Call me a theater nerd all you want but Broadway musicals have always been my guilty pleasure. Whether it’s classics like Oklahoma or new musicals like MJ, Broadway has the power to transport you into another dimension during your two hour show. When going to a Broadway musical, you experience every emotion. You laugh, cry, smile, and everything in between. 

As someone who has had the privilege of going to many Broadway shows, I am here to be your guide. Let this be your ultimate how-to for doing Broadway right. 

The musicals I’m about to list are my all time must see favorites. I would go time and time again if I could afford it. If this is your 1st or 100th musical, these classics will always absolutely positively slay. With incredible score’s that make your jaw drop, I truly believe that these particular musicals are the best of the best. So get your credit card out because you can buy your ticket, get on the train and go to a show….TONIGHT!

Hamilton Show Description: “A revolutionary story of passion, unstoppable ambition and the dawn of a new nation. Hamilton is the epic saga that follows the rise of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton as he fights for honor, love and a legacy that would shape the course of a nation. Based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography and set to a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton has had a profound impact on culture, politics and education.” 

My Take: Alexander Hamilton … AMERICA SINGS FOR YOU! I have never been to a show like this before. The way this musical highlights not only extreme voice talent but also rap talent, which has never been shown in a broadway musical before is absolutely breathtaking. “Hamilton” is honestly hard to describe to someone because who truly is interested in a rap musical about a founding father? It sounds weird, yes, but it will truly change your life. Trust me on this one!

Wicked Show Description: “‘Wicked,’ the Broadway sensation, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz … but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another girl, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships … until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.””

My Take: Have you ever watched something and just cried the whole time because you never wanted it to end? Well this was me at the theater seeing “Wicked” for the first time. The way “Wicked” combines the magic of Oz we all grew up with as children with the darkness of Elphaba is truly impeccable. The music is amazing, the set is even better. I truly felt like I was defying gravity as I was transported into the emerald city for a few hours. This one is also super special to see at the moment because a live action “Wicked” is coming to the big screen in 2024!

Hadestown Show Description: “‘Hadestown’ intertwines two mythic tales—that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone—as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, ‘Hadestown’ is a haunting and hopeful theatrical experience that grabs you and never lets go.”

My Take: I’m comin wait for me!!!! This tale is absolutely captivating. It tells the story of Orpheus and Eurydice with an industrial twist. I went to this show with its touring cast when they came to Boston. Right now is a great time to go because Lola Tung (Star of “The Summer I Turned Pretty” and Jordan Fisher (Stars in Disney shows and movies as well as “To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before” on Netflix) are currently cast as the leads! 

Sweeney Todd Show Description: “Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s landmark musical tells the tale of a resourceful pie shop owner and a vengeful barber out for blood. After he’s sent away by a corrupt judge, Sweeney returns to London years later seeking his long-lost family, and forms an unlikely partnership with Mrs. Lovett, who serves up pies underneath his former shop. Together, they wreak havoc on Fleet Street and serve up the hottest – and most unsettling – pies in London.”My Take: ATTEND THE TALE OF SWEENEY TODD! At first Sweeney Todd the musical sounded beyond creepy to me. But, two of Broadway’s absolute sensations are currently starring in it at Sweeney and Mrs.Lovett (Aaron Tveit and Sutton Foster.) To have the privilege of experiencing this pair together … it truly is one in a lifetime. Get the tickets!!!

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