Treat yourself to something sweet (other than chocolate) this Valentine’s Day — and there’s nothing better than dinner and a show. Whether it’s with your significant other or a friend, there are plenty of lovely musicals and plays on Broadway that will leave you with a high that’s not from sugar. The memories of being at the theatre will last much longer than a bouquet of roses. Here’s a list of six shows that will make you feel warm in New York City during a cold February evening.
Put on your Sunday clothes to see Broadway legends Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber star in this Tony Award–winning revival of a Jerry Herman classic, playing at the Shubert Theatre. The Golden Age musical takes place in New York City in the 1890s and centers around Dolly Gallagher Levi, a meddling widowed matchmaker who schemes to lead half-a-millionaire Horace Vandergelder to make her his wife. You’ll be seeing red after watching Bernadette Peters parade down a grand staircase and dance with waiters in matching tuxedos. The musical numbers will make you “parade” all the way to Delmonico’s for steak to end a romantic evening. For more information and tickets, click HERE.
It’s been the most beloved name in newspaper headlines since way before Kim Kardashian named her third child Chicago. In this timeless musical, Broadway veteran Charlotte d’Amboise gets top billing as Roxie Hart opposite Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Tom Hewitt as Billy Flynn, and The Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss as Matron “Mama” Morton. “All I Care About Is Love” is one of the Kander & Ebb hit songs playing in the longest-running American musical, which has been staged at the Ambassador Theatre since 1996. All of this is why Chicago is perfect for a date night on the town. Don’t poison your loved one during Valentine’s Day dinner or you might end up in the Cook County Jail singing “Cell Block Tango,” just like the six merry murderesses.
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Come From Away
Revisit history in the week that followed the September 11 terror attacks. Come From Away, playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, tells the true story of what happened when 38 airplanes carrying 7,000 stranded passengers were forced to land in the small town of Gander, Newfoundland. This 100-minute breathtaking musical was crafted by two Canadian writers based on hundreds of hours of interviews collected during the 10th anniversary of that fateful week. The show embraces themes of gratitude, enduring friendship, and compassion, which will leave your heart full. For more information and tickets, click HERE.
Based on a 1956 melodrama and 1997 animated film starring the voice of Meg Ryan, Anastasia will make you fall in love with the story all over again. With a book by award-winning playwright Terrence McNally, the musical, playing at the Broadhurst Theatre, is about a young woman with amnesia who doesn’t remember she’s a princess, and her search for her family after escaping a Russian execution. As she prepares to find them and fit in, a makeover scene will have you thinking of another Broadway great, My Fair Lady, which opens later this season. Dawson’s Creek alum Mary Beth Peil leads the cast along with Christy Altomare in the title role. One of its most famous songs, “Journey to the Past,” written by songwriters Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, was nominated for an Oscar. For more information and tickets, click HERE.
Phantom of the Opera
Cozy up with your honey and revisit this Andrew Lloyd Webber classic that’s celebrating 30 years on Broadway. You’ll remember why it’s such a theater staple when you see the giant chandelier come crashing down into the orchestra at the Majestic Theatre. The longest-running show on Broadway centers around a beautiful soprano who becomes the obsession of a mysterious, disfigured musical genius living under the Opera House. Famous songs include “Think of Me,” “The Music of the Night,” and “Masquerade.” For more information and tickets, click HERE.
This is the perfect Galentine’s Day treat if you want to celebrate friendship with your best pal. The musical is told from the perspective of witches Glinda and Elphaba, who start their relationship as enemies but grow into dear friends. The story, which begins long before Dorothy’s house dropped into the land of Oz, is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel of the same name and includes many references to the 1939 film starring Judy Garland. With a score by Stephen Schwartz, one of Broadway’s greatest composers, you’ll be humming show tunes from the Gershwin Theatre all the way to dinner. For more information and tickets, click HERE.