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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!


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 , Midtown West Until Thursday December 31 2015


Star Trek vet and LGBT activist George Takei stars in a new musical inspired by his Japanese-American family's dramatic history, including stateside internment during WWII. Stafford Arima (Carrie) directs a cast that includes Lea Salonga and Telly Leung.

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Longacre Theatre , Midtown West Until Thursday December 31 2015

Amazing Grace

Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar) plays 18th-century composer, seafarer and abolitionist John Newton in Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron's new musical, a hit in Chicago last year, about the creation of the hymn "Amazing Grace." Gabriel Barre directs, and Christopher Gattelli (Newsies) choreographs; the cast includes Tom Hewitt, Erin Mackey and Chuck Cooper.

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Nederlander Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday October 25 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 , Midtown West Until Thursday December 31 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 , Midtown West 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 , Midtown West Until Thursday December 31 2015


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 Thursday December 31 2015

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 bestselling novel. Director John Doyle tries the minimalist approach for this gospel and blues-driven tale of self-respect and sisterhood.

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Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre , Midtown West Tuesday November 10 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015

China Doll

Not every actor can handle David Mamet's exacting language, but Al Pacino has the touch. The raspy-voiced celebrity headlines Mamet's latest piece, which the secretive author has said is about "a wealthy man, his young fiancée and an airplane." Expect baroque tirades about money, privilege and sex.

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Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre , Midtown West Wednesday October 21 2015 - Wednesday December 30 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 , Midtown West Until Saturday December 31 2016
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