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All Shows in New York - February 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Shows in New York for the month of February 2017

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Where do you start with Hamilton? The hit hip-hop infused musical drama about the 10 Dollar Founding Father Without A Father from Lin-Manuel Miranda has all but taken over the world since its first sold-out run at the Off-Broadway Public Theatre in 2015. Now housed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre for the foreseeable future, the rollicking historical epic is a true arbiter of our times, with its message of inclusivity, passion, diversity and resistance from oppression gaining relevance with every passing day. More info

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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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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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: Closes 12th March 2017

August Wilson's 1979 two-act play about a gypsy cab station arrives this December for its Broadway premiere, the last of the playwright's works to play the Main Stem. Helmed by actor/director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, this marks his third collaboration on a Wilson play, having previously won a Tony Award for his role in Seven Guitars. This play is celebrated for its ferocious and spirited dialogue between the very different characters, as well as the myriad subplots and relationships. 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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One of New York's longest-running shows, the Blue Man Group is a little hard to describe, but we'll give it a go! Take a healthy dose of percussion, mix it in with some vaudeville, a pinch of cutting edge technology, and half a teaspoon of comedy, and you've got... well, the Blue Man Group! Guiding you through this multi-sensory, alternatively amazing and hilarious show are three blue-painted performers, who don't seem to have too much knowledge about life on earth. 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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: Closes 16th April 2017

Set in the golden age of Hollywood, Paramour is the first Broadway show from the renowned Canadian circus troupe. It will combine the company's famed acrobatics and spectacular design with the best of Broadway storytelling magic. More info

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: Closes 30th April 2017

A searingly funny, yet poignant new work by playwright Steven Levensen, If I Forget explores an uncomfortable subject for many Jewish American families, both within in the context of the Israel-Palenstine conflict and inside a family gathering. Unspoken truths become familial resentments, and family history becomes heavily revised by each member. Set in the immediate months preceeding 9/11, Levensen challenges us to remember a time before the daily threat of terrorism, and to examine a culture deeply at odds with itself over its history. More info

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: Closes 14th March 2017

Willy Decker's inspiring, "grippingly spare, almost surreal" production returns to the Met Opera! The action is now brought forward to the 1950s, complete with swing dresses and magnums of champagne! Can a consumptive courtesan and a naive nobleman find love together? Or will the fates (and his family) strive to keep them apart? 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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: Closes 15th April 2017

A powerful, poignant ode to British acting legend George Rose, who else is better placed to pay tribute than his friend and mentee of more than 20 years, Ed Dixon! Written and starring Dixon alone on stage, this stage show depicts an astonishing 33 characters that all interact with the now late, Tony Award-winning character actor George Rose. Dizzying, humorous and fast-moving, this production takes us through Rose's storied career that saw him perform on stage in both London's West End and on Broadway opposite Katharine Hepburn, Noel Coward, Dame Edith Evans, Richard Burton, and Laurence Olivier, until his violent and tragic death by family. More info

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The winner of six 2013 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Kinky Boots is one of Broadway's newest mainstays. Featuring a funky score from Cyndi Lauper, it's the story of a failing shoe factory in England which is turned around by the influence of a fabulous drag queen named Lola. More info

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: 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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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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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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: 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

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: Closes 30th March 2017

The Tuskegee Airmen were leading lights in the fight for integration and social equality. They were African American men brought together under the Army Air Corps program in the build up to WWII, a time when Jim Crow laws were still operating in many states. One of Off-Broadway's longest running shows, Black Angels Over Tuskegee tells their story with wit and heart, painting a realistic portrait of six men from the 99th Pursuit Squadron. More info

: Closes 6th June 2017

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

: Closes 8th December 2017

Brooklyn-born Jerry Seinfeld takes up residence at the Beacon Theater throughout 2016, playing one show every month. Arguably one of the greatest comedians of his time, Seinfeld has been entertaining audiences with his witty observations of the mundane little wrinkles of life since he stepped up to the mic in 1976. More info

: Closes 30th December 2017

The hugely acclaimed musical Come From Away makes its Broadway debut. Full of warmth and humanity, it tells the remarkable story of the small Newfoundland town of Gander, which found itself playing host to thousands of displaced airplane passengers on 9/11. More info

: Closes 15th March 2017

The Metropolitan Opera present Barlett Sher's lushly vivid production of Gounod's romantic opera. Adapted from Shakespeare's classic tale of star-crossed lovers, it will reunite Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo, who displayed their sizzling chemistry in last year's Manon! Stunning and sumptuous, this retelling is likely to be a jewel in the 2017/16 season. More info

: Closes 20th April 2017

The Met's unforgettable production of Verdi's ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska once again, alternating with Latonia Moore and Krassimira Stoyanova​. They share the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radames. More info

: Closes 27th April 2017

Director Michael Mayer's hit production of Verdi's powerful tragedy sees 1500s Mantua replaced by a seedy and gaudy Las Vegas in 1960; the ideal setting for this eternal conflict of depravity and innocence. As with many operas, the themes of revenge, mistaken identities and divine intervention feature heavily in this; something that was quite hidden in Victor Hugo's original novel until Verdi put it to music. More info

: Closes 2nd March 2017

The Little Mermaid meets the brothers Grimm in this soulful fairytale from Antonin Dvorak. In a brand new production for the met, Mary Zimmerman imagines a hauntingly romantic world in which the water nymph Rusalka leaves the confines of her lake home in search of the love of a prince, at the cost of all she holds dear. Kristine Opolais stars alongside Katarina Dalayman, Jamie Barton, Eric Owens and Brandon Jovanovich . Mark Elder conducts. More info

: Closes 9th March 2017

The irresistible tale of unrequited love unfolds tragically in Jules Massenet's lushly scored opera, based on Goethe's semi-autobiographical novel 'The Sorrows of Young Wether'. Sorrows they truly are as the brooding poet falls for the betrothed Charlotte and is driven to the brink of life itself when he realises his chance at winning her is ultimately doomed. Isabel Lenard stars as Charlotte, alongside Vittorio Grigolo as Wether, conducted by Edward Gardner. More info

: Closes 12th March 2017

​Following their collaboration on Vineyard Theatre's The Landing, famed composer John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago) and playwright Greg Pierce (Her Requiem) return to the Off-Broadway theatre with their latest work Kid Victory. A complex work, alternately humorous and haunting, this musical centers on the character of Luke, a teenage boy who went missing for a year, and is struggling to readjust to to the normality of everyday life. More info

: Closes 28th February 2017

Bellini's final work, a rousing bel canto set during the tumult of the English Civil War concerns a secret love that goes against the social and political divide that drives one of the lovers to the very edge of madness. More info

: Closes 11th May 2017

The ever enduring Don Giovanni returns to the Metropolitan Opera. Mozart's libertine philanderer is cast in a decidedly darker light in this staging, whose story of unavenged justice incorporates tragedy and black comedy, as well as the supernatural elements which ultimately downfall. Giovanni is no misunderstood hero in this production, which was created by acclaimed British director and producer Michael Grandage. More info

: Closes 7th May 2017

Two time Pulitzer Prize nominee Sarah Ruhl (The Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House) presents her brand new play at the Lincoln Center, featuring a star-studded cast​. Leading the cast of this world premiere are Oscar winner Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, The Realistic Joneses) and Tony winner Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). More info

: Closes 23rd April 2017

Emmy Award-winner John Leguizamo is a creature of countless talents. From film, television, theater, stand-up comedy and even music, there are few project that he hasn't yet tackled. Following on from his recent success 2011 on-Broadway with Ghetto Klown, he returns with another one-man show developed at La Jolla Playhouse in CA, this time tackling the historic contributions of Latinos that have been conveniently forgotten from the history books. Using his trademark rapid-fire wit, sharp observations and personal experiences, he will introduce you to hidden histories spanning the Aztec and Incan Empires to World War II. More info

: Closes 21st March 2017

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling, five-time Grammy-nominated entertainer dubbed "The Ambassador of the Great American Songbook," is considered one of the world's foremost interpreters of American standards, especially for Irving Berlin's work. 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 in London. He is currently serving as artistic director in Indiana at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. More info

: Closes 26th March 2017

Man from Nebraska is a contemplative drama about rediscovering faith, from Pulitzer Prize winner Tracey Letts (August: Osage County). Tony winner Reed Birney (The Humans) stars as Ken, a middle-aged family man from Nebraska whose sudden crisis of faith prompts him to jet off to London, to try and reconnect with God. More info

: Closes 5th March 2017

A touching romantic comedy that takes place behind the scenes of a Hollywood studio tv show, Fade follows the story of two employees of Latino descent as they traverse a mainly white-dominated workplace. Created by Tanya Saracho, who wrote the acclaimed series How To Get Away With Murder, this two-hander delves deep into the lives of two lower-level workers, a janitor and a junior writer as they bond over their shared heritage and experiences, leading them to a surprising collaboration that they didn't see coming! More info

: Closes 10th March 2017

Part of Theatre Row's Musicals Tonight season, this little-performed 1940 musical by the pen of legendary Broadway composer Irving Berlin and ballet choreography by George Balanchine makes a long-awaited return to the stage in February. A satirical look at the life and politics of Louisiana Governor Huey Long, it includes classic standards such as Sex Marches On; You're Lonely and I'm Lonely; Latins Know How; Outside of That I Love You and Fools Fall in Love. More info

: Closes 30th April 2017

The Public presents the world premiere of one of the most intriguing new musicals of the season. Penned by idiosyncratic Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Joan of Arc - Into the Fire tells the story of the legendary French military leader, who since her execution by the English in 1431, at the tender age of only nineteen, has became a towering cultural figure, a canonized saint and a symbol of freedom and liberation the world over. More info

: Closes 12th March 2017

What begins as a friendly get together of old theater buddies becomes something much more sinister in Wallace Shawn's radical play, which makes its US Premiere at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Leading the cast of this dystopian dark comedy, set in an America where citizens have become state-sponsored assassins, is two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick (It's Only a Play, The Producers), while Wallace Shawn himself also takes to the stage. More info

: Closes 19th March 2017

A world premiere production by the winner of the 2016 MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Grant, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, is set to take Broadway by storm when it arrives in late January for a limited two-month run at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Everybody follows hot on the heels of Jacobs-Jenkins' Pulitzer nominated Gloria , which was staged in 2015, and his acclaimed 2010 work Neighbours. Casting for his highly anticipated new play includes David Patrick Kelly of Therese Raquin, Marylouise Burke of Fish in the Dark and Brooke Bloom of Cloud Nine. More info

: Closes 26th March 2017

Academy Award-nominated young actress Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Signs , Zombieland and Scream Queens) makes her stage debut in Erica Schmidt's new coming of age play that explores teenage sexuality in the Eighties. Also helmed by Schmidt herself, this world premiere production is running for a limited time only, boasting a talented young cast that also features Isabelle Fuhrman, Joe Tippett and Alex Wolff. Taking place as a parallel storyline between the two girlfriends and two teenage guys as the objects of their affections, a summer of love turns on its head with painful realisations and truths about getting too sexual, too early. 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

: 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 2nd April 2017

After successful runs in Chicago and DC, this marvelous and spiritually invigorating show comes to New York. Starring Max McLean, the show is a deliciously thought-provoking look at the famous novelist and writer, presented in his own words, as we trace his remarkable journey from Atheist to Christian and what he learned about himself along the way. More info

: Closes 2nd April 2017

Following the rapturous reception of The Ruins of Civilization, playwright Penelope Skinner returns to the Manhattan Theatre Club with her new play Linda. Debuted in London in 2015, Linda is a telling portrait of the prejudice and low self esteem fostered by the beauty industry, following the story of a 55 year old marketing boss whose idea of targeting a much older demographic is rejected by her colleagues. More info

: 28th February

If you've ever found your mind wandering to far off places only to return with seemingly unanswerable questions like 'what would happen to the earth if every human being jumped at the same time?' then you're in luck, because TV's favorite mad scientist and inventor Adam Savage is joining forces with the man behind popular scientific and philosophical Youtube channel Vsauce Michael Stevens to bring you an unorthodox live show that'll feed you some Brain Candy! More info

: Closes 28th June 2017

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

One actor has at least five shorts of whiskey and attempts to perform a Shakespearean play in a hilarious and totally unpredictable evening! More info

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