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Best Broadway Shows in New York - October 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Broadway Shows in New York for the month of October 2017

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Ivan Reitman's classic movie is brought to the stage by Matilda's Tim Minchin and Matthew Warchus. An intricate, hilarious and truly heartfelt delight, Groundhog Day follows the fortunes of a grumpy TV reporter who gets caught in a supernatural time loop, forced to relive the same day over and over again. More info

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Where do you start with Hamilton? The hit hip-hop infused musical drama about the 10 Dollar Founding Father Without A Father from Lin-Manuel Miranda has all but taken over the world since its first sold-out run at the Off-Broadway Public Theatre in 2015. Now housed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre for the foreseeable future, the rollicking historical epic is a true arbiter of our times, with its message of inclusivity, passion, diversity and resistance from oppression gaining relevance with every passing day. More info

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The divine Bette Midler is back on Broadway in a Tony-winning performance, starring alongside David Hyde Pierce (Frasier) in this revival of the classic, Tony-winning musical. Featuring the songs 'Put On Your Sunday Clothes' and 'It Only Takes A Moment', Hello, Dolly! is an extravagant old-school treat, following the efforts of the titular matchmaker to land a wealthy and cantankerous widow. More info

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Following a critically acclaimed run at the Second Stage Theatre, this six-time Tony-winning comic musical lands on Broadway. The poignant and thought-provoking production has received rave reviews from critics for its unexpectedly touching portrayal of misunderstood youth, young love and the search for acceptance, all wrapped up in a contemporary pop score by Oscar-winning composing duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land). More info

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Join Aladdin, Jasmine and the hilarious Genie on a magic carpet ride you'll never forget. Disney's Tony-winning adaptation of their 1992 movie is Broadway's biggest family musical, packing in romance and adventure, and all the classic songs from the film. More info

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From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park comes this outrageously funny and risque Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. Starring BOM veteran Gavin Creel as Elder Price, fresh from his London stint in the same role, be prepared for a show where no holds are barred and perhaps cover yourself with a napkin as you'll be spluttering in comic awesomeness throughout. More info

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The hugely acclaimed musical Come From Away makes its Broadway debut. Full of warmth and humanity, it tells the remarkable story of the small Newfoundland town of Gander, which found itself playing host to thousands of displaced airplane passengers on 9/11. More info

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: Closes 8th October 2017

George Orwell's scarily prescient masterpiece comes to Broadway. Creating a nightmarish vision of suppression, surveillance and the all-powerful 'Big Brother', 1984 is one of the landmark texts of the 20th Century. Transferring from the UK, where it has had four acclaimed runs, this new adaptation is a startlingly staged production, employing live video projections and incorporating the book's appendix for the first time. More info

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After years of speculation, Josh Groban finally made his Broadway debut! However his turn in this ravishing adaptation of the most scandalous pages from Tolstoy's epic War and Peace will end on July 2nd. Reimagined as a transporting electro-pop opera, Writer Dave Malloy immerses us in the decadent world of the Russian Aristocracy, with all the trappings of romance, allure, passion, caviar and vodka as the lives of the titular characters are changed forever under the light of certain cosmic phenomenon. More info

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Forget Dorothy, the juiciest tale from the land of Oz concerns the Wicked Witch of the West and her unlikely friendship with Glinda The Good Witch. Featuring more iconic numbers than you can nod your witches hat to ('Defying Gravity', 'Popular'), this three-time Tony winner is modern Broadway's biggest original musical and a glorious addition to the Oz mythology. More info

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Hoping to educate us once again, Andrew Lloyd Webber returns to Broadway with a brand-new show! Adapted from the Jack Black movie of the same name, School of Rock is based around bumbling lead character Dewey Finn, the substitute teacher with rock stardom on his mind. When his own efforts to take on the world fail, he turns to his new class, who happen to be more than a little handy when it comes to musical instruments! More info

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Telling the story of Carole King's rise to fame and the troubled relationship which nearly derailed everything, Beautiful is a bright and emotionally resonant jukebox musical about one of our greatest songwriters. The winner of two Tony Awards, this life-affirming show features all of King's greatest hits, including 'You've Got a Friend', 'The Locomotion' and 'You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin''. More info

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Broadway's third longest-running show is a thrilling reinvention of the Disney classic. Brought to life by director Julie Taylor, The Lion King on Broadway is an exuberant mix of the songs from the movie, sumptuous costumes and breathtaking puppetry. The winner of the Tony for Best Musical, this how is a must-see for all the family. More info

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Packed full of misplaced props, shaky acting and even shakier sets, The Play That Goes Wrong is the best worst play since Noises Off! Following the countless mishaps that befall an amateur stage production, this hilarious, mile-a-minute farce arrives on Broadway after a hugely successful London run. More info

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With a peppy score by singer songwriter Sara Bareilles, Waitress is one of Broadway's most life-affirming musicals. The story follows a small town waitress (played by Besty Wolfe) who seizes the opportunity of a big money baking contest to make a new life for herself. More info

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The winner of six 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots is one of Broadway's newest mainstays. Featuring a funky score from Cyndi Lauper, it's the story of a failing shoe factory in England which is turned around by the influence of a fabulous drag queen named Lola. More info

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The longest-running show in Broadway history, The Phantom of the Opera is a juicy blockbuster, ripe with romance, horror and true Broadway spectacle. The winner of seven Tony Awards, it's the story of a masked monster who stalks the halls of the Paris Opera House, and will stop at nothing to make the company's latest starlet his own. More info

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Co-directed by Robert De Niro and Jery Zaks, A Bronx Tale is a swinging, doo-wop infused portrait of the mob in 1960's New York. Featuring a score by Oscar and Tony winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast), this musical follows the story of a local boy who is taken under the wing of Bronx mob boss Sonny, and the efforts of the boy's father to wrestle him away from a life of crime. More info

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: Closes 30th December 2017

Boasting sizzling choreography from Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), Bandstand is an absorbing big band musical set in post-WWII America. The story follows a group of mismatched veterans who band together to win a national song competition, and overcome the horrors of their past. The production won the 2017 Tony for Best Choreography, and also picked up two Drama Desk Awards. More info

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: Closes 30th December 2017

One of the world's best-loved musicals returns to New York City! Get ready to fall for the magic of this feline wonder once more. Ideal for the whole family, Cats is based on poet TS Eliot's 1939 book for older children, Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats. With spectacular costumes, dazzling dance moves, and some of the most memorable show tunes in musical theatre (Memory, MaCavity, The Song of the Jellicles, just to name a few!), Cats will leave you in awe. More info

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This adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic transfers to Broadway after breaking records on London's West End. Bursting with color, invention and spectacle, this show leads you inside the mysterious Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, where nothing is quite what it seems. More info

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Brand new musical War Paint arrives on Broadway after breaking records in Chicago. It's the story of make-up giants Elizabeth Arden and Helena Rubinstein, two fierce rivals who carved out a place at the top of the male-dominated cosmetics industry. Reprising their roles from the Chicago production are Tony-winning legends Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole, who have not shared a Broadway stage before. More info

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It's been a long time coming, but the hit London-born musical Miss Saigon is finally set to light up Broadway once again, following a phenomenal run in the West End. Starring the new revival production leads Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer and North Carolina-born Eva Noblezada as Kim, experience the tragic love story amidst the last days of Saigon, complete with a revamped helicopter scene to take your breath away. Nominated for two 2017 Tony Awards! More info

A vibrant culture clash set in 1980's London, Sousatzka is a brand new Broadway musical about bridging cultural and racial divides. It's the story of a young musical prodigy torn between the love of his mother and the ambition of his musical teacher, played by Tony winner Victoria Clark (The Light in the Piazza). More info

M. Butterfly tells the amazing story of the spy scandal that rocked 1980's France. This complex and engaging play, which won three Tonys in 1988, tracks the affair between an French diplomat (played by Clive Owen) who forsakes his wife and his country for an alluring Chinese opera star. Tony Award winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King) directs. More info

A beautifully etched musical, that explores Israeli and Arab relations through a very human story, The Band's Visit follows the fortunes of an Egyptian police band who are left stranded in the remote town of Petah Tikva, and are taken in by the locals. During its Off-Broadway run, it was named 'Best Musical' at the Lucille Lortel, Outer Critics Circle, and NY Drama Critics' Circle awards. More info

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