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Water For Elephants on Broadway Tickets

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

About Water For Elephants on Broadway

Immerse yourself in the spectacle and excitement of the traveling circus with Water For Elephants on Broadway, 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.

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.

Get tickets to Water For Elephants on New York Theatre Guide.

Run time

2h 30m (incl. 15m intermission)

Start date

February 24th, 2024

Categories

Musicals, Broadway

Age

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

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Mr Moustache
Great singing, Entertaining, Must see, Riveting, Great staging
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Sari 7089
Masterful, Great staging, Great singing, Entertaining, Absorbing
98 / 100
Bevvy
Masterful, Great singing, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing
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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
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: Circus design by Shana Carroll, projections by David Bengali, hair and makeup design by Campbell Young Associates, puppetry design by Camille Labarre, music supervision and arrangements by Mary-Mitchell Campbell and Benedict Braxton-Smith, orchestrations by Daryl Waters

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-8:00 PM
Wednesday-8:00 PM
Thursday--
Friday-8:00 PM
Saturday2:00 PM8:00 PM
Sunday3:00 PM-

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 New York, NY, USA, 10036.

How long is Water For Elephants on Broadway?

The running time of Water For Elephants on Broadway is 2h 30m (incl. 15m intermission).

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

The recommended age for Water For Elephants on Broadway is 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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