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 on and off Broadway this month to get you in the holiday spirit, and there are plenty non-holiday shows to discover, too, including multiple Broadway mega-musicals and standout new plays. Check out our list of theatre to see in November 2022.
Classical characters meet contemporary chart-toppers in & Juliet, a new Broadway musical that had a hit run in London. In this new story by Schitt's Creek writer David West Read, Juliet, of Shakespeare's tragedy, decides not to die at the end. Instead, she travels to Paris to find new friends, new romances, and herself — without Romeo. More than 30 pop hits by The Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, and more score this larger-than life show.
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Take Me Out
Tony nominee Jesse Williams and Tony winner Jesse Tyler Ferguson are stepping up to the plate again. The Tony-winning Best Revival of Richard Greenberg's Take Me Out knocked it out of the park and is now back for an encore run this fall. The show focuses on Darren Lemming (Williams), a fictional Major League Baseball player who comes out as gay, an admission that reveals prejudice among his teammates and changes his relationship with baseball for good.
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Mike Birbiglia: The Old Man and the Pool
Dive in with Mike Birbiglia as he explores life, death, and his lifetime aversion to swimming in his latest Broadway comedy show. He calls The Old Man and the Pool a "coming of middle age" story in which he talks about inheriting his family history of heart issues and still being loath to change his habits to help. Though he deals with some big questions, he does it all with his trademark comedic storytelling and plenty of dad jokes.
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A Christmas Carol
If you loved Jefferson Mays's performances as multiple characters in I Am My Own Wife or A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, then A Christmas Carol is like a holiday gift come early. The Tony Award-winning actor takes on every character in Charles Dickens's holiday classic, from Scrooge to Tiny Tim to everyone, living and dead, in between. It wouldn't be the holiday season without at least one production of this show about a miser who learns how to love on Christmas Eve.
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Ain't No Mo'
Flight 1619 is now boarding — make sure you have your passes! In Jordan E. Cooper's satire, the U.S. government offers all Black Americans a one-way ticket to Africa. Most go, and a series of vignettes show why they decide to, and how that decision affects them and America. Cooper stars in Ain't No Mo' as the flight attendant Peaches, and the play makes him the youngest Broadway playwright in history at 27.
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Plays for the Plague Year
In 2020, Pulitzer-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks decided to write a play every day amid the pandemic. She has compiled all those works into one theatrical concert, and that is Plays for the Plague Year at The Public Theater. Through the story of one family's everyday life, she explores how we all collectively weathered, and continue to weather, the pandemic while looking ahead with hope. Parks makes her New York acting debut in the show.
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Bess Wohl's new play is a story of young love and something even more seductive: extremism. The sole two characters are teenagers at the title pro-Nazi camp in America, whose seemingly innocent romance has actually been carefully orchestrated to further a sinister ideology. Camp Siegfried is a cautionary tale of how easily one can succumb to darkness without knowing it.
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The holiday spirit is 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.
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Merrily We Roll Along
Jonathan Groff, Daniel Radcliffe, and Lindsay Mendez are rolling into New York Theatre Workshop for Merrily We Roll Along this winter. This theatre dream team play three lifelong friends who all work in showbiz, but their friendship falls apart when Frank (Groff) becomes a Hollywood bigwig. Their 20-year story is told in reverse chronological order in this classic Sondheim show.
Ohio State Murders
Audra McDonald is delivering a killer performance this November in Ohio State Murders. This dark mystery play sees Suzanne Alexander, a writer, visit her alma mater after many years. There, she confronts a sinister force and reveals the truth about a crime that took place when she was a student. Ohio State Murders is by Adrienne Kennedy, a renowned Off-Broadway playwright now making her Broadway debut at 91 years old.
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A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical
Good times never seemed so good! The music of Neil Diamond is filling the Broadhurst Theatre this November in A Beautiful Noise, which details the music legend's life and career. One actor plays Diamond as a young man looking to break into the music business, and another plays his current older self, after he's sold millions of records and received multiple awards and hall of fame inductions, reliving all his greatest moments and hit songs.
Some Like It Hot
This new musical is coming in hot to the Shubert Theatre. Christian Borle and J. Harrison Ghee star in this adaptation of the groundbreaking 1959 film, and Adrianna Hicks takes on the role of Sugar made iconic by Marilyn Monroe. The show follows two musicians on the run from the mob, and they try to find love and themselves while in disguise with a traveling swing big band.
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