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September 25, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Broadway 2016: A Student Traveler's Guide

Written by Brightspark Travel

No matter what your group type, a New York City student tour wouldn’t be complete without a Broadway show. We put together a list of the top Broadway 2016 shows for every group type.

For Education Groups: Hamilton


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This year’s most hyped about new show puts a modern take on the founding fathers’ tale. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical follows Alexander Hamilton, the “scrappy” immigrant who pulled himself out of poverty to make history.We think this is perfect for both New York City educational tour and performance tours. 

For Dance Groups: Dames at Sea


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This revival of the 1966 off-Broadway production that launched the career of Bernadette Peters parodies the campy musicals of the 1930’s. According to choreographer Randy Skinner, the tap-happy production will have “more dancing than ever before.”

For Choir and Drama Groups: The Color Purple


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Based on the novel of the same name, this Broadway production uses jazz, gospel and ragtime music to tell the hardships and loves of strong-willed African American women. Oh yeah, and it’s Grammy- and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson’s Broadway debut.

For Middle Schoolers: Tuck Everlasting


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Inspired by the children’s novel about a young girl who meets a family with a larger-than-life secret, this fountain-of-youth fable combines an Americana soundtrack with sweeping ballet numbers.

For Everyone: Fiddler on the Roof


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When it debuted in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof was a sensation. With its revival, students can experience the story of a Jewish milkman in Imperial Russia as he strives to maintain “tradition.”

Bonus: student travelers can sing along with the cast of Fiddler on the Roof during our Voices on Broadway event.


Topics: Theatre

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