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Critics Picks in New York - December 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Critics Picks in New York for the month of December 2016

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Following a critically acclaimed run at the Second Stage Theatre, this darkly comic musical lands on Broadway. The poignant and thought-provoking production has thus far 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 perfectly pitched contemporary pop score by the Tony nominated composing duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. More info

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This new musical from the pen of Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) explores the life of one of America's greatest figures, Alexander Hamilton. Tracing his story from humble beginnings in the West Indies to the duel which ended his life, Hamilton is a historical epic infused with Miranda's whip-smart writing and a brilliant hip-hop influenced score. 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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: Closes 22nd January 2017

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney bring their iconic double act to Broadway in Fall 2016, after a sold out run at the Cherry Lane Theatre. As turtleneck and Alan Alda aficionados Gil Faizon and George St Geegland, they'll present their collective 'memoir on stage' detailing the lives of the two Upper West Side bachelor's and their rise to director/actor/creamed potato stand-ins. More info

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: Closes 2nd July 2017

After years of speculation, Josh Groban finally makes his Broadway debut in this ravishing adaptation of the most scandalous pages from Tolstoy's epic War and Peace. 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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: Closes 31st December 2016

This is the production that forms the heart of New York City's year-end holiday season. Whether it is a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime visit, your experience of this glittering classic ballet will stay with you forever and warm your spirit! A lavish, full-scale spectacle, there's a reason this is the Big Apple's favorite holiday show! 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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: Closes 8th January 2017

Adapted from Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple stars Jennifer Holliday, Orange Is The New Black's Danielle Brooks and Tony-winning British actress Cynthia Erivo topping the bill. Centering on a young black girl named Celie in early 1900s America, The Color Purple is an uplifting tale of triumph over adversity, and boasts Oprah as one of its producers. More info

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: Closes 8th January 2017

Employing state of the art sound technology, one man show The Encounter takes you deep into the Brazilian rainforest, and into the homes of the Mayoruna tribe. Created by and starring Simon McBurney, this startling original work conveys most of its action through special headphones that are given to every audience member. Rapturously received in London and Edinburgh, The Encounter is unlike anything you've experienced before. More info

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: Closes 15th January 2017

One of the most acclaimed plays of recent times, Stephen Karam's The Humans is a portrait of a family who come to understand each other very differently over a thanksgiving dinner. Warm, witty and very funny, The Humans won four Tony Awards in 2016, including Best Play. More info

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: Closes 29th January 2017

The rapid-fire newspaper comedy The Front Page is revived on Broadway, featuring an all star cast. Three-time Tony winner Nathan Lane plays Walter Burns, a hard-boiled newspaper editor whose star reporter Hildy John (John Slattery) stumbles onto the story of a lifetime. Rounding out the cast are screen legend John Goodman, and Tony winners Jefferson Mays and Rosemary Harris. More info

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: Closes 1st January 2017

This brand new adaptation of the beloved Bing Crosby movie plays Broadway for the first time. Jam-packed with Irving Berlin classics, from 'White Christmas' to 'Cheek to Cheek', this frothy musical is centered on the efforts of showbiz couple Jim and Linda to build a special holiday themed inn, and the figure from Jim's past who threatens to come between them. More info

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: Closes 18th December 2016

Exploring an America on the edge of industrial collapse, Sweat follows the inhabitants of a working class neighbourhood whose economic woes spur on two of their number to commit a terrible crime. Thrilling and deeply felt, Sweat is the latest work from Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined) and has already earned considerable acclaim from critics. More info

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: Closes 8th January 2017

Set in 1979 New York, Falsettos was a landmark musical when it played Broadway in the 90s for its exploration of the AIDS crisis and the gay family unit. Now, after 23 years, it's returning to Broadway with original director James Lapine once again at the helm, with Broadway faves Andrew Rannells, Christian Borle and Stephanie J. Block! More info

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: Closes 11th June 2017

Pop songstress Sara Bareilles provides the score of this brand new musical, which is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus. Based on the 2007 comedy-drama starring Kerri Russell and Nathan Fillion, Waitress tells the story of Jenna (Tony winner Jessie Mueller), a waitress with a talent for pie-making who longs to escape from her small town existence. More info

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: Closes 19th December 2016

A theatrical experience like no other, Nassim Soleimanpour's acclaimed play has no rehearsals, no set and no director. The night's sole performer arrives on stage with nothing more than the script in a sealed envelope. Among those who've taken the plunge during this Off-Broadway run are Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and Martin Short. More info

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: Closes 1st January 2017

A brand-new musical by Drama Desk-nominated playwright Itamar Moses that explores a softer side to the Middle East conflict. When an Egyptian Police band are scheduled to play in Israel, confusion at the border crossing winds up with the band stranded in a remote village overnight. Taken in by the friendly locals, they find that their lives and beliefs aren't as different after all. More info

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: Closes 2nd April 2017

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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