While there is a considerable amount of spam surrounding the hot keyword “Broadway” out there in the Internet ether, we wanted to provide a comprehensive overview of what the industry has to offer. Read through or skip ahead to find information on the most popular shows, what Broadway was like way back when, and what the critics have to say about what you should be seeing!

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Top Broadway Musicals

We’ve based our list of the top 10 musicals currently running on Broadway on highest average ticket prices of the past year. These aren’t the prices everyone is paying to see Simba ascend Pride Rock, or watch Elphaba transcend common prejudices, but they’re what people have historically been willing to dish out – because with these shows, the price tag fits the goods.

Scroll below for info on individual shows and ticket links!

1). The Lion King

Highest Avg. Ticket Price: $483
Based on the Disney movie of the same name – itself a loose retelling of HamletKing in fact follows the lion prince Simba as he overcomes a traumatic childhood event, and, with a little help from a philosophical meerkat and warthog, matures into the hero his kingdom needs.

Date
Event
Tuesday 7:00 PM Lion King - New York Minskoff Theatre New York, NY tickets from $151
Tuesday 7:30 PM The Lion King - Houston Hobby Center Houston, TX tickets from $85
Wednesday 2:00 PM Lion King - New York Minskoff Theatre New York, NY tickets from $153
Wednesday 7:30 PM The Lion King - London Lyceum Theatre London London, UK
Wednesday 8:00 PM Lion King - New York Minskoff Theatre New York, NY tickets from $153
Wednesday 7:30 PM Lion King - Houston Hobby Center Houston, TX tickets from $85
Thursday 8:00 PM Lion King - New York Minskoff Theatre New York, NY tickets from $151
Thursday 7:30 PM Lion King - Houston Hobby Center Houston, TX tickets from $85
Friday 8:00 PM Lion King - New York Minskoff Theatre New York, NY tickets from $153
Friday 8:00 PM Lion King - Houston Hobby Center Houston, TX tickets from $85
Saturday 2:00 PM Lion King - New York Minskoff Theatre New York, NY tickets from $155
Saturday 2:00 PM Lion King - Houston Hobby Center Houston, TX tickets from $73
Saturday 8:00 PM Lion King - New York Minskoff Theatre New York, NY tickets from $147
Saturday 8:00 PM Lion King - Houston Hobby Center Houston, TX tickets from $74
Sunday 2:30 PM The Lion King - London Lyceum Theatre London London, UK tickets from $210
Sunday 1:00 PM Lion King - Houston Hobby Center Houston, TX tickets from $66
Sunday 3:00 PM Lion King - New York Minskoff Theatre New York, NY tickets from $151
Sunday 6:30 PM Lion King - Houston Hobby Center Houston, TX tickets from $65
Sunday 8:00 PM The Lion King - New York Minskoff Theatre New York, NY tickets from $166
Tuesday 7:00 PM Lion King - New York Minskoff Theatre New York, NY tickets from $145

2). The Book of Mormon

Highest Avg. Ticket Price: $443
A smash hit from the writers of “South Park,” The Book of Mormon is both foul-mouthed (see: the Ugandan warlord’s unprintable name) and tender-hearted (see: “Tomorrow is a Latter Day”). Two bright-eyed American missionaries set off to convert the heathens of Uganda, only to realize zeal and a belief in your own infallibility may not be enough to conquer the harsh realities of AIDs and poverty. They also learn a thing or two about themselves along the way, making this show an uplifting treat that skips the treacle.

Date
Event
Tuesday 7:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $177
Wednesday 7:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $205
Thursday 7:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $216
Friday 2:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $195
Friday 8:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $185
Saturday 2:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $170
Saturday 8:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $194
Sunday 3:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $187
Tuesday 7:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $186
Tuesday 7:30 PM Denver, CO tickets from $221
Wednesday 7:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $190
Wednesday 7:30 PM Denver, CO tickets from $297
Thursday 7:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $192
Thursday 7:30 PM Denver, CO tickets from $248
Friday 2:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $164
Friday 8:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $203
Friday 7:30 PM Denver, CO tickets from $218
Saturday 2:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $170
Saturday 8:00 PM New York, NY tickets from $189
Saturday 7:30 PM Denver, CO tickets from $205

3). Phantom of the Opera

Highest Avg. Ticket Price: $247
Another adaption (of the novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic romance tells the tale of sweet, if incorrigibly naive, Christine, her would-be lover Raoul, and the tragic “phantom” mad with insecurity and genius between them. Phantom has enjoyed a Broadway run of almost 25 years, making it the longest, and among the most beloved, shows in history.

Date
Event
Tuesday 7:30 PM Phantom of the Opera - London Her Majestys Theatre London, UK tickets from $132
Tuesday 7:00 PM The Phantom of the Opera - New York Majestic Theatre (New York) New York, NY tickets from $71
Wednesday 2:00 PM The Phantom of the Opera - New York Majestic Theatre (New York) New York, NY tickets from $71
Wednesday 7:30 PM Phantom of the Opera - London Her Majestys Theatre London, UK tickets from $132
Wednesday 8:00 PM The Phantom of the Opera - New York Majestic Theatre (New York) New York, NY tickets from $71
Thursday 2:30 PM Phantom of the Opera - London Her Majestys Theatre London, UK tickets from $132
Thursday 7:30 PM Phantom of the Opera - London Her Majestys Theatre London, UK tickets from $132
Thursday 8:00 PM The Phantom of the Opera - New York Majestic Theatre (New York) New York, NY tickets from $71
Friday 7:30 PM Phantom of the Opera - London Her Majestys Theatre London, UK tickets from $132
Friday 8:00 PM The Phantom of the Opera - New York Majestic Theatre (New York) New York, NY tickets from $72
Saturday 2:30 PM Phantom of the Opera - London Her Majestys Theatre London, UK tickets from $132
Saturday 2:00 PM The Phantom of the Opera - New York Majestic Theatre (New York) New York, NY tickets from $91
Saturday 7:30 PM Phantom of the Opera - London Her Majestys Theatre London, UK tickets from $132
Saturday 8:00 PM The Phantom of the Opera - New York Majestic Theatre (New York) New York, NY tickets from $100
Monday 7:30 PM Phantom of the Opera - London Her Majestys Theatre London, UK tickets from $132
Monday 8:00 PM The Phantom of the Opera - New York Majestic Theatre (New York) New York, NY tickets from $71
Tuesday 2:30 PM Phantom of the Opera - London Her Majestys Theatre London, UK tickets from $132
Tuesday 7:30 PM Phantom of the Opera - London Her Majestys Theatre London, UK tickets from $132
Tuesday 7:00 PM The Phantom of the Opera - New York Majestic Theatre (New York) New York, NY tickets from $71
Wednesday 2:00 PM The Phantom of the Opera - New York Majestic Theatre (New York) New York, NY tickets from $71

4). War Horse

Highest Avg. Ticket Price: $222
This British import focuses on the bond between a young man and his horse, its central themes of devotion and friendship dramatized by tour-de-force special effects. Set against the backdrop of World War I, Albert’s horse Joey is shipped off to France to serve in the calvary. While Joey adapts to army life abroad, Albert, unable to forget his friend, determines to set out and bring him home once and for all.

Date
Event
Tuesday 7:00 PM War Horse - London New London Theatre London, UK
Tuesday 7:00 PM War Horse - New York Vivian Beaumont Theatre New York, NY tickets from $88
Tuesday 7:30 PM War Horse - Toronto Princess of Wales Theatre Toronto, Canada tickets from $155
Tuesday 8:00 PM War Horse - San Francisco Curran Theatre San Francisco, CA tickets from $69
Wednesday 1:30 PM War Horse - Toronto Princess of Wales Theatre Toronto, Canada tickets from $155
Wednesday 2:00 PM War Horse - New York Vivian Beaumont Theatre New York, NY tickets from $61
Wednesday 7:30 PM War Horse - London New London Theatre London, UK
Wednesday 2:00 PM War Horse - San Francisco Curran Theatre San Francisco, CA tickets from $63
Wednesday 7:30 PM War Horse - Toronto Princess of Wales Theatre Toronto, Canada tickets from $155
Wednesday 8:00 PM War Horse - New York Vivian Beaumont Theatre New York, NY tickets from $88
Wednesday 8:00 PM War Horse - San Francisco Curran Theatre San Francisco, CA tickets from $69
Thursday 2:30 PM War Horse - London New London Theatre London, UK
Thursday 7:30 PM War Horse - London New London Theatre London, UK
Thursday 7:30 PM War Horse - Toronto Princess of Wales Theatre Toronto, Canada tickets from $155
Thursday 8:00 PM War Horse - New York Vivian Beaumont Theatre New York, NY tickets from $88
Thursday 8:00 PM War Horse - San Francisco Curran Theatre San Francisco, CA tickets from $63
Friday 7:30 PM War Horse - London New London Theatre London, UK
Friday 7:30 PM War Horse - Toronto Princess of Wales Theatre Toronto, Canada tickets from $155
Friday 8:00 PM War Horse - New York Vivian Beaumont Theatre New York, NY tickets from $88
Friday 8:00 PM War Horse - San Francisco Curran Theatre San Francisco, CA tickets from $69

5). Wicked

Highest Avg. Ticket Price: $191
Our next novel-to-stage adaption is one of Broadway’s great success stories. Wicked, based on Gregory Maguire’s book of the same name, is the untold story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, she of L. Frank Baum’s (or Louis B. Mayer’s, depending on your cultural reference point) Wizard of Oz fame. The tagline could very well be “evil is as evil does,” as Elphaba’s encounters with the denizens of Oz, including Glenda the Good Witch and The Great and Powerful Oz himself, prove she may not be as wicked as “history” would have us believe.

Date
Event
Tuesday 7:00 PM Wicked - New York Gershwin Theatre New York, NY tickets from $116
Tuesday 7:30 PM Wicked - Montreal Place des Arts Montreal, Canada tickets from $100
Tuesday 7:30 PM Wicked - Salt Lake City Capitol Theatre-UT Salt Lake City, UT tickets from $221
Wednesday 2:00 PM Wicked - New York Gershwin Theatre New York, NY tickets from $116
Wednesday 7:30 PM Wicked - Montreal Place des Arts Montreal, Canada tickets from $100
Wednesday 8:00 PM Wicked - New York Gershwin Theatre New York, NY tickets from $119
Wednesday 7:30 PM Wicked - Salt Lake City Capitol Theatre-UT Salt Lake City, UT tickets from $149
Thursday 7:30 PM Wicked - Montreal Place des Arts Montreal, Canada tickets from $100
Thursday 8:00 PM Wicked - New York Gershwin Theatre New York, NY tickets from $122
Thursday 7:30 PM Wicked - Salt Lake City Capitol Theatre-UT Salt Lake City, UT tickets from $188
Friday 8:00 PM Wicked - New York Gershwin Theatre New York, NY tickets from $124
Friday 8:00 PM Wicked - Montreal Place des Arts Montreal, Canada tickets from $100
Friday 8:00 PM Wicked - Salt Lake City Capitol Theatre-UT Salt Lake City, UT tickets from $244
Saturday 2:00 PM Wicked - New York Gershwin Theatre New York, NY tickets from $136
Saturday 2:00 PM Wicked - Montreal Place des Arts Montreal, Canada tickets from $91
Saturday 2:00 PM Wicked - Salt Lake City Capitol Theatre-UT Salt Lake City, UT tickets from $169
Saturday 8:00 PM Wicked - New York Gershwin Theatre New York, NY tickets from $136
Saturday 8:00 PM Wicked - Montreal Place des Arts Montreal, Canada tickets from $100
Saturday 8:00 PM Wicked - Salt Lake City Capitol Theatre-UT Salt Lake City, UT tickets from $128
Sunday 1:00 PM Wicked - Salt Lake City Capitol Theatre-UT Salt Lake City, UT tickets from $130

6). Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

Highest Avg. Ticket Price: $171
Bono, the rock superstar behind the soundtrack to this highly ambitious and staggeringly high-cost musical, has admitted Spider-Man is difficult to categorize, but “pop-up, pop-art opera” comes close. The show with a checkered production history doesn’t deviate much from the comic book’s origins plot, but it’s the special effects – the aerial stunts, the projection screens, the moving sets – which are its real draw.

Date
Event
Monday 7:30 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $124
Wednesday 7:30 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $124
Thursday 7:30 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $124
Saturday 2:00 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $124
Monday 7:30 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $150
Thursday 7:30 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $124
Sunday 1:00 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $124
Sunday 7:00 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $124
Monday 7:30 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $135
Tuesday 7:30 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $135
Monday 7:30 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $135
Thursday 7:30 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $124
Friday 8:00 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $135
Sunday 1:00 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $135
Sunday 7:00 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $124
Monday 7:30 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $135
Tuesday 7:30 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $124
Thursday 7:30 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $124
Friday 8:00 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $135
Saturday 2:00 PM Spiderman the Musical - New York Foxwoods Theatre New York, NY tickets from $142

7). Mamma Mia!

Highest Avg. Ticket Price: $144
Greece, ABBA, and a healthy dose of paternity confusion: Mamma Mia! follows Sophie as she plans her wedding and tries to determine which of her mother’s three former suitors is her biological father. Set to the tune of the Swedish band’s smash hits, including the titular number and “Dancing Queen,” Mamma Mia!’s more recent Broadway resurgence owes a great deal to the 2008 Meryl Street film adaptation, which enjoyed popular rather than critical success.

Date
Event
Tuesday 8:00 PM Mamma Mia - New York Winter Garden Theater (New York) New York, NY tickets from $111
Wednesday 2:00 PM Mamma Mia - New York Winter Garden Theater (New York) New York, NY tickets from $111
Wednesday 8:00 PM Mamma Mia - New York Winter Garden Theater (New York) New York, NY tickets from $111
Thursday 8:00 PM Mamma Mia - New York Winter Garden Theater (New York) New York, NY tickets from $111
Friday 5:00 PM Mamma Mia - London Prince of Wales Theatre London, UK
Friday 8:00 PM Mamma Mia - New York Winter Garden Theater (New York) New York, NY tickets from $111
Saturday 2:00 PM Mamma Mia - New York Winter Garden Theater (New York) New York, NY tickets from $111
Saturday 7:30 PM Mamma Mia - London Prince of Wales Theatre London, UK
Saturday 2:00 PM Mamma Mia - Saskatoon TCU Place Saskatoon, Canada tickets from $129
Saturday 8:00 PM Mamma Mia - New York Winter Garden Theater (New York) New York, NY tickets from $111
Saturday 7:30 PM Mamma Mia - Saskatoon TCU Place Saskatoon, Canada tickets from $152
Sunday 2:00 PM Mamma Mia - Saskatoon TCU Place Saskatoon, Canada
Sunday 7:30 PM Mamma Mia - Saskatoon TCU Place Saskatoon, Canada
Monday 8:00 PM Mamma Mia - New York Winter Garden Theater (New York) New York, NY tickets from $111
Monday 8:00 PM Mamma Mia - Lethbridge Enmax Centre Lethbridge, Canada
Tuesday 7:30 PM Mamma Mia - London Prince of Wales Theatre London, UK
Tuesday 8:00 PM Mamma Mia - New York Winter Garden Theater (New York) New York, NY tickets from $111
Wednesday 2:00 PM Mamma Mia - New York Winter Garden Theater (New York) New York, NY tickets from $111
Wednesday 8:00 PM Mamma Mia - New York Winter Garden Theater (New York) New York, NY tickets from $111
Wednesday 7:00 PM Mamma Mia - Dawson Creek EnCana Events Centre Dawson Creek, Canada

8). Avenue Q

Highest Avg. Ticket Price: $136
The puppets of this “coming of age” parable aren’t your typical Sesame Street fare. Protagonist Princeton moves to the titular street after graduating from college with his seemingly useless English degree. Once settled, his puppet neighbors teach him lessons about life, tolerance, and the particular uses of the Internet. Despite its cuddly-looking cast, this show is not for kids – just adults looking to laugh about the very real anxieties of growing up.

Date
Event
Wednesday 11:00 AM Avenue Q - Portsmouth Vern Riffe Center Portsmouth, OH
Wednesday 8:00 PM Avenue Q - New York New World Stages - Stage 3 New York, NY tickets from $79
Thursday 8:00 PM Avenue Q - Portsmouth Vern Riffe Center Portsmouth, OH tickets from $133
Thursday 8:00 PM Avenue Q - New York New World Stages - Stage 3 New York, NY tickets from $79
Thursday 8:00 PM Avenue Q - Columbus Studio One Riffe Center Columbus, OH tickets from $99
Friday 8:00 PM Avenue Q - Portsmouth Vern Riffe Center Portsmouth, OH tickets from $133
Friday 8:00 PM Avenue Q - New York New World Stages - Stage 3 New York, NY tickets from $79
Friday 8:00 PM Avenue Q - Columbus Studio One Riffe Center Columbus, OH tickets from $99
Saturday 2:30 PM Avenue Q - New York New World Stages - Stage 3 New York, NY tickets from $85
Saturday 8:00 PM Avenue Q - New York New World Stages - Stage 3 New York, NY tickets from $107
Saturday 8:00 PM Avenue Q - Portsmouth Vern Riffe Center Portsmouth, OH tickets from $133
Saturday 8:00 PM Avenue Q - Columbus Studio One Riffe Center Columbus, OH tickets from $99
Sunday 2:00 PM Avenue Q - Portsmouth Vern Riffe Center Portsmouth, OH tickets from $133
Sunday 2:00 PM Avenue Q - Columbus Studio One Riffe Center Columbus, OH tickets from $98
Sunday 3:00 PM Avenue Q - New York New World Stages - Stage 3 New York, NY tickets from $79
Sunday 7:30 PM Avenue Q - New York New World Stages - Stage 3 New York, NY tickets from $79
Monday 8:00 PM Avenue Q - New York New World Stages - Stage 3 New York, NY tickets from $79
Wednesday 11:00 AM Avenue Q - Portsmouth Vern Riffe Center Portsmouth, OH
Wednesday 8:00 PM Avenue Q - New York New World Stages - Stage 3 New York, NY tickets from $79
Thursday 8:00 PM Avenue Q - Portsmouth Vern Riffe Center Portsmouth, OH tickets from $133

9). Jersey Boys

Highest Avg. Ticket Price: $132
A Broadway musical seems the perfect fit for the showbiz tale of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. The popular ’60s and ’70s rock band is the focus of the semi-biographical Jersey Boys, which chronicles the rise and eventual breakup of Jersey’s finest (before the advent of Springsteen, that is). With one of the more recognizable, and singable, scores of the bunch, Boys is a testament to Broadway’s feel-good allure.

Date
Event
Tuesday 3:00 PM Jersey Boys - London Prince Edward Theatre London, UK tickets from $132
Tuesday 7:30 PM Jersey Boys - London Prince Edward Theatre London, UK tickets from $132
Tuesday 7:00 PM Jersey Boys - New York August Wilson Theatre New York, NY tickets from $112
Tuesday 7:30 PM Jersey Boys - Denver Temple Buell Theatre Denver, CO tickets from $90
Tuesday 6:30 PM Jersey Boys - Las Vegas Paris Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV tickets from $177
Tuesday 7:30 PM Jersey Boys - Portland Keller Auditorium Portland, OR tickets from $68
Tuesday 9:30 PM Jersey Boys - Las Vegas Paris Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV tickets from $177
Wednesday 2:00 PM Jersey Boys - New York August Wilson Theatre New York, NY tickets from $112
Wednesday 7:30 PM Jersey Boys - London Prince Edward Theatre London, UK tickets from $132
Wednesday 7:00 PM Jersey Boys - New York August Wilson Theatre New York, NY tickets from $137
Wednesday 7:30 PM Jersey Boys - Denver Temple Buell Theatre Denver, CO tickets from $86
Wednesday 7:00 PM Jersey Boys - Las Vegas Paris Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV tickets from $177
Wednesday 7:30 PM Jersey Boys - Portland Keller Auditorium Portland, OR tickets from $60
Thursday 7:30 PM Jersey Boys - London Prince Edward Theatre London, UK tickets from $132
Thursday 2:00 PM Jersey Boys - Denver Temple Buell Theatre Denver, CO tickets from $86
Thursday 2:00 PM Jersey Boys - Portland Keller Auditorium Portland, OR tickets from $72
Thursday 7:00 PM Jersey Boys - New York August Wilson Theatre New York, NY tickets from $124
Thursday 7:30 PM Jersey Boys - Denver Temple Buell Theatre Denver, CO tickets from $70
Thursday 7:00 PM Jersey Boys - Las Vegas Paris Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV tickets from $177
Thursday 7:30 PM Jersey Boys - Portland Keller Auditorium Portland, OR tickets from $65

10). Once

Highest Avg. Ticket Price: $130
With the surprise 2006 hit film as its inspiration, Once is not a grand love story, but a quietly moving one. Set in Dublin, two unnamed protagonists – referred to as simply “Guy” and “Girl” in the program – perform music, fall in love and struggle to connect, several broad phrases that do or say little for the play’s subtleties. It’s no fairytale, but Once may be the most romantic work to spring from The Great White Way this year.

Date
Event
Tuesday 7:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Wednesday 2:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $138
Wednesday 8:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Thursday 8:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Friday 8:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Saturday 2:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $138
Saturday 8:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Sunday 3:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Tuesday 7:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Wednesday 2:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Wednesday 8:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Thursday 8:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Friday 8:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Saturday 2:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Saturday 8:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Sunday 3:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Tuesday 7:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $100
Wednesday 2:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $125
Wednesday 8:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $99
Thursday 8:00 PM Once - New York Bernard B. Jacobs Theater (Formerly Royale Theatre) New York, NY tickets from $125

Broadway History

Textbook History

The history of the former “Wickquasgeck Trail” or “Breedeweg” Street can be traced through the people who settled, lived, profited, and helped establish a nation there. Modern Broadway began as a Native American trail that ran the length of Manhattan. When the Dutch settled New Amsterdam (modern-day New York), they appropriated the trail, along with everything else, and named it either “Heere Straat” or “Breedweg.” British colonization succeeded Dutch rule, and with it came a successive re-christening: to the stately Great George’s Street. By the time the 19th century drew its considerably sooty if increasingly modern curtains to a close, Great George’s Street had been swallowed up in the whole of “Breedweg” – now the Anglicized “Broadway” –, which had also grown to encompass the nearby Boulevard and Bloomingdale roads.

Showbiz History

The early 20th century was an important time for the development of New York’s theater scene, a downtown hub with upwardly mobile aspirations. A migrant collection of theaters often moving in pursuit of cheap rents – from downtown to Union Square to Madison Square – it took until after WWI for the industry to coalesce into its modern configuration of bright lights, broad ads, along Broadway in Times Square.

Prior to Broadway’s establishment as The Great White Way, theater in New York was characterized by the bizarre and the affecting – not so different from our modern medium. One of the first great success stories was 1866′s The Black Crook, which ran for an unprecedented five and a half hours (just an hour and a half shy of Bruce Springsteen’s current European sets). Next, the vaudeville epoch, musical comedy, operettas, jazz-baby flapper-bait concoctions such as Lady Be Good and No, No Nanette, and then the early pinnacle: Showboat, the 1927 hit that most resembles Broadway productions today.

New York theater arguably became a force to rival London’s West End with the arrival of playwright Eugene O’Neill in the late ’20s and ’30s. In 1947 Broadway solidified its newfound prestige with the first annual Tony Awards, a make-or-break ceremony for the best and brassiest in live theatrical entertainment.

Broadway Reviews

The Lion King

The New York Times review

The Book of Mormon

The Washington Post review
LA Times Review review

Phantom of the Opera

Roger Ebert review

War Horse

TIME Magazine review
NY Times review

Wicked

New Yorker review

Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark

NY Times review

Mamma Mia!

New York Magazine review
Theatermania review

Avenue Q

NY Times review

Jersey Boys

USA Today review
NY Times review

Once

LA Times review
Chicago Tribune review
NY Times review