Broadway ticket availability and capsule reviews of shows as of May 4. Unless otherwise noted, tickets are available at the theaters' box offices for the shows listed. Details about how to obtain tickets appear at the end.
_"9 to 5: The Musical." Female empowerment in the workplace. Allison Janney, Stephanie J. Block and Megan Hilty star in a stage version of the movie. The score is by Dolly Parton, one of the film's stars. Marquis. Ticketmaster.
_"33 Variations." Jane Fonda stars in a play written and directed by Moises Kaufman about the nature of reconciliation, set against the backdrop of one woman's obsession with a piece of music. Eugene O'Neill. Telecharge.
_"Accent on Youth." David Hyde Pierce stars in a Manhattan Theatre Club revival of Samson Raphaelson's 1930s comedy about what love can inspire. Samuel J. Friedman. Telecharge.
_"August: Osage County." Tracy Letts' drama, a hit for Chicago's Steppenwolf Theatre Company, concerns a venomous mother and her dealings with three daughters. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for best play. Music Box. Telecharge.
_"Avenue Q." Love blossoms among the 20-something set _ a group that includes puppets _ in this very funny, adult musical comedy. Golden. Telecharge.
_"Billy Elliot." A young man in Britain's bleak coal country yearns to dance. A musical based on the hit film. Imperial. Telecharge.
_"Blithe Spirit." Rupert Everett, Christine Ebersole, Jayne Atkinson and Angela Lansbury star in a revival of Noel Coward's comedy about the reappearance of a novelist's dead wife. Telecharge.
_"Chicago." This Kander and Ebb-Bob Fosse creation is Broadway's longest running musical revival and deservedly so. Ambassador. Telecharge.
_"Desire Under the Elms." Brian Dennehy, Carla Gugino and Pablo Schreiber star in a revival of Eugene O'Neill's drama about a complicated, passionate family relationship. St. James. Telecharge.
_"Exit the King." Geoffrey Rush and Susan Sarandon star in Eugene Ionesco's absurdist comedy about a monarch coming to terms with his own death. Ethel Barrymore. Telecharge.
_"God of Carnage." Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden star in Yasmina Reza's hilarious comedy about the volatile meeting of two sets of parents. Bernard B. Jacobs. Telecharge. Difficult.
_"Guys and Dolls." Craig Bierko, Oliver Platt, Kate Jennings Grant and Lauren Graham star in a revival of the classic Frank Loesser musical about the denizens of Times Square. Nederlander. Ticketmaster.
_"Hair." The Public Theater's Central Park production of the '60s rock musical comes indoors. Al Hirschfeld. Telecharge.
_"Impressionism." Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen star in Michael Jacobs' play about the relationship between an international photojournalist and a New York gallery owner. Gerald Schoenfeld. Telecharge. Closes May 10.
_"In the Heights." The lively off-Broadway musical about Latino residents in an area of upper Manhattan called Washington Heights moves to Broadway. Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for best musical. Richard Rodgers. Ticketmaster.
_"Irena's Vow." Tovah Feldshuh stars in a new play by Dan Gordon about a courageous World War II heroine. Walter Kerr. Telecharge.
_"Jersey Boys." The musical story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Winner of four 2006 Tonys including best musical. August Wilson. Telecharge. Difficult.
_"Joe Turner's Come and Gone." A revival of the August Wilson play set in a Pittsburgh boarding house in 1911. Belasco. Telecharge.
_"Mamma Mia!" The London musical sensation featuring the pop songs of ABBA makes it to Broadway. Die-hard ABBA fans will like it best. Winter Garden. Telecharge.
_"Mary Poppins." The world's most famous nanny comes to the stage after her great success as a P.L. Travers book and a Disney movie. New Amsterdam. Ticketmaster, a special Disney hot line, 212-307-4747.
_"Mary Stuart." Janet McTeer is Mary, Queen of Scots, and Harriet Walter is Queen Elizabeth in a new version of Schiller's drama. Broadhurst. Telecharge.
_"Next to Normal." A family grapples with a mother's emotional problems. A new musical, originally seen off-Broadway last season. Booth. Telecharge.
_"reasons to be pretty." The perception of beauty and how it affects several relationships. A play by Neil LaBute. Lyceum. Telecharge.
_"Rock of Ages." A new musical that celebrates pop songs of the 1980s. Brooks Atkinson. Ticketmaster.
_"Shrek The Musical." DreamWorks' cinematic green ogre makes it to the stage in this show based on the movie and the William Steig book. Broadway. Telecharge.
_"South Pacific." A luxurious, musically splendid revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical based on one of the short stories in James A. Michener's "Tales of the South Pacific." Vivian Beaumont. Telecharge. Difficult.
_"The 39 Steps." A stage adaptation by Patrick Barlow of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 movie thriller about a man on the run. Four actors portray more than 150 roles. Helen Hayes. Telecharge.
_"The Lion King." Director Julie Taymor is a modern-day Merlin, creating a stage version of the Disney animated hit that makes you truly believe in the magic of theater. Minskoff. Ticketmaster, a special Disney hot line, 212-307-4747. Difficult on weekends.
_"The Little Mermaid." Disney's stage version of its popular animated film about a sea maiden who longs to live on land. Lunt-Fontanne. Ticketmaster, a special Disney hot line, 212-307-4747.
_"The Norman Conquests." Alan Ayckbourn's trilogy of comedies comes from Britain's Old Vic. Circle in the Square. Telecharge.
_"The Phantom of the Opera." The one with the chandelier. The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical about a deformed composer who haunts the Paris Opera House is the prime, Grade A example of big Brit musical excess. But all the lavishness does have a purpose in Harold Prince's intelligent production, now the longest-running show in Broadway history. Majestic. Telecharge.
_"The Philanthropist." Matthew Broderick stars in a Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Christopher Hampton's comedy about the insular lives of college academics. American Airlines. 212-719-1300.
_"Waiting for Godot." Nathan Lane and Bill Irwin star in a Roundabout Theatre Company revival of Samuel Beckett's classic absurdist comedy. Studio 54. 212-719-1300.
_"West Side Story." The Sharks and Jets return to New York in a revival of the classic musical loosely based on "Romeo and Juliet." Palace. Ticketmaster.
_"Wicked." An ambitious, wildly popular musical about the witches in "The Wizard of Oz" as young women. Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire. Gershwin. Ticketmaster. Difficult.
The Telecharge number is 212-239-6200 unless otherwise indicated. There is a $7 service charge per ticket, plus a handling fee per order that varies from $2.50 to $4 depending on method of delivery.
Ticketmaster is 212-307-4100. There is a $7 "convenience" charge per ticket, plus a handling fee per order that varies depending on method of delivery.
All theaters owned by Jujamcyn _ the St. James, Martin Beck, Virginia, Eugene O'Neill and the Walter Kerr _ have a $2 surcharge per ticket for theater restoration. Shows in Shubert theaters have a "facilities" surcharge of $1.50 per ticket.
Both Telecharge and Ticketmaster will provide information on specific seat locations. They also have toll-free numbers for theater ticket calls outside New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. For Telecharge call 800-432-7250; for Ticketmaster call 800-755-4000.
The League of American Theaters and Producers has a special telephone line called the Broadway Line for information on most Broadway shows (except "The Lion King" and "Beauty and the Beast") and how to purchase tickets. Calls must be made on a touch-tone phone. The number is 1-888-BROADWAY. The line also will provide information on Broadway touring productions. Consumers in the New York area may call 212-302-4111.
The TKTS booth in Times Square at Broadway and 47th Street sells same-day discount tickets to Broadway, off-Broadway, music and dance productions. There is a $4 service charge per ticket. Cash, credit cards and travelers checks accepted. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday evening performances, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. EDT; matinees Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. EDT; Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m. EDT.
The downtown TKTS booth is in the South Street Seaport at the corner of Front and John Streets. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. EDT; Sunday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. EDT. Credit cards are accepted at South Street.
Matinee tickets must be purchased at South Street Seaport the day before, meaning Wednesday matinee tickets are available Tuesday, Saturday matinee tickets are available Friday and Sunday matinee tickets are available Saturday.
A TKTS booth in downtown Brooklyn, located at 1 MetroTech Center (the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue), operates Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-6 p.m. EDT for same-day evening performances and next-day matinee performances. Cash, credit cards and travelers checks accepted.
Full-price tickets and information on Broadway and off-Broadway shows are available at the Broadway Concierge & Ticket Center, located in the Times Square Information Center on the east side of Broadway between 46th Street and 47th Street. There is a $6.50 service charge per ticket. Information on restaurants, hotels and parking also is available.