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.

Americas Society

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice
  • Free

The Americas Society exists to provide public programming and forums to encourage ideas, discussions and debates about issues throughout the Western Hemisphere.

  1. 680 Park Ave, at 68th St
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Asia Society

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

The Asia Society sponsors study missions and conferences while promoting public programs in the U.S. and abroad. The headquarters’ striking galleries host major exhibitions of art culled from dozens of countries and time periods—from ancient India and medieval Persia to contemporary Japan—and

  1. 725 Park Ave, at 70th St
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Austrian Cultural Forum

  • Critics choice

This Manhattan agency of the Republic of Austria offers free admission to all of its cultural and academic events, which include exhibitions, concerts, film screenings and readings.

  1. 11 E 52nd St, between Fifth and Madison Aves
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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. Wed Jul 30 - Wed Dec 31
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Avery Fisher Hall (at Lincoln Center)

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This handsome, comfortable 2,700-seat hall is the headquarters of the New York Philharmonic, the country’s oldest symphony orchestra (founded in 1842) and one of its finest. Depending on whom you ask, the sound ranges from good to atrocious. On four Saturdays each year, the New York Philharmonic

  1. 132 W 65th St, at Broadway
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Barceló con hielo

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Barceló con hielo. Repertorio Español at the Gramercy Arts Theatre (see Off-Off Broadway). By Marco Antonio Rodríguez. Directed by José Zayas. In Spanish with English subtitles. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 55mins. One intermission. Barceló con hielo: In brief In Marco Antonio

  1. 138 E 27th St, between Lexington and Third Aves
  2. $15
  3. Sun Aug 3
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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. 124 W 43rd St, between Sixth Ave and Broadway
  2. $75–$152
  3. Tue Jul 29 - Wed Dec 31
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Blue Man Group

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

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. Tue Jul 29 - Wed Dec 31
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The Book of Mormon

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

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. Tue Jul 29 - Wed Dec 31
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Brookfield Place Winter Garden

  • Critics choice

Completed in 1988, Cesar Pelli’s four glass and granite postmodern office towers, each crowned with a different geometric form, surround an upscale retail area and a series of restaurant-lined plazas that ring the marina. The Winter Garden hosts numerous film screenings, concerts and public art

  1. 220 Vesey St, at West St, 10281
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