Five must-see shows for Broadway Week


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Lydia Lutchman, Staff Writer

With the spring semester back in full swing, discounted tickets to the best live theater performances in New York City have also become available! Occurring biannually, Broadway Week offers half-priced tickets to some of Broadway’s best shows. Contrary to its name, Broadway “Week” lasts for almost a month, from Jan. 17 to Feb. 12. You can buy two tickets for the price of one and even upgrade each of your seats by entering designated codes at checkout! If you’re looking for guidance on which shows to take advantage of during this deal, here are The Pace Press’ recommendations. 

Kimberly Akimbo

Dubbed the best new musical of 2021, “Kimberly Akimbo” tells the story of a teenage girl suffering from a condition that makes her age faster than others. Her bittersweet feelings on the matter come to a halt as her rambunctious, on-the-run aunt comes to town and a friendship between her and an anagram-loving classmate develops. Starring Broadway favorites Victoria Clark and Alli Mauzey, this charming show follows Kim as she attempts to navigate her own mortality while also living her life to the fullest.

Moulin Rouge! 

Based on Baz Luhrmann’s 2001 award-winning film, this musical tells the story of a talented composer who falls in love with an entertainer. Bohemian Paris in the early 1900s is brought to life in this masterpiece that makes the audience feel like they are a part of the story and experiencing it for themselves. Appealing to younger audiences too, the musical incorporates popular modern songs that flow nicely with the original soundtrack and succeeds in portraying the celebration of truth, beauty, freedom and love. 


If you’re looking to see a classic Broadway hit, “Wicked,” which has enjoyed its spot in the Gershwin Theater since 2003, is a must-see. This “Wizard of Oz” prequel is a delightful and thrilling tale of an unlikely friendship between two witches, Elphaba and Glinda. Aside from its award-winning music, the show addresses intricate issues such as government corruption, beauty standards and morality and succeeds in maintaining a suspenseful plot until the very end. 

MJ the Musical 

One of the greatest entertainers of all time finally has his own biography musical in the Big Apple, and it has quickly become a fan-favorite. Primarily focused on the rehearsals of Michael Jackson’s 1992 Dangerous Tour, 30 of his most popular songs are included. The King of Pop’s legacy in music has not been forgotten and has spread to different forms of art with approval from his children, ensuring that his singing and dancing would be remembered in the future.

& Juliet

This jukebox-style musical is a feminist retelling of “Romeo and Juliet” in which the wife of William Shakespeare, Anne Hathaway, tells her husband that his new play is too depressing. Instead, she presses for Juliet to live after Romeo dies and make her own life for herself, and in this version, she does. The characters involved in her story are of diverse backgrounds and different walks of life. The comedy aspect, as well as the interesting storyline, has attracted theatergoers from all over.