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The Best Broadway Shows Right Now 

Buster McDermott
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List Rules Musicals and plays. Vote up the best shows currently running on Broadway

This list contains all of the hottest Broadway shows currently playing, including plays and musicals. You might also be interested in the longest running Broadway musicals and celebrities who starred on Broadway. Some are for kids, some are adult-only, but they’re all shows that Broadway fans must be sure not to miss. A few of these shows, in fact, are so amazing that they’ve already won Tony Awards. Which current Broadway shows are the best?

In August 2015, Hamilton made its Broadway debut to critical acclaim, winning 11 Tony Award, including Best Musical. Created by and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is currently the must-see Broadway musical.  

Fans of Broadway, film, and even television are in luck when it comes to the best Broadway shows playing now. Cynthia Nixon, who’s most popular for her role as Miranda on Sex and the City is in The Real Thing, along with co-stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor, a fantastic cast and part of what makes The Real Thing one of the best shows on Broadway.

Not all film and television actors star in Broadway productions and simply act, however. Neil Patrick Harris, famous for his roles on both Doogie Howser, M.D. and How I Met Your Mother, takes the stage on Broadway in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. In it, Harris reminds audiences not only that the show is amazing but also that he can sing. It's one of the most sensational and talked about shows currently on Broadway.

This list contains all of the greatest shows on Broadway at the moment. Many feature great Hollywood stars, while others showcase some of the hottest Broadway talents, such as Sutton Foster. No matter which stars they showcase or how long they’ll ultimately run, these are all definitely the hottest shows on Broadway right now.

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Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
carlybobarly added Lin-Manuel Miranda

The smash hit Hamilton will be showing at the Richard Rodgers Theater until December 30, 2018. 

Hamilton: An American Musical is a sung- and rapped-through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by ...more
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Dear Evan Hansen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now

This heartbreaking musical airs at the Music Box Theater until December 30, 2018. 

Dear Evan Hansen is a musical with music and lyrics by Pasek and Paul, and a book by Steven Levenson. The title character, Evan Hansen, is a high school senior with a social anxiety disorder who ...more
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Wicked is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman

Characters: Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch, Boq, Doctor Dillamond, + more

The popular musical Wicked will be playing at the Gershwin Theater until December 30, 2018. 

Wicked: The Untold Story of the Witches of Oz is a musical with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz and book by Winnie Holzman. It is based on the 1995 Gregory Maguire novel Wicked: The Life ...more

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The Best Songs in Wicked, Ranked by Singability #3 of 197 The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Rankedlisted on The Most Popular Broadway Musicals of All Time

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The Phantom of the Opera... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe, Andrew Lloyd Webber

Characters: Erik, Christine Daaé, Carlotta, Viscount Raoul de Chagny, Madame Giry, + more

You can catch The Phantom of the Opera at the Majestic Theater until December 30, 2018. 

The Phantom of the Opera is a musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Charles Hart. Richard Stilgoe and Lloyd Webber wrote the musical's book together. Stilgoe also provided ...more

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#4 of 197 The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked #3 of 65 The Best Tony Award Winning Musicalslisted on The Most Popular Broadway Musicals of All Time

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
Mark Mancina, Elton John, Jay Rifkin

Characters: Scar, Simba, Mufasa, Pumbaa, Nala, + more

The hit musical based on the Disney film will play at the Minskoff Theater until December 30, 2018. 

The Lion King is a musical based on the 1994 Walt Disney Animation Studios' animated feature film of the same name with music by Elton John, lyrics by Tim Rice, and book by Roger Allers and ...more

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#6 of 197 The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked #1 of 71 The Best Musicals Based on Movieslisted on The Most Popular Broadway Musicals of All Time

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The Book of Mormon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
The Book of Mormon Matt Stone, Trey Parker, Robert Lopez

Characters: Arnold Cunningham, Kevin Price, Nabulungi, General Butt-Fucking Naked, Elder McKinley, + more

The incredibly popular Book of Mormon, written by the creators of South Park, plays at the Eugene O'Neill Theater until December 30, 2018. 

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Every Song In 'The Book Of Mormon,' Ranked By Singability #10 of 197 The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Rankedlisted on The Most Popular Broadway Musicals of All Time

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Chicago is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb, John Kander

Characters: Velma Kelly, Billy Flynn, Roxie Hart, Amos Hart, Matron "Mama" Morton, + more

You can catch the saga of murderess Roxie Hart at the Ambassador Theater until December 30, 2018. 

Chicago (Chicago: A Musical Vaudeville) is an American musical with music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, and book by Ebb and Bob Fosse. Set in Jazz-age Chicago, the musical is based on a ...more

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#7 of 197 The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked #8 of 71 The Best Musicals Based on Movieslisted on The Most Popular Broadway Musicals of All Time

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Waitress is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
Anna Wray added

Sara Bareilles composed the music. You can catch it at Brooks Atkinson Theater until January 28, 2018. 

Waitress is a musical with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles, and a book by Jessie Nelson. Based on the 2007 film of the same name, written by Adrienne Shelly, the musical tells the story of ...more
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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
Chad Beguelin, Alan Menken

A live action version of the Disney classic can be seen at the New Amsterdam Theater until December 30, 2018. 

Aladdin is a musical based on the 1992 Disney animated film of the same name with music by Alan Menken and lyrics by Howard Ashman, Tim Rice and Chad Beguelin. The story follows the familiar ...more
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Come from Away is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now

Set in a small town airport, you can catch the musical Come from Away at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater until September 30, 2018. 

Come from Away is a musical with book, music and lyrics by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. It is set in the week following the September 11 attacks and tells the true story of what transpired when ...more
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Anastasia is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now

The story of the lost Russian princess can be seen at the Broadhurst Theater until December 30, 2018. 

Anastasia is a musical with music and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, and a book by Terrence McNally. Based on the 1997 film of the same name, the musical tells the story of the ...more
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Mean Girls is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
DeborahTragasz added Mean Girls
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School of Rock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now

Based on the hit film, School of Rock airs at the Winter Garden Theater until December 30, 2018. 

School of Rock is a rock musical with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater and a book by Julian Fellowes. Based on the 2003 film of the same name, with a screenplay by Mike ...more
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Kinky Boots is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein

Kinky Boots is airing at the Al Hirschfeld Theater until December 30, 2018. 

Kinky Boots is a Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper and a book by Harvey Fierstein. Based on the 2005 British film Kinky Boots, written by Geoff Deane and Tim Firth and ...more
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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
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Once On This Island is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
Stephen Flaherty , Lynn Ahrens

Characters: Erzulie, Armand, Azaka Medeh, Asaka, Tonton Julian, + more

A revival of the popular 1990 musical will be playing at the Circle in the Square until December 31, 2018. 

Once on This Island is a one-act musical with a book and lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and music by Stephen Flaherty. Based on the 1985 novel My Love, My Love; or, The Peasant Girl by Rosa Guy, it is ...more
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Hadestown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
DeborahTragasz added Hadestown
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Legally Blonde: The Musi... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
freudenberg.cate added Heather Hach , Laurence O'Keefe , Nell Benjamin

Characters: Elle Woods, Professor Callahan, Serena McGuire, Paulette Bonafonté, Margot, + more

Legally Blonde is a musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and book by Heather Hach. The story is based on the novel Legally Blonde by Amanda Brown and the 2001 film ...more
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The Band's Visit is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
The Band's Visit

This musical plays at the Ethel Barrymore Theater until December 30, 2018. 

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My Fair Lady is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
My Fair Lady Frederic Loewe , Alan Jay Lerner

Characters: Eliza Doolittle, Professor Henry Higgins, Alfred Doolittle, Mrs Higgins, Mrs. Pearce, + more

Six Feet Under's Lauren Ambrose stars in the classic musical at the Vivian Beaumont Theater until December 30, 2018. 

My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe. The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower ...more

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#20 of 197 The Greatest Musicals Ever Performed on Broadway, Ranked #17 of 65 The Best Tony Award Winning Musicalslisted on The Most Popular Broadway Musicals of All Time

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Beautiful: The Carole Ki... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now

Based on the life of the iconic Carole King, you can catch this show at the Stephen Sondheim Theater until December 30, 2018. 

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical is a jukebox musical with a book by Douglas McGrath that tells the story of the early life and career of Carole King, using songs that she wrote, often ...more
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SpongeBob Squarepants is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
SpongeBob Squarepants

A musical based off the hit Nickelodean show will play at the Palace Theater until December 30, 2018. 

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Be More Chill is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
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Be More Chill is a musical with music and lyrics by Joe Iconis and a book by Joe Tracz, based on the novel Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini.
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Greatest Showman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
naomi.hartono added Greatest Showman Benj
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Springsteen on Broadway ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Broadway Shows Right Now
Springsteen on Broadway

You can catch The Boss himself in a one man show at the Walter Kerr Theater until June 30th, 2018.