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The Best Broadway Shows Right Now

Updated June 25, 2020 6.4k votes 1.2k voters 19.6k views26 items

List RulesMusicals 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
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    Hamilton

    Lin-Manuel Miranda

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

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    Dear Evan Hansen

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

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    Wicked
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    Wicked

    Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman

    CharactersWicked Witch of the West, The Wizard, Glinda the Good Witch, Boq, Doctor Dillamond

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

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    The Phantom of the Opera
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    The Phantom of the Opera

    Charles Hart, Richard Stilgoe

    CharactersErik, Christine Daaé, Carlotta, Viscount Raoul de Chagny, Madame Giry

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

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    The Book of Mormon
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    The Book of Mormon

    Matt Stone, Trey Parker

    CharactersArnold Cunningham, Kevin Price, Nabulungi, General Butt-Fucking Naked, Elder McKinley

    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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    Waitress

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

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    The Lion King
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    The Lion King

    Mark Mancina, Elton John

    CharactersScar, Simba, Mufasa, Pumbaa, Nala

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

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    Come from Away

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

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    Chicago
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    Chicago

    Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb

    CharactersVelma Kelly, Billy Flynn, Roxie Hart, Amos Hart, Matron "Mama" Morton

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

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    Aladdin
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    Aladdin

    Chad Beguelin, Alan Menken

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

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    Beetlejuice
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    Beetlejuice

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    Mean Girls

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    Anastasia

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

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    School of Rock

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

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    Hadestown
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    Hadestown

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    Legally Blonde: The Musical
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    Legally Blonde: The Musical

    Heather Hach , Laurence O'Keefe

    CharactersElle Woods, Professor Callahan, Serena McGuire, Paulette Bonafonté, Margot

    Legally Blonde is a musical with music and lyrics by Laurence O'Keefe and Nell Benjamin and... more on Wikipedia
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    Once On This Island
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    Once On This Island

    Stephen Flaherty , Lynn Ahrens

    CharactersErzulie, Armand, Azaka Medeh, Asaka, Tonton Julian

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

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    Kinky Boots
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    Kinky Boots

    Cyndi Lauper, Harvey Fierstein

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

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    The Band's Visit
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    The Band's Visit

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

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    My Fair Lady
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    My Fair Lady

    Frederic Loewe , Alan Jay Lerner

    CharactersEliza Doolittle, Professor Henry Higgins, Alfred Doolittle, Mrs Higgins, Mrs. Pearce

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

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    Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

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

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    SpongeBob Squarepants
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    SpongeBob Squarepants

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

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    Greatest Showman

    Benj
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    Springsteen on Broadway
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    Springsteen on Broadway

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