Best Broadway date-night shows
Retro romance and exhilarating dance are the focus of this Tony-nominated tuner based on the Oscar-winning movie musical of the same name. Set in post-WWII Paree and featuring glorious Gershwin songs like "'S Wonderful" and "The Man I Love," the show revolves around two love triangles (actually, one's more of a rectangle), and culminates in a sensual pas de deux between a starving artist and a gamine ballerina.
Yes, it's a cliché, but there's a reason Andrew Lloyd Webber's romantic tragedy is the longest running Broadway musical in history. The title character's obsessive desire for his chanteuse muse smacks of stalking, but their dysfunctional relationship has made millions of viewers swoon. If that's just too kinky for you, she's got a much more vanilla love interest, too. Be prepared for when the chandelier comes crashing down: it's the ideal moment to make a move.
This crowd pleaser celebrates the music and marriage of one of the most successful partnerships in showbiz: Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Like all couples, they've had ups and downs, though theirs earned them multiple Grammys and millions of fans. If you're able to drop your jaded 'tude, the "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," so don't won't worry about how goofy you look joining that conga line down the aisle.
If you can score seats to this, your night will have a happy ending—even if you don't get past first base. Lin-Manuel Miranda's historical hip-hop musical about the "ten-dollar founding father without a father" is deservedly the hottest ticket in town, and features lots of love, including illicit liaisons. So what if your date is a hot mess? You'll both come away in awe of writer/composer/star Miranda's achievement. A truly stimulating experience for the intellectual set.
Leave your inhibitions at the door of this immersive Bushwick spectacle set in a late-'70s tropical resort populated by beautiful, provocatively clad performers. To a large extent, audiences get to choose their own adventures, so follow the hustler—not the middle-aged husband—if you're looking for a good time. Whichever path you go down, you're sure to enjoy a few intimate encounters and will definitely get lei'd.
For many, laughter is the ultimate aphrodisiac and this is the funniest show on Broadway hands down (except when you're applauding wildly). Penned by the pair behind South Park, this irreverent romp shamelessly sends up all kinds of taboo subjects, including religion, racism, AIDS, homophobia, female genital mutilation, Western imperialism, war lords and Orlando. And yet underneath all that satire is an infectious sweetness that's sure to leave you in a blissful state.
Surrender yourself to this smoke-filled rave where sexy acrobats climb the walls, percussive music ups your heart rate and water cascades from the ceiling onto revelers below. This interactive, sensory overload party is difficult to describe but rest assured its 70 intermissionless minutes will make you feel wet and wild.
Is there anything sexier than love and war? This Broadway revival of the original mega-musical is all about romance set in an era of unrest and revolution in Paris, France. Intense emotions, class clashes and poperatic ballads like "I Dreamed a Dream" and "On My Own" make this a perennial date night favorite.
NYC's longest running and largest immersive spectacle (six floors and 100,000-square-feet!) is loosely based on the Bard's Macbeth. But don't bother trying to make sense of it all—or even of sticking with your date. Instead, don your Eyes Wide Shut-style mask and wander aimlessly through this waking fever dream, where titillation and terror are doled out in equal measure.
The five boroughs are lousy with burlesque, but if you want to see the top practitioners of the art of the tease, hit this two-tiered, LES hot spot. Its signature Saturday night show, Mr. Choade's Upstairs Downstairs, features the biggest burly-Q stars around plus variety and circus performers. If you need a weekday dose of risqué, try Wednesday night's Glitter Gutter hosted by Slipper Room co-owner James Habacker. All shows are 21 and up!