5 New Broadway Musicals That Will Melt Away Your Misery

Cut to the feeling with these toe-tapping crowd-pleasers.

Feeling low? See a show!

Mean Girls is the obvious must-see this spring, at least until Bette Midler heads back to Hello, Dolly!, but the New York theater scene is bubbling over with other mood-brightening musicals.

Check out these gag-worthy gems and guilty pleasures—Tony noms be damned—that recently opened on the Great White Way.

  • Carousel

    Julieta Cervantes

    It’s a queer one, Rodgers and Hammerstein. But ride past the domestic abuse in this tainted love story, revitalized by out director Jack O’Brien, and be dizzied by NYC Ballet dynamo Justin Peck’s vigorous choreography.

    Imperial Theatre, open-ended.

  • Escape to Margaritaville

    Matthew Murphy

    Get wasted away again before docking at Jimmy Buffett’s jukebox, a cracked coconut about finding your paradise. Out director Christopher Ashley salts the rim with a cute gay couple in the chorus of beach bums.

    Marquis Theatre, open-ended.

  • Frozen

    Deen van Meer

    Director Michael Grandage and designer Christopher Oram, life partners, make the fjords festive in this Disney adaptation. You’ll queen out over Elsa’s magical “Let It Go,” but go for the nude-illusion sauna number.

    St. James Theatre, open-ended.

  • My Fair Lady

    Joan Marcus

    Bartlett Sher tweaks the Lerner and Loewe classic for the #TimesUp era with Six Feet Under’s Lauren Ambrose as malleable street urchin Eliza Doolittle. Look for a boozy drag can-can in “Get Me to the Church on Time.”

    LCT’s Vivian Beaumont Theater, open ended.

  • Summer

    Joan Marcus

    Three lovable divas—including The Color Purple’s LaChanze—work hard for your money as Donna Summer in this glitzy bio-musical, a fast-spinning mirror ball that addresses the late disco queen’s alleged homophobia.

    Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, open ended.

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