Broadway Bucket List

broadway bucket list

One of my favorite things about being a Broadway theatre-goer is that there is always something new to see, do, or discover. The pulse of the community fills me with excitement and a drive to experience all there is to offer. While I’ve been able to do some pretty incredible things (like go backstage!), there is still so much left to do–which is why I made a Broadway bucket list. These are all things I hope to one day accomplish, or have always dreamt of doing, but for whatever reason (usually school), I haven’t been able to do yet. Here are the top ten things I have left to check off my Broadway bucket list! 

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A bustling 44th Street, home to many beautiful Broadway theatres!

See a show at every Broadway theatre.

Which is easier said than done. Many of the shows I’ve seen have been at the same theatres, so I make tons of repeat visits to a handful of the same gorgeous playhouses. But, my count is already at 20, which is nearly halfway there! (Since the Hudson Theatre went back in commission earlier this year, there are currently 41 different Broadway houses.)

Have a solo show at 54 Below.

Okay, or, you know, at least attend a show at 54 Below. That’s probably more realistic. I don’t know about you, but whenever one of my favorite Broadway actors announces their solo show, I start to imagine what my set list would be if I had my own show. (“Run Away With Me,” anyone?) But, I still haven’t even seen a show at the storied venue, so I think I should try to check that off the list first. I hear their macaroni is simply out of this world! 

Stop by Schmackary’s during Broadway Bakes week.

And while I’m at it, try every flavor at Schmackary’s. I’ve mentioned my (mild) Schmackary’s obsession before, so this should come as no surprise to anyone. But being served cookies by Broadway faves and raising money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is a combo too good to pass up. Plus, Zachary Schmahl knows how to make a good cookie, so my taste buds won’t be disappointed. 

See every show that’s nominated for a Tony in one season.

So, try and see as many as you can as the season goes on and then play catch-up once nominations have been announced. That way, when the awards ceremony happens, you’ll be able to root for your favorites in every category, and be even more thrilled when they win, because you’ve witnessed the artistry first-hand.

Attend the Tony Awards.

As much as I love curling up with snacks and a snuggie in front of my television to watch the telecast every year, I’ve always dreamt of sitting in one of Radio City Music Hall’s plush red seats surrounded by Broadway’s best and brightest. And, of course, how cool would it be to witness history being made?!

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Throwback #TonightsBill pic at Hamilton with Jake!

Have my name in a Playbill.

The first thing I do when I grab my seat at a theatre is snap a photo of my Playbill (#TonightsBill). But then, I scour the pages to find out the names of everyone involved with the production, from actors to admin. Being able to flip through a Playbill and see my name in print would be heart-stopping and surreal in the best possible way.

Go to the Broadway Flea Market.

You never know what you’ll find! Or, so I’ve heard. From discount merch from this season’s shows to vintage Playbills and props from Broadway history, it’s a theatre nerd’s heaven. Plus, running into my favorite actors in Shubert Alley would be absolutely insane.

Attend a cast album release at Barnes & Noble.

An intimate theatre concert surrounded by books? Plus the chance to have a personally autographed copy of a new cast recording? Sign. Me. UP.

Go to Miscast. And Broadway Backwards.

AKA, see Broadway actors do what they do best and shine in ways they wouldn’t get to otherwise. You’re guaranteed a night full of laughter and surprises. (The little Broadway boys singing “The Schuyler Sisters”? Priceless.)

See one of my friends make their Broadway debut.

My friends’ talent never ceases to amaze me. Many of their hearts are set on reaching the Great White Way, and I would be beyond thrilled to be in the audience to cheer them on as they make their dreams come true.

What’s on your Broadway bucket list? Let me know in the comments below! 


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Hi, I’m Kelly! I’m here to give busy college students a guide to navigating the modern theatre world. I’m passionate about spreading my love of theatre, traveling, and trying new things.

2 thoughts on “Broadway Bucket List

  1. Rene Carter

    Here’s hoping that you are able to check off everything on your Broadway bucket list!!

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    1. Kelly

      Thank you! With a little paciencia y fe, I think I will!

      Reply

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