Spend Christmas on Broadway: 9 Broadway Shows Open on Christmas Day 2016

Some people don’t like to go to parties on Christmas, or some get together with family and friends in the morning and then have their Christmas afternoon and evening free. If you are going to have some free time on Christmas Day and you are looking for something fun to do, you can spend your holiday taking in a Broadway show. Several musicals are open on Christmas Day in New York.

School of Rock

School of Rock is a musical created by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber, who was also the driving force behind Cats and The Phantom of the Opera. It tells the story of a struggling musician who inspires a group of young private school students to pursue their dreams and develop their own musical talents.

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Buy tickets to see School of Rock on Christmas Day!


Waitress is a musical about a waitress in an unhappy marriage played by Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller. She begins an affair and dreams of winning a pie-baking competition and starting a new life.

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Buy tickets to see Waitress on Christmas Day!

A Bronx Tale

A Bronx Tale is a musical based on Chazz Palminteri’s one-man show about a young man growing up in a crime-filled neighborhood in the Bronx. In the semi-autobiographical story, the boy is torn between his father and a mob boss who rules the neighborhood.

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Buy tickets to see A Bronx Tale on Christmas Day!


Wicked tells the story of the witches of the Land of Oz before Dorothy arrives. The play has music and lyrics written by Stephen Schwartz and a book by Winnie Holzman and has been thrilling audiences of both children and adults for over a decade.

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Buy tickets to see Wicked on Christmas Day!

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys opened on Broadway in 2005. It tells the story of the quartet known as the Four Seasons and follows them through the group’s founding, rise to success, and eventual breakup. The story is told through the perspectives of each of its members. The musical includes several hits from throughout the Four Seasons’ career.

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The Color Purple

The Color Purple is a musical based on Alice Walker’s acclaimed 1982 novel with the same name. The play tells the story of Celie, an African-American woman living in the South from the early to mid-20th century. The original Broadway production won 11 Tony Awards, and the 2015 revival won two additional awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. The revival is scheduled to close on January 8, 2017.

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Buy tickets to see The Color Purple on Christmas Day!


Chicago is a musical about crime and celebrity that is set in the title city in the 1920s. The show is a satire about criminal justice, corruption, and fame. The revival of Chicago is the longest-running musical revival and the longest-running American musical in Broadway history, and it is the second-longest-running show in Broadway history.

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Buy tickets to see Chicago on Christmas Day!

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical features many of the popular songs written and performed by Carole King early in her career. It tells the story of King’s rise from high school student to international musical legend.

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Buy tickets to see Beautiful on Christmas Day!

In Transit

In Transit is the first a cappella musical on Broadway. The book, music, and lyrics were written by Academy Award winner Kristen Anderson-Lopez, James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan, and Sara Wordsworth. The musical is directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, a three-time Tony Award winner. The play tells the intertwining stories of 11 New Yorkers as they ride the subway through the city.

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Buy tickets to see In Transit on Christmas Day!

Order Tickets to a Christmas Show from OnBroadway.com

OnBroadway.com has tickets to dozens of Broadway plays and musicals. If you are going to have some free time on Christmas this year, you can take in a Broadway show with family and friends or by yourself. Order your tickets to one of these top musicals from OnBroadway.com.

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