—This article is sponsored by GetYourGuide. If you make a purchase by clicking one of the links, we may earn an affiliate fee. 10Best operates independently, though, and this doesn’t influence our coverage.
For many visitors, a trip to New York City isn’t complete without seeing a Broadway show. The pandemic dimmed its famed lights, but it has bounced back and is shining bright once again.
The next time you’re planning to head to the Big Apple, consider purchasing your tickets on the GetYourGuide booking platform. GetYourGuide makes it easy to see Broadway’s most popular hits, with excellent prices and 24/7 multilingual customer service. It takes just a few clicks on their user-friendly website or simple-to-download app.
You’ll skip the hassle of waiting in line and you’ll be on your way to see spectacular shows like "Aladdin." Here are 10 of the best Broadway shows to see in New York City.
Be swept away on a magic carpet with "Aladdin" — Photo courtesy of Allison Tibaldi
With infectious energy from start to finish, watching "Aladdin" on Broadway is pure magic. This epic musical based on the hit Disney movie is a princess-meets-pauper tale of street urchin Aladdin, who meets Princess Jasmine when she sneaks out of the palace incognito. Set in the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah, the two young protagonists feel an instant yet forbidden connection, as Jasmine’s father demands she marry a man with social status.
After these opposite-side-of the-tracks youths are discovered together, Aladdin is sentenced to death. Thankfully, he is saved by a wish-granting Genie who he finds inside a magic lamp in the Cave of Wonders. Genie transforms Aladdin into Prince Ali, in hopes that his new identity will allow him to marry Jasmine.
With a score by Oscar winners Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, familiar melodies such as "A Whole New World," "Arabian Nights" and "Friend Like Me," will have you singing along until curtain call.
Razzle-dazzle costumes, glittering magic lamps and a flying carpet that floats around the stage as softly as a cloud make for stunning visuals. Striking sets blend classic Middle Eastern traditions with Art Deco glam, while fancy footwork includes moves from jazz, Bollywood, ballroom and tap traditions for a don’t-miss extravaganza. It's perfect for kids so bring the entire family.
Who can resist the Bob Fosse stylings of "Chicago"? — Photo courtesy of Allison Tibaldi
With nonstop hit songs and daring choreography in the iconic style of Bob Fosse, take your seat and be transported to Jazz Age Chicago. This flashy jailhouse romp features two rival vaudevillian murderesses, Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly. You'll be on the edge of your seat and tapping your toes from start to finish.
"Hamilton" continues to shine on Broadway — Photo courtesy of Allison Tibaldi
Get ready for a cutting-edge theatrical experience when you purchase seats to "Hamilton," the acclaimed musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. It’s a modern twist on the revolutionary tale of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s most influential founding fathers, with an original score that’s a fusion of rap, hip-hop and traditional show tunes. Hamilton helped pioneer non-traditional casting, with non-white actors playing historical figures such as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.
"The Lion King"
'The Lion King" is a classic for the whole family — Photo courtesy of Allison Tibaldi
Simba is a lion cub who must accept his inevitable role as king. Under the direction of Julie Taymor, this musical based on the animated Disney film packs a visual punch, thanks to fabulous masks and towering headpieces. With music by Elton John, the intoxicating beat of African djembe drums, congas and bongos authentically transports audiences to a faraway world.
"The Phantom of the Opera"
"The Phantom of the Opera" is the longest-running show on Broadway — Photo courtesy of Allison Tibaldi
Broadway’s longest-running show has enchanted theatergoers for over three decades. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s gripping musical tells the saga of a deformed phantom who lurks beneath the Paris Opera House, exercising a reign of twisted terror over its occupants. When he falls in love with an innocent soprano, he will stop at nothing to make his protegee a star.
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child"
"Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" takes you back to Hogwarts — Photo courtesy of Allison Tibaldi
Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" mingles past and present as audiences are introduced to a new generation of witches and wizards. This time-traveling adventure is set nineteen years after Harry Potter left Hogwarts. He is now all grown up and the hard-working father of three children, including son Albus, a new student at Hogwarts who must confront the weight of his family legacy.
"MJ the Musical"
Enjoy the music of world-famous pop star, Michael Jackson, in "MJ the Musical" — Photo courtesy of Allison Tibaldi
Michael Jackson was a legendary entertainer and this jukebox musical features dozens of his greatest hits. From a youthful Michael singing soulful ballad "I’ll Be There" to the disco beat of "Dancing Machine" to "Thriller" mega-hit "Billie Jean", listen to the music and watch explosive dance moves as you get up close and personal with the King of Pop.
Embrace girl power at "Six" — Photo courtesy of Jody Mercier
Girl power is on full display as the talented all-female cast and band perform "Six" at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. It's a modern retelling of the tribulations of the six wives of Henry VIII. Presented as a pop concert, the women take to the mic battle-of-the-bands-style as they try and prove whose marriage was worse, with the winner crowned as the band’s lead singer.
Gothic-themed fun awaits at "Beetlejuice" — Photo courtesy of Allison Tibaldi
Based on the much-loved Tim Burton movie, Broadway audiences can expect a weirdly wonderful time as they follow angsty teenager Lydia Deetz, whose life changes when she meets a manic demon and a dead young couple. The gothic funhouse-style set is a character in itself, hiding plenty of surprises. Stellar costumes and eye-popping puppets add panache.
"Come From Away"
"Come From Away" tells a gripping true story — Photo courtesy of Allison Tibaldi
This remarkable true story takes place in Newfoundland, Canada on 9/11, when catastrophe changed the world, and 7,000 airline passengers were stranded in a small town. Anxiety was high and cultures clashed before trust and enduring cross-cultural friendships blossomed during crisis. This earnest musical with a Celtic-infused, folk-rock score is heartwarming despite the subject matter.