A Night Out at the Theater: The Theatrical Sensations Currently Sweeping the Globe

Whether you grew up doing musical theater as a child, or whether you’ve come to the theatrical bug later in life, there’s something about a well-produced play or musical that the whole family can get behind. The average Broadway show costs between $10 and $16 million dollars to produce, so there’s a lot of incentive to make these shows accessible for all ages and demographics.

Whether you’re coming because of the title (many of the most popular shows today are based on movies) or the name of the leading star, these hit shows will suck you in, and leave you wanting more.

Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s astronomically popular show Hamilton is a rap musical based on the lives of the U.S.’s founding fathers. At first glance, there’s no reason why this show is as popular as it is. It’s based on history, using a unique musical style, and its first production was full of up-and-coming actors with very little name recognition.

Since it first came to New York in 2015, it has remained the most sought-after ticket in the city. The production has won a Pulitzer Prize, Grammy Award, Drama Desk Award, and a remarkable 11 Tony Awards. Currently, there are productions on Broadway, Chicago, London’s West End, and touring around North America.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The Harry Potter story continues with the newest episode in the tale — Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a play in two parts written by Jack Thorne, J.K. Rowling, and John Tiffany. The play follows an adult Harry Potter and his youngest son, Albus Severus Potter.

The original West End production opened in July 2016, and the original cast moved to reprise their roles in the Broadway production, which opened in 2018. There are currently plans to open a third official sit-down production of Cursed Child in Melbourne, Australia in 2019.

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Frozen

Disney’s Theatrical Productions have seen great success in the past few years, and their newest production — Frozen — is no different. Plans for a Frozen musical started in 2014, mere months after the movie was released.

While the movie was definitely targeted for children, the subject matter of the musical was aged up significantly. The story focuses on the relationships between the sisters, as well as Elsa’s fear of her own powers, and doesn’t shy away from the tragedy of the sisters losing their parents at an early age.  Most of the songs written for the film are included in the musical, along with 13 other original songs written by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

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