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Critics Picks in New York - February 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Critics Picks in New York for the month of February 2017

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

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: Closes 25th June 2017

After captivating London audiences last year, Tony winner Glenn Close revisits the role of fading diva Norma Desmond on Broadway in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Sunset Boulevard. Based on the classic Billy Wilder movie, Sunset is the greatest Hollywood tragedy of them all, telling the story of an aspiring screenwriter seduced by the old-school movie glamour that surrounds an aged actress. More info

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: Closes 23rd April 2017

Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford lead this staged concert production of Stephen Sondheim's playful musical. The first show at the newly re-opened Hudson Theatre, Sunday in the Park with George is a wildly inventive exploration of artistic inspiration, following the painter Georges Seurat as he creates his most famous work. 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 12th March 2017

August Wilson's 1979 two-act play about a gypsy cab station arrives this December for its Broadway premiere, the last of the playwright's works to play the Main Stem. Helmed by actor/director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, this marks his third collaboration on a Wilson play, having previously won a Tony Award for his role in Seven Guitars. This play is celebrated for its ferocious and spirited dialogue between the very different characters, as well as the myriad subplots and relationships. More info

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Following a critically acclaimed run at the Second Stage Theatre, this darkly comic musical lands on Broadway. The poignant and thought-provoking production has thus far received rave reviews from critics for its unexpectedly touching portrayal of misunderstood youth, young love and the search for acceptance, all wrapped up in a perfectly pitched contemporary pop score by the Tony nominated composing duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. More info

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: Closes 3rd September 2017

After years of speculation, Josh Groban finally makes his Broadway debut in this ravishing adaptation of the most scandalous pages from Tolstoy's epic War and Peace. Reimagined as a transporting electro-pop opera, Writer Dave Malloy immerses us in the decadent world of the Russian Aristocracy, with all the trappings of romance, allure, passion, caviar and vodka as the lives of the titular characters are changed forever under the light of certain cosmic phenomenon. More info

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Hoping to educate us once again, Andrew Lloyd Webber returns to Broadway with a brand-new show! Adapted from the Jack Black movie of the same name, School of Rock is based around bumbling lead character Dewey Finn, the substitute teacher with rock stardom on his mind. When his own efforts to take on the world fail, he turns to his new class, who happen to be more than a little handy when it comes to musical instruments! More info

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: Closes 3rd September 2017

With a peppy score by singer songwriter Sara Bareilles and Tony-winning star Jessie Mueller (Beautiful) in the lead role, Waitress is one of Broadway's most life-affirming musicals. The story follows a small town waitress who seizes the opportunity of a big money baking contest to make a new life for herself. More info

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: Closes 2nd April 2017

Co-directed by Robert De Niro and Jery Zaks, A Bronx Tale is a swinging, doo-wop infused portrait of the mob in 1960's New York. Featuring a score by Oscar and Tony winner Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast), this musical follows the story of a local boy who is taken under the wing of Bronx mob boss Sonny, and the efforts of the boy's father to wrestle him away from a life of crime. More info

: Closes 12th March 2017

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

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