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After more than a year since it first shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Broadway is now in full swing. It's been a good couple of weeks now since the famous district in New York has lit up once again. In fact, the 74th Tony Awards recently happened this past September. That's more than enough proof that it's time to head back to the theater for some much-needed entertainment. But what is there to expect on Broadway, especially this November 2011? What are the must-see musicals and highly-anticipated shows? Well, here's a list of what you ought to see on Broadway this month.
Diana (November 17)
You've heard of movies about the British Royal Family, right? There are tons out there and many of which are even critically acclaimed. But what about a musical about the royal family? In particular, about the life of the late great Princess Diana? Well, that's what the new upcoming Broadway musical, 'Diana' is all about. Premiering at the Longacre Theatre in the Midtown district of Manhattan on November 17, 2021, the life and times of the late princess get a musical spin. From her fairytale beginnings to her real-world problems and untimely death, this will be a show you won't want to miss!
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Clyde's (November 22)
Uzo Aduba, of 'Orange is The New Black'-fame is set to headline the new play, 'Clyde's,' which will premiere at the Hellen Hayes Theater on 44th street, Manhattan, on November 22, 2021. The non-musical comedy will feature the Emmy Award-winning actress as the titular lead, who runs a truck stop sandwich shop with rather interesting kitchen staff. Most of her workers were formerly incarcerated, enjoying their second chance at a new life. Though Clyde is a strict and stern boss, she gives her staff the freedom to work hard and pursue their dreams, all for the sake of redemption.
Source: Second Stage Theater YouTube Channel
'I'm not gonna miss my shot!' Take a page out of Alexander Hamilton's book and don't miss your shot at watching the hit Tony Award-winning musical, 'Hamilton,' as it returns on Broadway this November. Although you can stream the show (with the original cast, no less!) now on Disney+, there's no replacing seeing the historic rap-filled musical live. There's nothing like seeing the performers rap every line to perfection, marveling at the sick dance moves, and getting caught in all the drama and political intrigue that shaped the United States of America. Although Lin-Manuel Miranda has long let go of the titular role, his legacy in this masterpiece musical lives on.
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In many ways, the 2015 hit musical, 'Waitress,' is a celebration of women. The titular waitress, Jenna, finds out she's pregnant by her aggressive and gaslighting husband, Earl. To escape her troubles, she bakes away as she remembers her late mother and reflects on where she went wrong with her life that she ended up in this situation. As she starts to reach her breaking point, she meets the charming Dr. Potmatter and has an affair with him, all while planning to enter a pie-baking contest in order to escape her husband once and for all.
Source: American Repertory Theater YouTube Channel
The great thing about Broadway plays, and about theater in general, is that it never finds new ways to retell classic stories. Take the ancient Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, for instance, which is regarded as one of, if not the most tragic romance in all of Greek mythology. In the Tony Award-winning musical, 'Hadestown,' this very myth is turned into a similarly sad love story set in a 1920s subterranean factory town, with influences ranging from the jazzy New Orleans to the more industrial Mid-West. Instead of chitons and peplos, the characters wear overalls, snazzy suits, and big furs. It's a fascinating and catchy take on the ancient Greek myth!
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Moulin Rouge! The Musical
If you thought the Baz Luhrmann-directed movie musical was amazing, wait until you see 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' live on Broadway this November 2021. The show, which recently won the Tony Award for Best Musical, is the stage adaptation of the 2001 hit film that starred Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor. It tells the story of Christian, a penniless writer, who falls in love with Satine, an ill-fated cabaret dancer, and prostitute who works at the Moulin Rouge, one of the grandest cabarets in Paris. Their passionate romance sets forth a whirlwind of intrigue and drama, in-between some spectacular musical numbers you won't soon forget!
Source: The Tony Awards YouTube Channel
After more than a year of staying cooped up at home due to the Covid-19 global pandemic, you deserve to have a good time in the theater. And if you're in New York, why not check out these amazing shows? Both new and returning, they're sure to dazzle you out!
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