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Critics Picks in New York - April 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Critics Picks in New York for the month of April 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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The divine Bette Midler is back on Broadway, starring alongside David Hyde Pierce (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) in this revival of the classic, Tony-winning musical. Featuring the songs 'Put On Your Sunday Clothes' and 'It Only Takes A Moment', Hello, Dolly! is an extravagant old-school treat, following the efforts of the titular matchmaker to land wealthy and cantankerous widow Horace. 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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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 18th June 2017

Two of Broadway and film's biggest female actresses star next year in a brand-new revival of Lillian Hellman's The Little Foxes. Alternating roles at each performance, they will both play rivals Regina Hubbard Giddens and Birdie Hubbard in a Southern tale of family skullduggery, as two factions face each other off for control of their thriving business. Set in 1900, two women must strive for financial independence amidst the patriarchal system of inheritance. More info

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: Closes 7th January 2018

Ivan Reitman's classic movie is brought to the stage by Matilda's Tim Minchin and Matthew Warchus. An intricate, hilarious and truly heartfelt delight, Groundhog Day follows the fortunes of a grumpy TV reporter who gets caught in a supernatural time loop, forced to relive the same day over and over again. 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 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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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 2nd July 2017

Oscar and Tony winner winner Kevin Kline (A Fish Called Wanda) returns to Broadway to take the lead in Noel Coward's sparkling farce. He plays Gary Essendine, an aloof actor who must battle various distractions, including an overly zealous playwright named Roland and various frisky young women, as he prepares for a tour to Africa. 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 10th September 2017

Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance, the play that scandalized 1920's New York, is at the center of Indecent. This Off-Broadway transfer features a cast of only seven, who play multiple characters throughout, and explores the behind the scenes drama of the production, and the bravery of the cast in the face of the huge public uproar. More info

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: Closes 1st October 2017

A searing portrayal of a group of friends pitted against each other in order to save their jobs amidst cutbacks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Sweat has been described by critics as incredibly timely for the state of employment in America. More info

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

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: 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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Packed full of misplaced props, shaky acting and even shakier sets, The Play That Goes Wrong is the best worst play since Noises Off! Following the countless mishaps that befall an amateur stage production, this hilarious, mile-a-minute farce, arrives on Broadway after a hugely successful London run. More info

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: Closes 28th April 2017

Emmy Award-winner John Leguizamo is a creature of countless talents. From film, television, theater, stand-up comedy and even music, there are few project that he hasn't yet tackled. Following on from his recent success 2011 on-Broadway with Ghetto Klown, he returns with another one-man show developed at La Jolla Playhouse in CA, this time tackling the historic contributions of Latinos that have been conveniently forgotten from the history books. Using his trademark rapid-fire wit, sharp observations and personal experiences, he will introduce you to hidden histories spanning the Aztec and Incan Empires to World War II. 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 21st May 2017

Two men, whose concepts of gay rights are very different, meet in London and fall in love. Yet one of them is reluctant to commit, scarred from years of dating in the face of discrimination and bigotry. Written by Martin Sherman (Bent) and starring Tony winner Harvey Feirstein, Gently Down the Stream is a warm and funny new love story with extraordinary depth. 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 4th June 2017

Suzan-Lori Parks' devastating, Obie-winning re-imagining of the fateful journey to Europe by Sarah "Saartjie" Baartman heads to the Signature Theatre this April. Helmed by by Obie Award winning director Lear deBessonet (The Winter's Tale), the cast will star Randy Danson, Adam Green, Birgit Huppuch and Obie Award winner Zainab Jah. First performed in 1996, Parks' play remains a stalwart part of African-American theater, and an important part of racial history and dialogue on both sides of the Atlantic. More info

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