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The little engines that could — The Band's Visit — was the big winner at the Tony awards nabbing best musical with best leading actress, best leading and featured actor, best director, and a handful more . . . details in our Omnibus Awards List

Broadway
The Boys in the Band - A starry revival to celebrate a once groundbreaking play's 50th anniversary. . . Read More
Travesties
Travesties - A deliciously song and dance infused revival of Tom Stoppard's absurdist farce. .. Read More
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The Iceman Cometh - With Denzel Washington at its center, this production qualifies as a star revival. But the star is supported by 18 unusually able actorsRead More
summer
Summer - the latest "jukesical" to hit Broadway, this one with 3 Donna Summers Read More
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 - Winner of Best Play Tony! 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
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
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Angels in America
Run extended to 7/15!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 -Closing 7/01/18! 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 - Tony Award for Best Musical Revival! 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 -Winner of 10 Tony Awards-including best play, best actor/actress/director/book! 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
Closing 8/26/18!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
Othello - Shakespeare in the Park
Othello - This summer's Shakespeare in the Park season kicks off with an Othello for the #MeToo era. Read More
Little Rock
Little Rock - Though it fails to flesh-out the constellation of historical personages that parade through its scenes, this historical pageant scores when it comes to delineating the nine black students who battled for a better education -- and won. Read More
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firs love
First Love -Charles Mee's early "Love" play gets a second life at the Cherry Lane Theater. . . Read More
Desperate Measures
Desperate Measures - The delightful Shakespeare inspired musical is terrific as ever at New World Stages. . .Read More
Everyone's Fine with Virginia Woolf - Kate Scelsa broadens the satire of Albee's play by turning it into a treatise on female empowerment. Read More
Love and Intrigue -According to this high concept production, love and passion are the only available counterweight to all the evil in Friedrich Schiller's fictional universe — and, presumably, in our grim modern world, as well. . . Read More
Secret Life of Humans
Secret Life of Humans - David Byrne's play about what it means to be human is located at the intersection of science and philosophy. Read More
Dan Cody's Yacht
Dan Cody's Yacht - A new play about the have and have not society's effect on equal educational opportunities. . . Read More
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The Great Leap
The Great Leap - a well-constructed plot in a well-conceived play by Lauren Yee works with exceptional acting bringing its characters to life. Read More
 
Woman and Scarecrow
Woman and Scarecrow - an ambitious play brimming with references to popular culture, literature, and mythology, and daringly juxtaposes the parable of Lazarus with the five nevers and four howls of King Lear. Read More
TheBeast
The Beast in the Jungle - Extended to 6/24! The sublime cast of dancers headed by two stars from Broadway and the classical Ballet World— Tony Yazbek and Irina Dvorovenko— beautifully evokes the glad, sad and and scary elements of this half a century spanning love story. . . Read More
Peace for Mary  Frances
Peace for Mary Frances - Well acted, nicely staged but flawed new play from the New Group. Read More
our ady
Our Lady of 121st Street - Extended to 6/17!Stephen Adly Guirgis's early play still a terrific dark human comedy Read More
Bump
Bump - Chiara Atik's play will hit home with women who are or have been expectant mothers, as well as science buffs who would like to learn the quirky story behind the Odon Device Read More
Long Day's Journey into Night by Eugene O'Neill<br>
Long Day's Journey into Night - The Bristol Old Vic has brought New York a creditable staging of O'Neill's masterpiece. Lesley Manville is giving a performance that's damn near definitive. How fitting that these British Tyrones have made the long journey from southwest England to the city of the great playwright's birth. Read More
Light Shining
Light Shining in Buckinghamshire - Caryl Churchill's early play is back at New York Theatre WorkshopRead More
paradise
Paradise Blue -Extended for the 2nd time to 6/17! Dominique Morisseau's bluesy tribute to August Wilson, with a noirish nod to Tennessee Williams Read More
Lear
The Jewish King Lear - this is NOT Shakespeare's King Lear although Jacob Gordin's plot heavily draws upon the Bard's material, transposing it to Lithuania and beginning with a Purim feast Read More
Dance Nation
Dance NationExtended again to 7/01/18! - No play on the New York boards is fiercer or more original than Clare Barron's satire and unusually cast tween-aged group portrait Read More
The Gentleman Caller
The Gentleman Caller - Tennessee Williams and William Inge entertainingly dramatized by Phillip Dawkins 05/26/18
brits
A Brief History Of Women - Alan Ayckbourn's latest comedy is more the history of an ordinary man and an extraordinarily grand house. .. Read More
Summer And Smoke
Summer And Smoke - Even in a disappointing production like this, Williams's language still gives Marin Ireland, this Alma, an opportunity to break our hearts. . . Read More
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Unexpected Joy
Unexpected Joy - a big-voice femal quartet in a timely if not groundbreaking musical about issues dividing modern American families Read More
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Transfer
Transfers - Lucy Thurber's well directed, staged and acted but flawed new 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
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

Consent
Consent The National Theatre's production of Nina Raine's play about barristers and rape transfers to the West End . . . . Read More
Tartuffe
Tartuffe The first production in both French and English in London's West End is of Moliere's Tartuffe . . . . Read More
Nightfall
Nightfall - Barney Norris's new play about the despair of a farming family losing everything . . . Read More
Mood Music
Mood Music- Joe Penhall's play is set in the music industry with a debate about creative ownership and a superlative performance from Ben Chaplin . . . . Read More
A Streetcar Named Desire
A Streetcar Named Desire English Touring Theatre's production sets "Streetcar" in this century . . . . Read More
 Strictly Ballroom the Musical
Strictly Ballroom the Musical This is the new stage version of Baz Luhrmann's 1992 film Strictly Ballroom starring Will Young as the singer narrator . . . . Read More
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
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
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
Half Time
Half Time - a charming and disarming entertainment.
Tartuffe - this classic is getting the stunning production it deserves.
issei
Issei, He Say, or The Myth of the First by Chloeá Hung - heart-felt, if also problematic, fictional memory play.
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nerd
The Nerd -relentless stream of utter silliness. .. .
The Sting
The Sting - totally fresh, invigorating and fierce new musical.
Crowns
Crowns - musical pageant about the glory and glorification of hats.

Philadelphia
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California
Red Speedo
Red Speedo -A sizzling production of Lucas Hnath's at the Road Company. . . . Read More
Soft Power - Inside the hugely fertile mind of David Henry Hwang, cross-cultural musings are at play with political insights stemming from the result of the 2016 presidential election. Joining in this oddball cerebral jamboree are ideas for sitcoms, memories of his father’s immigrant journey and — why not! — a lifelong love-hate relationship with Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I. . . Read More
 Ice
Ice - Delightful things seem to happen when ice cream trucks find their way into productions at the 24th Street Theatre, especially soul-nurturing magical ice cream trucks that have their own Instagram accounts. . . 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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Berkshire Reviews
The Royal Family of Broadway
The Royal Family of Broadway - The Kaufman/Ferber play musicalized by William Finn in a world premiere at Barrington Stage. . . premiere Read More
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