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Arthur Miller Still a Newsmaker In the Centennial Year Of His Birth . . .
with a buzz-y new version of his classic A View From the Bridge and the less familiar Incident at Vichy and a Yiddish Death of a Salesman

Breaking News: Sylvia closing 1/03. . .Boogie Stomp will be stomping on through 1/16/16. . .Dames at Seaclosing 1/03/06. . . One of the prime assets of the critic proof Finding Neverland, Kelsey Grammar is coming back for another seven weeks, from 1/19/16 to 2/28/16!. . . The Bandstand - swinging from New Jersey to Broadway in 2016!. . . Cabaret Nights - November . . . detailed listings of current and upcoming Broadway Shows and Off-Broadway Shows updated daily Our Movie/TV page, updated 11/29/15 . . . Curtainup at Facebook & at Twitter. . . Visit CurtainUp's Friends . . Go Tickets
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 View from the Bridge
View from the Bridge - Ivo Van Hove's down sized, sizzling take on Arthur Miller's kitchen sink drama . . . . Read More
Misery - Laurie Metcalf and Bruce Willis are now playing Stephen King's cat-and-mouse game for more laughts than thrills . . . . Read More
Allegiance - Kudos to George Takei for inspiring Marc Acito, Jay Kuo and Lorenzo Throne to turn his family's history into a meaningful original musical . . . . Read More
 On Your Feet
On Your Feet - A jukebox musical with heart and the funky rhythm of the Estefan sound that's sure to get you on your feet . . . . Read More
King Charles III
King Charles III - Mike Bartlett uses the living, breathing British Royals for his own Shakespearian history drama . . . . Read More
Théresè Raquin - Keira Knightley makes her Broadway debut in Zola's gothic passion play . . . . Read More
Sylvia -Closing 1/03/16! a delightfully inane/canine-comedy Read More
Dames at Sea
Dames at Sea - Closing 1/03/06Read More
The Gin Game
The Gin Game - Cicely Tyson and James Earl Jones bring D.L. Coburn's back to its original Broadway home. Read More
Fool for Love
Fool for Love - Its rhythmic quality gives Sam Sheperd's 1983 play the feeling of a musicalized fight drama. . . Read More
Spring Awakening
Spring Awakening - a unique new take of a musical already acclaimed for its uniqueness. . . . Read More
Hamilton On Broadway
Hamilton: The Something New and Exciting Broadway's Been Waiting For - A hit downtown is an even bigger hit uptown . . . . Read More
Finding Neverland - Star casting and Diane Paulus may make this Peter Pan back stage fiction critic proof . . Read More
Finding Neverland
Something Rotten
Something Rotten - unapologetically from Shakespeare . . . Read More
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time - a genre-crossing, electrifying stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's best selling novel . . Read More
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New York Off-Broadway
Nora -Ingmar Bergman's streamlined adaptation of A Doll's House, with a finecast and sensitively directed by Austin Pendleton . . . . Read More
Important Hats
Inportant Hats of the Twentieth Century - Playwright Nick Jones combines Sci-Fi and Fashion in two time zones in Manhattan Theatre Club's studio space . . . Read More
 >Night Is a Room
Night Is a Room - Naomi Wallace's Greek drama is not for anyone squeamish about strong, unconventional sexual content . . . Read More
The Eternal Space
The Eternal Space - a poignant consideration of the station's legacy and its grandeur . . . Read More
Steve - midlife crises of two having-it-all gay couples . . . Read More
Dada Woof Papa Hot
Dada Woof Papa Hot - Another affluent group of Gay Dads stylishly staged at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E Newhouse . . . . Read More
Incident at Vichy
Incident at Vichy - a stellar production of Arthur Miller's too rarely seen World War II drama . . . . Read More
 Henry IV
Henry IV - Extended to 12/13! The Donmar's condensed all-Female production initiate's St. Ann's new venue . . . . Read More
 Shear Madness
Shear Madness - This long running romp is now storming the barricades of Off-Broadway with hurricane velocity.. . . . Read More
Lost Girls
Lost Girls - Extended to 12/04/15 John Pollono explores a blue collar family's pattern of self-entrapment in bad choices.. . . Read More
HIR - Performance artist Taylor Mac's wildly ambitious "straight" play . . .Extended to 12/20! . Read More
 Dear Elizabeth
Dear Elizabeth — A Play in Letters from Elizabeth Bishop to Robert Lowell and Back Again - Sarah Ruhl's epistolary play is structured like Love Letters, but doesn't work as well . . . . Read More
Songbird -Extened to 12/06! Chekhov's Seagull with a twang. . . . Read More
Hell's Belles: A Damned Funny Musical
Hell's Belles: A Damned Funny Musical - Read More
The Humans
The Humans - Extended to Jan.165h and then headed to an as yet unnamed Broadway house! Stephen Karam returns to a lower middle class family from Scranton, but this time brings them to New York's Chinatown . . . More
Boogie Stomp!
Boogie Stomp! -Extended to 1/16! Their love for this music is evident in every note they play, every song they sing and every comment they make Read More
Ripcord - David Lindsay-Abaire's touching and delightfully wacky vist to a senior residence . . . . Read More
Clever Little Lies
Clever Little Lies - The surprising thing is how DiPietro's script combines humorous fluff with substantial emotion. Its seemingly opposing aspects complement each other. Not an easy thing to pull off. . . . Read More
Daddy Long Legs
Daddy Long Legs - This gemutlich little show and the intimate, recently renovated Davenport Theatre seem meant for each other.Read More


 Flowering Cherry
Flowering Cherry This 1957 first play by the screenwriter of Lawrence of Arabia and Dr Zhivago and the playwright of A Man For All Seasons, Robert Bolt, gets its first showing for 58 years at the fabulous Finborough . . . Read More
Harlequinade Branagh's Theatre Company's revival of two lesser Rattigan pieces fails to please. . . . Read More
The Winter's Tale - Kenneth Branagh opens the theatre season of his company at the Garrick with the brilliant Dame Judi Dench as Paulina, in a role made for her, the must see theatre event of the decade. . . . Read More
Elf Most of the pre-publicity about Elf was to do with its record breaking seat prices. So is it worth it? . . . . Read More
 Mr Foote's Other Leg
Mr Foote's Other Leg Brilliant actor Simon Russell Beale is in his comic element with this play about Georgian actors. . . . Read More
 In the Heights
In the Heights Extended to 4/10/16 The thrilling musical In the Heights finds a fabulous new space for its energetic dance and melodic song . . . Read More
 Teddy Ferrara
Teddy Ferrara Christopher Shinn's play is set on campus in an American university within the LGBTQ society members looking at otherness and equality. . . Read More
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 Breaking Through
Breaking Through - In this rock musical which does not rock, "breaking through" proves ultimately to be less of a barrier than breaking cliche. . . Read More
Carrie: The Killer Musical Experience -Brady Schwind's production of the musical based on Stephen King's novel plunges the viewer into a nest of horror and invites us to give a knowing nod and even to laugh as the carnage unfolds. . . Read More
 Man Covets Bird
Man Covets Bird - 70 minutes of enchantment and wonder. . . Read More
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Washington - DC
Kiss Me Kate
Kiss Me Kate - Rarely is a revival as perfect as this one now playing at Washington's Shakespeare Theatre/Harman Center. It has all the elements that keep you smiling for days: . . Read More
New & Noteworthy: Just added: New of DC's newest theater, The Mosaic

Cake Off
Cake Off -Unfortunately too many cooks have spoiled a show that is half-baked. . . Read More
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Show Boat - A strong book, great songs-- almost too much of a good thing. . . Read More

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Like chaos never happens if it's never seen — lyric from Fun Home , the least mass-audience geared contender for a Best New Musical Tony.

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The One Where William Shakespeare Is Cream Of The Crop
The One Where William Shakespeare Is The Top!

— Lyric from Something rotten the zany, strictly historically incorrect riff on how plays evolved into musicals, that's also a contender for the best new musical Tony.

If we assume the debts, the union gets/ A new line of credit, a financial diuretic/ How do you not get it? If we're aggressive and competitive/ The union gets a boost. You'd rather give it a sedative? — Alexander Hamilton in the brilliantnew musical Hamilton

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