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5 Amazing New York Shows to Kick Off 2018

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|by Amy Sapp |

Greet the new year with these inspiring shows

The new year is a time for new beginnings and perspectives. Here are 5 shows that celebrate just that.

Kick off the year with the weird and wonderful new hit: ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Kick off the year with the weird and wonderful new hit: ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ (Photo: Joan Marcus)

SpongeBob SquarePants
Absorbent and yellow and porous is he! SpongeBob SquarePants has made a reverberating splash on Broadway this season, thanks especially to its leading man, Ethan Slater. If you missed The New York Times review of this whimsical musical, give it a read – it is essentially a love letter to the masterful actor behind the yellow kitchen sponge himself. Though this musical is based on a long-running children’s cartoon, it is anything but stale or infantile; SpongeBob SquarePants explores topics like xenophobia, racism and corruption, all in a splendid underwater utopia.

Once on This Island
Called “refined and ravishing” by The New York Times, the Broadway revival of Once on This Island invokes awe at the Circle in the Square Theatre. The musical that garnered the first Tony Award nomination for the writing team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty finds new direction from Michael Arden, best known for his Tony-nominated work in the most recent revival of Spring Awakening. In this new staging, Arden has imbued the tale of overcoming societal boundaries with an inspiring cast of actors from all backgrounds. As far as the staging itself, be prepared for delightful live animals, mystifying running water and a glorious chorus of encouraging music as you engross yourself in this 90-minute journey through one young girl’s self-actualization.

Though its diner doors opened in the spring of 2016, Waitress remains a powerful, moving musical on the Great White Way. Based on the 2007 film of the same name, this musical currently stars two globally renowned singer-songwriters: Jason Mraz and musical composer herself Sara Bareilles. Make Waitress the musical to see at the start of the New Year and avoid missing this dynamic duo singing about romance, betrayal and homemade pies.

Jersey Boys
Oh, what a night when you see Jersey Boys at its home at New World Stages! Last seen on Broadway in an impressive run, Jersey Boys has transferred Off-Broadway, starring a new slate of men as the legendary Four Seasons. This fresh production finds similarities to its last incarnation while also offering audiences a more intimate vibe at a smaller venue. In fact, as the play progresses, you may just find yourself feeling immersed in the 1960s and in the audience of a concert by the Four Seasons themselves.

New York City Ballet
George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein founded the New York City Ballet in 1948. Since then, this dance company has prided itself on providing some of the world’s most elite choreography and performers to Manhattan. Often staging over 60 productions in one year, the New York City Ballet continues its impressive repertoire this season with the likes of All Balanchine No. 1, Classic NYCB, and Romeo + Juliet.

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