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Let’s face the truth: We’re never going to get our hands on some “Hamilton” tickets. Sure, “Mean Girls” and “Frozen” also sound like interesting prospects, but the tickets are crazy expensive and definitely sold out four months in advance. Here are six lesser-known Broadway shows to check out, all of which have much better prices than other shows.


“SpongeBob SquarePants”

Are you ready, kids? Aye-aye, Captain! When one thinks about Broadway, SpongeBob doesn’t immediately come to mind. In fact, we’re sure you’re curious as to how this TV show could even be turned into a Broadway show. To that, we say this: Why not allow your curiosity to persuade you to buying a ticket? Although you may be channeling your inner Squidward while at Columbia, venture outside the college bubble and relive some childhood memories at this show.


“Anastasia”

To continue with the childhood nostalgia theme, this show is based on the 1997 film “Anastasia.” If you are currently struggling to figure out who you are, this musical is perfect for you. Anya has no idea she is Grand Duchess Anastasia of the Russian Empire for quite some time. During the 1920s, she goes on a journey alongside Dmitry and travels to Paris to try to reconnect with her grandmother. Go see this musical and watch Anya find her family, discover true love, and learn who she really is.


“Chicago”

For those of you who are old souls, this is the perfect show for you. Get to experience life inside the Cook County Jail, a place unlike any other you’ve ever seen (well, hopefully). Plus, “Chicago” is a Broadway staple; your mom will probably even know what you’re talking about when you finally decide to give her a call and tell her about your life.


“Come from Away”

For all of you history nerds out there, this musical is based on what took place September 11, 2001. But it’s not about the collapse of the Twin Towers; as a result of the terrorist attacks, over 38 planes of all different destinations were sent to land in Gander, Newfoundland. Despite the discordance between the different cultures and the town’s tiny size, the people of Gander rally to provide visitors with food, shelter, and medicine during their stay on the island. If you want to see a Broadway musical with an incredibly unique storyline, this might be the one for you.


“Escape to Margaritaville”

At Columbia, we all need an escape from Butler. This show will transport you to a paradise island where the locals and visitors get into mischief. Sounds a lot like the Hamptons (minus the island part). The musical follows Tully, a part-time bartender and part-time singer, who thinks he understands life completely until he falls for a tourist who changes his perspective, and tells his story with the music of Jimmy Buffett.


“A Bronx Tale”

Here’s a chance to see a production that will transport you right to the 1960s in the Bronx. Matt Windman from amNewYork claims this production is “a combination of ‘Jersey Boys’ and ‘West Side Story,’” an indication that “A Bronx Tale” is sure to become a classic. If you want to see a true New York City storyline within a Broadway show, this is the one for you.

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