The Lion King
The sparring between “Wicked” and The Lion King for the No. 1 spot continues, and this week Simba has conquered the witches of Oz. This Broadway staple has been wowing audiences at the Minskoff Theater since 1997 with fantastic costumes, a gripping storyline and memorable music by Elton John and Tim Rice.
Just squeezed out from its top spot last week, Wicked comes in as runner-up this time around. At home in the Gershwin Theater since 2003, the musical stars Jennifer Dinoia and Kara Lindsay, and features music by Stephen Schwartz. Equal parts suspenseful, heart-warming and humorous, “Wicked” is the perfect afternoon or evening of entertainment for theatergoers ages eight and up.
Like Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, Aladdin is another Broadway blockbuster based on a Disney animated movie. It’s much newer than the other two, having premiered at the New Amsterdam Theater in March 2014. With such a strong box office demand, “Aladdin” is destined to have a home there for years to come.
Bette Midler proves she’s a force of nature in this revival of the 1964 classic that won 10 Tony awards in its heyday. The Divine Miss M won a Tony herself this year for Best Actress, and the current show won three others, including Best Revival. Co-starring in Hello, Dolly! is David Hyde Pierce, who won four Emmys for his memorable role as Dr. Niles Crane in NBC’s hit show “Frasier.”
Playing at the Al Hirschfeld Theater since April 2013, Kinky Boots tells the tale of Charlie Price, an Englishman who goes home to London only to find out that he’s inherited a shoe factory. The inexperienced Charlie nearly runs the business into the ground until a chance meeting with an over-the-top drag queen named Lola. This show has been a smash hit since it opened and is based on real-life events.
Here’s the rest of the top 10 musicals for the week:
The Book of Mormon
Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812
Come From Away