Best Shows to Take Your Parents to in New York City
Having your parents visit you in New York City can be both delightful and stressful. Sure they’ll stock your apartment with essentials (and might even spring for 2-ply toilet paper), but in a city with so much going on, choosing the right “night out” can be taxing. At SeatGeek we’re all about the live experiences, so we’ve curated a list of some of the hottest shows in the NYC-area that the folks are sure to love. Check ’em out…
Billy Joel @ Madison Square Garden
Chances are your parents introduced you to Billy Joel, the brains behind hits like “Just the Way You Are” and “Scenes From an Italian Restaurant.” So why not return the favor and take them to Joel’s never-ending residency at Madison Square Garden? Not only will the performance be unforgettable, but the venue itself is a New York City staple located in the heart of Midtown. Which will be fun and not at all stressful. Browse tickets here.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical @ Stephen Sondheim Theatre
If your mom
forces Carole King upon you
House of Yes @ 2 Wyckoff Ave
If your parents are the edgier type (“I’m not a regular mom, I’m a cool mom!”) then they will likely enjoy House of Yes. Located in Brooklyn at a former ice warehouse, the event showcases dance, circus, theater and cabaret performances, with several different types of shows every night. From roller disco to burlesque, poetry to a good old fashioned dance party, there will definitely be something to please both mom and dad. Browse shows & tickets here.
Meteor Shower @ The Booth Theater
Amy Schumer and Keegan-Michael Key star in Meteor Shower, a play by Steve Martin, now in previews at the Booth Theatre. On Broadway until January 21, this quirky comedy circles around two married couples who find themselves in a “marital free-fall matched in velocity and peril only by the smoldering space rocks tearing through the sky” (according to the play’s official website). Sounds like the perfect night out for your favorite married couple: mom and dad. Browse tickets here.
Brooklyn Nets @ Barclays Center
If you’re more of a sports-loving family, take a trip to Barclays Center to check out a Brooklyn Nets game. Sure the team isn’t having the best season, but it’s well worth the ticket to check out a relatively new arena and not have to go back to MSG for the Knicks (since you already saw Billy Joel there). Or if basketball isn’t your thing, the New York Islanders hockey team also calls the venue their home. Browse tickets here.
Radio City Christmas Spectacular @ Radio City Music Hall
Are your parents in town for the holidays and looking for the quintessential NYC experience? Look no further than The Rockettes: Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Since 1933, these dazzling dancers have been lighting up Radio City Music Hall with their renditions of “12 Days of Christmas,” “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” and more. Shows are running from now until January 1. Browse the schedule & tickets here.
Springsteen on Broadway @ Walter Kerr Theatre
Do you parents have a penchant for The Boss? Then you must get them tickets to this once in a lifetime show. Springsteen on Broadway is a mixture of storytelling and songs, chronicling Bruce’s career and personal life. The performances are being held at the 960-seat Walter Kerr Theatre, and due to insane popularity, the run has been extended from now until June 30. Browse tickets here.