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New York Comedy Theatre in May 2015

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

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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 22nd November 2015

Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. More info

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

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: Closes 6th September 2015

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

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: Closes 7th June 2015

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

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: Closes 22nd November 2015

When the low born Monty Navarro finds out he's 8th in line for an earldom in the lofty D'Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the second Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn't the only thing on Monty's mind... More info

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

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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

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

: Closes 27th September 2015

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

: Closes 5th July 2015

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

: Closes 7th June 2015

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

: Closes 5th September 2015

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

: Closes 31st May 2015

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

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

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