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. Wed Sep 24 - Wed Dec 31
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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 Sep 23 - 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 Sep 23 - 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 Sep 23 - Wed Dec 31
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Bootycandy

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

Bootycandy. Playwrights Horizons (Off Broadway). By Robert O’Hara. Directed by O’Hara. With ensemble cast. Running time: 2hrs 30mins. One intermission. Bootycandy: In brief Writer-director Robert O'Hara (In the Continuum) takes a satirical look at growing up black and gay in the New York

  1. 416 W 42nd St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
  2. $75–$95
  3. Tue Sep 23 - Sun Oct 19
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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. $20
  3. Tue Sep 23 - Wed Dec 31
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Cabaret

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

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 time: 2hrs 30mins. One intermission. Cabaret: In brief A decade after closing their hit revival of the Kander and

  1. 254 W 54th St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. $47–$162
  3. Tue Sep 23 - Sun Jan 4
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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 Sep 25 - Mon Dec 29
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Circus Amok

  • Critics choice
  • Free

The fantastically queer, unapologetically political and surprisingly kid-friendly Circus Amok invades NYC's parks throughout September with acrobats, stilt walkers, clowns and other delights. Circus founder Jennifer Miller serves as ringleader.

  1. Tompkins Square Park Ave A, between 7th and 10th Sts
  2. Sat Sep 27 - Sun Sep 28
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Dry Land

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

Dry Land. HERE (see Off-Off Broadway). By Ruby Rae Spiegel. Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt. With ensemble cast. Running time: 1hr 30mins. No intermission. Dry Land: In brief Teenage girls wrestle with abortion in a new play by Ruby Rae Spiegel, directed by Adrienne Campbell-Colt for her rapidly

  1. 145 Sixth Ave, between Dominick and Spring Sts
  2. $18
  3. Thu Sep 25 - Sat Sep 27
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