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The best Broadway shows in NYC

Our critics list the best Broadway shows. NYC is the place to catch these exciting plays, musicals and revivals.

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Hamilton

Each year the best Broadway shows attract more than 13 million people seek out the pinnacle of live entertainment. Broadway is simply one of those tourist attractions that locals love. Most of Broadway’s 41 jewel-box venues are located in the theater district—that is, 41st Street to 52nd Street and Sixth Ave to Eighth Ave. Every season brings a new wave of megamusicals, plays and star-driven revivals. Some boast gold from the Tony Awards. But there's always a range to choose from critics’ picks to artsy experiments and long-running blockbusters. Ticket prices are wildly variable. Nosebleed seats at Kinky Boots might go for $79, but premium tickets for Hamilton have gone into four figures. The savvy consumer can find discount tickets at most Broadway shows. Now hurry—the curtain’s about to rise!

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The Book of Mormon

If theater is your religion, and the Broadway musical your particular sect, it’s time to rejoice. This gleefully obscene and subversive satire is one of the funniest shows to grace the Great White Way since The Producers and Urinetown. Writers Trey Parker and Matt Stone of South Park, along with composer Robert Lopez (Avenue Q), find the perfect blend of sweet and nasty for this tale of mismatched Mormon proselytizers in Uganda.—David Cote

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Eugene O'Neill Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday December 31 2017

Dear Evan Hansen

In this captivating original musical, Ben Platt gives a Tony-caliber performance—funny, sweet, beautifully sung and exquisitely worked-out in its physical details—as a high school student thrust into social relevance after a classmate's suicide. Benj Pasek and Justin Paul's score combines well-crafted lyrics with an exciting pop sound, and Steven Levenson’s book gives all the characters shaded motives. The production has moved to Broadway after its sold-out run at Second Stage Theatre.—Adam Feldman

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Music Box Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday December 31 2017

A Doll's House, Part 2

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In Lucas Hnath’s lucid and absorbing sequel to Henrik Ibsen’s 1879 social drama, A Doll’s House, a now-liberated Nora Helmer—played by the great Laurie Metcalf, with magnificent grit and frustration—returns to confront the people she left behind. Modern in its language and mordant in its humor, the play judiciously balances conflicting ideas about freedom, love and responsibility. Sam Gold’s exemplary direction and supporting cast—Chris Cooper, Condola Rashad and Jayne Houdyshell—keep you hanging on each turn of argument and twist of knife.—Adam Feldman

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John Golden Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday January 7 2018
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Hamilton

Composer-lyricist-star Lin-Manuel Miranda forges a groundbreaking bridge between hip-hop and musical storytelling with this sublime collision of radio-ready beats and an inspiring, immigrant slant on Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. A brilliant, diverse cast takes back American history and makes it new.—David Cote 

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Richard Rodgers Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday December 31 2017

Hello, Dolly!

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The part of Dolly Levi, a matchmaker in late-19th-century New York, is exquisitely suited to Bette Midler’s enormous warmth, savvy and drive; it’s hard to imagine a better match of actor and role. Adapted by Michael Stewart and Jerry Herman from a Thornton Wilder comedy, Hello, Dolly! may be a vehicle for its star, but this blissful revival treats it like a vintage Rolls-Royce. Directed and performed with joyful aplomb, it gleams with old-fashioned charm.—Adam Feldman

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Shubert Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday December 31 2017

Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812

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Dave Malloy's dazzlingly eclectic rock-pop musical, adapted from a portion of Tolstoy's War and Peace, conveys its story of high-society Muscovites in stirring and surprising ways. Directed by Rachel Chavkin, this Broadway transfer of the 2012 Off Broadway hit stars global-sensation singer Josh Groban and newcomer Denée Benton.—Adam Feldman

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Imperial Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday September 3 2017
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Anastasia

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Deftly adapted by Terrence McNally from the 1997 animated film, with an expanded score by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, this sweeping 20th-century fairy tale stars Christy Altomare as an amnesiac who may be the last survivor of the Romanovs. Impressive craftsmanship and excellent singing help make it the richest new family show to hit Broadway in years.—Adam Feldman

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Broadhurst Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday December 31 2017

Bandstand

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Richard Oberacker and Rob Taylor's resonant new musical dances a delicate line between nostalgia and disillusion in its depiction of post–World War II soldiers (led by the engaging Corey Cott) trying to get back into the swing of things through music. Director-choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler's group numbers burst with snazzy individuality. But Bandstand’s heart is in the shadows that its band of brothers can't shake.—Adam Feldman

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Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday September 17 2017

Beautiful—The Carole King Musical

Broadway’s latest boomer jukebox musical never achieves the comic zip or dramatic force of Jersey Boys, but it is an appealing and skillfully built vehicle for Carole King’s hit ditties and soulful ballads. It's a lovable love letter to a fine songwriter and natural woman.—David Cote

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Stephen Sondheim Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday December 31 2017
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Come from Away

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One of the more unlikely musicals on Broadway this season, Come from Away is the tense but humane story of an airport in Gander, Newfoundland, where 38 planes and more than 6,000 passengers were forced to land on September 11, 2001. The book, music and lyrics are by the Canadian team Irene Sankoff and David Hein.—Adam Feldman

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Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday December 31 2017

Kinky Boots

Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper’s fizzy crowd-pleaser, in which a sassy-yet-dignified drag queen kicks an English shoe factory into gear, feels familiar at every step. But it has been manufactured with solid craftsmanship and care, and is boosted by a heart-strong cast led by Wayne Brady. The overall effect is nigh irresistible.—Adam Feldman

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Al Hirschfeld Theatre , Hell's Kitchen Until Sunday December 31 2017

The Lion King

Director-designer Julie Taymor surrounds the Disney movie’s mythic plot and Elton John–Tim Rice score with African rhythm and music. Through elegant puppetry, Taymor populates the stage with a menagerie of African beasts; her staging has expanded a simple cub into the pride of Broadway.—Adam Feldman

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Minskoff Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday December 31 2017
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Marvin's Room

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Lili Taylor and Janeane Garofalo play estranged sisters reunited under the shadow of mortality in Scott McPherson's 1990 play, which cuts its sentiment with dark comedy and a deep understanding of illness and sacrifice. The first act of Anne Kauffman’s graceful revival leans toward placidity, but Taylor's gently weird performance takes bloom later. The play movingly depicts a world in which loving is, as it often has to be, its own reward.—Adam Feldman

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American Airlines Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday August 27 2017

1984

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You are watching Big Brother in this stylish and finally harrowing drama, adapted from George Orwell’s dystopian novel by directors Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan. The remarkable Tom Sturridge plays a fake-news clerk whose affair with a fellow “thought criminal” (a hard-edged Olivia Wilde) draws them to a terrorist movement linked to a high-level official (Reed Birney, masterfully unflappable). Orwell’s 1949 vision of a surveillance state awash in groupthink and propaganda remains uncannily suggestive of the present and the future.—Adam Feldman

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Hudson Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday October 8 2017

School of Rock

The stage version of the 2003 comedy about a kid band formed in an uptight prep school is surprisingly fresh and well-built. Andrew Lloyd Webber's pop-pastiche score is propulsive, the uniformed, rockin'-out students are cute, and the book hits the right emotional notes. School’s in—forever.—David Cote

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Winter Garden Theatre , Midtown West Friday August 18 2017 - Sunday December 31 2017
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Waitress

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Betsy Wolfe stars in this sweet and tart new musical about a lady who's a whiz at making pies, but messing up everything else. Jenna has gotten pregnant from her abusive lout of a husband, and now she's falling for her gynecologist. Sara Bareilles's bright, frisky pop score is a sheer delight. Diane Paulus directs with equal verve and whimsy.—David Cote

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Brooks Atkinson Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday December 31 2017

Wicked

This musical prequel to The Wizard of Oz addresses surprisingly complex themes, such as standards of beauty, morality and, believe it or not, fighting fascism. Thanks to Winnie Holzman’s witty book and Stephen Schwartz’s pop-inflected score, Wicked soars.—David Cote

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Gershwin Theatre , Midtown West Until Sunday December 31 2017
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Erik A

There are some great long running and new shows currently on Broadway.  It's been almost 12 years since I first saw Wicked, but I would still jump to go see it again tomorrow.  Regardless of how many times I have been.  (it's a bit embarrassing to admit, so I won't).  The Color Purple is a terrific revival this season that is not to be missed by theatre fans.  We all know the buzz around Hamilton, but since none of us can get tickets, we can all just jam out to the cast album or enter the online lottery everyday!  School of Rock is also a lot of fun.  The kids freaking ROCK in that show!  See a show this season! 

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