In a year full of Funny Girls and Hadestown visits, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by just how much theatre has come and gone on Broadway in 2022, and what you might want to see next year. But don’t worry. We’ve gathered all the info you might need about the Top Ten Highest Scoring New Shows of 2022 (all based on our member's Broadway Reviews)!
Read on to see what Broadway shows had our members begging for more this year!
Tom Stoppard’s newest heart-wrenching play is set in the Jewish quarter of Vienna and follows an extended family from the late 1800s into the middle of the 20th century. Rife with the wit and charm that Tom Stoppard has come to be known for, his newest play explores fifty years of history across just two hours.
With a massive cast featuring 38 performers, and direction by Patrick Marber, the play is both grand in scale, but extremely intimate in the way it hones in on these human lives. Our members have called it "compelling," "personal," and "heartfelt."
One such member, DOUG Rob NYC, said you should see it if "The value of a human life, of a family’s existence, mean something to you. This heartfelt powerful story, as so [many] stories, should be seen"
The London premiere production of the play received the 2020 Olivier Award for Best New Play, and it is currently scheduled to run through July 2023.
Leopoldstat has an "Excellent" score of 85 (at time of printing) ranking it the 10th highest show from 2022 on Broadway.
9. Some Like It Hot
This 2003 Tony Award winner for Best Play tells the story of a star athlete publicly coming to terms with his sexuality. Darren Lemming (Jesse Williams) is the star center fielder for the Empires, a professional baseball team. Against the warning of fellow teammates, he steps out of the closet, revealing a barrage of long-held, unspoken prejudices. Facing some hostile teammates and fraught friendships, Darren is forced to contend with the challenges of being a gay person of color within the confines of a classic American institution.
The production won the 2022 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play and stars Jesse Williamsn (Grey’s Anatomy) and Jesse Tyler Ferguson (Modern Family), who won the 2022 Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play. It ran for a limited run earlier this year before opening up again on Broadway this Fall. Our members say the show is "relevant," "excellent," and has "great acting!"
Show-Score member Dan Q called the play a "a smart show with powerful themes, specifically pertaining to LGBTQ issues." and one that "offers a perspective not commonly seen."
The show is certified "Excellent!" with its score of 85, making it our 8th highest ranking Broadway show of 2022 (at time of printing). The return engagement runs until Jan 29, 2023.
7. Cost of Living
Martyna Majok‘s powerful play made its Broadway premiere this year after an acclaimed run at MTC’s Stage I. This prescient, passionate work explores the circumstances that bring people together, the complexity of caring and being cared for, and the ways we all rely on one another in this world.
The story follows truck driver Eddie who is struggling to rebuild a relationship with his estranged wife Ani, and Jess who is trying to navigate the day-to-day with John, her new boss, in a job that she is in dire need of.
The show received praise for its centering of stories about disabled individuals, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2018. This Broadway premiere was directed by Obie Award winner Jo Bonney, and reunited acclaimed original stars Gregg Mozgala and Katy Sullivan. Our members called it "profound," "moving," and "gripping."
Show-Score member ReneGrayre called the show "a moving meditation on what it is to be human and connecting, in spite of Life and/or physical struggles." The Audience Acclaimed show has earned an "Excellent!" score of 86, making it our 7th highest ranking Broadway show of 2022 (at time of printing).
The limited engagement ran until Nov 6, 2022.
6. & Juliet
Direct from London's West End, this new musical sees Juliet from Shakespeare's greatest love story decide to embark on a journey of self-discovery and adventure without Romeo.
With a book by David West Read, an Emmy-winning writer from Schitt's Creek, this jukebox musical boasts a score comprised of classic hit songs by pop mega producer Max Martin like "Oops I Did It Again," "Since U Been Gone," and "Stronger." Show-Score members have raved that the show is "high energy," "fun," and "dazzling!"
Our member, MrBroadwayStar, has said this show is for you if "You're looking for a whole new take on a classic story with songs you know and love already! BIG production, but smart writing / characters!"
The original London production won three Olivier Awards in 2020, where it is still currently playing.
In New York, the show is currently running at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The Audience Acclaimed new. musical rocks an "Excellent!" score of 86, making it our 6th highest ranking Broadway show of 2022 (at time of printing).
5. MJ The Musical
This year, a jukebox musical about the King of Pop came to Broadway, with a score featuring 25 of Michael Jackson's best selling hits, such as "Beat It," "Billie Jean," and "Thriller," and a book by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Lynn Nottage.
The show uses the 1992 Dangerous world tour to provide an in-depth look at the musician's creative process, as well as at significant moments in Jackson's career, from his childhood in The Jackson 5 to his solo success.
Myles Frost, who made his Broadway debut as the iconic singer, was awarded the 2022 Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. Our members have called the show "phenomenal," "mind-blowing," and "stellar!"
Bekah W was sure to highlight that "The talent of Myles Frost alone is reason enough to see this show."
The Audience Acclaimed musical is currently running at Broadway’s Neil Simon Theatre, and boasts an "Excellent!" score of 86, making it our 5th highest ranking Broadway show of 2022 (at time of printing).
4. Kimberly Akimbo
This award-winning musical, about a New Jersey teenager with a rare aging disorder who must navigate family secrets and her first crush, leapt to Broadway this year after an acclaimed run at Off-Broadway’s Atlantic Theater Company.
Kim is a bright and funny Jersey teen who just so happens to look like a 72-year-old woman. And yet her aging disease may be the least of her problems. Roped into the drama of family secrets, extreme personalities, and possible arrest, Kim is determined to find happiness in a world where not even time is on her side.
Based on Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire's play of the same name, the musical features an original score by Jeanine Tesori, the Tony-winning composer of Fun Home. Our members have called the show "unique," "quirky," and "heartwarming."
Show-Score member John Ned said the musical is for you if you "want to take all your emotions on a joyride. This musical hit all of them through great songs, absorbing story and wonderful performances!"
The Audience Acclaimed show is currently playing at Broadway’s Booth Theatre, and sports an "Excellent!" score of 87, making it our 4th highest ranking Broadway show of 2022 (at time of printing).
3. The Music Man
This revival of the 1957 Meredith Wilson classic stars Hugh Jackman (Harold Hill) and Sutton Foster (Marian Paroo) under the direction of Jerry Zaks. Considered one of America’s greatest musicals, The Music Man tells the story of a con man named Harold Hill, who has arrived in Rock Island, IL to peddle the same musical instrument scam he’s been perpetuating all over the Midwest. However, things become complicated when he falls a little too hard for the local librarian, Marian, and he might just be found out.
This production received six Tony nominations, including Best Revival of a Musical. In addition to Jackman and Foster, who both received Tony nominations, Jayne Houdyshell (The Humans) was also nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical. Show-Score members have said the show is "classic," "delightful," and "charming."
Our member Shira 6053 said a night a the show was "the most fun night at the theater with everyone excited to be part of the experience. Jackman was sublime and doesn’t miss a beat."
The certified Audience Acclaimed revival will run at Broadway’s Winter Garden Theater until Jan 15, 2023, and currently has an "Excellent!" score of 87, earning our 4th place spot on the list (at time of printing).
2. Mike Birbiglia's The Old Man & The Pool
Award-winning comedian and storyteller Mike Birbiglia returned to Broadway this year with his new show about failing bodies, recovery, and laughter as the best medicine.
The Old Man and the Pool is a story about life, death, and a highly chlorinated pool at the YMCA. Birbiglia stands center stage to share a coming-of-middle-age tale that asks life's biggest questions: Why are we on this earth? What’s after this? And what happens when we find out what the things at the doctor’s office that we thought were decoration are really for?
Our members have called this show "hilarious," "gentle," and "whip-smart." One of our members, Andyboy, said you should see the show if you "like whip-smart monologues blended with stand-up comedy," and "appreciate how details of an ordinary life can have a universal profoundness."
The Audience Acclaimed solo show will play at Lincoln Center's Vivian Beaumont Theatre until Jan 15, 2023, and currently holds an "Excellent!" score of 88, landing it just shy of our number one spot (at time of printing).
1. Into the Woods
Directed by Encores! Artistic Director Lear deBessonet, this new production of Stephen Sondheim's classic musical intertwining the plots of classic fairy tales is a transfer of the critically acclaimed, sold-out New York City Center Encores! production from earlier this year.
Among its many rich layers, the musical fable is about how humans pursue their desires, and what happens when they set aside their individual wishes to create a greater community wish.
As the result of the curse of a once-beautiful witch, a baker and his wife are childless. They venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell and restore the witch's beauty. During their journey, they meet Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and Jack, each one on a quest. But soon, we learn what happens to these characters after ever after. Our members have said this revival is "outstanding," "flawless," and "Everything you wish for in a musical."
Show-Score member Kim G City said the show is "a flawless version of a musical theater masterpiece. The cast and staging are superb and spotlight the genius of Sondheim."
The Audience Acclaimed limited run will play until Jan 8, 2023, and has been dubbed a "Must See!" courtesy of its 91 score, and earning it the coveted title of Highest Ranked New Show of 2022 (at time of printing).
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