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17 Broadway Shows You Don’t Need To Be in New York To See

October 9, 2018 by Suzy Evans
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The New York theater district occupies approximately 20 blocks, but you don’t have to be in Midtown Manhattan to see a Broadway show. Many productions begin out of town, so if you’re in Chicago, DC, San Francisco, LA, Boston, or somewhere else, you might get a first look before the show hits the big time. Also, many successful musicals and plays go on the road or are produced by local nonprofit theaters, so there are seemingly unlimited chances to catch what’s playing, played, or will play in New York near you.

Check out the current, future, and past Broadway hits that are showing at a theater near you.

The National Theatre, Washington DC
Oct. 14-Nov. 18
Based on the Tim Burton film, this epic musical stars Tony nominee Alex Brightman as the titular character. Directed by Alex Timbers, this musical is premiering in DC before debuting on Broadway this spring.

“Anastasia” on Broadway

Kennedy Center, Washington DC
Oct. 30-Nov. 25
Take a journey to the past with this Broadway touring production of the musical based on the beloved film. Get ready for some new songs from Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who wrote the music for the movie and the stage show.


Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago
Sept. 11-Oct. 14
This is not the “Tootsie” from 1982. Tony nominee Santino Fontana steps into Dustin Hoffman’s shoes as a struggling actor who decided to don a new persona entirely to stand out at auditions. See the musical that’s earning rave reviews in Chicago before it comes to New York.

“Hello, Dolly!”

Hello, Dolly!
Oriental Theatre, Chicago
Oct. 23-Nov. 17
The Tony-award-winning revival hits the road with Betty Buckley taking her turn on the grand staircase as the eponymous matchmaker. Put on your Sunday clothes and go see this stunning production.

“The Book of Mormon”

The Book of Mormon
Oriental Theatre, Chicago
Nov. 20-Dec. 2
Hello! The Broadway smash is coming (back) to the Windy City just in time for the holidays. Take the whole family for a night of irreverence and laughs at the musical from the creators of “South Park” and double EGOT Robert Lopez.

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” on Broadway

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Oriental Theatre, Chicago
Oct. 2-21
Roald Dahl’s magical story of the young boy who wins a trip to a fantastical chocolate factory comes to life onstage in this touring Broadway production.

On Your Feet! on Broadway, Broadway Week 2016
“On Your Feet” on Broadway

On Your Feet
The Paramount Theatre, Seattle
Oct. 23-28
The rhythm is gonna get you in this jukebox musical based on the lives and careers of Gloria and Emilio Estefan. Put on your dancing shoes, and get ready to conga in the aisles.

“Come From Away”

Come From Away
The 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle
Oct. 9-Nov. 4
The current Broadway hit is coming to Seattle, and the uplifting story about the power of community and embracing difference will warm your heart. The musical follows the true story of what happened in Gander, Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001 when several plans landed when the American airspace closed.

“Oslo” on Broadway (Photographed by T Charles Erickson)

ACT, Seattle
Oct. 12-Nov. 10
Get the story behind the Oslo Accords in this Tony winner for Best Play. J.T. Rogers’s play explores the back-channel negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization in the early 1990s.

“The Lion King”

The Lion King
The Paramount Theatre, Seattle
Dec. 13-Jan. 6
The highest-grossing Broadway musical of all time is bringing the love to Seattle. Prepare to be amazed by the intricate animal puppets and enjoy Elton John’s classic songs alongside some new tunes for the stage show.


Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles
Nov. 28-Jan. 27
As the story goes, so much happened before Dorothy dropped in, and the untold story of the witches of Oz, which celebrates 15 years on Broadway this month, is coming back to LA for the holidays. Take the whole family to hear hits like “Defying Gravity” and “For Good” in the venue where the first LA production of the show opened.

“A Bronx Tale” on Broadway (Photographed by Matthew Murphy)

A Bronx Tale
Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles
Nov. 6-Dec. 2
Robert De Niro made his Broadway directing debut with this musical based on the 1993 movie he starred in. Take a trip back to the Bronx where young Calogero gets involved with gangster Sonny, who takes him under his wing.

“Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella” on Broadway

Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Boston, Emerson Colonial Theatre
Dec. 18-30
The classic story set to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s glorious score is simply magic. Follow the fairytale princess as she falls in love with the prince and belts out tunes like “In My Own Little Corner” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”

“Sweat” on Broadway

A.C.T., San Francisco
Sept. 26-Oct. 21
Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning play about a group of factory workers in Reading, Pa. covers issues prevalent in our culture right now. Prepare to be challenged and inspired to take action from this topical production.

Desi Oakley in “Waitress.” (Photographed by Joan Marcus)

Golden Gate Theatre, San Francisco
If you’ve been binging “The Great British Baking Show,” “Waitress” is the musical for you. You’ll appreciate how the power of baking pies takes small-town waitress Jenna out of her abusive marriage and leads her into the arms of friends, chosen family, and success.

“Miss Saigon” on Broadway

Miss Saigon
Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco
Oct. 9-Nov. 4
The heat is on in Saigon! The musical epic from the writers of “Les Misérables” shines a different light on the Vietnam War in this inventive retelling of “Madame Butterfly.”

“A Christmas Story: The Musical” (Photographed by Gary Emord Netzley)

A Christmas Story: The Musical
Winspear Opera House, Dallas
Dec. 12-16
The Tony-nominated musical from the “Dear Evan Hansen” and “The Greatest Showman” songwriters is ideal holiday fare and is certain to bring joy and nostalgia to your friends and loved ones.