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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  • After Midnight

    Photograph: Matthew Murphy

    After Midnight

    After Midnight
  • Annie

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

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

    Annie

    Annie
  • Betrayal

    Photograph: Brigitte Lacombe

    Betrayal

    Betrayal
  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

    Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

  • The Book of Mormon

    Photograph by Joan Marcus

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

    The Book of Mormon

    The Book of Mormon
  • Chicago

    Photograph: Jeremy Daniel

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

    Chicago

    Chicago
  • Cinderella

    Photograph: Carol Rosegg

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

    Cinderella

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

    First Date

  • Photograph: Joan Marcus

  • 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
  • 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
  • Once

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

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

    Once

    Once
  • Newsies

    Photograph: Deen van Meer

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

    Newsies

     

    Newsies
  • 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
  • Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

    Photograph: Jacob Cohl

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

    Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark


    Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark
  • The Trip to Bountiful

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

    The Trip to Bountiful

    The Trip to Bountiful
  • Wicked

    Photograph: Joan Marcus

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

    Wicked

    Wicked

After Midnight

Photograph: Matthew Murphy

After Midnight


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!

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

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. Sat Jul 26 - Wed Dec 31
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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.

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. Sat Jul 26 - 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.

Newsies

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4

Since Disney opened Beauty and the Beast on Broadway in 1994, the mighty mouse has been a reliable source of long-running musicals…just not every time. Take Tarzan and The Little Mermaid (please). However, the family-friendly entertainment giant can still turn out hits. Witness the ongoing

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.

Rocky

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice

One of the latest films to get the Broadway treatment is this iconic portrait of a Philadelphia thug chasing his boxing dreams. The jury’s still out as to how well the story of a raw-egg-swilling palooka will translate to the stage, but the champ’s got a strong team behind him: golden-boy

  1. Winter Garden Theatre 1634 Broadway, between 50th and 51st Sts
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Aug 17
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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


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