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The Hottest Shows on Broadway This Summer

Last updated June 26, 2024 by Staff
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A selection of this summer's hottest shows
Illustration by Jillian Goeler

Looking for a way to beat the heat? Summer is the perfect time to catch a Broadway show! From celebrated new musicals to fan-favorite revivals to starry stagings and beyond, here are the hottest shows to see on Broadway this summer! 

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Hell's Kitchen

Now Open
Summer in the city! Transport to NYC's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood in this new musical inspired by the life of, and featuring music and lyrics by, 15-time Grammy winner Alicia Keys. Follow Ali as she steps out of her NYC apartment and finds the world. Buy tickets to Hell's Kitchen on Broadway!


Ali and Knuck dance
Maleah Joi Moon and Chris Lee in Hell's Kitchen
(Photo: Marc J. Franklin)

Water for Elephants

Now Open
Take a trip to the world of the traveling circus as Sara Gruen’s best-selling novel comes to vivid life in this unique, spectacle-filled musical adaptation. Featuring innovative stagecraft and a score by PigPen Theatre Co., Water For Elephants follows a young man as he navigates loss, love and finding new life. Buy tickets to Water For Elephants on Broadway


The cast of Water for Elephants
(Photo: Matthew Murphy)

The Notebook

Now Open
In need of a good summer cry? Based on Nicholas' Sparks best-selling novel and one of the highest-grossest films of all time, The Notebook brings Allie and Noah to the stage by way of six different actors portraying them at different points in their lives and love. The romance classic is set to music with a score by singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson. Buy tickets to The Notebook on Broadway!


Allie and Noah hold each other in the rain
Joy Woods and Ryan Vasquez in The Notebook
(Photo: Julieta Cervantes)

The Who's Tommy

Now Open; Closes July 21, 2024
Rock out! The Who's epic and exhilarating rock opera returns to Broadway, featuring anthems like “I’m Free,” “See Me, Feel Me,” “Sensation” and “Pinball Wizard" as the titular Tommy navigates his universe and finds a home behind a pinball machine. Buy tickets to The Who's Tommy on Broadway!


Tommy greets his public
Ali Louis Bourzgui and the cast of The Who's Tommy
(Photo: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman)

The Outsiders

Now Open
Oklahoma comes to Broadway as Ponyboy and the gang take the stage in a thrilling new musical that explores the timeless themes of chosen family and more that have kept both S.E. Hinton’s novel and Francis Ford Coppola’s motion picture classics for decades. Buy tickets to The Outsiders on Broadway!


Sky Lakota-Lynch and Brody Grant in The Outsiders
(Photo: Matthew Murphy)

The Wiz

Now Open
Ease on down the road to this classic musical! Based on L. Frank Baum’s children’s book, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Wiz returns home to the American stage with an all-new adaptation. Follow Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion as they take on the streets of New York City. Buy tickets to The Wiz on Broadway!


the cast of The Wiz takes on the yellow brick road
Kyle Ramar Freeman, Nichelle Lewis, Phillip Johnson Richardson and Avery Wilson in The Wiz
(Photo: Jeremy Daniel)

Once Upon a Mattress

Previews begin July 31, 2024; Opens August 12, 2024; Closes November 30, 2024
Sutton Foster and Michael Urie star in the revival of this beloved musical fairytale, back on Broadway for the first time for a limited late-summer run. Join Princess Winnifred as she charms, delights, and dances her way to the top… of a stack of mattresses. Buy tickets to Once Upon a Mattress on Broadway!


Sutton Foster in the City Center Encores! production of Once Upon a Mattress
(Photo: Joan Marcus)

The Great Gatsby

Now Open
Travel to the extravagant world of the 1920s as F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel hits the Broadway stage. Jay Gatsby, Daisy Buchanan and more come to life in this new musical. Don't miss the party! Buy tickets to The Great Gatsby on Broadway!


Daisy and Gatsby get close
Eva Noblezada as Daisy and Jeremy Jordan as Gatsby in The Great Gatsby
(Photo: Matthew Murphy and Evan Zimmerman)


Now Open; Closes January 5, 2025

Song of the summer! Featuring original music from Arcade Fire's Will Butler and set in a recording studio in 1976, Stereophonic mines the agony and the ecstasy of creation as it zooms in on an up-and-coming rock band as they teeter on the cusp of superstardom. Buy tickets to Stereophonic on Broadway


a band sits in a recording studio
The cast of Stereophonic
(Photo: Julieta Cervantes)

Oh, Mary!

Previews begin June 26, 2024; July 11, 2024; Closes September 15, 2024
Cole Escola's hit comedy following the miserable, suffocated Mary Todd Lincoln in the weeks leading up to Abraham Lincoln’s assassination arrives on Broadway after a sold-out run downtown. Buy tickets to Oh, Mary! on Broadway!


Conrad Ricamora and Cole Escola in the off-Broadway production of Oh, Mary!
(Photo: Emilio Madrid)
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