Best Broadway Shows

Times Square in New York City at Night
Broadway NYC has many names, including

Broadway NYC has many names, including "The Great White Way"

Best Broadway Shows in NYC

No trip to New York would be complete without taking in a famous Broadway show. The problem is that there are so many great Broadway shows, it's often hard to decide which one to see, especially if you have time for only one.

That's where NYCtourist can help. Below you'll find a selection of the very best shows on Broadway, including recent hits like The Book of Mormon and old classics like Phantom of the Opera. We might also recommend a few Off Broadway standbys such as The Fantasticks. To learn more about the best Broadway shows of 2011, visit our main Broadway Shows page.

Don't miss the critically acclaimed Lion King Broadway NY

Don't miss the critically acclaimed Lion King Broadway NY

Best Broadway Shows Ever

So you're looking for the best Broadway shows ever, huh? Well, here are two famous Broadway shows you won't want to miss:

  • Phantom of the Opera Broadway: Widely regarded as the best show on Broadway, the Phantom of the Opera, which originally opened in 1988, is the longest-running and most lucrative show in Broadway history, with worldwide box office receipts totally in excess of $5.1 billion. Don't miss this haunting rendition of the classic Andrew Lloyd Webber musical! You'll get chills; we guarantee it!
  • The Lion King on Broadway: Another Broadway musical that is sure to go down in history is The Lion King Broadway. This acclaimed production, which debuted on October 15, 1997 at the New Amsterdam Theater, won six Tony Awards in 1998, including the award for Best Musical. The musical's score, which consists of classics such as "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" and "The Circle of Life," is sure to please even the stingiest of critics.
Laugh till you cry at Avenue Q Broadway New York

Laugh till you cry at Avenue Q Broadway New York

Best Broadway Shows 2011

Want to know all the best Broadway shows of 2011? You're in the right place!

One of the best Broadway musicals of the season was The Book of Mormon, a hilarious religious satire brought to you by the creators of South Park and Avenue Q. Nominated for an astounding 14 Tony Awards, including the Tony Award for Best Musical, The Book of Mormon tells the story of two young Mormon men who set out to Africa to share their faith and end up learning a lesson themselves. It's sure to have you laughing till your stomach hurts!

Another of the best Broadway shows 2011 was Catch Me If You Can. Based on the acclaimed film of the same name, Catch Me If You Can Musical tells the story of young Frank Abagnale, Jr., a clever con artist who passes himself off as a pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer, all while raking in millions with fraudulent checks. It's a sexy, fun, and touching musical with an outstanding cast. You'll love it!

Don't forget to check out our Current Broadway Shows page before you head out for your night on the town!

NYCTourist Travel Info
  Show Info Price
1.
Lion King
at the The Minskoff Theater

Rating:

G
Price
Cheap $82 SEATS Best $160
Details
4.6875
4 Reviews
2.
Mamma Mia NYC
at the Winter Garden Theatre

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Rating:

PG13
Price
Cheap $69 SEATS Best $201
Details
3.
Chicago Broadway
at the Ambassador Theatre

Rating:

PG13
Price
Cheap $69 SEATS Best $223
Details
3.9166666666667
3 Reviews
4.
How 2 B a New Yorker: Dinner and a Show
at the The Screening Room Theater at Planet Hollywood

Rating:

G
Price
Cheap $49 SEATS Best $59
Details
5.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular - Save 45%!!
at the Radio City Music Hall

Rating:

G
Price
Cheap $29 SEATS Best $35
Details
6.
Wicked the Musical
at the Gershwin Theatre

Rating:

PG
Price
Cheap $95 SEATS Best $765
Details
4.8125
4 Reviews
7.
Jersey Boys - Save $20!
at the August Wilson Theatre

Rating:

PG13
Price
Cheap $65 SEATS Best $236
Details
4.6666666666667
3 Reviews
8.
Phantom of the Opera
at the Majestic Theater

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Price
Cheap $35 SEATS Best $225
Details
9.
Kinky Boots
at the Hirschfeld Theatre

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Price
Cheap $119 SEATS Best $350
Details
10.
Matilda - The Musical
at the Shubert Theatre

Rating:

G
Price
Cheap $54 SEATS Best $465
Details
11.
Les Miserables - Save $25!!
at the Imperial Theatre

Rating:

PG
Price
Cheap $37 SEATS Best $150
Details
12.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre

Rating:

PG
Price
Cheap $107 SEATS Best $184
Details
13.
Book of Mormon
at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre

Rating:

R
Price
Cheap $150 SEATS Best $349
Details
14.
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
at the The Theater at Madison Square Garden

Rating:

G
Price
Cheap $49 SEATS Best $59
Details
15.
Pippin on Broadway - Save over $30!!
at the Music Box Theatre

Rating:

PG
Price
Cheap $78 SEATS Best $152
Details
16.
Cinderella - Save $15!
at the Broadway Theater

Rating:

G
Price
Cheap $79 SEATS Best $150
Details
17.
Once - The Musical... Save $20!
at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre

Rating:

PG13
Price
Cheap $59 SEATS Best $180
Details
18.
Motown - The Musical... Save over $15!
at the Lunt-fontanne Theatre

Rating:

PG
Price
Cheap $40 SEATS Best $245
Details
Mary Poppins Broadway NYC is one of many kid-friendly Broadway musicals

Mary Poppins Broadway NYC is one of many kid-friendly Broadway musicals

Best Broadway Shows for Kids 2012

If you're interested in finding the best Broadway shows for kids, you're in the right place. Here are two of our favorite kid-friendly Broadway musicals, among the best Broadway musicals of 2011:

  • Mary Poppins Broadway: Adapted from the 1964 film of the same name, Mary Poppins on Broadway is an excellent and family-friendly Broadway musical guaranteed to raise your spirits and put your toes to tapping.
  • Billy Elliot Broadway: Like Mary Poppins, Billy Elliot Broadway is adapted from a much-loved film. The musical version, however, is as likely to leave you humming its tunes as it is to leave you cheering for Billy in a thick British accent. Billy Elliott is no longer playing, but the star of Annie got her start in this musical!
  • Annie the Musical opened in October 2012, and this familiar story, songs and cast charms the whole audience. It may be a "hard knock life," but the sun will always come out "Tomorrow!"

Keep reading below to find more of the best Broadway shows in NYC!

Catch Billy Elliot the Musical on Broadway New York

Catch Billy Elliot the Musical on Broadway New York

Best Broadway Musicals 2011

Want more of the best Broadway musicals and best shows on Broadway 2011? Here are a few more hits:

  • La Cage aux Folles: One of the funniest shows to run on Broadway in recent years, La Cage aux Folles was a hilarious comedy starring Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge. Based on the 1973 play by French actor, director, and screenwriter Jean Poiret, the musical was adapted by funnyman Harvey Fierstein and brought to the silver screen as The Birdcage in 1996.
  • Mamma Mia Broadway: If you're a fan of ABBA, you're sure to love the smash-hit Broadway musical Mamma Mia! The play revolves around 20-year-old Sophie, who wants more than anything for her rather to walk her down the aisle at her upcoming wedding. The girl's wish, however, is complicated when her mother reveals that she does not know which of her past lovers is the father.

Don't forget to learn about the history of Broadway on our Broadway history page!