to see what Broadway shows in Chicago you can see.
Performances of the Bard have never been so boozy. This not-so-secret New York hit has intoxicated audiences for years (figuratively and literally) at Green Fig, and Drunk Shakespeare is now at The Lounge at The Lion Theatre in Chicago. Five actors gather at every performance to put on a Shakespeare show, and one takes five shots of whiskey beforehand. The remaining four have to go along with the drunk actor’s whims while also keeping the show on track — and some lucky audience members even get to make some decisions. Much ado and hilarity ensue.
Blue Man Group
Blue Man Group is a show that defies genre, convention, and all expectations. Three extraterrestrial Blue Men explore an unfamiliar Earth and end up creating art, music, and science in the process. Expect songs played on PVC pipes and paint-splattered drums, expect to get splashed by said paint from the drums if you’re in the front rows (ponchos are provided), and expect an audiovisual spectacle that’s fun for all ages.
Winnie the Pooh: The Musical Adaptation
This stage adaptation of the beloved books and movies delighted audiences of all ages in New York, and now the Hundred Acre Wood is coming to Chicago from March 15 to June 12. Go on a new adventure with Pooh, Eeyore, Tigger, and all their friends, who are brought to life by beautiful puppetry. At just an hour long, this show is a perfect length for even the youngest theatregoers, and the staging and singing are as sweet as honey.
Los Angeles and Orange County
Los Angeles may be known for its movie scene, but there’s plenty of live theatre to enjoy! Popular Broadway shows and West End shows alike are going up in Los Angeles right now, including one musical’s first-ever North American production, at theatres like the Ahmanson Theatre and the Hollywood Majestic.
Everybody’s Talking About Jamie
Everybody’s talking about the North American premiere of this buzzy musical from London’s West End. The titular Jamie is an English teenager who doesn’t quite fit in and fears his future. That is, until he discovers drag. With the love and support of his mother and his newfound friends in the drag community, he comes of age and into his best self. Since premiering in London in 2017, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie has gotten critical praise along with a film adaptation. Now, California audiences have the chance to see this fabulous show live through February 20, either with regular tickets or the TodayTix Lottery.
Though the puppets may look like they’re fresh from Sesame Street, you don’t want to take your kids to this one! One of its creators is also behind The Book of Mormon, after all. This R-rated hit ran for a combined 16 years on and off Broadway, winning a Best Musical award in the process, and is now at The Hollywood Majestic through March 6. Princeton (one of the four puppet characters) tries to find his way in New York and his purpose in the world, and unlike the characters on kids’ puppet shows, he learns that the solutions to life’s problems aren’t neat and simple.
Next to Normal
This poignant Pulitzer Prize-winning musical takes audiences through grief, depression, addiction, and the problems that hide behind the walls of perfect suburban houses. Next to Normal centers on Diane Goodman, a mother struggling with ever-worsening bipolar disorder, and the effects the disorder has on her family. This honest take on the effects of mental illness doesn’t shy away from difficult situations and emotions, but the show also offers hope in the way the family members work to take care of each other and fight for their futures. Performances run at the Chance Theater at Bette Aiken Theater Arts Center through February 27.
A Little Night Music
Send in the audiences to the Greenway Court Theatre for A Little Night Music, running through March 13. Saying this show centers around love triangles is an understatement — plenty of couples’ lives get intertwined in this romantic and witty musical with a classic Sondheim score. The actress Desirée Armfeldt rekindles an old flame with the lawyer Fredrik Egerman, much to the dismay of Egerman’s wife and Desirée’s current lover, the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom (who is also married). When she invites them all to her mother’s estate for a weekend, who knows who might get together?
The Lehman Trilogy
The Lehman Trilogy captivated audiences in both London and New York multiple times over. Now, this epic story heads to Los Angeles, with two of its three acclaimed West End and Broadway actors returning. Three men assume dozens of characters in the 100-plus-year history of the Lehman Brothers financial firm, told in three parts as one event. But don’t worry, the play doesn’t dwell on finances. The Lehman Trilogy is really a story about family — the triumphs, the feuds, and the rebellions that occur between generations of fathers and sons in the same business. You don’t even need business smarts to understand The Lehman Trilogy.
People have called Jeremy O. Harris’s play provocative, controversial, groundbreaking, and more. We call it the most Tony-nominated Broadway play in history that’s now in Los Angeles through March 13, fresh off its second Broadway run.
Three interracial couples work out their troubles and fantasies on the MacGregor Plantation, but all isn’t as it seems. We can’t tell you much more without spoiling the twists, besides that the show deals with race, power, and how past trauma manifests in current relationships. TodayTix also has an exclusive Lottery for a chance to score $20 tickets.
Everybody’s got the right to see a Broadway musical, including theatregoers on the opposite coast. Now’s your chance to see Stephen Sondheim’s darkly comic Assassins, a Tony-winning hit that just wrapped a sold-out run off Broadway. The musical follows the nine real-life criminals who assassinated an American president or tried to. Goaded on by a desire for celebrity and by each other, they commit their crimes, which are represented by a shooting-gallery carnival game that they all show up to play. Assassins runs through March 20.
Ancient mythology comes to life in the historic Philadelphia, which hosts Hadestown in February. Check back to find out more Broadway and West End shows opening in Philadelphia.
The road to hell passes through Philadelphia from February 9 to 20, but this musical is heavenly. Go way down to Hadestown at this retelling of Greek mythology with folk and jazz music, which won eight Tony Awards including Best Musical after opening on Broadway in 2019. The poor young girl Eurydice gets trapped in the underworld of Hadestown, reimagined as an industrial factory ruled by Hades and his wife Persephone. Eurydice’s lover, Orpheus, goes on a treacherous journey, guided by the messenger god Hermes and the Fates, to rescue her. Before seeing Hadestown, why not check out our guide to all things Greek mythology.
San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco is now home to a mix of epic plays and musicals that have enjoyed success from New York to London and back. If you can’t take a Portkey to either of those cities, you can now catch Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the Curran Theater right in the Bay Area, and there are plenty more Broadway and West End hit shows where that came from.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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freestyle love supreme
Before Lin-Manuel Miranda brought hip-hop to Broadway (and beyond) with In the Heights and Hamilton, he created the improv troupe Freestyle Love Supreme, which just finished the second Broadway run of its self-titled solo show. FLS co-founder (and Bay Area native) Anthony Veneziale leads the troupe in a show that’s different every night: The audience provides suggestions for each show’s improvised scenes, songs, and full-blown musical numbers. And we can’t make this up — tickets are pay-what-you-wish starting at only $10.
The Lehman Trilogy
Three men. Three hours. Three parts. One epic story. The Lehman Trilogy continues its California takeover with San Francisco from April 20 to May 22, fresh off acclaimed runs in New York and London. The Lehman Trilogy chronicles the rise and fall of the Lehman Brothers financial firm, and three actors play dozens of key figures in the firm’s 100-plus-year history, from its founders to the subsequent generations of Lehmans that followed. At its heart, The Lehman Trilogy is a family drama about fathers, sons, and brothers and the successes, defeats, and feuds they share.
Follies is a musical theatre classic. This beloved Sondheim show last appeared on Broadway in 2011 and in London in 2017, and now the show is coming to the West Coast from June 30 to September 10. The impresario Dimitri Weissmann is about to watch his theatre come crumbling down, so he hosts one last reunion there for the performers who headlined it in their heyday. This group of middle-aged women reminisces on their past and future, and they get to show off their still-bright talent that their industry has long lost interest in.
Heroes of the Fourth Turning
Will Arbery’s play earned critical acclaim — and a Pulitzer nomination — after premiering at Playwrights Horizons in New York in 2019. The show centers on four young Catholic conservatives, who have all returned to their Wyoming college town to celebrate their mentor. Soon, casual catching up devolves into a bitter clash of politics, worldviews, and personal attacks. The play offers insight into a character type rarely seen on the stage and is a timely exploration of a polarized nation.
After two beloved runs on the East Coast, a hip-hop and improv phenomenon is now hitting Seattle. If you’ve seen the We Are Freestyle Love Supreme Hulu documentary, you don’t want to miss your chance to see the troupe live at Seattle Rep. Venues like the 5th Avenue Theatre are frequent hotspots for Broadway shows, too, so check back to find out about more Broadway and West End shows in Seattle.
freestyle love supreme
freestyle love supreme is yet another hip-hop brainchild from Lin-Manuel Miranda, though this show long preceded In the Heights and Hamilton. You won’t see Miranda on stage, but you will see a nonetheless thrilling show straight from Broadway that’s different at every performance. Each night’s audience suggests topics that the FLS troupe turns into scenes, songs, and fully-realized musical numbers on the spot. freestyle love supreme is at Seattle Rep to March 13. The best part? Pay-what-you-wish tickets are available, starting at $5.
Hit Broadway musicals abound in Washington, D.C., from longtime classics to new hits. The city is a huge hub for productions of popular New York and London theatre, so there’s always something new to see at venues like Arena Stage, Signature Theatre, the Kennedy Center, and more. Catch these D.C. shows while you can!
Jesus Christ Superstar
This isn’t your grandparents’ Jesus Christ Superstar. This slick new version of the hit Andrew Lloyd Webber musical premiered at Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre in London in 2017, winning the Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival. Electrifying rock music propels the story of the leadup to Jesus’ death in Jesus Christ Superstar, and the D.C. production is sure to be an event of Biblical proportions. Performances run from February 22 to March 13.
Catch Me If You Can
Catch Corbin Bleu if you can at Arena Stage this spring! From March 4 to April 17, the stage and screen favorite stars as con artist Frank Abagnale Jr. in this high-flying musical. Based on a true story (that was also adapted into a memoir and movie), Catch Me If You Can sees Abagnale pretend to be a pilot, doctor, and lawyer on the run from the police — all before turning 22. Now’s your chance to see this daring tale live in living color.
Fetch is happening in D.C. this April with Mean Girls coming to town! The cult classic 2004 movie is now a musical comedy, and all the meanest, funniest, and most iconic lines remain. Meet Cady, who’s grown up on the African savanna but isn’t at all prepared for the ferocious jungle of an Illinois high school. Urged on by her new friends, she infiltrates the popular clique led by Regina George, but Cady ends up becoming a mean girl herself. Now, you go, Glen Coco — go to the show, that is! If you go on a Wednesday, make sure you wear pink.
She Loves Me
From March 1 to April 24, Signature Theatre hosts an all-new production of a classic Broadway hit, last seen in New York in 2016. Those familiar with the rom-com You’ve Got Mail already know She Loves Me: two real-life adversaries don’t know they’ve been falling in love with each other through anonymous written correspondences. The musical’s main characters are begrudging coworkers at a Hungarian perfume shop, but the smell of romance is in the air all throughout She Loves Me.
The Color Purple
Also at Signature this season, from August 16, is The Color Purple, a poignant Broadway hit that’s about to become a buzzy movie musical. The adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel follows Celie, who is forced into an abusive marriage as a teenager and separated from her sister Nettie. After 40 years of isolation and hurt, she finds a group of strong women who show her how to rediscover her strength and worth.