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Musicals in New York - August 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Musicals in New York for the month of August 2017

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The divine Bette Midler is back on Broadway, 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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: Closes 7th January 2018

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Bareilles herself) who seizes the opportunity of a big money baking contest to make a new life for herself. More info

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Avenue Q is a provocative and subversive coming of age tale told with puppets. Think Book of Mormon meets Sesame Street. Running Off-Broadway since 2009, this three-time Tony-winning institution centers on the character of Princeton, a recent graduate in English, who makes a whole bunch of colorful new friends when he gets an apartment on Avenue Q. 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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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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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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Based on the 1997 animated movie, Anastasia brings the story of the young Romanov Princess to Broadway for the first time. Bursting with adventure, romance and memorable songs, Anastasia is set to be the biggest new musical of the season. The starry creative team includes Tony winners Terrence McNally (It's Only a Play) and Darko Tresnjack (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder). 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. This acclaimed Big Band musical has been nominated for two 2017 Tony Awards! More info

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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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On Your Feet! is a new musical which tells the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, a pair of Cuban immigrants who traveled to America and became two of the biggest names in the music business. Loaded with Estefan's infectious pop classics, the show will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. 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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: Closes 13th January 2018

It's been a long time coming, but the hit London-born musical Miss Saigon is finally set to light up Broadway once again ahead of its 25th anniversary, 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

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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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The longest running American musical on Broadway, Chicago conjures up a heady mix of sex, death and the insatiable lust for fame, all set to one of musical theatre's most iconic scores. A winking satire of celebrity culture, its the tale of two ​beautiful criminals in the Roaring Twenties who plan to get away with murder by putting on one hell of a show. More info

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No one in the news is safe! Not to be confused with the Disney musical NEWSIES, this Drama Desk-nominated revue NEWSical is back lampooning current events, newsmakers, celebreties, and politicians - in short, everyone is fair game. With songs and material continually updated to take advantage of the top news stories, composer-lyricist Drama Desk Nominee Rick Crom's topical musical comedy is an ever-evolving mockery of all the news that is fit to spoof - and then some. More info

With 21 Tony wins to his name, Broadway royalty doesn't come much more royal than Hal Prince. Over the course of his career, he's produced and directed everything from Cabaret to Sweeney Todd, and his life's work is celebrated in spectacular style with this brand new musical, which presents a cavalcade of show-stopping numbers from throughout Prince's career, from Sondheim to Lloyd Webber. More info

Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster is Sweet Charity, a dancer in 1960's New York on the hunt for Mr. Right. Written by Neil Simon, and boasting 'Big Spender' and 'If My Friends Could See Me Now' amongst its musical numbers, this is a bright, optimistic musical with a gritty underbelly, a mix perfectly suited for this stripped-down revival. More info

: Closes 5th August 2017

​New York City Centre close out their new Encores! season with Maurice Sendak and Carole King's Really Rosie. This sweet, family-friendly show first premiered Off-Broadway in 1980, and has since become a mainstay of children's theatre groups worldwide. Combining the Where the Wild Things Are writer's empathy for his young protagonists and Carole King's unmatched talent for sparkling pop melodies, it's a whipsmart musical that never once talks down to its young audience. More info

: Closes 15th October 2017

The modern dating scene with all its painful and hilarious foibles comes to brilliant life in this Off-Broadway comedy musical, transferring from the George Street Playhouse down the street. Slated for an open run, the show welcomes back the Tony-nomated Nancy Opel in the lead role! Recently seen in the hilariously dark musical The Toxic Avenger, Opel once again calls on her considerable comedy skills to play the role of a vivacious 50-something widow, who is thrown into the heady world of social media, sex and swiping right. More info

: Closes 31st December 2017

An intimate version of Sondheim's bloody classic, this Sweeney Todd puts the audience up close and personal with the demon barber, and gives you a chance to sample some of Mrs Lovett's infamous pies (if you dare). Created by the Tooting Arts Club, this inventive production won huge acclaim in London, and was even visited by Stephen Sondheim himself. More info

: Closes 24th September 2017

The King is back in this hilarious new musical from Lory Lazarus! A New York Premiere, Attack of the Elvis Impersonators follows the fortunes of the Ghost of Elvis, newly returned to Earth with one mission, to convert the world to the teachings of Hound Dog, his new religion, bringing peace and joy to all mankind. More info

With a wildly successful ongoing engagement in Chicago, as well as a national tour this fall, the hottest spoof musical of the year is transferring to another venue Off-Broadway to help you get in on the country's love for all things Hamilton! Opening this June for an open run, this newest brainchild from Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini is expected to make waves wherever they visit. And Alessandrini has promised to keep it fresh and up-to-date, with topical references to its namesake around the corner! More info

: Closes 3rd September 2017

Popular off-Broadway musical Sistas returns to the St Luke's Theatre! is a nonstop celebration! Produced by three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle and directed by Smash's Kenneth Ferrone, the production follows five women as they prepare to bury the matriarch of their family. Truths, memories and relationships come to the fore, sometimes welcome, sometimes not. Bring your best gal pal, your sister, your mother, even your aunt for this celebration of female family. More info

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