3 Kinds of Exile (Off-Broadway) At its home in Chelsea, Atlantic Theater presents Tony-winner John Guare's new play based on the stories of three real émigrés - an exiled actress, a writer and a mysterious traveler.
A Family For All Occasions (Off-Broadway) At the Bank Street Theater, LAByrinth presents the world premiere of a new work from the team responsible for the Off-Broadway hit "Jack Goes Boating," playwright Bob Glaudini and director Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Ann (Broadway) Critics = 3.0Audiences = 4.8Emmy-winner Holland Taylor stars in a no-holds-barred portrait of an American original, the legendary late Texas governor Ann Richards.
Running since February 2013. Nominated for one Tony Award - Best Actress (Holland Taylor).
Annie (Broadway) Critics = 4.0Audiences = 4.6The well-loved musical based on the Little Orphan Annie comic strip is back on Broadway - now starring Emmy-winner Jane Lynch as Miss Hannigan.
Nominated for one Tony Award - Best Revival of a Musical.
Avenue Q (Off-Broadway) Critics = 4.4Audiences = 4.5A spunky and cheerful Gen-X musical for grown-ups featuring a cast of both puppets and live performers....the Tony-winning Broadway production was recently downsized and re-opened Off-Broadway at the New World Stages in midtown.
Basilica (Off-Broadway) At the venerable Cherry Lane, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater presents Mando Alvarado's drama about a God-fearing Texan forced to face his dicey past.
Black Angels Over Tuskegee (Off-Broadway) Critics = 3.3In midtown, just steps from the Broadway district, an inspirational play about America's first black military airmen.
Blue Man Group (Off-Broadway) Critics = 3.0Audiences = 4.8The nonverbal performance of "blue men" exploring themes of alienation, depersonalization, and paint.
Bunty Berman Presents... (Off-Broadway) Critics = 2.7At the Acorn on Theatre Row, the New Group presents a new musical comedy about a Bollywood film producer struggling keep his company afloat.
Chicago (Broadway) Critics = 4.9Audiences = 4.3An elegant, minimally-staged revival of Kander & Ebb's gritty, satirical musical - lust, treachery, and murder among chorus girls and backstage types in old Chicago.
Running since November 1996. Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.
Cinderella (Broadway) Critics = 3.6Rodgers and Hammerstein's made-for-TV classic, newly adapted for the stage by Tony-nominee Douglas Carter Beane, is now on Broadway.
Running since January 2013. Nominated for 9 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.
Colin Quinn Unconstitutional (Off-Broadway) At the Barrow Street Theatre, comedian Colin Quinn ponders a weighty question - "is this what the founding fathers planned?"
Cougar The Musical (Off-Broadway) Critics = 3.8At St. Lukes Theatre in midtown, a new musical about three disillusioned women who unleash their "inner cougar" by dating younger men.
Far From Heaven (Off-Broadway) Playwrights Horizons presents a new musical adapted from Scott Haynes' Oscar-nominated film, starring Tony-nominee Kelli O'Hara as a late '50s housewife facing a family crisis.
First Date (Broadway) From the producers of the 2010 Tony-winning musical "Memphis," a 90-minute contemporary musical about a mismatched couple on a blind date.
New in 2013. Begins July 9th.
Fried Chicken and Latkes (Off-Broadway) Rain Pryor stars in her solo show about growing up with an African-American father (the late, great Richard Pryor) and a Jewish mother.
Fuerza Bruta (Off-Broadway)Critics = 3.2Audiences = 4.0The Argentinian performance group "De La Guarda" returns to NYC with another acrobatic spectacular.
Here Lies Love (Off-Broadway) Critics = 4.8At the Public, a one-of-a-kind theatrical experience exploring the extraordinary life of Filipina First Lady Imelda Marcos.
I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers (Broadway) Critics = 4.0Tony-winning megastar Bette Midler returns to Broadway for the first time in 30 years, in a new one-character play about legendary Hollywood agent Sue Mengers.
New in 2013.
I'm A Stranger Here Myself (Off-Broadway) At the York Theatre, Mark Nadler performs the songs of Kurt Weill, Lotte Lenya, Marlene Dietrich and others as he explores the depths of the European expatriate experiences in the tumultuous early decades of the Twentieth Century.
Jersey Boys (Broadway) Critics = 3.6Audiences = 4.8A bio-revue telling the story and singing the songs of the Four Seasons, starring Tony-winner John Lloyd Young as Frankie Valli.
Running since October 2005. Winner of 4 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Kinky Boots (Broadway) Critics = 3.6Audiences = 4.2A new musical with songs by pop star Cyndi Lauper (in a smashing debut as a Broadway composer) about a Northampton shoemaker whose business is saved by a wildly flamboyant clientele.
Running since March 2013. Nominated for 13 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Love Therapy (Off-Broadway) At the DR2 in Union Square, two-time Tony-nominee Alison Fraser stars in Australian playwright Wendy Beckett's new drama.
Lucky Guy (Broadway) Critics = 3.7Audiences = 5.0Oscar-winner Tom Hanks plays controversial tabloid columnist Mike McAlary in a new play about the scandal-ridden, graffiti-scarred NYC of the 1980s.
Running since March 2013. Nominated for 6 Tony Awards including Best Play and Best Actor (Tom Hanks).
Macbeth (Broadway) Critics = 3.6Tony-winner Alan Cumming plays Shakespeare's murderous general, his guilt-wracked wife ('Out damned spot!'), and most of the play's other roles in his one-man interpretation of the Bard's darkest tragedy.
New in 2013.
Mamma Mia (Broadway) Critics = 3.1Audiences = 4.6This lively pop musical featuring the songs of the '70s Swedish super-group ABBA has been playing to enthusiastic nightly standing ovations for more than a decade.
Running since October 2001.
Matilda (Broadway) Critics = 4.3The Royal Shakespeare Company's adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's book has come to Broadway, and seems destined for a long, successful run.
Running since March 2013. Nominated for 12 Tony Awards including Best Musical.
Motown: the Musical (Broadway) Critics = 2.9Audiences = 4.6This new musical about Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, starring Tony-nominees Brandon Victor Dixon as Gordy and Valisia LeKae as Diana Ross, is one of Broadway's hottest tickets.
Running since March 2013. Nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Actress (Valisia LeKae).
Murder Ballad (Off-Broadway) At the Union Square Theatre, an encore production of the well-received rock musical about a love triangle gone bad.
My Big Gay Italian Wedding (Off-Broadway) An unapologetically derivative play with music (including a hip-hop version of "Ave Maria"), this comedy seems to borrow liberally from the hit film "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" and Off-Broadway's long-running "Tony and Tina's Wedding."
My Name is Asher Lev (Off-Broadway) Critics = 3.8At the Westside Theatre in midtown, a new play based on a novel by Chaim Potok (author of the best seller "The Chosen") about a Hasidic Jewish boy's struggle to reconcile tradition and art.
Newsical the Musical (Off-Broadway) Critics = 3.0A topical musical revue the Associated Press described as "Comedy Central's 'Daily Show' set to music."
Newsies (Broadway) Critics = 4.0Audiences = 4.3Now in its second year on Broadway, Disney's high-energy musical about the newsboy strike of 1899 is a solid hit.
Winner of 2 Tony Awards - Best Score and Best Choreography.
Nice Work if You Can Get It (Broadway) Critics = 3.8Audiences = 4.7A whimsical musical comedy starring Tony-winner Matthew Broderick and Broadway newcomer Jessie Mueller, and featuring a score of George and Ira Gershwin songs - some classic, some obscure, all wonderful.
Nikolai And The Others (Off-Broadway) Critics = 3.3Lincoln Center Theater presents Richard Nelson's new play imagining the relationship between choreographer George Balanchine and composer Igor Stravinsky (plus various friends, lovers, wives, ex-wives, supporters and dancers) during their historic collaboration on the ballet ORPHEUS.
Old Hats (Off-Broadway) Critics = 4.3Signature Theatre presents a new work from Bill Irwin and David Shiner, the dynamic duo responsible for the unlikely Broadway hit "Fool Moon."
Old Jews Telling Jokes (Off-Broadway) Critics = 4.0At the Westside Theatre in midtown, a comedy revue FOR ADULTS featuring a cast of five telling classic one-liners and singing comic songs of the past and present.
Once (Broadway) Critics = 4.3Audiences = 4.5After a high-profile Off-Broadway run this new musical based on the Irish independent film of the same title transferred to Broadway, where it has captured the hearts of critics and audiences alike.
Winner of 8 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
Perfect Crime (Off-Broadway) Critics = 2.5Audiences = 2.2A psychological murder mystery, running in a very small theatre in the heart of midtown for as long as anyone here can remember.
Peter and the Starcatcher (Off-Broadway) Critics = 3.7At New World Stages in midtown, a cleverly-conceived Peter Pan prequel based on Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson's best-selling novel....not intended for little ones, but a fun choice for adults and kids 10 and up.
Pippin (Broadway) Critics = 4.6Audiences = 4.7The magic-themed coming-of-age musical, featuring songs by "Wicked" composer Stephen Schwartz and direction by Tony-nominee Diane Paulus, is back on Broadway with a 40th anniversary revival.
Running since March 2013. Nominated for 10 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical.
Reasons to Be Happy (Off-Broadway) MCC Theatre presents controversial playwright Neil LaBute's new comedy - a companion piece to his critically-acclaimed play "Reasons to Be Pretty" - starring Jenna Fischer from NBC's "The Office," Leslie Bibb, Josh Hamilton, and Fred Weller.
Rock of Ages (Broadway) Critics = 3.7Audiences = 4.7This winking tribute to the 80's features arena-rock hits from Bon Jovi, Journey, and Poison....the NY Times says it "is about as guilty as pleasures get."
Running since March 2009.
Romeo and Juliet (Broadway) British film star Orlando Bloom ("Pirates of the Caribbean") and Tony-nominee Condola Rashad play Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers in Tony-nominee David Leveaux's new production.
New in 2013. Begins August 24th.
Silence! The Musical (Off-Broadway) Critics = 4.6After two successful runs downtown, the outrageous and unauthorized parody of the "The Silence of the Lambs" has moved to the Elektra Theatre in midtown.
Currently on hiatus, resumes Jan 17.
Sistas: The Musical (Off-Broadway) Critics = 4.0At St. Luke's in midtown, a new musical that aspires to tell the story of African-American women through Top-40 music, incorporating songs from the 30's through the 90's including hits like "Oh, Happy Day," "Mama Said," and "I Will Survive."
Sleep No More (Off-Broadway)Critics = 4.5At the long-abandoned McKittrick Hotel on the extreme western edge of Chelsea, one of the most unique theatrical events in memory....a site-specific Macbeth-meets-Hitchcock performance piece the NY Times calls a "merry macabre chase."
Somewhere Fun (Off-Broadway) The Vineyard presents Jenny Schwartz's new comedy, starring Kathleen Chalfant and Kate Mulgrew as 60-something New Yorkers looking back and looking forward.
Spider-Man, Turn Off The Dark (Broadway) Critics = 2.7Audiences = 3.9Despite well-publicized technical issues and performance delays, the new musical about Marvel's marvelous superhero finally opened on Broadway and now seems set for a long run.
Running since November 2010.
Stomp (Off-Broadway) Critics = 4.0Audiences = 4.7A percussion show that celebrates the power of rhythm and the sheer joy of banging on things.
The Assembled Parties (Broadway) Critics = 4.1Manhattan Theatre Club presents Tony-winner Judith Light and Tony-nominee Jessica Hecht in Richard Greenberg's new play about a New York family grasping for stability at the dawn of a new millennium.
Running since March 2013. Nominated for 3 Tony Awards including Best Play.
The Awesome 80's Prom (Off-Broadway)Just outside the East Village in the heart of NYU, an interactive theatrical experience taking you back to prom night, circa 1989.
The Big Knife (Broadway) Critics = 3.0Emmy-winner and Tony-nominee Bobby Cannavale stars in Clifford Odets' 1939 drama about the dark side of Old Hollywood, directed by Tony–winner Doug Hughes.
Running since March 2013. Nominated for one Tony Award - Best Featured Actor (Richard Kind).
The Book of Mormon (Broadway) Critics = 4.7Audiences = 4.9From the creators of "South Park" and "Avenue Q," a bawdy, irreverent, hilarious, and heartfelt new musical about two missionaries sent to deepest, darkest Africa to spread the good word.
Running since February 2011. Winner of 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The Call (Off-Broadway) Critics = 3.5Playwrights Horizons and Primary Stages present Tanya Barfield's new play about a white American couple's decision to adopt an African child.
The Caucasian Chalk Circle (Off-Broadway) Classic Stage Company presents film star Christopher LLoyd and Tony-nominees Elizabeth A. Davis and Mary Testa in Bertolt Brecht's playful parable about a peasant girl who rescues a baby.
The Fantasticks (Off-Broadway) Critics = 3.0A revival of the longest-running Off-Broadway musical of all time.
The Gazillion Bubble Show (Off-Broadway) Critics = 3.0At the New World Stages in midtown, a family-friendly extravaganza created by Fan Yang (holder of 12 Guinness World Records) wherein many bubbles are blown under hi-tech lighting.
The Lion King (Broadway) Critics = 4.7Audiences = 4.7In Julie Taymor's inventive retelling of Disney's animated hit, puppets and live actors weave a dreamscape of jungle characters as we follow the rise of young Simba to the throne.
Running since October 1997. Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (Family-Event) At St. Luke's in midtown, a re-telling of C.S. Lewis' classic tale of Narnia, featuring just 2 performers playing the human, animal, and super-natural characters that populate the epic story.
The Master Builder (Off-Broadway) At BAM's Harvey Theatre, John Turturro stars in Ibsen's masterwork about a successful architect at the peak of his career who is undone by a much younger temptress.
The Nance (Broadway) Critics = 3.8Tony-winner Nathan Lane stars as a closeted gay vaudeville performer in Douglas Carter Beane's new play.
Running since March 2013. Nominated for 5 Tony Awards including Best Actor (Nathan Lane).
The Phantom of the Opera (Broadway) Critics = 3.8Audiences = 4.6In this classic musical - the longest running production in Broadway history - a hideously deformed man lives in the cellars of the Paris Opera and takes a stunningly beautiful soprano as a student.
Running since January 1988. Winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The Trip to Bountiful (Broadway) Critics = 4.1Emmy-winner Cicely Tyson, Oscar-winner Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Tony-nominees Vanessa Williams and Condola Rashad star in Horton Foote's drama about an elderly woman who longs to return to her childhood home.
Running since March 2013. Nominated for 4 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Play and Best Actress (Cicely Tyson).
The Weir (Off-Broadway) The Irish Rep presents a revival of Conor McPherson's Oliver-winning play - a haunting, evocative evening of ghostly yarns and melancholy memories.
Upright Citizens Brigade (Off-Broadway) The big kahuna of the city's improv theatres, UCB hosts shows featuring stars from Saturday Night Live, Late Nite With Conan O'Brien, etc, rubbing elbows with the stars of tomorrow. (Or perhaps the day after.)
Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Broadway) Critics = 4.5Audiences = 4.8Tony-nominees David Hyde Pierce, Kristine Nielsen, and Sigourney Weaver star in Christopher Durang's uproarious homage to Anton Chekhov.
Running since March 2013. Nominated for 6 Tony Awards including Best Play, Best Actor (David Hyde Pierce) and Best Actress (Kristine Nielsen).
Wicked (Broadway) Critics = 2.7Audiences = 4.7Ever wondered what happened in Oz before Dorothy dropped in? This musical about the teenage years of the Good Witch and the Green Witch is a family-friendly spectacle housed in one of Broadway’s largest and most comfortable theatres.
Running since October 2003.
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