With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, what better way to celebrate your loving bond with that special someone than a night at the theater? Here are the five most romantic shows on Broadway right now.
Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
A spunky heroine, a handsome prince, a glass slipper, a fairy godmother, and all those classic R&H songs. What more could you want? Broadway Theatre, 1681 Broadway
The Bridges of Madison County
This musical has all the elements for a Valentine’s Day outing: a passionate love affair, a soaring score by Jason Robert Brown, and Kelli O’Hara (South Pacific, The Pajama Game) as the Italian-immigrant housewife who falls in love with a traveling photojournalist (Steven Pasquale) over one magical weekend in 1960s Iowa. Now in previews, opens Feb. 20. Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, 236 W 45th St.
Based on the Oscar-winning film, Once has a soft, sad story for the romantic half of a couple and a hard-driving rock score and a raucous Irish-pub atmosphere for the less sentimental partner. Bernard Jacobs Theater, 242 W 45th St.
The Phantom of the Opera
For more than 20 years, the phantom has been steering that boat down the river underneath the opera house and straight into our hearts. Majestic Theatre, 245 W 44th St.
Oscar and Pulitzer Prize winner John Patrick Shanley explores his Gaelic roots with this tender comedy about two lonely souls (Will and Grace’s Debra Messing and Doubt’s Bryan F. O’Byrne) reaching out to each other despite a land feud between their families. Need more convincing? The show has been called an “Irish Moonstruck.” Now in previews, opens Jan. 23. Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, 261 W 47th St.
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