Who doesn’t love a good night out at theater? Whether you’re looking for a classic theatrical experience or something new and experimental, NYC has the perfect show for you. Last year was chock full of amazing shows and this year is no exception. Here are some shows you have to look forward to this spring. (And yes, some of them are in Times Square. Sorry!)
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (June 7 – 10, 2017)
Remember when Cirque du Soleil was just premiering in the United States? It seems like ages ago, but you can relive that experience by going to see the U.S. premiere of Cirkus Cirkӧr: Limits. This show features a small troupe of acrobats spinning, twisting, and flying above a stage while also providing commentary on the situation of the company’s home country in Sweden.
Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (Opens March 28, 2017)
If you’re a theater geek, you’ve been waiting for this show to open for months. Based on Roald Dahl’s beloved novel of the same name, this musical premiered to positive reviews from critics and fans in London. The U.S. incarnation will star Christian Borle as Willy Wonka, along with John Rubinstein as Grandpa Joe and Emily Padgett as Mrs. Bucket. See this show sooner rather than later, as when it premieres it will probably be sold out for months.
Brick Theater (March 23 – April 1, 2017)
For a more experimental theater experience, The Brick is the place to go. Their shows are always a unique experience, and the easy-to-get-to Williamsburg location makes this a great choice for a night out. The theater’s early spring show, Three Sisters, is by the company Obvious Volcano – which has had several pieces at the FringeNYC Festival in the past.
Shubert Theatre (Opens April 20, 2017)
Two words: Bette Midler. In her prolific return to Broadway, Midler has already led this Broadway revival to record breaking pre-sales. So much so, in fact, that Midler has already added additional shows onto her run. Yes, the musical is well-known and it may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but with a cast that also includes David Hyde Pierce – this is a Broadway revival that you don’t want to miss.
St. Ann’s Warehouse (May 3 – May 28, 2017)
St. Ann’s features some of the borough’s best theatre, including a highly-praised interpretation of The Tempest earlier this year. Enda Walsh’s new play, Arlington is a similarly bare-boned story that takes place in a 1984-esque world. It’s a love story that will stick with you for some time, but catch it while it’s playing – the American premiere of this show only lasts a few weeks.
Broadhurst Theatre (Opens April 24, 2017)
Yes, it’s that Anastasia story from the 90s movie! Though it’s not exactly the same as the animated film you grew up with, you can definitely expect to hear Anastasia belt “Journey To The Past.” This musical has been workshopped for years and comes from the Tony Award-winning creators of Ragtime, so the creative team has a high standard to live up to. We have no doubt that they’ll deliver, and we expect this to be nominated for several Tonys come June.