1. Kinky Boots - After making a strong showing at the Tony Awards and causing a bit of a stir with its performance at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Kinky Boots is still going strong. Cyndi Lauper's music and Harvey Fierstein's book have been a gold mine for the outstanding performers at the Hirschfeld Theatre.
2. Matilda - The beloved Roald Dahl heroine began her stage journey in England, where the show set a record for the most Olivier Awards ever won by a production. The American theatre scene was immediately buzzing, and when the spectacular show finally got to the States, Broadway dreams came true. It won 4 Tony Awards and continues to delight audiences young and old.
3. The Glass Menagerie - One of the greatest classics of modern drama, The Glass Menagerie is produced fairly often. But the production currently running at the Booth Theatre, thanks to a genius creative team and cast which includes Cherry Jones (Doubt), Celia Keenan-Bolger (Peter and the Starcatcher), and Zachary Quinto (Star Trek Into Darkness), is leaving patrons speechless. A strong Tony contender for sure.
4. Pippin - The original production was a huge hit, running for almost 2,000 performances beginning in 1972, and the new Broadway revival has taken it to another level, winning scores of awards. The circus-inspired aesthetic entrances audiences and the compelling performances (including Tony-winning ones by Patina Miller and Andrea Martin) leave them wanting more. The company of Pippin has got magic to do, and you need to see it.
5. Motown the Musical - This show is the real deal. Who better to bring Motown back to the masses than the man himself, Berry Gordy? He wrote the book to this musical, which features actors channeling greats like Diana Ross and Smokey Robinson and performing dozens of the biggest hits of the era.
6. Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella - Originally written as a television vehicle for a young Julie Andrews, this musical got a big overhaul by Douglas Carter Beane (Sister Act) before debuting on Broadway earlier this year. Not only is it a dream come true for many young girls to see Cinderella live, this show is actually pretty funny. And they have got some big names stepping in this year, including Fran Drescher (The Nanny) as the stepmother and Carly Rae Jepsen ("Call Me Maybe") in the title role.
7. Twelfth Night & Richard III - After wowing critics and audiences in London, the Shakespeare's Globe productions of these classics are playing Broadway for a limited time. They are worth seeing merely for the fact that they are being performed in repertory and with all-male casts, just as they were originally performed in the 16th century. Drama nerds: proceed to geek out.
8. A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder - You've got to see this show to believe it. Broadway favorite Jefferson Mays (I Am My Own Wife) plays eight eccentric members of a family targeted for murder by an ambitious relative. A truly refreshing musical comedy.
9. After Midnight - Motown's not the only throwback musical in town. After Midnight takes you back even farther--to the glorious height of Harlem Jazz. Watch expert guest performers like Fantasia Barrino, K.D. Lang, Toni Braxton, and more channel the greats of the age.
10. No Man's Land & Waiting for Godot - How often do you get to see acting legends Ian McKellen or Patrick Stewart live on stage? Well, they're performing together. In two different shows. Seriously, Gandalf and Professor X on the same stage. They're still playing...