6. Hello, Dolly!
Opened: April 20, 2017 (Closing on August 25, 2018)
Cast: Bette Midler/Donna Murphy/Bernadette Peters, Gavin Creel, Kate Baldwin
Director: Jerry Zaks (Sister Act, A Bronx Tale The Musical)
Why it's great: Hello, Dolly! is your rare chance to see what I like to call a "whole-ass musical." It's as old-fashionedly lavish as they come with hosts of chorus members, ludicrous set pieces, and over-the-top costumes. (The eventual parade of garments in "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" will make you gasp.) This is Broadway at its most boisterous, and, boy, is it a delight. For now, Bernadette Peters is wearing the red feathers, but, starting July 17, Bette Midler will be back where she belongs in the role, with an assist from Tony-winner Donna Murphy.