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All Shows in New York - April 2017

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

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The divine Bette Midler is back on Broadway, starring alongside David Hyde Pierce (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) in this revival of the classic, Tony-winning musical. Featuring the songs 'Put On Your Sunday Clothes' and 'It Only Takes A Moment', Hello, Dolly! is an extravagant old-school treat, following the efforts of the titular matchmaker to land wealthy and cantankerous widow Horace. More info

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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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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 Oscar-winning composing duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land). More info

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From Trey Parker and Matt Stone, four-time Emmy Award-winning creators of South Park comes this outrageously funny and risque Broadway musical about a pair of mismatched Mormon boys sent on a mission to a place that's about as far from Salt Lake City as you can get. Starring BOM veteran Gavin Creel as Elder Price, fresh from his London stint in the same role, be prepared for a show where no holds are barred and perhaps cover yourself with a napkin as you'll be spluttering in comic awesomeness throughout. More info

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: Closes 7th January 2018

Ivan Reitman's classic movie is brought to the stage by Matilda's Tim Minchin and Matthew Warchus. An intricate, hilarious and truly heartfelt delight, Groundhog Day follows the fortunes of a grumpy TV reporter who gets caught in a supernatural time loop, forced to relive the same day over and over again. 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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: 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

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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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: Closes 10th September 2017

Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance, the play that scandalized 1920's New York, is at the center of Indecent. This Off-Broadway transfer features a cast of only seven, who play multiple characters throughout, and explores the behind the scenes drama of the production, and the bravery of the cast in the face of the huge public uproar. 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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Avenue Q is a provocative and subversive coming of age tale told with puppets. Think Book of Mormon meets Sesame Street. Running Off-Broadway since 2009, this three-time Tony-winning institution centers on the character of Princeton, a recent graduate in English, who makes a whole bunch of colorful new friends when he gets an apartment on Avenue Q. More info

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The 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 28th 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

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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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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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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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: Closes 21st May 2017

Two men, whose concepts of gay rights are very different, meet in London and fall in love. Yet one of them is reluctant to commit, scarred from years of dating in the face of discrimination and bigotry. Written by Martin Sherman (Bent) and starring Tony winner Harvey Feirstein, Gently Down the Stream is a warm and funny new love story with extraordinary depth. More info

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Based on the 1997 animated movie, Anastasia brings the story of the young Romanov Princess to Broadway for the first time. Bursting with adventure, romance and memorable songs, Anastasia is set to be the biggest new musical of the season. The starry creative team includes Tony winners Terrence McNally (It's Only a Play) and Darko Tresnjack (A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder). More info

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: Closes 1st October 2017

Back in 2001, the world fell in love with Amelie. The lead character in Jean Piere Jeunet's wildly imaginative film of the same name, she gadded about her very own Paris, falling in love and helping others in a uniquely charming way. Now 16 years later, Amelie comes to the stage in this glorious new adaptation from Craig Lucas, Daniel Messe and Pam Mackinnon. Taking on the lead role for this production is the Tony-nominated Phillipa Soo (Hamilton). More info

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This adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic transfers to Broadway after breaking records on London's West End. Bursting with color, invention and spectacle, this show leads you inside the mysterious Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, where nothing is quite what it seems. 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

: Closes 30th September 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 29th April 2017

The list of Diana Ross' achievements is staggering, and twelve-time Grammy winner and Oscar-nominated superstar Diana Ross is showing no signs of slowing down her touring career! Don't miss your chance to see a living legend in concert. More info

: Closes 18th June 2017

After the big scale illusions of David Copperfield, and the intimate street magic of David Blaine, the next step in the evolution of magic arrives at the Daryl Roth Theatre. In and Off Itself is a wholly original blend of illusion and storytelling, a series of interconnected stories woven together with magic tricks that don't just aim for a 'wow' moment, but seep into your brain and alter your perception of reality itself. More info

: Closes 4th June 2017

The phenomenon that is Derren Brown makes his American theatrical debut this year in with a brand new show. The Olivier-winning psychological manipulator has been wowing audiences across the pond since 2000 with his startling mentalism, high-key illusions and manipulations, delivered with jaw-dropping skill and trademark dry wit. Prepare to be spellbound by the talents of this consummate showman whose previous feats have included playing Russian Roulette on live television, convincing members of the public to willingly carry out a bank heist among many other unbelievable, controversial antics. More info

: Closes 11th June 2017

One of the most innovative and surreal new musicals around lands Off-Broadway, after runs in Seattle, New Brunswick and Boston. Written by Tony winner Joe DiPieto and scored by Valerie Vigoda and Wade McCollum (of the musical trio Groovelily), Ernest Shackleton Loves Me employs a dazzling mix of lighting, dynamic set design and projections to tell the story of the unlikely romance between the famous Arctic explorer and an out-of-work single mom. More info

: 27th April

Cinema has given us some of the greatest dances in history, from the finger-clicking face-off in West Side Story, through to 'The Lift' in Dirty Dancing. Dance to the Movies brings all those moments to the stage, a thrilling hit-after-hit spectacular choreographed and performed by some of the most talented dancers in the business. More info

: Closes 30th December 2017

Boasting sizzling choreography from Tony winner Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton), Bandstand is an absorbing big band musical set in post-WWII America. The story follows a group of mismatched veterans who band together to win a national song competition, and overcome the horrors of their past. More info

: Closes 22nd November 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

: 28th April

Canada's finest purveyors of pop rock are heading out on a nationwide tour again in Spring 2017, bringing their unique sound to a venue near you. The multiple Juno Award winning band never fail to deliver hook-laden goodness, from their iconic single One Week, to the theme tune for TV's The Big Bang Theory, and their live shows are always fantastic fun. 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

A brand-spanking new Broadway musical will leap its way into town for a limited time only! Having gained a pre-Broadway run in Chicago during December, this spirited journey into emotion using song and dance is headed to the Great White Way in 2016. In a story that echoes A Chorus Line, we see ten determined dreamers who audition to dance at half time for a major basketball team. But there is something special about this particular troupe.... More info

: Closes 25th June 2017

Musical comedy Baghdaddy makes a welcome return off-Broadway this April for a strictly limited run at St Luke's Theatre. First staged in 2015, most of the show's originating cast will return for this revival, including Brennan Caldwell, Jason Collins, Bob D'Haene, Brandon Espinoza, Joe Joseph, Olli Haaskivi, Claire Neumann and Larisa Oleynik. Taking place in a deserted church basement, the show takes on the appearance of a support group, with those attending all in some way responsible for starting the Iraq War. Sparks will fly, and realizations borne out of confrontation! 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 30th April 2017

Kris Kristofferson has been a fixture of America's cultural landscape since the early 1970s. After leaving the army, Texas-born Kristofferson moved to Nashville to pursue his love of music in 1965, and soon became a prodigious songwriter, penning iconic tunes for the likes of Johnny Cash, Dave Dudley, and most notably, 'Me and Bobby McGee', which was a number one hit for Janis Joplin. More info

: Closes 23rd July 2017

Years after she walked out on her suffocating marriage, Nora Helmer has returned home. Written by Lucas Hnath, A Doll's House, Part 2 is the wildly ambitious sequel to Ibsen's 1879 masterpiece, which is often cited as one of the greatest plays ever written. Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf (Misery) and Oscar winner Chris Cooper (Adaptation) star, while Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home) directs. More info

: Closes 2nd May 2017

Anne-Sophie Mutter has achieved much in her four-decade long music career, let alone being named of the greatest violin virtuosos of our time. She was awarded the esteemed Siemens Music Prize in 2008, was made an honorary fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London at just 22-years old, and has received four Grammy awards for solo orchestral and chamber music performances. 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

: 27th April

Aaron Lewis is a founding member and the frontman of the popular rock band Stained and a Grammy Award nominated songwriter. Now he's touring around the US as a solo artist performing his own country-influenced material. Not to be missed for fans of this very talented musician! More info

: Closes 7th May 2017

This timeless masterpiece has been given life on stage and screen, first as a Disney film and later as a Broadway musical! Now this touching love story that has stolen the world's heart will be performed on-stage as a local production for the whole family to enjoy together. More info

: Closes 21st May 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 July 2017

A political satire that's just ripe for the picking in the current climate, this acclaimed comedy from Los Angeles makes its New York premiere this March at New World Stages. A whip-smart commentary on "plain speaking", social media and political spin during an election, we follow the aftermath of one such player who decides that his best bet to win is to break all the rules - not unlike somebody else we know in real life. Art imitating life, indeed.... More info

: 29th April

One of the musical inspirations for guitar legends like Jimi Hendrix, the Rolling Stones and Jimmy Page, this American blues guitarist is considered to be one of the greatest axemen of all time. Buddy Guy is a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, six-time Grammy winner, and, as if that isn't enough, Eric Clapton once called him "without a doubt the best guitar player alive". Enough said. More info

: 28th April

The Indigo Girls have steadfastly forged their own path through the music world for over two decades, and they don't show any sign of slowing down just yet. The duo of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have now released 14 albums of breezy and lyrically adroit folk-rock, first emerging in the late 1980s alongside fellow Georgians R.E.M. More info

: Closes 28th April 2017

​For Mitchell and Daniel, it seems like marriage is inevitable. They are besotted with each other, have a great life, and Daniel's mother is practically drawing up the guest list. The one problem is that Mitchell is against marriage, full stop - gay or otherwise. Written by Michael McKeever, Daniel's Husband confounds all expectations, as a mid-play twist transforms it from a light-hearted domestic drama, to a tragedy that takes an unflinching look at loss and love. More info

: Closes 30th April 2017

San Francisco native Ali Wong is a comedian unafraid to leave no stone unturned as she confronts taboo topics with hilarious consequences. Sex, her marriage, pregnancy and more sex are topics she frequently sinks her teeth into, tearing into feminism and sexism with an unmatched voraciousness. She may seem like a demure mom of one when she frist meets the eye, but Wong brass, bold, lewd and taking the comedy scene by storm. 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

: 28th April

A musical genius, or one of the world's greatest songwriters? We'd say both. Brian Wilson is still one of the best feel-good concert experiences today from the man who created the immortal songs of The Beach Boys. You'll know every lyric, every song and have the best time of your life! More info

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