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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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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 Tuesday December 6 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016

The Encounter


A combination of radio drama and art-house podcast, Simon McBurney's ingeniously designed solo is piped to audience members all individually wearing headphones. A sort of dislocating jungle adventure, the story is based on a photojournalist actual time spent with Brazilian tribespeople. It's a meeting of ear, mind and soul you will never forget.—David Cote 

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John Golden Theatre , Midtown West Tuesday December 6 2016 - Sunday January 8 2017

Fiddler on the Roof

Revelatory direction, eloquent visuals and that sublime klezmer-inflected score by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock—what more do you need? A great Tevye, and Danny Burstein is nothing short of a miracle, finding the modern mensch as well as the hard-nosed, belief-bound peasant in Bartlett Sher’s magnificent, life-affirming revival.—David Cote

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Broadway Theatre , Midtown West Tuesday December 6 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016


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 Tuesday December 6 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016

The Humans


Stephen Karam's beautifully wrought group portrait of life in the shadow of disaster unfurls in a single scene, but it never feels static. As performed by Joe Mantello's seamless ensemble cast, led by Reed Birney and Jayne Houdyshell, the play limns a family dinner with gorgeous naturalism, then forces us into a world beyond the familiar.—Adam Feldman

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Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre , Midtown West Tuesday December 6 2016 - Sunday January 15 2017

Something Rotten!

This funny, splashy extravaganza offers anything-for-a-laugh gags wrapped in a solid structure, with a dash of sweet, emotional ballast. Rob McClure is delightfully desperate as an Elizabethan playwright trying to construct the world’s first musical. 'Tis indeed Broadway funniest musical comedy in at least 400 years.—David Cote

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St. James Theatre , Midtown West Tuesday December 6 2016 - Sunday January 1 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 Tuesday December 6 2016 - Saturday December 30 2017

The Color Purple


John Doyle’s intense revival of the 2005 musical brings out its deeper hues. As an abused African-American woman who learns to value herself, the exceptional Cynthia Erivo gives a performance of magnetic directness and simplicity, supported by a mighty sisterhood of performers that includes Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks. The show blossoms into a classic; it’s here, and it’s beautiful.—Adam Feldman

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Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre , Midtown West Tuesday December 6 2016 - Monday January 9 2017

Jersey Boys

The Broadway musical does right by the jukebox with this behind-the-music tale, presenting the Four Seasons’ energetic 1960s tunes (including “Walk Like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry”) as they were meant to be performed.—Adam Feldman

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August Wilson Theatre , Midtown West Tuesday December 6 2016 - Sunday January 15 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 Tuesday December 6 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016
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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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