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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!

Airline Highway

After its world premiere at Chicago's Steppenwolf last year, Lisa D'Amour's newest play moves to Broadway courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club. Set in a parking lot by a once-fancy hotel in New Orleans, the drama focuses on a motley group of hustlers, strippers and other colorful types gathering to party. Joe Mantello (Wicked) directs.

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Samuel J. Friedman Theatre Until Sunday June 14 2015

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

An American in Paris

Adding to the season's minicrop of classic shows (On the Town, Gigi) comes this stage adaptation of the 1951 Gene Kelly movie musical. With a score of swinging Gershwin tunes ("I Got Rhythm," "'S Wonderful") and new choreography by Christopher Wheeldon, the tale follows an American GI in the City of Light falling hard for—what else?—an enchanting young French girl.

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Palace Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015

The Audience

Critics' pick

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

Chicago

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

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

Doctor Zhivago

You may know the 1957 Boris Pasternak novel as a film that was big 50 years ago, but now producers hope to make cultural waves with this musical version, scored by composer Lucy Simon and lyricist Michael Korie (Grey Gardens). Des McAnuff (Jersey Boys) directs the epic tale of love during revolution.

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Broadway Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015

Finding Neverland

After a rocky run in Boston, this film-to-musical adaptation tests its wings on Broadway. The production—based on the whimsical 2004 weepie about the making of J.M. Barrie's Peter Pan—features tunes by Gary Barlow and Eliot Kennedy, and staging by hit maker Diane Paulus (Pippin). Matthew Morrison (Glee) plays Barrie.

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Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015
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