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The plays and musicals that will have you in stitches

We all love to laugh, and Broadway is a great place to get that funny bone tickled. There are currently many Broadway plays and musicals that are guaranteed to have you in stitches, and even more on the way as the season progresses. If you are in the mood for a chuckle, guffaw or a sidesplitting night at the theater, here are some Broadway plays and musicals that are sure to fit the bill. 

Andrew Durand and Alexandra Socha in ‘Head Over Heels’ (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Andrew Durand and Alexandra Socha in ‘Head Over Heels’ (Photo: Joan Marcus)

Now Showing:

The Book of Mormon
There must be a reason why The Book of Mormon continues to run after 7 and ½ years on Broadway, and that reason is a tuneful score and its off-color humor. The musical, by Trey Parker and Matt Stone (TV’s South Park) and Robert Lopez (Avenue Q, Frozen), follows two Mormon missionaries as they travel to a remote Ugandan village in an effort to spread their faith. A Tony winner for Best Musical, The Book of Mormon tells a very earnest story with as much humor as can be packed into a Broadway show.

The Play That Goes Wrong
The Play That Goes Wrong
is the “Little Play That Could,” proving to be Broadway’s current longest-running comedic, non-musical offering. Written by Henry Lewis, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Shields of Mischief Theatre Company, this comedy imagines everything that can go wrong during a theater performance, from misplaced props to malfunctioning scenery, from missed cues to fouled-up dialogue. Dozens of laughs await an audience, particularly those who enjoy the behind-the-scenes mayhem of theater, or who have been a part of it themselves.

Head Over Heels
The jukebox musical Head Over Heels features a score composed of hit songs recorded by the ‘80s pop group The Go-Gos. Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) created the original book and concept for this romantic comedy about the royal family of Arcadia, a kingdom where everyone is out to find love, but living by the rules of the rigidly traditional King Basilius. Head Over Heels is a musical that celebrates our freedom to love who we want to love, told with a comedy of errors approach and a zesty humor bound to make audiences leave the theater grinning from ear to ear. 

The Nap
What in the world is snooker? You can find out in the Broadway play The Nap, subtitled “The Broadway Comedy with Balls.” Snooker is British game similar to American pool, played with a cue and 22 balls. The Nap is a comedy about a snooker star who has just arrived at a championship tournament, only to find himself embroiled in a match-fixing scheme and confronted with a parade of quirky characters. Written by Richard Bean, who gave us the rollicking One Man, Two Guvnors a few seasons back, The Nap is both a comedy and a thriller that will keep you guessing and keep you laughing.

Mean Girls
Tina Fey induced much laughter with her screenplay for the 2004 film Mean Girls, a biting and wry look at the world of high school popularity. Collaborating with composer Jeff Richmond and lyricist Nell Benjamin, Fey has adapted that story for the musical stage. Cady Heron, a generally nice teenage girl, is starting at a new school and she must decide if she wants to have real friends or join the school’s most-popular clique, the nightmarishly exclusive Plastics. For audiences who like an edge to their humor, Mean Girls might just be the comedy for you.

On the Horizon:

The Prom
Opening on November 15, 2018, The Prom promises to be one of the funniest new musicals of the season, with a score by Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin  (The Wedding Singer, Elf: The Musical) and a book by Bob Martin (The Drowsy Chaperone) and Beguelin. When a teenage girl in Indiana wants to take her girlfriend to the prom, the community and the school have their reservations. Amidst a media circus, four aging Broadway actors make the trek to the Midwest to help the kid, hoping to revitalize their careers in the process. 

Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
What could be more eagerly anticipated than the pairing of two of Broadway’s funniest talents? For Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus by Taylor Mac, Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin will team-up in a hilarious follow-up to William Shakespeare’s most grisly play. The Bard’s Titus Andronicus concludes with blood and carnage covering the stage, and Lane and Martin will play the two servants that are charged with cleaning up the mess. The play will open in the spring of 2019 at the Booth Theatre.

Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals, The Disney Song Encyclopedia, and The Encyclopedia of Television Theme Songs. He maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.

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