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Musicals in New York - December 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Musicals in New York for the month of December 2016

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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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This new musical from the pen of Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) explores the life of one of America's greatest figures, Alexander Hamilton. Tracing his story from humble beginnings in the West Indies to the duel which ended his life, Hamilton is a historical epic infused with Miranda's whip-smart writing and a brilliant hip-hop influenced score. More info

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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 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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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the story of the life of Carole King, a Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter and features original songs by Carole King and Gerry Goffin. It's a must-see for all fans of Carole and her incredible back catalogue! 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 2nd July 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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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. More info

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: Closes 1st January 2017

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

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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 15th January 2017

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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: Closes 1st January 2017

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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: Closes 8th January 2017

Adapted from Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Color Purple stars Jennifer Holliday, Orange Is The New Black's Danielle Brooks and Tony-winning British actress Cynthia Erivo topping the bill. Centering on a young black girl named Celie in early 1900s America, The Color Purple is an uplifting tale of triumph over adversity, and boasts Oprah as one of its producers. More info

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Going strong since premiering in 1997, Disney's hit musical adaptation of the animated move brings the African Serengeti to spectacular life. We joins 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. This phenomenal adaptation includes original songs created for the show and boasts incredibly intricate animal puppetry. More info

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: Closes 1st January 2017

This brand new adaptation of the beloved Bing Crosby movie plays Broadway for the first time. Jam-packed with Irving Berlin classics, from 'White Christmas' to 'Cheek to Cheek', this frothy musical is centered on the efforts of showbiz couple Jim and Linda to build a special holiday themed inn, and the figure from Jim's past who threatens to come between them. More info

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: Closes 11th June 2017

Pop songstress Sara Bareilles provides the score of this brand new musical, which is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus. Based on the 2007 comedy-drama starring Kerri Russell and Nathan Fillion, Waitress tells the story of Jenna (Tony winner Jessie Mueller), a waitress with a talent for pie-making who longs to escape from her small town existence. More info

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: Closes 8th January 2017

Set in 1979 New York, Falsettos was a landmark musical when it played Broadway in the 90s for its exploration of the AIDS crisis and the gay family unit. Now, after 23 years, it's returning to Broadway with original director James Lapine once again at the helm, with Broadway faves Andrew Rannells, Christian Borle and Stephanie J. Block! More info

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: Closes 31st December 2016

Starring five-time Tony nominee Danny Burstein and directed by Bartlett Sher, this wonderful production uses Jerome Robbins' original choreography and of course, the unforgettable, rousing songs, such as 'Tradition', 'Matchmaker, Matchmaker', 'If I Were A Rich Man' and 'Sunrise, Sunset' that truly cemented Fiddler in our hearts! More info

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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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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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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 return his affections. 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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: Closes 20th August 2017

On Your Feet! is a new musical which tells the story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, a pair of Cuban immigrants who traveled to America and became two of the biggest names in the music business. Loaded with Estefan's infectious pop classics, the show will be directed by two-time Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell. 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

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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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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

: Closes 8th January 2017

The New Group present Neil Simon's fizzy musical in celebration of its 50th Anniversary. Originally directed on Broadway by Bob Fosse, Sweet Charity follows the travails of a 'taxi-dancer' who yearns for a better life, and includes the songs 'Big Spender' and 'If My Friends Could see Me Now'. Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster (Anything Goes) stars in the lead role. More info

: Closes 29th December 2016

Get ready for this wildly quirky new musical from Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell, telling the story of a Canadian high school choir and their fatal ride upon the formidable Cyclone rollercoaster. Wickedly smart and unexpectedly hilarious, this charming meditation on life and enjoying the ride is guaranteed to make you chuckle as it exposes hidden truths to the sound of a fresh and inventive score! More info

: Closes 25th June 2017

The brains behind superhits Frozen and Pitch Perfect team up to bring this acapella musical back to New York six years after it premiered Off-Broadway in 2010. A snappy and vibrant work, In Transit takes a look at the myriad of stories jostling together in one subway car, weaving a tapestry of the lives of eleven different New Yorkers on their journeys towards success, love, and happiness. More info

: 18th December

The iconic cartoon and comic strip featuring the Peanuts gang gets a brand-new stage musical in their honor for the holiday season at NYCB! When Charlie Brown bemoans the commercial nature of Christmas, he and his friends set out to create a special holiday pageant to rediscover the true meaning of the festive season. A wonderful way to introduce younger children to the Peanuts gang, and to explore the true meaning of Christmas! And of course, what Peanuts musical would be without Snoopy?! More info

: Closes 1st January 2017

Grammy nominated artist and musical star Deborah Cox will be bringing London's West End musical to the United States on its inaugural national tour! Based on the 1992 movie starring the late, great Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, this musical will feature the iconic hits 'Saving All My Love', 'I Will Always Love You' and 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody', in a star-crossed lover story between a soul diva and her personal bodyguard. More info

Since his psychotic portrayal of Tybalt in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo+ Juliet, John Leguizamo's love of both Shakespeare and the theater has seen him rise through the ranks of Hollywood to become a successful screenwriter, playwright and stand-up comedian. His latest project sees a family-friendly, exuberant spin on one of Shakespeare's most famous tragedies, portrayed by rappers GQ and JQ. Following a short run in London, the show is headed back Stateside for a highly anticipated four-month run. More info

: Closes 11th December 2016

First premiering at Berkeley Rep in 2014, award-winning ensemble Universes bring their highly popular musical play to New York this fall for a limited run. A time-relevant exploration into the often fraught relationship between the original Black Panthers and the Young Lords civil rights groups, the action takes place at an art gallery where the two movements hold one of their annual reunions. This exciting and innovative work comes to New York in time for the 50th anniversary of the Black Panthers. More info

: Closes 6th March 2017

A brand-new musical dedicated to our favorite four-legged companions will bound into the Davenport stage this November, just in time for the holiday season! With music and lyrics by Gayla D. Morgan and a book written by Eric H. Weinberger, this comedy musical follows the fortunes of a high-flying lawyer who gets a puppy as a last-ditch attempt to attract the right woman. However, his new companion proves to be much more than a mere furry prop, leading to all kinds of comical mishaps! David Perlman reprises his 2014 Key West production role as Roland in a love story to melt the stoniest of hearts. More info

: 22nd December

Charlie and the gang are here to show you the true meaning of Christmas in this stage adaptation of the classic TV Special. Debuting in 2013, this theatrical production faithfully recreates the atmosphere of the comic strips, and features the jazzy score from the TV show as well a group of Christmas sing a-longs at the end. More info

: Closes 18th December 2016

​His imagination may have conjured up some of the greatest stories ever told, but Charles Dickens' own life was just as colorful. Laced with simple and sweet songs by Barbara Zinn Krieger and Charles Greenburg, Young Charles Dickens is an entertaining ride through the smoky streets of Victorian London, and an enthralling peak into the mind of one of literature's greatest authors. More info

: Closes 18th December 2016

An autobiographical work from Pulitzer winner Jonathan Larson (Rent), this affecting rock musical is about the strength of the artistic spirit when confronted with failure. This first ever Off-Broadway revival stars Broadway actress Ciara Rene (Pippin, DC's Legends of Tomorrow) and Nick Blaemire (Godspell). More info

: Closes 29th June 2017

The Marvelous Wonderettes returns to Off-Broadway in 2016 after a gap of five years. A sunny jukebox musical whose score is composed of 1950's and 60's girl group classics, this new production stars Christina Bianco (Application Pending) and Emmy-nominated Kathy Brier (Hairspray). 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

: 28th December

Adapted form the beloved series of children's book by Victoria and Elizabeth Kann, Pinkalicious tells the story of Pinkalicious Pinkerton, a young girl with a penchant for pink cupcakes. This family friendly musical, which teaches the value of family and healthy living, went down a storm Off-Broadway and is quickly becoming a local theatre favorite. More info

: Closes 8th January 2017

Based on the novel by Jean Webster, Daddy Long Legs tells the inspiring story of Jerusha Abbott, a budding writer who is sent to college by a mysterious benefactor. A sweetly scored exploration of self-discovery and independence, this two-person musical is written and directed by Tony winner John Caird (Les Miserables). More info

: Closes 8th January 2017

Popular off-Broadway musical Sistas returns to the St Luke's Theatre! is a nonstop celebration! Produced by three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle and directed by Smash's Kenneth Ferrone, the production follows five women as they prepare to bury the matriarch of their family. Truths, memories and relationships come to the fore, sometimes welcome, sometimes not. Bring your best gal pal, your sister, your mother, even your aunt for this celebration of female family. More info

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