Top theatre to see in New York in January

Here are our top picks of theatre to check out in January 2022.

The Music Man

Start 2022 off right with some shows! January is the best time to see theatre — now that the holiday season is over and many winter-break vacationers have left, there are plenty of Broadway show tickets available at great prices. Right now, you can get a great seat at a Broadway or Off-Broadway show, even at the last minute.

If you missed the first performances of Broadway shows like The Music Man or Skeleton Crew, you can still catch them all throughout the month. The new year also comes with many new Off-Broadway premieres that are playing throughout January. From work by Pulitzer honorees to new musical adaptations of everything from the Russian space race to a Harlem Renaissance novel, learn more about the shows opening in New York this month. Read below for our top picks for theatre to see in January.

In addition, don’t miss your last chance to see the Broadway shows closing soon! Roundabout Theatre Company’s productions of Caroline, or Change and Trouble in Mind, as well as the return engagement of Waitress, all end on January 9.

The Music Man

Sound the 76 trombones! The Broadway revival of Meredith Willson’s classic musical began performances at the end of December, and the parade is now in full swing at the Winter Garden Theatre. Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster respectively star as Professor Harold Hill, a con man who escapes with aspiring bands’ money before actually giving them music lessons, and Marian Paroo, a librarian in River City who falls for Harold before exposing his scheme.

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Skeleton Crew

Phylicia Rashad returns to Broadway for the first time since 2008 in Skeleton Crew, which began performances in late December. Dominique Morrisseau’s play centers on a group of auto plant workers in Detroit who learn that the factory, like all the others in the city, is about to be shut down. The workers have always been like a family, but with their jobs and livelihoods in limbo, everyone’s loyalties are tested.

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Intimate Apparel

From two-time Pulitzer-winning playwright Lynn Nottage comes the new Intimate Apparel opera, adapted from Nottage’s 2003 play of the same name. Based on the life of Nottage’s own grandmother, the show sees the lonely young seamstress Esther seek love in New York — first by way of letters from a faraway canal worker, then secretly with the man who sells her fabric — while trying to establish her independence and career. Nottage has teamed up with composer Ricky Ian Gordon for the new adaptation of the story.

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Long Day’s Journey into Night

Considered one of the best American plays of the 20th century and George Bernard Shaw’s best work, Long Day’s Journey into Night is being revived off Broadway by Audible Theater. Over the course of one day, the Tyrone family implodes as their deepest secrets and failures — the father James’s and son Jamie’s alcoholism, mother Mary’s relapse into addiction, and son Edmund’s illness — come to light. Slave Play director Robert O’Hara sets the play in quarantine, using the fear and angst of 2020 as the reason the Tyrones’ tensions boil over.

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Black No More

Black No More is a new musical with songs by The Roots co-founder Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, a book by 12 Years a Slave screenwriter John Ridley, and direction by Scott Elliott. In this adaptation of George S. Schuyler’s satirical Afrofuturist novel, Brandon Victor Dixon stars as Max Disher, a Black man who gets wind of a machine that turns Black people white in order to “end America’s race problem.” Eager to improve his romantic prospects, Max undergoes the transformation, but for Max and many others, the machine starts to cause more problems than it solves. 

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Prayer for the French Republic

Manhattan Theatre Club presents the world premiere of Joshua Harmon’s newest Off-Broadway play, Prayer for the French Republic. A French Jewish family has lived in Paris for five generations. From the couple in 1944 awaiting news of their missing family, to their grandchildren who are still experiencing the effects of decades-old prejudice, all the generations find themselves battling the same uncertainty over their safety.

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Space Dogs

MCC Theater is hosting an out-of-this-world premiere in January. The new musical Space Dogs, written and performed by Van Hughes and Nick Blaemire, is based on the Russian space expedition Sputnik 2, which sent the first-ever animal into space: the stray dog Laika. The musical focuses on the international intrigue of the mission and Laika’s bond with the top-secret scientist, the Chief Designer, who trained Laika for the fated journey.

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Tambo & Bones

Dave Harris’s new play opens on a clearly artificial-looking set. The title characters in the space, two Black men, soon realize they’re trapped in a minstrel show. They devise a plan to escape — or as Harris puts it, to "get out, get bank, get even." Tambo & Bones, which is playing at Playwrights Horizons, sees the men explore the different ways in which Blackness can be expressed, characterized, and performed.

Check back for information on Tambo & Bones tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

SHHHH

Pulitzer Prize finalist Clare Barron premieres her newest play, described as a “study in kink, trauma, pleasure, and revenge,” with Atlantic Stage Company. SHHHH is set at an anatomy museum, where playful flirtation happens alongside discussions of dismemberment, and tea and biscuits are served while a cauldron bubbles with a potion nearby.

Check back for information on SHHHH tickets on New York Theatre Guide.