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Critics Picks in New York - March 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Critics Picks in New York for the month of March 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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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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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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: 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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: 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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After years of speculation, Josh Groban finally made his Broadway debut! However his turn in this ravishing adaptation of the most scandalous pages from Tolstoy's epic War and Peace will end on July 2nd. 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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: 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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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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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 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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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 13th January 2018

It's been a long time coming, but the hit London-born musical Miss Saigon is finally set to light up Broadway once again ahead of its 25th anniversary, following a phenomenal run in the West End. Starring the new revival production leads Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer and North Carolina-born Eva Noblezada as Kim, experience the tragic love story amidst the last days of Saigon, complete with a revamped helicopter scene to take your breath away. More info

: Closes 17th September 2017

Following its sell-out run at the Public Theater, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage sees her acclaimed drama about the decline of industry transfer to Broadway's Studio 54 theater in March. A searing portrayal of a group of friends pitted against each other in order to save their jobs amidst cutbacks, Nottage's work has been described by critics as incredibly timely for the state of employment in America, and the lives that it ultimately affects. More info

: Closes 18th June 2017

J. T. Rogers Oslo lands on Broadway just in time for 2017 Tonys! Directed by Tony winner Bartlett Sher (The King and I), this compelling drama tells the story of the secret negotiations that led to the Oslo Peace Accords. The play focuses on a couple of young Norwegian diplomats at the heart of the action, who succeeded, where so many others had failed, in brokering meaningful discussions between Israel and Palestine. More info

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