Winter is one of the cheapest times to visit New York City, and there’s nothing better than ringing in the new year on Broadway. With cold, snowy days ahead, try warming up inside with some of the hottest shows of the season. Here’s a list of six standouts that will make you forget about the weather and grab a refreshing, summery margarita. Plus, it’ll keep your wallet lined with cash since it’s one of the best times for discount tickets.

 

The Band’s Visit

The humidity beats down on a group of lost Egyptian band members after a mix-up at the border as they are welcomed by friendly strangers in a remote Israeli desert village. The 90-minute new musical based on the 2007 film, starring Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and Katrina Lenk (Indecent), with music by four-time Tony Award nominee David Yazbek (The Full Monty), centers around themes of human connection and how music can bring people together. Some band members play their instruments onstage during the show, which is now running at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. For more information and tickets, click HERE.

SpongeBob SquarePants

Head under the sea for Viacom’s elaborately produced and theatrically innovative new musical based on the ’90s Nickelodeon cartoon. Be there when SpongeBob, starring newcomer Ethan Slater, and all of his Bikini Bottom friends and foes face catastrophe. Audiences will be wowed upon entering the Palace Theatre, dazzled by the intricate contraptions and colorful set design that splash out into the house. There’s even a one-man-operated sound-effects machine on stage. Conceived and directed by Tina Landau, with songs written by an array of talented singers including Aerosmith, Cyndi Lauper, and John Legend, the show is for all ages. There’s even a showstopping tap number featuring a chorus dressed in pink sequins. For more information and tickets, click HERE.

Once on This Island

Feel like you’re on the beach, as some seats are set right on the sand with the show’s imaginative set design at the Circle in the Square Theatre. This 90-minute musical revival — starring newbie Hailey Kilgore, Alex Newell (Glee), and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga (Miss Saigon), and written by Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Arhens, the Tony Award–winning writers of Anastasia and Ragtime — is bursting with Caribbean colors, rhythms, and dance. Find out what happens when four gods get involved as different cultures confuse a fearless peasant girl who falls in love with a wealthy boy from the other side of the island. For more information and tickets, click HERE.

Waitress

The smell of hot pies throughout the Brooks Atkinson Theatre will make you feel nice and toasty. Composer Sara Bareilles returns to Broadway for a limited time starring opposite singer-songwriter Jason Mraz in his Broadway debut. The musical based on the 2007 film follows Jenna, a pregnant waitress in the South who is trapped in an abusive marriage and looking for a happy ending. For more information and tickets, click HERE.

The Play That Goes Wrong

It’s the hottest and longest-running play currently on Broadway. Your seat will be on fire from all the laughter while everything goes wrong during the performance at the Lyceum Theatre. The cast tries to put on a murder mystery, but somehow not even the corpse can play dead correctly. Sit close to the front and you might be chosen to help fix the disastrous set on stage. There’s even a joke referencing Hamilton that will make your sides split. For more information and tickets, click HERE.

Escape to Margaritaville 

Enjoy cheeseburgers in paradise before hitting the Marquis Theatre for this musical featuring two dozen new songs and some classics by Jimmy Buffett. Directed by Tony Award winner Christopher Ashley (Come From Away) with book by Greg Garcia (My Name Is Earl) and Mike O’Malley (Glee), the show is about a tropical place where people come to get away from it all — and stay to find something they never expected. The show begins performances February 16. For more information and tickets, click HERE.

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