For those of you traveling to New York City for the holidays or simply looking for ways to celebrate the season in the city, there are many Broadway and Holiday shows running through the end of the month. Nothing’s better than retreating into one of New York’s amazing theater destinations for a taste of culture, beauty, and some respite from the cold. Here are the Best Broadway and Holiday Shows to See This Season, Christmas 2016.
If you’re looking to attend a Christmas-specific event, there are few cities that do them better than New York. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular continues to be a family favorite, the Rockettes delivering their famed show just as brilliantly as ever. Just as entertaining and wonderfully produced is the New York City Ballet’s annual stint of The Nutcracker. The classic tale of two children saving a fictional world brought to life by Tchaikovsky’s incredible score is enjoyable across the ages, its story and music still incapable of growing old.
If you’re specifically looking to entertain children, Madeline, everyone’s favorite, curious little French girl, will be making her holiday debut to Theater Row. Madeline’s Christmas has been lauded as a perfect blend between music and imagination, a true delight for children of all ages. And leaping right off the screen and onto the stage of MSG’s Theater is Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, joined by his friends Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Man, and of course, Santa Claus. Rudolph: The Musical will be preceded by a “holiday carnival” for families who can get to the venue a little earlier.
For those of you who don’t care to indulge in anything too Christmasy or holiday oriented, there are still some amazing shows currently running on Broadway, though some aren’t family friendly. If you’re planning to entertain mature company, try buying tickets for The Book of Mormon, which in our opinion continues to be the funniest show on Broadway. Or, if you can swing it, head over to the Richard Rodgers Theater to witness Hamilton: The Musical and finally understand what all of that Mike Pence drama was about.
If you’re looking for more family friendly shows that can hold the attention of the little ones with their extensive set designs, relaxing themes, and compelling music, we suggest seeing either Wicked or Matilda, both of which have been praised time and time again by theater fans. School of Rock, adapted from the film, is also enjoying a playful and hilarious run on Broadway. Or, you can travel back in time to 1900’s Imperial Russia and spend time with the loving yet dysfunctional father Tev’ye as he navigates the bumbling nature of family. Fiddler on the Roof, a now timeless production, is definitely worth seeing at least once.
Now that the holiday season has arrived, several people are taking the time off from politics, media drama, etc. But for those of you who don’t find the need for a break and are looking to witness some politically inspired work, there are two shows you must know about. Notes from the Field, created, written and performed by Anna Deavere Smith, is a brave and startling series of personal accounts which help paint and describe the school-to-prison pipeline that plagues people of color. Though it’s “officially” sold out, you can head over to the 2econdStageTheater the night of performances to inquire tickets to a show that is making really important strides. Currently running at The Public theater until Dec. 11th is Party People, “a breakthrough show about activists who broke through”. The cast is comprised of the compelling company UNIVERSES and are led by the fearless creative direction of Liesl Tommy, the famed creator of Eclipsed. Though it’s also sold-out, we suggest dropping by to snag tickets from cancellations.
In whatever way you choose to celebrate the holidays, remember to be safe, be kind, and have fun. Cheers from the TickPick team!