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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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
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 CoteBook now Read more
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 CoteBook now Read more
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 CoteBook now Read more
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 FeldmanBook now Read more
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 CoteBook now Read more
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 CoteBook now Read more
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
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 FeldmanBook now Read more