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5 Broadway Performances Not to Miss This Holiday Season

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|by Amy Sapp |

Ring in the holidays with these 5 unforgettable actors

The glittering bulbs of Bryant Park and Rockefeller Center are not the only lights shining this season. With a slew of new shows filled with iconic characters, Broadway is celebrating many bright talents. Here are five brilliant performances not to miss.

Ethan Slater stars in ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Ethan Slater stars in ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Ethan Slater in SpongeBob SquarePants
As the show’s lyrics proclaim, he is not a simple sponge. Ethan Slater, star of the latest cartoon to find its sea legs on a Broadway stage, has proven himself a vocal powerhouse with his portrayal of, yes, SpongeBob SquarePants. Do not let the theme of television cartoon sea creatures fool you; the physical skill and vocal abilities Slater brings to the Palace Theatre eight times a week in SpongeBob SquarePants are reasons alone to buy a one-way ticket to Bikini Bottom.

Lea Salonga in Once On This Island
Undoubtedly, Lea Salonga’s name is synonymous with some of the most memorable songs from the Disney cannon. In fact, her iconic origination of Kim in Miss Saigon at the mere age of 17 earned her a spot in musical theater legend, forming the foundation for a flourishing career onstage. Today, Salonga delights audiences with her return to Broadway in the first revival of Once On This Island. Salonga takes on the role of Erzulie, the goddess of love, and promises to add another level of depth and truth to this already authentic, highly anticipated new staging at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

Jackie Burns in Wicked
For many long-time fans of the hit musical, Jackie Burns is an iconic Elphaba. Her impressive voice and character choices for the Wicked Witch of the West have garnered her massive online acclaim – and videos of her performances of famed Stephen Schwartz numbers have gone viral. In her second Broadway stint of Wicked, Jackie Burns once again proves that “There’s no place like home.”

Noah Galvin in Dear Evan Hansen
When Tony Award winner Ben Platt announced his departure from Dear Evan Hansen this season, fans wondered who could replace him. No need to fret. As he proved onscreen at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Noah Galvin (The Real O'Neals) has captured the essence of Evan Hansen. His gentle charm paired with his honest vocals and authentic acting choices point towards his rightful reign as the next leading man of Dear Evan Hansen.

Adam Kaplan in A Bronx Tale
This is A Bronx Tale, and – now – it’s his story. Adam Kaplan, perhaps best known for his role in Newsies, has assumed the role of Calogero, the coming-of-age teenage protagonist of Chazz Palminteri’s timeless New York tale. Taking a bit of a different tone than its original star, Bobby Conte Thornton, Kaplan no doubt delights newsboy fans and new audiences alike with his smooth vocals as the doe-eyed crooner on Belmont Avenue. 

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