Quick! Can you name 5 shows currently on Broadway that first came to your attention as movie?
Here’s some help:
- Aladdin at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Based on the Disney movie. Which leads us to…
- The Lion King at the Minskoff Theatre. Also based on a Disney movie (Disney has this figured out!)
- American Psycho. Opens this month at the Schoenfeld Theatre. This is not based on a Disney movie, but it will be really, really good. And dark. And delicious.
- An American in Paris, playing at the Palace Theatre. Do you remember the movie with Gene Kelly? Can you believe it took Broadway this long to get this wonderfulness on stage?
- She Loves Me, playing at Studio 54. Based on the 1940 movie, “The Shop Around the Corner,” (Which was also the inspiration for 1998’s “You’ve Got Mail” with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks) it is such a sweet story with a stellar cast and an amazing set.
- Waitress, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, is also opening this month. It is based on the 2007 movie which starred Keri Russell and Nathon Fillion. But this show does the movie one better because the music and lyrics are written by…wait for it…. SARA BAREILLES! Time to buy a ticket to NYC!
- The Color Purple, at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. This production has some serious powerhouse singers, including Jennifer Hudson, and should not be missed.
- School of Rock at the Winter Garden Theatre. This show is fun. It is high-energy fun. If you feel you are too old for Aladdin but not quite ready for American Psycho, this is a great choice.
That’s a solid list of 8 great reasons to visit Broadway and NYC. It would be hard to go wrong with any one of them. If you are familiar with the source material then you have an idea of whether or not you’ll enjoy the story so take the opportunity to see how Broadway can make a great story even better.