Musicals are enchanting, and with 2015’s mega-hit Hamilton, interest has peaked on the age-old art form. From the off-Broadway feature Latin History for Morons, to the abruptly closed In Transit, this has been a season to remember. Read on for this spring’s must-see Broadway shows.

Dear Evan Hansen

Dear Evan Hansen at the Music Box Theatre

Parenting has never been easy. But now, social media makes the task even tougher. Teens often have two “selves” one physical, the other digital. It’s these dynamics that Dear Evan Hansen digs into so deeply. Ben Platt (of Pitch Perfect fame) stars as Evan Hansen, a socially awkward and self-loathing teen. Who eventually, through dubious means, leaves it all behind. The experience has been described as cathartic and heart-wrenching. An especially poignant performance for parents, but a must see for anyone reading this list. Don’t plan on leaving with dry eyes.

Music Box Theatre
239 W 45th St
New York, NY 10036

Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly! featuring Bette Midler

A well-loved musical, Hello, Dolly! tells the story of an outspoken matchmaker and her attempts to marry “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder. Known for its irresistible score, humor, and wit, the original production debuted in 1964. Back for its third run on Broadway, this iteration brings the famed and talented Bette Midler to the stage as Dolly. Midler’s vast experience is just the injection of spunk this revival needed to bring it into the 21st century. The show might not be new, but expect a take on this classic that’s sure to steal the show.

Shubert Theatre
225 W 44th St
New York, NY 100367

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me

Ernest Shackleton Loves Me Photo by Jeff Carpenter

36-hours without sleep can end in a lot of ways. Most of them, however, don’t involve Skyping with a long dead arctic explorer. Ernest Shackleton Loves Me is nearly as odd as it sounds, but also heartfelt and enduring, and extremely enjoyable. A sleep-deprived single mom attempts to navigate her stressful life after being recently fired from a high-paying job as a video game music composer. Her first foray into online dating warps her through time and space to meet the real-life arctic explorer Ernest Shackleton (Wade McCollum). The two find a century, distance, and wildly different circumstances aren’t enough for them to inspire each other and maybe more. The music, digital displays, and real historic footage will distort your own sense of time—90 minutes will feel like the blink of an eye.

Tony Kiser Theater
305 W 43rd Street
New York, NY 10036

Don’t forget to grab a bite on the way to any of these great performances. AVA Social offers a show-stopping menu that’ll leave you begging for an encore. Luckily, Spyglass will open after your show for the perfect nightcap.

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