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Top Broadway Shows Currently Running in 2024

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Published on: Oct 12, 2022
Last Updated on: May 17, 2024
By: Kathryn Willingham
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Top Broadway Shows

It’s been a tough few years for everyone, and Broadway is no exception. Broadway theaters shut down on March 12, 2020 due to the pandemic, and the first Broadway show to open (Pass Over by Antoinette Nwandu) started performances in August 2021. It is the longest Broadway has ever been dark. But now theater is back open, Times Square is busier than ever, and there’s never been a better time to buy a ticket. We know the choices can be overwhelming, so we’ve collated a list of the Top Broadway Shows – the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners, the sold-out hits, and the longest running shows, and the celebrities drawing crowds:

The Award-Winning Plays and Musicals

Aladdin

Aladdin

Aladdin is currently running at the New Amsterdam Theatre and was nominated for five Tony Awards including Best Musical in 2015 and James Monroe Iglehart won the Tony Award for Best performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as the Genie. Based on the beloved Disney film, this show follows Aladdin as he meets Princess Jasmine, rubs a magic lamp, and finds a way to make all his dreams come true. Deadline said, “Aladdin the stage musical has an enthusiasm and joy that makes for quality family-friendly Broadway entertainment.”

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Hadestown

Hadestown won 8 Tony Awards including the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2019. With music and lyrics by Anais Mitchell, it also won the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. This Broadway musical tells the myths of Persephone and Hades, and Orpheus and Eurydice. The Chicago Sun-Times said Hadestown “is positively heavenly – from its brilliant score to its haunting tale and powerhouse cast.”

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Hamilton

Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards including the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2016. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton follows founding father Alexander Hamilton and blends show tunes, hip hop, and R&B as it traces Hamilton’s life as a young man through marriage, war, politics, and his ultimate death at the hands of Aaron Burr. The New York Times said, “Yes, it really is that good.” See it in person at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City or the show has also been filmed and can be watched on Disney Plus.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child won the Tony Award for Best Play in 2018. Written by Jack Thorne based on the original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne, this play begins 19 years after the book series and follows Harry Potter’s son, Albus, who attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The New York Times called the play “as magical as any spell or potion.”

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Moulin Rouge!

Moulin Rouge! won 10 Tony Awards including the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2020. Based on the Baz Luhrmann film of the same name, the musical follows the poet Christian as he falls in love with cabaret singer Satine in the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris. The show features popular songs like Sia’s “Chandelier,” Rihanna’s “Diamonds,” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and Lorde’s “Royals,” and The New York Times called it “spectacular.”

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Six

Six was nominated for five Olivier Awards in 2019 when it played on London’s West End. This musical about the six wives of Henry VIII was meant to open on Broadway the day the pandemic shut down Broadway theaters in 2020, and finally opened in October 2021. Variety said, “this show is as sharp and shiny as a sequined stiletto heel and couldn’t have come at a better time…this ‘Six’ is a solid ‘10’ for joy.”

The Book of Mormon

The Book of Mormon won 9 Tony Awards including Best Musical in 2011. Written by “South Park'' creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker, with music and lyrics by Robert Lopez (also known for co-writing the songs for the movie Frozen), The Book of Mormon follows Latter-Day missionaries Elder Cunningham and Elder Price who are sent to Uganda on a mission to spread their faith. Time Out New York’s 5-star review called it, “the most exuberantly entertaining Broadway musical in years.”

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Wicked

Wicked won Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design, Best Costume Design and Idina Menzel won the Tony Award for Leading Actress in a Musical in 2004. Based on the book by Gregory Maguire, “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West,” Wicked follows the story of green-skinned Elphaba and the more popular Galinda on paths that will end with one being called “The Good Witch” and the other “Wicked.” The New York Times calls it “the defining musical of the decade” and there is a movie adaptation currently in development.

The Longest Running Shows

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The Lion King

The Lion King won 6 Tony Awards including Best Musical in 1998. The Lion King is based on the beloved animated Disney film and, with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice, includes songs like: “Hakuna Matata”, “The Circle of Life”, and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.” It also has some of the most creative staging under the direction of Julie Taymor. The New York Times said, “There is simply nothing else like it. Suddenly, you’re 4 years old again, and you’ve been taken to the circus for the first time. You can only marvel at the exotic procession of animals before you: the giraffes and the elephants and the hippopotamuses and all those birds in balletic flight. Such is the transporting magic wrought by the opening 10 minutes of The Lion King.” This musical has become a global sensation, with a national tour in North America and international tours around the world.

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Chicago

Chicago won 6 Tony Awards including the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical in 1997. Set in Chicago in the 1920s, this musical follows cellmates Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, and their lawyer Billy Flynn. The New York Times said of the production in 1997: “This production isn’t smoke and mirrors. It’s flesh and blood shaped by discipline and artistry into a parade of vital, pulsing talent. If there’s any justice in the world, audiences will be exulting in that parade for many, many performances to come.” They certainly have been.

The Celebrities in Musicals

Merrily We Roll Along at the Hudson Theatre

Merrily We Roll Along

Merrily We Roll Along, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by George Furth, comes to Broadway’s Hudson Theatre after a sold out run at New York Theatre Workshop. This production directed by Maria Friedman stars Jonathan Groff, Daniel Radcliffe, and Lindsay Mendez as three friends seen over three decades, and The New York Times said, “with the show’s central trio of backward-tumbling friends, it is perhaps for the first time perfectly cast.”

The Celebrities in Plays

Enemy of the People at Circle in the Square

An Enemy of the People

An Enemy of the People comes to the Circle in the Square Theatre starring Jeremy Strong and Michael Imperioli. This classic play by Henrik Ibsen has a new adaptation by Amy Herzog and is directed by Sam Gold. The play follows a small-town doctor who finds himself standing against the establishment and even his own brother when he tries to raise the alarm about a potential danger.

Appropriate at the Belasco

Appropriate

Appropriate, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Branden Jacobs-Jenkins and directed by Lila Neugebauer, plays at the Belasco Theater starring Sarah Paulson and Corey Stoll. Set in Arkansas, siblings come together after the death of their father and find mysterious objects amidst his clutter. They are then forced to reckon with their family's heritage and their own relationships to the past and to each other. The Guardian said, “[Sarah Paulson] is astonishing in Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s funny yet moving Broadway debut about a complicated family reunion.”

Mary Jane starring Rachel McAdams

Mary Jane

Mary Jane originally ran off-Broadway at the New York Theatre Workshop in 2017. Now it comes to Broadway’s Samuel J. Friedman Theatre starring Rachel McAdams as Mary Jane, a mother taking care of her chronically ill child. Variety called it “a heart-stopping play…must-see theater for anyone with a heart.” Rachel McAdams is known for the films Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, and Spotlight. Mary Jane is her Broadway debut.

Mother Play at the Hayes

Mother Play

Mother Play has its world premiere at the Hayes Theatre starring Jessica Lange, Jim Parsons, and Celia Keenan-Bolger. This play written by Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel and directed by Tina Landau follows a mother and her two children in Washington D.C. as they move into a new apartment. Overbearing mothers, strong-willed children, and alcohol…a recipe for truth and disaster.

Patriots

Patriots

Patriots, written by Peter Morgan (creator of the TV show “The Crown”) and directed by Rupert Goold, comes to New York at the Barrymore Theatre after its hit run in London. The play is set in 1991 and follows a standoff between two incredibly powerful men in new Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union. It stars Michael Stuhlbarg as Berezovsky and Will Keen reprises his Oliver Award-winning role of Putin in what The Guardian calls a “show-stealing performance.” You may know Michael Stuhlbarg from the films Call Me by Your Name, The Shape of Water, The Post, Lincoln, and A Serious Man.

Uncle Vanya

Uncle Vanya runs at Lincoln Center Theater’s Beaumont Theater with a star-studded cast. With a new adaptation by Heidi Schreck and direction from Lila Neugebauer, the cast includes Steve Carell, Alison Pill, Alfred Molina, William Jackson Harper, Jayne Houdyshell, and Anika Noni Rose. The play follows Sonya and her Uncle Vanya, who always took care of the family farm. But now that Sonya's father, a celebrated professor, and his beautiful new wife have come to visit, things are in disarray.

New In Town

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A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical

A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical plays at the Broadhurst Theatre with a book by Anthony McCarten and direction by Michael Mayer. This musical follows the life and career of Neil Diamond and features his iconic music including songs like “Sweet Caroline,” “Cracklin’ Rosie,” and “America.” Variety said, “this new jukebox musical of Diamond hits is victorious.”

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& Juliet

& Juliet won three Olivier Awards in 2020 including the Olivier Award for Best Musical. It made its North American debut in Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre in June 2022 and now plays on Broadway at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. With a book by David West Read and music and lyrics by Max Martin, this musical reimagines Romeo & Juliet, asking what would happen if Juliet didn’t die at the end. This jukebox musical features songs like “I Want It That Way,” “Baby One More Time,” “Teenage Dream,” “Roar,” and “It’s My Life.” The Guardian said, “& Juliet packs a lot of fun into its sharp, witty story of self-discovery. Its best message? That bubblegum pop, far from being manufactured filler, is a worthy accompaniment to the greatest of storytellers.”

Back to the Future at the Winter Garden Theatre

Back to the Future: The Musical

Back to the Future: The Musical based on the beloved film, comes to Broadway's Winter Garden Theatre after a successful run on the West End. This musical has a book by Bob Gale and music and lyrics by Alan Silvestri and Glen Ballard and won the 2022 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. The Daily Mail said, “this blast from the past hits all the right notes” and “packs more energy than a nuclear reactor.”

Hell's Kitchen at the Shubert Theatre

Hell's Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen, with music and lyrics by Alicia Keys, book by Kristoffer Diaz, choreography by Camille A. Brown, and direction from Michael Greif, plays at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre after a sold-out run off-Broadway at the Public Theater. The musical follows 17-year-old Ali, a young woman with a dream living in Hell’s Kitchen. Variety said “‘Hell’s Kitchen’ is a sparking story paying homage to New York, to that beautiful and heartbreaking transition between girlhood and womanhood and to the women who hold our hands through it all.”

Home at Roundabout Theatre

Home

Home, written by Samm-Art Williams and directed by Kenny Leon, plays at the Todd Haimes Theatre in May 2024 as part of Roundabout’s Refocus Project. The play follows Cephus Miles after the woman he loves leaves for college and marries another man. The New York Times called the original 1979 production by the Negro Ensemble Company “In all respects – writing, direction and performance – one of the happiest theatrical events of the season…an uplifting folk ballad about the pure in heart.”

Stereophonic

Stereophonic

Stereophonic, written by David Adjmi and directed by Daniel Aukin, comes to Broadway’s Golden Theatre after a sold-out run off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons. This play with original music by Arcade Fire’s Will Butler follows a rock band on their ascent to fame. The New York Times called it, “relentlessly compelling…the play, Adjmi’s best so far, is as rich and lustrous as they come. You could even call it platinum.”

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby, with book by Kait Kerrigan, music by Jason Howland, lyrics by Nathan Tysen, choreography by Dominique Kelley, and direction from Marc Bruni, comes to the Broadway Theatre after its run at the Paper Mill Playhouse starring Jeremy Jordan and Eva Noblezada. Based on the novel of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby is set in the 1920s and follows the enigmatic millionaire Jay Gatsby, socialite Daisy Buchanan, and Daisy’s cousin Nick Carraway. Nick is new to town and is invited with open arms into a world of extreme wealth and extravagant parties. But as he witnesses the relationship between Daisy and Gatsby deepen, things soon get out of hand. BroadwayWorld said of the New Jersey production, “This show is phenomenal, destined to become a treasured addition to American musical theatre.”

The Heart of Rock and Roll

The Heart of Rock and Roll

The Heart of Rock and Roll has a book by Jonathan A. Abrams, story by Tyler Mitchell and Jonathan A. Abrams, and direction from Gordon Greenberg, and plays at the James Earl Jones Theatre. Inspired by music of Huey Lewis and the News, this new musical will include the megahits “Working for a Living,” “Stuck with You,” “If This Is It,” and of course, “The Heart of Rock and Roll.” The musical follows musician Bobby who has given up his dream for a more traditional job and his boss Cassandra, who has devoted her life to the business. When they each get a second chance, they’ll have to decide what it is they actually want.

The Notebook at the Schoenfeld Theatre

The Notebook

The Notebook, with music and lyrics by Ingrid Michaelson, book by Bekah Brunstetter, and direction from Michael Greif and Schele Williams, comes to Broadway’s Schoenfeld Theatre in February 2024. Based on the hit movie, the Chicago Sun-Times said the musical’s “superb score, writing, cast transform ‘The Notebook’ into a stage musical for the ages…I simply was not expecting to fall in love with 'The Notebook’….but I have.”

The Outsiders at the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre

The Outsiders

The Outsiders, with a book by Adam Rapp with Justin Levine, music and lyrics by Jamestown Revival (Jonathan Clay and Zach Chance), and direction from Danya Taymor, is based on the novel by S.E. Hinton and the Francis Ford Coppola film. Playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre after its run at the La Jolla Playhouse, the musical follows Ponyboy Curtis, Johnny Cade, and their friends and family in a rivalry between the Greasers and the wealthier Socs. BroadwayWorld called the adaptation “an impressive new musical, with a talented cast, dynamic performances, and choreography.”

The Wiz at the Marquis Theatre

The Wiz

The Wiz, with book by William F. Brown and music and lyrics by Charlie Smalls, comes to the Marquis Theatre after touring the country. This retelling of The Wizard of Oz ran for four years on Broadway when it first premiered in 1975. The musical features soul, gospel, rock, and disco, and was turned into a 1978 movie adaptationdirected by Sidney Lumet starring Diana Ross, Richard Pryor, Michael Jackson, Nispey Russell, and Ted Ross.  The Chicago Sun-Times called it “an eye-popping and high-intensity revival.”

Water for Elephants at the Imperial Theatre

Water for Elephants

Water for Elephants, with book by Rick Elice, music and lyrics by PigPen Theatre Co., and direction from Jessica Stone, comes to the Imperial Theatre. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Sara Gruen, the musical follows a young man who finds a new home with a traveling circus. ARTS ATL called it “a triumph…an up-tempo, family-friendly show.”

Want to know what’s coming up next?

You don’t want to miss the best Broadway shows on the Great White Way, but it’s also exciting to catch an upcoming highlight and the newest shows in town before they become global sensations. Our article on Upcoming Broadway Shows will let you know what to look out for, and what to book tickets to early. 

Kathryn Willingham

Head of Creative Development at Jean Doumanian Productions

Kathryn Willingham has worked in entertainment for over ten years, and recent credits include: Co-producer of SHRINK currently streaming on Peacock, Associate Producer of the independent film UNA, and Creative Executive on multiple theatrical productions including HANGMEN by Martin McDonagh on Broadway, NASSIM by Nassim Soleimanpour Off-broadway and Associate on productions EVERY BRILLIANT THING by Duncan Macmillan with Jonny Donahoe and THE EFFECT by Lucy Prebble. She was Producer of Todd Almond’s musical travelogue “Wyoming and Parts of Kansas” and Production Coordinator for Karen O and KK Barrett's “Stop the Virgens.”

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Education: B.A. in English, Literature & Creative Writing from Rhodes College
Knowledge: Theatrical Production

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Oct 12, 2022

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