3 Shows That Are Perfect For Date Night

If asked to rattle off my top 5 things about living in NYC, right up there would be that I absolutely love living in the theater capital of the world.  At any given moment, there’s a plethora of shows to see–fitting any personality, at any budget.  These three are shows I’ve seen recently, which I think would make for a great dinner-and-a-show date night.

It Shoulda Been You

The tag line to the show goes: “You’ll laugh.  You’ll cry.  You’ll be home by 10.”, so you bet this was a winner in getting the hubby to the theater!  Seriously–I’d say this has to legit be the funniest show on Broadway right now.  With a stage full of blushing brides, nervous grooms, overbearing moms, unexpected guests, and more twists than a bar full of martinis, It Shoulda Been You will make you fall in love with Broadway (and the bloke sitting next to you!) all over again.

You’ll love this if: Modern day romantic comedies are your jam!  The songs are catchy, characters lovable and relatable (with their many flaws and all!), and it’s really a perfect show for your better half that may not be QUITE as in love with everything musical theater as yourself…it’s just so funny they’ll forget they’re on Broadway!


A Midsummer Night’s Dream

One of Shakespeare’s more whimsical plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream takes you on the ultimate summer loving ride!  You’ll follow crisscrossed lovers into the woods, where they quickly fall under the spell of an impish charmer weaving a wacky web of true love. Magic, mixed messages, and misunderstandings lead lovers awry and will leave the audience questioning which wedding we’ll attend before the story ends!

You’ll love this if: You were a literature or theater major in college…only kidding!  Actually, I’ve seen many reproductions of this play, and have to say, this is probably the most accessible to the everyday Joe who doesn’t live and breathe Shakespeare.  The cast is full of thespians who clearly LOVE what they do to the moon and back, which makes everyone in the audience love the show to the moon and further!  And at a running time of 90 minutes with no intermission, it’s the absolute perfect amount of theater to digest before heading to dinner and drinks!


An American In Paris

The romantic story of a young American soldier, a beautiful French girl and the picturesque city of Paris are at the heart of this breathtakingly beautiful new musical.  Couple the Gershwin tunes with the gorgeous ballet numbers, and you have yourself a Broadway romance with staying power.  (Our full review here!)

You’ll love this if: Ok, if we were comparing these 3 shows to movies…It Should Been You is likened to the latest bromance featuring Matthew McConaughey, A Midsummer Night’s Dream is a Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes spicy remake of Romeo and Juliet, and An American In Paris would be a film of the timeless classic genre, let’s say Casablanca.  You can’t quite pull your eyes off the screen even though you have a pretty good idea of what’s going to happen at the end.  Plus, having been nominated for 12 Tony Awards this year (and winning 4!), this will give your date some water cooler chitchat at the office.


What shows would you recommend for a good date night?  Share below!


  • Kemkem says:

    I would so love to see It shoulda been you. It looks and sounds like fun. I tried watching An American in Paris a long time, the movie l mean, but couldn’t really get into it..sure the play is better. :-)

  • Tracy Kaler says:

    I loved American in Paris…one of the best musicals I’ve ever seen. I would see it again and again. And It Shoulda Been You is hilariously funny! Haven’t seen Midsummer Night but definitely a good pick for date night as well.

    • Used York City says:

      It’s so beautiful, right?! Gigi was also high on my list, so bummed it’s closing!

  • Hi Jess, thanks for sharing your reviews. Would love to see them. I have seen many productions of “Midsummer….” but not in big theater. I’ve seen the movie “An American in Paris” and would love to see it on stage. They all certainly sound perfect for a date night.

    • Used York City says:

      You know, I’ve never seen the movie version! That would also be a fun date night, too!

  • Tamara says:

    I’d love to see all three! If only we lived a little closer to NYC. It’s still close enough. I’d be most excited for “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

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