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New York All Shows in May 2015

Our selection of the best shows in New York for the month of May 2015

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: Closes 21st June 2015

After a sold-out run in London's West End, David Hare's Skylight makes its Broadway debut with Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan as Kyra and Tom, former lovers on the verge of re-awakening their long lost connection. But the years between them are not the only obstacles to a reunion, preconceived notions and warring opinions ignite a dynamic debate in this comedic and wickedly clever show. 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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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. Aided by wealthy fellow American Milo Davenport, his reputation is on the up, but his heart is stolen by the ingenue, Lise. 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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: Closes 24th May 2015

Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway returns to the stage for the first time in six years in this timely one-woman show. Written by George Brant, and directed by Tony winner Julie Taymor, Grounded centers on Hathaway's unnamed fighter pilot, whose life begins to unravel when she's reassigned to the military's drone program. More info

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: Closes 28th June 2015

After wowing on London's West End, and winning an Olivier to add to her Academy Award for playing Queen Elizabeth II, Helen Mirren dons the crown once again to bring The Audience to Broadway. Directed by Stephen Daldry and written by Peter Morgan, this luminous play imagines the private weekly meetings held between Her Majesty and the Prime Minister of the day, leading to some very interesting observations! More info

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Blue Man Group is one of New York's longest-running shows and one of its hardest to describe! In the show, three enigmatic bald and blue characters take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theater, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else either on or off Broadway. Although there is no main plot, the show is split into themes such as innocence and surprise towards technology, information overload, as well as an elegant dinner involving a Twinkie snack. More info

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: Closes 13th September 2015

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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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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Stomp is one of New York's most unique entertainment experiences. A rotating cast of eight energetic young performers create rhythms and, yes, music, with their hands and feet and all manner of noisy objects, such as hammers, garbage can lids, buckets, and so on. Their technical skill is truly awesome: this perfectly synchronized ballet of juggled sticks, drums, and what-have-you is indeed thrilling to witness. More info

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Hand to God centers on Jason, a shy boy whose teenage angst is channelled into his hand puppet Tyrone, during the rehearsal for a church theater group. Robert Askins' black comedy transfers to Broadway with its cast intact, including Obie winner Steven Boyer in the lead dual roles of Jason and his button-eyed alter ego. 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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: Closes 22nd November 2015

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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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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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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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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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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: Closes 18th October 2015

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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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 18th October 2015

London's National Theatre is proud to present the Broadway debut of its sensational new play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Based on Mark Haddon's best-selling book of the same name, this mesmerising production uses extraordinary lighting, set design and props to tell this unusual and utterly unforgettable story. 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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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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: Closes 5th July 2015

From humble beginnings to right hand man of the King, Wolf Hall is the story of Thomas Cromwell. History has not been very kind to him; his cunning and fixing has cast him as a Machiavellian character, pulling the strings of the Tudor administration to ensure his own survival. This first part of the story sees the rise of Cromwell from his humble beginnings from a working-class family to becoming the right-hand man of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, who was adviser to King Henry VIII. Managing to sidestep Wolsley's fall from grace, he eventually takes his place as the most powerful of Henry's ministers, making some dangerous courtly enemies in the process. More info

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: Closes 18th July 2015

Curb Your Enthusiasm creator Larry David makes his acting and playwriting Broadway debut with Fish in the Dark. Produced by Scott Rudin (Book of Mormon) and directed by Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County), the play centers around a death in the family. More info

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: Closes 2nd September 2015

Three sailors celebrate the sights and sounds of the Big Apple in the classic musical comedy, On the Town, which celebrates its 70th Anniversary as it reopens Broadway's Lyric Theatre! On The Town is a fun-filled sweep through some of New York's most famous icons, and an unforgettable tribute to the city that never sleeps. More info

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: 8th May

After the great success embodying the role of Billie Holiday in Lanie Robertson's play, Audra McDonald won her 6th Tony, making her not only the first performer to win in each acting category, but the only performer to win six awards! And well deserved, because as a star of stage and screen, she is one of our most beloved singers. Don't miss your chance to see her live in concert. More info

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: 16th May

The twice Grammy-winning Lewis Black is the perfect demonstration of that rare comic, who can cause you to laugh while making compelling points about the absurdity of the world around you. He brings this talent to his latest show. More info

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Hedwig and the Angry Inch is a musical comedy about a fictional rock 'n' roll band fronted by a transgender singer from East Berlin. Directed by Tony-winning Michael Mayer of Spring Awakening and American Idiot, Hedwig and the Angry Inch won four 2014 Tony Awards including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical for its former star, Neil Patrick Harris. This production has seen several actors take on the lead role, including the original Hedwig himself, John Cameron Mitchell! More info

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: Closes 19th July 2015

Theatre producer Oscar Jaffee has exactly one train journey to convince Broadway starlet, Lily Garland, to take on the lead in his brand new play! Two tiny problems exist - he is completely bankrupt and the epic play in question doesn't actually exist yet! Love and luck take centre-stage in this mischevious romantic comedy, where Peter Gallagher and Tony-winner Kristin Chenoweth star as the former lovers who meet by fate aboard the luxurious Twentieth Century's Chicago to New York City line. More info

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: Closes 7th June 2015

Due to phenomenal demand, this starry revival of Terence McNally's comedy extends its run until June 2015. Set on the opening night of a new Broadway show, It's Only a Play is a by turns biting and affectionate send up of the theatrical world. Among the cast are Broadway favorites Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick, who star alongside T. R. Knight and Stockard Channing. More info

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: Closes 6th September 2015

Recent polls show that Americans consider Bill Clinton one of the best US Presidents since WWII. Who would have thought it of a man who was impeached? Clinton The Musical examines the dichotomy of the 42nd President of The United States, delving into everything from sex to sax, and Monica to Hillary. It's funny, crude, and a reminder that the world of American politics is a great spectator sport. More info

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A classic coming-of-age story, The Fantasticks features two meddling, matchmaking fathers who scheme to get their children together. But once the couple is united, the real drama begins! More info

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A witty adaptation of Hitchcock's spy adventure, The 39 Steps returns to New York to dazzle audiences all over again. Following the adventures of daring hero Richard Hannay, the play features a cast of only four, who use costume changes, props and every ounce of their theatrical talent to play over a hundred different characters. More info

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: Closes 14th June 2015

Eighty-five year-old Miss Ruby was a once famous burlesque dancer in New Orleans' French Quarter, where she made her name. Now living at the run-down Hummingbird Hotel, a once glamorous salon that attracts many different members of society, she decides that she'd like to hold her funeral. Before she dies. Airline Highway refers to the infamous road that runs through New Orleans where the Hummingbird stands; the play is a moving tribute to the outcasts in society who make our lives that little more interesting and colorful. More info

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: Closes 12th September 2015

Mamma Mia collects a group of hit songs by the Swedish supergroup ABBA and shapes them around the story of a single mother coping with her young daughter's marriage on a picturesque Greek isle. While the daughter plans her future with the love of her life, her mother is haunted by three different men who may or may not be her daughter's father. More info

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: 28th May

The original stars of Broadway's storming hit musical Jersey Boys are taking the country by storm with a whole new musical act that celebrates the music of the 1960s. The Midtown Men not only perform their acclaimed renditions of songs by the Four Seasons, they will also treat you to more sensational music by The Beatles, The Beach Boys and other great artists from the golden age of Motown. More than just a tribute to a bygone era, this performance will show you - or remind you - of what it was like to see those groundbreaking artists live onstage. 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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: Closes 4th October 2015

The acclaimed Eric Schaeffer helms this brand new revival of Lerner and Loewe's classic musical starring Vanssa Hudgens in the title role! This comedic tale of a young woman groomed to be a playboy's companion, until the two unexpectedly fall in love, won the 1958 Academy Award for Best Picture and starred Leslie Caron and Louis Jourdan in the lead roles. More info

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: 17th May

Since March 2001, this hilarious show has entertained and inspired women from coast-to-coast and internationally. Menopause The Musical is a 90-minute production which includes 25 re-lyricized tunes from the 60s and 70s and culminates with a salute to women who are experiencing The Change. More info

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The title says it all in New York's most outrageous musical comedy! This hilarious revue features 15 original songs, 8 gorgeous guys and no clothes - a truly winning combination! Hailed by critics and audiences in 27 cities worldwide, don't miss this sure-fire crowd pleaser. Great for groups! 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

The Rogers and Hammerstein epic returns to Broadway in a new production that promises to capture the essence of this much-treasured piece of musical theatre history. The 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 respect, culture and the celebration of love. Starring five time Tony Nominee Kelli O'Hara and Academy Award Nominee Ken Watanabe in his American stage debut at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre! More info

: Closes 17th December 2015

The New York native will be belting out his old favorites with the help of his revolving piano, in an on-going series of monthly concerts at this world-famous venue. He has sold more than 100 million records over a career spanning more than 40 years, and reigns as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. More info

: 28th May

Astrophysicist, author and renowned science communicator with the flair of a stand up comedian, Neil DeGrass Tyson hosts a special performance where he will be discussing, among other things, the science and philosophy behind his update of Carl Sagan's immensley popular show, 'Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey'. More info

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! More info

: Closes 20th December 2015

Opening March 2015, 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 will star Matthew Morrison as Mr. Barrie himself! More info

: Closes 5th July 2015

The second part of Mike Poulton's two plays in rep, the story of Thomas Cromwell picks up where we left off in Part 1, as he reaches the apex of power at Henry VIII's right hand. Cromwell's scheming has worked and Anne Boleyn is now the new Queen. But by splitting from the Catholic church, England is now unprotected and isolated in Europe. With no male heir forthcoming, the King's affections are wandering elsewhere. How can the ambitious manipulator keep his position in a newly precarious court, where suspicion reigns more than ever?

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: Closes 10th May 2015

Boris Pasternak's celebrated 1957 novel comes to the Broadway stage in 2015. Later adapted into one of the highest grossing films of all time starring Omar Shariff, Doctor Zhivago is an epic tale of loss, perseverance and romance and is perfect material for Broadway's next big musical. More info

: Closes 13th September 2015

Remain upstanding, folks, for this water and light spectacular that has taken London and Buenos Aires by storm. You may get wet, you may get dirty, but bring your pals and your comfy shoes, to prepare for a visual and sensory overload that will have you gasping in awe - and possibly to catch your breath! More info

: Closes 24th May 2015

Known for creating the admired Danish tradition of ballet, August Bournonville has been an inspiration to many choreographers, with his egalitarian values and light, kinetic style bringing joy and gaiety to his repertoire. Now the New York City Ballet celebrate in Hear the Dance - Denmark, bringing together his most famous work, and one of the world's oldest surviving ballets, La Sylphide and Bournonville Divertissements, which includes excerpts from 'Flower Festival in Genzaro' & 'A Folk Tale'. More info

: Closes 9th May 2015

New York City Ballet presents the final of three recitals in this program paying homage to George Balanchine's famed Black & White ballets, with this third program covering the most masterful pieces that have come to define his extraordinary contribution to the world of ballet- played with aplomb by his beloved company. More info

: Closes 26th May 2015

The New York City Ballet presents another 'All Robbins' recital of two ballet works by Jerome Robbins, each a brilliant example of this world-renown choreographer's creativity and prowess in dance. The performances will include The Goldberg Variations and West Side Story Suite. More info

: Closes 16th August 2015

Following on from the success of Bad Jews, Roundabout Theatre and Joshua Harmon collaborate again on Significant Other, a touching new play about trying to find Mr Right. It's directed by Trip Cullman (Punk Rock). More info

: Closes 31st May 2015

New York City Ballet presents its Classic NYCB programme - a night of performances encompassing a range of styles and artistic directions, with choreography by two of the greats, Balanchine and Robbins, as well as more contemporary works. More info

: 18th May

Essayist, humorist and creator of The Prairie Home Companion, Garrison Keillor is one of America's most beloved radio personalities. This tour sees him taking to the stage in his famous red shoes to spin yarns about his Minnesota childhood and his lengthy public radio career. More info

: Closes 10th May 2015

Peter Sarsgaard (Blue Jasmine, The Slap) takes on the career-defining role of The Dane in Classic Stage Company's new production. Considered perhaps the greatest tragedy ever written, Hamlet centers on the bloodthirsty struggle for the Danish throne. Austin Pendleton directs, with Penelope Allen and Tony winner Stephen Spinella also among the cast. More info

: Closes 14th May 2015

Formed in 1981, Faith No More are the ultimate behemoth in the 80's and 90's hard rock scene. With an extensive back catalogue that includes flavors of jazz, soul, hip-hop, funk and of course, heavy metal, they were instrumental in inspiring a generation of musicians, including paving the way for Nirvana. Back together since 2009, they now launch their 9th concert tour! More info

: Closes 24th May 2015

Russia's Eifman Ballet of St. Petersburg present a new show from the prolific Boris Eifman, continuing his series of ballets representing psychiatric themes. Up and Down is the intense story of a couple, whose romance is troubled by the shadow of mental illness and destructive personalities clashing against the backdrop of the gilded decade of the Roaring 20's. More info

: Closes 19th May 2015

FKA Twigs debut album, LP1, signalled the emergence of a completely singular talent. Released in August of 2014, it fulfilled the promise of her two previous two EPs and drew comparisons with the likes Bjork and Portishead. FKA Twigs is taking her stunning sound on tour across North America this November and December. More info

: Closes 12th July 2015

Ronald Keaton's one man show arrives at the New World Stages, following rave reviews during its Chicago debut last year. Set on the eve of Churchill's 1946 'Iron Curtain' speech, the play finds the wartime leader regaling a small gathering of friends and admirers with his extraordinary life story. More info

: Closes 21st May 2015

Jealousy and revenge reign supreme in this powerful adaptation of Shakespeare's famous tragedy. Choreographed by Lar Bubovitch, with a stunning score by Oscar-winning Elliot Goldenthal, this tale of political and personal intrigue has been created as a powerful theatrical spectacle of a ballet, that will have viewers on the edge of their seats. More info

: 29th May

If you haven't heard of this band, then shame on you. This 60-year-old blues guitarist keeps on plucking away and with 16 albums (five of which went Gold) under their collective belts, their passion hasn't diminished yet, something evident in their tub-thumpingly electric shows. Here's one band leader who truly is...bad to the bone! And let's face it, without that iconic song, Arnie's bad-ass naked bar scene in Terminator 2 would never have been so epic. More info

: Closes 19th May 2015

To France for another exploration of George Balanchine's greatest works, where we're taken from Faustian revelry in Walpurgisnacht Ballet, to spontaneous intimacy in the rarely staged Sonatine, with more sublime works besides, that will move and delight in equal measures. More info

: Closes 27th May 2015

Led by Black Francis Pixies can lay claim to being the most important American band of the past 30 years. 2014 marked the release of their first full length studio album since 1991's Trompe Le Monde, entitled Indie Cindy, which they're touring across North America and Canada with new touring bassist Paz Lenchantin, who joined last year. Promising a mix of both their old discography and new hits, Pixies fans will be in for a heady trip when they burst into town. More info

: Closes 13th June 2015

The enduring tale of a beautiful princess, an evil witch, and a century of sleep awakened by true love's kiss comes to life in an all-new production choreographed by Alexai Ratmansky and designed by Tony Award winner Richard Hudson. More info

: 12th May

This spectacular new live concert features music from all 14 Pink Floyd studio albums plus a dazzling new light and laser show. Employing projections and animations, it sheds some light on the history of this iconic group and the differing egos and ideas of its members. More info

ED SHEERAN

2015 sees Ed Sheeran taking his blockbuster album X (pronounced multiply) on tour across North America. The British singer-songwriter's sophomore effort, which contained the singles Sing, Don't and Bloodstream, topped the charts across the world and infused his delicate, acoustic pop with even more pronounced R&B flourishes.

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2015:

Prudential Center

May 30, 2015

Barclays Center

May 31, 2015

: Closes 28th May 2015

In a perfect fusion of music, movement and drama, this quintessential Romantic ballet epitomizes the transcendent power of love and forgiveness. American Ballet Theatre's unrivalled roster of international ballet stars brings Giselle's mystery and ethereal beauty vividly to life in this universally acclaimed production, performed with live orchestra. More info

THE WHO

Despite the passing of both Keith Moon and John Entwistle, The Who remain a potent force on the rock music scene. Roger Daltrey and Peter Townshend are expanding on their set list from their recent Quadrophenia tour to add material from their five decades of music making. Featured songs are promised from classic albums like My Generation, Live at Leeds, Tommy and Who's Next, as well as newer music like the group's current single, Be Lucky. It's a must-see for Who fans!

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2015:

Nassau Coliseum

May 20, 2015

Barclays Center

May 26, 2015

: Closes 30th May 2015

The English progressive rocker embarks on his 2015 "Hand Cannot Erase" Tour, following the release of his album of the same name in February this year. Largely known throughout rock and metal circles, Wilson has seen four Grammy Award; two times with Porcupine Tree, one with his collaborative band Storm Corrosion and as a soloist on another occasion. This tour is the first since his 2013 engagements following the release his critically and commercially successful third solo album "The Raven That Refused To Sing." More info

: Closes 13th September 2015

Directed by four-time Emmy and Tony Award-winner David Hyde Pierce and marking the Broadway debut of composer Barbara Anselmi, this riotous musical comedy first premiered in 2011 at the George Street Playhouse to rave reviews. Now it has its chance to shine once again on the Great White Way, with seasoned actress Tyne Daly in tow! More info

: Closes 2nd August 2015

The four-time Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning actor Jim Parsons, better known to most as gawky theoretical physicist Sheldon Cooper from the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory, is set to return to Broadway this Spring in his most controversial role yet - God. Parsons takes on the starring role in this adaptation of David Javerbaum's fearless and critically claimed satire/"autobiography" 'The Last Testament: A Memoir by God'. More info

: Closes 10th May 2015

It's 1924 and a young American, Nikos has inherited a defunct mine that he plans to re-open with the help of Zorba, a spirited and cantankerous local, for whom life moves at its own pace. Unsurprisingly, Zorba proves to be an unsuccessful fixer, spending money for supplies on wine and belly dancers, much to the chagrin of his sweetheart Hortense. But Zorba is an anti-hero, the sort of man who can help navigate through life's choppy waters. More info

Following in the footsteps of hit comedy-edutainment shows like Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl and Colin Quinn's Long Story Short, The Imbible sweeps audiences along a 10,000-year journey through history and across the globe accompanied by craft cocktails and the vocal stylings of The Backwaiters acapella group! More info

: Closes 13th September 2015

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, Fun Home promises to be the most refreshingly atypical musical of the year. And judging from its five Best Musical wins so far and 12 Tony nominations, we don't see it letting us down! More info

After a critically lauded run last summer at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in Massachusetts, Terrance McNally's dark, musical adaptation of Friedrich Durrenmatt's black comedy returns to Broadway with inestimable legend Chita Rivera at the helm. When a widowed millionairess returns to the impoverished town of her youth, she offers them a terrible choice. She can rescue them from financial ruin in exchange for executing her ex-lover, now a happily married shopkeeper. How will they choose? More info

: Closes 10th May 2015

A 6' 1" chick lets it rip about playing pro basketball in France, modeling, stripping, designing erotica and, taking lots of shots at life. More info

: 16th May

Bob Newhart is a prominent American stand-up comedian and actor who first came to prominence in the back in the 1960s when he released an album of comedic monologues entitled The Button-Down Mind of Bob Newhart. The album was such a hit, it even outstripped pop music of the number one spot on the Billboard music charts! More info

: Closes 13th May 2015

David Sedaris is a Grammy Award-nominated humorist, writer, comedian, bestselling author, and radio contributor. Much of his humor is is drawn from his unusual North Carolina background, his varied stream of odd-jobs (Christmas elf at Macy's, anyone?) and plays to his self-deprecating strengths, and now often concerns his life today in France with his partner. More info

Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and Kenneth Walsh (The Aviator) star in this brand new play which begins with a young woman planting a kiss on the neck of a total stranger. Commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club, Heisenberg is playwright Simon Stephen's follow up to the enormously successful The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. More info

: Closes 9th May 2015

New York City Ballet presents the second of three recitals in this program paying homage to George Balanchine's famed Black & White ballets, this second set of shows combines the 'coming of age' style that the choreographer developed in the middle years of his career, with his life-long attraction to the music of Stravinsky. More info

: 8th May

Joining forces for 2015, two soul legends are touring the country. The Whispers formed in 1964, and last year celebrated 50 years in the music business and were inducted into the Soul Music Hall of Fame in 2012. Broadway star Mills is recognised for her critically acclaimed role as Dorothy in the African-American production The Wiz, a retelling of the Wizard of Oz and her rendition of "Home" remains one of her biggest hits, along with the Reggie Lucas-written song "Never Knew Love Like This Before." More info

: 10th May

Pink Martini are the brain child of Thomas Lauderdale, who in the early 1990's was thinking of running for Mayoral office. But he slowly became frustrated and fascinated by the musical entertainment during political society events. So he formed Pink Martini to address this and make music that appeals to everyone, from liberals to conservatives, all over the world. Over 20 years later, they're still going strong! More info

: 13th May

The UK-based band has already made their presence felt with an impressive number of live gigs, including opening recent concerts with the Foo Fighters and their fifth studio album Education, Education, Education & War receiving critical praise in 2014 and a number one chart spot in the UK, with new drummer Vijay Mistry. Now armed with their new stand alone single "Falling Awake", the Chiefs are returning Stateside to shake things up and to treat loyal fans to songs from last year's hit album as mentioned above. See? No riot jokes. Almost. More info

THE B-52S

It is argued that the B-52s could be the world's greatest party band. And thirty years and over twenty million albums into their career, there can be no doubt as to why the band behind 'Loveshack' remain among the most beloved rock stars ever.

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2015:

Irving Plaza

May 21, 2015

Wellmont Theatre

May 22, 2015

: Closes 27th June 2015

Following their six hour adaptation of The Great Gatsby, Elevator Repair Service ensemble return to The Public with a bold staging of Faulkner's masterpiece. Concentrating on the novel's opening chapter, this non-linear and multi-layered show is told from the point of view of a mentally handicapped man, for whom the past and present are indivisible. More info

: Closes 16th May 2015

In celebration of their 75th anniversary, the American Ballet Theatre presents this wonderfully A mixed bill of some of their most well loved works, showcasing the talent of the present company and the rich heritage they have achieved over the last two centuries. The program is outlined below. More info

: Closes 27th September 2015

My Big Gay Italian Funeral is the sequel to Anthony J. Wilkinson's popular comedy My Big Gay Italian Wedding. An unfortunate occasion to meet again brings the crazy characters from the original play together again, with hilarious and often cringe-worthy results! More info

: Closes 7th June 2015

Prolific South African playwright and political activist Athol Fugard is best known for his protest plays that spoke out against the injustices of Apartheid and for the Academy Award-winning film Tsotsi, adapted from his novel of the same name. The Tony Award-winner's latest work, The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek centers on the life of South African Outsider Artist Nukain Mabusa. More info

: Closes 14th May 2015

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the premier interpreters of American standards. His 200-plus shows a year have included performances at Carnegie Hall, Sydney Opera House and the Hollywood Bowl as well as the White House and Buckingham Palace. More info

JASON BONHAMS LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience will celebrate the life and music of his father - the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The incorporates multimedia aspects into the concerts, including rarely seen home movies of him and his dad, plus anecdotes from his life, giving background context to the songs that he chooses to perform. All these elements combine for a truly heartfelt show that is more than a tribute concert, without bombarding the audience with filler.

This show is happening at multiple venues in May 2015:

Wellmont Theatre

May 09, 2015

NYCB Theatre at Westbury

May 13-14, 2015

Jackie Mason lovechild Sheba Mason's Musical on the hilarious love affair between Jackie and her starry-eyed mother - AN OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL COMEDY. More info

: Closes 10th May 2015

One of crime master Agatha Christie's most fiendish works comes to the Clurman Theatre this April. The story begins on a foggy night in South Wales, with Michael Starkwedder driving his car off the road and into a ditch. Seeking assistance, he heads to the nearby house of the Warwicks, but his eyes are greeted with a terrible sight as he steps through the door. Richard Warwick lies dead on the floor, and his wife Laura is standing over his body with a smoking gun in hand! More info

: Closes 17th May 2015

Chugginton Live brings the world of the hit TV show to life. Making its North American debut in 2015, Chugginton Live: The Great Rescue Adventure follows Wilson, Koko and Brewster as they begin their advanced training, and sees their newly learned skills of courage and determination put into practise when a dangerous situation arises at Rocky Ridge Mine. More info

: Closes 22nd June 2015

The Disney prescribed model of femininity takes a bashing in Disenchanted, a hilarious musical which takes a swipe at the animation studio's vision of waif-like princesses who all possess supermodel good looks. More info

: Closes 10th May 2015

Sketch comedy troupe The Tenderloins are the stars of TruTV's Impractical Jokers. A novel twist on the candid camera format, the show features one of the stars interacting with the public, being fed his lines by the other three via earpiece. The Impractical Jokers live show is a mix of sketch comedy, behind the scenes insights from the TV series and plenty of audience participation (you have been warned). More info

: 14th May

The Philadelphia Orchestra journeys to New York as part of Carnegie Hall's Joyce DiDonato: Perspectives and the Beethoven and Brahms series. More info

: Closes 16th May 2015

The Grateful Dead have been resurrected in the form of Dark Star Orchestra. Formed in 1997, this tribute band came up with the novel idea of recreating complete sets from The Grateful Dead's gigantic list of concerts. They adapt their playing and sound depending on what era of Dead they're tackling on the night, and while they slavishly recreate the sound of the band down to the minutest detail, the band often embark on epic improvisations that would make their heroes proud. More info

: 29th May

Billy Idol has waited for nearly a decade to record a new album. The writing of his autobiography triggered a new sense of urgency in him and the result is Kings & Queens of the Underground. He'll be taking his whiplash smile across the States in early 2015, where you can expect to hear new material and the classic tracks which made him one of the 80's biggest names. More info

: Closes 30th May 2015

NYCB have always been at the cutting edge of the balletic artform, constantly performing and commissioning new works from the most accomplished of contemporary choreographers. This season, which runs in October 2014 and May 2015, celebrates this tradition of innovation, and includes world premieres of pieces from Alexei Ratmansky and Troy Schumacher. More info

Guinness record-holding bubble artist Fan Yang brings his dazzling family entertainment to Off-Broadway. More info

: 21st May

Lead singer Adam Duritz, drummer Jim Bogios, keyboardist Charlie Gillingham, bassist Millard Powers and guitarists David Bryson, David Immergluck and Dan Vickrey are back on the road following a lengthy hiatus; they released their first album back in 1993 and have sold 20 million albums, garnering a Academy Award nomination for "Accidentally in Love", which featured in the film Shrek 2. More info

: 16th May

Delbert McClinton is a multi-talented American blues musician and songwriter, whose instrumental repertoire includes the guitar, piano, and harmonica. McClinton began his solo career in the 1970s and has released almost thirty albums since then. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, but relocated to Los Angeles in 1972 to pursue his career in the music industry. More info

: 12th May

One of the world's most beloved performers, Englebert Humperdinck has been wowing the crowds for over forty years. With a new album , Engelbert Calling, featuring duets with everyone from Olivia Newton John to Elton John to Il Divo, you know with the 'Humper' you're in for a very special evening. More info

: Closes 7th June 2015

Following the incredible success of Hand to God, Robert Askins returns to the Manhattan Theatre Club with his new comedy Permission, which takes a similarly sideways glance at religion in the 21st Century. It revolves around staid married couple Eric and Cyndy who decide to try out the controversial practise of Christian Domestic Discipline, a real life method of maintaining a healthy relationship by way of corporal punishment. More info

: 10th May

Led by vocalist Jason Cruz, Strung Out returned this year with their latest effort, after a break of six years, with an assuredly confident concoction of hardcore, punk and blistering metal-esque guitar work that has become their calling card. They're touring it across the country in 2015. More info

: 16th May

With a gleam in his eye and a surprising spring in his step, Don Rickles has kept audiences rolling in the aisles with his acerbic wit and acid-tongue for over 55 years. No one is safe from the feisty comic, who brazenly pokes fun at all ethnicities, all religions, all walks of life. They don't call him the 'Merchant of Venom' for nothing... More info

: Closes 22nd May 2015

An exciting original Off Broadway production comes to the Lion Theatre at Theatre Row this Spring in the form of 'Melissa's Choice'. Born of a collaboration between writer and principal of NY's Golden Squirrel Theatre Steven Somkin and the artistic Director of the Worcester Shakespeare Company Mel Cobb, this intellectual drama, whose tagline reads 'An American Dilemma', boldly explores one woman's self discovery in the face of overwhelming personal obstacles. More info

: 9th May

For over a decade, Carol Burnett has won the hearts of America's audiences as the long-reigning queen of comedy TV and Broadway. With a sparkle in her eye and a dance number or two, this talented performer overcame a difficult childhood and broke the Hollywood mould with her self-titled, 11 season strong variety show. Now she brings her wit to theatres across the US in a show that looks back to the highs and lows of her remarkable career and life. More info

: 10th May

Frankie's back folks, with Maze in tow! The distinctive soul/quiet storm band burst onto the San Francisco Soul scene in the early 70s with their charismatic leader, songwriter and producer Frankie Beverly at the helm. With a nod to Marvin Gaye, they combined the smooth sounds of their native Philly with a laid back California vibe, resulting in such hits as Southern Girl and Workin' Together. More info

: 14th May

Joy Williams parted ways with Civil Wars bandmate John Paul White last year. Together the duo had carved out a unique niche in the American musical landscape, crafting moody and Gothic country music on their debut Barton Hollow and its self-titled follow-up. Now Williams is returning to her previous life as a solo-songwriter with her new record Venus. More info

: 8th May

Singing since the tender age of 8, Country superstar Lee Brice is a regular Nashville chart-topping hitmaker whose skill at writing music is equally matched by his skill as a live performer. Before his rise to fame Brice co-wrote for the likes of Billy Montana and Garth Brooks, finding solo success with the 2009 single 'Love Like Crazy' which broke the record for the longest-charting song in the Top 10 Country Music Chart. More info

: 11th May

The fifteenth season of Broadway by the Year arrives at the Town Hall in New York this year. A revue of musical theatre's greatest hits, each show covers a different quarter of a century of tunes from Broadway's best shows and features performances from Tony nominees and winners. Among the musicals featured will be Hair, Evita, Cabaret and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. More info

: Closes 5th July 2015

The Wonder Years' Dan Lauria makes his playwriting debut in Dinner with the Boys, a spicy new, mob-infused comedy. The story centers on Charlie (Lauria) and Dom (Richard Zavaglia), two old-in-the-tooth wiseguy hitmen who are hiding out in New Jersey from a very disgruntled mob boss. More info

This is an Off-Off-Broadway production of the Neo-Futurists' signature show. In Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, a company of actors perform (or attempt to perform) 30 plays in 60 minutes. More info

: 8th May

Known as 'The Sinatra of Flamenco', the Spanish-born singer Diego El Cigala has achieved world wide cross-over success while staying true to the flamenco musical legacy and his Spanish-gypsy heritage. Diego's sonorous, gravel-toned voice is at ease with various styles and sub-genres within Clave-based music including Son, Tango and Afro-Caribbean. More info

: 9th May

The McDonald's Gospelfest: When the Choir Meets the Quartet makes its eighth annual appearance at the Prudential Center this May. Raising money for education opportunities in the local area, this lavish concert brings together world renowned stars and talented newcomers, who have passed through the auditions earlier in the year. More info

: Closes 31st May 2015

After a successful run last year, Sit Down, Shut Up & Eat returns to the Snapple Theater Center for a return engagement in 2015. The laugh-filled production is written by and stars four seasoned New York comedians, and combines their smoothly delivered patter with the format of an Off-Broadway play. More info

: 30th May

Emmanuel and Mijares, two titans of Latin pop music will share a stage for the first time as they head out on the 'Two'r Amigos' tour. The Mexican crooners have crossed paths before when Mijares sang backing vocals in Emmanuel's band in the early 80's. The pair then went on to take the Americas by storm with their stellar solo careers, garnering fans throughout the world with their upbeat contemporary mariachi-tinged pop songs and sultry Spanish ballads. More info

: 16th May

Showcasing artistry of the highest calibre and a powerful key-touch, the Grammy award-winning virtuoso has worked with almost all of the world's leading orchestras. More info

: Closes 7th June 2015

A. R. Gurney continues his residency at the Signature Theater with What I Did Last Summer. Best known for Love Letters, Gurney is one of American theater's finest chroniclers of upper middle-class ennui and heartbreak. First premiered in 1981, this elegiac, coming of age story revolves around the 14 year old Charlie, vacationing with his Waspish mother Grace, who feels a desperate need for artistic self-expression bubbling up inside him. More info

: 28th May

Awarded the accolade of the world's most prominent and prolific film composer by Time Magazine, critically acclaimed composer, musician and producer A.R. Rahman has been shaping the face of modern Indian cinematic music and its international integration since he wrote the score for his first film in 1992. Since then he has garnered two Academy Awards, two Grammies, a Bafta and a Golden Globe for his astounding body of work that includes the soundtrack for Danny Boyle's 2008 smash hit Slumdog Millionaire. More info

: Closes 25th July 2015

A wedding is never the most-stress free time in a couple's life, but throw into the pot a huge and fiery Italian family and their disdain for their son's unconventional choice of life partner... Anthony J. Wilkinson's Off-Broadway comedy is back and its satirical take on the controversy surrounding same-sex marriage is as topical and hilarious as ever! More info

: Closes 15th May 2015

The DIY indie dance pop duo Matt and Kim are anything but your average synth-punk outfit. Formed 11 years ago without much knowledge of their chosen instruments, their 2006 debut EP was widely embraced and the pair toured with a ferocity that saw them playing top festivals and signed to the independent Fader Label. Now they hit the road again on the back of their latest offering 'New Glow'. More info

: Closes 8th May 2015

The Met Opera presents a double bill of operas - Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni and Pagliacci by Ruggero Leoncavallo. This pair of exciting new productions created by Sir David McVicar will see esteemed tenor Marcelo Alvarez perform the lead role in both works. Arguably the most tragic of operatic works, the two operas are both set in Sicily, with Cavalleria Rusticana set in a rustic village square in 1900, whilst Pagliacci is brought forward to a 1940s truck stop in the same area. Jealousy and betrayal are the common denominators, along with the Sicilian setting. More info

: 13th May

A smorgasbord of genres come together in the form of Amaranthe, a Danish-Swedish outfit who's three lead vocalist mix their vocal stylings over a backdrop of melodic metal, dance metal, electronica and good old euro pop to create a unique, and very definitely Scandinavian sound full of energy and positivity. More info

Perfect Crime goes well beyond traditional mystery play. It is a sexy, compelling thriller, with well-timed surprises and laughs that relieve a growing dramatic tension. The main character is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist accused of bumping off her wealthy British husband. But when a handsome young detective comes calling to investigate, is everything as straight-cut as it appears? More info

: Closes 1st July 2015

Neil LaBute's follow up 2014's The Money Shot will receive its world premiere in May at The Second Stage Theatre. The Way We Get By will mark the New York stage debut of Amanda Seyfried, who has previously stunned in the big screen adaptations of Les Miserables and Mamma Mia. More info

: Closes 9th May 2015

Back with the Metropolitan Opera for the first time in 12 years, Stravinsky's classic moral tale of the The Rake's Progress warns us that the Devil makes work for idle hands. Tom Rakewell learns the hard way when, bored of Anna Trulove, his betrothed, he meets Nick Shadow and finds himself at his mercy. More info

: 28th May

The South's favourite rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd has been together, in one form or another, since 1964. Their signature is the magical blend of not two but three guitars, which have weaved their way through iconic hits like Sweet Home Alabama, Simple Man and of course the ten minute epic Free Bird, which raised the bar to impossible heights for every guitar solo which was to follow. The band have overcome tragedies including the 1977 plane crash which claimed the lives of three members as well as the recent death of founding member Bob Burns, proving that they truly are the "phoenix" band of the South. More info

: Closes 24th June 2015

Amateur Night At The Apollo has been a key feature in the local music scene since 1934 when it launched, and has been the stepping stone in the career of many world-class musicians and entertainers, including Lauryn Hill and Stevie Wonder. The audience has the responsibility of cheering loudly for those they like, and booing those they deem less adept off the stage. More info

: Closes 9th May 2015

The Met revives David Alden's Film Noir inspired production of Un Ballo in Maschera for Spring. A scintillating tale of murder and intrique, supported tenor Piotr Beczala in his first outing as the threatened King Gustavo. Political plots and hidden passions are only emphasised in this stylistic, contemporary staging. More info

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