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Musicals in New York - October 2015

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Musicals in New York for the month of October 2015


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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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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 grand 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 5th June 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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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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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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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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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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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. However, what it means to be truly WICKED isn't as clear-cut as it seems, as the two somehow find themselves fighting for the same cause .... 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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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 will step into the lead from November 20th! 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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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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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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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 returning to the Imperial Theatre in 2014! 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 Matthew Morrison as Mr. Barrie himself! More info

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: Closes 25th October 2015

Everyone knows the hymn, but not too many could name the man who wrote it. He was John Newton, and his unbelievable life story forms the basis of Amazing Grace, a rip-roaring musical epic which arrives on Broadway after a successful Chicago try-out last year. More info

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: Closes 17th January 2016

When the low born Monty Navarro finds out he's 8th in line for an earldom in the lofty D'Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the second Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn't the only thing on Monty's mind... 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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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

: Closes 6th March 2016

Dames at Sea will return to Broadway in 2015 after a fifty year hiatus! Directed and choreographed by Tony-nominated choreographer Randy Skinner, the musical is a tap-happy, navy-crazy feast of song, dance and incredible costumes - all the ingredients which made the golden era of movie musicals so gosh darn special! More info

: Closes 24th January 2016

Transferring from Los Angeles, Deaf West's electric staging of this multi-Tony winner has a cast of both hearing and deaf actors. Based on Frank Wederkind's controversial play, this rock musical follows a group of adolescents in 19th Century Weimar Germany raging against the moral codes of the day. Stars Oscar-winner Marlee Matlin in her Broadway debut! More info

: Closes 25th September 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

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 25th October 2015

George and Ira Gershwin's mad-cap Prohibition Era comedy returns to New York in this Theatre Row revival. Concerning the adventures of two English nobles who've become bootleggers, and Jimmy Winter, the notorious ex-playboy who's Long Island mansion they 'borrow' for their operation's headquarters, Oh Kay contains some Gershwin classics such as 'Clap your hands' and 'Someone to Watch Over Me' as well as enough razzmatazz to transport you straight back to the heady world of the Roaring Twenties- Gatsby this ain't! More info

: 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

: Closes 15th November 2015

Following up on the success of his 1993 Public musical First Lady Suite, Tony Award-nominated Michael John LaChiusa now turns his attention and imagination to the private lives and dreams of America's best-known daughters in a funny and moving new musical production. A poignant look at mother-daughter relationships, especially those who have to deal with the global spotlight, this will strike chords with everybody. More info

: Closes 2nd January 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

: Closes 8th November 2015

Expect Big Band pizazz and a classic love story in this brand new musical from Richard Obercker and Robert Taylor, with direction from Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuler. With a sizzling swing score, this exciting 1940s era world premiere will star Broadway favorites Corey Cott, Laura Osnes and Beth Leavel before it eyes a transfer to the Great White Way, in the tradition of many of Paper Mill's biggest hits! 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

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