Broadway has seen tons of underrated musicals that have taken the stage by storm, in some way or another. The theater world is a fast-moving and ever-changing kaleidoscope of different genres, songs, and stories; a show can be the hottest ticket in town one night and fall utterly dead by the next week. Some shows such as Wicked, Hamilton, Dear Evan Hansen, and The Book Of Mormon have huge followings and a packed box office every day of the week. But some shows don’t get the hype that they truly deserve, so I compiled a list of my all-time favorites. Keep in mind that many of the following productions have since left Broadway, the available soundtracks can give you a taste of just how spectacular these productions really were.
Escape To Margaritaville
Jimmy Buffet’s Escape to Margaritaville, is any Parrothead’s dream. The production is currently on tour through all of 2020, so there is still a chance to see the show this upcoming year. Not to mention, it’s great fashion inspo. The show is a bit cheesy, but it definitely a party from start to finish, containing upbeat music, a feel-good storyline, and margaritas for the crowd during intermission. The show will leave you wanting to buy a Hawaiian shirt and tickets to the nearest Jimmy Buffet concert.
Summer: The Donna Summer Musical
Following the life story of the “queen of disco,” Donna Summer, this show takes a fun, new spin on a biographical show. With limited sets, an all-female ensemble, and of course a Donna Summer soundtrack, the show has something for everyone. This show set the tone for the trend of pop-star life stories brought to Broadway, like The Cher Show and TINA- The Tina Turner Musical.
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet Of 1812
This show hit the stage in 2012 at The Imperial Theater, and had its final performance in 2017. I heavily urge you to relive the magic of the show through the 2 hour long soundtrack recorded by the original cast. Inspired by the novel, War and Peace, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 transports you to a jazzy, operatic club in 18th century Russia. The theater itself embeds you into the show with winding platforms and a circular concept that allows the actors to perform all throughout the theater.
Starring Broadway legends, Patti Lupone and Christine Ebersole portray rivals Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein, this show has had a lasting effect on audiences. Taking you through several decades of the beauty industry, this show provides interesting takes on the ever-changing political climate and perception. The show came to a sudden close on November 5th, 2017 due to medical issues concerning Patti Lupone, but the message and music continues to spread.
The Play That Goes Wrong
Debuted in 2017, this comedy following a British theater troupe’s attempt at a murder mystery, is different from anything you’ve seen before. From the minute you step into the theater, you’re engulfed in the show. From actors running around before the show starts pretending to be crew people and the cast walking around in disguise during intermission, there’s never a dull moment. Being one of the few plays on Broadway, it was really a standout. The show sadly left Broadway as the longest-running play in January of 2019, but you can still see the show at the New Worlds Stage theater in its off-broadway run.