Swelling scores, dazzling dances, and stunning sets define some of Broadway’s most memorable plays and musicals. This winter theater season, Philadelphia has a bevy of fantastic shows lined up for all kinds of theater-goers. The classic sounds of Les Misérables and newer productions like Waitress and The Humans are just some of the fantastic shows coming to Philadelphia in the coming months. Stay with us at The Independent Hotel, a convenient location that’s near all of the city’s best theaters and restaurants.

LES MISÉRABLES

Nominated for three Tony Awards, the latest production and national tour of Victor Hugo’s timeless tale of love and revolution will burst into Philadelphia this winter. One of the most popular musicals ever created, Les Misérables was first brought to the stage in Paris in 1980, and its epic story and soaring score have dazzled audiences since. Claude-Michel Schӧnberg’s and Alain Boublil’s music paints the image of a simmering rebellion two years after the Revolution of 1930 in France. Timeless songs like “I Dreamed a Dream” and “Do You Hear the People Sing” accompany the joys and tragedies of classic characters like Jean Valjean, Fantine, and Cosette. Don’t miss this enduring, monumental play, brought to life once again by Cameron Mackintosh.

WHEN: January 9th – 21st
WHERE: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street

THE HUMANS

Stephen Karma’s acclaimed play about family conflict will be part of the upcoming season at the Walnut Street Theatre. The 2016 Tony-winning Best Play, The Humans shows the moving portrait of a flawed but very real family at Thanksgiving dinner who are brought together by their arguments. Warmth and wit frame a story of humanity that has won over 15 stage awards and will be directed by two-time Tony Winner Joe Mantello. The compact, actor’s showpiece is only 95 minutes with no intermission. Don’t miss this stellar vignette about a family that everyone can relate to.

WHEN: January 16th – March 4th
WHERE: Walnut Street Theatre, 25 Walnut Street

WAITRESS

Waitress’ 2015 Broadway debut was met with acclaim from both audiences and critics. The musical, which tells the story of an unhappy diner waitress named Jenna who has the chance to leave her small town life behind, began its first national tour this year. Based on the 2007 indie movie, pie chef Jenna’s dreams and foils are told through the lens of Grammy-nominated Sara Bareilles’ catchy score. The groundbreaking play was also the first in Broadway musical history to feature women in four major creative roles (book, score, choreography, and direction). Don’t miss this slice of theater magic when it stops in Philadelphia.

WHEN: February 13th – 18th
WHERE: Forrest Theater, 1114 Walnut Street

SOMETHING ROTTEN!

Is irreverent silliness, elaborate dance numbers, and double entendre your thing? If so, head to Something Rotten! when it comes to Philly this February. The scene is 1595, when struggling playwrights Nigel and Nick Bottom are attempting to dim Shakespeare’s limelight by producing a new kind of theatrical show that the Bard hasn’t done yet—one with song and dance. Step into this meta portrait of the Renaissance that parodies some of Broadway’s greatest hits from the Phantom of the Opera, Les Miz, and so many others. Since 2015 this Tony-winning play has been a hit, and you won’t be disappointed by all the outlandish fun being had by the 16th century characters. Music and lyrics are by Wayne and Karey Kirkpatrick.

WHEN: February 27th – March 4th
WHERE: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street

SCHOOL OF ROCK

School of Rock is another musical that hit the road for its first national tour this year. Based on the classic movie starring Jack Black, the blockbuster musical follows the funny Dewey Finn as he guides his class of misfits to rock stardom. Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first Broadway show since 1971, School of Rock features a class of talented kids playing their instruments live for new songs and ones from the film. Energy and heart fill the production with empowering messages about following your dreams and sticking it to the man. Rock out at this awesome show this March.

WHEN: March 27th – April 1st
WHERE: Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad Street