Best Broadway shows: musicals, plays and revivals to see now

So you want to catch a few Broadway shows? Time Out New York's theater critics offer the perfect short list of the most exciting plays, musicals and revivals on Broadway.

Photograph: Jeremy Daniel

Each year, about 13 million locals and tourists take in Broadway shows at the city’s 40 Broadway theaters. Not all those venues are located on Broadway or even in the theater district—roughly, 41st Street to 52nd Street and Sixth Ave to Eighth Ave. For example, Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater can be found a little north on 65th Street. But by and large, Broadway is home to some of the New York’s most historic, gorgeous houses. Many of these lavish jewel boxes were built around the turn of the last century, with some more contemporary ones springing up in the 1970s and ’80s.

Each Broadway season brings a new wave of megamusicals, plays and starry revivals. Some might boast gold from the Tony Awards. At the height of the fall and spring seasons, be sure to bookmark our Theater homepage and check regularly for reviews and ticket deals. Broadway tickets do not come cheap, of course. 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, or you can purchase seats directly through Time Out New York. As far as getting there, check the venue information with each show below. Now hurry—the curtain’s about to rise!

Aladdin

Disney's latest toon tuner is a tourist-family-friendly theme-park attraction, robed in the billowing fabrics of orientalist Arabian fantasy. As in the 1992 film, the Genie (a charismatic James Monroe Iglehart) steals the show from its eponymous “street rat” hero (Adam Jacobs). Stuffed with glitz, the musical is a carpet with little texture but colorful patterns aplenty.—Adam Feldman

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New Amsterdam Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015

The Audience

You might want to brush up on your British history, because here comes Peter Morgan's high-concept play about Queen Elizabeth II (Helen Mirren) meeting with various prime ministers over 60 years. Stephen Daldry directs a mixed English and American cast in this London transfer.

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Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre Until Sunday June 28 2015

Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

Critics' pick

Broadway's latest boomer jukebox musical never achieves the comic zip of Jersey Boys, but the phenomenal Jessie Mueller carries this love letter to songwriter Carole King with grace, verve and a warm, burnished voice. When Mueller lets loose on those glorious pop hits, you feel the earth move.—David Cote

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Stephen Sondheim Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015

The Book of Mormon

Critics' pick

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 Until Thursday December 31 2015

Cabaret

Critics' pick

A Broadway jewel returns in all its glittering, tarnished glory in the Roundabout's superb 1998 revival of Kander and Ebb's masterpiece. Alan Cumming vamps supreme as the Emcee of a decadent nightclub in 1930s Berlin. Emma Stone is also terrific as would-be femme fatale Sally Bowles; Sienna Miller takes over the role on Feb 17.—Adam Feldman

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Studio 54 Until Sunday March 29 2015

Chicago

Critics' pick

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 Until Thursday December 31 2015

Constellations

Critics' pick

Nick Payne’s captivating play explores the concept of parallel universes in a nonlinear series of scenes that often restart and branch off in new directions, skipping forward and backward in time. As on-again, off-again lovers, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson reboot themselves at every turn. They’re wonderfully multiversatile.—Adam Feldman

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Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Until Sunday March 15 2015

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Critics' pick

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 clearly on the autism spectrum, his investigative journey to London takes a sense-barraging, terrifying turn. Marianne Elliott's dense multimedia production is equally touching and eye-popping.—David Cote

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Ethel Barrymore Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015

Fish in the Dark

HBO curmudgeon Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm) makes his Broadway debut as a playwright and actor in this new family comedy directed by the excellent Anna D. Shapiro (This Is Our Youth). The supporting cast includes stalwarts Jayne Houdyshell, Marylouise Burke and Lewis J. Stadlen.

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Cort Theatre Until Sunday June 7 2015

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Critics' pick

The king of musical comedy, this Edwardian romp is filled with zany sight gags and the wittiest show tunes in years. But the jewel in its crown is Jefferson Mays as a gargoylish gallery of twits, snobs and prigs. These scions and heirs to the D'Ysquith clan must fall so that a distant relative can rise.—David Cote

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Walter Kerr Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015
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