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New York Critics Picks in October 2014

Our selection of the best critics picks in New York for the month of October 2014

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Cort Theater: 1st - 31st October

Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin star opposite Tavi Gevinson in this revival of Kenneth Lonergan's 1996 play, This Is Our Youth. The production is directed by Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro whose most recent Broadway endeavour, Of Mice and Men, also starred a cast full of young acting talent. The play is a raw portrait of the age bridging adolescence and adulthood, when poor decision making and new opportunities often collide. More info

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Eugene O'Neill Theatre: 1st - 1st January

From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park comes this hilarious 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. More info

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Bergen Performing Arts Center: 17th October

Come and share the evening with one of Americas most loved personalities known to both young and old, the star of The Cosby Show keeps on getting better and better. By the time the curtain has raised you will already have remembered why he has become the phenomenon that he is today. Cosby's engaging and enrgentic style will have you clambering to sign up for his next performance. More info

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NYCB Theatre at Westbury: 17th October

One of the most respected and popular Latino comedians of all time, Lopez is an author, sitcom star, Grammy nominated and undeniably hilarious. Still edgy despite his massive success, Lopez will have you in stitches with his insights on relationships, ethnicity and family life. More info

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New Amsterdam Theater: 1st - 1st January

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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Astor Place Theatre: 1st - 1st January

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. More info

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Walter Kerr Theater: 1st - 31st October

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 Monty's mind... More info

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Ethel Barrymore Theater: 1st - 31st October

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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Majestic Theater: 1st - 1st January

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 love him back. More info

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Gershwin Theater: 1st - 1st January

Long before Dorothy drops in, two other girls 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. Wicked follows these two unlikely friends and college roomates grow into very different women: The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. More info

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Orpheum Theater: 1st - 1st January

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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Belasco Theater: 1st - 31st October

Now starring former Book of Mormon star Andrew Rannells in the title role, 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. Dexter star Michael C Hall will take over the role on October 16 through January 4, 2015. More info

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Madison Square Garden: 9th October

One of the most promising newcomers to the comedy scene, Aziz Ansari is known for his role as Tom Haverford, the self-serving colleague of Leslie Knope in the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation" as well as his part in MTV's sketch comedy series, "Human Giant." More info

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August Wilson Theater: 1st - 1st January

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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Shubert Theatre: 1st - 1st January

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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Lunt Fontanne Theater: 1st - 31st October

Motown: The Musical brings the same toe-tapping beats and soul-shaking songs that rocked America in the 1960s to Broadway. The musical tells the real story of Motown Records' founder, Berry Gordy, and his incredible journey from featherweight boxer to the music mogul responsible for Diana Ross and Michael Jackson's careers! More info

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Al Hirschfeld Theater: 1st - 1st January

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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Minskoff Theater: 1st - 1st January

Disney presents a musical that brings the much-loved 1994 animated film to life to breath-taking effects, spirit and power, inviting you to explore the African Serengeti and join 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. In addition to the beloved songs penned by Sir Elton John and Tim Rice (such as the soaring 'Circle of Life') this phenomenal adaptation has new original songs and explodes with joyous, captivating music that soundtrack the rich mythology and moving drama expertly. More info

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Stephen Sondheim Theatre: 1st - 31st October

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, and will star Jessie Mueller in the 2014 Tony Award winning title role. More info

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Stage 3 New World Stages: 1st - 31st October

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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Music Box Theater: 1st - 1st January

In 2013 Broadway's favorite high-flying, circus-inspired musical, Pippin, finally returned! This This acclaimed revival opened over 35 years after the original Broadway production closed, but managed to match its predecessor's success by scooping up an impressive TEN 2013 Tony Award nominations of which it won four, including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical. Set to a toe-tapping pop-rock score, this is one musical that doesn't just ask its cast to act, sing and dance but sees them performing acrobatics and circus right on stage too! More info

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Imperial Theater: 1st - 31st October

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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Metropolitan Opera House: 1st - 31st October

Puccini's moving story of young love has become the most performed opera in Met history. Maija Kovalevska, Anita Hartig, and Barbara Frittoli star as the frail Mim in Franco Zeffirelli's classic production, with Joseph Calleja and Vittorio Grigolo sharing the role of her passionate lover, Rodolfo. More info

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Circle in the Square: 1st - 5th October

Audra McDonald returns to Broadway as Billie Holiday in this look back on the First Lady of Jazz's life story. The musical is set inside a smokey Philly nightclub in the 1959, where Ms. Holiday puts on one of her last ever performances. This stunning performance won Audra MacDonald her a record sixth Tony Award. More info

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Jerry Orbach Theater: 1st - 1st January

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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Broadway Theater: 1st - 31st October

This nine-time Tony-nominated new spin on the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic television production adds songs from their catalogue and turns the fairy tale concept on its head: it's Cinderella's turn to save the prince! Songs include "In My Own Little Corner"and "Impossible/It's Possible". More info

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Damrosch Park: 17th - 31st October

For it's 35th Season, the Big Apple Circus dares you to Dream Big! It's an all-new show, where the world's greatest circus artists are presented under an intimate big top, and no seat is more than 50 feet from the ring! More info

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Helen Hayes Theater: 1st - 1st January

Hair band devotees rejoice: The anthems of the '80s are back. The new musical features the hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Styx, REO Speedwagon, Pat Benatar and many more. More info

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Broadhurst Theater: 1st - 1st January

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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Studio 54: 1st - 1st January

The Roundabout Theatre Company's latest revival of Cabaret is a star-studded, two-time Tony nominated affair, with Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming confirmed to fill the lead roles. The musical, which first appeared on Broadway in 1966, is set in 1930s Berlin, in the infamous Kit Kat Klub where cabaret performer Sally Bowles sings against the voice of Nazi rise to power. More info

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Bergen Performing Arts Center: 22nd October

Dating back to boys' choirs formed in 1948, the Vienna Boys Choir is one of the best known boys' choirs in the world and one of Austria's most famous cultural exports. More info

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Bernard B Jacobs Theater: 1st - 1st January

The creators of the acclaimed Black Watch, director John Tiffany and choreographer Steven Hoggett, join forces with playwright/screenwriter Enda Walsh to bring the hit independent film Once, winner of a 2007 Academy Award for the hit song "Falling Slowly", to the stage. More info

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Ambassador Theater: 1st - 1st January

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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Kirk Theatre: 1st - 1st January

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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Kirk Theatre: 1st - 1st January

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

Gerald Schoenfeld Theater: 1st - 31st October

If you loved The Producers, you'll be thrilled to hear that Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick will perform together on Broadway again! The duo are set to star in Terrence McNally's play "It's Only a Play," a hilarious send-up of the theatre business set on the eve of 'The Golden Egg's' opening night where the nervous playwright (Broderick), his best friend (Lane), and a host of other showbiz characters await the first reviews. More info

John Golden Theater: 20th - 31st October

Three-time Tony winner Glenn Close stars opposite John Lithgow in Edward Albee's family about an upper middle-class couple who struggle to maintain their equilibrium when they open up their home to friends and family in need, including their daughter whose fourth marriage has just ended as well as an alcoholic relative. More info

Madison Square Garden: 1st - 31st October

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

Prudential Center: 11th October

Fleetwood Mac have amassed an enviable track record in their 45-year history, including over 17 studio albums, 69 singles, seven Grammy nominations and two Grammy awards. This year sees Christine McVie rejoin the band for their "On With The Show" tour! More info

Lucille Lortel Theater: 1st - 12th October

Is the price of fame in The Money Shot too high? Well, Steve and Karen are about to find out. The new play from Neil LaBute follows two Hollywood has-beens as they try and claw their way back to the top, by whatever means necessary. The Money Shot will be directed by Terry Kinner and stars Frederick Weller, Gia Crovatin and Callie Thorne. More info

Radio City Music Hall: 9th - 10th October

Bastille are an indie rock band hailing from Leeds, England. The band began as a solo project by frontman Dan Smith who later expanded the project to include three additional band members. The group signed with Virgin Records in 2010 and released their hit single "Pompeii" three years later. More info

Isaac Stern Auditorium: 1st - 31st October

For more than 160 years, the venerable Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra has been closely associated with the history and tradition of European classical music. More info

NYCB Theatre at Westbury: 30th October

As a stand-up comedian, Gaffigans clever, quiet style has earned him an unprecedented number of appearances on both CBS' Late Show with David Letterman and NBC's Late Night with Conan O'Brien. His recent one hour Comedy Central special entitled Beyond the Pale has made Gaffigan one of the most popular touring and recorded comedians in the country today. More info

Beacon Theater: 18th October

The Fab Faux are without a doubt the most musically satisfying Beatles tribute band on the scene today. The band have created a buzz among Beatles fans committing to performing live what they feel would be an accurate reproduction of The Beatles' repertoire. More info

NYCB Theatre at Westbury: 12th October

Kevin James might be best known now as the star of The King of Queens, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, and Zookeeper, but his comedy career started well before that as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, James made the jump to television, starring in the hit series The King of Queens. More info

American Airlines Theater: 2nd - 31st October

Ewan McGregor and Maggie Gyllenhaal make their Broadway debuts in this stirring Broadway revival of Tom Stoppard's play about a playwright whose marriage is on the verge of collapse. Produced by the Roundabout Theatre Company, it will also star Tony-winner Cynthia Nixon and is directed by Sam Gold (Picnic, Seminar). More info

Daryl Roth Theater: 1st - 31st October

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 bring your pals and your dancing shoes, to prepare for visual and sensory overload. More info

Circle in the Square: 31st October

In one of the most highly anticipated castings this Broadway season, stage and screen star, and our 2014 Tony Awards host Hugh Jackman returns to The Great White Way! He plays the lead in this new production of Jez Butterworth's acclaimed (albeit disturbing) play, The River. Our nameless and rugged central character has whisked his new lover away to a remote woodland cabin, however as the play evolves we become less sure about his intentions... or of the nature of his relationship with those he entertains at his cabin. More info

Isaac Stern Auditorium: 16th October

Founded in 1932, the London Philharmonic Orchestra is considered one of the world's very finest. Usually resident at the iconic Royal Festival Hall on London's Southbank and Glyndebourne, they are taking their powerful ensemble on a short US Tour, bringing their innovative and sweeping sound to America. More info

Lyric Theatre - Broadway: 1st - 31st October

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

Longacre Theater: 1st - 31st October

Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe winner James Earl Jones will return to the stage - the showbiz sphere he started out in over fifty years ago - in this comedic play by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. "You Can't Take It With You" follows two families whose lives are thrown together when their children become engaged. More info

Metropolitan Opera House: 30th - 31st October

The Met's unforgettable production of Verdi's ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska once again, alongside Latonia Moore, and Oksana Dykand. They share the title role of the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radames, played by Marcello Giordani and Marco Berti, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina and Violeta Urmana. More info

Hammerstein Ballroom: 17th October

Hatsune Miku is not just any pop star. In her native Japan, she has sold a staggering amount of records, been featured in video games, manga, Cosplay and holds the distinction of having been sent to space in a rocket, twice. But just what is it about this 16 year old star with two shining turquoise pigtails and a never-ending wardrobe? More info

Beacon Theater: 30th October

Celebrating its landmark 11th season, So You Think You Can Dance's Top 10 finalists will be hitting the road this fall travelling across North America as part of the 2014 live tour! The tour line-up revealed on FOX includes the following top 10 finalists: Bridget Whitman, Casey Askew, Emilio Dosal and Zack Everhart. More info

B.B. King Blues Club: 8th October

After being shelved in 2010, Last Comic Standing is back! With Wanda Skyes on board, the new clutch of up and comics were introduced to the nation back in May. Now see your finalists on a hilariously funny new tour, showcasing talents honed in the series, with sketch, improv and side-splitting stand up! More info

Madison Square Garden: 28th October

Motley Crue are embarking on their last ever tour (they even made it legally binding against future, unauthorized tours!), celebrating 30 years as the "bad boys of rock 'n'roll" before retiring officially and finally, in 2015. And joining them on this epic odyssey is Alice Cooper, arguably the man who kicked off an entire genre of bad boy rock. More info

Best Buy Theater: 14th October

King Diamond aka Kim Bendix Petersen is the undisputed king of Danish metal, frontman of Mercyful Fate and the star of his own self-named band, accomplished guitarist and bassist, he's been a frontrunner in the Scandinavian metal scene since the mid-1970s and now - despite being almost 60 years old - is showing no signs of slowing down. More info

Theater at Madison Square Garden: 25th October

Grammy Award winning Canadian rock singer-songwriter, Bryan Adams has spent the last three decades making music history. He has sold over 65 million records, toured six continents and achieved #1 status in over 40 countries around the world. More info

Wellmont Theatre: 11th October

Having developed his classic and unmistakable playing style on his trademark Gibson electric guitar 'Lucille', he has been hailed as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. More info

David H Koch Theater: 18th October

Recognised as maybe America's finest ballerina, Wendy Whelan will perform for the last time as NYCB's principal dancer on October 18th. Her career with the company has lasted for 30 years, and she's expected to pick her favourite pieces for this farewell performance. More info

Isaac Stern Auditorium: 11th October

Shen Yun Symphony Orchestra is a celebration of Eastern and Western classical music, with traditional Chinese instruments accompanied by a full orchestra. The orchestra is part of the Shen Yun Performing Arts, who took their name from the Chinese word 'shen yun' which translates as "the beauty of divine beings dancing." More info

Best Buy Theater: 26th October

To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the release of Pink Floyds seminal 1979 classic rock opera, THE WALL, the live phenomenon that is The Australian Pink Floyd Show will tour North American venues this fall. More info

Terminal 5: 22nd October

The indie-rockers from London, England make their way over to the US for a string of dates from October 1st. With support from 'cinematic-pop-band' Milo Greene, expect a show that will definitely appeal to your feet as much as your ears, and make them move in time with the fresh, stylish grooves over bouncy beats. More info

St James Theater: 28th - 31st October

Returning to Broadway is this revitalized, reinvented and revived version of the 1997 cult classic that delves into the incredible true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton and their graduation from the fellow attractions of the carnival, to a vaudeville success in their own right! More info

Radio City Music Hall: 4th October

Lykke Li is a Swedish singer-songwriter who came to fame in the early 2000s when bloggers stumbled across her MySpace page, taking an instant liking to her indie-rock music and retro-chic sense of style. She is touring her latest record I Never Learn Learn, which features the tracks No Rest for the Wicked and Gunshot. More info

Richard Rodgers Theater: 1st - 31st October

If/Then is a romantic, intellectual and innovative new musical about how choice and chance collide - and how we learn to love the fallout. Broadway legend Idina Menzel stars in the lead role, one she's was nominated for a 2014 Tony Award for! More info

Neil Simon Theater: 1st - 31st October

Following three years of careful research and writing, the brand new musical by Sting is set to premier in the Fall of 2014! Inspired by his memories of growing up in coastal England, The Last Ship tells the story of a struggling Britain shipyard and the workers who help construct these titanic triumphs of man's mechanical and creative genius. More info

Isaac Stern Auditorium: 18th October

Following their starring role on Paul Simon's 1986 record Graceland, Ladysmith Black Mambazo have firmly established themselves as leaders of African and more generally world music. Constantly touring across the globe, this choral vocal group summon up some of the most beautiful harmonises you're ever likely to hear. More info

Westside Theater Upstairs: 7th - 31st October

Star of stage and screen Joely Richardson takes on the role of Emily Dickinson in this revival of William Luce's work. This one woman play paints an intimate portrait of America's finest poet, who lived most of her life in extreme seclusion in her hometown of Amherst. More info

Best Buy Theater: 22nd October

Since crashing through to the mainstream with 'Whatcha Say', Jason Derulo has been quietly building on his success as a singer songwriter (he used to write for Diddy and Sean Kingston) and conquering the R&B scene with his slick and infectious tunes. With the release of new album 'Talk Dirty' Derulo is ready to take on the world again, one city at a time. More info

Lyceum Theater: 1st - 31st October

Josh Radnor and Hari Dhillon star in this award-winning play by Ayad Akhtar about an affluent Muslim-American couple living in New York City, whose views on race, relationships and identity are left shattered after a dinner party with a co-worker and her husband. The play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2013. More info

David H Koch Theater: 22nd - 31st October

The American Ballet Theatre presents their Fall program at the David H. Koch Theater, with works by some of the most renowned choreographers such as George Balanchine, Twyla Tharp, and Christopher Wheeldon. The season includes a mixture of works, including the world premiere of a new piece by Royal Ballet's Artist in residence, Liam Scarlett. More info

Huron Club: 1st - 3rd October

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

Brooks Atkinson Theater: 1st - 31st October

Mia Farrow, Brian Dennehy, Carol Burnett and Anjelica Huston star in this witty, revealing and unforgettable exploration of love. The romantic drama will feature a rotating cast where the pair of almost-lovers is played by a different A-list celebrity duo every few weeks. Love Letters is a moving portrait of two friends who shares their lives through letters and notes written to each other, never acknowledging the burgeoning possibility that there may be more to their relationship... More info

Union Square Theater: 3rd - 31st October

The late, great John Lennon comes back to life in this poignant two-man show by esteemed actor and singer John Waters and accompanist Stewart D'Arrietta, which originally saw sell-out tours in their native Australia, and is now considered part of the country's theatrical repetoire. Neither a biography or an emulation of the man himself, Waters' production aims to capture Lennon's essence through music and the spoken word in a truly intimate portrait. More info

David H Koch Theater: 8th - 31st October

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

Mitzi E Newhouse Theater: 9th - 31st October

When their young son is chosen as the reincarnation of a High Buddhist leader, a couple must decide whether he should go to India to begin his spiritual training. The Oldest Boy is the latest work from the brilliant Pulitzer Prize-nominated Sarah Ruhl, and stars multi-Tony Award nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger. More info

Stage 4 New World Stages: 1st - 31st October

"iLuminate: Artist of Light" is an electrifying story told through dance and cutting-edge technology. iLuminate Productions takes you on a fantastical journey in their first ever Broadway show using their groundbreaking light suits, as seen on "America's Got Talent"! More info

David H Koch Theater: 1st - 19th October

From legendary composer to legendary choreographer, New York City Ballet present four of George Balanchine' pieces set to the music of Tchaikovsky in a show displaying the artistic genius of both and translated by the talents of America's most recognised ballet company. More info

David H Koch Theater: 1st - 6th October

Dedicated to the late dance master and co-founder of the NYCB, this mixed program will include choreography taken from George Balanchine's most famous works with his frequent collaborator, Stravinsky and tributes of neo-classical dance to Tchaikovsky. More info

Samuel J. Friedman Theatre: 1st - 31st October

The Country House heads to New York City after a successful pre-Broadway run in Los Angeles. Blythe Danner once again stars as the matriach struggling to keep the peace when her family gathers at their summerhouse for the Williamstown Theatre Festival. The arrival of an unexpected guest throwing their roles and relationships into disrepair in a manor highly influenced by Chekov's writing. More info

Metropolitan Opera House: 1st - 18th October

The fickle nature of loyalty in the face of great reward is explored in this pivotal opera by Giuseppe Verdi. This opera was Verdi's very first Shakespearean adaptation and was based directly on the Shakespeare's Macbeth, a play he referred to as 'one of the greatest creations of man'. More info

Barclays Center: 27th October

After being introduced to world in The Jonas Brothers movie Camp Rock, Demi Lovato has become one of Disney Channel's biggest stars. She's released a ton of million-selling records, appeared as a judge on The X-Factor, and was chosen to sing the promotional version of Let it Go from Frozen. More info

NYCB Theatre at Westbury: 18th October

Join Dorothy and Toto as they head down the yellow brick road on an exciting adventure to the wonderful world of Oz. Along with a rag-tag bunch of misfits, Dorothy learns about love, bravery and the true meaning of home in this local production perfect for the whole family! More info

Best Buy Theater: 10th October

Boyband fan favorites Nick Carter and Jordan Knight are heading out on tour with their brand new collaboration 'Nick & Knight', incorporating hits from both Backstreet Boys and New Kids On The Block and brand new material in the form of forthcoming album 'Just the Two of Us.' More info

St. George Theatre: 22nd October

Boz Scaggs is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist. He gained fame in the 1970s with several Top 20 Hits in the United States along with the #2 album Silk Degrees. Scaggs continued to write and record music through the 1980s and '90s. More info

Prudential Center: 10th October

Rascal Flatts is an American country rock band founded in Columbus, Ohio. Composed of three members: Gary LeVox, Jay DeMarcus, and Joe Don Rooney. The band have come a long way from their Ohio origins, selling over 7 million tickets between 2004 and 2012! More info

St. George Theatre: 10th October

Five friends in their 30s and 40s have a wild and outrageous girls' night out at a karaoke bar. Friends since their teens, they have all had their fair share of heartache and tragedy, joy and success. Together, they reminisce about their younger days, celebrate their current lives and look to the future, all the while belting out an array of classic girly anthems.... More info

Lion Theatre: 21st - 31st October

Musicals Tonight! have a history of reviving long forgotten musicals, introducing them to audiences all over again. Carnival or Carnival! is a 1960 show based on the 1953 French movie Lili, starring Lesie Caron. It's the strange adventure of Lili, a naive teenage orphan who turns up at the Carnival looking for her guardian, but ultimately she ends up becoming more than just a spectator... More info

Bergen Performing Arts Center: 28th October

The Beach Boys will reunite for a global 50th Anniversary tour in 2012. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks will come together for a new studio album, commemorative catalog releases with Capitol/EMI, and a 50-date international tour to begin on April 27th with a headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, as well as other exciting events to be announced. More info

Metropolitan Opera House: 1st - 31st October

The Met's hit production of Bizet's Carmen returns with two of its leading ladies, Anita Rachvelishvili and Elina Garanca! Anita Rachvelishvili made a sensational Met debut in the title role in 2010. More info

David H Koch Theater: 1st - 12th October

The second of New York City Ballet's celebration of Russian mastery and influence explores the partnership of Balanchine and Stravinsky, as they went on to create some of their most prolific and popular works together, changing the landscape of contemporary dance with the combination of their talents. More info

Laura Pels Theater: 1st - 31st October

Roundabout Theatre presents the New York premiere of Tom Stoppard's romantic drama, Indian Ink. Set in the 1930s, the play first follows a young English poet as she travels through India, and later her younger sister back in England as she tries to preserve the legacy of her sister's career. More info

St Lukes Theater: 1st - 31st October

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

Tarrytown Music Hall: 31st October

The Mavericks returned to the music scene in 2012 after an eight-year hiatus that saw fans longing for another taste of their unique country-influenced garage tunes, part country-rock, part-alternative-rock, with a dash of their fun-filled punk roots thrown it too. The band formed in 1989, seeing the bulk of their fame in the early-to-late nineties. Now they've reunited and re back on the road and in the studio! More info

Beacon Theater: 21st - 28th October

The Allman Brothers Band have a 41 year tradition of blending the new and the old... playing the songs that stir our souls because they bring back so many great memories, casting classic blues tunes in a new light, and then hitting us with something completely fresh and new that is destined to become a classic. More info

Madison Square Garden: 17th October

Eric Church is one of modern country's most exciting talents. Unafraid to venture outside of the genre's usual musical boundaries, his four studio albums have drawn influences from classic rock, disco and grunge, producing a gritty and earthy sound that is as innovative as it is catchy. Able support on this tour comes from celebrated punk cowboy Dwight Yoakam. More info

B.B. King Blues Club: 28th October

He may not be a household name, but for people who know their guitar players, Robin Trower is one of the greats. He first found success with Procol Harum in the 60s, before embarking on a highly innovative and influential solo career. There are few players in the world today who can match Trower. More info

Hammerstein Ballroom: 24th October

One of the biggest names in modern alternative country, Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg's fascination with the genre began when they were still in school. They're touring in support of their latest record Stay Gold, a collection of shimmering melodies and gorgeous harmonies that includes the tracks My Silver Lining and Cedar Park. More info

Beacon Theater: 4th October

The Afghan Whigs dealt in some of the smokiest, seediest rock 'n' roll to emerge from the 1990s. Happily, this richly hued atmosphere of menace was all present and correct on The Whigs' 2013 effort Do To The Beast, the band's first album for 16 years. They're touring Do To The Beast, along with the rest of their noir-flavored catalogue, across North America and Canada this summer and fall. More info

Clurman Theatre: 1st - 18th October

Keen Company's 2014/15 season opens with the first New York revival of Lee Blessing's Pulitzer Prize nominated A Walk in the Woods. Based on the real life Cold War negotiations of 1982, the play centers on a Soviet and an American diplomat who take an informal 'walk in the woods' during a period of deadlock. This witty, intelligent two-hander stars Kathleen Chalfant and Paul Niebanck. More info

Halifax Metro Centre: 25th - 26th October

The new Sesame Street Live show for 2014 is here! Guaranteed to get everyone up out of there seat and dancing like crazy (moms and dads too), this new production features all of your favourite Sesame Street characters performing a mix of classic and brand new songs that will get hip a-swaying and feet a-twisting. More info

Beacon Theater: 31st October

The ever undefinable Primus offer up another slice of musical weirdness this summer with the release of eighth studio album Primus and the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble, and it's supporting tour. It's a 're-imagining' of the soundtrack from the Gene Wilder starring cult classic from 1973, and will feature Primus' original line-up for the first time since 1995. More info

Bergen Performing Arts Center: 14th October

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

Best Buy Theater: 8th October

The American nu metal pioneers are readying the release of their seventh record Stampede of the Disco Elephants. The forthcoming record includes the tracks Ready to Go (featuring Lil Wayne), Thieves and Endless Slaughter. They'll be supported on this tour by rapper Machine Gun Kelly, who is currently working on his second full-length studio album. More info

Madison Square Garden: 4th October

A dizzying array of influences have informed Bassnectar's music making. The superstar DJ and producer has melded his wide-ranging loves (everything from Nirvana from Orbital) into a rainbow of electronica and house music, an eclectic approach which has seen him reach the upper echelons of the DJing world. More info

Best Buy Theater: 11th October

Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim's unique brand of surreal bizarreness first found its home in animation, on the show Tom Goes to the Mayor. Since then it's spread into multiple cult tv shows, a movie, webisodes and those Old Spice commercials starring Terry Crews. They're joined on this tour by Dr Steve Brule (John C. Reily). More info

United Palace Theater: 24th - 25th October

The indie pop pedallers of sun drenched Californian cool, buoyed by the success of 2010's super viral super smash hit, 'Pumped up Kicks', Foster the People head out on tour this summer with 2014's sophomore album 'Supermodel'. Catch their unique dance infused pop and beaming melodies at a venue near you! More info

Judy & Arthur Zankel Hall: 1st - 15th October

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

Stage 2 New World Stages: 1st - 1st January

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

Snapple Theater Center: 1st - 1st January

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. More info

David H Koch Theater: 2nd - 31st October

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

Isaac Stern Auditorium: 1st - 31st October

The New York Pops 2014/2015 Season boasts their greatest line-up ever. It's a series of concerts which includes everything from The Fab Four to some festive sing a-longs, to the tunes of Old Blue Eyes. New York's favourite orchestra will be joined throughout the season by a starry roster of guest performers, including Glee's Matthew Morrison and Broadway phenomenon Sutton Foster. More info

Apollo Theater: 11th October

Jointly presented by The Apollo Theater and the World Music Institute, this night is the main event in The Apollo's four day Africa Now! South Africa festival. Showcasing some of the country's most innovative and celebrated artists, the night's line-up includes Simphiwe Dana, The Soil and Tumi Molekane. More info

Acorn Theatre: 24th - 31st October

Sometimes referred to as the "Jewish James Bond", holocaust survivor Simon Wiesenthal devoted his life to tracking down Nazi war criminals, right up until his death in 2005. His fascinating life story forms the basis of Wiesenthal, a one man show written and performed by Tom Dugan, which is coming to New York after playing to great acclaim across the country. More info

Snapple Theater Center: 1st - 31st October

Hereafter The Musical has been a labour of love for CBS exec Vinnie Favale (who you may know from his frequent Howard Stern Show appearances). The story centers on a group of three women who are hoping psychic Jason Richards can get in contact with their deceased loved ones. More info

Isaac Stern Auditorium: 2nd - 6th October

The Berliner Philharmoniker open Carnegie Hall's 2014/15 season with their electrifying take on Rachmaninov, Stravinsky and more! Since their inception in 1882, The Berliner Philarmoniker have come to be associated with world class talent, performing all over the globe and becoming one of the most respected orchestras. More info

Stage 5 New World Stages: 1st - 31st October

In 2004, journalist David Holthouse's article Stalking the Bogeyman was published in the Denver Westword paper. In it, Holthouse detailed his meticulous plotting to kill the child molester who had abused him when he was seven. Making its off-Broadway premiere with The New York Rep, Markus Potter's adaptation shapes Holthouse's story into a compelling and twisting thriller. More info

Beckett Theatre: 1st - 31st October

A radio show character is facing the chop, but the actress voicing her is not to happy about it. That's the premise of The Killing of Sister George, is a razor sharp black comedy which is something of a British equivalent to Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Written by Frank Markus, this work always guarantees a disturbing yet hilarious night at the theater. More info

Barclays Center: 9th October

One of the greatest heavy metal bands of all time, Judas Priest released their seventeenth studio album this year with Redeemer of Souls. It was yet another collection of rock solid, pile-driving riffage from the British group, featuring the songs Battle Cry and the title track. Joining them on this 2014 tour is Los Angeles glam metal band Steel Panther. More info

Beacon Theater: 7th - 8th October

For some, Jackson Browne is a definitive voice of the sun-soaked, mellow Southern California vibe that emanated from Laurel Canyon and spread far beyond in the mid 60s and 70s. Catch him this Summer as he tours stripped down and unplugged, with just an acoustic guitar and a magnificent back catalogue to choose from, this is an evening not to be missed! More info

Beacon Theater: 9th - 12th October

A new play by Tyler Perry. One of life's main lessons to learn is you can't scorn a woman and get away with it. More info

Town Hall Theater: 25th October

Even after 50 years as a major recording artist, Grammy award-winner Judy Collin's wonderful voice still shines brightly through her stunning back catalogue. An important part of the 1960s folk revival, Collins began her career channelling Dylan, Pete Seeger, The Beatles and many more artists, lending her melodic voice to other's compositions, whilst going on to pen her own tracks to great acclaim. She has always had an eclectic taste, having explored a range of sounds, from Pop, Rock and Roll to Broadway classics, such as the celebrated 'Send in the Clowns'. An evening in the company of enigmatic Judy Collins promises to inspire and thrill in equal measures. More info

Madison Square Garden: 18th October

English electronic dance trio Above and Beyond host a weekly radio show entitled Group Therapy. It's a two hour long mix of best in new trance and techno music, and this October the group are recording the 100th episode of Group Therapy from a very special location - Madison Square Garden. The group's largest ever US concert will also feature sets from Matt Zo, Andrew Bayer and Ian Bluestone. More info

Acorn Theatre: 1st - 12th October

Former marine and editor-in-chief of Parade Magazine, Walter Anderson has drawn on his military background for his playwriting debut, crafting a drama which centers on the return of marine Johnny to his parent's house in 1960's New York. More info

Kraine Theater: 1st - 1st January

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

Madison Square Garden: 11th October

X Japan return to North America for the first time in four years to play a one-off show at Madison Square Garden. Led by songwriter Yoshiki, Japan X have had a massive influence on the metal scene in their native country, practically inventing 'visual kei', a style of rock which borrows the flamboyant trappings of Glam acts like David Bowie and T Rex. More info

St Lukes Theater: 1st - 13th October

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

NYCB Theatre at Westbury: 5th October

Originally concieved in Australia in the early nineties, the Wiggles are hugely successful Children's entertainers earning more than AC/DC and and Nicole Kidman combined. The stage show is hugely popular and is the perfect outing for children where they can watch the antics and sing along with the songs which will put a smile on their faces for days to come. More info

Metropolitan Opera House: 20th - 31st October

The Metropolitan Opera's first ever production of Adams and Goodman's controversial work, that explores the events surrounding the 1985 murder of Leon Klinghoffer by Palestinian hijackers. More info

Radio City Music Hall: 3rd October

Roberto Carlos is a veritable institution of Latin pop music. He spearheaded the Brazilian rock 'n' roll movement of the 1960s, modelling himself after his idol Elvis Presley. Over the course of his 50 plus years in the business, Carlos has won a Grammy and sold over 70 million records worldwide. More info

Lynn Redgrave Theater: 1st - 1st January

Culture Project will present Anton Chekhov's The Seagull, featuring an adaptation by Thomas Kilroy and starring Trudie Styler. More info

Apollo Theater: 1st - 31st October

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

Metropolitan Opera House: 6th - 31st October

Die Zauberflote or The Magic Flute comes back to the Metropolitan Opera starring Pretty Yuende and Toby Spence as the star-crossed lovers Parmina and Tamino. Staged in full German, this stirring tale of supernatural trials and adventure was one of of Mozart's most popular and continues to mesmerize audiences to this day. More info

13th Street Repertory Theater: 1st - 1st January

Called "hilarious" (Broadway World) and "engaging" (TheaterMania), The Accidental Pervert is a laugh-out-loud play that tells the awkwardly poignant story of a boy's journey into manhood after discovering his dad's video tapes hidden in a bedroom closet. Andrew subsequently develops an addiction that continues until the age of 26, when he meets his wife to be, and finds himself struggling to find the balance between fantasy and reality. More info

Marriott Marquis: 1st - 1st January

Join THE RIDE for a super amped-up experience of the streets of New York City - all from the comfort of a technologically-advanced super-bus. See life in the Big Apple as you have never seen before! More info

St. George Theatre: 26th October

Do we really need to introduce Bob Saget? Something of a cult television icon now, Bob Saget starred on two of America's most family-friendly shows TV has ever seen, namely "Full House" and "America's Funniest Home Videos". But you may not have know that he's also been a foul-mouthed, razor-sharp stand-up comedian for around twenty years. More info

Metropolitan Opera House: 1st - 31st October

The Metropolitan Opera are kicking off this season with Le Nozze di Figaro, brilliantly updated to the gilded 1920s of Seville. Set over the course of one mad cap day, we re-join the characters of Figaro, Rosina and Count Almivira from The Barber of Seville, and the servants that have to outwit their increasingly crazy behaviour. This is a new production and is directed by Richard Eyre. More info

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