Best Bets for Father’s Day Weekend

Show-Score | By Raven Snook

Treat dad to a show that will inspire him to laugh, sing, or raise a glass.

Something Rotten on Broadway Something Rotten on Broadway | By Joan Marcus

We don't mean to stereotype, but dads can be awfully hard to buy for—especially when it comes to theater. With 'Hamilton' tickets off the table (unless you know a way to crack that digital lottery), what other shows are surefire father-pleasers? We have some ideas. From uproarious musicals that are equally knee-slapping and toe-tapping, to heartwarming celebrations of 'Tradition'-al fatherhood, to an alcohol-inspired tuner complete with complimentary cocktails, these productions should put a smile on papa's face (although you'll want to leave the kids at home for most of these. Hey, dad deserves a day off from his duties!). 

This laugh-filled musical comedy about the creation of the very first musical earned ten 2015 Tony Award nominations.

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This mash-up of 16th-century Shakespeare and 21st-century Broadway tells the story of brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom, two playwrights stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star Will Shakespeare. When a soothsayer foretells the next big thing in theater, the Bottom brothers set out to write the world’s first musical. 

Two teenage missionaries are sent to Africa to spread the word of Jesus Christ. What could go wrong?

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When two Mormon missionaries are sent to Uganda to spread the word of God, they quickly learn the local villagers are not as excited as they are. In a world full of AIDS, famine, and armed conflict, two best friends find love, healing, and a renewed faith in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This production took home nine Tony Awards in 2011, including Best Musical.

The musical is a satire, but is in the style of an old-fashioned Broadway musical, with big musical numbers.

The score and book are written by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of 'South Park,' and Robert Lopez, who wrote the music for 'Frozen' with Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Robert Lopez is the first artist to double EGOT (winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony).

The Tony-winning hit musical about Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons is revived Off-Broadway.

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The jukebox musical tells the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, from the streets of New Jersey to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It won the Tony for 'Best Musical' in 2006.

The show features fan favorite songs made famous by Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, including 'Sherry,' 'Big Girls Don't Cry,' and 'Can't Take My Eyes Off You.'

After 11 years on Broadway, the show moved to Off-Broadway's New World Stages in 2017. It will end its New York run on May 22, 2022.

Broadway's 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical continues its hilarious, puppet-filled run Off-Broadway at New World Stages.

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This grown-up musical comedy stars a cast of humans and puppets, and tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There he meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman) and other new friends. Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

For years a certain boy wizard went to Wizard School. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs...who just happened to be there too. A play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

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'Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic' is a Potter-inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story. The play gives you a fresh look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers. Their epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.

Directed by Tony award winner Bartlett Sher, this new Broadway revival of Bock & Harnick's classic musical follows Jewish milkman Tevye, who strives to maintain "Tradition" as his daughters fall in love.

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The original production won ten Tony Awards including a special Tony for becoming the longest-running Broadway musical of all time. The revival, from the creative team behind 'The King and I', will be based on the Tony Award-winning original conception and choreography of Jerome Robbins, and will feature choreography by Israeli-born artist Hofesh Shechter. This heartwarming musical is the story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and the timeless traditions that define faith and family.

An immersive, musical comedy detailing the history of alcohol while serving you cocktails.

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Going six years strong, "The Imbible" is an interactive, strictly over 21 evening of fun, detailing the history of craft cocktails. The show is part history lesson, sharing the economic and political origins of alcohol; part live demonstration as beer is brewed and spirits distilled; and part cabaret as Anthony and the Backwaiters acapella group provide comedy, entertainment, and song.

New York Neo-Futurists' ever-changing race-against-the-clock attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes!

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With its ever-changing “menu” of plays, 'Too Much Light…' is an attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes. The audience is fully part of the act, deciding the order that these plays are performed. Each week, these plays shift as ensemble members add new plays to the existing body of work. Each night of performance, they create an unreproducible living newspaper of the comic and tragic, the political and personal, the visceral and experimental. Each short play is written by a performer, honed by the ensemble, and randomly montaged with twenty-nine other plays through high energy audience participation.

Based on the hit Jack Black film, this musical comedy features songs by 'Jesus Christ Superstar' composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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'School of Rock—The Musical' follows Dewey, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into grade-A rockers. While teaching these pint-sized prodigies what it means to rock, Dewey falls for the school’s headmistress.