New York is the premiere destination for theater in the world; with so many plays and musicals in production at any given time, there’s certainly no shortage of productions to choose from! Just as New York isn’t wanting for theatrical fare, it’s also rife with awards—the Drama Desk Awards, the Outer Critics Circle Awards, the Innovative Theatre Awards, to name some. You can buy tickets for every show featured at NYC.com as well as learn a little bit more about the production’s cast and history, both on and off Broadway. If you just want to see what’s out there right now, check out our Broadway Tickets Guide.
If you’re coming to New York with your kids, a great way to get them interested in and excited by Broadway is to take them to one of the many fantastic productions put on by Disney. The current productions all include award-winning songs, brilliant set and costume design by the Disney Imagineers, and the classic stories that your kids already love. For more great Broadway options, check out our selection of kid-friendly shows. Make sure you get your tickets early, as these shows often sell out.
Is Cabaret more your style? The Metropolitan Room at Gotham and Café Carlyle both come highly recommended from our editors, and for good reason. If that’s not enough, the classic cabaret musical Chicago is still in full swing on Broadway!
If it’s jazz you’re after, you should check out Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at the Lincoln Center—where the popular radio program originates—or New York jazz landmarks the Blue Note and the Village Vanguard, where such jazz masters as Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Thelonious Monk have left their treads upon the stage. There’s always the third iteration of Charlie Parker’s Birdland Restaurant—now back in Midtown—a swank club with an acoustic design than lends itself as perfectly to jazz as Bird himself did. You can find more great locations for jazz in our Jazz Listings.
Once you’re overwhelmed with song and dance, head over to one of New York’s many comedy clubs for a drink and a laugh with the city’s up-and-coming comedians. Most clubs have shows every night, as well as amateur shows (sometimes two) in front of the professional comedians. In the West Village, you can check out the Comedy Cellar where Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld have performed, the legendary Caroline’s in the Theatre District where tons of established acts perform week-long residencies, the retro Gotham Comedy Club in Chelsea where Lewis Black has performed, and the Upper West Side’s Stand-Up New York which features a cozy atmosphere and the best laughs in the neighborhood.