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Danielle Brooks, Sutton Foster Are Featured in Our Critics' Weekly Faves

Plus, we highlight a new production of a Disney musical in New Jersey.

With so much great theater in New York City, you might need a little help deciding what to see this week. We've got you covered!

Here you'll find a list of standout shows that our TheaterMania critics consider especially worth your time. They're all top productions that you definitely won't want to miss.

Click on the title of a show to learn more and purchase tickets.

Beauty and the Beast

Tally Sessions and Belinda Allyn star in Beauty and the Beast at the Paper Mill Playhouse.
(© Mike Nitzel Photography)

"It may not be a perfect Beauty and the Beast, but if you're feeling that itch for Disney pomp buttoned with wedding bells and a confetti shower, this will certainly scratch it." Read Hayley Levitt's full review here.


Anita Carey, Beth Hylton, Susan Lynskey, and Kate Fahy star in Handbagged at 59E59 Theaters.
(© Carol Rosegg)

"Unapologetically theatrical, [Handbagged] offers a primer on British politics in the '80s, as well as a probing look into the way personal relationships can color global events." Read Zachary Stewart's full review here.

Lone Star

Michael Villastrigo, Chris Loupos, and Matt de Rogatis star in Lone Star at 13th Street Repertory Theater.
(© Joe Battista)

"There's a kind of offhand poetry in [playwright James] McLure's implicit equation of the destruction of a classic car to lost American innocence, and of a tainted marriage to punctured masculinity. Lone Star may feel slight in the moment, but only in retrospect does the inner pathos of the material become apparent." Read Kenji Fujishima's full review here.

Much Ado About Nothing

The company of Kenny Leon's Shakespeare in the Park production of Much Ado About Nothing.
(© Joan Marcus)

"In the hands of a great director and performers, [Much Ado About Nothing] soars. That is the case more often than not with Kenny Leon's production for Shakespeare in the Park, which transposes this story of high jinks in Renaissance Sicily to modern America." Read Zachary Stewart's full review here.

Sutton Foster

Sutton Foster at Café Carlyle with musical director Michael Rafter at the piano.
(© David Andrako)

"[Sutton] Foster's latest Carlyle show is a rare opportunity to see this bona fide Broadway star up close and personal. My only wish is that it didn't have to end."

For more suggestions, visit our Broadway listings page here and our off-Broadway listings page here.