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!
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 FeldmanRead more
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.Read more
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 CoteRead more
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 CoteRead more
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 FeldmanRead more
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 FeldmanRead more
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 CoteRead more
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.Read more
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 CoteRead more