4 Plays and 20 Musicals to See on April 20

Last updated April 20th, 2017 by Josh Ferri
4 Plays and 20 Musicals to See on April 20

Whether you want to laugh your face off or just sit back and bake in the beauty of Broadway, here’s what you’re looking for.

The Plays

The Play That Goes Wrong

Seriously, nothing funnier if you’re in the mood for sight gags and slapstick.

Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic

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If you’re a Potterhead, this one has lots of laughs, awesome visuals, and even some low key magic.

Present Laughter

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You might get some side eye from the crowd, but the hilarious performances from Kevin Kline, Kristine Nielsen, Cobie Smulders, & Kate Burton will have you cracking up…so worth it.

Shear Madness

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It’s a crime you get to solve along with the rest of the crowd by shouting at the hilarious actors. If you can get over the paranoia of participation, it’s a blast.

The Musicals

Groundhog Day

One of the best shows on Broadway, GHD is an absolute feast for the senses, it’s beyond hilarious, and it’s a truly adult show, so no chance of running into suburban families. Forecast for a good time? 100%.


You haven’t truly lived until you’ve attended the April 20th Jellicle Ball.

The Lightning Thief

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Lots of pre-teens in the audience at this one, but it’s really funny and creative, and the young cast are shredding faces with those vocals. It’s lit.

Natasha, Pierre, and the Great Comet of 1812

An immersive theatrical experience, gorgeous costumes, killer songs, and an energy that just doesn’t stop—if you’re looking for a play that’s also a bit of a party, this is your show.

Sweeney Todd

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It’s another immersive show and this one serves meat pies along with several scares and major vocals.

Avenue Q

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The Bad Idea Bears would say this Tony-winning musical is an excellent and obvious idea.

Sunday in the Park with George

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One word: Chromolume.

The Book of Mormon

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If you’d be LOLing watching South Park at home, then Mormon is the choice for you.


If it’s good enough for Liza (allegedly!!), it’s good enough for all of us.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

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It’s a landmine of avoiding families, but once you do you win the golden ticket of experiencing this iconic property live while living your best life.

Blue Man Group

This one needs no explanation.


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There’s a lot of humor and heart in this musical adaptation, and there’s no shortage of places to look and creative moments to enjoy.

Kinky Boots

You can always just be who you want to be at this colorful (and camp) Tony-winning, feel-good musical.

Miss Saigon

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Know yourself. If you can handle the sadness of Saigon, you’ll be rewarded by lush visuals, inventive staging, and incredible performances.

The Lion King

Who could resist giant puppets and incredible costumes bringing a childhood favorite to life?!


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The whole theatre smells like pie and you can listen to Sara Bareilles sing while you indulge.


Enjoy Carole King’s masterpiece Tapestry as it was intended.

The Phantom of the Opera

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When the show premiered the special effects made it a pop culture phenomenon. Now it’s Broadway’s longest running show, and the effects are entertaining. From the foggy gondola ride to the falling chandelier, you’ll be fascinated.


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She flies, she belts, and she’s green.

Something Rotten!

It’s not in NYC, but it’s touring in a city near you…so great ready to laugh ‘til your face hurts.