I was most recently in Times Square for a Broadway show. While I’ve only been to a handful of Broadway productions, one of the things I enjoyed is walking around the theater district and looking at how theaters promote their featured productions. That, in itself, feels like a little treat. Seeing the options made me think about which Broadway shows I would recommend to others.
Times Squares Theater District
We passed by quite a few theaters in the area, but 3 particular signage stood out to me.
This one stood out to me because I had no idea that Anastasia had been turned into a Musical on Broadway. I watched the animated version when I was a kid and I enjoyed the story. Songs were catchy, including Journey to the Past and Once Upon a December. Needless to say, I was sufficiently drawn to this production.
2. Disney’s Frozen
This film was a Disney hit so it was no surprise to anyone that it would be turned into a Broadway musical. Who hasn’t heard of Elsa and Anna or Olaf at this point? Because the title speaks for itself, I thought the signage was on the bland/uninspiring side. I guess I’ll just have to let it go.
3. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The promotion for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is curiously commanding. I actually only found out about this production about 2 weeks before the trip. Of course, when I was looking at ticket prices, they were marked up through the roof so we passed on it.
The good thing is that I’m not dying of curiosity in terms of the plot since I read the play shortly after it came out (no spoiler here). Instead, I’d get curious questions from others who have not yet read it, such as “Who’s the Cursed Child?” “Is it about life after Harry Potter series?”, etc.
If you are a fan of Harry Potter series, this production should pique your interest.
What production would you recommend?
Between the handful of productions I’ve watched, I’d actually recommend Wicked: The Musical — I watched it at the Apollo Victoria Theatre in London. To be frank, I don’t even remember many of the details, except it was just a fun, mostly light-hearted, and family-friendly musical. The storyline moved at a good pace. The musical had moments where it made me laugh, and I remembered that it was engaging enough that I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next in Act 2.
If you have guests visiting and you’re taking them to see a Broadway show (they have no preference), which Broadway shows would you take them to? What is it about that production that you enjoyed most?
Also, have you watched any of the productions mentioned above? If so, thoughts or recommendations?