• 2014 Broadway Shows Continue Tradition of Theater Excellence on New York and National Stages

    Dec 18, 2013 3:33 PM by Alyssa

    Theater 2014

    Whether you’ll be visiting New York next year or want to see amazing theater in a city near you, a number of the year’s hottest theater productions will be showing around the country in 2014. Visit the Vivid Seats marketplace to view more detailed schedules for these Broadway productions and tours and to shop our selection of premium theater tickets.

    2014 Broadway Season
    In 2014, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera will maintain its reign as Broadway’s longest-running show at New York's Majestic Theatre. As of Dec. 18, the production has staged more than 10,700 performances since it opened in the Big Apple more than 25 years ago. The Lion King musical also continues to delight fans with its breathtakingly elaborate representations of the animal kingdom, with the Minskoff Theatre continuing to host the Tony Award-winning production. In 2014, Disney fans also can experience the new Aladdin musical, which premiered in Seattle in 2011. Based on the 1992 animated film, the musical will open on Broadway on Feb. 26 at the New Amsterdam Theater.

    Wicked, which just celebrated its 10th anniversary on Broadway in October, is still going strong on stage at the Gershwin Theatre. The story of Elphaba and Glinda continues to top the weekly list of highest-grossing productions in New York. Though The Book of Mormon opened more recently (in 2011) the musical continues to be one of the biggest success stories on Broadway. Penned by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the show has played a major role in reigniting national interest in theater, and its 2011 original cast recording was the highest charting cast album in more than four decades. Elsewhere on Broadway, Jersey Boys continues to tell the riveting tale behind Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons at the August Wilson Theatre.

    A handful of new musicals also made their way to the Broadway stage in 2013, and will be continuing into 2014. This year's Tony Award winner for Best Musical was Kinky Boots. The production, which maintains its place at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre, also earned five more awards at the 2013 ceremony, making it the biggest winner of any nominated production. Motown the Musical opened on March 11, and the historic story of the fledgling record label’s rise to success has been a crowd-pleaser at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Matilda the Musical also proved to be one of the year’s breakout successes after it opened on April 11. At the 67th Tony Awards the production took home four awards from 12 nominations, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Scenic Design for its stage setup at the Shubert Theater.

     

     

    Broadway on Tour in 2014
    For theater fans that can’t make the trek to New York, a majority of these popular shows will be making the rounds in North America with touring productions in 2014. The Book of Mormon will be on the road with two separate productions. The first national tour, starring Mark Evans and Christopher John O’Neill, is scheduled to stop in Charlotte, N.C. (Dec. 26-Jan. 5), Boston (April 1-27), Louisville, Ky. (May 27-June 8), and more. Its last scheduled stop is Indianapolis’ Old National Center (June 17-22). Meanwhile, the second national tour stars Nic Rouleau and “American Idol” contestant, Syesha Mercado. It is currently stationed in San Francisco through Jan. 19, but will continue onto cities like Los Angeles (Jan. 21-March 16), San Diego (May 27-June 8), and Las Vegas (June 10-July 6), before it is scheduled to close in Portland, Ore. (July 8-20).

    Wicked also boasts two productions (titled the Emerald City and Munchkinland Tours) that will continue into 2014. These productions will visit more than 15 cities through October, including Pittsburgh (Jan. 15-Feb. 9), Cincinnati (March 5-23), Boise, Idaho (April 16-May 4), Sacramento, Calif. (May 28-June 15). Reports over the summer confirmed that Kinky Boots would launch a 2014 national tour from Las Vegas, but a start date has not been confirmed.

    Motown the Musical will also embark on a lengthy tour in 2014, kicking things off at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre on April 22. The production will be stationed there until July 13, but future cities and dates are still pending. Another jukebox musical, Jersey Boys, is scheduled to visit more than 20 U.S. cities—like St. Louis (Feb. 19-March 2), Orlando (April 15-27), Cleveland (May 6-18), and Forth Worth, Texas (June 3-15)—before the final run in Tempe, Ariz., from July 22-Aug. 3.

    Long-time favorites The Phantom of the Opera and The Lion King also can be found on the road next  year. Straight from the U.K., the North American Phantom of the Opera tour continues into 2014 in Minneapolis (through Jan. 5), and will stop in more than 10 cities along the way. The Lion King will play in Los Angeles through Jan. 12, with later dates in Honolulu (Jan. 14-March 9), Seattle (March 12-April 6), Washington, D.C. (June 17-Aug. 17), and more.

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