Want to see a Broadway show, maybe take a date, and not go bankrupt? Good news: Broadway Week in NYC has returned for the fall! Right now you can buy two-for-one tickets to many shows (not Hamilton, though—boo!). Seats are going fast. Here are top picks from what’s available, broken down into handy categories. Remember, this deal is good for performances from September 8–15 only.
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FOR 1980s FLASHBACKS
Andrew Lloyd Webber and Trevor Nunn’s once-unstoppable megahit closed on Broadway in 2000, but now it has slinked back for an open-ended run, hoping to charm a new generation of feline-loving audiences.
CATCH ’EM BEFORE THEY CLOSE
An American in Paris
Based on the Gershwin-scored Gene Kelly movie, this bold and beautifully danced musical announced an early end on October 9. It’s a solid choice for a romantic date.
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’s urgent and unexpectedly timely revival must leave home January 1.
Matilda the Musical
After a respectable run since March 2013, this sassy British family musical will also close on New Year’s Day, taking its “revolting” children with it.
FOR THE CIRCUS FREAKS
Admittedly, critics didn’t flip over backwards for Cirque du Soleil’s stunt-heavy attempt to create a bona fide musical, but there’s plenty of acrobatic eye candy for the kids.
The Color Purple
Director John Doyle’s stripped-down, fiercely confident staging features an unforgettable Tony-winning turn by Cynthia Erivo. Her eleventh-hour anthem “I’m Here” gets you on your feet.
This twinkle-toed musical based on a 1942 Bing Crosby–Fred Astaire movie just started previews and critics haven’t yet weighed in. But with a score full of Irving Berlin tunes, how can you not check it out?
LAST PLAY STANDING
Plays have a hard time on the Great White Way, which is fixated on song and dance. And after September 4, Stephen Karam’s delicate, heart-bruised family portrait will be the only nonmusical offering on Broadway. It won the Tony, the cast is terrific, go see it.
TAKE 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.
A TIME OUT FAVORITE
Box-office has been lagging for this daffy satire that manages to poke fun at Elizabethan England and Broadway musicals (you have to see it to believe it). The replacement cast, as we reported, is very good. So get Rotten while you can.
Thought you couldn’t get a seat to the green machine? Wrong. You can get two—for the price of one. Just follow the yellow brick road. Or this link.
The Lion King
The Julie Taymor-directed Disney behemoth has ruled the Broadway jungle for nearly 20 years; don’t you think it’s about time you joined “The Circle of Life”?