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Breaking News: Terence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart shows its age. . . Jacuzzi extended to 11/14. . . Suzan-Lori Parks returns to the Public Theater with a powerful new history play, Father Comes Home From The Wars (parts 1, 2 & 3) at the Public Theater. . . The Last Ship . . . Here Lies Love Closing 1/03/15 . .. detailed listings of current and upcoming Broadway Shows and Off-Broadway Shows updated daily . . . Curtainup at Facebook & at Twitter. . . Visit CurtainUp's Friends . . .
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New York-Broadway
The Last Ship
The Last Ship - Sting sails to Broadway with a musical featuring an original story and score. . Read More
Disgraced - Ayad Akhtar's Pulitzer Prihze play on Broadway with a new foursome around the dinner table.. . Read More
 On the Town
On the Town - this old wine in a flavorful new bottle lands successfully in a 4x bigger Broadway theater . . Read More
 It's Only a Play
It's Only a Play - Terence McNally's updated backstage comedy works best when it plays up the farce . . Read More
The Country House
The Country House - Donald Margulies's ode to Chekhov ends up as something of a poor cousin to the work of its honoree . . Read More
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-time - a genre-crossing, electrifying stage adaptation of Mark Haddon's best selling novel . . Read More
 You Can't Take It With You
You Can't Take It With You - An all-star cast proves that you can still appreciate Kaufman and Hart's wit and humor . .Limited engagement extended to 2/02/15! Read More
Love Letters
Love Letters - Mia Farrow and Brian Dennehy launch the Broadway production of A. R. Gurney's 35-year-old epistolary 2-hander . . Read More
This Is Our Youth
This Is Our Youth - an insightful, gutsy, street-smart contemporary drama. Read More
 Phantom of the opera
The Phantom of the Opera - Norm Lewis will continue until 1/31/15 but Mary Michael Patterson is the new Christine from 9/08/14 to 12/13/14 . . Read More
Cabaret- The Review - Life's just a cabaret again at Studio 54 with the mesmerizing Alan Cumming. . Read More
Hedwig and the Angry Inch
Hedwig and the Angry Inch - Andtre Rannells the new Hedwig . . Read More
If/Then - It really wouldn't be too much of a stretch to think of the new musical by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey as a modern fairy tale. . . Read More
Les Miserables
Les Miserables - A superb cast and fabulous new stage concept give this mega musical an exciting new life . . Read More
Aladdin - Disney Theatrical's bright, lively, tuneful and also very funny stage adaptation of its hugely successful 1992 cartoon film . . Read More
 Beautiful- The Carole King Musical
Beautiful- The Carole King Musical - Jessie Mueller proves she's a triple threat talent as singer-songwriter Carole King . . . Read More

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder - A hilariously macabre and deliciously tuneful musical has landed on Broadway. . . . Read More

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New York Off-Broadway

Cabaret Nights - October

 Lips Together, Teeth Apart
Lips Together, Teeth Apart - Another Terrence McNally oldie given a new production . . Read More
 Father Comes Home From The Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)
Father Comes Home From The Wars (parts 1, 2 & 3) - Suzan-Lori Parks' powerful trilogy at the Public Theater . . Read More
Lift - Mystery novelist Walter Mosley's play is more character study than thriller . . . Read More
 Space Bar
Spacebar - Michael Mitnick's play about a 16 year-old with Broadway playwriting ambition is buoyed by a winning cast and an intriguing sci-fi spin . . Read More
The Fortress of Solitude
The Fortress of Solitude - Extended to 11/16! Jonathan Lethem's sprawling Brooklyn novel is now a lively, sprawling folk-sical. . . Read More
Deliverance - Godlight Theatre Company's creative translation of the National Book Award-winning novel and a popular, film holds the audience captive with tension and challenge . . Read More
Billy & Ray
Billy & Ray - Mad Men's Pete Campbell plays Billy Wilder opposite Larry Pine's Raymond Chandler in world premiere at the Vineyard . . Read More
 The Belle Of Amherst
The Belle Of Amherst - William Luce's solo play about Emily Dickinson is back in New York with Joley Richardson as the reclusive poet. . . Read More
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion
Lennon: Through a Glass Onion - A new tribute to John Lenon . . Read More
Found - discarded ephemera: an unlikely but fun source for a musical . . Read More
jacuzzi - a Pinteresque mystery at Ars Nova Extended to 11/15 . . . Read More
While I Yet Live
While I Yet Live - It's too bad Billy Porter isn't on stage in his new autobiographical play . . . Read More
The Tempest
The Tempest - As part of the company's La MaMa Earth program, this Tempestweighs in with a social conscience and a nod to the world ecology. . . Read More
 Port Authority
Port Authority - Conor McPherson's 3-monologue play gets a fine revival at the Irish Rep . . Read More
Tail! Spin!
Tail! Spin! - Extended to Feb. 1, 2015! a fast-moving refresher course. Read More
Bedbugs - This "ticklish" musical is enjoying a second off-Broadway life. . Read More
 The Money Shot
The Money Shot - Neil LaBute's Hollywood send-up . . Read More
Almost Home
Almost Home - Home is yet another battleground for this home from the wars Marine . . Read More
Wayra - It's not everyone's scene, but if you're down for a party, Wayra might be just what you're looking for. . . Read More
Here Likes Love
Here Lies Love -Closing 1/03/15 . . Read More
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Memphis - The musical lands in London . . Read More
Neville's Island - a dark comedy about four men marooned on an uninhabited, isolated tiny island . . Read More
The Scottsboro Boys - A welcome addition to the West End . . Read More
The Cherry Orchard
The Cherry Orchard - . . Read More
 Our Town
Our Town - David Cromer's productionof Thornton Wilder's classic comes to London . . Read More
East is East
East is East - a revival that seems somewhat unnecessary . . Read More
 The Trials of Oscar Wilde
The Trials of Oscar Wilde - Co-writer Merlin Holland's life's work has been to read and write about all that was written by and to his famous grandfather. John Gorick's performance will ensure we remember Wilde's words. . . Read More
Henry IV
Henry IV -This condensed all-female version of parts 1 and 2 is a triumph for the women! . . Read More
Electra - a convincing and anguished Electra by Kristin Scott Thomas . . Read More
 The Unquiet Grave of Garcia Lorca
The Unquiet Grave of Garcia Lorca - Nicholas de Jongh play is full of sad moments. . . Read More
Seminar - Teresa Rebeck's playwriting lecturer now inflicts his cruel comments in London Read More
The Picture of Dorian Gray-- Extended to November 1st!.

Pitcairn - Richard Bean's first play for the Globe about what happened to the mutineers on the famous ship the Bounty after they set their captain, Lieutenant Bligh adrift in a small launch with those loyal to him . . Read More
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 Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman Presented in a Jewish frame, Miller's play remains a classic of universal application. . . Read More
Arcadia - Extended to November 9th! Stoppard's tour de force gets a big, smart production at Lantern Theater Company . . Read More
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Washington - DC
 Sex With Strangers
Sex With Strangers - Laura Eason's two-character play is a very clever and often very funny take on fallout from the influence of the internet on personal lives . . Read More
Elmer Gantry - A new musical based on Sinclair Lewis's novel . . Read More
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Holiday Inn
Holiday Inn - Goodspeed's revival is little more than a jukebox musical, using Irving Berlin's catalogue . . . Read More
Our Town
Our Town - Thornton Wilder's classis is drastically reconceived at Long Wharf . . . Read More
Intimate Apparel
Intimate Apparel - Lynn Nottage's play gets a fine revival in Westport. . . Read More

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