Disney fans know what they want in a Broadway show. It has to be magical. And it has to be unforgettable.
Currently, there are two Disney-produced musicals running on the Great White Way. The first, The Lion King, is pretty much the gold standard when it comes to Broadway spectacle. More than 50 million people have seen it live. Directed by the great Julie Taymor, it’s a stunning adaptation of the much-beloved movie. And it uses stagecraft and theatrical artistry in ways you won’t believe. Oh, and don’t worry, all the songs you love so much are here too.
The second show, Mary Poppins, takes another favorite Disney film and brings it to stunning life on stage. But if you think you know Mary, you’ve never seen her like this. The world of the movie explodes onto the stage with all the songs you can’t stop singing, but also with tons of theatrical antics, big production numbers, huge sets and jaw-dropping special effects.
Disney fans who are in the mood for something a little different, but who insist on the same rigorous standards, are now heading to Radio City Music Hall, where Cirque du Soleil’s latest creation, Zarkana, is wowing audiences in the biggest of ways. This is an acrobatic musical spectacular about a magician who has lost his powers – and who tries to get them back, along with the love of his life. All of the Cirque trademarks are here: thrilling feats of strength and gravity, glorious music and eye-popping visuals.
For comic-book fans, nothing tops Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. This mind-bogglingly-huge spectacle has arrived on Broadway courtesy of Bono and The Edge. It’s got the love affair you know, about Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson, accompanied by great songs, a thrilling new story that incorporates the Green Goblin and effects like you’ve never seen in a Broadway theater (or in real life, for that matter).
Finally, for something a little different (but just as much fun), head downtown to the Astor Place Theatre on Lafayette Street to catch the Blue Man Group. Comedy, music, multimedia antics. These guys do it all. Oh yeah, they don’t do one thing: words. This international sensation has graced stages everywhere (and chances are, you’ve probably caught them on your TV screen, too). But there’s nothing like experiencing them live, where they’ll wow you with their incredible humor and undeniable infectiousness.