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Top 10 Broadway plays

Check out our guide to the best Broadway plays.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Broadway is famous for its long-running hit musicals, its plays are just as exciting. Many successful musicals stick around for decades, but plays regularly rotate, ensuring there's always a new show to discover. Plus, you can often catch celebrities in Broadway plays — but only for a limited time.

Check out the top Broadway plays to see right now, including starry revivals of classic plays and fan-favorite modern hits.

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Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman practically sells itself as one of the top Broadway plays this season. Arthur Miller's tale of an aging salesman facing his failures is a classic in the American theatre canon. This is its fifth Broadway revival, and four previous productions have won Tony Awards.

This production already played to acclaim in London, and its two stars are reprising their celebrated performances: Tony winner Wendell Pierce and Tony nominee Sharon D Clarke. In short, attention must be paid to Death of a Salesman before it closes in January.

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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child has put Broadway audiences under its spell since 2018. Harry Potter fans will recognize all their favorite characters, and some new ones, in this stage sequel to the books centered on the next generation of wizards.

And even non-Potterheads are bound to be amazed by the daring plot about time travel and the unbelievable special effects. All together, the performances and stagecraft of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will make you believe magic — or theatre magic, at least — is real.

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Take Me Out

Baseball season is coming to an end on the pitch, but not on the stage. The first Broadway revival of Take Me Out scored a Tony Award in June, and now the production is back for an encore run. Most of its original cast is stepping back up to the plate, including Tony winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Tony nominee Jesse Williams.

Williams stars as a baseball player who comes out at the peak of his career, exposing hidden prejudices among his teammates. Take Me Out's final inning is over in February, so get tickets before you strike out.

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With six trophies under his belt, Tom Stoppard is the most Tony-awarded playwright in Broadway history. So whenever one of the British playwright's shows comes stateside, it's bound to be a success. His latest hit is Leopoldstadt, a heartfelt account of a 20th-century Austrian Jewish family and the effect the Holocaust has on generations to come.

The show is loosely inspired by Stoppard's discovery of his Jewish ancestors late in life, and a five-star New York Theatre Guide review reads, "With Leopoldstadt, the playwright declares his own heritage in first-rate, epic, and urgent fashion, seemingly atoning for lost time."

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The Piano Lesson

A star-studded cast, a Pulitzer-winning script, and first-rate direction work in perfect harmony to make a revival that hits all the right notes. August Wilson's The Piano Lesson is back on Broadway starring Samuel L. Jackson as Doaker Charles, an elder uncle caught in the middle of a feud between his niece and nephew.

Berniece (Danielle Brooks) and Boy Willie (John David Washington) can't agree on whether to sell or keep an antique piano, opening a larger debate over how to best honor their ancestors' legacy. Don't miss The Piano Lesson, which, according to a five-star New York Theatre Guide review, "has been tuned to perfection."

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Topdog/Underdog has topped many lists of great modern theatre since its Broadway premiere 20 years ago. The show won Suzan-Lori Parks the Pulitzer Prize, and The New York Times named it the best play of the past 25 years in 2018. The explosive play is just as hard-hitting as it was when it premiered, telling the story of two Black brothers struggling for survival and the upper hand. Tony nominee Corey Hawkins and Emmy winner Yahya Abdul-Mateen II star in the 2022 revival of this power struggle for the ages.

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Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool

Comedian Mike Birbiglia is making a splash on Broadway with his latest stand-up special, The Old Man and the Pool. He dives into the details of an encounter at a YMCA pool in childhood that put him off swimming for good — that is, until his doctor tells him to take up the hobby to help his heart condition. Birbiglia tackles deep questions about life and death with his signature comic storytelling.

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Ain't No Mo'

Flight 1619 is touching down in New York once more. Jordan E. Cooper's singular, fearless satire Ain't No Mo' premiered to acclaim at The Public Theater in 2019, and the show is destined to take off on Broadway as well. Cooper stars as Peaches, a flight attendant on a one-way plane to Africa carrying millions of Black Americans.

Through hilarious vignettes, Ain't No Mo' explores what drove so many people to escape the country, on offer from the government, and what Black and American culture each lose when the two separate for good. This sociopolitically conscious satire will certainly have audiences talking.

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Ohio State Murders

It would be a crime to miss six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald's return to Broadway in Ohio State Murders. This suspenseful thriller follows a writer who, upon returning to her alma mater after many years, faces the truth about a horrific crime she experienced during her time as a student.

Not only is Ohio State Murders on Broadway for the first time since its 1992 premiere, but its playwright is making her Broadway debut, too. Theater Hall of Fame inductee and Off-Broadway trailblazer Adrienne Kennedy finally makes it to the big stage at 91 years old.

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Between Riverside and Crazy

Grammy, Oscar, and Emmy-winning music artist Common leads the cast of Between Riverside and Crazy, making its Broadway debut after a hit Off-Broadway premiere. He joins the acclaimed Off-Broadway cast of Stephen Adly Guirgis's Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

In this tale of survival and redemption, Walter "Pops" Washington is trying to hold on to his rent-controlled Upper West Side apartment while struggling basically everywhere else. A group of down-and-out houseguests, including his son Junior (Common), are all trying to do the same.

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