Best Broadway Musicals to see for Bachelorette Parties
Plan an event that is sure to please everyone on the invite list — a girls night out on Broadway.
Congratulations on your upcoming nuptials! Sure, there’s lots of planning to do for the big day, but the time-honored tradition of a bachelorette party is definitely the most fun item on your to-do list. Plan an event that is sure to please everyone on the invite list — a girls night out on Broadway. New York City’s theatre offerings can transport you and your bride squad to the Red Light District in Paris at the turn of the 20th century, or even to the Land of Oz. Maybe your bachelorette party is more suited to the vibe of a Spice Girls concert, or perhaps the fishnets and flair of 1920s Chicago. Where will the night take you?
Below are the best Broadway shows in New York for bachelorette parties. So gather your gals and bid adieu to single life in the glow of Times Square with the best Broadway shows for girls night out.
The musical Wicked is about female friendship and the power of women. Adapted from the novel by Gregory Maguire, the Tony Award-winning show is a companion piece to Frank L. Baum’s The Wizard of Oz. Wicked tells the story of the unlikely bond between Elphaba and Galinda, who are later known as the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good, long before Dorothy is swept from Kansas. Stephen Schwartz’s music, plus some added stage magic, provides a perfect reminder of the importance of your closest gal pals.
Quick hand raise: Have you and your girlfriends ever jammed out to Spice Girls songs? Six the musical is for you. The 75-minute show, by Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow, is essentially a concert with the ex-wives of Henry VIII as the girl group. Each queen, modeled after modern pop moguls, takes the mic to share who had it worst with the former King of England. The show will have you cheering, and by the end you’ll be dancing down the aisles of the theater. The musical had an unprecedented fast track to the West End and Broadway while touring internationally and on cruises — and it is also taking reign as one of the best Broadway bachelorette parties.
If you’re a sucker for romance, Hadestown is based on the fateful love story of Orpheus and Eurydice. The folk musical features music by Anaïs Mitchell, and brings the Greek myth to life with music varying from New Orleans jazz to rock. Even if you know how the age-old story ends, you’ll be wrapped up in the budding romance between the young lovers. The musical, which won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Musical, is helmed by the lauded director, Rachel Chavkin.
So you and your girls like to dance. Put on your best dresses, and your dancing shoes, and saunter over to the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for Tina: The Tina Turner Musical. The jukebox musical is about the life and career of Rock ‘n Roll queen Tina Turner, and follows her rise from a small town in Tennessee to the top of the music charts, despite adversity. The show, with a book by Katori Hall, features Tina’s signature hip dance moves and hits including “Proud Mary” and “What’s Love Got to Do With It?”
Chicago is the ultimate night on the town. The long-running Broadway musical follows the infamous murder trials of Velma Kelly, a Vaudeville star, and Roxie Hart, a chorus girl willing to do whatever it takes to see her name in lights. The two murderesses fight for the front page, and for the spotlight, as all of Chicago clings to the cases. Bob Fosse’s iconic choreography, paired with John Kander and Fred Ebb’s jazzy tunes, will have you and your girlfriends doing the cell block tango.
The current revival of Stephen Sondheim’s 1970 musical comedy Company is gender reversed, changing the male character of Bobby to the female lead Bobbie. It’s her 35th birthday party and her friends keep asking why she isn’t married or settled down. The show, with songs including “Being Alive” and “Ladies Who Lunch,” explores what it means to be single and what it means to be partnered in the 21st century.
If your dream wedding is inspired by the lavish ceremonies held for British royalty, Diana: A New Musical is your ticket. (More than 750 million people from across the globe tuned in to watch Princess Diana and Prince Charles’ wedding in 1981!) The musical, by Joe DiPietro and David Bryan, is about the bride’s rise to royalty and her enduring legacy as a leader, despite the challenges of her marriage and the official duties of the Royal Family. The show features many of Diana’s most remembered looks of the 1980s, including puff-sleeved dresses and sleek suits, and that famous bridal gown with a 25-foot train.
Whatever the bachelor party is doing won’t be as cool as seeing Hamilton. The hip-hop musical tells the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton, a penniless orphan in the Caribbean who grew up to be one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Lin Manuel-Miranda’s show, which holds the record for garnering the most Tony Award nominations, features rousing duels and tender courtship — and a pretty epic wedding toast song. To the bride!
So you couldn’t spring for a bachelorette party in Paris, but how about a trip to the Parisian cabaret? Based on Baz Luhrman’s 2001 film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is about an English poet who falls in love with a performer and courtesan at the cabaret. The musical features pop music, including “Toxic” by Britney Spears, “Firework” by Katy Perry, and “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé. Added bonus: the set by designer Derek McLane is the ultimate photo opp, with a life-size elephant, windmill, and a heart encasing the stage.