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10 Most Romantic Shows to Book Now for Valentine's Day 2018

Category Broadway

|by Amy Sapp |

Fall in love as the curtains rise

This Valentine’s Day, skip the typical chocolates and teddy bears – and give the gift of live theater. These top 10 Broadway and Off-Broadway shows set the scene for romance.

Ashley Parker Angel and Jackie Burns in 'Wicked' (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Ashley Parker Angel and Jackie Burns in 'Wicked' (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Wicked is rooted in a tale of friendship, but the show is also awash in romantic themes. The love triangle between Elphaba, Glinda and the dashing Winkie Prince, Fiyero, sparks a thrill for audiences. Wait for Act Two’s “As Long As You’re Mine” to see exactly what we mean. Whether you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with a new flame or as a singleton with your best friend, Wicked is the perfect choice.

The story of this lost Russian princess is filled with love, whimsy and adventure – the perfect date night show. Anastasia finds its inspiration in the classic fairytale of the mysterious Romanov princess – and from the 1997 animated film of the same name. Christy Altomare is in the title role, and Derek Klena is her dashing love interest, Dmitry. The love affair blooms amid the timeless soundtrack, featuring such beloved songs as “In a Crowd of Thousands.”

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Songwriter Carole King penned the ultimate love songs, from “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” to “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman.” Toast Valentine’s Day by watching a show that traces King’s fascinating history. In Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, you’ll discover how Carole King came to write songs — with then-husband Gerry Goffin — for The Shirelles, The Drifters and Aretha Franklin, before embarking on her own career with Tapestry.

For the Disney-lover in your life, book Aladdin this Valentine’s Day. The musical, inspired by Disney’s animated film of the same name, includes “A Whole New World” and “A Friend Like Me” plus a host of new tunes from Alan Menken. Onstage at the New Amsterdam Theatre, Aladdin takes on an ethereal new look through its sparkling costumes and stunning set designs. The magic carpet scene may cause you to fall in love all over again with your date.

Looking for a sexy night out? Check out the razzle dazzle Chicago on Broadway. This sassy show tells the tale of a criminal turned celebrity, through stunning choreography and scantily dressed chorus dancers. The characters are as colorful as the story, including Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly, Billy Flynn and the murdering mistresses of the Cook County Jail. For an alluring night of music, romance and a hint of crime, Chicago’s your show.

The Phantom of the Opera
The thrilling The Phantom of the Opera centers on an operatic soprano as she meets a mysterious presence in the Paris Opera House, who threatens to upset the thread of reality she has come to know. With music from Andrew Lloyd Webber, this classic Tony Award-winning musical is a timeless icon in the Theater District.

Once on This Island
On Valentine’s Day, book a trip to sail away to Once on This Island. The critically renowned revival follows a peasant girl, Ti Moune, as she embarks to reunite with a romantic interest and discover her place in the world.

Jersey Boys
Don’t just sing their music — discover how their tunes were written! Jersey Boys follows the tale of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, chronicling how the boys united to pen songs like “Sherry” and “December 1963 (Oh, What A Night).” The night will envelop you and your date in nostalgia, as you learn how one band came to write the music of an entire generation.

A Bronx Tale
This Tony-nominated musical will have you asking if your Valentine is “one of the great ones.” Set in 1960s New York, A Bronx Tale explores the life a young New Yorker as he battles between his love for his father and that of the mob boss he wishes to become.

The Lion King
Nala and Simba, the two lovebirds of The Lion King, show that true love knows no bounds of time, distance or fear. As the song “Can You Feel The Love Tonight?” has celebrated for over 20 years, this romantic story at the heart of The Lion King between two “childhood” sweethearts will have you grabbing the hand of your own date and dreaming of the first time you met. 

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