The Very Best of NYC Theater

It Shoulda Been You, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Aladdin, Heisenberg, Botox Angels, Hamilton, Ruthless! The Musical

Billed as “Broadway's most uproarious family affair,” It Shoulda Been You is a comedy featuring two very different families that come together for a wedding no one will soon forget. Here’s the promise, in a nutshell: “You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll be home by 10.” Now playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, Shoulda stars Tyne Daly, Harriet Harris, Sierra Boggess and Lisa Howard. Directed by David Hyde Pierce.

Darren Criss is killing it in the Broadway production of John Cameron Mitchell and Stephen Trask’s Tony-winning musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which officially opened at the Belasco Theatre in April of last year. (Taye Diggs takes on the role beginning Jul 22). The story revolves around internationally ignored, transgender song stylist Hedwig Robinson, who brings her fourth-wall-smashing, rock-and-roll saga to New York to set the record straight about her life, loves and the botched operation that left her with that "angry inch." Brilliantly directed by Michael Mayer of American Idiot.

The Tony-winning musical Aladdin has been getting rave reviews for a while, and it’s no wonder why. It truly is an eye-catching and dazzling spectacle. Be sure to bring the whole family to watch classic Disney characters Aladdin, Princess Jasmine, the evil Jafar and the ever-entertaining genie sing and dance their way live across the New Amsterdam Theater stage. Relive one of your favorite childhood movies, right in front of your eyes!

Written by two-time Olivier Award winner Simon Stephens and directed by Drama Desk Award Winner Mark Brokaw, Heisenberg brings to blazing, theatrical life the uncertain and often comical sparring match that is human connection. The play stars Mary-Louise Parker and Kenneth Welsh. According to The New York Times, Parker embodies her role “to explosive perfection.”) Hurry, though—tickets are available thru Jun 28.

Now thru Jun 28, LaMaMa presents Botox Angels, an avant-garde theatre event from Amsterdam: a “feminist lesbian relationship comedy” that features dress up games, dildos, fake breasts, men, banality versus philosophy, emotion versus rationality, sultry dialogue, jealousy and emotional violence. Everything, in fact, that makes life worth living. Recommended only for ages 17 and up, so leave the youngsters at home for this very adult experience. Buy your tickets now!

Yes, there’s a musical about Alexander Hamilton, the guy on the $10 bill…and it’s worth at least 100 of those. But the tickets are less than that, we hope! Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also wrote it, stars as Hamilton in this critically acclaimed Broadway production opening at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Trust us, it’s going to be the hottest ticket in town this summer. (It already is!)

Touted as “the stage mother of all musicals” the tagline of Ruthless! The Musical is “some kids will do anything to be a star…anything!” Sounds deliciously campy, and we can’t wait for this Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award winner, starring Peter Land, Kim Maresca, Rita McKenzie, Zoie Ann Morris, Tori Murray and Tracy Jai Edwards. Playing at St. Luke’s Theatre, performances begin Jun 25 and run thru Sep 12.

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