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A Broadway Buff's Guide to YA (Part III)

It’s me, your self-appointed Swoon Reads Broadway nerd. There’s a whole new slew of shows hitting the Great White Way, but before they do, let’s see how what’s playing now matches up with some of our favorite YA reads.

If you love “Hadestown,” read The Soul Keepers by Devon Taylor


The afterlife is reimagined in both of these gems. In “Hadestown,” it’s ruled over by a deep-voiced Hades who works the dead to the bone; in The Soul Keepers, Rhett finds himself manning a ghost ship that ferries the souls of the dead. We love seeing how these two dream up a totally specific afterlife that we totally do not want to visit.

If you love “Oklahoma!”, read The Shortest Distance Between Love & Hate by Sandy Hall


We never tire of a great hate to love story. In “Oklahoma!”, Laurie tries to resist Curly until the cows come home—literally—but (spoiler alert) ultimately falls for his cowboy charms. In Sandy Hall’s newest book, Paisley and Carter can’t stand each other—at least, when the book begins. If you love seeing enemies become so much more, these two are for you.

If you love “Frozen,” read How the Light Gets In by Katy Upperman


First of all, who doesn’t love “Frozen” —and Katy Upperman?! If emotionally resonant sister stories are your thing, these two are for you. Both involve a touch of magic, complex sister relationships, and dynamic settings. It’s a match made in heaven!

What are your favorite musicals right now? Tell us in the comments below! And don't miss Part I and Part II!

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Kat Brzozowski

Native New Hampshirite. Broadway musical nerd. Work team softball slugger. Embroidery aficionado. I’m one part Ramona, one part the monkeys …

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