Summertime, and the livin’ is easy! July is one of the best months of the year to see a Broadway show. You can enjoy brunch or dinner outside and then head off to the theatre. From 2018’s Tony Award–winning best musical to 1997’s best revival of a musical, here are some of the biggest hits to add to your list this season.
The Book of Mormon
Hellooo! Two-time EGOT winner Robert Lopez cowrote the book, music, and lyrics for this nine-time 2011 Tony Award–winning show (it won Best Musical). The comedic plot centers around two young Mormon missionaries who travel to Uganda to preach their religion. The musical launched the careers of Josh Gad, who went on to star as the voice of Olaf in the film Frozen and Andrew Rannells, who starred on HBO’s Girls. Casey Nicholaw, who currently has three shows on Broadway, directed and choreographed the production, which is playing at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. Learn more and buy tickets to The Book of Mormon
Come on, babe, why don’t you paint the town with tickets to this showstopping musical. Now in its 22nd year, it’s the longest-running American musical in Broadway history. Chicago, which features music and lyrics by the iconic John Kander and Fred Ebb, won the Best Revival of a Musical Tony Award in 1997. The story unfolds in Chicago during the 1920s as two women in show business are sent to jail for the murders of their lovers. Famous songs include “All That Jazz,” “Mr. Cellophane,” and “When You’re Good to Mama,” sung by Matron “Mama” Morton, portrayed by Tony Award winner Cady Huffman (The Producers). Catch it at the Ambassador Theatre. Learn more and buy tickets to Chicago.
Be in the room where it happens for the most talked-about Broadway show in years. Hamilton, now entering its third year on Broadway, is a rap musical, with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, about America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton. The show, playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, has been seen by countless celebrities, including former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, Tom Cruise, Barbra Streisand, and Mark Zuckerberg. Learn more and buy tickets to Hamilton
The world is full of wonderful things, and this show is one of them! Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber end their six-month run as Dolly Gallagher Levi and Horace Vandergelder on July 15. Beginning July 17, Bette Midler and David Hyde Pierce return to the roles they originated in the 2017 revival, for a limited 42 performances before the show closes August 25. Donna Murphy, who was Midler’s Tuesday night alternate, will step into the famous red dress for a select six performances at the Shubert Theatre. The Golden Age musical, which takes place in New York City in the 1890s, centers around a meddling widowed matchmaker who schemes half-a-billionaire into marriage. Learn more and buy tickets to Hello, Dolly!
The Lion King
The Circle of Life is still stampeding through Times Square! Disney’s The Lion King is now in its 20th year on Broadway, playing at the Minskoff Theatre. Directed by Julie Taymor, the musical is based off the 1994 animated film of the same name. The show, whether you’ve seen it before or not, will wow you with its costumes, puppetry, and scenic design. Don’t arrive late to the performance or you’ll miss the extravagant opening number that marches down the aisles, through the orchestra, and up in the balcony onto the stage. Learn more and buy tickets to The Lion King
Pretty Woman: The Musical
Don’t miss the new Rodeo Drive of New York City! Samantha Barks (film’s Les Misérables) and Andy Karl (Groundhog Day) lead the cast as Vivian and Edward in this new romantic musical comedy set to begin preview performances at the Nederlander Theatre July 20. The Cinderella story, based on the 1990 film classic starring Julia Roberts and Richard Gere, is about a sex worker who falls in love with a wealthy businessman. Legendary musicians Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance wrote the music and lyrics for the show, which features all-new songs. Broadway staple and Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell directs and choreographs. Learn more and buy tickets to Pretty Woman: The Musical
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Looking for some hot stuff tonight? Get your disco on at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre while dancing in your seat and in the aisles to Donna Summer’s greatest hits. The jukebox musical featuring more than 20 of her famous tunes tells the story of the singer’s life from childhood to adulthood. Three actresses, including Tony Award winner LaChanze as Diva Donna, portray her throughout the 75-minute (no intermission) show, which opened during the 2018 season. Head to the after-party next door at Bond 45 for more dancing and a themed menu, including cocktails named Bad Girls and Last Dance. Learn more and buy tickets to Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
The Band’s Visit
Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2018, The Band’s Visit is a must-see blockbuster this summer. The 90-minute show tells the story of an Egyptian band that gets lost in Israel and must stay the night with strangers in a desert town. David Yazbek wrote the music and lyrics, and David Cromer directed. Katrina Lenk and Ari’el Statchel, who both won the Tony Awards for their roles, star at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Learn more and buy tickets to The Band’s Visit