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.
Whether you're the bride or the maid of honor, there’s lots of planning to do for the big day. 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 the whole bridal party — a girls night out on Broadway. New York City’s theatre offerings can transport you and your 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 pop 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. Gather your gals and bid adieu to single life in the glow of Times Square with the best Broadway shows for a girls' night out. Whether you're looking for something sexy and romantic, fun and wild, or celebratory of female friendships above all else, there's a Broadway show for every type of bachelorette party.
"Oh, what a celebration we'll have today," Glinda sings regarding an engagement in Wicked — how fitting for a bachelorette party! The musical is really about female friendship and the power of women, though. 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 and plenty of stage magic provide a perfect reminder of the importance of your closest gal pals. No wonder Wicked is so popular!
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Quick hand raise: Have you and your girlfriends ever jammed out to pop divas' hits — Britney Spears, Rihanna, Adele? Six is the musical for you. The 80-minute show by Lucy Moss and Toby Marlow is essentially a concert featuring the ex-wives of Henry VIII as a Spice Girls-like 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 theatre. The musical had an unprecedented fast track to the West End and Broadway while touring internationally and on cruises — and Six is also reigning as one of the best Broadway shows for bachelorette parties.
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If you’re a sucker for romance, this show is for you. Hadestown is based on the fated love story of Orpheus and Eurydice. The musical, created by Anaïs Mitchell, brings the Greek myth to life with music varying from New Orleans jazz to rock to folk. Even if you know how the age-old story ends, you’ll be wrapped up in the romance between the young lovers, which leads Orpheus to go on a dangerous journey for the sake of Eurydice. Hadestown won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Musical, and the show celebrates the power of love in the face of all hardships. You and your bachelorettes can raise your cups to that as you enter into a lifelong love story of your own.
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C'mon, girls, why don't we paint the town? Have a sexy, jazzy, criminally fun night out at Chicago. The long-running Broadway musical follows the 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 front-page headlines as all of Chicago clings to the cases, making them overnight celebrities. 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.
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Whatever the bachelor party is doing won’t be as cool as the bachelorettes seeing Hamilton, which is still one of the hottest tickets in town years after its 2015 premiere. 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 having the most Tony Award nominations, features rousing duels and tender courtship — and a pretty epic wedding toast song. To the bride!
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Moulin Rouge! The Musical
So you couldn’t spring for a bachelorette party in Paris, but how about a trip to the Parisian cabaret instead? Based on Baz Luhrman’s 2001 film, Moulin Rouge! The Musical is about a bohemian writer, Christian, who falls in love with Satine, a performer and courtesan at the titular nightclub. The musical features plenty of contemporary pop music to rock out to, including “Toxic” by Britney Spears, “Firework” by Katy Perry, and “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé. Plus, the glitzy set by designer Derek McLane is the ultimate photo op, with a life-size elephant, windmill, and a heart encasing the stage. Your celebration may not be in Paris, but as long as you're at Moulin Rouge! The Musical, you'll feel like you're there.
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The adventures Juliet goes on in & Juliet, which reimagines what would happen if the title heroine didn't die at the end of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, might sound a lot like what you've planned for your bachelorette party. She gathers her friends, goes to parties in Paris, and discovers all the fun the world has to offer. She and her friends also find new romance beyond Romeo — your bride might already have that covered, but you all can fall in love with this fun musical instead. The whole story is scored with modern pop music from hitmaker Max Martin, so get ready to jam out to hits from Britney Spears, Katy Perry, P!nk, Kesha, and more.
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