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Broadway
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

Oklahoma!
Oklahoma! - Daniel Fish's new look at the musical that launched the golden age of musicals. . .the ear hugging tunes are still there, but with a far less sunny interpretation. . . Read More

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What the Constitution Means to Me - Heidy Schreck's ever more relevant play on Broadway 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

Be More Chill
Be More Chill Closing 8/11! a musical for Millennials that has the brassy, old-Broadway sound of Burt Bacharach's Promises, Promises and the 1971 revisal of No, No, Nanette. . . Read More

The Cher Show
The Cher Show - Closing 8/18/19! The Neil Simon Theater feels like Caesar's Palace but it does have 3 dazzlingly dressed Chers . . .Read More
The Prom
The Prom - a fun musical entertainment with a message of tolerance Closing 8/11! Read More
King Kong
King Kong - closing 8/18! The iconic four-footed super hero is musicalized, and the beast once again upstages the beauty. . . Read More
Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman -Closing 8/18! another movie hit sings and dances to Broadway, this one with an essentially sleazy pair turned into fairy tale romantic lovers. . . Read More
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Winner of Best Play Tony! 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
I Spy a Spy - At a time when there's such turmoil at out borders and disagreement within, it takes a good deal of courage to pen a musical that takes a lighthearted look at immigrations. But Jamie Jackson and So Hee Youn's musical somehow does that with charm and humor. Read More
Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow
Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow Moscow - Extended to 8/17/19!Halley Feiffer's contemporary take on Checkov's Three Sisters Read More
Reborning
Reborning - Zayd Dohrn's three-person play is a family affair. Director Lori Triolo, who also acts has brought her mom and dad along for the ride: Joe-Marie Triolo's the art director and Peter Triolo designed the meticulously detailed set. . Read More
A Strange Loop - Michael R. Jackson's semi-autobiographical musical transforms oversharing into high art. Read More
david cale
We're Only Alive for a Short Amount of Time - David Cale's funny but also harrowing musical memoir. . . Read More
Fairview
Fairview - Extended to 8/11/19! Jackie Sibblies Drury's challenging and smart Pulitzer Prize–winner receives an encore run at Theatre for a New Audience. Read More
The Mountains Look Different
The Mountains Look Different - The Mint is welcoming the late arrival of Micheal mac Liammoir's play with a superb New York premiere. Read More
toni stone
Toni Stone - April Mathis as the narrator and title character hits this world premiere's winning run. Read More
life sucks
Life Sucks - Chekhov would probably be delighted with Aaron Posner's updated version of Uncle Vanya. 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

jesuschristsuperstarlon19
Jesus Christ Superstar . . . Timothy Sheader's Olivier winning production from Regent's Park rides into the Barbican better than ever. . . . Read More
endofhistorylon19
the end of history . . . Jack Thorne's latest play looks at his own family history and the way parents pass values to their children. . . . Read More
europelon19
Europe Michael Longhurst kicks off his directorship of the Donmar Warehouse in a still pertinent 1994 play with a spectacular close . . . . . . . Read More
huntlon19
The Hunt The Almeida stages Danish film director Thomas Vinterberg's rural nightmare when suspicion escalates into brutality and injustice . . . . . . . Read More

present laughter
Present Laughter -Matthew Warchus and Andrew Scott have reimagined Noël Coward's play . Risk missing this at your peril!. . . Read More
bitterwheatlon19
Bitter Wheat David Mamet's new play about a movie mogul sexual predator stars John Malkovich. "It rips the pashmina off the suppurating wound that is show business." was the tagline . . . . . Read More
midsummernightsdreamlon19
A Midsummer Night's Dream Nicholas Hytner's plays with the gender of the fairies in an inventive and fun way . . . . Read More

rosmersholmlon19
Rosmersholm Ibsen's complex play gets a state of the art production from Ian Rickson starring Hayley Atwell, Giles Terera and Tom Burke . . . . Read More
sonlon19
Waitress - Broadway hit musical comedy Waitress brings pies to London . . . Read More

9to5 lon19
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton's musical about sexism in the workplace comes to London . . . . Read More


Thrillerlivelon19
Thriller Live The show which features Michael Jackson's music celebrates its 10th year . . . . Read More

Witnessfortheprosecutionlon19
Witness for the Prosecution Agatha Christie's novel is dramatized in the magnificent setting of a 1920s Edwardian Baroque council chamberwith exciting director Lucy Bailey in charge. . . . Read More

Lehmantrilogylon18
The Lehman Trilogy- a look at the origins of the bank which failed spectacularly in 2008, with a British star cast and Sam Mendes as director . . . Read More
Hamilton
Hamilton The Hamilton phenomenon takes London by storm . . . Read More
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California
 Ready Steady Yeti Go
Ready Steady Yeti Go - Perpetually daring Rogue Machine Theatre Company's production at the Electric Lodge is not to be missed. . . Read More
Mysterious Circumstances
Mysterious Circumstances - the stranger-than-fiction incident that inspired Michael Mitnik's play remains unsolved . . . Read More


Washington - DC
The Band's Visit
The Band's Visit - the justly lauded show starts its national tour in DCRead More
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Berkshire Reviews
Selling Kabul
Selling Kabul - Lest any theater-goers' eyes glaze over at the mention of geopolitics, be mindful that riveting drama is often ripped from the headlines. And Sylvia Khoury's new play is, make no mistake, a riveting drama.Read More
The Skin Of Our Teeth - For a play that requires lots of scenery chewing, The Skin of Our Teeth has sadly lost much of its bite. . . More
Twelfth Night
Twelfth Night - The prolific master came to be known as The Bard of Avon. If the theater company that bears his name keeps up the pace, of its opening production, one day we might call him The The Netflix of Lenox.Read More
rockandroll
Rock and Roll Man: The Alan Freed Story a - Long live Rock and Roll! That heart-beating, throbbing, rhythm which sent mainstream contemporary music into a tailspin in mid-1950's America. Berkshire Theatre Group has brought this era back to life Read More
raisin
A Raisin in the Sun - a powerful, contemporary version of an important American classic.
Links to all Berkshire Summer 20019 Reviews Read More


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