Along with photographing the Statue of Liberty and eating a slice of NYC-style pizza, seeing a show on Broadway is a must when in New York City. Head to the Big Apple’s famous theater district to catch long-running favorites, fresh Tony Award winners, and those musicals with soundtracks you just can’t stop humming. You can easily get Broadway tickets for a weekend trip to New York or see a different play every night of your vacation. Here are 10 of the best Broadway shows to see in 2020.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway

The story of Harry Potter continues on stage in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, based on an original story written by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne, and John Tiffany. Harry works at the Ministry of Magic while his youngest son, Albus Severus Potter, struggles to fit in at Hogwarts. Drama unfolds with unexpected friendships, time travel, and the realization that, sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. See magical duels and creepy dementors in this epic 2-part play in the Lyric Theatre on Broadway.

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway

Romantic mystery and gothic horror combine with captivating music and detailed costumes to create the spellbinding musical sensation The Phantom of the Opera. When the curtain rises, you’re transported to a Paris opera house in the 1880s. Drama unfolds as the talented soprano, Christine, is courted by 2 men—a masked phantom who teaches her to sing and a childhood friend. The Phantom of the Opera continues to delight audiences night after night as the longest-running show on Broadway.

The Lion King

The Lion King on Broadway in New York

The lights dim. The familiar opening call of “The Circle of Life” rings out. And then—brought to life with mesmerizing costumes and puppetry—antelope, elephants, and lions dance through the aisles and take the stage. Welcome to The Lion King on Broadway. Wowing audiences since 1997, this beloved Disney classic reigns as one of the most popular shows on Broadway.

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

The Tina Turner Musical in New York City

From humble beginnings in Nutbush, Tennessee to the global queen of rock ‘n’ roll, Tina: The Tina Turner Musical tells the life story of one of the best-selling artists of all time. Follow Tina through her tumultuous marriage and into stardom with hits like “Better Be Good to Me” and “What’s Love Got to Do With it?” An all-star cast belts out this stunning biographical musical that is sure to have you dancing in your seat.

Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen the Broadway musical in New York

An emotionally resonate score of melodic pop-rock tunes sweeps you into the story of a high school outcast who finds unexpected popularity with one little lie. When Evan Hansen’s claim of friendship with a deceased classmate spirals out of control, how will he deal with the consequences? This modern coming-of-age story explores the duality of social media as a community-building tool and a vector to spread falsehoods. If you’re traveling with the family, Dear Evan Hansen is one of the best Broadway shows to see with teens.

Hamilton on Broadway


Scene from Hamilton the Musical

Don’t throw away your shot to see the cultural phenomenon and critically acclaimed musical Hamilton on Broadway. Lin-Manuel Miranda brings the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers, into the 21st century with a hip-hop soundtrack that you’re sure to be humming for the rest of your New York trip.

After you see the show, take the HamilTour to see where it happened—the actual history that is—including the gravesites of Alexander and Eliza Hamilton.

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Hadestown the musical on Broadway

One of the newest musical sensations to hit Broadway, Hadestown retells the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice in a jazzy, gritty new way. Set in a post-apocalyptic town reminiscent of the Great Depression, Orpheus goes on an epic journey to the underworld to rescue his love Eurydice. Meanwhile, King Hades and his wife Persephone struggle with their own fraught relationship. Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, Hadestown delivers a poetically resonant theatrical experience.

Come From Away

Come From Away in New York

After visiting Ground Zero and the 9/11 Museum in Lower Manhattan, discover another page to the story of September 11, 2001 when you see the true-story-turned-musical Come From Away. After the devastating attacks, 38 diverted planes are stranded in a small Canadian town in Newfoundland. To a score influenced by rock, Celtic, and folk music, the townspeople open their hearts to these strangers in a time of fear and uncertainty. This heartwarming and powerful musical reminds us of the good in everyone—no matter where we come from.


Wicked the musical in New York

Prepare to be spellbound by Wicked—the wildly popular, award-winning Broadway musical that takes you to the Land of Oz long before Dorthey arrives. Discover the childhood story of Elphaba, who is feisty, smart, and misunderstood, and see what lead her to become the Wicked Witch of the West. There are 2 sides of every story. See how this tale of good, evil, and friendship unfolds with unforgettable characters, fantastic sets, and dazzling costumes.

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Aladdin On Broadway

Aladdin the musical on Broadway in New York City

Settle in for a magic carpet ride of familiar songs like “Arabian Nights” and “A Whole New World,” plus all new music, with Aladdin on Broadway. This family-favorite Disney classic comes to life with a talented cast, colorful costumes, and spectacular choreography. Follow the street urchin Aladdin with his comedic sidekick Genie on a rags-to-riches love story to defeat the power-hungry Jafar and win the heart of Princess Jasmine.

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