New York: Unmissable Broadway Shows in 2014

If you are travelling to New York in 2014 and want to spend a night or two catching the shows on Broadway, this handy guide to let you know what’s on and when.

Wicked

January to March 2014

Wicked, based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, is the enchanting and empowering musical depicting the untold and surprising relationship between the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glenda the Good, before Dorothy arrives. Wicked has been incredibly successful and well received worldwide. It has won 35 awards including a Grammy and three Tony Awards.

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Motown

January to March 2014

Motown: The Musical is a celebration of the musical movement Motown. The story follows the journey of the founder of Motown, Berry Gordy, going from boxer to music mogul, and his relationship with Diana Ross. It features an unforgettable collection of musical numbers, assured to get you dancing in your seat. This musical is an introduction to Motown, as well as a must for Motown lovers.

Rock of Ages

January to March 2014

Get ready to rock. Rock of Ages is a rock musical set in Hollywood in the 1980’s, featuring all the classics from the era, including Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison, Twisted Sister, Whitesnake and many more. This is a timeless and light-hearted classic that will appeal to music lovers of all ages.

Matilda

January to June 2014

Whether you have read the classic children’s book by Roald Dahl, or watched the 1996 film, you will have fallen in love with the character of Matilda. Matilda is the story of a young girl who prevails against adversity by rebelling against the oppressive forces of her parents and evil headmistress. This is a treat for the whole family.

Cinderella

January to June 2014

This is the first time Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be shown on Broadway. This version of Cinderella will keep you guessing. It features the familiar fairy-tale tropes such as the glass slipper and pumpkin, but you will be in for a few surprises. Broadways Cinderella is a comical and romantic take on the classic tale.

Book of Mormon

January to July 2014

From the creators of South Park, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, comes the controversial musical comedy, The Book of Mormon. The story follows a pair of Mormon missionary boys who are sent to Uganda to spread the word of Mormon. This musical has won the Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Direction, Best Original Score, and many more.

Big Fish

January to August 2014

If you are a fan of the 2003 film directed by Tim Burton, this is the show for you. Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace, Big Fish is a new musical following the fantastical adventures of Edward Bloom, and his frustrated son Will who finds out the truth behind these tall tales. Crossing between fantasy and reality, this show is guaranteed to take you on an adventure.

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Spectacular Theatre Shows You Won’t Want to Miss

Every year people from all over the world and from different walks of life go to the theatre to experience the magic of a live performance. There are so many options and so many theatres that one can be found in most locales. Age is not a barrier for enjoying the theatre either as there are so many shows you will definitely find something for someone of any age. The following is a small selection of shows from around the globe that you won’t want to miss.

New York City, USA

The home of Broadway shows seems like a good place to begin the search for an amazing show. There is a good selection of shows playing at any given time, but there are two that stand out from the masses. The first is Kinky Boots. Don’t let the name throw you; this story has all the ups and downs that contribute to overall experience. Based on a true story, Kinky Boots follows the experiences of Charlie Price as he teams up with Lola to resurrect his family’s sinking shoe-company. Lola is not your ordinary sidekick but instead a “drag” performer. This particular show secured six 2013 Tony Awards including the one for ‘Best Musical”.

Red Theatre

The next show that you need to consider in New York is Pippin. After a 40 year hiatus, the show has once again hit the stage and won the 2013 Tony Award for “Best Revival of a Musical”. If you are unfamiliar with the story, it follows a young prince who is trying to determine what the meaning of life might be. That is all that can be said, you don’t want to ruin it. It is truly a wonderful production to see in person and what better place than at the Music Box Theatre.

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is home to a different type of theatre, black light theatre. Black light theatres offer the chance to experience worlds that are almost magical, and works to create a mood for the performances. The show Afrikania is presented at the Image Theatre and is a comical account of a couple’s crazy vacation. If you are looking for a show that is more serious than that, check out Aspects of Alice. This show is not a presentation of Alice in Wonderland but instead an expansion of her story. Aspects of Alice picks up the story at the time when Alice is older and adolescence is quickly becoming a thing of her past. Be forewarned that these two shows do have nudity. Also these performances do not use much spoken word to tell their stories.

London, UK

The West End of London is the place to go for fabulous UK theatre productions and puts on some of the world’s best performances. If you haven’t already you will certainly want to take in a performance of War Horse at the New London Theatre. This “play” is based on a novel penned in 1962 by Michael Morpurgo and documents the relationship between a boy and his horse–at least at the most basic level. The horse is brought to life on stage through the use of puppetry and seems to live and breathe. This show confirms its place in the ranks with its numerous awards and nominations. So, if you are in or are travelling to London, definitely secure yourself War Horse tickets while you still can.

If you are looking for a more family oriented show that is suitable for younger audiences, look no further than The Lion King at the Lyceum. The score includes the work of Tim Rice and Sir Elton John, and chanting that you will feel at your core. There is not much explanation needed for the storyline, as it is based on the Walt Disney movie of the same name. So, if you find that you need a break from the regular types of entertainment, taking in a performance of The Lion King, or one of the other performances mentioned, may offer a nice change of pace.

Jo Tumble is a travel consultant. She enjoys passing on her travel insights through blogging.

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