Top theatre to see in New York in March

Here's our top picks of theatre to check out in March 2022.

Paradise Square

March marks the start of spring and of daylight savings time, so when you turn your clocks forward, that means you're one hour closer to seeing your next show. And if you're planning to see a Broadway or Off-Broadway show this month, there are plenty to choose from. Tons of Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and musicals will join the ranks of long-running shows and recent February premieres throughout March. With warmer weather on the horizon, it's a perfect time to get out and go to a show. Grab your friends or family for a spring break trip, or just venture out solo when you have a free night.

New shows this March cover all sorts of topics, from a guys' trip to Palm Springs to the women's suffrage movement to 19th-century life on the Lower East Side. There are plenty of revivals, too, from a new production of a Shakespeare tragedy to the first revivals of a classic musical and an early-21st century sports drama. Read on to learn about Broadway and Off-Broadway shows to see in March, and get tickets now.

Broadway shows in March

March is a busy month for Broadway, as tons of shows begin performances in anticipation of the Tony Awards in the summer. This spring's lineup includes both revivals and all-new shows, encompassing plays and musicals alike. Whether you'd like a classic musical or an exciting new play, there's something for everyone on Broadway this March. 

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Take Me Out

Nearly 20 years after winning the Tony Award for Best Play (and being a Pulitzer finalist to boot), Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out is back on Broadway. The Take Me Out Broadway revival starts just in time for the start of baseball season. Jesse Williams, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, and Patrick J. Adams star in this play about Darren Lemming, a fictional Major League Baseball athlete of color who comes out as gay. His revelation draws as much racism and homophobia from the public as it does support, but the vitriol is nothing compared to what he receives from his teammates in the locker room. Take yourself out to the Hayes Theater for this grand slam of a drama from March 9.

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Plaza Suite

Make your reservations for a short stay at the Hudson Theatre for Neil Simon's classic farce, Plaza Suite. Real-life couple Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick are the stars of this revival, in which three different couples navigate their relationships in Suite 719 of New York's famed Plaza Hotel. One couple is long-married but on the outs, another are old flames with different levels of interest in rekindling their relationship, and a third are a pair of anxious parents trying to coax their more-anxious daughter out of the bathroom so she can walk down the aisle. The show began performances at the end of February, but now you have the whole month of March to book a laughter-filled getaway at Plaza Suite.

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Birthday Candles

Blow out your candles and make a wish for tickets to see Debra Messing on Broadway — or just buy Birthday Candles tickets right here. She stars in Noah Haidle's Broadway debut play, Birthday Candles, about one woman named Ernestine Ashworth who bakes one cake throughout 80 years' worth of birthdays. As she goes through the different stages of her life, that cake is the only constant; the people, places, and goals in her life change, and she constantly reevaluates what makes her life meaningful. This play is full of heart and celebration, and Messing is the icing on the cake. Birthday Candles begins performances at the American Airlines Theatre on March 18.

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Funny Girl

She's the greatest star — "she" being Beanie Feldstein! Last seen on Broadway in Hello, Dolly!, she's now starring as Fanny Brice in the first Broadway revival of Funny Girl, beginning performances at the August Wilson Theatre on March 26. The classic musical is based on the true life story of the same-named vaudeville star, who skyrocketed to fame as a comic actress in Ziegfeld Follies and soon fell in love with the gambler Nicky Arnstein. She's betting that not even his shady past will rain on her parade and ruin their love, but she might be in over her head. If you love the original musical and the movie, see this new production (with a revised book by Harvey Fierstein) and hear the music that makes you dance live.

Check back for information on Funny Girl tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

Paradise Square

The Lower East Side of yesteryear comes to midtown with Paradise Square, a new musical debuting at Broadway's Barrymore Theatre on March 15. Paradise Square is set in 1863 in the Five Points neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, which is occupied by two main groups: Irish immigrants and free Blacks that have come up from the South. The center of their community is the titular saloon, where people from both groups mingle, drink, debate, and dance in near-harmony. That is, until the Draft Riots break out, and they find themselves clashing more forcefully over what America should be like. Renowned choreographer Bill T. Jones fuses Black American juba and Irish step dancing (which would later become modern tap dance), and together with the contemporary music, these elements bridge the gap between this story of America then and the landscape of America now.

Check back for information on Paradise Square tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

American Buffalo

Small-time hustlers take the big-time stage in American Buffalo, launching its third Broadway revival at the Circle in the Square Theatre on March 22. Laurence Fishburne stars as Donny, a junk shop owner who sells a buffalo nickel for a lot less than it's actually worth. He only discovers this after the fact, so he enlists his poker buddy Teach (Sam Rockwell) and gofer Bobby (Darren Criss) to aid his scheme to get the nickel back. David Mamet's acclaimed play explores how fundamental greed is to the American Dream and the lengths people will go for it.

Check back for information on American Buffalo tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

Macbeth

Something wicked this way comes — wicked talented actors, that is. Daniel Craig returns to Broadway, and Ruth Negga makes her Broadway debut, as Lord and Lady Macbeth in director Sam Gold's latest revival of a Shakespeare classic. Macbeth is one of the Bard's most famous and renowned tragedies, which follows the titular Scottish noble as he receives three witches' prophecy that he will one day be king. Goaded on by his ruthless wife, he resolves to kill anyone in the way of the throne, even his loyal friends (such as Banquo, played by Hadestown Tony nominee Amber Gray). Claim your own throne — well, your theatre seat — at Macbeth at Broadway's Longacre Theatre from March 29, but don't say his name in the theatre.

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

Off-Broadway shows in March

This spring's Off-Broadway season includes some buzzy new musicals with star-studded casts along with world-premiere plays from emerging and established writers. Be the first to catch a new show off-Broadway this season, as it could be a big Broadway hit by next season! Check out these off-Broadway plays and musicals to see this month.

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Suffs

If you love historical musicals with modern spins like Hamilton, then Suffs is the new musical for you. Like Lin-Manuel Miranda's blockbuster, this show about the women's suffrage movement will debut at The Public Theater, with performances beginning March 10. A starry cast including Tony nominee Phillipa Soo, Tony winner Nikki M. James, Tony nominee Jenn Colella, and Suffs creator Shaina Taub play 20th-century suffrage leaders like Inez Milholland, Ida B. Wells, Alice Paul, and more. Throughout the musical, the women clash with political leaders, the public, and each other, but ultimately bridge the generational, class, and racial divides between them to fight for a common goal.

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Little Girl Blue

Uptown from the suffragists, the musicalized story of another female trailblazer is debuting at New World Stages on March 5: Nina Simone. The Little Girl Blue musical takes its name from the singer/songwriter/activist's first album, and Laiona Michelle, who also wrote the show, stars as Simone. The singer born Eunice Kathleen Waymon would go from being an aspiring classical pianist to a celebrated jazz singer who fused R&B, classical, gospel, jazz, and pop sounds in her music. Besides covering her artistic career, Little Girl Blue also details Simone's activism as a figurehead in the Civil Rights Movement, which is closely linked with her music.

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Alex Edelman: Just for Us

Fresh off a hit run at the Cherry Lane Theatre, Alex Edelman's stand-up comedy show Just For Us will play an encore engagement at Soho Playhouse from March 14. The show centers around the darkly funny tale of how Edelman, after receiving a barrage of anti-Semitic hate online, discovers where some of the white supremacist trolls are meeting and decides to infiltrate the group. He peppers in tales of his Jewish upbringing, a sign language-savvy gorilla, his Olympian brother, and more in this show that New York Theatre Guide calls "gut-busting" and "top-notch" in a five-star review.

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To My Girls

If it's not quite warm enough for you in New York yet, get away to Palm Springs for a few hours, courtesy of JC Lee's world-premiere play To My Girls from March 15. The show sees a close-knit group of gay men on a much-needed vacation in the sunny California city, now that the pandemic's over (in the world of the play) and they can travel again and catch up after being isolated for so long. What begins as harmless gossip soon gives way to deeply personal — and often surprising — revelations, showing the men how much their friends have changed in the past few years as the world has done the same.

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Coal Country

Acclaimed documentary filmmakers Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen's musical Coal Country played its premiere performances at The Public Theater before the pandemic cut its run short. Now, Audible Theater and the Public remount the show at the Cherry Lane Theatre from March 4. Coal Country centers on the aftermath of the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine explosion in West Virginia, which killed 29 miners. Underscored by live music written and performed by Steve Earle, actors portray the miners' family members and the few survivors of the incident, who seek justice amid their mourning.

Check back for information on Coal Country tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

At the Wedding

Walk down the aisle (of the Claire Tow Theater, to your seat) at Bryna Turner's world-premiere comedy, At the Wedding. Carlo, a lonely single woman, crashes her ex-girlfriend's wedding to a man. While there, she chats and flirts with old friends, former lovers, and perfect strangers, discovering whether heartbreak will last forever. Turner made her professional playwriting debut at Lincoln Center Theater (which houses the Claire Tow) in 2017 with Bull in a China Shop, so if you missed that one, fall in love with this new play when it begins performances March 5.

Check back for information on At the Wedding tickets on New York Theatre Guide.

Confederates

Dominique Morisseau's acclaimed play Skeleton Crew just closed on Broadway, but now you can see a new drama of hers off-Broadway starting March 8. Confederates follows the parallel lives of two Black women living more than a century apart: Sarah, an enslaved woman who works as a Union spy in the Civil War; and Sandra, a private university professor in the present day. Both women are highly intelligent but underestimated, running up against gender and racial biases at every turn. Confederates explores how such biases have persisted throughout history and still remain in today's educational systems.

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

Photo credit: The cast of Paradise Square. (Photo by Kevin Berne)