USA: New York, Broadway Bucket List

USA: New York, Broadway Bucket List

I love New York and I love musicals, so combining the two is a dream come true for me. The fact that we are heading across the pond for a week in January means I get to indulge in my love for the amazing city that never sleeps and (hopefully) take in a show or two (or 10 – I wish). The last time we were in New York was way back in 2009 and I have wanted to go back ever since, so, needless to say, I am beyond excited for our return visit.

I have seen musicals/plays/shows all over the world, but nothing beats the sounds, sights, and smells (yes smells) of Broadway. It was my birthday during our last visit, and the ever thoughtful Mr ESLT treated us to two of the best seats in the house for Wicked. I’ll be honest, the anticipation and excitement I felt that day was almost as good as the actual show. I was so overcome with it all that I cried with joy during most of it –and still have my moments now, especially when I think of the flying monkeys above my head!!!

So for this upcoming trip I have hit the net and started my research regarding what will be on Broadway in late January, discounting anything I may have already seen elsewhere, and also anything I don’t really fancy. This has left me with my ‘Broadway Bucket List’ which all happen to be musicals. Seeing just one of the shows on the list would be amazing (hint, hint, Mr ESLT).

1. Aladdin – New Amsterdam Theatre

I am a Disney lover – fact! So much so, that Mr ESLT even took me to Disneyland Paris for my 30th birthday. And yes, I even squealed when I saw Mickey – don’t judge! Therefore, Aladdin has to be at the top of my list. Having seen The Lion King on the West End, Disney musicals have that something extra that I can’t explain. Plus, the film is amazing, second only to my favourite, Beauty & the Beast. I can imagine it is a lighthearted foot-stomper, and yes, I am singing ‘A Whole New World’ aloud whilst I’m typing this!

2. Chicago – Ambassador Theatre

I love the film – I must have seen it 20 times – and knowing the musical came before Zeta-Jones, Gere and Zellweger graced our screens means I am almost 100% sure I will love watching the drama unfolding in front of me on a stage too. I am especially sure I will love it, as Velma Kelly, Billy Flynn and Roxie Hart are three of my favourite characters of all time. Combine the storyline with the acting, the (amazing) costumes, songs, dancing and razzmatazz, and I’m it sure makes for an amazing evening….and all that jazz!

3. A Bronx Tale – Longacre Theatre

OMG I didn’t even know they had turned this into a musical. I remember watching this film as a teenager and having a little crush on ‘C’ one of the main characters, and willing that he wouldn’t go down the mobster route. If you have not seen the film it is quite a gritty drama set, as the title would suggest, in the Bronx in the 1960s, starring two silver screen greats – Robert De Niro and Chazz Palminteri. I hope they haven’t watered down the plot, or softened it in any way by adding the singing and dancing.

4. Cats – Neil Simon Theatre

Ok, I’ll be honest – I don’t actually know the story of Cats, but the fact that I love cats (if I wasn’t married, I could actually imagine myself becoming an old crazy cat lady) and have two furry little ones myself could be the reason I really want to see this musical. It had a limited run on the West End in 2015 but unfortunately, we didn’t have the opportunity to get to London and see it. Even though I know nothing about the plot, I know every single word to the song Memory and would love to sing along!

6. School of Rock – Winter Garden Theatre

I always worried that child actors on the stage would annoy me due to their overacting – think Hermione in The Philosophers Stone (sorry Potter fans). But after seeing Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a couple of years ago on the West End, where the cast was predominantly made up of child actors, my fears were allayed – they were all fab. So, being a fan of the School of Rock film, I think it would transpose to the stage well. But could anyone play Dewey Finn as well as Jack Black does? I’d love to find out.

Have you seen any of these musicals in New York? Are they as amazing as I hope they are? If you have seen more than one, which is your favourite?

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  1. Anisa
    August 24, 2016 / 1:40 am

    My favorite shows right now are Kinky Boots and On Your Feet. I have not seen Cats and that is on my list – so maybe we can try to see that when you are here? Not sure if you remember, but I did a post about how to save money on Broadway tickets. They can be really expensive, I try to avoid paying full price if at all possible.

    • August 24, 2016 / 12:19 pm

      Kinky Boots looks amazing, it’s on the West End at the moment – I feel a weekend with my friends coming on 🙂 Seeing Cats is an amazing idea. I don’t know how Chris will feel about though 🙂 I do remember your post but I’m going to reread it as Stalls tickets for Aladdin are $150 each minimum!

      • Anisa
        August 24, 2016 / 12:31 pm

        Aladdin is really popular so there might not be discounts. You could try for lottery or rush tickets

  2. August 24, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Oh yes, thanks for the tip! Any saving would be great.

  3. August 29, 2016 / 11:38 am

    Cats is my favourite musical ever- I am a big dance lover though and it is such a spectacle. I’ve just seen Aladdin in the West End and was a little disappointed which was surprising as I love the film and most Disney musicals. I also love the film Chicago (which is touring the UK at present) but I didn’t like the actress in the version I saw on stage, I am talking like 10 years ago though. I’ve heard good things about School of Rock. I really want to see Hamilton on Broadway, seems to be the ticket to get at the moment.

    • August 29, 2016 / 1:59 pm

      Oh no, gutted to hear about Aladdin – although I have heard other similar reports. I personally think no-one could be as great as Robin Williams as the genie. I saw Chicago was touring and no matter how great the show I just think it loses that ‘something’ if it’s not seen in the West End, fingers crossed it will return one day. I’ve not really researched Hamilton (tut) so thanks for the recommendation – I’m googling ASAP 🙂 I’m swaying more and more towards Cats, although I can’t find tickets, hopefully they will be released soon.