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Upon grad­u­at­ing from Juil­liard, ac­tress and singer Phillipa Soo be­gan a swift rise through the ranks of young Broad­way stars, from the ac­claimed Off-broad­way pre­miere of Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812 to a Tony nod for best ac­tress for her per­for­mance in Hamil­ton. Now she’s a head­liner, star­ring as ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite French charmer in this mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of the 2001 film. Wal­ter Kerr Theatre, 219 W. 48th St., 800-982-2787; ameliebroad­


This sea­son, there is no short­age of shows adapted from films, but this mu­si­cal doesn’t need to rely on brand recog­ni­tion alone: The top-shelf cre­ative team—song­writ­ing duo Stephen Fla­herty and Lynn Ahrens ( Rag­time), di­rec­tor Darko Tres­n­jak ( A Gen­tle­man’s Guide to Love & Mur­der), and play­wright Ter­rence Mcnally ( Kiss of the Spi­der Woman, Mas­ter Class)— has half a dozen Tonys among them. Broad­hurst Theatre, 235 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; anas­tasiabroad­


Robert De Niro and Chazz Palminteri re­unite as di­rec­tor and writer, re­spec­tively, for this mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion of Palminteri’s one-man-show-turnedHol­ly­wood-film. Alan Menken’s score is a low-level pas­tiche of lounge mu­sic and ’60s-era soul (with what sounds like a bla­tant rip-off of “You’re All I Need to Get By”), but Broad­way fa­vorite Nick Cordero gives an ab­so­lutely splen­did per­for­mance as the charis­matic gang­ster Sonny. Lon­gacre Theatre, 220 W. 48th St., 212-2396200; abronx­talethe­mu­si­


Af­ter the suc­cess of Matilda on Broad­way, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore Roald Dahl’s most fa­mous story got a big-bud­get mu­si­cal adap­ta­tion. The show re­ceives a brand-new pro­duc­tion af­ter hav­ing pre­miered in Lon­don in 2013, and it stars two-time Tony win­ner Chris­tian Borle as the mys­te­ri­ous choco­latier Willy Wonka. Lunt-fontanne Theatre, 205 W. 46th St., 877-250-2929; char­lieon­broad­


This heart­warm­ing mu­si­cal tells the real-life story of how the res­i­dents of a small Cana­dian town be­friended an air­plane’s pas­sen­gers af­ter their flight was grounded on Septem­ber 11. Ger­ald Schoen­feld Theatre, 236 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; come­fro­m­


Pitch Per­fect’s Ben Platt stars as an anx­i­ety-stricken teen in this ac­claimed mu­si­cal from La La Land com­posers Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. The show is a bright-eyed, emo­tion­ally at­tuned re­flec­tion on the lives of lonely Amer­i­can teenagers in a hy­per­con­nected, dig­i­tized world. Platt’s per­for­mance, built on pin­point comic tim­ing and an earnest, heart-pierc­ing voice, is one of the high­lights of the Broad­way sea­son. Mu­sic Box Theatre, 239 W. 45th St., 212-239-6200; deare­van­


What hap­pens af­ter Nora Helmer slams the door on her hus­band and chil­dren? Play­wright Lu­cas Hnath dreams up a se­quel to the clas­sic Ib­sen play with a star-stud­ded cast to match (Lau­rie Metcalf, Chris Cooper, Con­dola Rashad, and re­cent Tony win­ner Jayne Houdyshell). The much-in-de­mand di­rec­tor Sam Gold helms his third show of the the­ater sea­son (the first was a sold-out pro­duc­tion of Othello star­ring Daniel Craig and David Oyelowo at New York Theatre Work­shop). Golden Theatre, 252 W. 45th St., 212-2396200; doll­shouse­p­


Broad­way pro­duc­ers can­not stay away from Ten­nessee Wil­liams’s gor­geous “mem­ory play”—and nei­ther can big-name tal­ent. Sally Field and Joe Man­tello star in Sam Gold’s stag­ing. Be­lasco Theatre, 111 W. 44th St., 212-239-6200; glass­me­nagerieon­broad­


The show may be about a cranky weath­er­man doomed to re­peat a sin­gle day in his life un­til he gets it right, but it avoids the pre­dictabil­ity of the movie-to-mu­si­cal for­mula thanks to a score by Tim Minchin ( Matilda), a pro­duc­tion by Matthew Warchus ( Ghost), and a star turn by Andy Karl ( Rocky). Au­gust Wil­son Theatre, 245 W. 52nd St., 877-2502929; ground­hog­day­mu­si­


The list of singing ac­tresses who can step into a role once played by Carol Chan­ning, Bar­bra Streisand, and Ethel Mer­man is short, and for­tu­nately it in­cludes Bette Mi­dler. She head­lines the cur­rent Broad­way re­vival, which also stars David Hyde Pierce. Shu­bert Theatre, 225 W. 44th St., 212-2396200; hel­lodol­ly­on­broad­


Pulitzer Prize-win­ning play­wright Paula Vo­gel makes her Broad­way de­but with a play about a play: In­de­cent dra­ma­tizes the creation and even­tual 1923 Broad­way pre­miere of the ground­break­ing God of Vengeance, a Jewish-themed work with a provoca­tive les­bian sub­plot. Af­ter rave re­views, it’s trans­fer­ring from Off Broad­way. Cort Theatre, 138 W. 48th St., 212239-6200; in­de­cent­broad­


For this re­vival of Lil­lian Hell­man’s clas­sic play about greed and cun­ning in post-civil War Alabama, Laura Lin­ney and Cyn­thia Nixon switch roles for each per­for­mance, with one of them play­ing vi­cious ma­tri­arch Regina and the other her sis­ter-in-law Birdie. It’s a neat trick for a play about fa­mil­ial de­cep­tion, where al­liances are not al­ways what they seem. Sa­muel J. Fried­man Theatre, 261 W. 47th St., 212-239-6200; lit­tle­fox­es­broad­


Os­car and Tony win­ner Kevin Kline, who last ap­peared on Broad­way al­most a decade ago, makes a rather splashy re­turn in Noël Coward’s leg­endary com­edy about a vain, self-ob­sessed ac­tor who finds him­self liv­ing in a farce of his own mak­ing. St. James Theatre, 246 W. 44th St., 877-250-2929; laugh­teron­broad­


One of Arthur Miller’s spe­cial­ties was writ­ing elab­o­rate vivi­sec­tions of the pie-in-the-sky striv­ings of Amer­ica’s white mid­dle class. The Price stars a brood­ing, tac­i­turn Mark Ruf­falo as a man who gives up his dream to study sci­ence in or­der to be­come a cop and care for his fa­ther, and it turns a piti­less eye on the lies that fam­ily mem­bers tell them­selves to jus­tify their feel­ings to­ward one an­other. Jes­sica Hecht, Tony Shal­houb, and Danny De­vito (in a blaz­ing Broad­way de­but) com­plete the cast. Amer­i­can Air­lines Theatre, 227 W. 42nd St., 212-719-1300; round­aboutthe­


Glenn Close reprises her Tony-win­ning star turn as Norma Des­mond in An­drew Lloyd Web­ber’s bom­bas­tic mu­si­cal, de­liv­er­ing the camp thrills that the work seems to want and the touch­ing emo­tional core that it needs. Palace Theatre, 1564 Broad­way, 877-2502929; sun­set­boule­vardthe­mu­si­


The­ater ti­tans Patti Lupone and Chris­tine Eber­sole go head-to-head in this mu­si­cal drama­ti­za­tion of the ri­valry be­tween cos­metic-in­dus­try pow­er­houses Helena Ru­bin­stein and El­iz­a­beth Ar­den. Ex­pect to see fur—and high notes—fly. Ned­er­lan­der Theatre, 208 W. 41st St., 877-2502929; warpaint­mu­si­


In a fraught po­lit­i­cal cli­mate, his­tory can pro­vide some valu­able lessons. The ex­hi­bi­tion “We Wanted a Rev­o­lu­tion: Black Rad­i­cal Women, 1965–85” does just that, with pho­tog­ra­phy, film, sculp­ture, and print­mak­ing from a di­verse group of women who in­flu­enced the po­lit­i­cal move­ments of the past. Opens April 21, 200 Eastern Pkwy., 718-6385000; brook­lyn­mu­


The mu­seum hosts a solo ex­hi­bi­tion of work by Anicka Yi, re­cip­i­ent of the 2016 Hugo Boss Prize, a bi­en­nial con­tem­po­rary-art award. Yi takes an al­most scientific ap­proach to her art, with in­stal­la­tions made from bac­te­ria sam­ples and a de­sire to draw on senses be­yond vi­sion, par­tic­u­larly smell. Also worth check­ing out is the Guggenheim’s on­go­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of Jack­son Pol­lock’s Alchemy (1947), which hasn’t made an ap­pear­ance in the US since 1969. Opens April 21, 1071 Fifth Ave., 212-423-3500;


“Age of Em­pires: Chi­nese Art of the Qin and Han Dy­nas­ties” pro­vides a glimpse of an­cient China with more than 160 ar­ti­facts. This col­lec­tion of met­al­work, tex­tiles, sculp­ture, paint­ing, and more is drawn from 32 museums in China, and many of the ob­jects have never be­fore been seen in the US. 1000 Fifth Ave., 212-535-7710; met­mu­


“Mak­ing Space: Women Artists and Post­war Ab­strac­tion,” an ex­hi­bi­tion of more than 100 paint­ings, tex­tiles, pho­to­graphs, and sculp­tures, hon­ors fe­male artists be­tween the end of World War II and the start of the fem­i­nist move­ment in the 1960s. 11 W. 53rd St., 212-708-9400;


Carol Rama’s first ex­hi­bi­tion in New York is a sur­vey of the cult Ital­ian artist’s paint­ings, ob­jects, and works on pa­per, with an em­pha­sis on her rep­re­sen­ta­tions of anatomy, gen­der, and sex­u­al­ity. Opens April 26, 235 Bow­ery, 212-219-1222; new­mu­


The Whit­ney Bi­en­nial is back, cel­e­brat­ing the work of more than 65 artists. The largest sur­vey of con­tem­po­rary art in the US, the bi­en­nial fo­cuses this year on the in­di­vid­ual’s place in a tur­bu­lent so­ci­ety, among other themes. Through June 11, 99 Gan­sevoort St., 212-570-3600; whit­

She’s ready for her close-up: Glenn Close storms the stage as Norma Des­mond in Sun­set Boule­vard.

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