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This Tony®-nominee for Best New Musical brings both the circus and novel to life.
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About Water For Elephants on Broadway

Enter the spectacular world of the traveling circus with WATER FOR ELEPHANTS on Broadway, now nominated for seven 2024 Tony Awards including Best Musical. Get WATER FOR ELEPHANTS tickets on TodayTix, and from the moment the show starts, you'll be transported a century back in time to experience high-flying acrobatics, mesmerizing puppetry, hilarious clowning, and stunning feats as the big top and Broadway collide in this adaptation of the bestselling novel and film of the same name.

The WATER FOR ELEPHANTS musical is complete with show-stopping choreography, catchy songs, and vibrant costumes that tell a story of adventure, romance, family, and deceit. Prepare to be wowed by the impressive circus design and dazzling circus acts in the show about a man who finds his calling, his love, and a new lease on life when he runs away with the Benzini Brothers Circus.

You certainly don't want to miss this one-of-a-kind performance while the circus is in town.

Run time

2hr 40min. Incl. 20min intermission.

Start date

February 24th, 2024

Categories

Musicals, Broadway

Age

Ages 8+. No children under 4 are permitted in the theater.

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800 Reviews

John Ned

John Ned

171 Reviews | 180 Followers
93
Physically demanding acrobatics, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if touching story with terrific, artfully used acrobatics and choreography. Amazing, skilled acrobats were always spot on perfect. Great cast!

Don’t see it if very minimal set design was underwhelming until I realized it awakened the imagination needed to fully appreciate the puppetry and story.

Elisa 9119

Elisa 9119

585 Reviews | 281 Followers
86
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if WFE is a visually luring show w exceptional acrobats&puppets. The circus is the star. Grant Gustin brilliantly leads the talented cast&adds*

Don’t see it if *charm to some great music& an otherwise meandering story.Skip this one if uninterested in circus or stunning acrobats. Far2long x no reason

chris_

chris_

295 Reviews | 104 Followers
90
Entertaining, Delightful

See it if A good story and cool acrobatics drive this well done musical to make a story about animal and spousal abuse palatable

Don’t see it if Medicare puppetry and old-man-reminisces troupe

Bruce 6

Bruce 6

768 Reviews | 330 Followers
80
Director j stone/kimberly akimbo shows versatility, Pitting sympthtc young vet vs cruel circus owner, Over owner's beautiful-spirited wife, This is musical version of pop novel

See it if extraord physcl prodtn; brilliant stagecrft/acrobatcs-choreo/puppetry evoke BigTop thrills; varied score evokes depression

Don’t see it if tho novel is ribald&gritty, musical turns it into cliched, ho hum, GoodvsEvil story; no memrbl songs

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Production note
This production uses theatrical haze and a gunshot sound.

Stars on stage

Grant Gustin

Grant Gustin

Isabelle McCalla

Isabelle McCalla

Water For Elephants on Broadway cast and creative team

By: Rick Elice, based on the novel by Sara Gruen
Songs by: PigPen Theatre Co.
Director: Jessica Stone
Choreography: Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll
Circus design: Shana Carroll
Cast list: Grant Gustin (as Jacob), Isabelle McCalla (as Marlena), Gregg Edelman (as Mr. Jankowski), Paul Alexander Nolan (as August), Stan Brown (as Camel), Joe De Paul (as Walter), Sara Gettelfinger (as Barbara), Wade McCollum (as Wade)
Design: Takeshi Kata
Costumes: David Israel Reynoso
Lighting: Bradley King
Sound: Walter Trarbach
Other info: Projections by David Bengali; hair and makeup design by Campbell Young Associates; puppetry design by Ray Wetmore, JR Goodman, Camille Labarre; music supervision and arrangements by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Benedict Braxton-Smith; orchestrations by Daryl Waters, Braxton-Smith, August Eriksmoen

Venue

Imperial Theatre

249 West 45th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY, USA, 10036

Accessibility

Accommodations for patrons who are blind, deaf, partially sighted, and/or have hearing loss; partial wheelchair access, handrail access

More information about Water For Elephants on Broadway

After a sold-out run at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta during the summer of 2023, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS has its Broadway debut at the Imperial Theatre in spring 2024.

The musical tells the story of a Great Depression-era young man, Jacob, who hops on a train and ends up joining the traveling circus while trying to escape personal tragedy. He fits right into his new life, home, and family, but as he trains a new elephant, he gets more than he bargained for, falling in love with the woman helping him: the wife of the temperamental ringmaster.

The highly anticipated musical is based on the 2006 bestselling novel WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, written by Sara Gruen, and the subsequent 2011 award-winning film of the same name. The film, starring Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, and Christoph Waltz, won the 2012 People's Choice Award for Favorite Drama Movie.

What to watch for

  • Amid the high-flying acts, WATER FOR ELEPHANTS comments subtly on the cruelties of the circus industry, such as extracting a lion's teeth or feeding animals rotten meat.
  • The lighting, set, and stage design are truly next-level. The rolling platforms, projections, and lighting all work together to make it seem like the actors are on a train, and lighting signifies the passing of time.
  • Circuses are known for their animals, and while this performance doesn't have live animals, you'll have the opportunity to witness masterful puppetry in action instead. Ray Wetmore, JR Goodman, and Camille Labarre are behind the animal puppetry design. Labarre's work has appeared in Shrek, Into the Woods, and Sesame Street. Wetmore and Goodman's work is in spring 2024 shows like The Notebook, Hell's Kitchen, and Cabaret.
  • The WATER FOR ELEPHANTS book won numerous awards, including Book Sense No. 1 pick for June 2006 and the 2007 BookBrowse award for Most Popular Book. The novel was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 12 weeks and was number one on July 8, 2007.
  • Lighting designer Bradley King won Tony Awards for his work on Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 and Hadestown, and he earned a nomination for Flying Over Sunset.

Important information

Children under 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

No weapons permitted on the premises. No outside food or beverages, electric scooters, e-bikes, or battery-powered transportation devices, except when medically necessary.

All items are subject to inspection. Anything brought into the theatre must fit on your lap or completely under your seat without blocking any aisles.

The use of cameras, cell phones, and other recording devices during the show is strictly prohibited by law, except when used for accessibility services.

Frequently asked questions

What is Water For Elephants on Broadway about?

The circus comes to town in this new musical adaptation of Sara Gruen's bestselling novel. When a young man named Jacob leaves his old life behind and joins a traveling circus, he finds a home he never dreamed of — and a forbidden romance with the jealous ringmaster's wife.

Which theatre is Water For Elephants on Broadway at?

Water For Elephants on Broadway is at New York's Imperial Theatre.

What is the running time of Water For Elephants on Broadway?

Water For Elephants on Broadway runs for 2hr 40min. Incl. 20min intermission.

What is the age recommendation for Water For Elephants on Broadway?

Ages 8+. No children under 4 are permitted in the theater.

How do you get tickets for Water For Elephants on Broadway?

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How much are tickets for Water For Elephants on Broadway?

Water For Elephants on Broadway tickets start at $63.

Who wrote Water For Elephants?

Tony-nominated bookwriter Rick Elice (Jersey Boys, Peter and the Starcatcher) and PigPen Theatre Co. (music and lyrics) wrote Water For Elephants on Broadway. The show is based on the book by Sara Gruen.

Who directed Water For Elephants?

Jessica Stone, a 2023 Tony nominee for Kimberly Akimbo, directs Water For Elephants on Broadway.

What are the songs in Water For Elephants?

There are numerous songs in the Water for Elephants musical, including “The Lion Has Got No Teeth,” “Just Our Luck,” and “Squeaky Wheel.” PigPen Theatre Co. wrote the show's score.

Is Water For Elephants appropriate for kids?

The show is recommended for ages 8 and up, but it contains some adult themes, acts of violence, and strong language.

Is Water For Elephants good?

With such beloved source material, Water for Elephants is certainly an excellent show to see. The musical adaptation is filled with circus acts, a moving story, and fantastic music that will inspire awe in audiences of all ages.

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