10 Broadway Shows You Should Watch at Least Once in Your Life

10 Broadway Shows You Should Watch at Least Once in Your Life

What makes theater such a hit? Is it the story, the actors, the music, or the overall experience? Whatever it is, people leave Broadway shows and theaters wanting more.

Broadway has helped shape New York City’s identity. NYC just won’t be the same without Broadway. Every show ever held on 42nd Street is popular and lucrative. Restagings of the shows have been done at different locations all over the world.

Event center builders toiled day and night to provide audiences with different avenues outside of NYC to get a first-hand experience of the magic of Broadway.

We have listed ten of the most popular Broadway shows we think you should watch at least once.

10 Broadway Favorites You Should Watch:

1. Hamilton

Giving history an urban twist is one of the things that made Hamilton a hit and an absolute fan favorite. Ever since its release, the show has gathered 11 Tony Awards and remains as Broadway’s number one smash hit.

2. The Producers

This Broadway remake of a Mel Brooks movie of the same title pokes fun at Broadway producers in a satirically and sarcastically humorous way.

3. The Phantom of the Opera


With over 13,000 performances to its name, this Andrew Lloyd Webber musical is the longest-running Broadway show of all time. Ever since it started in 1986, the love story of a beautiful soprano and a disfigured musical genius has captured the hearts and minds of the people.

4. The Book of Mormon

Penned by South Park duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone, this musical comedy follows the life of two Mormon missionaries on a quest to bring their religion’s message to Uganda.

5. Les Miserables

Les Miz, as it is fondly called, follows the story of a peasant, Jean Valjean, and his quest for atonement and redemption after being thrown in jail for stealing food for his sister’s child.  This heartbreaking story remains one of the most popular Broadway shows to date.

6. West Side Story

First staged in 1957, this modern Romeo-and-Juliet-like tale between lovers belonging to rival gangs have since spawned a movie and has remained one of the most groundbreaking musicals of its time.

7. Wicked

One of the things that make Broadway shows such a huge hit is their ability to give a different take on stories we have all grown to love. Wicked is one such example, giving the classic tale of The Wizard of Oz a twist unlike any other during its time.

8. Kinky Boots

In yet another example of the creativity that only Broadway can dish out, this tale of a shoemaker making high-heeled boots for men has earned for itself six Tony Awards including Best Musical.

9. Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler on the Roof is a story about a poor Jewish family giving away their oldest daughter in marriage to a much older man. It is a reflection of the mixing of traditional ways and modern living.

10. Chicago

This musical story of two women accused of homicide and the media circus surrounding them is known to be the second longest-running Broadway show in history.

Given the present circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, all theaters and Broadway productions have been closed for public health safety. Theaters are tentatively set to reopen on April 13, 2020, so at least now you know which to anticipate.