From West Side Story to Chicago, check out the hottest productions on Broadway in 2020 – these amazing shows really are among the coolest things to do in NYC!
Check out these amazing cool things to do in NYC in the glitzy world of Broadway, from a new take on classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird to a musical take on Mean Girls
West Side Story
What better way to get a taste of The Big Apple than with an iconic show set in The Big Apple? Inspired by William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story details the affair between two lovers of rival street gangs.
This hard-hating musical debuted on Broadway in 1957 and was adapted for the screen in 1961. It was revived in 2019 under the direction of Ivo van Hove, with previews beginning in December.
Taking up residency at the Broadway Theatre with a cast of newcomers, this is likely be one of the biggest hits on Broadway this year.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Second on our round up of things to do in NYC for theatre-lovers, another iconic story that has been a hit on the stage and screen – although, again, To Kill a Mockingbird was of course originally a blockbuster in paper form. It was first a novel published by Harper Lee in 1960.
Narrated from the perspective of six-year-old Scout Finch and set during the Great Depression, the story follows Scout’s attorney father who is defending a black man accused of raping a white woman.
Widely read in American schools and praised for its handling of themes like racial inequality, it was adapted into an Oscar-winning film in 1962 and a play version arrived at the Shubert Theatre in 2018.
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Another beloved legal tale with dramatic heft, although packed with glamorous outfits and catchy tunes, it’s Chicago. And while it may be set in the Windy City of Illinois, Chicago, it’s nevertheless been a staple in NYC since its debut in 1975. This latest production of the story in the longest-running production on Broadway!
A parody of the concept of the ‘celebrity criminal’, it follows prison inmates Velma and Roxie (memorably played by Catherine Zeta-Jones and Renee Zellweger in the Oscar-winning 2003 film) who enter into a fierce rivalry when represented by the same lawyer, Billy Flynn.
You can catch this take on Chicago, clocking in at two hours and 30 minutes, at the Ambassador Theatre.
Last up on our list of things to do in NYC for lovers of theatre, it’s Mean Girls at the August Wilson Theatre.
Based on the critically acclaimed, Lindsay Lohan-starring movie Mean Girls, released in 2004, the story reached Broadway in 2018. The book is even written by Tina Fey, who was responsible for all the amazing zingers in the movie!
In Mean Girls, home-schooled Cady crash-lands in an American high school and must quickly adapt to social codes, ultimately infiltrating the most popular girls in school, the Plastics. But Cady’s friendships with losers Janis and Damian, plus her interest in queen bee Regina’s ex-boyfriend, soon complicate matters.
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