Broadway is teeming with some absolute must-sees this year. Some are starry revivals. Some are theatrical premieres that bowled them over across the Pond. Some are highly anticipated limited runs that you’d better catch soon before they vanish forever. And some are shows that have been running for a while, and if you haven’t seen them yet, what are you waiting for! 2015 is the year.
The Phantom of the Opera
One of the original British mega-musicals, is approaching its 30th anniversary on Broadway. Despite almost three decades under its belt, the Harold Prince-directed spectacle still brings it, with a sweeping love story set on the stage and in the shadows of the opulent Paris Opera House. The Andrew Lloyd Webber score still soars, the show’s grandeur still delights — and oh yeah, there’s that chandelier drop that ups the drama and excitement at every performance. Even major Broadway fans have managed to skip it over the years when newer musicals came on the scene or when short-run, Hollywood-star-driven vehicles distracted them. Which makes this the year to finally see it for yourself.
The year 2015 is a big one for Jersey Boys. The show celebrates a decade on Broadway in November, no small feat on the Great White Way. Jersey Boys, which won the 2006 Tony for Best Musical, tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, from their hardscrabble beginnings to mega fame. And of course, the soundtrack is made up of the group’s biggest hits like “Big Girls Don’t Cry, ” “Walk Like a Man” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” The show currently stars Joseph Leo Bwarie as Frankie Valli – and he’s got those signature falsettos down pat. Bwarie has performed the role nearly 1, 700 times. From $81pp, get tickets