NYC Sets The Stage

These four must-see Broadway shows all take place in NYC.


Benjamin Walker as Patrick Bateman in American Psycho

There is no question that New York City is one of the world’s most famous cities and as with any great city comes great stories. From a young couple on their first date in Central Park to the singer-songwriter performing at an open mic night on the Lower East Side, there is no end to the countless stories living out their plots on the streets of Manhattan between the city’s iconic skyscrapers. Here are some of our favorite Broadway shows set right here in the Big Apple…

In what promises to be a side-splitting tour-de-force, Emmy nominated television favorite Jesse Tyler Ferguson returns to the Great White Way in the comedy Fully committed. In this new production directed by Jason Moore (Avenue Q, Pitch Perfect), the Modern Family star takes on the ambitious task of embodying over 40 characters in this one-man show. Ferguson plays Sam, the poor soul charged with running the red-hot reservation line at one of New York City’s trendiest new restaurants. From needy socialites, celebrity wannabes, full-fledged divas, to frantic restaurant staff, Ferguson plays them all in this comic farce which takes aim at the cutthroat restaurant business. Playwright Becky Mode’s comedy follows the trials and tribulations of one man trying to make it in the Big Apple with all its ups, downs, obstacles, and successes. (Lyceum Theatre, 149 W. 45th St.)

Also set in the concrete jungle is the acclaimed new drama The Humans. After a smash Off-Broadway run, Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Stephen Karam’s new play transfers to Broadway’s Helen Hayes Theatre. The critically lauded-drama is a slice-of-life look at one family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Suffering from insomnia, Mr. Blake brings his family to the new Lower East Side apartment of his youngest daughter and her boyfriend. What starts out as a typical family holiday slowly builds towards something much more tense as mysterious happenings around the new apartment mirror the family’s descent into dysfunction. Directed by Tony winner Joe Mantello and featuring the entire original Off Broadway cast including Girls’ Sarah Steele, this critical favorite is at once funny, moving and unsettling. Don’t miss what the New York Times has called “the finest play of the season.” (Helen Hayes Theatre, 240 W. 44th St.)

Six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald makes a triumphant return to the Broadway stage this Spring in the exciting new musical Shuffle Along, or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed. In 1921, the jazz-age musical Shuffle Along became the most unexpected of hits, and in the process not only changed the face of musical theatre but also that of New York City. In this new production led by acclaimed director George C. Wolfe, the jazz age musical is not only brought back to glorious life, but audiences are also given a glimpse into the backstage story of its creation. Audra McDonald leads an all-star cast including Tony winners Billy Porter (Kinky Boots) and Brian Stokes Mitchell (Kiss Me Kate) in this production featuring choreography by the acclaimed Savion Glover (Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk). (Music Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St.)

Rounding out the lineup of Manhattan-centric shows this Spring is the new musical adaptation of American Psycho. Inspired by the provocative Bret Easton Ellis novel and film of the same name which stars Christian Bale, the new musical arrives on Broadway following a hit run in London’s West End. With a score by the Tony winning composer of Spring Awakening, Duncan Sheik, American Psycho is a skewering satire on 80s decadence. The show’s anti-hero is the devastatingly handsome Wall Street tycoon Patrick Bateman who trades in stocks and bonds during the day and menaces the streets of New York City with a much more sinister American dream by night. Benjamin Walker (Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson) leads a cast featuring Tony winner Alice Ripley (Next to Normal) in this sleek and stylish new musical. With a pulsating 80s infused score, American Psycho takes audiences on a journey from Manhattan’s most exclusive restaurants and high-rise apartments to the darkest reaches of the human imagination. (Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St.)

(Photo Credit: Joan Marcus)