(l to r) Jelani Alladin and Patti Murin in the original Broadway company of ‘Frozen.’
(Photo: Deen van Meer)
NYC Broadway Week tickets are now on sale! The popular biannual program, now in its ninth year, will run September 3–16, 2019, offering theater lovers and newcomers 2-for-1 tickets to 24 Broadway shows. Twelve shows are new to the program for fall 2019.
“New York City is renowned for offering the very best in live theater, and NYC Broadway Week’s 2-for-1 ticket promotion—in partnership with The Broadway League and preferred payment partner Mastercard—provides extraordinary access to these world-famous productions for locals and visitors alike,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company.
But which shows should you see? Tickets are selling fast and some have blackout dates. If you can snag them, here are our top picks:
Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!
Like a high school reunion where you reacquaint yourself with old flings and someone actually looks better than they did before, the nipped and tucked Oklahoma! reboot deserves a page among The Best Plastic (Theater) Surgeons in America. Of course, that implies that director Daniel Fish’s reimagining is only external, which doesn’t do this Oklahoma! justice. Music supervisor Daniel Kluger, through new orchestrations and arrangements, has unearthed psychologically complex relationships among this band of settlers in turn-of-the-century “Indian Territory.”
New York Theatre Workshop’s Off-Broadway production transfers to Broadway. Director Robert O’Hara takes a play that in the wrong hands could feel like a jackhammer to the psyche and finds a way to level out the hits, largely through deft pacing and mining of the material for the balance of drama and comedy. The performances are bold, real, captivating and nuanced across the board, a true ensemble piece. Slave Play is a must-see. You will leave transformed. All you have to do is trust the process.
Oh, ye of Disney disillusionment… let it go. It’s been 24 years since the mega-brand first arrived on Broadway with the stage adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, which was based on the 1991 animated film. The formula has worked well, and since that time, Disney Theatrical Productions has achieved substantial commercial success, with titles such as The Lion King, Aida, and Aladdin(among others) reaching worldwide audience upwards of 19 million people. For those who have approached past Disney musicals with subtle skepticism, Frozen’s sweeping theatricality, diverse casting, and message of female empowerment is a blast of crisp, wintry air.
“It’s an ideal time to come and see a Broadway show and our ongoing partnership with NYC & Company makes it more accessible than ever with two weeks of 2-for-1 tickets,” said Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League. “Whether you’re a newcomer or a longtime fan, there are so many choices that you’ll definitely find something that’s right for you—from high energy new productions to celebrated long-running shows. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this summertime treat.”