NYC's Broadway Week Guide
Monday, February 1st, 2016 | christell c

Broadway Week is making its big debut, taking take center-stage in NYC to offer theatre-obsessed citydwellers the ultimate Broadway experience. The producers of NYC & Company have come together, offering a special two-for-one ticket discount on some of The Great White Way's most buzzed-about productions (excluding Hamilton) for a limited time only. Furthermore, on the (kinky boot)heels of this week-long theatrical celebration's overwhelming success, discounts are being extended through this Friday, February 5th.


 

An American in Paris infuses rich creativity and stunning choreography with Parisian finesse. Based on the Oscar-winning 1951 film starring Gene Kelly, this Tony-winning musical chronicles the romantic story of a young American soldier and a beautifully enigmatic French girl in the most romantic city on Earth. Each seeking a new beginning in the traumatic aftermath of WWII, the pair find a certain newness in one another that neither had ever anticipated. One of the most poignant productions on Broadway, Tony Award-winning director Christopher Wheeldon's incorporation the magic, passion and romance of Paris and timeless revival of Gershwins' original masterpiece won Wheeldon more Tonys in 2014 and 2015 than any other nominee. 

A jukebox musical that incorporates music from Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe, Jersey Boys is an homage to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and truly a production not to be missed. This abstract musical follows the biographical rise, conflict, triumph and eventual break-up of the famed 1960's quartet. Albeit this musical tale is primarilly told(or rather, sang) from the perspective of frontman Frankie Valli, a small boy with big falsetto, each of the band's four emblematic member possess a unique charm and character quality, making each a quintessential figure that audience-members find themselves rooting for well after the curtains have closed. Showtunes, mafia ties and so much more, Jersey Boys has the makings for an outstanding theatre-going experience, leaving all in attendance "In The Mood for Love".

 

Femme fatales at their finest, Chicago follows the trials and tribulations of Roxie Hart as she and her fellow inmates, the six merry murderesses of the Cook County Jail, please their cases as any normal prisoner would...with fishnets, patent leather heels and impeccable choreography, of course! Set in a scandal-charged roaring 20's and one of Broadway's longest-running productions, this musical unravels a salacious storyline more extravagantly and oftentimes with even more celebrity guests than its 2002 film remdition starring Renée Zellweger and Catherine Zeta-Jones. In the past year alone, the show's A-list residencies have included the likes of Nene Leakes (Matron "Mama" Morton), Jennifer Nettles (Roxy Hart) and Brandy Norwood (Roxy Hart) among others. "Cell Block Tango" through "Nowadays/Hot Honey Rag", each number will leave you questioning morality's grey area in jovial fashion, going home with a new favorite showtune soundtrack. Kris Jenner sure did! See video here.

 

A 2005 indie film inspired by true events, Kinky Boots came to life on the Broadway stage in 2013 and has remained a theatrical staple ever since. It's been said that a good pair of shoes can take you to great places and in the case of this cutting-edge musical, this is especially true. Can this production's critical acclaim be accredited to its feel-good, heartwarming story? Good timing? A compelling performance from Wayne Brady as dynamic drag queen, Lola? Yes, yes and yes but it is the direction of Jerry Mitchell and music/lyrics by none other than Cyndi Lauper that have left those who've the pleasure of seeing Kinky Boots ready to lace themselves into a pair of sky-high, sparkle-embossed dancing shoes.