Theater and Broadway in New York: Critics' picks

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Looking for tickets to the best Broadway shows and New York theater? Consult the critics' picks in our New York theater listings to find reviews, curtain times and great deals on  New York theater tickets.

Avenue Q

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

After many years, the sassy and clever puppet musical doesn’t show its age. Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx’s deft Sesame Street–esque novelty tunes about porn and racism still earn their laughs. Avenue Q remains a sly and winning piece of metamusical tomfoolery.—David Cote

  1. 340 W 50th St, between Eighth and Ninth Aves
  2. $72.50–$92.50, premium $126.50
  3. Thu Dec 18 - Wed Dec 31
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Bad with Money

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Bad with Money. The Duplex (Off-Off Broadway). By Ben Rimalower. Directed by Aaron Mark. With Rimalower. Running time: 1hr. No intermission. Bad with Money: In brief Vividly personal monologist Ben Rimalower follows up on his hit 2012 coming-of-gay tale, Patti Issues, with an account of the dark

  1. 61 Christopher St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. $25 plus two-drink minimum
  3. Thu Dec 18
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Bad with Money

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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Bad with Money. The Duplex (Off-Off Broadway). By Ben Rimalower. Directed by Aaron Mark. With Rimalower. Running time: 1hr. No intermission. Bad with Money: In brief Vividly personal monologist Ben Rimalower follows up on his hit 2012 coming-of-gay tale, Patti Issues, with an account of the dark

  1. 61 Christopher St , at Seventh Ave South
  2. $25 plus two-drink minimum
  3. Mon Dec 22
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Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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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. 124 W 43rd St, between Sixth Ave and Broadway
  2. $75–$152
  3. Thu Dec 18 - Wed Dec 31
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Bedlam: The Seagull and Sense & Sensibility

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

Sense & Sensibility. Sheen Center (see Off-Off Broadway). By Jane Austen. Adapted by Kate Hamill. Directed by Eric Tucker. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 25mins. One intermission. Sense & Sensibility: In brief Eric Tucker and his rising Bedlam company apply their stripped-down aesthetic to

  1. 18 Bleecker St, at Elizabeth St, 10012
  2. $30
  3. Thu Dec 18 - Sun Dec 21
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Blue Man Group

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 4/4
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Three deadpan, blue-skinned men with extraterrestrial imaginations carry this tourist fave, a show as smart as it is ridiculous. They drum on open tubs of paint, creating splashes of color; they consume Twinkies and Cap'n Crunch; they engulf the audience in a roiling sea of toilet paper. For sheer

  1. 434 Lafayette St, between Astor Pl and E 4th St
  2. $82.30–$106.30
  3. Thu Dec 18 - Wed Dec 31
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The Book of Mormon

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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If theater is your religion and the Broadway musical your sect, you've been woefully faith-challenged of late. Venturesome, boundary-pushing works such as Spring Awakening, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson and Next to Normal closed too soon. American Idiot was shamefully ignored at the Tonys and will

  1. 230 W 49th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $69–$175, premium $252–$477
  3. Thu Dec 18 - Wed Dec 31
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The Bullpen

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 2/4
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The Bullpen. Playroom Theatre (see Off-Off Broadway). By Joe Assadourian. Dir. Richard Hoehler. With Assadourian. 1hr 10mins. No intermission. The Bullpen: In Brief Joe Assadourian plays 18 characters in his solo show about a man on trial, which he developed while serving 12 years in prison for

  1. 151 W 46th St, between Sixth and Seventh Aves, 10036
  2. $30
  3. Mon Dec 22 - Sat Jan 24
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Cabaret

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Price band: 3/4
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[Note on this review: On November 12, Emma Stone replaced Michelle WIlliams as would-be femme fatale Sally Bowles.] 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

  1. 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $47–$162
  3. Thu Dec 18 - Sun Mar 29
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Chicago

  • Price band: 4/4
  • Critics choice

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

  1. 219 W 49th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $69–$136.50, premium $186.50–$200
  3. Thu Dec 18 - Mon Dec 29
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