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Musicals in New York - February 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Musicals in New York for the month of February 2016

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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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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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In an exotic, faraway land, one young pauper's life is about to change with the luck of an ancient lamp - and you're invited to join this magic carpet ride! Based on the hit Disney classic movie Aladdin, this new 2014 Tony Award winning musical features best-loved music by Academy and Tony Award-winning composer Alan Menken and is directed by Tony Award-winning Casey Nicholaw, best known for his work on The Book of Mormon. More info

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Fresh from the Newman Theatre, 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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Long before Dorothy drops into Oz inside her flying farmhouse, there were two other young girls who happened to meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Although sparks fly between them at first, Wicked follows these two unlikely friends and college roommates as they grow into two extraordinary women: The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. More info

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The Bard of Avon's plays and sonnets have enriched the world for the last 500 years. He created terrible tragedies, farcical comedies, and changed the English language forever! But enough about that poser, there's a new crack duo in town and they're here to shake up Shakespeare! Behold the brothers Bottom, the creators of THE MUSICAL! Stars Brian d'Arcy James as Nick Bottom and Christian Borle, winner of the 2015 Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his take on the rock star wordsmith! More info

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Matilda, Roald Dahl's much-loved classic of an extraordinary child with hideous parents is given the musical treatment by the combined talents of Tim Minchin and the Royal Shakespeare Company. This critically-acclaimed musical won four awards at the 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Book of a Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for Gabriel Ebert. More info

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To be young and restless in Paris is a dream for many of us, but in the late 1940's, it's Jerry Mulligan's life. After escaping the horrors of the war, he moves to the city of romance in the hopes of avoiding the daily grind and making it as a painter. Day dreaming and dancing, with the Gershwin's wonderful score, An American in Paris celebrates the best in life, in true Parisian style! More info

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Going strong since premiering in 1997, Disney's hit musical adaptation of the 1994 animated move brings the African Serengeti to life and joins the wide eyed cub Simba on the adventure of a lifetime as he grows up and accepts his destiny as the leonine King of the Pride Lands. In addition to the beloved songs penned by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice (such as the soaring 'Circle of Life') this phenomenal adaptation includes original songs created for the show and explodes with joyous, captivating music, intricate puppetry and a haunting atmosphere. More info

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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the story of the life of Carole King, a Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter. This Broadway run comes after a pre-Broadway engagement in San Francisco, which also marks the production's premier. The musical features original songs by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. More info

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Jersey Boys is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time - Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide - all before they were 30! More info

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Kinky Boots is one of Broadway's most successful new musicals, snapping up six 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical! The uplifting show tells the tale of a failing family-run shoe factory in England whose business trajectory is changed (and saved!) thanks to the influence of a stiletto-wearing drag queen named Lola. Wayne Brady departs the show March 27th! 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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Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. More info

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Andrew Lloyd Webber's smash musicalization of the Gaston Leroux novel won the 1988 Tony Award for Best Musical and now celebrates over 25 years on Broadway. This musical masterpiece combines songwriting genius with an unforgettable romantic storyline - a Phantom haunting the Paris Opera House falls in love with one of its newest singers, and will stop at nothing to make her return his affections. More info

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: Closes 4th September 2016

A fugitive on the run, a promise made to a dying mother and, above all, the hope that despite our circumstances, we still have the power to change the course of our destiny. Producer Cameron Mackintosh's acclaimed 25th-anniversary, re-imagined production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning musical Les Miserables is a must see Broadway experience! More info

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: Closes 14th February 2016

At the grand age of 77, George Takei makes his Broadway debut in this incredible story of resilience, based on his early experiences. After selling out following it's world premiere in San Diego, Allegiance, a powerful musical detailing life for Japanese Americans following Pearl Harbour, comes to New York to enlighten and educate us about this often forgotten chapter in the nation's history. He stars alongside Miss Saigon's original star, Lea Salonga. More info

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: Closes 3rd April 2016

On Your Feet! is a brand new musical which tells the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, a pair of Cuban immigrants who travelled 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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No musical conjures up quite the same combination of intrigue, drama and sex appeal as Chicago does, a formula that's taken the hit production around the world from Toronto to Tokyo, since its premiere on Broadway in 1975. Set in the roarings 1920s, this tale of two beautiful criminals - Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly - comes alive through daring dance, sensational costumes and a pinch of Razzle Dazzle. More info

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Finding Neverland is the true story of playwright and author JM Barrie and how his friendship with the widowed Sylvia Llewellyn Davies and her children inspired one of the world's most treasured stories. Based on the Academy Award winning movie, expect to fall in love with the power of imagination and storytelling all over again. This exciting new production stars Frasier star Kelsey Grammer! More info

RAIN - A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

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Together longer than The Beatles themselves, RAIN has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary group, delivering a totally live, note-for-note performance that's as infectious as it is transporting. Includes the early hits to later classics that The Beatles never got the chance to play live - including the most complex and challenging songs.

This show is happening at multiple venues in Feb 2016:

Count Basie Theatre

Feb 23, 2016

Prudential Hall

Feb 25, 2016

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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

One of the most revered musicals of the 20th Century, Fiddler on the Roof makes a triumphant return to the Great White Way, a decade after its last full-scale revival. Starring five time Tony nominee Danny Burstein and directed by Bartlett Sher, this new production will use Jerome Robbins' original choreography and of course, the unforgettable, rousing songs, such as 'Tradition', 'Matchmaker, Matchmaker', 'If I Were A Rich Man' and 'Sunrise, Sunset' that truly cemented Fiddler in our hearts! More info

Adapted from Alice Walker's Pultizer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple returns to Broadway in 2015 with Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, 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

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. Starring Tony winner Kelli O'Hara. More info

: Closes 9th October 2016

Written by comedian Steve Martin and singer-songwriter Edie Brickell, Bright Star is a winsome bluegrass musical, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie (Chicago), Bright Star makes it Broadway debut after acclaimed productions in San Diego and Washington. More info

: Closes 3rd July 2016

This hilarious new jukebox musical is an over-the-top spoof of 1970's disaster movies, pitting its cast of characters against an ever-escalating series of earthquakes, tidal waves and piranhas. Soundtracked by some of the decade's smoothest (and corniest) hits, Disaster! is a guaranteed crowd-pleasing roller coaster. More info

: Closes 27th March 2016

Southern Comfort is a new musical that looks set to continue the Public Theater's tradition of ground-breaking musical theater, following the success of Hamilton and Fun Home. This bluegrass-scored show follows three transgender couples living in rural Georgia, as they wrestle with their relationships, identities and the hostile community around them. More info

: Closes 29th May 2016

What if Robin Hood took place in the formative years of this great nation? This American legend once again lands on the musical stage in 2016, helmed by Tony Award nominated director Alex Timbers (Peter And The Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and based on a short story by Eudora Welty. More info

: 28th February

A Night With Janis Joplin has finished its run on Broadway, and is now taking this music icon to various venues around the USA. Janis Joplin's distinctive voice, charisma and public battle with drugs and alcohol made her one of Rock and Roll's most memorable stars, though she was only in the limelight for the final three years of her life. More info

: Closes 4th September 2016

Prepare to open your hearts and minds to this brand new musical that explores all the best parts of the 1960s in a kaleidoscopic fantasy. Often referred to as the 20th Century's most progressive decade, the 10 short years saw a boo m in individual freedom, self expression and of course, the birth of flower power. Alongside a curious young girl, we journey through this incredible time through the culture, fashion and unforgettable music of the period on a real Trip of Love! More info

: Closes 6th March 2016

Tony winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Todd, Blue Bloods) brings his love of Shakespeare to the stage in this unique Lion Theatre show. Co-conceived alongside Barry Kleinbort and Mark Janas, Broadway and the Bard marries the work of England's greatest writer with the music of The Great White Way, weaving together sonnets, soliloquies and Sondheim. More info

: Closes 6th March 2016

Two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro co-directs a brand new musical adaptation of A Bronx Tale. Based on writer Chazz Palminteri's one man show, the story revolves around an Italian-American kid in the 1960's Bronx who is drawn into the world of organised crime, much to the dismay of his bus driver father. More info

: Closes 2nd April 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

Based on the novel by Jean Webster, Daddy Long Legs tells the inspiring story of Jerusha Abbott, a budding writer who is sent to college by a mysterious benefactor. A sweetly scored exploration of self-discovery and independence, this two-person musical is written and directed by Tony winner John Caird (Les Miserables). More info

: Closes 14th February 2016

The 2016 Encores! series, which revives rarely performed musicals in the form of staged concerts, continues with 1940's Cabin in the Sky. With catchy music and lyrics by Vernon Duke and John Latouche, this show is a fable-like tale that celebrates African American music and dance. Micheal Potts (The Book of Mormon) and Tony winners Chuck Cooper (The Life) and LaChanze (The Color Purple) are among the cast. More info

: 13th February

Sistas is an uplifting musical journey, of a multi-generational African-American family. Based on a series of interviews conducted with black women over a six-year period and using a playlist of songs made famous by artists that include Billie Holiday, Lena Horn, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Beyonce and others, this musical tells of the struggles, the joys and the triumphs of being black and of being a woman in America. More info

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