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.

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    Aladdin

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    Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

  • The Book of Mormon

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

    The Book of Mormon

    The Book of Mormon
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    Cabaret

  • Chicago

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

    Chicago

    Chicago
  • Cinderella

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

    Cinderella

    Cinderella
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  • Hedwig & the Angry Inch

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Hedwig & the Angry Inch

    Hedwig & the Angry Inch
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    If/Then

  • Jersey Boys

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

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

    Jersey Boys

    Jersey Boys
  • Kinky Boots

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

    Kinky Boots

     

    Kinky Boots
  • Picasa

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    Les Misérables

  • The Lion King

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

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

    The Lion King

    The Lion King
  • Mamma Mia!

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

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

    Mamma Mia!

    Mamma Mia!
  • Matilda

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Matilda

    Matilda
  • Motown—The Musical

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Motown—The Musical

    Motown—The Musical
  • Once

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

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

    Once

    Once
  • The Phantom of the Opera

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

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

    The Phantom of the Opera


    The Phantom of the Opera
  • Pippin

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Pippin

    Pippin
  • Rock of Ages

    Photograph: Paul Kolnik

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

    Rock of Ages

    Rock of Ages
  • This Is Our Youth

    Photograph: Michael Brosilow

    This Is Our Youth

    This Is Our Youth
  • Wicked

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

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

    Wicked

    Wicked

Photograph: Cylla von Tiedemann

Aladdin


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

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Aladdin. New Amsterdam Theatre (see Broadway). Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice. Book and additional lyrics by Chad Beguelin. Directed by Casey Nicholaw. With Adam Jacobs, James Monroe Iglehart, Courtney Reed. Running time: 2hrs 20mins. One intermission. Aladdin: In brief

  1. New Amsterdam Theatre 214 W 42nd St, between Seventh and Eighth Aves
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Wed Dec 31
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Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

Beautiful—The Carole King Musical. Stephen Sondheim Theatre. (see Broadway). Book by Douglas McGrath. Music and lyrics by Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Directed by Marc Bruni. With Jessie Mueller. Running time: 2hrs 30mins. One intermission. Beautiful—The Carole King

  1. Stephen Sondheim Theatre 124 W 43rd St, between Sixth Ave and Broadway
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Wed Dec 31
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The Book of Mormon

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4

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

Cabaret

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Cabaret. Studio 54 (see Broadway). Book by Joe Masteroff. Music by John Kander. Lyrics by Fred Ebb. Directed Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. With Alan Cumming, Michelle Williams. Running time: 2hrs 30mins. One intermission. Cabaret: In brief A decade after closing their hit revival of the Kander and

  1. Studio 54 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Sun Jan 4
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Chicago

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

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

Cinderella

  • Price band: 3/4

Rodgers and Hammerstein's fairy-tale musical brings its magic and romance to the New York theater.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder. Walter Kerr Theatre (see Broadway). Book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman. Music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak. Directed by Darko Tresnjak. With Jefferson Mays, Bryce Pinkham, Lauren Worsham, Lisa O’Hare. Running time: 2hrs 20mins. One intermission. A

  1. Walter Kerr Theatre 219 W 48th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Wed Dec 31
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Hedwig and the Angry Inch

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Belasco Theatre (see Broadway). Book by John Cameron Mitchell. Music and lyrics by Stephen Trask. Directed by Michael Mayer. With Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Hall. Running time: 1hr 40mins. No intermission. Hedwig and the Angry Inch: In brief The omnitalented Neil Patrick

  1. Belasco Theatre 111 W 44th St, between Broadway and Sixth Ave
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Thu Oct 9
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If/Then

  • Rated as: 3/5

If/Then. Richard Rodgers Theatre (see Broadway). Music by Tom Kitt. Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey. Directed by Michael Greif. With Idina Menzel, James Snyder, LaChanze, Anthony Rapp, Jenn Colella, Jerry Dixon. Running time: 2hrs 35mins. One intermission. If/Then: In brief Beloved diva Idina

  1. Richard Rodgers Theatre 226 W 46th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Wed Dec 31
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It's Only a Play

  • Price band: 3/4

A neophyte playwright (Matthew Broderick) anxiously awaits reviews of his Broadway debut in Terrence McNally's bitchy but affectionate homage to show folk, which appeared in various incarnations at Manhattan Theatre Club in 1982 and ’86. This revival, directed by Jack O'Brien, also stars the

  1. Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre 236 W 45th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave, 10036
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Sun Jan 4
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Jersey Boys

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

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 intended to be performed.

Kinky Boots

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Theater review by Adam Feldman. Al Hirschfeld Theatre (Broadway). Book by Harvey Fierstein. Music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper. Dir. Jerry Mitchell. With Stark Sands, Billy Porter, Annaleigh Ashford. 2hrs 20mins. One intermission. The kicky crowd-pleaser Kinky Boots is the very model of a modern

  1. Al Hirschfeld Theatre 302 W 45th St, at Eighth Ave
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Wed Dec 31
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Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. Circle in the Square (see Broadway). By Lanie Robertson. Directed by Lonny Price. With Audra McDonald. Running time: 1hr 25mins. No intermission. Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill: In brief Audra McDonald is just one statue shy of a Tony Award six-pack;

  1. Circle in the Square 1633 Broadway,, entrance on 50th St
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Sun Oct 5
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Les Misérables

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Les Misérables. Imperial Theatre (see Broadway). Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg. Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer. Book by Schönberg and Alain Boublil. Directed by Laurence Connor and James Powell. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 55mins. One intermission. Les Misérables: In brief A 16-year

  1. Imperial Theatre 249 W 45th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Sun Sep 28
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The Lion King

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Director-designer Julie Taymor surrounds the Disney movie’s mythic plot and Elton John–Tim Rice score with African rhythm and music. Through elegant puppetry, Taymor populates the stage with a menagerie of African beasts; her staging has expanded a simple cub into the pride of Broadway.

Mamma Mia!

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Mamma mia, here it goes again. And again and again. New York theater has seen a lot of jukebox musicals blip in and out of existence like mayflies in springtime, but Mamma Mia! is one Broadway show that endures. Chalk it up to the combination of ABBA’s perennially infectious songs—the sugar

Matilda

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

Theater review by David Cote. Shubert Theatre (see Broadway). Book by Dennis Kelly. Music and lyrics by Tim Minchin. Dir. Matthew Warchus. With ensemble cast. 2hrs 35mins. One intermission. Adults are divided on the subject of children in the delectably sweet and nasty musical Matilda. Some, like

  1. Shubert Theatre 225 W 44th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Wed Dec 31
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Motown—The Musical

  • Price band: 3/4

Berry Gordy's Broadway jukebox musical hit shows New York theater how he created some of America's greatest pop songs.

Once

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Who would have guessed that a shoegazing indie flick set in Dublin would form the basis of a Broadway hit musical? But that’s what happened with the extraordinary Once, winner of the 2012 Tony Award for best new musical (and seven other Tonys). Originally released in 2005, Once

The Phantom of the Opera

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s iconic, bombastic musical goes on. Directed by Harold Prince, Phantom is lavish and engaging enough to draw tourists more than two decades into its run. Although the score often strikes a cheesy 1980s synth-pop note, the spectacle and romance remain more or less intact.

Pippin

  • Price band: 3/4

The greatest show on earth—or Broadway, at least—may be this circus-filled 1970s musical classic.

Rock of Ages

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Even if you never grew a mullet or banged your head to Quiet Riot, this insanely fun mixtape musical will hit your retro sweet spot. A parade of pop and metal ballads fits beautifully with Chris D’Arienzo’s self-mocking book. It’s Urinetown for the I Love the ’80s crowd.

This Is Our Youth

  • Price band: 3/4

Kenneth Lonergan's 1996 breakout play about a couple of late adolescents mixed up in stolen money and cocaine gets a belated Broadway debut, courtesy of Steppenwolf Theatre Company. The formidable Anna D. Shapiro directs Michael Cera, Kieran Culkin and Tavi Gavinson in the slacker drama.

  1. Cort Theatre 138 W 48th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Sun Jan 4
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Wicked

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

This musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz addresses surprisingly complex themes, such as standards of beauty, morality and, believe it or not, fighting fascism. Thanks to Winnie Holzman’s witty book and Stephen Schwartz’s  pop-inflected score, Wicked soars. Currently, the cast

You Can't Take It With You

  • Price band: 3/4

George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart's classic 1936 comedy chronicles the eccentric, freethinking Sycamore family, whose members follow their bliss—no matter how much chaos that creates. The dream cast includes James Earl Jones, Elizabeth Ashley, Reg Rogers and Kristine Nielsen. Scott Ellis (The

  1. Longacre Theatre 220 W 48th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Thu Aug 28 - Sun Jan 4
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