Are You a Reality TV Addict? Patti Murin Picks the Perfect Broadway Shows for You!

I love musicals. The excitement of seeing a performance that only exists for one singular moment in time, so exquisitely choreographed in a hundred different ways to flow seamlessly, will never get old for me. I love when the lights go down at the beginning of a show, because literally anything is possible.

And I also love reality television. Not all of it, but a lot of it. When the Reality TV Boom began back in the early 2000's, the early hits like "American Idol," "The Amazing Race," and "The Bachelor" were inevitably followed by the less successful "The Swan," "Boy Meets Boy," and "Are You Hot?: The Search for America's Sexiest People." Now we have more channels and more TV programming than ever before, so literally every single human being on the planet can find a reality TV show that suits them.

But maybe you start to crave a little more art and culture than what's saved on your DVR. "I'll go see a Broadway musical!" you think. "But which one? As far as I know they haven't created a live show based on 'Project Runway.' WHAT SHOULD I SEE???"

Well, I'm here to give you some help.


If you like: The Bachelor...

Go see: "Wicked." Galinda gets the First Impression Rose. Elphaba's not there to make friends. Fiyero definitely sees his wife at Shiz, but didn't realize it would be so hard. The Wizard, much like Chris Harrison, is only in about 5% of the show, yet he controls everything. Love is like "Wicked" because both defy gravity.

If you like: Naked and Afraid...

Go see: "American Psycho." Because Benjamin Walker is naked. And you will be afraid.

If you like: Flip or Flop...

Go see: "Paramour." Cause those Cirque performers are either going to flip, or they're gonna flop. There is no in between.

If you like: Hoarders...

Go see: "Shuffle Along." This show is literally hoarding all of our Broadway stars.

If you like: The Real Housewives franchise and/or Making A Murderer...

Go see: "Chicago." Are they friends? Are they enemies? Are they frenemies? Did Hunyak do it? Did Andy Cohen base his entire career path on Mama Morton?

If you like: Dance Moms...

Go see: "Matilda the Musical."

If you like: The Voice/American Idol...

Go see: "Beautiful: The Carole King Story." She would have kicked some major ass on those shows.

If you like: Tiny House Nation...

Go see: "Aladdin." Ain't no tinier house than a genie lamp.

If you like: House Hunters International...

Go see: "An American In Paris." Except this American is enthralled with Paris and doesn't complain incessantly about the lack of modern American amenities and the washing machine being in the kitchen.

If you like: Who Do You Think You Are?...

Go see: "Bright Star." No spoilers here, just trust me on this one.

If you like: Keeping Up With the Kardashians...

Go see: "Disaster! The Musical!" I guarantee you will enjoy this hilarious musical way more than that show.

If you like: Married at First Sight...

Go see: "Fiddler on the Roof." Proof that arranged marriages can absolutely work! Like, some of them, anyway.

If you like: Kate Plus 8...

Go see: "Finding Neverland." All those boys? I don't know how she does it.

If you like: Survivor...

Go see: "Hamilton." Your goal is to outwit, outplay and outlast the other ticket buyers. Plus at the end there's a prize that's basically worth a million dollars.

If you like: The Real Housewives of New Jersey: Teresa Checks In...

Go see: "Jersey Boys." It will give you something to be proud of New Jersey for.

If you like: Sister Wives...

Go see: "The Book of Mormon."

If you like: I Am Cait...

Go see: "Kinky Boots." No, like seriously. You'll love it. This is actually one of my only non-comedic recommendations on this list. Everybody say yeah!

If you like: Botched...

Go see: "Phantom of the Opera."

If you like: Anything on the OWN Network...

Go see: "The Color Purple." Dissolve yourself in your own tears, then go home and catch an episode of Super Soul Sunday to lift your spirits.

If you like: MasterChef Junior...

Go see: "Waitress." All the yumminess you can handle, plus all the feels you could possibly want.

If you like: Dancing With the Stars, especially on Latin night...

Go see: "On Your Feet!" You can pretend that Gloria Estefan herself is competing for the Mirror Ball Trophy, while also learning about her life.

If you like: The Biggest Loser...

Go see: "School of Rock: The Musical." Sometimes the biggest loser turns out to be the biggest winner.

If you like: American Ninja Warrior...

Go see: "Les Miserables." If the character you're rooting for makes it to the end, it's a freaking miracle.

If you like: Comic Book Men...

Go see: "Fun Home." You'll learn that these guys have nothing on Alison Bechdel, then you'll cry a lot, and then you'll be changed forever.

If you like: Top Chef...

Go see: "Something Rotten!" I mean, an entire musical within a musical about breakfast food. Just make sure you have dinner reservations after the show, cause you'll be famished after all that laughing.

If you like: Undercover Boss...

Go see: "She Loves Me." You never know who someone is...or if they're someone you think they're not...or if they're not someone you think they are...or if they're not someone who thinks you're not someone else too. Seriously, I could do this for days.

If you like: Reruns of 19 Kids and Counting...

Go see: "The King and I." Those Duggars got NOTHING on the King of Siam.

If you like: Brother vs. Brother...

Go see: "The Lion King." I mean, at least Jonathan and Drew Scott's battles don't end in death. But I guess that would probably mean that that other random Scott brother would eventually take over, and I don't know how to feel about that.

If you like: Untucked: RuPaul's Drag Race...

Go see: "Tuck Everlasting." Yeah, there's no real correlation here, I just liked the play on words of "Untucked" and "Tuck." Also it's Tim Federle's favorite TV program so he wins.

And there you have it.



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Patti's credits include Broadway/National Tour: "Lysistrata Jones" (Lysistrata Jones), "Wicked" (Galinda), "Xanadu" (Euterpe). Almost Broadway: "Nerds!" (Sally). Other NY Theatre: "Love's Labour's Lost" (Princess, Shakespeare (read more...)

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