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So you tried (and failed and failed and failed) to get Hamilton tickets. We feel your pain. But guess what? Broadway is really good right now, even without it. Here are seven other fantastic shows to see on your next trip to NYC. Use those extra Hamiltons you saved on a fancy dinner.

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Joan Marcus

“WAITRESS”

Based on the 2007 movie, this delightful new musical features a score from Sara Bareilles (the “I wanna see you be brave” gal) and a knockout performance by Tony winner Jessie Mueller. You can’t get more girl power on one stage, people. Oh, and the whole theater smells like pie. 

Brooks Atkinson Theatre; 256 W. 47th St., New York; waitressthemusical.com

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Matthew Murphy

“SCHOOL OF ROCK”

Guys, this one is every bit as good as the movie--and maybe even better, because you get to hear a bunch of pint-sized musical prodigies rock out (yep, they’re really all playing live instruments). Andrew Lloyd Webber did all the music…and while we’re at it, don’t miss his forthcoming revival of Cats, opening August 2. 

Winter Garden Theatre; 1634 Broadway, New York; schoolofrockthemusical.com

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Joan Marcus

“THE HUMANS”

Can’t see the musical that won all the Tonys? Well, catch the play that won all the Tonys instead. Stephen Karam’s new family drama is equal parts chilling and hilarious, and might make yours seem less dysfunctional by comparison. Maybe.

Helen Hayes Theatre; 240 W. 44th St., New York; thehumansonbroadway.com

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Julieta Cervantes

“SHUFFLE ALONG”

This game-changing African-American musical revue has been revamped to detail the challenges of the making of the original production in 1921. It’s closing July 24, so catch the star-studded cast--including six-time Tony winner Audra McDonald and a whole lotta tap dancers--ASAP. 

Music Box Theatre; 239 W. 45th St., New York; shufflealongbroadway.com

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Joan Marcus

“BEAUTIFUL”

This Carole King bio-musical is still every bit as inspiring as the day it opened. The next time you complain about having to do the dishes, think about 17-year-old Carole going to college with a baby and writing songs that changed the world. 

Stephen Sondheim Theatre; 124 W. 43rd St., New York; beautifulonbroadway.com

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Joan Marcus

“SOMETHING ROTTEN!”

This show is a must for anyone who loves a big, flashy musical comedy (aka everyone on earth). There’s tap dancing, send-ups of other musicals and lots of dudes in tights and codpieces. What more could you ask for?

St. James Theatre; 246 W. 44th St., New York; rottenbroadway.com

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Matthew Murphy

“THE COLOR PURPLE”

Remember that lady who knocked it out of the park on the Tony Awards? That was Cynthia Erivo, and her goosebumps-inducing (and Tony-winning) performance as Celie is even more magical in person. Trust us.

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre; 242 W. 45th St., New York; colorpurple.com 

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