Broadway recommendations?

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Ajax, May 11, 2010.

  1. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

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    I'm going to be in NYC for a weekend in June and I was hoping to take in a Broadway show... I don't want anything too kiddie and I'd like it to be a comedy. Already seen Spamalot. Anybody have any suggestions?
     
  2. Bostonfan

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    Wicked is a great show! Technically not a comedy, but it has lots of humor in it.
     
  3. Rafter

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    Definitely recommend Jersey Boys. Saw it last week for the second time. Absolutely love it.
     
  4. BigB08822

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    I also recommend Wicked. It isn't billed as a comedy but it has a lot of laugh out loud moments, especially from Glinda. I saw that and Lion King when I was in NYC and Wicked was far and away all of our favorites.
     
  5. Theatregirl1122

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    Jersey Boys is absolutely amazing. I highly recommend it. It is funny but also dramatic and sad.

    For more straight up comedy, I would recommend Rock of Ages. It is a juke box musical using the music of the 80s to tell a story of aspiring rock stars set on LA's sunset strip. It is hilarious, irreverent, and definitely adult.

    Broadway.com is a good place to look up shows because they have a trailer for each show. Gives you a sense of what you are going to see.
     
  6. soxxy

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    Let's do a list:

    A Little Night Music - Zeta Jones and Lansbury, sophisticated fun
    American Idiot - Green Day Rock
    Billy Elliot - Heartwarming fun?
    Chicago - Been there, done that, a lot
    Come Fly Away - huh?
    Fela - Don't know, but Tony nominated
    Hair - You know the score (pun intended)
    In the Heights - not sure
    Jersey Boys - awesome
    La Cage aux Folles - enjoyed the original ages ago; Kelsey Grammar Tony nominated
    Lend Me a Tenor - Is this a musical? :shuffle:
    Mama Mia - You know
    Mary Poppins - You know
    Memphis - I don't know
    Promises, Promises - Burt Bacharach, early 60s humor, Chenoweth
    Rock of Ages - see above
    Sondheim on Sondheim - concert-like, I love Sondheim
    The Addams Family - Lane and Neuwith, selling out, so-so reviews
    The Lion King - you know
    West Side Story - you know
    Wicked - well loved
     
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  7. Rhianna

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    Avenue Q is off-broadway but it's definitely not for kids and definitely a comedy. It was the first thing I thought of.
     
  8. silverstars

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    I saw American Idiot a few nights ago. It was absolutely incredible--the best Broadway show that I've seen in years. I liked the album, but wasn't expecting the show to be as good as it was. The NYT also gave it one of the best reviews for a musical that I've seen in a really, really long time. It just went up, so tickets aren't going to be cheap, but I highly, highly recommend it.

    Come Fly Away With Me is Twyla Tharp's new musical--it's a lot of dancing set to the music of Frank Sinatra (she did Moving Out a few years ago too). Billy Elliot, Mamma Mia, and Hair are all good too. And you usually can't go wrong with the classics that have been up for awhile.
     
  9. Rafter

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    I saw American Idiot two weeks ago and it was good, but far from my favourite musical. Not as much dialogue and if you don't like Green Day music, I would suggest not going. My husband likened this musical to Rent in a sense.

    Another one is South Pacific playing at Lincoln Center. It's very well done, just extremely long. The girl who won that reality TV show casting for Grease is the lead in it now.

    I'm seeing Wicked next week. I've heard conflicting reviews, but I'm looking forward to it.

    Mamma Mia is another great one.
     
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  10. Wyliefan

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    I'm DYING to get up there and see Lend Me a Tenor with Tony Shalhoub. Not a musical, but supposed to be very funny.
     
  11. CarolineL

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    We saw Phantom, Oliver, Billy Elliot, Wicked and Hairspray last year in London, and the consensus was that Billy Elliot was the best.

    I do think if you like comedy though, you should see Avenue Q.
     
  12. screech

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    I've seen Wicked and LOVED it - Galinda was hilarious and the story was amazing. And yes, it was wicked.
     
  13. fan

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    In the Heights is funny and touching, with a great score and great acting. I've seen it twice. go go go.

    was a bit disappointed in Wicked. It has good music, but after all of the hype, i found it a bit emotionally disconnected and was a bit disappointed.
     
  14. silverstars

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    The music in Wicked is absolutely amazing (I saw it with Idina and was completely blown away), but I agree that some parts of the story aren't as strong as they could be. Compared to the storyline from the book, though, the musical is pretty straight-foward and organized.
     
  15. nypanda

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    Wicked, imo, is getting stale and formula-directed. The cast is B or C tier at this point, many of the ensemble have been around since the first contract change over and are happily phoning in a paycheck...imo.

    I ADORED In the Heights. Very New York - very poignant without taking itself too seriously. I welled up in tears at the end. Only problem is Jordin Sparks is going into the ingenue role next week....really?!? Like there aren't stables full of actual trained singer/actresses in NYC? That said - I saw it the week the High School Musical guy went in and I adored him. So perhaps I shouldn't be such a snob. ;)

    I did Promises Promises with Kristin (then Kristi) in 1990. She was quite good then - can only be amazing now. That's the ticket I would line up for.
     
  16. Jayar

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    Ajax,

    Let me know what kind of shows you typically enjoy so that I can give you a recommendation based on that. There are just too many good shows out there to choose from, that it would be best to help you along a bit if I knew what you liked.
     
  17. zaphyre14

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    "Billy Elliot" was excellent a month or so ago, but it's not a comedy as such, although it has funny parts. Same with "Hair" - the second half is not light entertainment. "The Lion King" is superb but not comedy either; it's one musical I didn't mind paying full price for the tickets.

    Of the list above, "Hairspray" probably meets the requirements best, at least of the ones I'm familiar with. I haven't seen "Avenue Q" and my friends who have are split - some thinks it's hilarious; others were definitely not amused and one refereed to it as "Muppet porn." *shrug*
     
  18. Theatregirl1122

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    Pretty sure that Hairspray closed on Broadway in January of 2009.
     
  19. AragornElessar

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    I LOVED Wicked when I saw the Touring show in Toronto a few years ago and will be trying to see it again in Toronto when it comes back later this Fall. Highly reccomend it and I loved how it turned the story we all know from The Wizard of Oz on it's ear. Even brought in some things from the original WoO books, like the slipper issue. Loved, loved, loved it!!!

    I tried to see Jersey Boys when down for CSOI a couple of weeks ago and it was completely sold out. Pity, since it sounds like it's coming to an end of the Toronto run. I haven't heard anything about a hold over, so... :(
     
  20. caseyedwards

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    Addams Family would definitely be a PG comedy if it were a movie. I don't think PG-13. Nathan Lane tries to be funnier than the script for sure.
     
  21. Ajax

    Ajax Well-Known Member

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    Anything funny and non-kiddie (so no Mary Poppins or Lion King), musicals are OK as long as it's not all songs. My absolute favorite show that I've seen so far is Spamalot.

    Has anyone seen 39 Steps? Somebody recommended that to me elsewhere but nobody seems to know it much.

    Thanks for the recs so far everyone. Looks like Jersey Boys and Wicked are the most recced ones so I'll look into those. Keep them coming!
     
  22. Jayar

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    Currently selling tickets on Broadway and grouped by my ratings:

    MUST SEE:
    Billy Elliot: Dramatic
    Hair: Amazing score, great performances
    In the Heights: Changes the way musicals are seen
    Jersey Boys: A great jukebox musical
    La Cage aux Folles: So much fun
    Lion King: The opening gives you chills
    Mamma Mia!: Giggles the whole way through
    Memphis: GORGEOUS! My pick for Best Musical this season
    Next to Normal: AMAZING story and unusual but great score
    Promises, Promises: Fun!
    Sondheim on Sondheim: Great performances
    South Pacific: A classic
    West Side Story: Another classic
    Wicked: The 'Musical du' jour'

    Good if you like that sort of thing:
    American Idiot: Great reviews
    Fela!: African inspired musical... not a typical show. Not for everyone.
    Harry Connick, Jr. in Concert Concert
    A Little Night Music: Can be dull, but worth it to see Angela Landsbury
    Rock of Ages: Take it or leave it
    Come Fly Away: Typical Twila Tharp

    Not good based on friends' reviews:
    Addams Family: I have heard that it is a trainwreck.

    It will be around a while, so see it later:
    Chicago: Musical
    Mary Poppins: Musical
    Phantom of the Opera: Musical

    No Clue:
    Million Dollar Quartet: Musical*
     
  23. Theatregirl1122

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    So this run of La Cage is good? I haven't heard from anyone who has seen it this time around, but I really want to see it.


    Yeah, that is pretty much what I've heard.
     
  24. Wyliefan

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    Wanted to, but didn't get to. I did hear that it was hilarious.

    I agree that Next to Normal is really good, but I couldn't call it funny. It has funny moments, but it's more of a musical drama.
     
  25. fsfann

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    I saw Wicked a month ago and was absolutely blown away by it. If you're there, spend the $$ and buy a ticket and see it. Amazing show, great actors with fantastic voices...just an all around amazing production.

    If you want funny (and very off colour, not politically correct) - go to Avenue Q... You can even buy booze during the show and it's served to you.... ;-) Yes, it's *that* kind of a show!!
     
  26. Rock2

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    Folks, this is awesome. Thanks for all the posts. Not sure what to do now. I'm going to NYC in two weekends (Canada long weekend). Dumb question. What's the best way to buy tickets? I'd like to know options to pre-buy online (what sites?) and if it makes sense to find last minute tickets for some shows and if so how do you get those kinda rush seats.

    Thanks, all!!
     
  27. ebayj

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    Ajax - I was just in New York City last week, and the word from my people there was Million Dollar Quartet was pretty brilliant. But I believe it is all musical/little dialogue.

    More here:

    http://www.milliondollarquartetlive.com/

    But if that era is not your cup of tea, default to Wicked if you have never seen it. It is truly brilliant.

    Rock2 - TKTS is your friend.

    http://www.tdf.org/TDF_ServicePage.aspx?id=56

    Other than that, go directly to the box office of the theatre - as no extortionist TicketMaster fees/add ons that way.

    Beyond that, everything Jayar said.
     
  28. zaphyre14

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    TKTS in Times Square posts a list of what they have available for that day and night. It's good for some of the longer running shows (we saw Hair and Mamma Mia for half price) but the top shows like Wicked and Lion King (which is NOT just for kids!) aren't available there. You have to go to the box offices for those.

    But for me that's part of the fun. We put together a list of stuff we'd like to see and then go see what we can get tickets for.
     
  29. canadianskater

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    I second this. N2N is amazing, and Alice Ripley is PHENOMENAL in the role of Diana.
     
  30. silverstars

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    Also, don't forget about the other TKTS locations in South Street Seaport and Brooklyn. They tend to be less crowded than Times Square.