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Water for Elephants on Broadway Tickets

Imperial Theatre

Discover a spectacular new musical as Sara Gruen’s circus-based romance novel opens on Broadway, directed by Tony nominee Jessica Stone.

Water for Elephants Broadway Tickets: A Magical New Musical

Jump on a train and discover the delights of the circus as Sara Gruen’s bestselling novel Water for Elephants springs to life on Broadway in 2024. You may know it from the hit 2011 movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson, but now the story of a young man, a breathtaking elephant, a pure romance, and a circus full of wonders comes to the Imperial Theatre as a vibrant, spectacle-fulled musical.

What is Water for Elephants about?

After a devastating car accident that claims his parents’ lives, 23-year-old veterinary student Jacob drops out of college and jumps onto a moving train without caring where it takes him. He disembarks in the middle of the remarkable Benzini Brothers traveling circus, and soon he has found a new home, a new direction beyond his wildest dreams.

In his new role as an elephant caretaker, Jacob meets beautiful performer Marlena, and the pair’s romance soon blossoms. But Marlena’s husband, the cruel and manipulative August, is standing in the way of their new life.

A Unique Spectacle on Broadway

Sara Gruen’s acclaimed novel Water for Elephants is a vivid 20th-century circus story populated by larger-than-life characters and animals. On stage, it is pure spectacle and romance, with exhilarating acrobatics, innovative stagecraft and puppets, soaring songs, and pitch-perfect performances.

The show is directed by Tony Award nominee Jessica Stone (Kimberly Akimbo), with a book by Tony Award nominee Rick Elice (Jersey Boys) and a beautiful score - including songs “Wild” and “Anywhere” - by PigPen Theatre Co.

It arrives in New York following a world premiere at Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre in 2023, with cast members Grant Gustin (The Flash) and Isabelle McCalla (Shucked; The Prom) starring as Jacob and Marlena. The cast also includes Paul Alexander Nolan (Parade; Slave Play) as August.

Don’t Miss Water for Elephants Tickets at the Imperial Theatre

Step into the unknown and let yourself be inspired by this one-of-a-kind musical. Incredible visuals, beautiful singing, and an authentic and deeply moving story about human - and animal - connection make this a must-see in the new season, so book tickets early!

Performance dates:
17 Jul 2024 - 02 Feb 2025
Running time:
2 hours and 30 minutes including an intermission.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 8+

Water for Elephants on Broadway Reviews

86 Reviews
  • 5 Stars34%
  • 4 Stars36%
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  • 2 Stars8%
  • 1 Stars3%

User Reviews


Interesting choreography, especially with the addition of circus and acrobatic elements. Talented cast (including the hard-working swings!) and spirited production overall. The puppetry to represent the circus animals is very creative and artistic. W Read more

Performance date: 09 July 2024

Went for the circus elements if I’m being honest and they didn’t disappoint. The rest of the show definitely did. It became very boring and slow at times. The more acrobatic or show-y scenes were the only parts that kept me engaged. They were all so Read more

Performance date: 01 July 2024
Performance date: 16 July 2024
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