With live theater back in full swing, our season is jam packed with dazzling shows straight from the Broadway stage. To give you a taste of each show, see below for a song from each show that is worthy of a place on your On Repeat playlist! Discover new favorites or listen to some timeless tunes. Click each photo to hear what we guarantee will be your new favorite song.
“It's The Hard Knock Life”from Annie
In this timeless tale of rags to riches, Annie is back to dazzle audiences. Channel your inner child as the children of a New York City orphanage grumble about their mistreatment by owner Miss Hannigan in the classic song “It's The Hard-Knock Life.” Click the photo to see a performance from the original film of 1982 and then grab your tickets to see the show on stage October 11-16 at the Miller Theater.
“Do You Hear the People Sing?” from Les Misérables
At the brink of revolution, this song is an inspiring anthem for justice and standing up for what is right. With trumpets blaring and a heart-swelling choral ensemble, the Act One finale of the beloved musical will make you feel like conquering the world. Click the photo to hear The 25th Anniversary Concert recording and then catch Les Misérables on November 2nd- 13th at the Academy of Music.
“River Deep/Mountain High” from TINA- The Tina Turner Musical
The massively successful Tina Turner has her life story brought to the stage featuring her greatest songs in the recent Tony-nominated musical. In her efforts to kickstart a solo career, Tina turns to music to express her feelings about love and loyalty for the people she cares most about. Click the photo to see a performance of the original Broadway cast on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert performing the energetic “River Deep/Mountain High” and then catch it live on November 22- December 4 at the Academy of Music.
Filled with exciting drumbeats and hilarious antics, Blue Man Group will have you partying at any time of the day alongside the whole family. With no lyrics, you can focus on the expert instrumentals that create the perfect dance beat. Click the photo to view their fun-filled appearance on The Ellen Show and experience the show yourself when it rolls through Philly during the holiday season from December 27 – 31 at the Miller Theater.
“Hand In My Pocket” from Jagged Little Pill
Alanis Morissette’s hit album finds new life in a musical filled with complex characters and a raw storyline including topics such as substance abuse, gender & sexuality, and living up to familial expectations. Click the photo to hear the original Broadway cast sing “Hand In My Pocket” during their album release event and then see the first national tour in Philadelphia from January 3-15, 2023 at the Academy of Music.
“Welcome to the Rock” from Come From Away
Welcome to a town called Gander. Home to 7,000 people… and soon to be shelter for 7,000 more. Meet the company of the award-winning musical ad the drumming beats of Newfoundland starts the journey through a heartwarming true story. Meet the characters in this opening number as they share where they were upon hearing the news in a tiny Canadian town on September 11, 2001. Click the photo to listen to the amazing original Broadway Cast perform at the 2017 Tony Awards. and see this beloved show returns to Philly at the Academy of Music on February 7-12, 2023.
“Lees of Old Virginia” from 1776
This hilariously catchy number from the all-female revival will jog your memory of American History class. In this song, Benjamin Franklin insists that a conceited Richard Henry Lee propose the idea of independence instead of John Addams, a highly disliked candidate. Click the photo to see a performance from 54 Below sings 1776 featuring some of Broadway’s finest, Bonnie Milligan, Carolee Carmello, and Mary Testa. The historic revival cast will hit Philadelphia next year at the Forrest Theatre from February 14 - 26.
“Jellicle Songs for Jellicle Cats” from CATS
This upbeat opening number introduces the show and the eccentric tribe of cats that sing a tune that will for sure be stuck in your head for weeks on end. Click the photo for a performance of the opening number from the professionally shot version from 1998. See the beloved CATS return March 14-19, 2023 at the Miller Theater.
“Ex-wives” and “Six” from SIX
Divorced, beheaded, died. Divorced, beheaded, survived. This is the story of the wives of Henry VIII… but it’s not the only story. In a concert-style musical filled with female empowerment and electric pop beats, SIX will have you on your feet for royalty. This mash-up of the opening and closing number from the 2019 Olivier Awards in London will convince you that this is a show not to miss. See it make its Philadelphia debut March 21 – April 9, 2023 at the Academy of Music.
“Superstar” from Jesus Christ Superstar
This upbeat mix of choral and rock groove will have you singing and dancing from your seat. Questioning Jesus’ crucifixion, the ghost of Judas returns with lyrics full of symbolism and conflict in the classic musical from Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. Click the photo for energizing performance from a celebration of Webber at London’ Royal Albert Hall, then catch it when it hits our Cultural Campus at the Miller Theater May 2-7, 2023.
“The Whole Being Dead Thing”from Beetlejuice
Adapted after the hit movie of the same name, Beetlejuice is a energetic knock-your-socks-off show that audiences can’t stop talking about. The opening number is jam-packed with jokes, spooks, and creatures as Beetlejuice transports you to the world of the dead. Be prepared to tap your toes to this catchy multi-genre number with a video from Beetlejuice’s first night back on Broadway after the COVID-19 shutdown. The new hit musical brings its first national tour to Philly on May 30 – June 11 at the Academy of Music.
“El Tango De Roxanne” from Moulin Rouge: The Musical
This iconic number from the 2001 hit movie is a powerful display of jealousy when Christian’s lover, Satine, is seen with the heinous Duke. This song will be stuck in your head with its sweeping melody and as a reminder that love is indeed complicated. Click the photo to see a snippet from the Original Broadway Cast featuring Tony award winner Aaron Tveit, and see the national tour transform the Academy of Music to the streets of Paris from July 5-30, 2023.
“Hakuna Matata" from Disney's The Lion King
A true Disney classic that will transport you back to your childhood with its carefree, smooth energy, Disney’s The Lion King returns to Philadelphia from August 16 – September 3, 2023 at the Academy of Music. Meaning “No worries for the rest of your days”, Hakuna Matata is a song for letting go of the little things and enjoying what life has to offer. Click the photo for a performance by Bradley Gibson, Ben Jeffery & Jim Ferris from Broadway.com.
Listen to all these songs over and over again on our Spotify playlist, and grab your tickets to see the performances live on stage as the shows hit our Cultural Campus’ stages in the 2022-23 season!