5 New NYC Musicals That’ll Put Some Spring in Your Step

We’ve got no chill when it comes to these buzzworthy shows off-Broadway.

From the sci-fi smash Be More Chill to the Temptations bio-jukebox Ain’t Too Proud, strutting proudly alongside darn hot revivals of Kiss Me Kate and Oklahoma, there’s a new musical for everybody on Broadway right now. But oh, what a beautiful time for toe-tappers off-Broadway.

Check out these five must-see musicals that recently opened for limited runs.

Alice by Heart

Deen van Meer

Spring Awakening duo Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s escapist fantasy reimagines Alice in Wonderland during the London Blitz of WWII. Stars Noah Galvin and Wesley Taylor alone are worth a trip down the rabbit hole.

The Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space through April 7.

Fiddler on the Roof

Matthew Murphy

The world is changing, Papa! Joel Grey directs National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s extra-resonant revival of the 1964 classic, performed in Yiddish with supertitles. As Yente, Feud’s Jackie Hoffman is perfectly matched.

Stage 42 through September 1.

Merrily We Roll Along

Joan Marcus

Fiasco Theater has a good thing going with its endlessly clever revival of Stephen Sondheim’s 1981 gem, an effective reverse look at the estrangement of showbiz friends, freshly streamlined to one act with six actors.

Roundabout Theatre Company’s Laura Pels Theatre through April 14.


Joan Marcus

We do need another hero! In Tom Kitt and John Logan’s valiant effort, a teen misfit (Kyle McArthur) discovers that his weird neighbor (Bryce Pinkham) may be from another planet. Pitch Perfect’s Jason Moore directs.

Second Stage Theater through March 31.

We Are the Tigers

Mati Gelman

Trans writer Preston Max Allen’s pop-rock score propels his tale of quirky cheerleaders in peril, led by Lauren Zakrin (Cruel Intentions: The ’90s Musical). It’s spoofy, sometimes sincere, but always f-u-n. Bring it on!

Theater 80 through April 1.

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