If planning a holiday trip to NYC seeing a Broadway show is top priority. With 5.2 million visitors planning the same trip this holiday season, NewYork.comurges you to book now when prices are reasonable and seats are plentiful. Wait a few weeks longer and you’ll be paying top dollar and sitting far away from your loved ones.
Now that you know when to book you probably want to know what show to see. Below is a guide to this season’s most popular Broadway shows.
· The Radio City Christmas Spectacular will always be a top pick for families and has been one of the most popular and iconic holiday shows in NYC for decades. There are up to six performances on some days! The show begins on November 13 and runs through January 3, 2015. Early access pricing is now in effect.
· An American in Paris is one of the few Broadway shows performing on Christmas Eve so tickets are sure to go quickly. This Tony Award winning show takes place in Paris at the end of World War II when an American GI falls in love with a dancer who is set to marry into the family that protected her during the war. The show is recommended for mature tweens and older. Several shows have already been sold out for December.
· On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio & Gloria Estefan opened for the very first time on October 5th but the pre-NYC production in Chicago generated a lot of buzz. The musical traces the journeys of both Estefans as they travel from their native Cuba to Miami, with Emilio traveling as a teenager to Spain and later the U.S. Gloria escaped with her family as a toddler. The couple met in 1975 when Emilio was playing the keyboard in his own band.
· Allegiance, starring George Takei and Tony winner Lea Salonga, is also one of the most buzzed about new shows opening this fall. Takei not only makes his Broadway debut in this show but the story is actually inspired by his real life experience as a Japanese-American during World War II and his family’s time in an internment camp. The show is recommended for mature tweens and older.
· The Off-Broadway run of Hamilton, the new musical by Lin Manuel-Miranda, was a sold-out sensation, and tickets are already going fast for the Broadway run. If you are coming for the holidays, tickets are available now for December – but probably not for long. Kids 12 and up will love this hip-hop history lesson and it will probably earn them street cred with their friends and high-fives from their teachers.