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!). 

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Something Rotten!

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Hilarious, Delightful
90
Critics
81
42 reviews
Members
90
6334 reviews

After a laugh-filled run on Broadway and ten 2015 Tony Award nominations, this musical comedy about the very first musical kicks off its national tour at the Boston Opera House.

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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. 

 

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The Book of Mormon

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Edgy
90
Critics
95
24 reviews
Members
90
8774 reviews

From the creators of 'South Park,' a Tony Award-winning, bawdy, irreverent, hilarious, and heartfelt musical about two missionaries sent to deepest, darkest Africa to spread the good word.

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'The Book of Mormon' is a musical comedy that tells the story of two young Mormon missionaries sent to a remote village in northern Uganda, where a brutal warlord is threatening the local population. Naïve and optimistic, the two missionaries try to share the Book of Mormon, but have trouble connecting with the locals, who are more worried about war, famine, poverty and AIDS than about religion. The show was awarded nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

 

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Jersey Boys (Broadway)

Members say: Entertaining, Delightful, Great singing, Must see, Great acting
88
Critics
76
27 reviews
Members
88
4046 reviews

A bio-revue telling the story and singing the songs of the most popular American singing group of the early '60s, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

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They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard, and the radio just couldn’t get enough of them. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story -- a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. Go behind the music and inside the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons in the Tony Award-winning true-life musical phenomenon, "Jersey Boys".

 

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Avenue Q

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy
88
Critics
90
8 reviews
Members
88
4282 reviews

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.

 

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Fiddler On The Roof

Members say: Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Absorbing, Great staging
88
Critics
81
52 reviews
Members
88
2945 reviews

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.

 

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The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Quirky
82
Critics
85
18 reviews
Members
82
86 reviews

Playing in an authentic New York speakeasy, 'The Imbible' sweeps audiences along a 10,000-year journey through history accompanied by craft cocktails and the vocal stylings of The Backwaiters a cappella group.

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Sit back and enjoy the music and drinks while Anthony holds forth on the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, traces their economic and political impact on our cultural development, conducts live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits, and – like any good bartender – keeps his guests laughing throughout the night! Combining Anthony’s encyclopedic knowledge of beverage history and decades of bartending experience with his skills as a storyteller and entertainer, 'The Imbible' treats audiences to a completely original evening of immersive theatre.

 

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Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Funny, Original, Edgy
85
Critics
92
8 reviews
Members
84
90 reviews

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.

 

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School of Rock - The Musical

Members say: Entertaining, Funny, Delightful, Great singing, Clever
85
Critics
74
61 reviews
Members
86
2517 reviews

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.

 

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