New York’s Broadway Week Kicks Off

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For travelers visiting New York this January, take advantage of NYC Broadway Week and the first-ever NYC Attractions Week, presented by NYC & Company. The deal allows guests to participate in a two-for-one ticket deal and receive discounts when seeing a live Broadway show or visiting a classic New York City attraction between January 17 and February 5, 2017. Take a look at what shows are participating in this year’s Broadway Week here.

A Bronx Tale

Directed by Academy Award winner Robert DeNiro and Tony Award winner Jerry Zaks, written by Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri and featuring songs by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, A Bronx Tale is based on the critically acclaimed play that inspired the now classic film. A musical that takes guests to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, guests will feel for this young man who is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.

Aladdin

Based on the hit 1992 Disney film, Aladdin is a show stopping spectacle well-suited for audience members of all ages. Sing along with the greatest hits from the movie and some new fun as well while watching award winning costumes, lighting, set and choreography from a team of Disney and Broadway experts.  Ride the Magic Carpet with Aladdin, Genie, Jasmine and Jafar at this film-turned-Broadway classic.

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August Wilson’s Jitney

This highly anticipated Broadway debut comes from the mind of August Wilson, the two time Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences and The Piano Lesson. Set in the early 1970s, the story follows a group of men trying to make a living by driving unlicensed cabs – or jitneys. When the city threatens to board up the businesses and the boss’ son returns from prison, the threads that kept these men together begin to unravel.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

This Grammy Award winning musical features the music of superstar Carole King. Follow along as King grows up and makes her way into the record business, marrying her songwriting partner Gerry Goffin, growing her relationship with friends and writers Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann before becoming one of the most popular solo acts in history. Sing along to hits like I Feel the Earth Move, Natural Woman, You’ve Got  a Friend, Locomotion and more.

Cats

Cats has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and has been performed in 15 languages. What was once the longest running show in Broadway history is now back for its first revival in NYC, entertaining audiences again. Based on the T.S. Elliot book Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the show is a series of vignettes following the lives of numerous cats. Experience Tony-Award winning hits like Memory and Jellicle Cats all while the Cats interact with you from the audience.

Chicago the Musical

Now in its 20th year on Broadway, Chicago was the winner of six 1997 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Revival. This New York City staple has featured a variety of celebrities in its cast throughout the years and currently stars Mel B of the Spice Girls as the show's female lead, Roxie Hart. The same musical that inspired the award-winning 2002 film, Chicago boasts hits like All that Jazz and more. This sexy show is recommended for guests ages 13 and older.

Cirque du Soleil Paramour

Cirque du Soleil Paramour is the first show of its kind, combining the spectacle of a Cirque du Soliel production with the story line and musicality of Broadway. The first and only Cirque du Soliel musical, Paramour follows a search for love, happiness and fame from the Golden Age of Hollywood as a film director searches for his next big hit, before finding it within a small-town actress and turning her into a star.

Dear Evan Hansen

From the director of Rent and Next to Normal comes another show that’s sure to pull at the audience’s heart strings. Dear Evan Hansen follows high school student Evan Hansen through struggles with his socially awkward personality and anxiety. The show deals with mature themes including death and romance. These tickets are extremely limited and may be difficult to get. Starring Pitch Perfect’s Ben Platt.

The Front Page

This four-week only, limited engagement run includes a star studded cast of actors like Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Holland Taylor, Sherie Rene Scott and Robert Morse. Written by former Chicago reporters Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur, this comedy follows Hildy Johnson (Slattery) and Walter Burns (Lane) as police beat reporters for a tabloid newspaper.

In Transit

A new musical about 11 New Yorkers facing the challenges of city life, In Transit has audiences remembering the times when their career was just a work in progress, their love life made them hate life and when their friends became their family. With a unique, completely acapella score from the creators of Frozen and Pitch Perfect, follow along as these New Yorkers hope to catch “the express train to their dreams.”

Kinky Boots

Now starring Youtube sensation Toddrick Hall, this 2014 Grammy Winning show features 16 original songs from Cyndi Lauper. Based on true events, Kinky Boots tells the heartwarming and hilarious story of factory-owner Charlie and entertainer Lola who put their differences aside and create a line of sturdy stilettos, which leads to the creation of an everlasting friendship.

The Lion King

A lively stage adaption of the 1994 hit Disney classic, The Lion King on Broadway incorporates all of the popular film musical numbers like I Just Can’t Wait to be King, The Circle of Life, Be Prepared and more while introducing new show stopping hits as well. Watch as life size animal puppets dance through the aisles and revel at award winning sets, choreography and costumes. Tag along as Simba grows up in the African pride lands with Timon and Pumba, Zazu, Mufasa, Scar, Nala, Rafiki and the gang.

Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812

Inspired by a 70-page slice of the novel War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, this new musical features multi-platinum recording artist Josh Groban making his Broadway debut across fellow newcomer Deneé Benton. Natasha (Benton) is an engaged ingénue visiting Moscow while she waits for her fiancé to return home from the war. She’s seduced by an already married man and her position in society is ruined. Her only hope for salvation becomes Pierre (Groban). Can her save her?

Oh, Hello

Oh, Hello stars comedians Nick Kroll as Gil Faizon and John Mulaney as George St. Geegland in this original Broadway comedy. In this limited time engagement (closing January 22), Kroll and Mulaney star as their alter-ego characters they’ve been honing in on for over a decade: two overly opinionated, 70-something native New Yorkers that originated and developed a cult following since their debut on Comedy Central. These tickets are also extremely limited and may be hard to get.

On Your Feet! The Story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan

Featuring classic hits like Rhythm is Gonna Get You, Conga, Get on Your Feet, Don’t Want to Lose you Now and more, Get on Your Feet is the true story about how international sensations Gloria and Emilio Estefan came to be. Follow their journey through their heart and heritage in a musical hit that has audiences dancing in the aisles.

The Phantom of the Opera

Now officially Broadway’s longest running musical, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s second show on this list (see Cats and School of Rock) tells the story of a young performer of the Paris Opera House and her out-of-sight relationship with The Phantom who haunts the opera. A mysterious tale of romance and allure, The Phantom of the Opera has been entertaining audiences across the globe for 30 years.

School of Rock

Take the kids to see these kids rock out on stage at School of Rock. Based on the cult film, School of Rock the musical also follows slacker-turned-teacher Dewey Finn (played in the film by Jack Black) as he turns a class of straight-A students into a band of hard rocking performers for a local battle of the bands.

Waitress

Another movie-turned-musical, Waitress stems from the film of the same title about a baker who is looking to make it big time and leave her small town waitress job. Stuck in a less than perfect marriage, everything changes when she gets pregnant and falls in love with her doctor. Led by an all-female creative team and crew, the score was written by award winning music artist Sara Bareilles.

Wicked

Known as the “untold true story of the witches of Oz,” Wicked takes the audience into Oz way before Dorothy arrived. Based on Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, a novel by Gregory Maguire, the musical deals with many of the characters from the Wizard of Oz film. Follow the “wicked witch” before she became “wicked” as she grows up and makes a name for herself, or rather, has a name forced upon her.

All shows are subject to availability and some blackout dates may apply. Participants can also enter the Official NYC Broadway Week Sweepstakes, powered by Audience Rewards, for a chance to win dinner at Toloache in the theatre district and tickets to a Broadway show of their choice for them and five friends.

Visit www.nycgo.com/broadwayweek for all things Broadway Week and www.nycgo.com/nonstop for more information on the Nonstop NYC winter campaign.

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