Want to see a Broadway show, maybe take a date, and not go bankrupt? Good news: Broadway Week in NYC is here! Right now you can buy two for one tickets to many show (not Hamilton, though—boo!). Seats are going fast. Here are top picks from what’s available. Remember, this is for performances from Jan 19 to Feb 5 only.
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BRING THE KIDS
School of Rock
Who would have thought that a couple of stuffy Brits—Andrew Lloyd Webber and Julian (Downton Abbey) Fellowes—could turn the Jack Black comedy into such a fun show? And yet School of Rock delivers: catchy tunes, cute kids and many laughs.
FOR THE LOVER OF NEW PLAYS
Straight drama has a hard time on the Great White Way, which is so geared toward megamusicals. So it’s heartening to see Stephen Karam’s delicate, heart-bruised family portrait transfer to Broadway. The cast is packed with stage troupers, including Jayne Houdyshell and Reed Birney.
THE REVELATORY REVIVAL
The Color Purple
A great revival makes you see the work in a fresh new light, and that’s what John Doyle’s stripped-down, fiercely confident staging has done. Add to that a powerhouse, emotionally searing turn by Cynthia Erivo and you’ve got a must-see-again event.
THE AMERICAN CLASSIC
Fiddler on the Roof
Danny Burstein was born to play Tevye, the beleaguered dairyman at the center of this classical musical about—what else?—tradition. Director Bartlett Sher stages a tremendously moving and urgent revival, that speaks to refugees then and now.
THE REVELATORY REVIVAL, PART 2
A View from the Bridge
Director Ivo van Hove has been practicing his unique magic downtown for years, deconstructing American and European texts with startlingly original concepts. Now he finally makes it to Broadway with a primal, searing take on the Arthur Miller tragedy about Brooklyn dockworkers.
HEAT UP THE WINTER
On Your Feet!
Like everyone else, we go to the theater to escape our dreary lives, work, relationship woes. Or, right around this time, the freezing cold. What better way to ignore the plummeting mercury than to shake your booty at this Latin-pop-driven jukebox musical about Emilio and Gloria Estefan.