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Musicals in New York - January 2017

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Going strong since premiering in 1997, Disney's hit musical adaptation of the animated move brings the African Serengeti to spectacular life. We joins the wide eyed cub Simba on the adventure of a lifetime as he grows up and accepts his destiny as the King of the Pride Lands. This phenomenal adaptation includes original songs created for the show and boasts incredibly intricate animal puppetry. More info

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: Closes 3rd September 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 3rd September 2017

With a peppy score by singer songwriter Sara Bareilles and Tony-winning star Jessie Mueller (Beautiful) in the lead role, Waitress is one of Broadway's most life-affirming musicals. The story follows a small town waitress who seizes the opportunity of a big money baking contest to make a new life for herself. 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. 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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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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: Closes 20th August 2017

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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: 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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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

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: Closes 25th June 2017

The brains behind the superhit Pitch Perfect bring this acapella musical back to New York six years after it premiered Off-Broadway in 2010. A snappy and vibrant work, In Transit takes a look at the myriad of stories jostling together in one subway car, weaving a tapestry of the lives of eleven different New Yorkers on their journeys towards success, love, and happiness. More info

Since his psychotic portrayal of Tybalt in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+ Juliet, John Leguizamo's love of both Shakespeare and the theater has seen him rise through the ranks of Hollywood to become a successful screenwriter, playwright and stand-up comedian. His latest project sees a family-friendly, exuberant spin on one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, portrayed by rappers GQ and JQ. Following a short run in London, the show is headed back Stateside for a highly anticipated four-month run. More info

: Closes 6th March 2017

A brand-new musical dedicated to our favorite four-legged companions will bound into the Davenport stage this November, just in time for the holiday season! With music and lyrics by Gayla D. Morgan and a book written by Eric H. Weinberger, this comedy musical follows the fortunes of a high-flying lawyer who gets a puppy as a last-ditch attempt to attract the right woman. However, his new companion proves to be much more than a mere furry prop, leading to all kinds of comical mishaps! David Perlman reprises his 2014 Key West production role as Roland in a love story to melt the stoniest of hearts. More info

: Closes 5th February 2017

History and the Christmas holidays come together in this enchanting family musical that celebrates the daring adventures of a real-life four-legged war hero! Based on the true story of Purple Heart winner Sgt Stubby, who bravely helped fight during 17 battles during World War One in the trenches, this uplifting musical celebrates a humble hero and encourages unity at a time of political upheaval. The critics have raved about it - why not check out all the fuss for yourself? More info

: Closes 1st October 2017

The name Phantom Of The Opera may be synonymous with the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway blockbuster, but the story traces its origins back to the gothic novel written by French author Gaston Leroux. Now LA-based theatre company Vox Lumiere is set to give the well-known tale new life by combining silent film and live performance to create a fully immersive and interactive theatre experience, the likes of which you've never seen before! More info

: Closes 29th June 2017

The Marvelous Wonderettes returns to Off-Broadway in 2016 after a gap of five years. A sunny jukebox musical whose score is composed of 1950's and 60's girl group classics, this new production stars Christina Bianco (Application Pending) and Emmy-nominated Kathy Brier (Hairspray). More info

: Closes 28th May 2017

James Cagney as you've never seen him before! This tap-happy musical follows the life of Hollywood's most famous tough guy, from his early days as a vaudeville song and dance man to movie superstardom. The original production played the York Theatre last year, where it was extended after its limited run sold out. More info

: 22nd January

Adapted form the beloved series of children's book by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, Pinkalicious tells the story of Pinkalicious Pinkerton, a young girl with a penchant for pink cupcakes. This family friendly musical, which teaches the value of family and healthy living, went down a storm Off-Broadway and is quickly becoming a local theatre favorite. More info

: Closes 4th June 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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