13 Shows To See On Broadway That Aren't 'Hamilton'

13 Shows To See On Broadway Besides 'Hamilton'

There is more to Broadway than the most hyped up shows.


The next time you are looking for the best show to see on Broadway, look outside of the box. There is so much talent on the Broadway stages now, making any show you go to one to remember. Some of these shows are new and only came out this past year, while others have been on Broadway for years and have new casts.

1. "Dear Evan Hansen"

"Dear Evan Hansen" is a very popular musical that follows a boy named Evan Hansen as he struggles with mental illness and the loss of a classmate. The music is great, particularly the song, "Sincerely Me."

2. "Mean Girls"

Based on the 2004 movie, this musical does not disappoint its audiences. The writers maintained everything that was great about the original but added an awesome score and even more hilarious lines to the story.

3. "The Cher Show"

Based on the life of Cher, this show follows her road to fame, "from Sonny to superstardom." Those who know Cher's story well will appreciate the inclusion of some of her biggest hits and the accuracy of the costumes (they brought on her costume designer to assist with the outfits for the show), and people who do not know her well will leave knowing her entire "origin story."

4. "Beautiful: The Carole King Musical"

Like "The Cher Show," "Beautiful" shows the life of Carole King and how the songs she wrote directly relate to what was happening in her life. There are a ton of songs in here that most people will be surprised to hear that she wrote.

5. "Wicked"

This show became an instant classic as a prequel to "The Wizard of Oz." As a huge "Oz" fan, I appreciated all of the references to the original book/movie, as well as the new material that was brought on for the witches' storylines.

6. "The Prom"

This show made history in the 2018 Thanksgiving Day Parade for having the first same-sex kiss. The whole story is both heartwarming and funny, especially for those who are already fans of Broadway or have been in high school.

7. "Waitress"

"Waitress" is about a woman (who, yes, is a waitress) in an abusive relationship with her husband who unexpectedly becomes pregnant. She ends up having an affair with her doctor and entering a pie contest.

8. "Chicago"

"Chicago" is a classic and a must-see for anyone who loves vaudeville. The story follows Roxie Hart, an aspiring vaudevillian as she is arrested for murder after killing the man she was cheating on her husband with. The music is awesome and the staging is unique with the orchestra sitting on stage and occasionally interacting with the actors.

9. "Kinky Boots"

This show is about a shoemaker's son who finds himself taking over the family business after the death of his father. To save the company from bankruptcy, he must come up with a unique idea, which comes to him in the form of Lola, a drag queen in need of heels that can support the weight of a male body.

10. "Come From Away"

Following the events of 9/11, 38 planes were told to land in Canada where the stranded passengers are cared for by the locals. Several different storylines play out as the people bond over the tragedy that has literally brought them together and the effects of the event become apparent.

11. "The Phantom of the Opera"

"The Phantom of the Opera" is about a haunting of an opera house in which a masked ghost tries to get a soprano named Christine to be the lead in the show and seek revenge.

12. "Anastasia"

Based on the 1997 movie, this show is about a duchess who escapes the execution of her entire family, the Romanovs.

13. "The Book of Mormon"

This show pokes fun at religion by showing the adventures of Elder Price as he is given his mission assignation, and it is far from ideal. He is sent to Uganda to try and convert the people there to Mormonism, leading to crazy hijinx.

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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