October 22, 2021

Five of My Favorite Broadway Shows

I love Broadway shows, and because I frequently do trips to New York City, I get to see a few shows each year. Here’s a list of my top five favorite Broadway shows that are still playing, plus a few others worth seeing and two of my all-time favorites that are no longer playing.

1) The Phantom of the Opera

The longest running show on Broadway, and once you’ve seen it you start to understand why. Great music. And one of those very rare shows you want to see more than once. I had one passenger recently who was seeing it for the 11th time!

2) Mamma Mia

I love ABBA’s music, and this is a fun story built around their great songs. Another one you can see more than once — my wife has been there twice already.

3) Jersey Boys

Okay, I love oldies … and I love Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. So this show in a no-brainer — great music and a great, mostly true, story.

4) South Pacific

My wife bought me tickets for this show (on a Hagey Tour, of course!) for Valentine’s Day earlier this year. It’s playing at the Lincoln Center, and is a revival of the famous Rodgers & Hammerstein musical. Really well done.

5) In the Heights

Winner of the 2008 Tony for Best Musical, this is a wonderful show about two days in the life of a Washington Heights neighborhood. You’ll laugh and you’ll cry. A good story, and definitely worth seeing.

So those are my current “top five.” Other great shows still playing on Broadway that I’ve seen and highly recommend include Mary Poppins, Wicked, Chicago, and The Lion King. Other shows that my passengers are talking positively about but I haven’t yet seen include Billy Elliot the Musical, Hair, and Guys and Dolls.

Two shows I loved that, sadly, are no longer playing on Broadway include Hairspray (I laughed so hard my cheeks hurt by the end of the show), and The Color Purple (a show that played with my emotions, both happy and sad, more than any I’ve ever seen). Moral of the story: no show plays forever; don’t wait until it’s too late to see the show you really wanted to see.

About Bob Bergey

Bob has been driving motorcoaches since 2002, in every state east of the Mississippi and a few west, as well as the four southeastern-most provinces of Canada. In addition to driving, he's an avid photographer (and former professional), enjoys writing and technology.


  1. I love Broadway shows as well and some of my favorite include Mama Mia, Phantom of the Opera, Lion King, Miss Saigon and LesMiserables

    I would love to see Jersey Boys I heard it was great and maybe Hairspray will come back one day! Sometimes they come to Philly!

    This was a great post thanks for sharing.