We used to say back in NYC “if it’s tourist season, why can’t we shoot them?” but the fact is that Broadway has always depended on tourists to make it great, and they are more than welcome any time of the year to enjoy the best of what Broadway has to offer. Be sure to get some Broadway ticket deals and come take in a show or three this year, especially now as the weather gets warmer and the trees in Central Park begin to blossom for spring. Here are some of our big picks for this year:
Hamilton: Don’t let your politics get in the way, whatever side of the political spectrum you may be on, this is still an amazing work of art, meant to be enjoyed by all. Fabulous cast, amazing musical numbers, costumes. This is our top pick for 2017.
Present Laughter: Kevin Kline is absolutely brilliant in this, not like he’s ever been less than brilliant, but he really outdoes himself in this one, supported once again by an amazing cast of characters. Don’t miss this.
Come From Away: Witty and poignant, this is a play guaranteed to make you laugh and think at the same time. This one is guaranteed to spark a lively discussion over dinner afterwards, so plan to make a night of it if you’re going to see this one.
Sweat: Written by double Pulitzer prize winner Lynn Nottage, this is another play with some hard-hitting subject matter, and I must say I’m very glad to see Broadway getting a little gritty again after what was really a decade long overdose of fluff. Serious theater mavens will love this especially for its superlative acting.
The Book Of Mormon: From the creators of the beloved (and equally reviled) TV series “South Park” come this new offering, dishing up their same brand of zaniness and hyperbole mixed with ultra-dark humor. You could even watch this one twice, once just for the jokes and once to catch that creepy undercurrent that runs through it.
Sunset Boulevard: This one is much less comedy and much more pure dark, psychologically deep theater. The incomparable Glenn Close slowly takes us from hope to despair to hysteria and dementia in this tragedy about a faded star of the silver screen and what the ensuing nostalgia and cognitive dissonance do to her over time. Super hard-hitting material done to perfection in absolutely every facet.