Genre Shows on Broadway this Season

If you’re going to be in New York soon, you might want to check out a Broadway play. Here are some science fiction, fantasy and horror options now playing.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
I was fortunate enough to see this musical when it was in Los Angeles about nine years back. Tom Bosley (of Happy Days) played Belle’s father. It was fantastic. I highly recommend it. Beauty and the Beast first opened on April 18, 1994, and is playing at the Lunt Fontanne Theater at 205 West 46th Street.

Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
This classic holiday story is now a musical. Making its Broadway debut, it is available for only for a Special Limited Engagement. It will be playing at the Hilton Theatre on 214 West 43rd Street from November 8 to January 7, with previews playing October 25 – November 8.

Mary Poppins
Making its Broadway debut on November 16, 2006, is a musical based on this Disney classic. It not only features songs you remember from the movie, but new songs written just for this musical. It will be playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre on 214 West 42nd Street.

The Phantom of the Opera
Still going strong, The Phantom of the Opera musical has inspired a film version, which came out in 2004. The Phantom of the Opera opened on January 26, 1988, and is playing at the Majestic Theatre on 247 West 44th Street.

This musical adaptation of Monty Python and the Holy Grail opened on March 17, 2005, and is still quite popular. It is playing at the Shubert Theatre on 225 West 44th Street.

Like Beauty and the Beast, this musical is based on the Disney animated movie of the same name. Featuring the music of six-time Grammy Award winner Phil Collins, it is sure to be a treat. Tarzan opened May 10, 2006 and is playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on 226 West 46th Street.

How did the Wicked Witch of the West become wicked? This musical based on The Wizard of Oz characters tells that tale. Wicked opened October 30, 2003, and in playing at the Gershwin Theatre on 222 West 51 Street.

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As The Genre Traveler, Carma Spence loves to view the world through Genre-Coloured glasses. In other words, she sees the world through a lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror, where trash cans can be Daleks in disguise and neighborhood forests can harbor faeries and sprites. Magic realism is real! Or at least you can choose to see the world that way to add to the fun and awe of life.