Best Bets for Mother's Day

Show-Score | By Raven Snook

Take mom to an entertaining show about family—you know she deserves it.

On Your Feet! On Your Feet! | By Carol Rosegg

As anyone who is (or has) a mom knows, motherhood can be pretty dramatic. It's no wonder that mamas figure so prominently in many incredible shows. Of course to celebrate Mother's Day, you're probably looking for productions of the uplifting variety. So save 'The Glass Menagerie' for another time, and try one of these inspiring shows about family. Whether you're looking for musicals about strong women, amazing stories of real-life showbiz moms, or just escapist crowd-pleasers, these productions are sure to make mama feel special—and entertained. 

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Wicked

Members say: Enchanting, Entertaining, Delightful, Must see, Clever
93
Critics
70
25 reviews
Members
93
18568 reviews

Now in its fourteenth year on Broadway, this all-ages spectacle follows the untold true story of the Witches of Oz.

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"Wicked" looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.” 

 

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Hello, Dolly!

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Funny, Great singing, Great staging
91
Critics
85
57 reviews
Members
91
1555 reviews

This Broadway revival of Jerry Herman's beloved musical adaptation of Thornton Wilder's 'The Matchmaker' was the winner of four 2017 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

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A meddlesome matchmaker brings together the young clerk of a wealthy Yonkers merchant and his assistant with a widowed milliner and her assistant, while making sure she gets to marry the merchant herself. Jerry Herman and Michael Stewart's musical collaboration spawned many classic songs, including "Put On Your Sunday Clothes," "Before the Parade Passes By," and the title tune. 'Hello Dolly' currently stars Better Midler as Dolly and David Hyde Pierce as Horace Vandergelder, with two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy as Dolly on Tuesday evenings. On January 20th three-time Tony winner Bernadette Peters will assume the title role with Victor Garber coming aboard as Horace.

 

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great acting, Must see
90
Critics
73
20 reviews
Members
90
4316 reviews

A new Tony Award winning musical based on Carole King's inspiring story, tracking her rise to stardom and featuring many of her award-winning songs.

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Long before she was Carole King, chart-topping music legend, she was Carol Klein, Brooklyn girl with passion and chutzpah. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice. "Beautiful" tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history.

 

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Waitress

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Funny, Great acting
87
Critics
75
51 reviews
Members
87
3426 reviews

Inspired by the film of the same name, the Broadway musical 'Waitress' features songs by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles.

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Jenna is a waitress and expert pie maker in a small town who dreams of a way out of her loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town’s new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life. Directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus.

 

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On Your Feet!

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Great staging, Must see
85
Critics
75
68 reviews
Members
86
2342 reviews

'On Your Feet!' tells the story of Gloria Estefan and her husband, and how two people who believed in their talent, their music and each other created an international sensation.

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This bilingual musical spans Estefan's early years in Miami as well as her recovery from a broken back in 1990. It features many of Estefan's hit songs, including "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "Conga," "Get on Your Feet," "Don't Want to Lose You," "1-2-3," and "Coming Out of the Dark."

 

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Anastasia

Members say: Enchanting, Great singing, Entertaining, Delightful, Great staging
82
Critics
64
53 reviews
Members
84
1153 reviews

Inspired by the Anastasia legend and two movies—including the 1997 animated film—this new musical is the romantic, adventure-filled story of a brave young woman attempting to uncover her past.

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From the Tony-winning creators of 'Ragtime,' this musical journeys from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s as Anya sets out to unlock the mystery of who she is and where she came from. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. Directed by Tony winner Darko Tresnjak. 

 

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War Paint

Members say: Great singing, Entertaining, Great acting, Disappointing, Slow
76
Critics
69
72 reviews
Members
76
1275 reviews

Two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole come to Broadway in this new musical about rival cosmetic titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.

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Brilliant innovators with humble roots, both women were masters of self-invention who sacrificed everything to become the country's first major female entrepreneurs. They were also fierce competitors whose 50-year tug-of-war would give birth to an industry. From Fifth Avenue society to the halls of Congress, their remarkable rivalry was ruthless, relentless, and legendary—pushing both women to build international empires in a world dominated by men. Costarring Tony nominees John Dossett and Douglas Sills, and directed by Tony nominee Michael Greif.

 

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