Worst to Best: My 2018/2019 Broadway Las Vegas® Series

I am already two shows deep into my 2019/2020 Broadway Las Vegas® Series so, I need to rank last season’s shows right now!

From worst to best, here we go

10. The Play That Goes Wrong

Maybe because it was the only non-musical or maybe because I don’t actually like the “comedy” genre but, I never wanted a play to end sooner. I hate the repetitive kind of humor where the same things happen over and over. I didn’t laugh once.

*Read my complete thoughts on The Play That Goes Wrong, HERE.*

09. Hello, Dolly!

While this musical had the most beautiful costumes, scenes, settings, and props… I feel like a terrible person for saying it but, Betty Buckley seemed tired out. The singing wasn’t the best and it was the first show of the series I didn’t thoroughly enjoy.

*Read my complete thoughts on Hello, Dolly!, HERE.*

08. Waitress

I went into Waitress expecting A LOT more than it was but, it was still really cute and I loved the cast so, so much.

*Read my complete thoughts on Waitress, HERE.*

07. On Your Feet!

I had never known who Emilio and Gloria Estefan were until this musical. Let me tell you, their story is one to watch! They are super inspiring and have such fun songs. Some of the singing was pretty bad though, and the dance numbers were way too long and way too often.

*Read my complete thoughts on On Your Feet!, HERE.*

06. Fiddler on the Roof

Hello, Dolly! and The Play That Goes Wrong were one month after the other so, when it was time to see Fiddler on the Roof… I was worried it would also disappoint me. I was completely wrong to doubt it and was swept off my feet. All of the cast was equally talented, without one outshining the others, and the choreography was the best I’d ever seen. There were confusing points and the ending was too abrupt but, this show reminded me to get excited for Broadway nights again.

*Read my complete thoughts on Fiddler on the Roof, HERE.*

05. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

It was so hard to put this and the next two in order because they were all ones I’ve watched as films first. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was spectacular but, the cast wasn’t as energetic as I hoped and the flashiness actually gave me a headache. The songs and plot twists/changes made this show a must-see, though.

*Read my complete thoughts on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, HERE.*

04. The Lion King

Talk about going ALL OUT because The Lion King did just that. The costumes and scenery were mind-blowing and I had not a bad word to say about the outstanding cast. I just wish there had been one or two more songs added.

*Read my complete thoughts on The Lion King, HERE.*

03. School of Rock

School of Rock is one of the ONLY films I can re-watch, over and over again. I don’t usually like to watch/read things I already know the ending to but, for this, it was different. My sister and I were obsessed— dancing and singing along, never turning it off. My Aunt J even drew us a deck of cards with all of the characters on them (I’ll always remember the Spider card, LOL) and it also made me first discover fan-fiction (that I read way too much of). The musical was everything I could’ve asked for and more. It’s one of the only shows I’d want to see again, too. Those kids were so supremely talented, it was scary.

*Read my complete thoughts on School of Rock, HERE.*

02. Come From Away

Come From Away is NOT famous for its musical numbers and honestly, the singing voices weren’t anything special either… but, my gosh, “the remarkable true story” this was, touched me to my very core. I felt so many different emotions, truly losing myself in each of the characters and what they went through. I couldn’t believe there were only 12 cast members the entire time– they were all unbelievably and absolutely magnificent. I didn’t even realize HOW good Come From Away was until I experienced more shows and continued to think about this one, even months and months after seeing it.

*Read my complete thoughts on Come From Away, HERE.*

01. Dear Evan Hansen

After I watched Dear Evan Hansen, I immediately declared it my favorite show of the 2018/2019 Broadway Las Vegas® Series and, still, not one show has topped it. What can I say? I’m a millennial. I related with Evan and the modernness of his issues/worries, there was only ONE song I could’ve done without throughout the whole thing, and I cried like a baby more than once– feeling real aches in my chest. I did have a few complaints, mostly about the scenery, but, nothing that took away from my utter adoration for this musical. Seriously, just read my raving review linked below.

*Read my complete thoughts on Dear Evan Hansen, HERE.*


Out of the ten, which one(s) would you have wanted to see? Do you have a favorite Broadway play or musical?

37 thoughts on “Worst to Best: My 2018/2019 Broadway Las Vegas® Series

  1. I haven’t even heard of Dear Evan Hansen, in fact there is a lot on this list I haven’t heard of! I guess that’s what makes it fun to have this ticket, because then you get to see shows you wouldn’t necesarily! This review was so much fun Hunida, I am so grateful you shared because I enjoyed this post so much! Out of these musicals / plays I have seen The Lion King which was overwhelming- I was in tears from the very start (in a good way), honestly, the creation / scenery / set design etc was phenomenal. I have also seen School Of Rock which was amazing too!!! The actor who played Dewey Finn in the performance I went to see was dare I say it… BETTER than Jack Black! Honestly, phenomenal! I’ve heard of Waitress but could probably take or leave it. The last show I went to see was The Mouse Trap which was really good, but I haven’t seen a musical this year! Next year I’m 100% going to see Pretty Woman! Thanks soo much for sharing Hunida, can’t wait to read next years review hehe!

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    1. Totally! I would’ve never thought half of these shows would be ones I’d wanna see so the subscription helped me step outside my bubble. 🙂 I am so happy you enjoyed this post, Jennie!! I love that we are both theater lovers. ❤

      The Lion King was out of this world, they truly went all out with EVERYTHING. I see why you were emotional! ❤ That's honestly amazing that your Dewey Finn was better than freakin' Jack Black! I didn't think it were possible, that guy is THE MAN lol. Yeah, Waitress was cute & all but not what I expected AT ALL.

      I've never heard of Mouse Trap but, if it were to come to town, I'd be super excited now that you've told me about it. 😀 I would love to see the Pretty Woman musical, too, even if I haven't seen the film yet!

      Thanks so much for reading!!! ❤ ❤ I cannot wait to share about all this/next year’s shows with you!!

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      1. Yes definitely! It’s a great idea for a subscription! I’m going to see if they do one here in England. I’d never actually heard of them before you! Omg me toooo!!

        Didn’t they!!! Such talent in the whole production team / set design / the people who put The Lion King together. Omg seriously- I watched the SOR film afterwards and it just wasn’t the same without the guy who played him in the theatre show. The talent!!! I know I wouldn’t have thought it possible either but apparantly it is haha! Ah I won’t put Waitress on my bucket list then 😅

        Ooh The Mouse Trap is a murder mystery play. It’s very good! Omg Pretty Woman is one of my favourite films! I’d LOVE to see the musical!!

        Ah I am sooo so excited to read! Enjoy them all! ❤️

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        1. I learned about the subscriptions from another blogger, too!! I’m so happy to pass on the good news to you. 😀 I hope there is a way you can have one in England, you gotta let me know!

          Yeah, they really worked their butts off on The Lion King production! & oh my gosh, I can’t believe your Dewey Finn outshined Jack Black THAT much, wow. I wish I could see such a talented man!!

          Oh fun!! I have been to a silly, interactive murder mystery play before but I’d still love to see Mouse Trap. I need to see both the musical & film of Pretty Woman, for sure!

          ❤ ❤ Thank you, Jennie!!!

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          1. Oh no way! Thank goodness for blogging right? 😍 yes I will! I’ll look today!

            Didn’t they! And honestly he was incredible! Let me see if I Can find you a link. He’s not in the show any more though so I wouldn’t see it again cos it would never be the same lol! Have you heard of the show The Inbetweeners by any chance?

            Ooh interactive sounds like fun!! I hadn’t seen a murder mystery before! YAS you do!!! It’s amazing at least the film is anyway, hopefully I’ll be able to comment on the musical soon!

            You’re welcome!

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            1. Yes, seriously, I have gained so much from blogging!! ❤

              I've not heard of the show Inbetweeners. Is it a musical? I'll have to look it up!

              The interactive murder mystery was pretty fun, the 'murderer' was sitting right next to boyfriend! Can't wait to read about when you go see Pretty Woman the Musical!!

              ❤ ❤

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  2. Dear Evan Hansen was lovely. I saw it earlier this year and could not get enough of the soundtrack. The Play That Goes Wrong has been on the top of my list for awhile. Sad to hear it wasn’t that funny. I also saw Mean Girls and I loved it. But I will say that if you didn’t love the movie, then you won’t enjoy the show.

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    1. Aw yay!! I loved all of the songs in the musical, they were so good. 😀 I thought I would like The Play That Goes Wrong but it just wasn’t for me. Maybe you’d like it though!

      I will be seeing Mean Girls sometime next year, I cannot wait. I loooved the film lol.

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  3. This is so cool! I would love to see all of these shows and have loved reading your reviews. When I was studying abroad in London I went to a show on the West End every Wednesday after class. I miss having access to great shows like that! ❤️

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    1. Thank you, Hayley! I am so glad you’ve enjoyed reading my reviews. 🙂 I would love to see a show on the West End in London & wow, every Wednesday?? What a dream!! I hope you can see more shows in the future. ❤

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  4. Hey girl! 🙂 I don’t have a favorite broadway play or musical but I would definitely love to have the experience with a subscription to see all the shows. At first I was wondering how you had the same seat lol then I read your post about Waitress and saw

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  5. Lion King is such an amazing production. 💜 I think I’d want to see School of Rock & Dear Evan Hansen the most!! Everyone raves about Dead Evan Hansen and it seems like it would be a super relatable story.

    I’m so impressed by how you see such a wide variety of shows / musicals! 💜

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    1. Lion King seriously went all out, everything about the production was amazing! School of Rock was so fun & Dear Evan Hansen was a tearjerker. ❤ I bet you'd love 'em both!

      Thank you! I don't think I can ever give up my subscription now!

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  6. I love this list of shows, Hunida! 😊 My family also has season tickets at our local theatre, and I know from experience that some shows are definitely better than others!

    I recently saw School of Rock and it was surprising good, and the child actors were amazing on their instruments! I wouldn’t mind seeing it again either, although during the show, a lot of elderly couples left our theatre because it was just too much for them. 😂 I also saw Waitress, and I really liked it, but perhaps that was because I had 0 expectations for it from the beginning.

    I totally agree with your rankings, and I can’t wait to see Dear Evan Hansen at our theatre soon! I will almost certainly cry, but that’s okay – I’m ready!

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    1. Oh yay!! I love that you & your family have season tickets, too. 🙂 When I went to my first handful of shows, I thought there was no way I could NOT enjoy one but, I know now there are some that will disappoint.

      I know, right? I was actually worried School of Rock wasn’t going to be the best but, weren’t the kids outstanding? & the songs they added were extra fun, too! The elderly couples in my audience were actually loving the kiddos so much, that’s funny that they left during yours. Waitress ads were ALL over NYC when I visited so when it came to Vegas, I had high expectations. I thought it was super cute but, yeah I expected more & I wanted her to go to that baking competition SO bad LOL.

      Ahhh!! I can’t wait for you to see Dear Evan Hansen. The whole theater was sniffling!! I hope you love it as much as I did, Xandra. ❤

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  7. Such a great post! I love ranking posts like this one because it gives us an idea of what the show was like. Obviously I’ve never been to a musical but I would have loved to see School of Rock, Lion King and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory only because I’m most familiar with those.
    I’m not familiar with Dear Evan Hansen but if it’s a book or a movie im willing to read or watch lol.

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    1. Aw yay, thank you, babe! So happy you liked this post. 😀

      Seeing the musicals for the films I had already seen was actually a blast, I think you’d love all 3 of those shows! Dear Evan Hansen was very first made for Broadway & now, there’s a novel for it, too. I heard the book is not as good though & I saw that it’ll actually be playing in Portland at the end of January!!

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      1. Ah interesting. I dont think I’ve heard of it being done that way. Broadway show first then a novel. Obviously the novel wouldn’t be as good. I just dont think it translates very well lol. Thanks for checking! I’ll be sure to screenshot this comment to check later and to see the tix prices.

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  8. What a great post! I like how you have a picture from the same seat with each of the programs. Very cool. And I love that you get the series tickets. I miss going to plays with my dear friend in L.A.

    Gosh I wonder what Betty Buckley’s problem was. Age? Or just an off night. Stomach flu. Dunno.

    Now I feel really old since you said you didn’t know who Emilio & Gloria were until the play. My gawd was it THAT long ago that they were all over the radio and MTV? LOL I remember when she was in that horrific bus accident and when their daughter was born. How old are the kids now? Whaaaaat??? Nayib is almost 40 and a father??? And Emily is 24! Good lord… Time flies!

    Do you still have the deck of cards your aunt made? I want to see the spider card. If you don’t still have them, please tell us about the spider card. Why do you remember that one?

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    1. Aw thank you! It’s fun having the same seat & I like it because it’s perfectly in the center. 🙂 The subscription is the best because I never have to worry about a soldout show & it makes me watch shows I never thought to!

      Lol I feel bad but I just think Betty Buckley needs to retire!

      The bus accident was such a good part of the musical, oh my gosh, I was so scared for her. 😭 To be honest, I didn’t know they had been so famous to be all over MTV! Wow!

      No way, those deck of cards are long gone lol. Have you ever watched School of Rock?

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      1. I don’t think I have ever watched School of Rock. I’m actually not a fan of either musicals or comedies and I think that might be a combination of both? Which would be sheer torture for me. The plots of musicals and comedies sound good but I just can’t. There are a few that I want to see bad enough to risk it, such as Mama Mia. LOL

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        1. I don’t think I’m a fan of musicals either, School of Rock the film is not a musical though there are songs in it. It is comedic but also, has a plot & meaning. You may actually like it!

          I still never saw Mamma Mia before either!

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    1. Ahhh, it was so hard ranking them all. Lion King was truly amazing but, I had to put the others ahead of it for the story/song add-ons. Lion King was just the same as the film, really!

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  9. You got so many awesome ones! I am so sad I missed Come From Away when it was in Chicago but it’s coming back next year. It was here when I was in NYC and a bit after but I’d just seen two musicals and spent so much money I felt that I had to just skip it. Next time I’ll have to make sure I see it!

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  10. It’s so fun to read your thoughts on which shows were the best and why! You really got to see so many great ones — so many that a lot of people have on their bucket lists to see, like The Lion King, School of Rock, Fiddler on the Roof, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I love that you got to see all of these!
    Also, I didn’t know that you don’t like comedy?! I love comedy lol.

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    1. Aw yay! So happy you enjoyed this post! The shows & seats sell out fast so I’m glad to have the subscription where I am guaranteed a spot. 🙂 I’m not sure if I don’t like comedy lol but sometimes, I feel that way. Like, I hate The Office & Family Guy… stuff like that.

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