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5 Must-See Touring Broadway Shows

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There is no better place to be than Broadway, especially during the holiday season. However, if you’re unable to make it to the Big Apple, there is no need to worry as these 5 must-see touring Broadway shows are being put on across the country. 

While there are plenty of fun holiday events to take part in, theatrical productions like Cats or The Book of Mormon offer a welcome shift in the usual holiday lineup. Whether you prefer happy show tunes or dramatic and powerful solos, these 5 must-see touring Broadway shows are sure to be showstoppers.

Beetlejuice – The Musical

Watch the new hit musical based on Tim Burton’s beloved film Beetlejuice (1988) as it embarks on its first national tour with Beetlejuice musical tickets. With spooky characters like title-figure Beetlejuice and the Maitlands causing chaos in her new house, young Lydia Deetz plots revenge on her neglectful father, while coping with the recent loss of her mother. 

Beetlejuice – The Musical was nominated for 8 Tony Awards and won the Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Set Design (Play or Musical). With tunes like “Say My Name” and “Fright of Their Lives,” you can be sure to enjoy the “…off-the-wall humor, endless visuals and aural delights, tuneful music” of Beetlejuice.

Hamilton 

Crafting a score blending hip-hop, R&B, and the magic of Broadway, three-time Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda brought new life into the story of one of America’s Founding Fathers, Alexander Hamilton. Featuring hit numbers like “My Shot,” “The Schuyler Sisters,” and “The World Was Wide Enough,” watch as Hamilton’s journey takes on various twists and turns. The diverse cast portrays a variety of historical figures like Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, the Schuyler sisters, and others.

Hamilton’s Broadway debut earned the musical an astonishing number of awards and nominations for categories like Outstanding Music and Outstanding Set Design at the Drama Desk Awards to the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Given certain topics and language used, this show is recommended for guests 10 years of age and older. 

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Six – The Musical

If you ever wanted to get a take on alternate retellings of history, then SIX-The Musical is just for you. Created by Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, this musical comedy follows the lives of all six of Henry VII’s wives with a modern twist. All six women, from Anne Boleyn to Catharine of Aragon, are fighting for the role of lead singer for their band by picking who had the worst experience as the cruel king’s wife. After busting box-office records in its 2019 American premiere at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, SIX -The Musical was all set for a Broadway premiere in 2021. 

With amazing songs like “Don’t Lose Ur Head” and “Ex-Wives,” SIX the musical won Best Original Score (Music And/Or Lyrics) Written For The Theatre at the 2022 Tony Awards. Enjoy this modern retelling of the six wives as they embark on a journey to be pop stars breaking free of the king’s shadow. 

The Lion King

Adapted from the hit Disney film with the same title, The Lion King is a family-friendly musical featuring actors dressed in intricately crafted costumes and hollow puppets to mimic the wildlife of Pride Rock. This musical is perfectly suited for kids and Disney fans of all ages. After its 1997 Broadway premiere at the New Amsterdam Theatre, the production earned numerous nominations and awards. The following year, The Lion King won eight Drama Desk and five Tony Awards, for categories like Best New Musical and Best Costume Design. Make sure that you get tickets to see characters like Simba, Scar, and Rafiki on stage. 

Wicked

This musical details the origins of two witches, long before Dorothy is swept away in the Land of Oz. Before they became the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch, the two girls were simply known as Elphaba and Galinda. From a surprising friendship to a bitter rivalry, follow the tale of Elphaba’s fall from grace. With songs like “Popular” and “Defying Gravity” and an amazing cast, Wicked earned itself 10 Tony Awards and 6 Drama Desk Awards in 2004 after its Broadway premiere.  

See Touring Broadway Shows 

Whether you’re looking to witness romance, tragedy or comedy live on stage, check out what Broadway shows are coming to a stage near you in 2023. No matter where you’re located, you can search for all your favorite Broadway tickets with TicketSmarter.