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Life is a circus in this new musical based on the famous novel.
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About Water For Elephants on Broadway

Immerse yourself in the spectacle and excitement of the traveling circus with Water For Elephants on Broadway, the seven-time Tony Award nominated musical based on the critically acclaimed 2006 book and 2011 film of the same name. Get Water for Elephants tickets now on New York Theatre Guide, and experience this thrilling Best Musical nominee.

The Water For Elephants musical unfolds through the eyes of Jacob, an older man looking back and reminiscing on his life's adventures. When Jacob was young, amidst the Great Depression, his parents die and he hops a train to seek a new life, inadvertently joining a traveling circus called Benzini Bros Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Jacob, a veterinarian, quickly finds a place within the animal-heavy circus, and love finds him, too, when he falls for Marlena — the jealous ringmaster's wife.

Before its time on Broadway, Jacob's awe-inspiring story began as a novel by Sara Gruen. The New York Times bestseller was such a hit that in 2011, a film adaptation came out, starring Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, and Christoph Waltz. The film grossed $117 million worldwide, and in 2012, it won the People's Choice Award for Favorite Drama Movie.

If you're looking for a circus experience even when the circus isn't in town, look no further than this unique Broadway musical featuring show-stopping choreography and circus costumes. It even includes circus acts like puppetry and aerial silk performance.

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Run time

2hr 40min. Incl. 20min intermission.

Start date

February 24th, 2024

Categories

Musicals, Broadway

Age

Ages 8+. No children under 4 are permitted in the theater.

Production note
This production uses theatrical haze and a gunshot sound.
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849 Reviews

John Ned

John Ned

171 Reviews | 179 Followers
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Physically demanding acrobatics, Ambitious, Enchanting

See it if touching story with terrific, artfully used acrobatics and choreography. Amazing, skilled acrobats were always spot on perfect. Great cast!

Don’t see it if very minimal set design was underwhelming until I realized it awakened the imagination needed to fully appreciate the puppetry and story.

Elisa 9119

Elisa 9119

598 Reviews | 285 Followers
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Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if WFE is a visually luring show w exceptional acrobats&puppets. The circus is the star. Grant Gustin brilliantly leads the talented cast&adds*

Don’t see it if *charm to some great music& an otherwise meandering story.Skip this one if uninterested in circus or stunning acrobats. Far2long x no reason

Bruce 6

Bruce 6

774 Reviews | 332 Followers
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Director j stone/kimberly akimbo shows versatility, Pitting sympthtc young vet vs cruel circus owner, Over owner's beautiful-spirited wife, This is musical version of pop novel

See it if extraord physcl prodtn; brilliant stagecrft/acrobatcs-choreo/puppetry evoke BigTop thrills; varied score evokes depression

Don’t see it if tho novel is ribald&gritty, musical turns it into cliched, ho hum, GoodvsEvil story; no memrbl songs

chris_

chris_

298 Reviews | 104 Followers
90
Entertaining, Delightful

See it if A good story and cool acrobatics drive this well done musical to make a story about animal and spousal abuse palatable

Don’t see it if Medicare puppetry and old-man-reminisces troupe

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Our Review

'Water for Elephants' review — new musical beautifully juggles circus and theatre

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22 Mar 2024, 01:00
Read our review of Water for Elephants on Broadway, a new musical at the Imperial Theatre based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Sara Gruen.

Water For Elephants on Broadway cast and creative team

By: Rick Elice, based on the novel by Sara Gruen
Songs by: PigPen Theatre Co.
Director: Jessica Stone
Choreography: Jesse Robb and Shana Carroll
Circus design: Shana Carroll
Cast list: Grant Gustin (as Jacob), Isabelle McCalla (as Marlena), Gregg Edelman (as Mr. Jankowski), Paul Alexander Nolan (as August), Stan Brown (as Camel), Joe De Paul (as Walter), Sara Gettelfinger (as Barbara), Wade McCollum (as Wade)
Design: Takeshi Kata
Costumes: David Israel Reynoso
Lighting: Bradley King
Sound: Walter Trarbach
Other info: Projections by David Bengali; hair and makeup design by Campbell Young Associates; puppetry design by Ray Wetmore, JR Goodman, Camille Labarre; music supervision and arrangements by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Benedict Braxton-Smith; orchestrations by Daryl Waters, Braxton-Smith, August Eriksmoen

Venue

249 West 45th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY, USA, 10036

Accessibility

Accommodations for patrons who are blind, deaf, partially sighted, and/or have hearing loss; partial wheelchair access, handrail access

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Show schedule

Day of weekMatineeEvening
Monday--
Tuesday-7:00 PM
Wednesday2:00 PM8:00 PM
Thursday2:00 PM8:00 PM
Friday-7:00 PM
Saturday2:00 PM8:00 PM
Sunday--

Frequently asked questions

What is Water For Elephants on Broadway about?

Sara Gruen's bestselling novel is now a high-flying musical-meets-circus spectacular. After tragedy strikes, Jacob quits vet school and stows away with a traveling circus — and ends up in a secret love affair with the ringmaster's wife that causes tension under the big top.

Where is Water For Elephants on Broadway playing?

Water For Elephants on Broadway is playing at Imperial Theatre. The theatre is located in 249 West 45th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, 10036.

How long is Water For Elephants on Broadway?

The running time of Water For Elephants on Broadway is 2hr 40min. Incl. 20min intermission.

What's the age requirement for Water For Elephants on Broadway?

The recommended age for Water For Elephants on Broadway is Ages 8+. No children under 4 are permitted in the theater..

How do you book tickets for Water For Elephants on Broadway?

Book tickets for Water For Elephants on Broadway on New York Theatre Guide.

How much do tickets cost for Water For Elephants on Broadway?

Tickets for Water For Elephants on Broadway start at $65.

Who wrote Water For Elephants?

Rick Elice wrote the book for the Water for Elephants musical, based on Sara Gruen's original novel. He’s known for his Tony-nominated writing on Jersey Boys and Peter and the Starcatcher. The musical collective PigPen Theatre Co. wrote the songs.

Who directed Water For Elephants?

Jessica Stone directs Water For Elephants. She was nominated for a Tony Award for directing Kimberly Akimbo in 2023.

What are the songs in Water For Elephants?

PigPen Theatre Co. wrote the original music and lyrics for this show. The songs include “The Lion Has Got No Teeth,” “Just Our Luck,” and “Squeaky Wheel.”

Is Water For Elephants appropriate for kids?

Water For Elephants is recommended for ages 8 and older. The show contains some adult themes, acts of violence, and strong language, but the circus acts and spectacles will dazzle young audiences.

Is Water For Elephants good?

Water For Elephants is based on the critically acclaimed book and film of the same name, and the stage version is a uniquely exciting, larger-than-life spectacle with lots of talent involved. The show offers a rare opportunity to get the entertainment of a circus and a musical in one.

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