There is something spectacular about attending a Broadway show. From the eye-catching costumes, to the unforgettable musical numbers; a Broadway show is more than a show, it’s an experience. There are a few shows that have been around for years, such as Phantom of the Opera, The Lion King, and Aladdin. There are some shows that are newcomers and have been a huge success, financially and critically. With the holidays quickly approaching, there’s no better time than to book an intimate date night or a family outing and watch an entertaining Broadway show. Before you looking dates, here the top 10 expensive shows on Broadway right now!
9 Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Parts 1 & 2 - $330/Ticket
The world was never the same after J.K. Rowling's magical series, Harry Potter, came to fruition. After seven books, eight movies, and two prequels, it was announced that Harry Potter would be coming to Broadway. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was created in 2016 by Jack Thorne, and was a two-part British play that premiered in London on July 30, 2016. The story picks up 19 years after the events of the Deathly Hallows, where the main character, Harry Potter, must deal with an unexpected enemy and come to the aid of his middle child, Albus Potter. Following its success overseas, the play was brought over to New York City at the Lyric Theater in April 2018 becoming one of the most expensive non-musical Broadway play.
8 Frozen - $145/Ticket
In 2013, Disney released one of it's most successful and highest-grossing films, Frozen. The film followed the story of two princesses, the eldest one, Elsa, who becomes the heir to the throne but has a secret she's hidden from the world and her sister, Anna, for years. Elsa has the ability to freeze people and things and must learn to control her frightening powers when she inadvertently causes the kingdom to become frozen in an eternal winter. The movie's success spawned a sequel, set to be released this year and a Broadway show in 2018. The show has been met with mixed reviews but is still one of Broadway's popular shows.
7 Hamilton -$199/Ticket
American history has never been more entertaining thanks to the 2015 musical, Hamilton. The musical that fuses rap, pop, soul, R&B, and hip-hop with a traditional background is about the life of founding father, Alexander Hamilton and is based on the 2004 biography, Alexander Hamilton. Since it's debut, the show has been hailed a critical success, normally selling out shows and often taking home every award at the annual Tony Awards Ceremony. Will there a film version of this historical musical? Only time will tell, but for now, this Broadway treasure will continue to entertain audiences for years to come.
6 The Lion King - $199/Ticket
To say that Disney's The Lion King is one of it's most influential films is an understatement. The 1994 classic was not only apart of the Disney Renaissance, a period where several animated films were responsible for restoring Disney's financial and commercial success; the movie also spawned one of Broadway's most successful and popular musicals. The musical officially debuted in 1997 in Minnesota before premiering at the New Amsterdam theater in New York City and is one of Broadway's longest-running musicals. It's no surprise that this epic show is almost $200 to watch. Who doesn't want to see "The Circle of Life" live?
5 Aladdin -$99.50/Ticket
Another Disney classic that rightly deserves a spot among other Broadway shows is none other than Aladdin. Based on the 1992 animated feature, Aladdin follows the adventures of the titular character, a street-rat who luck changes when he comes to own a magic lamp that contains a powerful genie. Of course, the play has some differences from it than the film with a few new songs added to it, but this show is also another favorite among theater-goers.
4 Moulin Rouge! - $99-$299/Ticket
Premiering on Broadway in 2018 to much anticipation, Moulin Rouge has certainly lived up to it's hype! This adaption is based on the 2001 romantic-drama of the same name that starred Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. The story is about a young poet that falls in love with a cabaret actress/dancer during the turn-of-the-century in Paris, France. The show features songs from the film, as well as the popular hit, "Lady Marmalade".
3 Wicked - $149/Ticket
Broadway's fifth-longest running show is none other than the story of two witches and how they both came to be who they are. Wicked is based on The Wizard of Oz but told from the perspective of the two witches: Galinda (later Glinda The Good Witch) and Elphaba (The Wicked Witch of the West) and also emphasizes on their unique relationship. Actress Idina Menzel, who would go on to voice Elsa from Frozen, is well-known for her role as the Wicked Witch and Broadway favorite, Kristin Chenoweth, is best known for her portrayal of Glinda.
Beetlejuice is a newbie on the Broadway scene. The show debut in April 2019 at the Winter Garden and so far has been a hit among fans. The musical is based on the movie of the same name that starred Micheal Keaton, Geena Davis, Alec Baldwin, and Winona Ryder. The story is still the same, a deceased couple tries to scare a family out of their home and unwittingly ask for help from a loose bio-exorcist ghost who can't be trusted. Add in there some musical numbers and this dark-fantasy holds it's own weight in the city of bright lights.
2 Hadestown - $63/Tickets
Mixing Greek mythology with music could equal a disaster if it's not properly done. Luckily, that wasn't the case with this Broadway musical based on the book by Anais Mitchell. Hadestown follows the ancient Greek love story of Orpheus and Eurydice, where Orpheus travels to the underworld to save Eurydice. The show premiered on Broadway in March 2019 and has been met with critical acclaim, winning 8 Tonys and the 73rd Tony Awards Show.
1 Tootsie -$69/Ticket
Who would've guessed that the 1982 film, Tootsie, would make it's way to Broadway? Not only that, but it's also one of the most popular comedic-musicals to-date! While the movie revolved around a soap-opera, the musical is centered around Broadway, which only makes sense. The cast and musical numbers have been received well by critics and fans alike, and while it may not cost as much as it's competitors, that doesn't mean audiences shouldn't take a chance to see this fine show live while they can!