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Water for Elephants
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Water for Elephants

Imperial Theater 4.82(1)
24 Feb 2024 - 01 Jun 2025
2 hr 30 min with interval
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Why Watch Water for Elephants?

  • Water for Elephants, the bestselling novel and winner of the ‘Indies Choice Book Award for Adult Fiction’ is now coming to life on Broadway!
  • Watch the impeccable direction of Tony Award nominee Jessica Stone, and Grant Gustin from 'The Flash' makes his Broadway debut.
  • Sing along to the lively and memorable musical score by PigPen Theatre Co, an innovative theatre company that’s also a vibrant indie-folk band.
  • Join the protagonist on his journey toward a wild new life and love, teaching one and all that your best life can begin at any age.

About Show

Show Details

Age Suitability


Get mesmerized by the live and dynamic recreation of the critically acclaimed novel by Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants, on Broadway. The brilliant book has been adapted for the Water for Elephants musical by 3-time Tony Award nominee, Rick Elice and directed by Jessica Stone. The novel has also been remade into a Hollywood movie starring Robert Pattinson and Reese Witherspoon. Watch the poignant and heart-touching romantic drama that comes to life on Broadway through masterful acting by an extremely talented cast and a soulful musical score.

The Story

Water for Elephants takes you on a deeply touching journey of a young man who discovers an exciting new life, and love, after a traumatic experience. The protagonist, Jacob Jankowski, played by Grant Gustin, jumps on a moving train after he loses everything that he holds dear. With the train turning out to be a circus train, Jacob begins his wild new life with a circus group. The story moves back in time as an older Jacob narrates his youthful adventures, and how he discovered true love and created an exciting life.

Show Timings

  • Show timings for Water for Elephants may vary every week. You can check the show timings for your preferred date at the next stage of booking.

Cast & Crew

  • Leading Roles: Grant Gustin as Jacob, Isabelle McCalla as Marlena, Gregg Edelman as Mr. Jankowski, and Paul Alexander Nolan as August
  • Book by: Sara Gruen
  • Book Adaptation by: Rick Elice
  • Direction by: Jessica Stone
  • Choreography by: Carroll and Jesse Robb

Note: Producers can not guarantee the appearance of any particular artist, which is always subject to illness and holidays.

  • This show is recommended for ages 8 and above.
  • Please keep in mind that Broadway theaters do not have an age classification organization. This means that all age recommendations are subjective. Please use your judgement while purchasing tickets for any show.

Tickets Redemption

  • You’ll get an instant email confirmation right after you book your tickets.
  • Enjoy a hassle-free entrance to the venue by showing your mobile ticket and a valid photo ID – no printout necessary!

Cancellation & Refunds

  • Tickets cannot be refunded, amended, or rescheduled.

Imperial Theatre

The Imperial Theater is a Broadway theater, built for the Shubert brothers. It officially opened in 1923 with the musical Mary Jane McKane, on Christmas. The 50th venue of the Shuberts in New York, this theater features the iconic Adam-style interiors. The theater has hosted multiple shows including Annie Get Your Gun, Pierre and The Great Comet, and more.

Seating Capacity: 1.420

The Imperial Theater seating plan will help you find the best seats in the theater.

Getting There

Facilities & Accessibility

Additional Information

Address: Imperial Theater, 249 West 45th Street, New York, NY 10036

Subway: The nearest subway station is 2nd Street – Port Authority Bus Terminal on the A, C and E lines.

Bus: Lines servicing the area include M20 and M104.

Available Facilities: Restrooms and Water Fountain

Accessibility: Wheelchair Access, Accessible Seating, and Assistive Listening System

Security: Please be aware that for your comfort and security all audience members will be subject to security checks upon arrival at the Imperial Theater.

Dress Code: Smart and casual wear is recommended. Keep in mind, the theater is air-conditioned throughout the year and can get a bit chilly.

Outside Food: Most theaters do not allow outside food inside the theaters but most of them also have a café or restaurant inside the premises or nearby.

Frequently Asked Questions About Water for Elephants

How much do tickets to Water for Elephants cost?

The cost of Water for Elephants Broadway tickets starts from $57.50 and will vary depending on the type of seats you choose.

What is the opening date for Water for Elephants musical?

Water for Elephants opens on 24th February 2024 at Imperial Theater.

What age is Water for Elephants appropriate for?

Water for Elephants does not have a strict age limit. However, it is most suitable for children aged 8 and above.

Where is Water for Elephants playing in New York?

Water for Elephants Broadway musical is playing at Imperial Theater in New York and opens on 24th February 2024.

What is Water for Elephants about?

Water for Elephants transports audiences to the enchanting world of a Depression-era circus, where a young veterinary student finds unexpected love and adventure amidst the captivating allure of circus life.

How long does Water for Elephants run for?

The running time of Water for Elephants is 2 hours and 30 minutes with one interval.

Who are the main stars of Water for Elephants?

The main stars of the show are Grant Gustin as Jacob, Isabelle McCalla as Marlena, Gregg Edelman as Mr. Jankowski, and Paul Alexander Nolan as August.

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