5 Broadway Shows That Will Bring Out Your Inner Patriot
Everyone celebrates July 4 in different ways, and these five plays and musicals will make you proud to be an American. Also, it’s looking like rain and mind-melting temperatures this weekend, so why not spend part of your time indoors at a Broadway show? Check out some of our favorite shows that look back at our nation’s history.
What the Constitution Means to Me
It’d be hard to find a more important or necessary play on Broadway right now than Heidi Schreck’s personal exploration of the U.S. Constitution. D.C. heavyweights like Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Hillary Clinton have seen the show, which deals with issues like immigration reform and abortion rights, and it ends with a real-time debate about whether to keep or abolish the 229-year-old document. Exercise your democratic right and get tickets to this show.
Come From Away
Americans come together during tough times, and this inspirational musical about the world at a time of crisis will pull at your heartstrings and your patriotic spirit. “Come From Away” tells the story of what happened in Gander, Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001 when several planes were grounded there and the community opened its arms to the passengers. After all, we all come from away.
The landmark musical about the 10-dollar founding father has taken the world by storm, and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop reinvention of the story of America’s first treasury secretary will make anyone feel patriotic. Yes, tickets are still hard to come by, but it’s never too early to make plans for the Fourth of July in 2020.
This Best Musical Tony Award nominee is inspired by a true story of what happened when a small town cancelled its prom when one of the students wanted to bring her girlfriend to the dance. Told in true Broadway fashion with director Casey Nicholaw’s signature choreography, the musical follows what happens when some washed up Broadway stars come to save the day. You’ll definitely be feeling some pride at the end of this inspiring show.
The Tony-winning revival puts the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic in a new light. While this musical might bring up some conflicting feelings about America’s past, Daniel Fish’s production will have you thinking about our nation’s history and how to improve the future. Bonus: Scene-stealing Ali Stroker made history as the first performer in a wheelchair to win a Tony. You don’t want to miss this show!