A list of main shows running or opening soon in New York, with reviews and ticketing as per The New York Times.

The Lion King
This acclaimed production is based on the animated Disney movie, but is quite different from the film. From the opening, which features life-sized animal representations taking over the stage to pay tribute to Mufasa, it is clear this is a unique theatrical experience that tries to make a statement about the cycle of life and death in the wilderness. The music is by Elton John and Tim Rice, and includes such beloved songs as 'Circle of Life' and 'Hakuna Matata.'

Minskoff Theatre
200 W. 45th St.
New York NY 10036

Buy Tickets: http://www.ticketmaster.com/artist/1039581?awc=4103_1387300518_1ee20c87bfecd1ce22447b03bf62c744&REFERRAL_ID=tmfeedbuyat137964&wt.mc_id=aff_BUYAT_137964&camefrom=CFC_BUYAT_137964

The Phantom of the Opera
Judging by sheer invention, emotional punch and onstage talent, this blockbuster still beats out almost all of the whippersnappers currently on Broadway.

Majestic Theatre
245 W. 44th St.
New York NY 10036
(Between Broadway and Eighth Ave.)

Buy Tickets: http://www.telecharge.com/FindTickets.aspx?&aid=aff000006400&bid=5&cityName=Broadway&productId=263&productType=1

Originally created by Bob Fosse, this show is a musical exploration of murder, greed, corruption, sex, exploitation and treachery. Some featured songs are 'Me and My Baby,' 'Razzle Dazzle,' 'Class,' 'Mr. Cellophane,' 'When You're Good to Mama' and 'Funny Honey.'

Ambassador Theatre
219 W. 49th St.
New York NY 10019
(Between Broadway and 8th Ave.)

Buy Tickets: http://www.broadway.com/Chicago

Mamma Mia!
'Mamma Mia!' is a musical with a disco beat, featuring the music of the Swedish singing group ABBA. This tale of love, laughter and friendship is set on a Greek island where 20 year old Sophie is due to be married.

Broadhurst Theatre
235 W. 44th St.
New York NY 10036
(Between Broadway and 8th Ave.)

Buy Tickets: http://www.telecharge.com/FindTickets.aspx?&aid=aff000006400&bid=5&cityName=Broadway&productId=9776&productType=1

Radio City Christmas Spectacular
The New York holiday tradition of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular” returns, with floating orbs, game consoles and the enduring Rockettes.

Radio City Music Hall
1260 Sixth Ave
New York NY 10020

Buy Tickets: http://www.radiocity.com
Closing - December 30, 2013

The new stage musical “Rocky”, an adaptation of the Oscar-winning film about a streetwise boxer from Philadelphia, is coming to Broadway next year, with preview performances set to begin in February at the Winter Garden Theater.

Winter Garden Theater
1634 Broadway
New York NY 10019

Previews begin February 11th

Tags: new york, broadway, manhattan, musical

Misha Iogansen 
17 December 2013