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!

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 Tuesday January 27 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015

Chicago

Critics' pick

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

Jersey Boys

Critics' pick

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.

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August Wilson Theatre Tuesday January 27 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015

The Lion King

Critics' pick

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.

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Minskoff Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015

Mamma Mia!

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 rush that’s lasted four decades and counting—and book writer Catherine Johnson’s easily digestible, very silly rom-com plot.

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Broadhurst Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015

Motown—The Musical

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

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Lunt-Fontanne Theatre Until Sun Jan 18

The Phantom of the Opera

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.

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Majestic Theatre Until Thursday December 31 2015

Rock of Ages

Critics' pick

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.

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Helen Hayes Theatre Until Sun Jan 18

Wicked

Critics' pick

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 features Jackie Burns as Elphaba and Chandra Le Schwartz as Glinda.

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Gershwin Theatre Tuesday January 27 2015 - Thursday December 31 2015

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