Musicals to Attend on Broadway This Spring

Pedro J Torres Spring Musicals 2018

Broadway, the pinnacle of performance art, is the absolute best place to see a live musical. Millions of people annually flock to Broadway, the infamous street in NYC home to some of the best musicals known to man. Broadway has established the names of countless legendary works, actors, actresses, musicians, and singers. Attending a Broadway show is a popular task on bucket lists around the world. If you’re ready to check that item off of your bucket list, you’re in luck. This spring holds some of the best performances you won’t want to miss.

Once on This Island

This bittersweet musical is based on both Romeo and Juliet, with twist inspired by The Little Mermaid. Once on This Island, Stephen Flaherty’s original fairytale first premiered in the 1990’s and went on to earn critical acclaim on Broadway. The story itself takes place in Haiti, during a time of segregation. A young girl is washed away by a flood, but the gods of the island save her. Through this musical the audience is captivated as she learns she may have a destiny after all.

The Book of Mormon

From the hilarious creators of television masterpiece, South Park, The Book of Mormon is perhaps Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s most daring work yet. The musical centers around two Mormon missionaries and is definitely not for those easily offended. The Book of Mormon has earned four Drama Desk Awards, four Outer Critics Circle Awards, and a Grammy, surprisingly enough. Prepare for controversial, cynical, brilliant comedy!

Dear Evan Hansen

Following the Second Stage theatre, this is a six-time Tony-winning, comic musical. This thought-provoking production has received only raving reviews. This is a tale about how lies can travel through communities and the repercussions of such. Set in a high-anxiety high school setting, where students who are desperate for any form of recognition from peers, Dear Evan Hansen takes a dark spiral. It touches on several concepts such as suicide, depression, and anxiety.

Springsteen on Broadway

Simply put, this is a show put on by none other than The Boss himself. Bringing a new life to the stage, Springsteen is a Broadway show not to miss. This is a show that tells the story of Bruce Springsteen, from the beginning to current date. This show, provided by the man, himself, displays how his activism and passion has proven a relevant force in music for the last 40 years.

The Best Musical Performances in NYC that Happened During the Holidays

Pedro J Torres Musical Performances in NYC

When the holiday season hits New York City, most people tend to associate it with perennial events such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade or the lighting of the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center. Another thing that makes spending a holiday in New York even more special is the large number of holiday musical performances in just about every style of music imaginable. Below is a compiled list of some of the best performances that happened during the 2017-2018 holiday season.

Pop music fans were glad to see Mariah Carey come to the Beacon Theater for the third year in a row from November 27 to December 5 where she performed a Christmas-themed concert than includes one of her signature hits, “All I Want for Christmas is You.”

On December 9, the legendary Apollo theater, which is known for its weekly amateur hour, threw a family-friendly party for the “Apollo Stars of Tomorrow,” all of whom are under 18. Meanwhile, December 10 held a classical music aficionados thrilled to the sound of Sergei Prokofiev’s immortal Peter and the Wolf as performed by the Ensemble Signal under conductor Brad Lubman. Isaac Mizrahi narrated the timeless story while the choreography of John Heigenbotham made it an evening to remember.

Rock fans danced to the sounds of Yo La Tengo and their Hanukkah residency at the Bowery Ballroom on the Lower East Side which played through December 19. The legendary R&B singer Darlene Love performed a Christmas concert at B.B. King Blues Club and Grill from December 21 to 23. Other acts that performed in New York City this holiday season include LCD Soundsystem, Landlady, Dave Harrington, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Mark Kozelek & Kevin Corrigan.

For those who fear they’ve missed the show, no worries here. Some performances are ongoing through January.

Jazz lovers can go to the Blue Note to enjoy the 12th annual holiday residency of world famous jazz-funk trumpet player Chris Botti, which is ongoing until January 7, 2018.

Another legendary theater, Radio City Music Hall, is still holding its annual Christmas Spectacular with the Rockettes. While the theater and the Christmas show full of singing, dancing, and elaborate sets and costumes have been around for decades, this year’s show offers immersive state-of-the-art technological upgrades beyond anything before, including an 8K LED wall and digital projections that cover all eight proscenium arches. The show started November 10 and runs until January 8.