From performances in New York City to off-Broadway shows in Florida, 2019 is bringing theater-lovers musicals and plays that everyone can enjoy.
Historical drama and cartoons brought to life are taking center stage this year; these are the shows you can experience before the clock strikes twelve in 2020.
The ten-dollar founding father is the hottest show on Broadway this year. Written by Lin Manuel-Miranda, Hamilton retells the riveting story of America’s forgotten founder, Alexander Hamilton. Alexander, portrayed by Miranda, sails from the Caribbean after his mother dies.
The musical takes viewers through the life of the founding father. He meets his friends, marries Eliza Schuyler, works for George Washington, and establishes the United States Treasury. Alexander Hamilton’s legacy comes alive in this play via catchy numbers that you won’t be able to get out of your head.
You can see Hamilton performed by the original cast at the Richard Rogers Theater in New York City.
2. The SpongeBob Musical
Everyone’s favorite yellow sponge takes the stage with his undersea friends in The SpongeBob Musical.
Get ready to be awed by bright colors, exciting songs, and dance moves as this Nickelodeon series is reenacted by the Bikini Bottom crew.
Creativity, friendship, and unity are the themes of this musical adventure; it’s the best family-friendly show in Jacksonville this year.
3. The Color Purple
You can see this Tony Award-winning classic in Jacksonville at the Thrasher-Horne Center. Retold in scores of jazz and ragtime tunes, The Color Purple tells the story of an abused African American woman struggling to find herself.
This riveting play will have you on an emotional roller coaster; love, heartbreak, and drama all show up in equal parts as you walk side by side with Celie on her journey for companionship and justice.
4. The Lion King
Take a trip to New York City to experience the Circle of Life live and in person. This classic musical never disappoints.
Lively tunes help tell the story of a young cub who just can’t wait to be king. African rhythms bring this Disney classic to life; intricate costumes and music by Elton John take this show to the next level.
Become part of the pride and go on a journey with Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa through the African savanna.
Wicked tells the story of Elphaba and Galinda, two diametrically different witches with the same love interest.
This complex musical takes you back in time before the cyclone ravaged Dorothy’s Kansas home.
There’s a reason that Wicked has garnered a cult following; complex themes present themselves in ways that invoke emotions and inspire deep thoughts about the world we live in.
You can catch Wicked at the Gershwin Theatre in New York City.
Upbeat scores help tell the story of an abused, pregnant waitress who falls head over heels for her gynecologist.
Life can be hard for a girl who is only good at making pies; this whimsical tale portrays a heartfelt story in a humorous light.
This play is based on the 2007 indie film and brings baked delights with a side of feminism. You can see Waitress in New York City or Jacksonville, Florida.