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Top 10 Lists of Top 10 Theater 2015

“Hamilton” made the top or near the top of every critics’ top 10 theater list so far for shows that opened in New York in 2015, with the exception of Charles Isherwood, who deliberately left Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical off his list, writing “that fine show has been hosanna-ed so thoroughly that it hardly needs more recognition, at least until the inevitable Pulitzer and Tony Awards add to its luster.” Other popular choices: The King and I, Fun Home, A View from the Bridge,  King Charles III, Hir.

Here are drama critics’ lists of Top 10 theater for 2015. (Some deviate from a literal Top 10 list.) I will add more of these top 10 lists as they become available.

Jonathan Mandell, in New York Theater

Hamilton
Spring Awakening
Fun Home
Hir
Hand to God
Barbecue
An American in Paris
The Nether
The King and I
Empire Travel Agency
The Way They Live
Theatre For One (I’m Not The Stranger You Think I Am)
Before Their Very Eyes

 

Ben Brantley, New York Times

Hamilton
King Charles III
A View from the Bridge
Gloria
Constellations
Fool for Love
The King and I
Skylight
The Color Purple
Wolf Hall

Mark Kennedy, Associated Press

Hamilton
Fun Home
An American in Paris
King Charles III
The King and I
Constellations
A View from the Bridge
Something Rotten
Skylight
Spring Awakening

 

Richard Zoglin, Time

King Charles III
Hamilton
“Arthur Miller’s Centennial (A View from the Bridge and Incident at Vichy)
The King and I
The Christians
The Visit
Constellations
John
Finding Neverland
Wolf Hall
Lazarus

Jesse Green, New York Magazine

The Humans
Hamilton
An Octoroon
A View from the Bridge
Heisenberg
Whorl Inside a Loop
The Christians
Theatre for One (I’m not the Stranger You Think I Am)
John
Hir

 

Charles Isherwood, New York Times

John
The Humans
The Christians
Hir
Significant Other
The Mystery of Love and Sex
Eclipsed
Small Mouth Sounds
An American in Paris
Spring Awakening

Adam Feldman and David Cote, Time Out New York
Hamilton
A View From The Bridge
The Humans
King Charles III
John
10 out of 12
Hir
Eclipsed
Something Rotten
Skylight
(This is the first 10 of a list of 20, which excludes Broadway transfers of shows that opened Off-Broadway in previous years — so, no Fun Home)

David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
(top 10 in list of 20)
Hamilton
A View from the Bridge
The King and I
The Humans
Fun Home
The Color Purple
Constellations
John
King Charles III
An American in Paris

Marc Snetiker, Entertainment Weekly
Hamilton
Fun Home
King Charles III
An American in Paris
The Audience
Skylight
Wolf Hall
A View From The Bridge
The King and I
The Color Purple

Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

(top 10 specifically on Broadway 2015)

Fun Home
Hamilton
A View from the Bridge
The Color Purple
The Visit
Skylight
Constellations
Hand to God
King Charles III
The Audience

 

Show-Score

This new New York theater aggregation site is not offering its own opinion – rather it has come up with its list by calculating the combined scores by the various critics and its thousands of members to come up with the most popular productions.

Hamilton
Fun Home
Spring Awakening
The King and I
Something Rotten
A View from the Bridge
The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey
Allegiance
An American in Paris
Hand to God

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About New York Theater
Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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