The Great White Way

People from all over the world flock to New York City to see Broadway shows—and for totally good reason. New York City has some of the best Broadway shows around from Ain’t Too Proud and Hadestown to Beetlejuice, Jagged Little Pill and more. This past year, we’ve seen and spoken to some of the brightest and best performers the Great White Way has to offer.

Christian Thompson, Saint Aubyn, Ephraim Sykes, Jeremy Pope, Derrick Baskin and Jawan M James (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Ain’t Too Proud

Ain’t Too Proud chronicles how Motown group The Temptations shot into superstardom. The musical gives the audience a deep dive into The Temptations’ journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and unmistakable harmonies, the crooners rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top 10 hits, with 14 of them reaching number one. The thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty and betrayal is set to the beat of the group’s treasured hits including “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Get Ready,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and more.

Rob McClure (Adam), Kerry Butler (Barbara), Sophia Anne Caruso (Lydia), Alex Brightman (Beetlejuice) (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Beetlejuice

Based on Tim Burton’s beloved film, Beetlejuice is a hilarious musical that tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager whose whole life changes when she meets a recently deceased couple and a demon named Beetlejuice. With an irreverent book, an astonishing set and a score that’s out of this Netherworld, Beetlejuice was sure to be a real scream on Broadway. The ghoulish musical embraces the topic of death and has no problem breaking the fourth wall as it pelts audiences with a constant stream of comedy.

Amra Faye-Wright as Velma Kelly with the cast of CHICAGO (Photo by Jeremy Daniel)

Chicago

A Manhattan institution, Chicago has everything that makes Broadway great—a universal tale of fame, fortune and all that jazz, one show-stopping song after another and the most astonishing dancing one has ever seen. Chicago has wowed audiences all around the world from Mexico City and Moscow to São Paulo and South Africa. Whether you’re looking for your first Broadway musical, seen the Academy Award-winning film, want to experience the show live onstage or have seen it all before and want to recapture the magic, Chicago delivers on every level.

Amber Gray dazzles as ‘Our Lady of the Underground.’ (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Hadestown

Hadestown intertwines two mythic tales—that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone—as it invites you on a hell-raising journey to the underworld and back. Singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell’s beguiling melodies and director Rachel Chavkin’s poetic imagination pit industry against nature, doubt against faith and fear against love. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, dancers and singers, Hadestown is a haunting and hopeful experience that grabs the audience and never lets go.

Celia Rose Gooding, Lauren Patten and the company of Jagged Little Pill (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Jagged Little Pill

Inspired by singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette’s Grammy Award-winning masterpiece, Jagged Little Pill, this production uses explosive choreography and the raw power of an onstage band to create a spellbinding musical experience that lifts its audience from moments of quiet, tender intimacy to pure rock ‘n’ roll release. The result is an electric, fearless look at what it means to be alive in 21st Century America and an urgent call for us to come together even as the world pushes us apart.

Santino Fontana and the company of Tootsie (Photo by Matthew Murphy)

Tootsie

Tootsie, which ended its run on Jan. 5 of this year, was based on the 1982 comedy of the same name. Like the film, Tootsie tells the story of a talented but volatile actor, whose reputation for being difficult forces him to adopt a new identity as a woman in order to land a job. The musical featured a Tony Award-winning book by Robert Horn and an outrageously clever score by 2018 Tony winner David Yazbek.

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Anthony Murray
Anthony Murray is a co-managing editor of Anton Media Group and is also the editor of Long Island Weekly, the Mineola American and New Hyde Park Illustrated News.

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