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10 Broadway Musicals to Book Now for Valentine's Day

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|by Mark Robinson |

Snag your tickets to these romantic shows before it’s too late

Valentine’s Day is almost here, that day where we embrace the love life has to offer, and celebrate with chocolate, flowers and uniquely thought-out dates. If seeing a Broadway musical is part of your Valentine’s plans, it is time to start booking your tickets for that special day. Here are ten shows that will help to set the mood of amore. 

Andy Karl and Samantha Barks star in ‘Pretty Woman’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Andy Karl and Samantha Barks star in ‘Pretty Woman’ (Photo: Matthew Murphy)

Pretty Woman
A hooker with a heart of gold, a millionaire who spoils her in exchange for her services (and then falls in love with her), and it sure sounds like we have a romantic comedy on our hands. The Broadway musical Pretty Woman, based on the popular film of the same name, will shoot Cupid’s arrows straight into your heart.

What could be more magical (and romantic) than a magic carpet ride across the continents with someone you love? You can come pretty close to enjoying “A Whole New World” in this fashion with tickets to Aladdin. So rub that magic lamp, conjure that genie, and make your first wish for a pair of front-row mezzanine seats.

King Kong
The story of a giant ape and his friendship with a beautiful actress might not be conventionally romantic, but you have to admit that there is something tender about it. Also, two tickets to this one and you are guaranteed to be wowed by some of the most clever and intricate puppetry to ever be seen on Broadway. It’s safe to say that this relationship has strings attached. 

The Phantom of the Opera
Romance, horror and dramatic Andrew Lloyd Webber music all come together to make Broadway’s longest-running musical The Phantom of the Opera. Based on the classic novel by Gaston Leroux, an opera ghost has a strange obsession with one of the young ingenues in the company. Maybe the show’s longevity will rub off on your romance and give you good luck? 

The Cher Show
The life of the pop icon Cher is full of love and heartache, her music often reflecting the trials and tribulations of romance. With such songs as “I Got You Babe,” “Believe” and “Dark Lady,” she has represented the full spectrum of the affairs of the heart. Why not take a visit to The Cher Show and experience it all through a night of great music and the kaleidoscope of a Broadway musical? 

The Prom 
We like who we like and we love who we love, so Broadway’s The Prom, which tells the story of a high school girl who must rail against closed-mindedness in order to bring her girlfriend to the prom, is a great way to celebrate everyone’s right to simply be exactly who they are. Sure, most of us did prom in high school, but with this one, you will actually have a good time.

Kiss Me, Kate!
Do you like your love stories on the hilarious side, with an edgy standoff between a central couple that doesn’t resolve until the final moments of the show? Then the revival of Kiss Me, Kate!, which begins previews on Valentine’s Day, is the perfect show for you. A combination of the great Cole Porter score and a spin on Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew, and the ingredients are in place for a sparking and witty night at the theater. It’s “Wunderbar.”

Cupid is not the only magical creature flying around. There are witches in the air this Feb. 14. For those who love a story about sisterly love – not to mention an unconventional, strong female heroine who finds love in an unlikely partner – Wicked checks a variety of boxes for your Valentine’s Day Broadway excursion. Add to this the electrically charged love song “As Long As You’re Mine” and an alternative spin of The Wizard of Oz, and how can you miss?

Life isn’t always easy, but we can always find a light ahead if we just persevere. Jenna in the musical Waitress proves this when she falls in love with her impending child born of an unhealthy marriage. Along the way, she finds her individuality and some romance for herself. There’s also pie! A beautiful story and an opportunity for pastry. Now that’s a Valentine’s Day to remember!

Moulin Rouge! 
You might not be able to actually see the one for Valentine’s Day, but you sure can tuck two tickets inside a card and see Moulin Rouge! when it opens later this year. What better than a Bohemian-style, star-crossed love affair with Paris as its backdrop to set the mood for a romantic evening? 

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at

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