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New York Top Shows in April 2015

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

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John Golden Theater : Closes 21st June 2015

After a sold-out run in London's West End, David Hare's Skylight makes its Broadway debut with Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan as Kyra and Tom, former lovers on the verge of re-awakening their long lost connection. But the years between them are not the only obstacles to a reunion, preconceived notions and warring opinions ignite a dynamic debate in this comedic and wickedly clever show. More info

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New Amsterdam Theater

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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Eugene O'Neill Theatre

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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Gerald Schoenfeld Theater : Closes 28th June 2015

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

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American Airlines Theater : Closes 5th July 2015

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

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Gershwin Theater

Long before Dorothy drops into Oz inside her flying farmhouse, there were two other young girls who happened to meet in the Land of Oz. One, born with emerald green skin is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. Although sparks fly between them at first, Wicked follows these two unlikely friends and college roommates as they grow into two extraordinary women: The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch. However, what it means to be truly WICKED isn't as clear-cut as it seems, as the two somehow find themselves fighting for the same cause .... More info

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Walter Kerr Theater : Closes 20th September 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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Al Hirschfeld Theater

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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Booth Theater

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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Shubert Theatre

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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Ethel Barrymore Theater : Closes 18th October 2015

London's National Theatre is proud to present the Broadway debut of its sensational new play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Based on Mark Haddon's best-selling book of the same name, this mesmerising production uses extraordinary lighting, set design and props to tell this unusual and utterly unforgettable story. A powerful story told in a considerate and highly unique way, plays like Curious Incident don't come around very often. More info

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Majestic Theater

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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Stephen Sondheim Theatre : Closes 13th September 2015

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the story of the life of Carole King, a Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter. This Broadway run comes after a pre-Broadway engagement in San Francisco, which also marks the production's premier. The musical features original songs by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. More info

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Minskoff Theater

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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Imperial Theater

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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August Wilson Theater

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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Lyric Theatre - Broadway : Closes 2nd September 2015

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

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Cort Theater : Closes 18th July 2015

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

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Bernard B Jacobs Theater : 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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Belasco Theater

With the original Hedwig, John Cameron Mitchell back at the reins, 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. More info

Vivian Beaumont Theater : Closes 5th July 2015

The Rogers and Hammerstein epic returns to Broadway in a new production that promises to capture the essence of this much-treasured piece of musical theatre history. The story of a widowed governess, who is charged with teaching the severe King of Thailand's myriad royal offspring, and the journey that they both take as they teach each other about respect, culture and the celebration of love. Starring five time Tony Nominee Kelli O'Hara and Academy Award Nominee Ken Watanabe in his American stage debut at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre! More info

Lunt Fontanne Theater : Closes 6th September 2015

Opening March 2015, Finding Neverland is the true story of playwright and author JM Barrie and how his friendship with the widowed Sylvia Llewellyn Davies and her children inspired one of the world's most treasured stories. Based on the Academy Award winning movie, expect to fall in love with the power of imagination and storytelling all over again. This exciting new production will star Matthew Morrison as Mr. Barrie himself! More info

St James Theater

The Bard of Avon's plays and sonnets have enriched the world for the last 500 years. He created terrible tragedies, farcical comedies, and changed the English language forever! But enough about that poser, there's a new crack duo in town, and they're here to shake up Shakespeare! Behold the brothers Bottom, the creators of THE MUSICAL! More info

Music Box Theater : Closes 9th August 2015

Returning to Broadway for it's first revival, Wendy Wasserman's 1988 Pulitzer prize and Tony winning play is about the journey of one young women through 20 years of social, political and personal change. Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss, Orange is The New Black's Jason Biggs and A Gentleman's Guide star Bryce Pinkham lead the cast of this remarkable coming of age story covering the romances and regrets we all pick up in life. More info

Palace Theater

To be young and restless in Paris is a dream for many of us, but in the late 1940's, it's Jerry Mulligan's life. After escaping the horrors of the war, he moves to the city of romance in the hopes of avoiding the daily grind and making it as a painter. Aided by wealthy fellow American Milo Davenport, his reputation is on the up, but his heart is stolen by the ingenue, Lise. Day dreaming and dancing, with the Gershwin's wonderful score, An American in Paris celebrates the best in life, in true Parisian style! More info

Broadway Theater

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

Neil Simon Theater : Closes 4th October 2015

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

Anspacher Theater : Closes 24th May 2015

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

Brooks Atkinson Theater : Closes 13th September 2015

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

Radio City Music Hall : Closes 7th May 2015

Dance sensation Derek Hough joins Broadway starlet Laura Benanti (Gypsy) and The Rockettes in a celebration of Springtime as they lead this brand new Radio City extravaganza, opening in March for a strictly limited time. Directed by Tony Award winner Warren Carlyle, it's been billed as an all-dancing love letter to The Big Apple in the spring time, taking the audience on a grand tour of the city's most iconic landmarks. More info

Lyceum Theater

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

Circle in the Square : Closes 13th September 2015

After a universally acclaimed run at The Public Theater, Fun Home transfers to Broadway in 2015. Based on a graphic novel by Alison Bechdel, this new musical traces the relationship between a deeply closeted father and his daughter. Helmed by director of the moment Sam Gold, Fun Home promises to be the most refreshingly atypical musicals of the year. More info

Mitzi E Newhouse Theater : Closes 26th April 2015

Lincoln Center Theater presents the world premiere of Bathsheba Doran's new play as part of their 2014/2015 season. The Mystery of Love and Sex centers on a pair of childhood friends who become romantically involved, and is be yet another intense and complex drama from the young English playwright. It stars Diane Lane and Tony Shalhoub. More info

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