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The best Broadway shows to see based on your age

Looking for the Broadway musicals and plays that will give you the most nostalgia? Just match your age to a show.

Adam Feldman
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Adam Feldman

Growing up as a young child, did you pull an all-nighter to finish the latest Harry Potter novel? Or have you attended dozens of Bruce Springsteen concerts over the past 30-plus years? Whatever generation you are, from millennials to Baby Boomers, there's a Broadway musical or play to match your age for the optimal nostalgia-inducing experience. Here, we've gathered the hottest theater shows of spring and beyond and organized them by the generation they speak to. Choose your tickets wisely! (And keep an eye out for these at the Tony Awards in June).

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The Broadway shows that will give you the most nostalgia, based on your age

  • Theater
  • Drama
  • Midtown West

The world of Harry Potter has arrived on Broadway, Hogwarts and all, and it is a triumph of theatrical magic. Set two decades after the final chapters of J.K. Rowling’s world-shaking kid-lit heptalogy, the two-part epic Harry Potter and the Cursed Child combines grand storytelling with stagecraft on a scale heretofore unimagined. Richly elaborated by director John Tiffany, the show looks like a million bucks (or, in this case, a reported $68 million); the Lyric Theatre has been transfigured from top to bottom to immerse us in the narrative. It works: The experience is transporting.

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