So you want to see a show?

Here’s my list of recommended Broadway, off-Broadway, and out-of-town shows, updated weekly. In all cases, I gave these shows favorable reviews (if sometimes qualifiedly so) in The Wall Street Journal when they opened. For more information, click on the title.


BROADWAY:

Bullets Over Broadway (musical, PG-13, reviewed here)

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder (musical, PG-13, reviewed here)

Matilda (musical, G, nearly all performances sold out last week, reviewed here)

Les Misérables (musical, G, too long and complicated for young children, nearly all performances sold out last week, reviewed here)

Once (musical, G/PG-13, reviewed here)

A Raisin in the Sun (drama, G/PG-13, all performances sold out last week, reviewed here)

Rocky (musical, G/PG-13, reviewed here)

OFF BROADWAY:

Avenue Q (musical, R, adult subject matter and one show-stopping scene of puppet-on-puppet sex, reviewed here)

The Fantasticks (musical, G, suitable for children capable of enjoying a love story, reviewed here)

The Heir Apparent (verse comedy, PG-13, closes May 4, reviewed here)

CLOSING SOON OFF BROADWAY:

London Wall (serious comedy, PG-13, newly extended through Apr. 26, reviewed here)

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Almanac: Paul Hindemith on creation and irrationality

“The ultimate reason for his humility will be the musician’s conviction that beyond all the rational knowledge he has amassed and all his dexterity as a craftsman there is a region of visionary irrationality in which the veiled secrets of art dwell, sensed but not understood, implored but not commanded, imparting but not yielding. He cannot enter this region, he can only pray to be elected one of its messengers.”
Paul Hindemith, A Composer’s World: Horizons and Limitations

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