With the buzz from the performance of “Hamilton” at the Grammys still lingering, you may feel inspired to plan a quick trip up to New York to check out some Broadway shows. Early spring is a great time to enjoy the city, before it gets too crowded with the kids out of school in the summer. Whether you are in the mood for a comedy, a drama, or a big, splashy musical, there are plenty of options, and web sites like Playbill.com can help to soften the sticker shock of NY theater prices.
Fans of the TV hit “Modern Family” will not want to miss star Jesse Tyler Ferguson in the Broadway premiere of “Fully Committed,” which begins previews April 1, 2016. NY theater fans know Ferguson as a vet of the boards dating back to his performances in shows like “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” and this chance to see him multi-task in roles as a reservations clerk at a popular restaurant and as a mob of wacky customers will definitely be a hot ticket.
It doesn’t get much more dramatic than Eugene O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey Into Night.” Jessica Lange returns to Broadway to star as the Tyrone family matriarch alongside Gabriel Byrne, John Gallagher, Jr., and Michael Shannon. You may need a cookie or a drink afterwards to cheer up, but this promises to be a thick chunk of drama.
The show with the highest potential for some serious cool factor is the musical version of “American Psycho,” which begins previews on March 24. With a score by Duncan Sheik and starring Benjamin Walker, Alice Riply, and Jennifer Damiano, this adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel is finally making the jump to Broadway after a successful run in London. Not for the squeamish or sensitive, it will be interesting to see how the story of Yuppie slayer Patrick Bateman translates into song and dance.
If you sign up for the (free) membership to Playbill.com, you receive access to the site’s discounts for Broadway and off-Broadway shows. If possible, bring the discount to the actual theater box office in person in order to avoid the steep Ticketmaster surcharges. The TKTS booth in Times Square, Brooklyn, and the Seaport also has great day-of-show discounts, and the days when the booth only accepted cash are long in the past. You can check the website to see what shows are available that day. If you have students in your group, many theaters offer student rush tickets on the day of the show as well. Goldstar.com is another option offering discounted tix.