Water for Elephants

The critically acclaimed bestselling novel comes to vivid life on Broadway!

“Many wonders await audiences at the Imperial Theater.” – The New York Times

The critically acclaimed bestselling novel comes to “thrilling, dazzling” life (Time Out New York) in a unique, spectacle-filled new musical with “one of the more remarkable ensembles ever seen on Broadway” (New York Daily News)! Hailed as a Critic’s Pick, The New York Times calls it “stunning, emotional and gorgeously imaginative.”

After losing what matters most, a young man jumps a moving train unsure of where the road will take him and finds a new home with the remarkable crew of a traveling circus, and a life—and love—beyond his wildest dreams. Seen through the eyes of his older self, his adventure becomes a poignant reminder that if you choose the ride, life can begin again at any age.

Tony Award-nominated director Jessica Stone’s “huge, heart-filling” production (The New York Times) features a book by three-time Tony nominee Rick Elice adapted from Sara Gruen’s novel, and a soaring score by the acclaimed PigPen Theatre Co.

So, step right up to the “spellbinding entertainment” (Variety) at WATER FOR ELEPHANTS.


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Show Info

Run Time

2 hours, 30 mins with one intermission


Recommended for ages 8 and up. All guests must have a ticket. No children under 4 permitted in the theatre. Smoke, haze and gunshot sound effects are used in this production.


Imperial Theatre Google Maps Location

Imperial Theatre

249 West 45th Street
New York, New York 10036
  • Grant Gustin Jacob Jankowski
  • Marlena Isabelle McCalla
  • Mr. Jankowski Gregg Edelman
  • Paul Alexander Nolan August
  • Stan Brown Camel
  • Joe De Paul Walter
  • Sara Gettelfinger Barbara
  • Wade McCollum Wade
  • Rick Elice Book
  • PigPen Theatre Co. Music & Lyrics
  • Sara Gruen Novel
  • Jessica Stone Director
  • Shana Caroll Co-Choreographer & Circus Designer
  • Jesse Robb Co-Choreographer