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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30:  People pose for photographs as they arrive for the press preview of "Harry Potter & The Cursed Child" at Palace Theatre on July 30, 2016 in London, England. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is a two-part West End stage play written by Jack Thorne based on an original new story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany.  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images) Rob Stothard/Getty Images

The 10 Broadway tickets to gift this holiday season

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So you’re out of ideas for what to get for your mom, dad, in-laws, cousins, and your best friend for the holidays. Good thing we have the fail-safe answer for you. Tickets to a Broadway show is the ultimate experience you can give, and thanks to the major smash hits of recent years — any HamFans in here? — there’s never been a better time to hit the Great White Way.

Here are 10 Broadway tours, premieres, and shows coming up in 2018 that will make for an eventful 2018 — and an eventful Christmas morning.

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 09:  Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo and Ariana DeBose with Lin-Manuel Miranda with the cast during their final performance curtain call of 'Hamilton' on Broadway at Richard Rodgers Theatre on July 9, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
The original cast of Hamilton.


The smash hit Tony winner is (finally, gloriously) hitting the road. After opening in Los Angeles and Chicago last year, Hamilton will take the stage across venues nationwide on the first traveling tour. Watch out for tickets near you in cities like Des Moines, Houston, San Diego, and more — history (of the best holiday presents received) will have its eyes on you.

Hamilton; various dates and venues

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 13:  Tony Award flare for the 'Dear Evan Hansen' Marquee at The Music Box Theatre on June 13, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
The Dear Evan Hansen marquee.
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Dear Evan Hansen

This year’s Tony winner for Best Musical is still going strong after lead actor Ben Platt’s departure — and there’s no reason not to buy tickets for this heartwarming tale. Take your loved ones to see Noah Galvin (starting November 21, 2017) or Taylor Trensch (starting January 18, 2018) give their take on the titular character of the hit musical.

Dear Evan Hansen; playing now at Music Box Theatre, New York City

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05:  Theatre Marquee unveiling for the  forthcoming Broadway revival of Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman's 'Hello, Dolly!' starring Bette Midler  at the Shubert Theatre on January 5, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
The Hello, Dolly! marquee.
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Hello, Dolly!

Even though Bette Midler will finish her headline-making, Tony award-winning comeback on Broadway as Dolly Levi, there’s good news for fans of the musical: Bernadette Peters will begin her performance as the star on January 20, 2018. All the more reason to snap up tickets for Hello, Dolly! quickly — those tickets won’t last long.

Hello, Dolly!; playing now at Shubert Theatre, New York City

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03:  Ambiance at the launch event for the broadway musical stage producton of the hit cult film "Mean Girls" at The August Wilson Theatre on October 3, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
The August Wilson Theatre.
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Mean Girls

Don’t land yourself in the burn book with your Mean Girls-obsessed friend: Buy him or her tickets now for the premiere of Mean Girls on Broadway, because tickets will sell out fast. The musical, based on the cult-classic film by Tina Fey, is in previews at the National Theatre in Washington D.C. and will then open at the August Wilson Theatre on April 8. If you go on a Wednesday, be sure to wear pink.

Mean Girls; opens April 8, 2018 at the August Wilson Theatre, New York City


If the kids can’t let go (get it?) of Frozen just yet, be the hero who gets them tickets to Frozen the musical. Opening in February, the stage rendition stars Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Up Here, Winnie the Pooh, In Transit), Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, The Book of Mormon, Up Here), and Jennifer Lee (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph). And in case you were fearful that the “Let It Go” earworm would never escape your head, the new musical promises twice as much original music as the film.

Frozen; opens February 22, 2018 at the St. James Theatre, New York City

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 22:  Times Square Billboard for the new Broadway show 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' on September 22, 2017 in Times Square, New York City.  (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
The Times Square billboard for the new Broadway show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

If 2016 was the year of Hamilton, and 2017 was the year of Dear Evan Hansen, 2018 is most definitely the year of Harry Potter — the play. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened to much fanfare in London in 2017 and swept the Laurence Olivier Awards with 11 awards, including Best New Play. Now the production will open in March at the Lyric Theatre on the Great White Way, and tickets are already going fast. If you want to score major points with the Potterheads in your life, get your tickets now and conjure up some Broadway magic for them.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child; opens March 16, 2018 at the Lyric Theatre, New York City

Scenes from the world's longest running musical, Disney's The Lion King on March 01, 2011 in Singapore.
Scenes from Disney's The Lion King.
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The Lion King

For those looking to give the experience of classic Broadway, few shows have reached the kind of iconic status as The Lion King. It’s been running since 1997 — officially the third-longest running show on Broadway — and continues to draw massive audiences each year. And who doesn’t love the catchy memorable Disney tunes of The Lion King? This is the fail-safe gift for family and friends of all ages.

Lion King; playing now at the Minskoff Theatre, New York City

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 15:  Signage at the hit musical "Come from Away" on Broadway at The Schoenfeld Theatre on March 15, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)
Come From Away on Broadway at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre.
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Come From Away

The feel-good musical of the year to gift and see this year? The sleeper hit Come From Away, based on the true story of Operation Yellow Ribbon, which unexpectedly landed 38 planes in Gander, Newfoundland, in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. Said the New York Times of the Tony-nominated show: “Even the most stalwart cynics may have trouble staying dry-eyed during this portrait of heroic hospitality under extraordinary pressure.” For those in need of a dose of optimism in 2018 (and really, who doesn’t need that), this is the gift under the tree that will leave a lasting impression.

Come From Away; playing now at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, New York City

IRVINE, CA - OCTOBER 01:  Comedian Sebastian Maniscalco performs at Funny Or Die's Oddball Comedy and Curiousity Festival 2016 at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre on October 1, 2016 in Irvine, California.  (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
Sebastian Maniscalco performs at Funny Or Die's Oddball Comedy and Curiousity Festival.
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Sebastian Maniscalco

The comedian’s first national tour is sure to be a crowd-pleaser — and the perfect holiday gift for the wannabe stand-up comic in your life. From waiter at the Four Seasons Hotel to booked-solid stand-up comic — he’s had four Showtime stand-up specials, roles in feature films with Amy Poehler and Will Ferrell, and tours with Vince Vaughn — Maniscalco has been called the “pride of Italian-Americans” and is known for his bits on family, parenthood, and other modern life tidbits.

Sebastian Maniscalco; various dates at Radio City Music Hall, New York City

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 07: TV host Trevor Noah attends the 11th Annual Stand Up for Heroes at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 7, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
Trevor Noah attends the 11th Annual Stand Up for Heroes.
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Trevor Noah

For those in your life who tune into The Daily Show on the regular, tickets to Trevor Noah’s stand-up tour is a no-thinking-required gift. The comedian and host of the Daily News is guaranteed to bust a gut and call into the day’s hot topics for quickfire jokes and satire.

Trevor Noah; various dates

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