Six Must See Shows for the Holidays

By Anna Breuer on 4 December 2017
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Despite warm, almost summer-like weather into early November in the Northeast, the holiday season and colder clime are finally upon us and millions of people will be visiting New York City to see a show or two in the coming weeks.

While the sheer number of musicals and plays can be daunting, there are some our theater critics, Jonathan Spira and Blaise Buckley, believe you shouldn’t miss.

Here are their top six picks.

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Shubert Theatre

“Hello, Dolly!” is a showstopper, literally. When Dolly, played by Bette Midler through the end of the year, makes her entrance at the Harmonia Gardens restaurant where prancing waiters belt out the title song, the audience gives her a two-minute standing ovation at every performance.

Dolly, of course, is Dolly Gallagher Levi, making her living as a self-proclaimed professional meddler. The plot revolves around Dolly’s plans to marry a wealthy Yonkers merchant, Horace Vandergelder (David Hyde Pierce), who engaged her as a matchmaker unaware of her plans to marry him herself. Vandergelder’s two clerks, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker (Gavin Creel and Taylor Trench) leave Yonkers, a suburb just north of the Big Apple, for an “adventure” in the city, run into their boss and Dolly, and hilarity ensues.

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