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Critics Picks in New York - May 2016

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

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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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: Closes 1st January 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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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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Adapted from Alice Walker's Pultizer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple returns to Broadway in 2015 with Tony winner Heather Headley, Orange Is The New Black's Danielle Brooks and 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 17th July 2016

With a stellar cast including Tony winner Sophie Okonedo and Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, Arthur Miller's landmark 1953 play mounts a much anticipated return to Broadway in Spring 2016. It's the story of a small, close-knit Puritan community whose lives are torn asunder by the climate of fear and suspicion that grows within them all as mass hysteria overtakes during a trial for witchcraft. More info

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: Closes 10th July 2016

Roundabout Theatre mark their 50th Anniversary season with a brand new Broadway production of She Loves Me. Nominated for eight Tony Awards, this sprightly musical stars Zachary Levi (Chuck, Tangled) and Tony winners Laura Benanti (Gypsy) and Jane Krakowski (30 Rock, Ally McBeal). The story revolves around a pair of rival perfumery clerks, who are unaware that each is the other's romantic pen pal. More info

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: Closes 26th June 2016

Academy Award winner Jessica Lange and Golden Globe winner Gabriel Byrne lead the cast of this Eugene O'Neill revival. Published poshumously in 1956, and now hailed as the playwright's masterwork, this intense family drama examines the strain put upon the Tyrones, as mother Mary returns home after being treated for morphine addiction. More info

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: Closes 19th June 2016

Stage and movie veteran Frank Langella makes a welcome return to Broadway in Florian Zeller's Moliere Award-winning play about dementia. Langella plays the eponymous Father of the title in a touching portrait of an 80-year old man who lives with his immediate family - but his memory is failing him. Was he a tap dancer, or an engineer in his youth? Furthermore, is his daughter's husband or is he a new lover? More info

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: Closes 19th June 2016

Following a critically lauded run at the Public Theater, Danai Guirira's wrenching drama transfers to Broadway. Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o (12 Years a Slave, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) leads the cast as a captive wife of a rebel officer in the Liberian Civil War of 2003. More info

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: Closes 4th September 2016

London's National Theatre presents the Broadway debut of its sensational play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Based on Mark Haddon's best-selling book of the same name, this five-time Tony winning production uses extraordinary lighting, set design and props to bring this unusual and utterly unforgettable story to life. A powerful story told in a considerate and highly unique way, plays like Curious Incident don't come around very often. 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 set to feature his 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 4th June 2016

Updating the action to modern day New Orleans, Benedict Andrew offers a fresh take on Tennessee Williams' feverish classic, setting the play's bubbling cauldron of resentment and sexual frustration on a revolving stage. Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) stars as Blanche DuBois, opposite Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby. More info

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: Closes 18th July 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 taking the plunge during this Off-Broadway run are Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and Martin Short. More info

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: Closes 11th June 2016

David Harrower's riveting two-hander takes place in a grubby office storage room, with the 50-something Ray being confronted by the woman whom he raped fifteen years previously, when she was twelve years old. Nominated for three Tony Awards, Blackbird stars Emmy winner Jeff Daniels (The Newsroom) and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams (Cabaret, My Week With Marilyn). More info

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: Closes 9th October 2016

After a universally acclaimed run at The Public Theater, Fun Home transfers to Broadway in 2015. Based on a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, this new musical traces the relationship between a deeply closeted father and his daughter. Helmed by director of the moment Sam Gold, the five-time Tony winning Fun Home is the most refreshingly atypical musical of the year. More info

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: Closes 24th July 2016

Written as a single 90-minute scene, this play explores the gnawing anxieties that beset Pennsylvania family The Blakes as they sit down for Thanksgiving dinner. Directed by two-time Tony winner Joe Mantello (An Act of God), The Humans transfers to Broadway after its rapturously New York debut last year. More info

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: Closes 24th July 2016

A hilarious take-down of New York's foodie elite, Becky Mode's Fully Committed is a full throttle one man comedy, starring Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family). He plays Sam, an out-of-work actor manning the phones at one of the city's swankiest eateries, having to juggle the demands of desperate customers, on edge waiters and egomaniacal chefs. More info

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Rodgers and Hammerstein's epic returns to Broadway in a new production that captures the essence of this much-treasured piece of musical theatre history. It's story of a widowed governess, who is charged with teaching the severe King of Thailand's myriad royal offspring, and the journey that they both take as they teach each other about their different culture. More info

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: Closes 26th June 2016

Three absorbing stories of the brain and the uncharted territories of the human mind are woven together with dazzling originality and intellectual philosophy in this new play from Nick Payne, the playwright behind the sold-out Constellations - a beautifully sharp meditation on quantum cosmology. Ever ready to tackle questions that run deep within us all, Incognito is another fine example of Payne's deliciously clever style that makes for a stunning night at the theatre, and one that keeps us guessing for days after. More info

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: Closes 4th September 2016

Connie and Tristan have both volunteered to test a new anti-depessant. They're well aware of the risks but are not prepared for a most surprising side-effect - true love! Exploring the moral obligations of big pharma and the complexities of the human heart, Lucy Prebble's The Effect makes it Off-Broadway debut after winning London's Critics Circle Award for Best New Play. More info

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: Closes 5th June 2016

Following the success of Village Bike, playwright Penelope Skinner returns to MCC with an altogether more apocalyptic new work. Set in the Britain of the near future, The Ruins of Civilisation presents us with a country that is slowly sinking into the ocean, and one whose government watches over its citizens with a Big Brother level of surveillance. More info

: Closes 10th September 2016

The wickedly funny Ruthless is revived at St Luke's in a newly reimagined form. Condensing the show into a tight 90 minutes, the musical's original director Joel Paley returns to helm this tale of frighteningly ambitious child stars and their pushy parents, which in the age of reality shows and Honey Boo Boo seems more prescient than ever! More info

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