What Broadway musicals should audiences from the UK see first if visiting the Great White Way?

We have compiled this list to save you the trouble of working it out! It’s just our view – and everyone has one – based on our critics’ thoughts. We will update the list from time to time.

Only Musicals which have been running on Broadway for less than one year are included in this list.

So go see them!


Unmissable. A new direction for musical theatre. Tickets are hard to get but worth the effort.

Read our review: http://www.livetheatreuk.com/index.php/reviews/broadway/319-hamilton

Bookings and further details: http://www.hamiltonbroadway.com/

Something Rotten

Puts the comedy back into Musical Comedy. One of the funniest Broadway shows of all time. Guaranteed laughs for every taste.

Read our review: http://www.livetheatreuk.com/index.php/reviews/broadway/318-something-rotten

Bookings and further details: http://rottenbroadway.com/

Spring Awakening

A beautiful re-imagining of a contemporary hit. A seamless fusion of sign language and song.

Read our review: http://www.livetheatreuk.com/index.php/reviews/broadway/322-spring-awakening

Bookings and further details: http://www.springawakeningthemusical.com/

The Color Purple

John Doyle’s superb revival, now transferred from the Menier Chocolate Factory Theatre and featuring the extraordinary Cynthia Erivo in her Broadway debut.

Read the New York Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/11/theater/review-the-color-purple-on-broadway-stripped-to-its-essence.html?_r=0

Bookings and further details: http://colorpurple.com/

The King and I 

Bartlett Sher’s sumptuous revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, featuring Kelli O’Hara in her first Tony winning performance.

Read our review: http://www.livetheatreuk.com/index.php/reviews/broadway/321-the-king-and-i

Bookings and further details: http://www.lct.org/shows/king-and-i/

Fiddler on the Roof

Another Bartlett Sher revival; another Tony Award winning hit full of great tunes.

Read the New York Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/21/theater/review-a-fiddler-on-the-roof-revival-with-an-echo-of-modernity.html

Bookings and further details: http://fiddlermusical.com/

School of Rock – the Musical.

Lloyd Webber’s first runaway success on Broadway in decades. An adaptation of the movie with the same name, it has had spectacular reviews and the score is packed with joyful tunes.

Read the New York Times review: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/07/theater/review-school-of-rock-teaches-the-abcs-of-power-chords.html

Bookings and further details: http://www.broadway.com/shows/school-rock-musical/cast/

An American In Paris

A lush and beautifully danced old-fashioned Broadway music, full of spectacular dancing.

Read our review: http://www.livetheatreuk.com/index.php/reviews/broadway/413-an-american-in-paris

Bookings and further details: http://www.broadway.com/shows/american-paris/

Finding Neverland

A magical musical for all the family. Funny and heart-warming, with a tuneful score from Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy.

Read our review: http://www.livetheatreuk.com/index.php/reviews/broadway/323-finding-neverland

Bookings and further details: http://findingneverlandthemusical.com/

Fun Home  

A modern classic of the musical form; a tale about family, love and understanding, with a superb score from Jeanine Tesori.

Read our review: http://www.livetheatreuk.com/index.php/reviews/broadway/414-fun-home

Bookings and further details: http://funhomebroadway.com/