It’s Halloween! And to get you in the spirit of giving—candy, that is, we put together a list of ten spook-filled Broadway musicals. These shows take you to a different world filled with princesses and fairies, witches and phantoms, of course. Halloween is the perfect time of year to pay heed to a few sinister strains from the world of Broadway theatre. Here are our top ten Broadway musicals for Halloween.
Phantom of the Opera
The Phantom of the Opera is a classic combination of spook and romance. Enjoy the timeless love story from Andrew Lloyd Weber as you watch Christine fall head over heels for the Phantom. It’s one of the best known love stories of all time and it just happens to feature a scary masked man that haunts a theatre.
If The Wizard of Oz does not provide the necessary scare factor for you, then Wicked is definitely a step in the right direction. Check out the other side of the story and discover the real reason Elphaba became the Wicked Witch of the West and how she and Glinda became what we so well know. It’s perfect for Halloween—the right amount of ominous music, unexpected entrances and green…the color of ghouls.
Sweeney Todd is arguably Stephen Sondheim’s most chilling work. This story of a homicidal barber and his meat pie-making accomplice is appropriately dark and grisly for Halloween—though, at times, it may be hard to stomach. You can check this one out at home. Johnny Depp stars in the film adaptation alongside Helena Bonham Carter.
Little Shop of Horrors
Little Shop of Horrors is a musical parody of 1950′s sci-fi movies. In it, a nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed…with human blood. Cue evil laughter. You can also check out this in the comfort of the own home. The films stars Rick Moranis and Ellen Greene and features Steve Martin.
Mystery of Edwin Drood
This artfully written musical theatre piece inspired by British music halls and pantomimes, written by Charles Dickens is currently in previews on Broadway. Because Dickens left the novel unfinished, audience members are able to vote on who murdered Edwin Drood. The show has multiple endings depending on who the audience selects. Stephanie J. Block, Will Chase and Chita Rivera currently star in this murder mystery.
Dracula: The Musical
Dracula is a cheesy comedy, full of goofy puns and over-the-top slapstick. It’s a musical farce based on the classic Victorian novel by Bram stoker. The score is by Frank Wildhorn, with lyrics and book by Don Black and Christopher Hampton.
Into the Woods
It’s not exactly what you picture when you think Halloween, but it certainly takes you an enchanted place, full of tall tales—beanstalks and giants, witches and magic, Repunzel and Cinderella, a creepy old man. Into the Woods has music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine. It premiered on Broadway in 1987.
The Addams Family
The Addams Family is a musical comedy with music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa and a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice about one of the most well known families from TV. In it, Wednesday Addams, the ultimate princess of darkness, has grown up and fallen in love with a sweet, smart young man from a respectable family. Oh, the horror. It’s a fun show with obvious Halloween undertones.
The Rocky Horror Show
The Rocky Horror Show, with music, lyrics and a book by Richard O’Brian, has developed quite the cult following. The musical was adapted into a movie in 1975 called The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which today has a worldwide cult following and has the longest-running release in film history. It tells the story of a newly engaged couple getting caught in a storm and coming to the home of a mad transvestite scientist unveiling his new creation, a muscle man named Rocky Horror. PERFECT for Halloween.
Jekyll & Hyde
Wildhorn’s rock-pop score is gritty and soaring; it perfectly captures Jekyll’s need to rid himself of the monstrous Hyde that lives within him. It is based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella, “Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It’s quintessentially Halloween and included all your major players—insane doctors, crazy science experiments, haunting ballads. The show will be revived on Broadway in the spring with Constantine Maroulis and Deborah Cox.
There are a ton of other Halloween appropriate shows and if you have another personal favorite that we didn’t include, please feel free to leave a comment below.