10 Shows to Watch in London and New York

A visit to London and New York won’t be complete without watching a musical or two. Here are ten worth seeing when you visit these cities.

Broadway

A Bronx Tale

Now showing at the Longacre Theatre, this musical counts Academy Award winner Robert De Niro as one of its co-directors. It tells of an Italian-American boy who befriends the Bronx’s top mob boss. He sees his life grow further entrenched into the city’s web of organized crime, which tests his relationship with his bus driver father. Composer Alan Menken—whose impressive resume includes Tangled and Beauty and the Beast—wrote the musical’s doo-wop-influenced numbers.

Aladdin

Welcome a whole new world with Aladdin, Jasmine, and the Genie on Broadway! Famed for its choreography, lavish production design, and memorable songs, Aladdin is a must-see if you’re visiting New York. Rub the lamp, make three wishes, and head over to the New Amsterdam Theatre.

Attack of the Elvis Impersonators

The king of rock and roll rises from the dead in this comedic material, to be staged at the Lion Theatre. Follow the Ghost of Elvis (that’s Presley) as he sets out to convert all of mankind to his religion, Hound Dog. After taking over the body of the world’s biggest pop star, he turns his impersonators into his disciples. Watch countless Elvises swivel their hips and spread the message of peace and love starting June 1.

Groundhog Day

Based on the 1990s film of the same title, the musical stars Laurence Olivier awardee Andy Karl as a weatherman who—for some reason he can’t fathom—is forced to relive the same day over and over again. Playing at the August Wilson Theatre, this witty, multi-awarded musical is produced by the same team who brought the magical Matilda.

Kinky Boots

Panic! At the Disco’s Brendon Urie joins the cast of Kinky Boots, where he plays Charlie, the young owner of a struggling shoe factory who befriends a drag queen. To save the business, they come up with a brilliant plan: sell the sturdiest knee-high boots the world has ever seen.

The musical’s crowd-pleasing tunes—among them “Sex Is in The Heel” and “History of Wrong Guys”—were written by 1980s diva Cyndi Lauper. Wear your nicest pair of heels and watch it at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre.

West End

The Book of Mormon

“A warlord who shoots people in the face—what’s so scary about that?” sings Elder Price, one of the main characters of this hilarious long-running musical. Written by the creators of the irreverent television show South Park, The Book of Mormon tells of two boys who leave their home in Utah to preach in war-torn Uganda. Watch as these boys press doorbells, sing “Hello”, and charm gun-toting rebels at the Prince of Wales Theatre.

Hamilton, An American Musical

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize smash hit will arrive in London in November 2017, schooling Brits about the history of the founding of America. The hip-hop musical will reopen the former home of Billy Elliott, the Victoria Palace Theatre, which underwent a multi-million pound refurb. Based on the biography Alexander Hamilton, sing (or rap) along to “My Shot,” “Wait for It,” and “Satisfied.”

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Enter the wizarding world of Harry Potter in the first play produced based on the legendary series. Aging and overworked Harry deals with the memories of the past as he juggles fatherhood, his marriage to Ginny, and his career at the Ministry of Magic, where he works for his boss and friend, Hermione. Playing at the Palace Theatre, it’s not a musical as the other shows in this list, but anyone visiting London should seriously consider buying a ticket for this spell-binding play.

Our Ladies of Perpetual Succour

Catholic schoolgirls on the loose are the favorite protagonists of films, novels, and music videos. This raunchy musical—about six teens who make Edinburgh their stomping ground for a day—proves why they’re so irresistible and so much fun. Join these ladies as they deal with all the angst that comes with adolescence by singing, drinking excessively, and peppering their language with the occasional curse word or two. Catch it at the Duke of York’s Theatre where it will run only until September this year.

Wicked

A perennial favorite, Wicked is a charming, heart-warming tale of the friendship between two young witches: green-complexioned, level-headed Elphaba and chirpy blonde Glinda. Called one of the West End’s “true modern classics,” the musical enthralls audiences at the Apollo Victoria Theatre.

 

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