Top theatre to see in New York this summer

See the new Broadway and Off-Broadway shows you can catch this summer.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Summer is coming, and that means it's time for summer vacation! If you're planning to travel to New York this summer, your trip wouldn't be complete without a show — Broadway is a top NYC landmark to check off your list. It gets pretty hot in the city at summer's peak, so why not cool off inside a theatre or two — and get a great ticket deal to do so?

Summer is a slower season for Broadway show openings as compared to the fall and especially the spring, since most of the major theatre awards, like the Tonys, have just taken place. But that doesn't mean there aren't plenty New York shows to choose from! Amid steady, long-running classics like The Lion King that are perfect for any season, there are new Broadway and Off-Broadway shows starting up in the summer.

Here's your preview of the Off-Broadway and Broadway shows you can get summer tickets to, including starry plays, fun musicals, comedy, and thrillers.

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Tony-nominated shows to see this summer

The summer heat has nothing on the hottest Broadway shows of the season! The Tony Awards are on June 11, when some of these Tony nominees will be crowned winners, so grab your seats now before they become even hotter tickets!


In the mood for some fun, corny humor? You'll find a shuck-ton of it at this nine-time Tony-nominated musical comedy about a farmgirl's quest to save her small town's dying corn crop, finding courage and love along the way. In addition to Best Musical, the show's nominations include Best Book (by Tony winner Robert Horn) and Best Original Score (by Grammy-winning country songwriters Shane McAnally and Brandy Clark).

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Kimberly Akimbo

Time is on your side to see Kimberly Akimbo this summer! The Best Musical nominee follows a New Jersey teenager with a condition that makes her age four times faster than usual, which encourages her to seek happiness and love while she can. This bittersweet, family-friendly story is adapted from Pulitzer winner David Lindsay-Abaire's same-named play and features a score by Tony winner Jeanine Tesori.

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& Juliet

See the Best Musical nominee that's making everybody roar. This fun, pop-fueled show sees Juliet, from Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, go on a trip to find new life and love instead of dying young. Her adventure is set to more than 30 pop hits like "...Baby One More Time," "Teenage Dream," and "I Want It That Way" that you'll want to sing and dance to.

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Broadway shows to see this summer

Summer vacation is the best time to catch a long-running Broadway show you haven't gotten to see yet. Take your family, your partner, or your friends to these feel-good hit shows — and one new show — playing on Broadway all summer long. There's even more where these came from, though, so check out all the Broadway shows in New York right now.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Believe in magic at the acclaimed stage sequel to J. K. Rowling's beloved books and films. Harry Potter and his friends join Harry's son and the next generation of wizards to right past wrongs and save the Wizarding World once more. Incredible special effects bring the magic to life before your eyes.

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Summer's hot, but hell is hotter. Take the road to hell and see this eight-time Tony-winning musical that puts a fresh spin on Greek mythology. Folk and jazz music tell the story of how the musician Orpheus takes a dangerous journey to rescue his lover, Eurydice, from underworld god Hades's subterranean sweatshop.

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The Book of Mormon

Go along with the Mormons on their trip to Uganda in The Book of Mormon, and get lots of laughs along the way. This musical comedy from the creators of South Park (which should give you an idea of its irreverent style of humor) centers on a mismatched pair of Mormon elders sent to convert the locals of a Ugandan village. It's not an easy task, and it takes a lot more than faith for them to succeed. You can have faith, though, that you'll have a fun time at The Book of Mormon on Broadway, which has won nine Tonys including Best Musical and has been making New York audiences laugh since 2011.

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Fill your summer with the lively sounds of all that jazz. This long-running musical — the second longest-running Broadway show in history — has made headlines for more than 25 years for its music, dance, and sensational story. Chicago is a satirical crime drama, centering on two vaudeveille-performers-turned-murderesses in Chicago's prison. The women compete for the attention of a slick, skilled lawyer who shows them that getting off scot-free is just a matter of razzle-dazzling the press.

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A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical

A good summer never seemed so good! Rock out to all the hits from Grammy Award-winning legend Neil Diamond at this bio-musical celebrating his life. Learn how he went from being a poor Brooklyn kid to an internationally renowned musician, and hear more than 25 songs like "Sweet Caroline," "America," "Song Sung Blue," "I'm a Believer," and "You Don't Bring Me Flowers."

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Off-Broadway shows to see this summer

In addition to Broadway theatre that started up in the spring, there are plenty of new and existing Off-Broadway shows this summer. Spend a summer day in a cool, air-conditioned theatre as you enjoy a new musical or play in New York.


What happens when you cross the Oscar-winning Titanic film with the repertoire of Celine Dion, whose rendition of "My Heart Will Go On" on the soundtrack is almost as famous as the film itself? You get Titanique, the award-winning musical parody that's been docked off Broadway since last summer. In Titanique, Dion herself (that is, an actress playing her) interrupts a Titanic museum tour to tell the audience what really happened to Rose and Jack once the credits started rolling. Dion hits like "All By Myself" and "To Love You More" all feature in this Off-Broadway musical that's making waves.

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Cocktail Magique

Raise a glass to this unique variety show in Brooklyn. Company XIV's newest spectacle shakes up mixology, circus, burlesque, and magic into one cocktail of intoxicating fun for the 21+ crowd.

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Seven Sins

Across the street from Cocktail Magique is Seven Sins, another burlesque variety show from Company XIV. Fall from grace as you watch dance, opera, acrobatics, and other performances based on the seven deadly sins. Once you do, you'll be tempted to come back.

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The Play That Goes Wrong

The Play That Goes Wrong is doing something right, as it's been in New York for six years and counting. See the amateur Cornley Drama Society attempt to stage a murder mystery play — if only their props wouldn't go missing and actors' offstage feuds didn't creep on stage. You can try to figure out whodunnit, but you might be too busy laughing at the nonstop antics.

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