Need some bachelorette party ideas? Hit up the Theatre District! When people think bachelorette parties, they think casinos, clubs, or lavish getaways. But Broadway shows can be just as fun, glamorous, and exciting as any of those, whether you're coming to the city for a trip or a New York local.
Here are our top picks for the best Broadway and Off-Broadway shows for a bachelorette party. They feature romance, celebrate female friendships, and get sexy, sometimes all in one. Whether the bride-to-be is looking to get wild, splurge on decadence, or stick to a budget, there are Broadway shows for a bachelorette party of every type!
A bachelorette party with the seven women of POTUS would be an absolutely chaotic hoot. Not to mention it would be the most star-studded bachelorette party your friend group has ever seen. Vanessa Williams, Lea DeLaria, Julianne Hough, Rachel Dratch, and more star in this farce about the women who run themselves ragged doing damage control for a problematic president. This show celebrates the unsung power of women in hilarious fashion — we guarantee you'll be laughing nonstop.
Most bachelorette parties only last one short day, so spend yours with your best friends at Wicked! This show celebrates the friendship between Glinda and Elphaba of Oz, long before they became the Good Witch of the South and the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's book. The musical also shows how the two get torn apart when Oz turns against Elphaba, so you'll want to bring tissues. But Wicked will make you appreciative of the wonderful women you have to support you in life.
Moulin Rouge! The Musical
You don't have to choose between going to a Broadway show or a nightclub for your bachelorette party. At Moulin Rouge! The Musical, you can-can do it all in one! The stage adaptation of Baz Luhrmann's film transports you back to the iconic Moulin Rouge nightclub in 20th-century Paris, where the writer Christian falls into a star-crossed romance with the showgirl Satine. This story is filled with love, passion, glamour, high-energy can-can dancing, and dozens of contemporary pop songs you'll want to groove along to.
March on downtown to The Public Theater for Suffs, a new musical about a historical girl gang: the suffragists who fought for women's right to vote. There's a little bit of romance sprinkled into this story, but what makes it really great as a bachelorette show is its celebration of the bonds between this diverse and strong, yet flawed, group of women. Plus, you can grab pre- or post-show dinner and drinks at The Library, the Public's chic in-house restaurant and bar.
"The Ladies Who Lunch" from Company is practically the ultimate bachelorette party song. Sure, it's kind of sad if you really listen to the lyrics, but planning brunches and raising toasts with your go-to group of "ladies who lunch" speaks perfectly to bachelorette festivities. And the musical centers on a bachelorette herself: Bobbie, who has yet to settle down, which is the talk among her friends at her 35th birthday party. Unlike Bobbie, your bachelorette has decided to marry; the Company character isn't sure yet. But what your bachelorette and Bobbie do have in common is a group of friends that love her, want the best for her, and want her to have a fun party. We'll drink to that!
Give your bachelorette party a little razzle dazzle by seeing Chicago, one of Broadway's longest-running shows that combines crime drama with vaudeville variety show. Enjoy the slick dancing and infectiously catchy songs that tell the story of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly, two vaudevillian murderesses who vie for the attention of the sensational press and a smooth-talking lawyer. Chicago is darkly funny and feels like an old-fashioned night out at a Roaring Twenties revue.
What do you get when you cross the six wives of Henry VIII with the musical stylings of Beyonce, Rihanna, Adele, and more? One of the fiercest pop girl groups history has ever seen. Six is an energetic girl-power musical that will have everyone at the bachelorette party near-dancing in the aisles. The six Queens sing original songs, each inspired by the sound of a different modern pop star, about who got the worst treatment from King Henry. Those Queens didn't have the best marriages, but they'll remind the bachelorette that she's got much better things in store for her.
Even if you haven't read a Shakespeare play since high school, hear us out: Drunk Shakespeare takes place in a hidden hotel lounge. One actor takes five shots of whiskey before performing a Shakespeare play alongside four sober actors, who have to keep them in line while going along with their antics. You, the audience, also get to drink, and if you want to splurge for your bachelorette, she can become the "King" that gets premium champagne and cocktails and gets decision-making powers in the play. It's just the kind of wild revelry you'd want from a bachelorette party.
That Golden Girls Show! A Puppet Parody
Puppets don't seem like the usual bachelorette entertainment. But if you have a bachelorette who is ready to laugh, That Golden Girls Show! is sure to have everyone in stitches. This loving parody celebrates one of the most iconic female friend groups of all time, and the show features all the funniest, snarkiest, and wildest moments from the show. Our advice? Go after a boozy brunch where you discuss who in your group would be which Golden Girl.
Fall into a baroque burlesque garden at Company XIV's Seven Sins, inspired by the seven deadly sins and the fall of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. Company XIV’s reimagining of this biblical fall from grace sees temptation come to life with circus, opera, magic, baroque dance, and imaginatively immersive cocktails inspired by the sins. This show is ideal for the bachelorette looking for some sexy, sinfully delightful entertainment.