Broadway shows to see this summer
35 shows are currently running on Broadway. That’s a lot. With all these options, it may be overwhelming to decide what to see. And not to overwhelm you more, but right now, TodayTix is running our 100K Seat Sale, with great Broadway ticket deals on all the must-see shows on your list. So if you can’t decide, you don’t have to choose just one to see on your summer NYC trip!
From a political farce to a pop musical about the six wives of Henry VIII, here are some of TodayTix’s picks for Broadway shows you can see this summer. It may be hot outside, but inside the theatre, there’s air conditioning and a magic carpet ride.
Selina Fillinger’s play is a raucous political farce. POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive takes place in a fictional White House where the president is facing sexual and international scandals, and the more competent women around him are in charge of cleaning up the mess.
You couldn’t ask for a more badass cast of women: Vanessa Williams, Lea DeLaria, Lilli Cooper, Julie White, Julianne Hough, Suzy Nakamura, and Rachel Dratch (who, alongside White, has been nominated for a Tony for her performance here). POTUS is running at the Shubert Theatre for a limited engagement through August 14.
See POTUS if: You love farce, vomit humor, and women running the show.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
If you believe in freedom, beauty, truth, love, and top 40 radio hits, then you definitely can-can-can see Moulin Rouge! The Musical. This Tony Award-winning show is based on Baz Luhrmann’s beloved movie musical of the same name, where a naive writer named Christian falls in love with a worldly courtesan named Satine, all set to a soundtrack of more than 55 contemporary pop songs.
See Moulin Rouge! The Musical if: You want to see the most dramatic rendition of Sia’s “Chandelier” ever and are a fan of love triangles.
Girl from the North Country
This musical has been nominated for seven Tony Awards in 2022, including Best Musical. Using the timeless songs of Bob Dylan, the show tells the story of a group of vagabonds living in a 1934 Minnesota boarding house. The musical features 19 Bob Dylan songs played on instruments from the actual 1930s. Girl from the North Country is playing a limited engagement through June 19.
See Girl From the North Country if: You want to see new, creative renditions of beloved songs such as “Make You Feel My Love” and “Forever Young,” and you need a good cry.
Dear Evan Hansen
Sure, you may have heard of the Dear Evan Hansen movie, but many fans agree that the original musical is far superior. This Tony-winning musical is about a teenage boy named Evan who suffers from social anxiety. When tragedy strikes at his high school, Evan’s small town has a reckoning about mental health. You’ve probably already heard Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s hit Dear Evan Hansen songs such as “Waving Through a Window” and “You Will Be Found.”
See Dear Evan Hansen if: You are a teenager or want to bring a teenager to the theatre.
The Phantom of the Opera
If you ask someone who doesn’t know musicals to name a musical, they might name Phantom of the Opera. The longest-running show on Broadway has been performing to rapt audiences since 1988. The Phantom of the Opera is about a disfigured composer living in an opera house in Paris, who falls madly and obsessively in love with one of the singers at the opera — though she’s already in love with someone else.
See The Phantom of the Opera if: You love a bad romance or want to give someone their first musical theatre experience.
Like the title character, the Beetlejuice musical has come back from the dead. The show, about a family that accidentally buys a house with a poltergeist in it, wasn’t supposed to reopen after 2020. But its passionate fan base convinced producers to resurrect Beetlejuice, which is based on the Tim Burton film of the same name. With Alex Brightman giving a delightfully unhinged performance as Beetlejuice, you’ll want to say his name three times.
See Beetlejuice if: You laugh in the face of death and prefer funerals with plenty of neon spectacle.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
What happened after the seventh Harry Potter book, when Harry sent his son to Hogwarts? Harry Potter and the Cursed Child answers that question. It follows Harry Potter’s son, Albus, as befriends fellow misfit Scorpius Malfoy, Draco Malfoy’s son. Teenage rebellion and time traveling ensue as the pair go on a quest to right past wizarding wrongs.
See Harry Potter and the Cursed Child if: You’re a Potterhead who wants to spend more time at Hogwarts, or you love magic tricks and special effects.
Tina: The Tina Turner Musical
Tina Turner may no longer be performing live, but the next best thing is at Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. This bio-musical follows Turner’s life from being a small-town girl with a big voice, to meeting Ike Turner and learning how to escape her abuser, to putting her critics to shame with a comeback at age 44. Tina features many of Turner’s beloved songs, such as “River Deep, Mountain High,” “Private Dancer,” “Proud Mary,” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”
See Tina if: You like to start a story nice and easy, with a rousing, rough finish.
Remember them from PBS? Six is about the lives of the six wives of Henry VIII. But this isn’t boring old history — it’s a histo-remix. Like the Hamilton Founding Fathers, the Queens tell their stories in a contemporary way: A cast of women from different ethnic backgrounds sing catchy pop songs about their lives (read: misfortunes) as Henry’s spouses.
See Six if: You miss the Spice Girls and prefer her-story to history.
If you want to be transported to a whole new world, then get a ticket to this Disney musical. Aladdin is based on the same-named Disney film about a poor boy who falls in love with a princess. He stumbles upon a genie who grants him three wishes, one of which he uses to become a prince and woo her. Aladdin the musical features the songs from the film, like “Arabian Nights” and “Friend Like Me,” and the show contains new tunes, too.
See Aladdin if: You want to take your young children to the theatre and/or love a magic carpet ride.