The answer to whether you should or should not see a show when visiting New York is crystal clear: YES, it absolutely belongs on your bucket list! What is not always as clear, however, is which show is the right pick for you. Don’t worry, because, in this article, you will learn about the 5 best Broadway shows in New York right now!


The 5 Best Broadway Shows

With so many amazing offers in New York’s famous theater district, it is hard to filter out the very best Broadway shows. Below you’ll find our favorite ones, including family-friendly shows, a play as well as the hottest musical right now (see #1!).

5. The Lion King – the classic

Lion King on Broadway

What it’s about: The Broadway musical The Lion King is based on the award-winning Disney movie from the 90s which takes you into the world of lions. The coming-of-age tale follows the journey of the young lion prince Simba who, after a tragedy occurs, needs to learn to takes his place in the circle of life.

Why you should watch it: This family-friendly musical has positioned itself as one of the best Broadway shows in NYC a long time ago already. It has been on Broadway for basically forever (since 1997 to be exact) and there is no closing date in sight. The Lion King is probably the most famous animated story that’s been brought to life on Broadway. We mean hey, who doesn’t love a great Disney story? The captivating story, outstanding stage scenery, stunning costumes in combination with inspiring music guarantee an unforgettable experience. So if you are uncertain about which show in New York to watch, you won’t be disappointed with The Lion King! There’s not the slightest doubt that the Lion King is one of the best Broadway shows in New York – period! 

Who it’s suited for: 

  • kids
  • teens
  • adults

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4. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – the newcomer

Harry Potter Theater on Broadway

What it’s about: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a sequel to J.K. Rowlings Harry Potter saga, taking you into the magic world of Wizards one more time. Albus Potter, son of Harry Potter, is starting his life at Hogwarts and must learn to step out of his father’s shadow to find his own way.

Why you should watch it: The Broadway play is already unique as it’s the only play divided into two parts. What struck us the most was the unparalleled show effects. The play is raising the bar for magic on Broadway. If you were impressed with the magic carpet in Aladdin, you’ll be blown away by the Cursed Child. What’s also great is that prior Harry Potter knowledge is not necessarily required so that everybody can enjoy the play. It does help, however, to have a rough understanding of the main characters.

Who it’s suited for: 

  • kids
  • teens
  • adults

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3. Come From Away – the surprise

Come From Away on Broadway

What it’s about: The musical Come From Away tells the true story of a small Canadian town that welcomed thousands of stranded passengers right after 9/11. People from all kinds of backgrounds come together and remind us of the importance of human kindness, especially in the darkest hours.

Why you should watch it: Come From Away has truly surprised us and absolutely deserves a spot in our list of best Broadway shows in NYC. At first, we did not know what to expect but ended up overwhelmed with positive emotions. It’s a heartfelt musical that is guaranteed to move you. Even though the story reminds you of the horrible attacks, it will make you feel good about humanity and remind you of how important kindness is. We were also impressed by the minimalistic stage and the fact that in Come From Away, all 12 actors play two different characters. It may sound confusing at first, but we assure you that it isn’t. They’ve done it in the cleverest way! 

Who it’s suited for: 

  • teens
  • adults

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2. Dear Evan Hansen the crowd favorite

Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway

What it’s about: Dear Evan Hansen is a musical about a high school kid that struggles with anxiety. After the suicide of a classmate, he ends up in a situation he never wanted to be in. Truth comes out eventually.

Why you should watch it: Dear Evan Hansen is an extremely relatable musical. It deals with a topic that everyone has experienced before because we’ve all been there: we have felt alone and didn’t know where to turn to. Despite the seriousness of the topic, the creators didn’t fail to incorporate lots of funny moments into the show. Watching Dear Evan Hansen was a rollercoaster ride for us! The music in Dear Evan Hansen is another reason we love the musical so much. “Waving through a window” and “You will be found” are the most popular ones and it’s easy to see why. With all this in mind, Dear Evan Hansen has to be one of the best Broadway shows in New York! 

Who it’s suited for: 

  • teens
  • adults

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1. Hamilton the masterpiece

Hamilton on Broadway

What it’s about: Hamilton takes us back to the beginning so of the United States. Alexander Hamilton, founding father and the country’s first treasury secretary, worked hard to create a legacy fighting for his beloved nation. His life was anything else but ordinary.

Why you should watch it: When talking about the best Broadway shows in NYC, it’s impossible not to mention Hamilton, which is why it’s leading this best list. Composer Lin-Manuel Miranda worked on the piece for six years and the result is a true masterpiece. It stands out for its unique combining history with hip hop – two things that seem opposite to most. The genius music will be stuck in your head for a long time. We can’t imagine a more exciting way to learn about history. Did you also know that no other Broadway show in history has been nominated for more Tony Awards than Hamilton? That already speaks for the musical’s brilliance. 

Who it’s suited for: 

  • teens
  • adults

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