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5 Best Broadway Musicals To See In NYC This Spring

March 19, 2012 1:00 PM

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This spring, dance and sing your way down Broadway with your pick of new productions and long-running shows. From paranormal love stories to tap-dancing newsboys and singing missionaries, Broadway has something for everyone. If you’re looking for somewhere to take your date, spend a night out with the kids, or even just get away from the rest of the world, Broadway is the place to go. Check out some of these musicals, some are new and gracing the stage for the first time and some are old (and timeless) favorites.
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Nice Work If You Can Get It

Imperial Theater
249 West 45th St.
New York, NY 10036

Price: From $51
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This new Broadway show’s preview begins on March 29. Starring Ferris Bueller actor Matthew Broderick, this musical includes some popular songs from George and Ira Gershwin, such as “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off” and “I’ve Got a Crush on You.” The story follows a rich young man (played by Broderick) on the eve of his wedding. And, as nothing on Broadway ever goes as it should, our handsome fiance runs into a bootlegger, played by Kelli O’Hara, and the fun continues from there. The show hasn’t created much buzz yet, but you can be sure that with an award-winning cast, it’ll have audiences crying out for more.

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GHOST the Musical

The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
205 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036

Price: From $65
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Based on the hit 1990 film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldeberg, this new show arrives in Broadway via London, where it has been entertaining fans of the timeless love story of Sam and Molly. If you loved the movie, you’ll love this pop musical. The original score is by Grammy Award-winning Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics and Glen Ballard, and features “Unchained Melody” by The Righteous Brothers. Opening on April 23, previews for Ghost begin on March 15.

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Newsies the Musical

Nederlander Theater
208 W. 41st St.
New York, NY 10036

Price: From $100

Another screen-to-stage adaptation, Newsies is based on the real-life 1899 strike of New York City’s newsboys. On Broadway for a limited 12-week engagement, you can expect rousing, crowd-pleasing dance numbers from a talented young cast. If you were enchanted by the family-friendly appeal of shows such as Mary Poppins, bring the kids this spring to this latest Disney musical. Newsies opens on March 15 and runs through June 10.

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The Book of Mormon

Eugene O'Neill Theatre
230 W 49th St
New York, NY 10019

Price: Starts at $69

This Tony Award-winning musical has been a wild success recently, with critics describing it as fresh, original and clever. The story follows two young Mormon missionaries as they travel to Africa. There, they find that their task might not be as easy as they’d hoped. The hilarious show pokes fun at religion, race, sex, and, yes, even Broadway shows. Its witticisms are what make this show so successful, and even if you’ve already seen it, it’s still laugh-out-loud funny. Not meant for young children, The Book of Mormon is a perfect date night adventure. Purchase tickets through this link.

Related: Broadway’s ‘Spider-Man’ Musical Earns A New Record

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Memphis

Shubert Theatre
225 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036

Price: Starting at $41.50

This is a story of love, music and race. Set in the South in the 1950s, this Tony Award-winning musical tells the tale of a young white man who works as a radio DJ. His love of all kinds of music — and for an up-and-coming black female singer — causes waves throughout the town. An inspiring and exciting show, Memphis will have you singing and dancing all the way home. Purchase tickets here.

To learn more about these and other Broadway shows, stop by www.broadway.com.

Jennifer Eberhart is currently an art history/museum studies graduate student at The City College in New York. She is an avid art enthusiast, and visits as many museums and galleries as she can in her free time. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.


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