By Nora Dominick ‘17/ Emertainment Monthly Assistant Stage Editor
Love is in the air this weekend and Broadway has definitely caught the bug! There are a ton of musicals on Broadway that showcase love, from Honeymoon in Vegas to Wicked, and there are some one-night only events that are helping everyone in New York City get into the spirit.
Emertainment Monthly has rounded up the most romantic shows in town to go to and spend some time with loved ones and/or friends.
A Very Broadway Valentine’s Day at 54 Below
Thursday February 12, 2015 at 9:30pm and 11:30pm
Can’t wait for Valentine’s Day to come around? Want to start celebrating a few days early? Not a problem—54 Below has the event for you. During the week of Valentine’s Day, Broadway’s favorite couples will help celebrate Broadway romances, both on and off-stage. The performances will consist of Broadway’s most romantic songs and special stories. With special guest Santino Fontana (Cinderella) and musical director Benjamin Rauhala, this event makes the perfect date night. Some of the featured Broadway couples include: Matthew Scott (Sondheim on Sondheim) and Kirsten Scott (Big Fish), Alysha Umphress (On the Town) and Cody Williams (On the Town), Taylor Trensch (The Curious Incident…) and Max Crumm (The Fantasticks), Amy Spanger (Rock of Ages) and Brian Shepard (Something Rotten!), Kara Lindsay (Wicked) and Kevin Massey (A Gentleman’s Guide…) and many others. Tickets are still available for this amazing love-filled event.
A Broadway Romance at New York Philharmonic Avery Fisher Hall
Saturday February 14, 2015 at 8:00pm
Broadway fans, put on your nicest outfit and get ready for one of the most romantic events of the year. On Valentine’s Day head on down to the New York Philharmonic and see two of the most lovable, charming and charismatic duos Broadway has seen in a long time. Laura Osnes (Grease, Bonnie and Clyde) and Santino Fontana (Billy Elliot, Act One) are together again for a one night only concert event. The duo will be singing songs from some of Broadway’s most romantic shows including West Side Story, Carousel and Follies. Osnes and Fontana took the Broadway community by storm in their work as Ella and Prince Topher respectively in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella in 2013. Osnes and Fontana both earned 2013 Tony Award nominations for their incredible performances (and their amazing on stage chemistry). Tickets are still available for this incredible night of love and music.
Love Songs for VDAY at 54 Below
Saturday February 14, 2015 at 9:30pm
“Love Songs” is a tradition at 54 Below and it’s back and better than ever. The concert series features an all female cast singing songs from across the musical world that showcase love. A portion of the proceeds from the event goes to benefit the VDAY Foundation, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. The foundation promotes creative events to increase awareness, raise money and revitalize fight for anti-violence organizations. The VDAY foundation helps to generate broader attention of violence against women and girls including rape, battery, and incest. Some of the lovely female performers at this event include Loni Ackerman (Evita, Cats), Lauren Elder (Side Show, Hair), Happy McPartlin (Hands on a Hardbody), Melissa Rose Hirsch (The Bad Years) and many others. Additional musical guests are also scheduled to make appearances.
Constellations at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Constellations starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson tells the story of a relationship with endless possibilities. The show explores the boundless potential of a singular first encounter and the friendship and love that comes with it. If you are lucky enough to have found the one and want show them how much you care, have them spend a night under the cosmos and talk about destiny with Jake and Ruth. Constellations is currently playing at the Samuel J. Friedman
Honeymoon in Vegas at The Nederlander Theatre
Want to see one of the hottest Broadway musicals in town? Want to laugh, cry, and snuggle up to a loved one? Honeymoon in Vegas is the Broadway musical that will give you all that and more. Honeymoon in Vegas tells the story of Jack Singer (Rob McClure), an average guy with a huge fear of commitment. One day, Jack finally finds the courage to propose to his long-time girlfriend, Betsy (Brynn O’Malley). Soon, the couple is headed to Las Vegas for a quick, painless, family-free wedding ceremony. Of course nothing is ever smooth sailing in Las Vegas. Upon their arrival, Tommy Korman (Tony Danza), a smooth talking gambler, spies Betsy and falls head-over-heals in love with her. In order to win her affection, Tommy arranges for Jack to lose a huge game of poker so that he can claim Betsy as his own girlfriend. What happens next is a crazy, hilarious and heartfelt journey to keep the woman you love. This show is sure to be a great adventure for a newly kindled romance or a settled-down couple. Honeymoon in Vegas is currently playing at The Nederlander Theatre in NYC.