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The 10 Best Broadway Shows to Book Now for Mother’s Day

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|by Mikey Miller |

Celebrate mom by bringing her to the theater

Mother’s Day is coming up in a few short weeks, on Sunday, May 12, and it’s time to start thinking about what to get for your mother, grandmothers, aunts and any other maternal figure in your life. What better way to surprise Mom than with tickets to a Broadway play or musical? She gets to see an incredible performance and to spend time with you! Read on for our list of shows that moms of all types will absolutely love.

From 'Kiss Me, Kate!' to 'Oklahoma!' to 'The Cher Show,' Broadway currently offers shows to suit every mom’s tastes (Photos: Joan Marcus; Little Fan Photo; Joan Marcus)

From 'Kiss Me, Kate!' to 'Oklahoma!' to 'The Cher Show,' Broadway currently offers shows to suit every mom’s tastes (Photos: Joan Marcus; Little Fan Photo; Joan Marcus)

Burn This: For Moms Who Love Adam Driver
A little-known fact about Star Wars: shortly after Darth Vader tells Luke that he is his father, he beckons him to take his mother’s ghost to see Kylo Ren on Broadway. We kid – mostly, as this season, Adam Driver returns to the Great White Way in Langford Wilson’s Burn This. He plays Pale, a cocaine-addicted restaurant manager whose gay brother Robbie has just passed away. Pale meets his brother’s roommate and best friend Anna, a choreographer. The two start to become involved, despite the fact that she has a longtime boyfriend.

Kiss Me, Kate!: For Moms Who Love Tap Dancing
Now that spring has sprung, it might soon be “too darn hot” outside, so why not celebrate Mother’s Day with your mom by going to catch a Cole Porter classic, Kiss Me, Kate? Starring Broadway mainstays Kelli O’Hara (The King and I, The Bridges of Madison County) and Will Chase (Rent, Something Rotten!), Kiss Me, Kate! plays on the show-within-a-show concept, as it explores the backstage antics behind a performance of William Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew. As a Porter musical, though, Kiss Me, Kate! is full of fun, folly, and exuberant tap numbers that any mom is sure to love.

The Cher Show: For Moms Who Love Cher
Do you believe in life after love? Your mom most certainly will if you take her to The Cher Show, Broadway’s hit musical that stages the life of the woman often considered the greatest pop icon of all time. Three actresses – Stephanie J. Block (Falsettos, The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Teal Wicks (Wicked, Finding Neverland) and newcomer Micaela Diamond – take on the title role of Cher, portraying her at various points in her life. Featuring classic Cher hits such as “I Got You, Babe,” “The Beat Goes On” and “If I Could Turn Back Time,” as well as hundreds of original Bob Mackie costumes, The Cher Show will have your mom on her feet and reliving her youth even before intermission.

Mean Girls: For Moms Who Aren’t Regular Moms – and Are, Instead, Cool Moms
If your mom is constantly asking whether she should provide you with some snacks (or alcohol), Mean Girls is definitely the way to go. This Tina Fey-written musical adaptation of her hit 2004 movie is the story of Cady Heron, a girl who just moved from Kenya to Illinois and trades the African savanna for the dangers of the jungle that is high school. With a score composed by Fey’s husband Jeff Richmond (who also wrote all the music for 30 Rock, a TV show of which your mom may also be a fan), Mean Girls is a raucously funny show that also teaches the important lesson of being nice to everyone. Bonus points if you and your mom come on a Wednesday and wear pink.

Oklahoma!: For Moms Who Love Cornbread and Chili
Mom surely “cain’t say no” to this season’s Broadway revival of Oklahoma! This classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical has been brought into the 21st century, featuring a score that has been altered in genre to fit the types of music that Okies would have been singing. This authentic experience doesn’t end there, though. During intermission, you and your mom can get cornbread and chili to truly immerse yourself in the Oklahoma lifestyle and enjoy act two of this Broadway spectacular.

Beetlejuice: For Moms Who Love the Occult
Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice! This new Broadway musical comedy is an adaptation of the 1988 movie directed by Tim Burton and starring Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Winona Ryder. This spooky show follows a deceased couple who summons the demon Beetlejuice to try to perform exorcisms and rid their former house of its current inhabitants. Your mom will absolutely love this flashback to one of the craziest, most outlandish semi-horror movies of the ‘80s as it unfolds onstage, featuring magic tricks galore.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical: For Moms Who Love Carole King
Nothing will make Mom feel more like a natural woman than seeing Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, based on the life of pop and soul singer-songwriter Carole King. The musical features King hits such as “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Locomotion” and “You’ve Got a Friend,” and explores King’s journey from her roots as a plucky, ambitious teenager all the way to her 1971 Carnegie Hall concert. Mom will love experiencing these funky hits from her childhood in this new way.

Waitress: For Moms Who Bake
Baking brings people together, and it also helped spawn this musical that your mom is sure to this is sweet as sugar. Based on the 2007 film starring Keri Russell (who is on Broadway in Burn This this season) and Nathan Fillion, Waitress is the story of Jenna, a small-town diner waitress stuck in a loveless and abusive marriage with a knack for inventing incredible pies. When she finds herself pregnant, her new gynecologist turns out to give her more than she bargained for. Waitress is an uplifting story of womanhood and maternity that shows how light can be found even in the bleakest of situations.

Hillary and Clinton: For Moms Who Love Hillary and Aunt Jackie
Is your mom still talking about the 2016 election? Does she think that the television show Roseanne really should have been called Aunt Jackie? If the answer to one or both of those questions is yes, Lucas Hnath’s (A Doll’s House, Part 2) new play, Hillary and Clinton, is the show she’ll want to see. Starring Laurie Metcalf as Hillary and John Lithgow as her husband Bill, the play explores what happens in an alternate universe in a year called 2008, when a woman named Hillary has decided to run for president. The twist is that she must face a man named Barack.

To Kill a Mockingbird: For Moms Who Love Books
Maybe your mom has fond memories of reading To Kill a Mockingbird in high school. Maybe she remembers the film adaptation of the novel starring Gregory Peck. Either way, Aaron Sorkin’s adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird is a great play to see with your mom. The play, based on Harper Lee’s classic American novel, explores what happens in a southern Alabama town during the Jim Crow era when a young white woman falsely accuses a black man of raping her. Starring Jeff Daniels (Blackbird, God of Carnage) as Atticus Finch and Celia Keenan-Bolger (The Cherry Orchard, The Glass Menagerie) as his daughter Scout, this production of To Kill a Mockingbird brings light and agency to previously powerless characters, looking at the poignant story with a modern eye. 

For more of the best of Broadway, check out our list of the Top Shows in New York in May 2019.

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