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Broadway
inheritance
The Inheritance, Part One & Part Two -This award-winning production of a new American play arrives from London ’s West End with a top-notch cast, almost seven hours of engrossing dialogue, and an array of challenging themes. Read More

Tina- The Tina Turner Musical - With the arrival of Tina on Broadway the jukebox genre takes on a feminist sound and a modern social conscience. Indeed, it may well be the first me-too musical of the millennial.Read More
sound inside
The Sound Inside - beautifully written/emotionally involving play by Adam Rappl Starring Mary Louise ParkerRead More

Linda Vista
Linda Vista - Descriptive Excerpt: If the title were not already taken by a much produced French classic, Tracy Letts might well have called his play about a middle-aged guy who hates everything and everyone — including himself Read More

lightningthief
The Lightning Thief - If you had told me at age 12 that my two favorite literary protagonists — Harry Potter and Percy Jackson — would be headlining Broadway shows side-by-side in less than 15 years, I can't imagine I would have believed you. Read More

The Rose Tattoo - Tomei’s performance is stunningly operatic Read More

Slave Play - Jeremy O. Harris's uncompromising, graphic, sexually explicit play Read More
Free Style Love Supreme - Extended to 1/12/10! This isn't an introspective show. No group member attempts to persuade you that anything done on stage is IMPORTANT. What IS important, however, is the shared theatrical experience between the artists and audience members and finding truth in the moment.Read More

height of the storm
The Height of the Storm - Eileen Atkins and Jonathan Pryce manage to turn Florian Zeller's overly clever script into a truly unmissable point counterpoint performance duet Read More

Betrayal
Darren Brown: Secret - The charismatic British mentalist is back in New York, this time on Broadway Read More

Betrayal
Betrayal - Jamie Lloyd directs a compelling, minimalist take on Pinter's play with impressive Broadway debuts by Zawe Ashton, Charlie Cox, and Tom Hiddleston. Read More

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Moulin Rouge! The Musical - a brightly wrapped, intricately decorated package with little inside. It's racy, sometimes vulgar, and always indifferent to historical context and narrative logic. This makes it just the right stuff for the Trump eraRead More
frankie/johnny
Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune - Closing 7/28! This new Broadway revival has two extraordinary actors simply having a good time romp Read More

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beetlejuice
Beetlejuice - Like the movie, the musical has been cast with artists who are first-rate clowns. . . . Read More
Tootsie
Tootsie - To paraphrase Al Jolson's famous song, Toot, toot,Tootsie, hello! Read More
Hadestown
Hadestown - the most original new musical on Broadway takes us to hell and back to a soaring musical score. Read More

ainttooproud
ain't too proud - The Life and Times of The Temptations - No less than thirty-one Motown songs are performed with a slick and polished vigor in Broadway's newest jukebox musical. . . Read More

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Winner of Best Play Tony! Read More

mockingbird
To Kill A Mockingbird - A beautifully acted and staged new and more relevant production of Harper Lee's iconic novel Read More

Mean Girls
Mean Girls - Another teen audience targeted movie now sing and dances on Broadway Read More
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Frozen
Frozen - A visually rich production that keeps us wide-eyed and on tenterhooks for more than two hours, even when we know how things are going to end. . . Read More
Come From Away
Come From Away - Its uplift message has helped this fact-based musical fly from Canada to Broadway. . . Read More
Dear Evan Hansen
Dear Evan Hansen - A small musical's big heart and big on talent cast is now a welcome addition to the Broadway musical scene. . . Read More
waitress
Waitress
Closing on Broadway 1/05/20! Read More
New York Off-Broadway
Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven
Halfway Bitches Go Straight to Heaven - Atlantic and LAByrinth Theater Companies team back up with Stephen Adly Guirgis for the playwright's first new work since the Pulitzer-winning Between Riverside and Crazy in 2014Read More
yeston
Anything Can Happen in the Theater: The Musical World of Maury Yeston - - a refresher or an awakening to the worthiest selections from Yeston's canon Read More

foote
The Young Man from Atlanta -Michael Wilson, who so beautifully directed Horton Foote's 9-play The Orphans' H ome Cycle is now resurrecting The Young Man from Atlanta with its sad truth about middle-class American life at the Pershing Square Signature Center More

kushner
A Bright Room Called Day - Exctended to 12/22! It was in 1991 that Tony Kushner’s 1985 play saw the light of Day in New York at the Public Theater. A newly "revisited" version is back at the Public under the direction of Oskar Eustis it remains an intentionally provocative, scary, almost absurdist, example of didactically-driven dramatic agitprop. Read More

marie curie
The Half-Life of Marie Curie - Lauren Gunderson's Audible production is a snapshot of the brilliant woman who not only discovered radium and polonium but became the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different sciences. Read More

Pumpgirl
Pumpgirl -Abby Spallen's three-hander about hard-luck lives in today's Northern Ireland Read More

fires
Fires in the Mirror - Anna Deavere Smith’s gripping one-person/thirty characters play Read More

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Broadbend, Arkansas - a 2-character chamber opera that's a thoroughly rewarding musical theater experience . . . Read More

 Cyrano
Cyrano -Peter Dinklage does Cyrano without that famous appendage. . .but his Cyrano does sing. Read More

Dr. Ride's American Beach House
Dr. Ride's American Beach House - Liza Berkenmeier's historically inspired play offers a meditation on queer desire and repression. Read More

Little Shop
Little Shop of Horrors - Mayer convincingly sells Little Shop of Horrors as a near-perfect piece of musical theater writing. Read More

hamnet
Hamnet - Shakespeare, played maturely with a mix of grim optimism and snarky despair by Aran Murphy in his professional debut, has been stuck at eleven for a long, long time. Read More

Micheels
The Michaels: Conversations During Difficult Times - beautifully acted and meticulously directed by its author Richard NelsonRead More

Seared
Seared - Theresa Rebeck's literslly tasty comic take on art versus commerce is having its New York premiere at the beutiful new MCC Thesters's intimate Susan & Ronald Frankel Theater. Read More

macbeth
Macbeth - Though John Doyle breaks the rules in all the right ways, newbies to the play are likely to t become confused at times by its gender-blind casting and the nine cast members who play multiple roles in this all-hands-on-deck production.Read More

isthisaroom
Is This A Room - As an animation of a single document, that feels like a refreshingly innovative concept. Read More

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for colored girls
for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enufExtended again to 12/15! - Director Leah C. Gardiner has crafted a production nourished by the affection shown and attention paid across this rainbowed community Read More

bellla
Bella Bella - Harvey Fierstone's biographical solo play is filled to the brim with Bella Abzug's trenchant wit and wisdom. For older theater goers, it's a trip down memory lane that spans many administrations, detailing presidential good deeds as well as the all too frequent surrenders to political expediency. . . for millenials it's an enlightening history lesson Read More

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forbidden bway
Forbidden Broadway: The Next Generation - How did we survive this long interval without Alessandrini's insightful satirizing and inspired spoofing of Broadway shows both current and on occasion recent past? This corner welcomes it back as it again demonstrates that it has what it takes to mock the mediocre even as it also joyously celebrates the parodic life upon the wicked stage Read More
The New Englanders - The changes in the typical American family (if ever there really was one outside of Rockwell's famous idyllc canvases and 1940s movies) are indeed welcome. But these now acceptable new family units have brought on new new issues to deal with. And it t should thus not come as a surprise that the marriages possible in our more open minded societies don't all follow a blissfully ever after path Read More

Kingfishers Catch Fire
Kingfishers Catch Fire - Although superbly staged and acted, this is not light entertainment. However, who go will have a rare theatrical experience that will linger after the house lights go down.Read More

davinci
Da Vinci & Michelangeo: The Titans Experience - His voice catches on a plaintive note, then crescendos to peals of laughter. Is this Lear? Is this Hamlet? No, it's just Mark Rodgers. . .delivering a 2-hour lecture performance Read More

fidder
Fiddler On the Roof - The not to be missed Yiddish version of the golden era's most perfect musical is now uptown. . . Read More

fiddler
Fiddler on the Roof The show will move uptown to Stage 42 from 2/11/19; opening 2/21/19 - The National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene's (NYTF) excellent Yiddish production of Fiddler on the Roof as directed by Joel Grey makes us fall in love with Tevye, his wife, Golde, and his three daughters all over again. Read More
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London

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Dear Evan Hansen The musical about an isolated teenager comes to London after storming success in New York . . . . Read More

ghostquartetlon19
Ghost Quartet Brand new intimate theatre The Boulevard stages its inaugural production of Dave Malloy's Ghost Quartet for four actor/singer/musicians . . . . Read More

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Soho Cinders The pantomime season starts early with a gay pantomime based on the legend of Cinderfella with pretty tunes and a difference. . . .
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Lungs Claire Foy and Matt Smith re-pair in a less royal role . . . . Read More

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The Man in the White Suit Stephen Mangan steals the show in Sean Foley's delightful rewrite of the 1951 film and play . . . Read More
noisesofflon19
Noises Off Michael Frayn's brilliant farce of farces goes behind the scenes of repertory theatre . . . Read More
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Hamilton
Hamilton The Hamilton phenomenon takes London by storm . . . Read More
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New Jersey
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein - David Catlin has written as well as directed a stunning dramatic narrative that combines a period in the life of the novelist herself, and the circumstances that served to ignite her imagination for her novel. Read More
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California
 The Thanksgiving Play|
The Thanksgiving Play| - There's a certain irony in a PC-skewering play written by a Native American playwright and set "in a high school drama room anywhere but the Los Angeles area” is being staged at the Geffen Playhouse, a theater with one of the least diverse audiences in the city. Well, The Thanksgiving Play contends, we've all got a lot to learn. If FastHorse's play isn't entirely a full banquet, it's certainly no turkey either Read More

Washington - DC
 Amadeus
Amadeus - Every now and then the stars align with a perfect play, superb direction, set and costumes, inspired lighting and a performance by the lead that is brilliant. Such is the case with Amadeus at the Folger Theatre, with Ian Merrill Peakes as Salieri. Read More

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White Pearl - Anchuli Felicia King hass juxtaposed race, ethnicity and the responsibilities of the cosmetic business, which after all is engaged in the practice of illusion. Plenty of conflict to work with.
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A Chorus Line - Signature Theatre has a reputation that goes far beyond its Arlington, Virginia home for taking "classic" or "forgotten" musicals and making them new again. That's certainly true of their current show Read More

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Is This a Room gets a return engagement at the Vineyard from 12/20/19 to 1/19/20. . . . A Bright Room Called Day extended to 12/22!. Pump Girl to  1/12/20 and Free Style Love Supreme to 1/12/20! . . . Coming to Broadway: Girl From the North Country 2/07/20 . . . The Lehman Trilogy. . . Six
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Moulin Rouge If this musical has long life, Marl—a Maples, President Trump's showgirl second wife, and Stormy Daniels, his short-term whatever, would be ideal as Santine and Nini in the bus-and-truck tour.—Charles Wright, summing up his review for Curtainup.

The world has gone mad today/ And good's bad today/ And black's white today/ And day's night today/ And that gent today/ You gave a cent today/ Once had several chateaux …/ Anything goes.

Just think of those shocks you've got/ And those knocks you've got/ And those blues you've got/ From that news you've got/ And those pains you've got/ (If any brains you've got). . ./ 'Cause Franklin knows/ Anything goes.

—Cole Porter lyric quoted in Thomas Friedman's 3/06/09 New York Times column The Trump Musical: 'Anything Goes'.

You gotta crawl around in another man's skin 'fore you can really know him —Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mckingbird

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