Broadway Week is a promotion of 2-for-1 Broadway tickets. It takes place in September and January, but tickets go on sale about two weeks ahead.
2-for-1 Broadway Week Tickets Summer 2019
Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 14 for performances of select Broadway shows from September 3 to 16, 2019.
To get 2-for-1 Broadway tickets use Special Offer Code BWAYWK for general tickets, or use BWAYUP for upgraded tickets that offer better seat locations (recommended).
Several of these Broadway Week shows have a Latin connection.
Ain’t Too Proud
The story of Motown supergroup The Temptations, has choreography by Tony Award winning Colombian-Canadian choreographer Sergio Trujillo.
Trujillo also won a Tony Award for Jersey Boys.
Playing at the Imperial Theatre
The Book of Mormon
This heartwarming musical tells the story of two Mormon missionaries trying to spread their faith in an African village in Uganda.
Co-writer Robert Lopez is a New Yorker with a Filipino heritage. He co-wrote Book of Mormon with Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the animated comedy South Park.
Lopez earlier co-wrote the music for Avenue Q. He later wrote tunes for Disney’s Frozen.
The Book of Mormon swept the 2011 Tony Awards.
Playing at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre
Puerto Rican-Italian-American Broadway legend Chita Rivera opened the musical role of good-bad girl Velma Kelly in 1975. The producers expanded the role because of Chita’s powerful stage presence.
Italian-American Broadway legend Liza Minnelli played bad-good girl Roxie Hart in 1975 and saved the show from closing. It is now the longest-running American musical in Broadway history.
Since then, Chicago regularly rotates Latin entertainers into the cast as the now legendary characters Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly, Billy Flynn and Amos Hart. There are no Latins in these roles right now, but we played a part in creating them.
Playing at the Ambassador Theater.
This Disney musical fairy tale about princess sisters saved by love has songs written by Robert Lopez and his wife Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
Robert is a New Yorker with a Filipino heritage. He also co-wrote Avenue Q and The Book of Mormon.
Playing at the St. James Theatre.
The Lion King
The Lion King is a family musical story of Africa based on the Disney animated movie.
The filmmakers say the story was based on biblical stories and Shakespeare’s Hamlet, but there was a real Lion king. Sundiata, the Lion of Mali, founded and ruled the Malian Empire from 1235 to 1255.
Regardless of the origins of the story, all humans are African and African culture is an essential part of Latin culture in the Americas and Europe too.
Music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice make this a soft way to get into African culture.
Playing at the Minskoff Theatre.
The Phantom of the Opera
The longest-running Broadway show ever is based on Gaston Leroux’s French novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra (1910). It is set in the old Paris opera house.
This is Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1986 musical.
Playing at the Majestic Theatre.
Latin culture is very African and slavery was part of our experience that still colors who we are today.
This is a challenging play that explores race relations through the sexual hangups of three interracial couples in therapy. The interracial part of this is important because abuse doesn’t just hurt the abused, it soils the abuser too.
We don’t talk about our original sin and that is why it still devils us. This is an interesting way to get into the conversation.
Slave Play is written by young gay Black playwright Jeremy O. Harris. He landed this, his first Broadway play while still a student at the Yale School of Drama. In fact, he used the play’s concept to apply to the school. Genius usually shows itself early in life so we should expect to see a lot more great work from Harris.
Playing at the Golden Theatre.
The story of the Witches of Oz is directed by Italian-American Joe Mantello.
Opening in 2003, it won three Tony Awards, six Drama Desk Awards, and four Outer Critics Circle Awards. The original Broadway cast recording won the 2005 Grammy Awards for Best Musical Show Album.
She is no longer with the cast, but Mexican-American actress Lindsay Mendez played Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.
Playing at the Gershwin Theatre.
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