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Best Shows in New Brunswick

Dear Evan Hansen at State Theatre

Dear Evan Hansen

Following its hugely successful run at Broadway's Music Box Theater, this darkly comic musical is touring across the country once more. The six-time Tony-winning, poignant and thought-provoking production has received rave reviews from critics for its unexpectedly touching portrayal of misunderstood youth, young love, and the search for acceptance, with a score from the composing team behind 2017's Academy Award-winning La-La Land, Benj Pasek, and Justin Paul.

Mar 28 - 30, 2025

State Theatre

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Cats at Algonquin Arts Theatre

Cats

After an exciting revival on Broadway in 2016 - the first since its marathon 18-year run - Cats is heading out on tour, bringing the feline frolics to a town near you! A production full of musical theatre classics, instantly recognizable costumes, and choreography and bursting with cat-itude, this iconic show is purrfect for newcomers and old-timers.

Open until Jul 28

Algonquin Arts Theatre

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Tina - The Tina Turner Musical at State Theatre

Tina - The Tina Turner Musical

Following its electrifying US premiere on Broadway, Tina Turner's spectacular bio-musical is heading on tour! Garnering rave reviews from critics and the public alike, Tina - The Tina Turner Musical is an exhilarating rollercoaster ride that eclipses all other musical biopics. Yes, it's really that good, you won't want to miss it!

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations at State Theatre

Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations

As one of 2019's most sparkling Broadway musicals Ain't Too Proud - The Life and Times of the Temptations hits the road for a national tour across the country. Gaining twelve 2019 Tony Award nominations (one of the season's most nominated productions) Ain't Too Proud received praise from the critics for its sublime performances and refreshing telling of how one of the world's most successful bands came to be.

Oct 25 - 27

State Theatre

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American Repertory Ballet - The Nutcracker at State Theatre

American Repertory Ballet - The Nutcracker

The American Repertory Ballet's production of The Nutcracker is a delightful family evening for audiences young and old, and a wonderful way to ring in Christmas. Going strong for over 50 years since its first season in 1964, this New Jersey holiday tradition features a cast of over 100 performers, as well as fresh new scenery in its opening act. This long-running holiday production has garnered favorable reviews and is one of the most successful companies in the region.

Dec 20 - 22

State Theatre

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