New York: 5 Broadway musicals to book on a girls’ trip

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Seeing a Broadway show is bucket list stuff when visiting New York but some make the experience more special than others.

Here’s what stage productions to see in the Big Apple in 2019 for the ultimate girls trip to NYC.

Mean Girls

Still able to watch Regina George and Cady Heron battle it out over and over again? Then it’s the to watch the girls of North Shore High School on stage, bringing all the best elements of the 2004 movie to life. You won’t be able to leave the theatre without saying “So fetch!” for days after seeing the hilarious tale of a transfer student from Africa, transitioning from homeschooling on the continent to infiltrating the Plastics clique as part of her new life in America.

With the film based on the Queen Bees and Wannabes book by Tina Fey, the comedy star wrote up a version with modern day references including how social media would play a part in the struggles of high school, as The Book of Mormon and Aladdin’s Casey Nicholaw directs.

August Wilson Theatre, 245 West 52nd Street, 10019

www.meangirlsonbroadway.com

The Cher Show

Carole King, has gone global but right now Cher is taking the New York stage by storm. Three actresses play the iconic singer throughout different stages of her life, including Stephanie J. Block as the artist during the ’80s. Considering her career has spanned five decades, The Cher Show does a good job of cramming her childhood and rise to fame into a few hours.

Fans can sing and dance along to 35 of her tracks performed by an orchestra, as the story of her life – including two husbands and some incredible outfits – will make you wish you could Turn Back Time.

Neil Simon Theatre, 250 W. 52nd St, 10019

www.thechershowbroadway.com

Kinky Boots

What do you get when Grammy Award–winning singer Cyndi Lauper and Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein get together for musical comedy? Kinky Boots.

The musical itself bagged six Tonys in 2013 and it’s inspired by the true story of a man who saves his family’s shoe business by producing sexy women’s footwear. The twist is the heels are for men and he’s helped by drag queen.

Al Hirschfeld Theatre, 302 W 45th St, 10036

www.kinkybootsthemusical.com

 

Waitress

Based on the film starring Keri Russell about a Southern woman waiting tables with a penchant for making pies, this one is all about following your dreams despite the obstacles.

This musical is set around a marriage without love and unplanned pregnancy, with music from Grammy-nominated singer Sara Bareilles and starring Joey McIntyre from New Kids on the Block fame. From screenwriter Jessie Nelson, it’s directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus (Hair), so it’s a guaranteed good time.

Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W 47th St, Manhattan, NY 10036

www.waitressthemusical.com

Pretty Woman: The Musical

The story of Richard Gere’s successful businessman movie character Edward, and his romance with escort Vivian, who Julia Roberts played in the flick. British actress Samantha Barks, of Les Miserables movie fame, is the leading lady. Tony-winning director and choreographer Jerry Mitchell, also behind the Kinky Boots production, gives the LA tale a musical twist.

Grammy winner Bryan Adams is behind the musical score, plus the movie’s director Garry Marshall and screenwriter J. F. Lawton are even involved to make sure iconic moments remain in this theatrical take on a love story.

Nederlander Theatre 208 West 41st St, 10036

www.prettywomanthemusical.com

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