Top Broadway show tours and why you should see them

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I realized the other day that I have been focusing a lot on Broadway theatre and other events in the New York area, but the majority of people who read this blog are probably nowhere near there. So, I decided to give the rest of you some suggestions on great shows you can see in your own backyard, as Broadway and other shows embark on national tours. The tour versions of productions are usually just as good as the Broadway versions, but they’re often less expensive and more convenient.

The Addams Family: A newcomer to the tour circuit, The Addams Family is coming off its continued Broadway success, as stars like Nathan Lane, Bebe Neuwirth and Brooke Shields have rotated through the cast. I loved this show on Broadway, with all its quirks and ridiculous humor, so this is one of my top picks to catch on tour.

Wicked: Wicked has become a classic in its own right, so I had to add it to the list. If you haven’t yet seen the story of what happened before Dorothy ever got to Oz, you should check this out in a city near you. Personally, I’m finally going to see it in Hartford this October, and I’m very excited to see it live, rather than just listening to the soundtrack over and over.

Cirque du Soleil: Michael Jackson The Immortal: This is one of the most highly anticipated tours of all-time, due to the joint fame of Cirque du Soleil and the legend that is Michael Jackson. There are currently plans for the show to visit almost 50 cities across North America, and the list continues to grow. If you love MJ and want to see the Cirque version of a tribute to the King of Pop, check out the complete list of dates to see if it’s visiting a city near you.

Jersey Boys: This is another one of those recent classics (and another one of those shows that I will finally be seeing in Hartford this year). Jersey Boys has maintained its popularity both on Broadway and on tour over the last several years, as it brings back the age of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, with their struggles, their triumphs and, of course, their music.

The Book of Mormon: So this isn’t something you can see this year, but I thought it was worth mentioning. The Book of Mormon has been a huge hit on Broadway this year, and a national tour is kicking off in December 2012 in Denver, the hometown of Trey Parker and Matt Stone (and also near thousands of real-life Mormons). This will be one to watch.

Are you going to see or have you seen any of these shows? Let us know about it in comments below!