With musicals such as Hamilton, The Book of Mormon, and Come From Away touring nationally, it’s never been a better time to be a theater lover living outside of New York City. Though Broadway has much in itself to offer, some incredibly renown musicals are coming to a city nearest you.
Check out our weekly Broadway feature for both local and nationwide theater news. Now, here are The Best Musicals Touring Nationwide in 2019.
Miss Saigon: Through June 21, 2020
Deemed as one of the epic love stories of our time, Miss Saigon unspools the harrowing tale of a woman trying to reunite her family during the fall of Saigon. Romance, survival, motherhood, and war dictate the narrative of Miss Saigon—not to mention the expertly written book, which features hits such as “The Heat is On” and “The Movie in My Mind”.
Cats: Through June 28, 2020
The classic musical Cats, penned by Andrew Lloyd Webber, will be touring nationally through June 2020, giving families the opportunity to experience one of the longest lasting stories to ever hit Broadway. Generations can come together just as the feline tribe does for one magical night to celebrate the rebirth of one chosen cat. Note: Cats is family friendly, for those 7+.
The Book of Mormon: Through August 16, 2020
Brought to us by South Park‘s Trey Parker and Matt Stone is one hilarious musical: The Book of Mormon, now touring nationally. Winner of nine Tonys, including the 2011 Best Musical award, The Book Mormon continues to win over audiences with its irreverent and completely authentic story-telling—much like the duo’s critically acclaimed TV show. The Book of Mormon is, without a doubt, in the conversation for the decade’s best original production.
Come From Away: Through August 16, 2020
Called “a celebration of the best of humankind”, Come From Away is a tear-jerking, heart-warming musical which details the true story of 7,000 passengers stranded in the small town of Newfoundland. With nerves running high due to September 11, 2001 being just the day before, the characters in Come From Away achieve incredible jumps of understanding by the end of the show. To feel good about people and the world, we suggest heading to your local production of Come From Away.
A Bronx Tale: Through May 10, 2020
The unforgettable story of familial love and loyalty is hitting cities everywhere, bringing audience members straight to 1960’s Bronx. Based on the one-man show that inspired the now classic film, A Bronx Tale is a high-energy, doo-wop tuned musical, making the high drama between a son, his father, and the local mob boss palatable for audiences of most ages.
Hamilton: Through October 4, 2020
Winner of 11 Tony Awards and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, the Lin-Manuel Miranda-written musical Hamilton is one of the biggest sensations to ever happen on Broadway. And now, Hamilton is coming to cities nationwide, making this incredibly important, game-changing musical accessible to even more audiences. Now, you really don’t have an excuse to miss out on seeing Hamilton, a production which truly honors the power of theater.
Dear Evan Hansen: Through September 27, 2020
Profoundly contemporary and indicative of the way we connect to one another, Dear Evan Hansen is an unexpected thrill of a show. Be warned: Dear Evan Hansen will have even the toughest of theater-goers dabbing at their eyes, as audiences can’t help but care about the happiness and acceptance of teenager Evan Hansen. Though not meant for all audiences, we think this could be an inspiring show for your teenagers and preteens!
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical: Through June 3, 2020
Detailing the remarkable story of Carole King and her rise to stardom, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a perfect show for fans of the esteemed musician and songwriter. Gerry Goffin, Cynthia Weil, and Barry Mann all appear in the Beautiful: A Carole King Musical story, in addition to the other influences on Carole King’s incredible fame. And though it goes without saying, the score is wonderfully done, the source material being Carole King’s beloved discography.
Hello, Dolly!: Through May 10, 2020
The original 1964 musical Hello, Dolly! has recently been revitalized by Bette Midler in the role of Dolly Gallagher Levi, bringing national attention back to the acclaimed show. Now, Hello, Dolly! can be found at your nearest theater, as the widow/matchmaker/professional meddler has been welcomed to spin her cantankerous tale to cities nationwide.
The Lion King: Through September 27, 2020
If The Lion King wasn’t already your favorite Disney film, we have a feeling you’ll think otherwise after witnessing its theatrical interpretation. The Lion King has brought awe-inspiring visual artistry, dazzling musical composition, and a unique brand of storytelling to over 70 million people. Will you be one of the next million? Don’t miss out on the revitalized, Julie Taymour-directed interpretation of The Lion King, touring nationally through September 2020.
Rent: Through May 10, 2020
In 1996, an original rock musical placing “La Boheme” in the AIDS-era East Village hit Broadway and forever changed the landscape of American theater. Now, over two decades later, Jonathan Larson’s Rent continues to speak loudly and defiantly to audiences across generations and all over the world. Don’t miss your chance to see seminal Broadway hits such as “Seasons of Love,” “Without You,” “Out Tonight,” and “I’ll Cover You” on this national tour of Rent.
Waitress: Through June 14, 2020
Adapted from the 2007 film, with a score penned by Grammy award-nominated songwriter Sara Bareilles, Waitress is now touring theaters nationwide. Though it is the first Broadway musical in history with an all-female creative team, Waitress is an uplifting tale to be enjoyed by everyone. Celebrating motherhood, friendship, the roots of ambition, and a well made pie, Waitress remains in the running for one of the best musicals of the decade.
Latin History for Morons: Beginning June 20, 2019
The eccentric genius of actor/comedian John Leguizamo has been harnessed, and the result? Latin History for Morons. After a sold-out run at the Public Theater and record-breaking engagement at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Latin History for Morons is getting ready to tour nationwide. Though this one-man show is driven by the forgotten histories of Latinx cultures, Latin History for Morons also creates a space to cry, celebrate, and laugh about being alive and surviving who you are and what you’ve come from.
The Band’s Visit: Beginning June 25, 2019
Based on the 2007 Israeli film of the same name, The Band’s Visit details the consequences of when the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Orchestra arrives in the little desert town of Bet Hatikva. Celebrating the ways music, laughter, and unfulfilled ambition can connect us all, The Band’s Visit is a deeply human tale of unexpectedly strange proportions.
Mean Girls: Beginning September 21, 2019
“Fetch” isn’t happening, okay? But the nationwide tour of Tina Fey’s Mean Girls is, beginning September 21, 2019. Mean Girls features a book by nine-time Emmy Award winner Tina Fey, based on her screenplay for the film. Music is composed by three-time Emmy Award winner Jeff Richmond; and lyrics by two-time Tony Award nominee Nell Benjamin. Don’t miss this riotous and vicious Mean Girls adaptation, for lovers of the film and beyond.
Jesus Christ Superstar: Beginning October 8, 2019
It’s been a decade since the last tour of Jesus Christ Superstar, and this mesmerizing new production may even outdo its former iteration. Winner of the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival, and garnering several other accolades and outstanding reviews, the upcoming 50th Anniversary Tour of Jesus Christ Superstar is a must-see. Honoring rock music which defined a decade, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s legendary score includes “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”, “Gethsemane”, “Heaven on their Minds” and “Superstar”.
Once On This Island: Beginning October 15, 2019
Its closest comparison being Shakespeare’s The Tempest, the sweeping, universal musical Once On This Island tells the tale of Ti Moune, a fearless peasant girl in search of her destiny while being guided—and tempted—by the mighty island gods. Based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, Once On This Island is set in the French Antilles archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Don’t miss this dazzling production, a testament to theater and its endless possibilities.
Frozen: Beginning November 10, 2019
Do you and your family love the Disney movie Frozen? The musical adaptation is a must-see for those families out there who’ve run the Frozen soundtrack through their stereos hundreds of times, who’ve all gathered in the living room to watch again and again the journey of sisters Anna and Elsa. Frozen: The Musical is a no-brainer. Don’t forgo this opportunity for family fun, beginning this November—just in time for the holiday season.