Top theatre to see in New York in November
Check out our picks for must-see Broadway and Off-Broadway theatre in November.
With the cold weather setting in across New York, you can warm up by donning a sweater, drinking hot cocoa — or cozying up in a theatre. The shows on offer in New York are sure to warm your heart, too. It's the season of giving, after all, and the city's theatres are giving audiences plenty of funny, poignant, and classic shows to see. Christmas shows are opening off Broadway this month to get you in the holiday spirit. On Broadway, more fan-favorite musicals are opening alongside new shows perfect for an outing with family and friends. Check out our list of theatre to see in November 2021.
Returning Broadway Shows
Three buzzy shows are returning to Broadway this month: a long-running musical staple, a spellbinding fan-favorite experience, and a record-setting play that's back for a return engagement.
No, you're not having a spooky Mormon hell dream — The Book of Mormon is indeed back on Broadway with all its high-octane comedy and a devilishly impeccable kickline. This infamously irreverent musical follows two Mormon missionaries who go to convert the locals of a remote town in Uganda to the faith. The Book of Mormon has been converting audiences to musical fans since 2011, and the musical boasts nine Tony Awards including Best Musical. The Eugene O'Neill Theatre reopens to the congregation November 5.
With Best Play awards and dozens of other accolades in New York and London, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has brought countless audience members under its spell. Nineteen years after Harry Potter and his friends defeated Voldemort and graduated Hogwarts, their children embark on a time-traveling adventure of their own and have to contend with new — and long-dormant — forces of evil in the Wizarding World. Starting with the reopening of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on November 12, the previously two-part show has been reimagined as one part, with all the special effects and wizardry the play is known for intact.
Jeremy O. Harris's Slave Play made waves on Broadway when it was first staged in 2019, and now the work is back for a limited engagement at the August Wilson Theatre from November 23. On the MacGregor Plantation and in a sex therapy clinic, three interracial couples are working through their recent lack of attraction to each other. Through their stories, Harris provocatively explores race-related power dynamics in relationships and how past experiences affect present relationships. The original Broadway production of Slave Play was nominated for 12 Tony Awards in 2020, the most nominations a play has ever received.
New Broadway Shows
A diverse array of new shows are premiering on Broadway in November, from a play making a 60-years-delayed debut to an all-new contemporary comedy. A half-fictional send-up of a historical musical is debuting alongside an earnest musical about one of history's most famous royal figures. There's even a revival of a classic Sondheim work, all together providing a Broadway landscape suited to as many different tastes as your Thanksgiving dinner.
Trouble in Mind, Alice Childress's peek behind the curtain of the Broadway industry itself, was first performed in 1955 but has not lost any of its relevance. Broadway veteran LaChanze stars as Wiletta, herself a seasoned Black stage actress who lands her big-break role in a major Broadway show. The show is led by a fully white male creative team, and they foster an unwelcoming environment for their Black cast as they rehearse a play filled with harmful stereotypes about Black people. Wiletta struggles between speaking up and risking her career. Trouble in Mind was originally supposed to premiere on Broadway 60 years ago, but after the run was canceled, the play is only now having its first Broadway bow. TodayTix offers rush tickets to Trouble in Mind for $19.57, a price that reflects the play's originally-planned debut year.
Spend a few hours inside Buckingham Palace — that is, the Longacre Theatre, royally decked out for Diana, The Musical beginning November 2. The show is the first Broadway retelling of the life of The People's Princess, who at 19 married the then-32-year-old Prince Charles and was thrust headlong into a difficult world. Publicly, she was always under an unforgiving media spotlight, and privately, she had to learn the rigid rules of British royal life. Soon, however, she discovered how to use her global platform to aid others, and the grace and kindness she showed became her legacy to this day, nearly 25 years after her death.
Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lynn Nottage premieres a new show about dreaming of a better life and creating the perfect sandwich. Uzo Aduba stars as Clyde, the owner of a truck stop sandwich shop staffed by formerly incarcerated people. She makes it difficult for them to spread their wings and build a life beyond the sandwich shop, but the staff find purpose in promise in their shared quest to make the perfect sandwich. Ron Cephas Jones, Kara Young, and Reza Salazar also star.
A trip to the theatre for Flying Over Sunset is indeed a trip in more ways than one. The diplomat Clare Booth Luce, the author Aldous Huxley, and the actor Cary Grant all publicly testified to experimenting with LSD in the 1950s. James Lapine and Tom Kitt's new musical imagines what would have been if the three all got high together. The first act chronicles their individual experiences with the drug, and the second act stages one fictional night in Malibu where Grant, Luce, and Huxley meet to go on an acid trip. (And tap dance.)
Another hundred people (and another, and another...) can go see Company, on Broadway for the fourth time since 1970, starting November 15. In this production, which transferred over from London's West End, the formerly male lead character is a woman named Bobbie, whose friends gather to throw her a surprise party for her 35th birthday. As she celebrates, she looks back on her life and interactions with these friends as well as past lovers, presented as a series of vignettes set to classic Sondheim songs such as "Being Alive" and "The Ladies Who Lunch." Tony winner Katrina Lenk stars as Bobbie, and Broadway legend Patti LuPone reprises her Olivier Award-winning role from the London production as Joanne.
The Off-Broadway landscape in November features another classic Sondheim revival, a new solo show from "the original Carrie Bradshaw" for Sex and the City fans, and the return of a 15-year-old, bubblicious family spectacular. In addition, a few shows feature twists on classic Christmas tales, sure to delight theatre fans of every age who are ready for the holiday season.
One of Sondheim's lesser-performed musicals, Assassins explores how American celebrity culture not only creates some of the country's most renowned heroes, but also some of its most sinister villains. Nine criminals, all of whom assassinated a U.S. president or attempted to at some point in history, meet at an old-fashioned shooting gallery. As they mock-commit their deeds at the carnival game, they influence and goad each other on to committing heinous acts that become real. Regular tickets for the run are sold out, but Assassins offers a chance to win $15 lottery tickets through TodayTix.
Tony Award winner Victoria Clark stars in the titular role of Kimberly Akimbo, the world-premiere musical adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire's play. Kimberly is a fun-loving teen with a disease that causes her to age prematurely, making her appear like an elderly woman. And that's just one of her worries — as Kimberly contends with her declining health, a potential criminal charge from a money scheme, and family issues, she's just looking for happiness. In addition to regular tickets, lottery tickets, offered by TodayTix, are available to win for each performance of Kimberly Akimbo.
Candace Bushnell, author of the New York Observer column that inspired the hit TV series Sex and the City, makes her stage debut with her solo show, Is There Still Sex in the City? The play takes its name from Bushnell's 2019 novel, in which a group of middle-aged women learn to navigate the New York dating and social scene after divorce. In her show, Bushnell recounts her real-life experience getting divorced at 50 that inspired the novel, alongside other anecdotes about fashion, love, and more from her Carrie Bradshaw life.
Characters from two classic literary works meet in A Sherlock Carol, and you can probably guess from the title who they are. In Mark Shanahan's new play, an adult Tiny Tim hires Sherlock Holmes to investigate the mysterious death of Ebenezer Scrooge. Holmes is seeking a sense of purpose after the death of Moriarty, his nemesis, and as he does his duty on Christmas Eve, Holmes, like Scrooge before him, is haunted by ghosts of the past, present, and future. The show takes audiences from London to New Jersey and back and is perfect for Christmas lovers of all ages.
The holiday spirit is also alive and well at Théâtre XIV, but don't take the kids to this one. Company XIV's most well-known show is a sexy, sensual burlesque adaptation of the classic Nutcracker story most commonly performed as a ballet. The 21+ venue also offers drinks at Nutcracker Rouge, which Company XIV has performed off Broadway since 2013.
Since 2007, the Yang family has been entertaining children and adults alike with Gazillion Bubble Show. The show features 65 minutes of bubble artistry, tricks, and magic brought alive by performed each night by equally dazzling laser and light effects. One of five Yang family members, all of whom hold Guinness World Records for their work with bubbles, perform the show each night.
After premieres in the U.K. at the Edinburgh International Festival and Galway International Arts Festival, Enda Walsh's new play Medicine is making its U.S. premiere at St. Ann's Warehouse. Domnhall Gleeson stars as John Kane, a hospital patient who is visited on his gurney by two women named Mary, a jazz percussionist, an elderly man, and a giant lobster. Walsh's absurdist work, which also gets the audience involved, interrogates society's treatment of the mentally ill. In addition to advance tickets, rush tickets are made available on TodayTix the day of each performance.