The Best Broadway Shows in NYC

Must-see Broadway shows right now

The answer to whether you should or should not see a Broadway 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 to pick. In order to help you out, we’ve created an overview of the absolute best Broadway shows in NYC right now.

Are you looking for the best Broadway shows in New York in 2020, record-breaking shows or maybe the best Broadway shows for kids? Choose your category and dive right in:

👉 The Best Broadway Shows

👉 The Best Broadway Shows according to Critics

👉 The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

The Best Broadway Shows 2020

    It’s tough for us to keep the list of our favorite Broadway shows short, but we’ve finally concluded on our top Broadway shows. We’ve enjoyed some of them so much that we have seen them multiple times! We are confident that, no matter what show you go for, it will be an unforgettable experience!

The Best Broadway Shows According to Critics

    Every year, new musicals covet the honor of being recognized as Broadway’s best. The most notable ceremonies praising Broadway shows are the Oscar, Tony and Grammy Awards. These awards, particularly the Tonys, are a great indicator if you are not sure which Broadway shows to watch. Apart from the best musicals below, you’ll find more critics picks (Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and Hadestown) in the other categories.

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    The Phantom of the Opera

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    Phantom of the Opera on Broadway
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    After 30 years on Broadway, the Phantom of the Opera remains one of the best Broadway shows of all time. Even after all this time, the classic musical is seeing sold-out performances on a daily basis. And there is no end in sight. With this level of popularity in mind, it is a must-see Broadway show in New York for everyone.

The Best Broadway Shows for Kids

    Shows are surely one of the most special things to do in New York with kids. When talking about the best Broadway shows in New York for kids, Disney musicals are almost unbeaten. Yet, there are several more shows in NYC beyond Disney musicals that are geared towards children. So here’s a list of kid-friendly shows in New York.

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    The Lion King

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    The Lion King on Broadway
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    There’s no denying that the Lion King is one of the best Broadway shows, period. However, especially when you are traveling as a family, the Lion King is a great choice because it’s enjoyable for adults and kids alike. It’s bringing to life one of Disney’s most popular movies and truly immerses you into the heartfelt coming-of-age story.

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    Aladdin on Broadway
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    Another one of New York’s top Broadway shows is Disney’s Aladdin! With a show like this, you can never go wrong! There is no doubt that your kids will love it, too. The stage design is out of this world, giving you so much to marvel at. Keep an eye out for the magic carpet; visitors are still speculating about how it works.

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    Frozen on Broadway
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    If you are looking for the best kid-friendly Broadway shows right now, you should know that Frozen’s popularity among kids is currently unparalleled. The musical is newer compared to classics like The Lion King and Aladdin and took Broadway by storm upon opening. You’ll be happy walking out of St. James Theatre singing “Let It Go” at the top of your lungs.

What are your must-see Broadway shows 2020 and why? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below!

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