Every year, the Big Apple becomes very tempting for many Quebecers at the start of the year. And who says New York often says Broadway, cultural artery par excellence and its dozens of musicals on the bill. But faced with the abundance of the offer, some are struggling to find their way around. The Journal therefore offers you its five essentials.


What if Juliet had survived her Romeo in the last act of William Shakespeare’s classic? This question serves as a starting point for the show

2. MJ the Musical

After Tina Turner, Cher, Donna Summer and other Carole King, it’s Michael Jackson’s turn to see his life adapted on stage thanks to his repertoire. We are transported here to the early 1990s as the King of Pop prepares to hit the road for his legendary Dangerous international tour, all while reviewing his complete repertoire with re-readings of Beat It, Thriller, Billie Jean and other Smooth Criminals.

3. Funny Girl

Almost 60 years after its original creation, the musical Funny Girl got a facelift this year. In a new libretto, revised by Broadway legend Harvey Fierstein, the classic returned to theaters a few months ago, first with Beanie Feldstein in the title role. This time, it’s Lea Michele (Glee) who puts on the shoes of Fanny Brice for the present performances. And according to the New York media, his rendition of Don’t Rain on My Parade alone is worth the price of admission.

4. The Phantom of the Opera

There are only a few months left to see the timeless Phantom of the Opera on the boards of the equally famous Majestic Theatre; after breaking longevity records, the musical will see its candlestick fall for the very last time next April after 35 years on the bill. But be quick, tickets sell out fast.

5. Some Like it Hot

The classic 1959 film is dusted off with an all-new libretto by Matthew López and Amber Ruffin. This time around, Adrianna Hicks, Christian Borle and J. Harrison Ghee make up the trio of lead performers, bringing to life characters once portrayed in film by Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, respectively.