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The best Broadway shows in NYC

Our critics list the best Broadway shows. NYC is the place to catch these exciting plays, musicals and revivals.

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Each year, about 13 million locals and tourists take in Broadway shows at one of NYC's 40 Broadway theaters. Most of those venues are located in the theater district—roughly, 41st Street to 52nd Street and Sixth Ave to Eighth Ave. Each season brings a new wave of megamusicals, plays and star-driven revivals. Some boast gold from the Tony Awards. At the height of the fall and spring seasons, be sure to check our homepage for new critics pics, reviews and cheap broadway tickets. Nosebleed seats at Jersey Boys might go for $62, but premium seats at The Book of Mormon go as high as $477. The savvy consumer can find discount tickets at most Broadway shows. NYC hurry—the curtain’s about to rise!

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Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

Broadway’s latest boomer jukebox musical never achieves the comic zip or dramatic force of Jersey Boys, but it is an appealing and skillfully built vehicle for Carole King’s hit ditties and soulful ballads. It's a lovable love letter to a fine songwriter and natural woman.—David Cote

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Stephen Sondheim Theatre , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016

The Book of Mormon

If theater is your religion, and the Broadway musical your particular sect, it’s time to rejoice. This gleefully obscene and subversive satire is one of the funniest shows to grace the Great White Way since The Producers and Urinetown. Writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park, along with composer Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), find the perfect blend of sweet and nasty for this tale of mismatched Mormon proselytizers in Uganda.—David Cote

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Eugene O'Neill Theatre , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016


This John Kander–Fred Ebb–Bob Fosse favorite—revived by director Walter Bobbie and choreographer Ann Reinking—tells the saga of chorus girl Roxie Hart, who murders her lover and, with the help of a huckster lawyer, becomes a vaudeville star.—David Cote 

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Ambassador Theatre , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016

The Color Purple

Danielle Brooks (Orange Is the New Black), Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Erivo star in this revival of the hit musical based on Alice Walker's best-selling novel. Director John Doyle tries the minimalist approach for this tale of self-respect and sisterhood.—Adam Feldman

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Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday May 1 2016

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

In Mark Haddon’s 2003 best-seller turned play, 15-year-old Christopher (Alex Sharp) wants to find out who killed his neighbor’s pooch. Since the boy is on the autism spectrum, his investigative journey to London takes a terrifying, sense-barraging turn. Marianne Elliott’s dense multimedia production is touching and eye-popping.—David Cote

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Ethel Barrymore Theatre , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016

Fiddler on the Roof

Revelatory direction, eloquent visuals and that sublime klezmer-inflected score by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock—what more do you need? A great Tevye, and Danny Burstein is nothing short of a miracle, finding the modern mensch as well as the hard-nosed, belief-bound peasant in Bartlett Sher’s magnificent, life-affirming revival.—David Cote

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Broadway Theatre , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016

Fun Home

Lisa Kron and Jeanine Tesori's extraordinary show, based on Alison Bechdel’s graphic memoir, poignantly contrasts a woman's coming-out and coming-of-age stories with the memory of her closeted small-town father. Superbly staged by Sam Gold, with a wonderful ensemble cast, this is a Broadway musical of rare intelligence and sensitivity.—Adam Feldman

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Circle in the Square , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016


Composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda forges a groundbreaking bridge between hip-hop and musical storytelling with this sublime collision of radio-ready beats and an inspiring, immigrant slant on Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. A brilliant, diverse cast takes back American history and makes it new.—David Cote

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Richard Rodgers Theatre , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016

Jersey Boys

The Broadway musical does right by the jukebox with this behind-the-music tale, presenting the Four Seasons’ energetic 1960s tunes (including “Walk Like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry”) as they were meant to be performed.—Adam Feldman

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August Wilson Theatre , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016

The King and I

Bartlett Sher's revival of the 1951 Rodgers & Hammerstein classic is a grand and glorious thing: smart, moving and visually ravishing. Kelli O'Hara is simply perfect as a single mother teaching the children of the King of Siam (Hoon Lee). Nothing is lost in translation; this King and I speaks a universal language of love.—David Cote

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Vivian Beaumont Theater (at Lincoln Center) , Upper West Side Until Saturday December 31 2016
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