So you want to tick off some quality theatre while you’re in NYC, but you don’t want the wrong kind of drama? To navigate the Broadway minefield, steer well clear of tourist-infested Times Square on weekends and opt for a matinee or weekday Broadway show instead. For last-minute bargains, go early on the morning of the show to the TKTS booth at South Street Seaport or Times Square.
Look out for ongoing smash hits such as The Effect (until 19 Jun) at Barrow Street Theatre. The play examines our pill-popping culture with a tale of two volunteers on a clinical trial for a new super-antidepressant who feel the wrong sort of chemistry.
For a fresh take on a classic production, be charmed by the Fiddler on the Roof (until 4 Sep) at Broadway Theatre, a bittersweet life-affirming mix of song and choreography with dreamy, Chagall-inspired stage sets.
Want something more contemporary? You’ll love The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (until 4 Sep) at Ethel Barrymore Theatre, which bagged 2015’s Tony Award for Best Play. Based on the compelling and humorous British novel by Mark Haddon about a young autistic boy, it’s a high-impact, immersive experience with an energetic, engaging young lead.
Alternatively, catch fab short runs like Blackbird (until 12 Jun), an intense showdown starring Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams, and The Color Purple (until 2 Oct), which sees Jennifer Hudson’s Broadway debut in this electrifying show with a soulful score.
The Effect / Barrow Street Theatre / 27 Barrow St / +1 212 243 6262 / barrowstreettheatre.com
Fiddler on the Roof / Broadway Theatre / 1681 Broadway / +1 212 239 6200 / fiddlermusical.com
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time / Ethel Barrymore Theatre / 243 W 47th St / +1 212 239 6200 / curiousonbroadway.com
Blackbird / Belasco Theatre / 111 W 44th St / +1 212 239 6200 / blackbirdbroadway.com
The Color Purple / Bernard B Jacobs Theatre / 242 W 45th St / + 1 212 239 6200 / colorpurple.com