New York City, the heart of the wonderful world of theater, offers magnificent stage productions throughout the year that play to packed houses. Currently running on Broadway are three must-see shows – A Catered Affair, Wicked and Mamma Mia!
A Catered Affair combines just the right elements of humor and humanity to bring the audience a thoroughly entertaining Broadway musical. Described as an “enthralling 90 minutes of emotional power”, the show tells the story of a typical Bronx family in the 1950s faced with a difficult decision. Starring Tom Wopat, Faith Prince and other established stars, the show is directed by John Doyle, with music and lyrics by John Bucchino.
Wicked, the untold story of the Witches of Oz, is another brilliant Broadway musical that is sure to have the audience riveted in their seats. The show, based on the bestselling novel by Gregory Macguire, features music and lyrics by Steven Schwartz, and is directed by Tony Award winner Tony Mantello. The show relates the story of the Wicked Witch of the West and Glenda the Good Witch and how they land up in their roles. The show has played to rave reviews and Richard Zoglin of Time Magazine said: “If every musical had a brain, a heart and the courage of Wicked, Broadway really would be a magical place”.
Finally, Mamma Mia is the latest music that has taken the world by storm. Some of the most unforgettable songs once performed by the Swedish group, Abba, including “Voulez Vous”, “Take a Chance on Me” and “Dancing Queen”, are woven into a poignant love story. Created by Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson of original Abba fame, Mamma Mia has been seen by over thirty million people around the world and it is not for nothing that this show is considered a global smash hit.
For an up-to-date listing of the Broadway and off-Broadway shows, head to NewYorkJourney.com.