Dating back to 1750, Broadway is one of the world’s most prestigious places to see theater and audiences of Broadway shows are at an all-time high. In fact, last year over 14 million people went to see Broadway shows.
But this also means that tickets are in extremely high demand so getting your hands on one can be a challenge. And for some people, making the journey all the way to New York simply isn’t an option.
So does this mean you have to miss out on seeing some of the theaters’ best work?
Absolutely not! Broadway on tour is a great opportunity to catch a show in a venue closer to home and means you’re in with a better chance of getting a ticket.
If you love the theater then you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity. To get you started, here are eight upcoming Broadway tours to put on your must-see list.
In 1900 the world was introduced to L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz but in 2003 Wicked shone a whole new light on this classic story. And audiences went wild!
This fantastic prequel musical tells the tale of the Elphaba – Wicked Witch of the West – before she was ‘wicked’. It chronicles her surprising friendship with Glenda, the Good Witch, her discovery of magic and her secret loves. It’s a wonderful story that shows the world that labels of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ are never as simple as they may seem.
Wicked is the fifth-longest-running Broadway show and won three Tony Awards back in 2004. The Wicked tour dates stretch right through to January 2021 so don’t miss your chance to see this amazing show!
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s astonishing, fast-paced musical Hamilton premiered in 2015. Since then it has gone on to win numerous awards and become an international hit!
This show takes musical theater to a new level using singing, rap, and contemporary dance. It gives a freshness to the extraordinary story of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, which will keep you glued to your seat.
Back in 2016, it won an impressive eleven Tony Awards and the cast’s performance sent the award show’s TV rating soaring. And now you can catch the brilliant Broadway national tour of Hamilton until October 2020.
3. The Lion King
The Lion King is a story that adults and children around the world hold close to their hearts. It’s a story about love, loss, courage, and the importance of being true to yourself.
But Broadway’s production of The Lion King takes this story to the next level. It is an awe-inspiring spectacle of music and dance, featuring spectacular costumes and puppetry. All of this comes together to create the heart and soul of the African heartland on stage in a performance that is truly unique.
You can catch upcoming tours of The Lion King around the country until June 2020.
4. Come From Away
Come From Away demonstrates that new musicals can be just as impressive as long-running hits. It is a show that documents the extraordinary true story that took place in Newfoundland following the 9/11 attacks.
After tragedy hit, 6,579 plane passengers found themselves stranded in Gander, a small Newfoundland town. Upon arrival, they immediately doubled the town’s population. What followed was a journey from unease and uncertainty to acceptance and gratitude.
It is a remarkable show about the importance of welcoming strangers and learning from one another. In a climate of mistrust and fear, it’s an absolute must-see. And you can catch it on tour until October 2020.
5. The Book of Mormon
What happens when you take two mismatched Mormons, send them on a missionary journey to Uganda, and set the whole thing to music? You get an international smash hit!
This hilarious musical is an absolute riot, just maybe leave the kids at home! It perfectly balances comedy with serious issues such as poverty, violence, and the AIDS epidemic. You’ll be sure to leave the theater with a smile on your face.
You can catch The Book of Mormon on tour until August 2020.
If romance is up your street then don’t miss the chance to see this beautiful story about two musicians performing on the streets of Dublin.
Set over the course of one week in the city, it tells the tale of two people connected by their love of music. As they collaborate musically and form a powerful friendship, their success reaches new heights. It’s a story about pursuing your dreams and embracing the here and now.
Once will be touring Broadway shows until March 2020, so book your ticket soon to avoid missing it!
7. The Illusionists
The Illusionists is a Broadway show unlike any you’ve ever seen. It blends theater with circus artistry, dance, and a flair for performance that is totally unique.
Come and see some of the most remarkable acts from around the world in this smash hit and prepare to have your mind blown! The Illusionists is not one you want to miss and is on tour until April 2020.
Last but by no means least we finish with a rock musical that has graced Broadway stages since 1996! Rent – the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical – is back for its 20th anniversary and is also going to tour Broadway shows.
This contemporary retelling of La Bohème is a story of love and friendship in the Bohemian community of the East Village during the AIDS epidemic. It features some of musical theater’s most iconic songs, such as Seasons of Love, I’ll Cover You and Out Tonight. Get ready to laugh, cry, and sing with joy on your way out of the theater.
To find out what has made this amazing piece of theater so enduring, grab tickets from now until May 2020.
Don’t Miss Broadway on Tour!
For any theater lover, the chance to see Broadway on tour is not an opportunity to miss. So grab your tickets to some amazing shows today – you won’t regret it!