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What You Should See Onstage in New York City This Summer

June 25, 2019 by TodayTix
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Oh the weather outside is….hot. But inside the theater, it’s so delightfully air conditioned. This summer, some of our favorite long-running shows, Broadway newcomers, and Tony winners provide the perfect escape from the summer humidity. Check out the plays and musicals the TodayTix staff thinks you should see this summer.

Michael (Operations Team): Waitress
“Waitress” is the perfect show for anyone who loves baking, supportive friendships, and Sara Bareilles. It’s a heartwarming story about several different perspectives of the female experience set to a fun and clever score by Bareilles. Best of all, the whole theater smells like the pies you can buy at the concession stand! It’s powerful and moving, but not too heavy — perfect for a summer theater outing with your friends or your mom!

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Courtney (Marketing Team): Mean Girls
In Netflix recommendations, I’d say if you liked “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” “30 Rock,” and “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” you’ll like “Mean Girls” on Broadway. The Tina Fey teen-rite-of-passage film has been adapted for the stage in a refreshing, modern homage to the original that, like the movie, warrants multiple viewings. The famous lines you want to hear are all included (she still doesn’t go there), but you’ll leave the theater with an entire new vocabulary of hilarious quotes to incorporate into your group text. How much do I love this show? The limit does not exist.

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Zach (Tech Team): Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish
The first word that comes to my mind to describe this show is heimish, a fittingly Yiddish word meaning homey, cozy, or unpretentious. This new production of a classicpresented for the first time in the language its characters would have spoken, is all those things and so much more. It’s also heartbreaking, hilarious, visually beautiful in its simplicity, and gorgeously sung. Whether you’ve never seen “Fiddler” or you’ve watched the movie 300 times (who’s keeping track), this authentic production will make you laugh, cry your eyes out, and almost definitely call your parents. (Don’t worry about your Yiddish skills – English supertitles are projected throughout the whole show!)

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Josh Lamon, Beth Leavel, Brooks Ashmanskas, and Angie Schworer. (Photographed by Deen van Meer)

Katie (Marketing): The Prom
“The Prom” is Broadway unabashedly poking fun at itself in the best way. When I’m considering seeing a show, I give it a two song test. I was sold on buying tickets after listening to “Dance with You” and “Tonight Belongs to You” but you really have to experience “The Acceptance Song” in person to fully enjoy the hilarity of it. The show’s great for a fun night out with friends, and with June being Pride month, there’s no better time to go celebrate acceptance and love on Broadway!

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“King Kong” on Broadway. (Photographed by Matthew Murphy)

Diane (Marketing Team): King Kong
There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a trip to Universal Studios this summer when you can feel the same adrenaline rush at “King Kong.” The 2,000-pound, animatronic ape (lovingly nicknamed “KiKo” by fans and cast members alike) is a don’t-miss sight. The thrill of the puppet combined with the strong pipes on Christiani Pitts (Ann Darrow) is a match made in Skull Island heaven. You’ll cry, you’ll gasp, and you’ll leave the theater wanting to take another ride. Plus, keep an eye out for the hard-working “King Kong” ensemble members who are the backbone (literally) of Kong’s slick movements.

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Heidi Schreck in “What the Constitution Means to Me”

Suzy (Marketing Team): What the Constitution Means to Me
I have seen this groundbreaking and important play three times already, and I plan to go back before it closes at the end of the summer. Playwright/performer Heidi Schreck will have you looking at our nation’s history and governing documents in ways you never have before, and this heartfelt, often funny, and incredibly moving piece of work should be seen by everyone who cares about the fate and future of the United States. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll be spurred into activism.

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Jake Gyllenhaal and Tom Sturridge

Abby (Marketing Team): Sea Wall / A Life
This show is exactly what I want theater to be. An actor (Tom Sturridge in “Sea Wall” and Jake Gyllenhaal in “A Life”) onstage, alone, talking to the audience. It sounds super simple, but once I was in my seat watching the performances, I became totally transfixed by how complicated and intentional each moment was. It felt like a gift to be in the room.

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“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”

Noa (Expansion Team): Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
I don’t think it’s possible to love a play more than I love “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.” It is sublimely magical and a much-needed nostalgia boost for any avid Harry Potter fan, or even just your everyday muggle. The cast is ridiculously talented and completely recognizable as the characters you know and love and the story is heartwarming and a lovely reminder of the strength of love and family. Go see it! And then make sure to #KeeptheSecrets 🙂

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Rachel (Expansion Team): Oscar at The Crown
If you like glitter, queer narratives, fierce belting, and sick choreography you will love “Oscar at the Crown.” It’s the perfect 90-minute explosion of a show and there’s a ton of fun places to continue your night afterwards in Bushwick.

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Geri (Accounts Team): Sleep No More
Sleep No More is everything you’ve heard it is and more. If you’ve experienced it, you already know it’s the kind of show you can re-visit and have a totally new adventure every time you go. If you’ve never been, you’re in for one of the most unique and thrilling theatrical experiences of your life. I’m not exaggerating! It’s just one of those shows you have to see. And if you’re new to immersive theatre, don’t worry — no one will touch you (…too much). It’s a great introduction to the wild and wonderful world of immersive theater and you won’t regret it.

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Jordan (Partnerships Team): The Cher Show
Featuring all the greatest hits of Cher as well as iconic Bob Mackie costumes, “The Cher Show” is a nostalgic trip that leaves you feeling full of aspiration. Telling the story of how the titular diva overcame many hardships in her life before achieving global stardom, this is a show that pulls at the heartstrings. Stephanie J Block’s performance as the star incarnation of Cher, for which she recently won a Tony, is worth the price of the ticket alone. This is the glitziest jukebox musical you’ll ever see!

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Jessica Vosk

Stephanie (Finance Team): Wicked
There is a reason this show has been on Broadway for over 15 years. And those reasons are: Those incredible emerald green costumes, the fun and engaging storyline, and the chilling feeling you get all over your body when you hear Defying Gravity live. There is just nothing like it.

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Sophia Anne Caruso and Alex Brightman in “Beetlejuice” on Broadway. (Photographed by Matthew Murphy)

Chelsea (Ticketing Team): Beetlejuice
“Beetlejuice” is the most fun I’ve had at the theater since “The Book of Mormon.” As a die-hard fan of the original movie, it was joyous and hilarious to see Alex Brightman bring one of Tim Burton’s zaniest characters to life. As soon as you walk into the Winter Garden, you’re transported to the world of Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice!) and all his mayhem.

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“Come From Away” on Broadway

Gabriel (Accounts Team): Come From Away
“Come From Away” is an original musical with a totally unique and inventive score that manages to strike a balance between feel-good theater magic and thought-provoking intensity. It features a talented and cohesive ensemble that makes you fall in love with every character during the show, and each performer plays multiple parts! I’ve also never felt more of a sense of community with the other theatergoers in the audience than I did when I saw this show, a true testament to the show’s effectiveness. “Come From Away” is unlike anything else currently on Broadway, and the experience you’ll have is truly so special.

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“The Play That Goes Wrong”

Cory (Marketing Team): The Play that Goes Wrong
How can a play that goes so wrong get things so right?! In short, an incredible book by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields. And a cast that must be Swiss. Why Swiss? Because of their impeccable timing, of course. And they must be law abiding, at least with Murphy’s Law, because this show falls apart before it even starts, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Up is down, down is up, and wrong is oh so right in this play that won the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Comedy. All I can say is GO SEE THIS SHOW!

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Ardi (Design Team): safeword.
“safeword.” is satisfying and erotic in its simplicity. The lighting paired up with its immensely captivating sound design expands the story, emotions and plot with the four-person cast. Its location is secretive, almost as if to connect to the plot of what the public should know and what should they not. “safeword.” should definitely be added to the list of anyone curious enough to step out of their comfort zone and find different parts of themselves.

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