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The Best Broadway Plays Of 2020

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While the glitz and glamour of a musical are often considered the major draw for Broadway shows, there’s something to be said about the power of a good ol’ play. No frills, just a kickass plot and powerful performances. The Tony Awards, considered the highest honour in the Broadway community, also recognize how deeply ingrained plays are to Broadway’s DNA. This is why they have separate acting, production, and other technical categories for the best Broadway plays and musicals.

Some of the best plays on Broadway have grossed equal to (and in some cases more than) their musical counterpart in the last couple of years. For instance, Present Laughter, which premiered on March 12th 2017, has collected an astounding $9,863,493 within three months! In comparison, Groundhog Day, a stage adaption of the popular 90's time-loop comedy, grossed approximately $9,434,640 within pretty much the same time frame.

Clearly enough people enjoy New York City Broadway plays to warrant this little piece spotlighting the best Broadway plays of 2020. Here's our roundup of the top Broadway plays:

Best Broadway Plays NYC


1

To Kill A Mockingbird

Run Time

Open Run

Price

From $89

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ based on the 60 year old, epic Pulitzer prize winning bestseller novel by the same name, is a great piece of theatre. A Broadway play by Aaron Sorkin has for the first time brought forward the author Harper Lee’s straight from the heart description of the American society ridden with racism, tolerance and pseudo morals in that era. The beauty of this theatrical storytelling lies in the fact that 60 years hence, this timeless story still has relevance. The subtle humour laced with sarcasm on adult values and gritty provocation makes it a must watch play.

Duration: TBC

2

Hangmen

Run Time

19 March 2020 - 18 July 2020

Price

From $49

Hangmen
Hangmen
Hangmen

Written by Olivier and Academy Award-winning writer, Martin McDonagh, Hangmen is a delightfully real exploration of humanity’s deep-rooted desire for violence and revenge. When England abolishes death by hanging, a key executioner undergoes a life crisis. The dark comedy first premiered on West End in 2015 and won critical acclaim for its resounding human themes and gripping storytelling.

Duration: To be Announced

3

The Lehman Trilogy

Run Time

7 Mar - Closing Date TBA

Price

From $49

The Lehman Trilogy
The Lehman Trilogy
The Lehman Trilogy

Delve into 3 generations of the Lehman family, outlining the rise, success, and fall of one of the biggest financial institutions in the United States. Directed by Golden Globe, Academy, and Tony Award-winning director, Sam Mendes, The Lehman Trilogy promises to thrill audiences with its gripping storyline!

Duration: 3hrs 20min including two 15min intervals

4

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Run Time

9 April 2020 - 2 August 2020

Price

From $49

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

In 1962, when Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? stunned its first Broadway audiences with its radical and provocative portrait of a marriage, Edward Albee instantly became the most important American playwright of his generation. Next spring, a new company of theatre giants takes on this iconic drama, nearly sixty years after its legendary Broadway premiere.

Duration: 3 hours

5

Plaza Suite

Run Time

13 April - 12 July 2020

Price

From $79

Plaza Suite
Plaza Suite
Plaza Suite

Neil Simon's Plaza Suite is a classic comedy about 3 different couples who struggle with issues of love and marriage in a comic manner. Two-time Tony Award winner Matthew Broderick and two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Jessica Parker return to Broadway together to portray the three different hilarious couples in this Broadway classic from a Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright. Directed by Tony Award winner John Benjamin Hickey, this uproarious and piercing look at love and marriage is coming to Hudson Theatre for 17 weeks only.

Duration: TBA

6

Take Me Out

Run Time

2 April - 14 June 2020

Price

From $93

Take Me Out
Take Me Out
Take Me Out

Darren Lemming is the star center fielder of the Empires. At the peak of his career, Lemming enjoys immense popularity and success in baseball. He decides to come out, and the reception reveals the long-held unspoken prejudices against the gay community. Several friendships are strained, and teammates turn hostile, while others are extremely supportive of Lemming’s decision to come out. Catch the stunning renewal of 2003 Tony Award-winning play Take Me Out as it makes a return to Broadway! Witness a breathtaking portrayal of racism, class, and masculinity in this gripping sports-drama!

Duration: TBA

7

Birthday Candles

Run Time

21 April - 21 June 2020

Price

From $99

Birthday Candles
Birthday Candles
Birthday Candles

As Ernestine (the protagonist) transitions from teenage to adulthood, her birthday cakes never change. Writer Noah Haidle delicately explores how it might seem like everything in the world is always changing, but the most subtle and beautiful aspects of life always remain constant. The stellar cast led by veteran director Vivienne Benesch manages to bring out the range of emotions that Haidle infused into the play. Starring Emmy Award-winning actress Debra Messing, Birthday Cakes is a masterpiece by Noah Haidle that fuses top-notch acting with expert direction and set design!

Duration: TBA

Location

American Airlines Theatre
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To discover other shows on Broadway right now, check out our guide on the Best Broadway shows in New York.

If you are looking for musicals only, then check out our guide on the best musicals on Broadway right now. Also, here's an Off Broadway shows list as well that you can consider if you're looking to hit the Off Broadway theatre scene! You can also check out our website for some great deals and offers on Broadway play tickets. The choice is all yours!

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