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Broadway
Saint Joan
Saint Joan - This is a work filled with complex, difficult characters, a challenge from which Sullivan, Rashad, and the rest of the cast do not shy away. . . . Read More
My Fair Lady
My Fair Lady - A lavishly staged new production of the ever "loverly" classic musical. . . Read More
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - The billion dollar franchise is sure to be a theatrical juggernaut Read More
carousel
Carousel - A wonderful cast and dances retains this favorite from the Golden Age of Musicals ear and eye hugging sizzle. . . Read More
Children of a Lesser God
Children of a Lesser God - There is plenty that is commendable and rewarding about this first Broadway revival of Mark Medoff’s 1980 Tony Award-winning play Read More
Mean Girls
Mean Girls - Another teen audience targeted movie now sing and dances on Broadway Read More
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Three Tall Women
Three Tall Women - A starry cast and perceptive staging make Edward Albee's 1991 play feel almost new . . . Read More
lobby hero
Lobby Hero - Kenneth Lonergan's play launches 2nd Stage's life at the retooled Hayes Theater Read More
Angels in America
Angels in America: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches & Perestroika - Toni Kushner's epic returns to Broadway. . . visually stunning and decidedly of our times. . . Read More
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
Escape to Margaritaville - Broadway's latest jukebox musical, this time celebrating Jimmy Buffett Read More
spongebob
SpongeBob SquarePants: The Broadway Musical - Embodied by a caper-cutting dynamo named Ethan Slater, Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants joins a long list of cartoon characters who have gravitated to the Broadway stage. Read More
Once On This Island
Once On This Island - This musical may be small in its scope, but when compared to some, it achieves its own sense of grandness by being both magical and seductive— an unbeatable combination. Read More
The Band's Visit on Broadway - Charming as ever. Don't miss it! Read More
anastasia
Anastasia - The famous Russian princess fairy tale boasts a top team Read More
hello dolly
Hello, Dolly! - Jerry Herman's bouncy score now with Bernadette Peters and Victor Garber. . . Read More
The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong - this British farce glows with antic performances 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 - Sara Bareilles now stars!
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 School of Rock
School of Rock - It's a large, loud show with a totally improbable plot but it;s impossible not to root for its ensemble of super talented kids . . . . Read More
New York Off-Broadway
Transfer
Transfers - Lucy Thurber's well directed, staged and acted but flawed new play. . .Read More
The Metromaniacs - the best reason to see this little known 18th Century playwright's farce, is that it's adapted by wordsmith extraordinary David Ives. . .Read More
The Seafarer
The Seafarer - Matthew Broderick plays an understated devil in the Irish Rep's new production of Conor McPherson's Christmas play. Read More
Mlima's Tale
Mlima's TaleExtended to 6/05! -Beautifully staged and performed world premiere Read More
King Lear
King Lear - The Royal Shakespeare Company production starring Anthony Sher puts the grandeur back into Shakespeare's sublime tragedy. Read More
Feeding the Dragon
Feeding the Dragon No one-person play this season has offered a more arresting opening sequence than Sharon Washington's autobiographical Feeding the Dragon. . . Read More
Miss You Like Hell
Miss You Like Hell - The merger of reflections about how misunderstandings can create walls that can destroy a family just like the physical walls built by insensitive politicians, may be a bit too obvious and hokey. But there's enough that's genuinely moving to make this new musical a moving and worth seeing theatrical outing.. . . Read More
This Flat Earth
This Flat Earth - Lindsey Ferrentino's flawed but timely look at school shootings. . . Read More
Yerma
Yerma - An intriguing "reinvention" of Lorca's classic Andalusian fertility tale, and a smashing New York debut for Billie Piper. . . Read More
old stock
Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story - A well-told and sung Klezmer inflected love story Read More
Babette's Feast
Babette's Feast - Theater aficionados will savor the actors' ability to conjure the feast with a few props and Dinesen's words. Those attending on the strength of the movie's reputation may find the lack of real food a stumbling block. Read More
The Winter's Tale
The Winter's Tale - Theater for a New Audience embraces Shakespeare's messy tragicomedy with Arin Arbus directing. Read More
Pybmalian
Pygmalion - Bedlam's take on George Bernard Shaw's makeover of all makeover stories sings even as a straight play, true to the musicality of a well-made play with sparkling dialogue and multi-faceted characters sing, without songs Read More
cinderella
Cinderella - Company XIV's revamping of the old fairy tale is unquestionably the steamiest show in town Read More
admissions
Admissions - Joshua Harmon's satire targets the very audience buying tickets to see his play Read More
The Low Road
The Low Road - Pulitzer Prize winner Bruce Norris big-cast, time-traving saga proves that economics can be lots of fun. . . Read More
Harry Clarke
Harry Clarke - Billy Crudup's delightful solo is back for a return engagement Read More
Letter to Harvey Milk
Letter to Harvey Milk - Extended to 6/30! If not a timeless American musical, this 90-minute show does offer an honest truth in a time that needs it Read More
Party Face
Party Face -a superabundance of laughs and true confessions but at the end, it lacks significance and is just old hat. . . Read More
Sweeney Todd
Sweeney ToddExtended again to 8/26/18! -the Demon Barber's story goes immersive, its thrilling music intact and the pies and mash served before show time are delicious . . .Read More
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London

Bat Out of Hell
Bat Out of Hell Last year's Meatloaf and Jim Steinman hit at the Coliseum transfers to the Dominion . . . Read More -
 Tina
Tina Tina opens in London with a fabulous new star Adrienne Warren as Tina Turner . . . . Read More
Chicago
Chicago Chicago lives again with all its razzle dazzle at London's Phoenix Theatre . . . . Read More
Instructions For Correct Assembly
Instructions For Correct Assembly Thomas Eccleshare's new play is a satire on designer children . . . . Read More
The Moderate Soprano
The Moderate Soprano - David Hare's latest play looks at the love story of the founders of Glyndebourne Opera in Sussex with artists fleeing Hitler's Germany . . . . Read More
Quiz
Quiz James Graham's mock court room drama looks at the notorious case of the Coughing Millionaire cheats . . . . Read More
Pressure
Pressure Superb play from actor David Haig about the weather for the D Day landings . . . . Read More
 Miss Nightingale
Miss Nightingale This musical set in the London Blitz tells the story of a music hall performer performed by actor musicians in a nightclub setting. . . . Read More
Kiss of the Spiderwoman
Kiss of the Spiderwoman Argentinian prison drama stars Samuel Barnett and Declan Bennett as two men communicating through memories of film . . . . Read More
 Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Everybody's Talking About Jamie - This new musical based on a real life story is heartwarming with a fabulous new star . . . . Read More
Hamlet
Hamlet- The Royal Shakespeare Company has found a new star in Paapa Essiedu's Prince of Denmark . . . . Read More
Dreamgirls
Dreamgirls Dreamgirls has found an appreciative audience at London's Savoy Theatre . . Read More
Macbeth
Macbeth The Scottish Play is the graveyard of many fine directors and actors and this one at the National Theatre is no exception . . Read More
The Best Man
The Best Man Gore Vidal's play is a timeless and perfectly balanced study of the decency versus expediency of political rivals . . Read More
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Long Day's Journey Into Night- Eugene O'Neill's play is directed by Richard Eyre and stars Jeremy Irons. . . Read More
Mary Stuart
Mary Stuart - Schiller's historical play looks at the psychological similarities between Elizabeth I and her cousin, the captive, Mary Queen of Scots. Read More
Into the Numbers
Into the Numbers - Christopher Chen's play is a harrowing account of research into what was termed the Rape of Nanking and the impact on those who write about genocide . . . Read More
Hamilton
Hamilton The Hamilton phenomenon takes London by storm . . . Read More
Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein Mel Brooks tightens up the musical version of his movie for London's opening of a quirky show with tunes and laughter . . . Read More -
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New Jersey
The Sting
The Sting - totally fresh, invigorating and fierce new musical.
Crowns
Crowns - musical pageant about the glory and glorification of hats.

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California
The Alamo
The Alamo - the socio-historical backdrop is recognizable, if not especially urgent, and most of the company members of this Ruskin Theatre Group world premiere have what it takes to keep us engaged and invested. . . Read More
Water by the Spoonful
Water by the Spoonful - another chapter in Quiara Alegria Hudes's trilogy . . Read More

Washington - DC
John
John - although Annie Baker's play is long, the dialogue and plot never lose intrigue. . . Read More
Paper Dolls
Paper Dolls - Mosaic is to be commended for producing this as part of its Voices from a Changing Middle East Festival because it does not fit into any specific category. . . Read More
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