Get your April Fool’s Day laughs at these Broadway and Off-Broadway comedies
With April Fool’s Day coming up, you’re probably planning the hilarious pranks you’re going to pull on your family and friends: jumpscares, hiding their stuff, the usual. But wouldn’t it be an awesome stunt if you made them worried you were going to trick them, but then ended up doing something really nice instead, like getting them Broadway tickets? It’s the perfect anti-prank. (We don’t recommend the other way around; promising tickets and falling through is just cruel.)
You can still get your laughs on April Fool’s Day by getting tickets to a gut-bustingly funny show. There are plenty of comedies on and off Broadway right now, from political farces to romantic comedies to musical parodies of beloved sitcoms. If stand-up comedy’s more your thing, we’ve got an article for that too: Learn more about stand-up comedy in New York. Either way, you can get tickets for great prices on TodayTix, and that’s no joke.
Quips, snips, and tuxedo rips all feature in Plaza Suite, Neil Simon’s farce about three couples’ respective stays in Suite 719 of the Plaza Hotel. But what’s funnier than watching these couples — a loveless long-married pair, two old flames, and parents of an anxious bride — bickering in showy outfits? Seeing the world-class pair of Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick do it, while knowing they’re a happily married couple in real life. Simon was a master of comedy writing, and with actors like Parker and Broderick bringing it to life, you’re guaranteed to be checking in for a fun time.
The Book of Mormon
Don’t be fooled by the religious title: The Book of Mormon is from the creators of South Park and Avenue Q, which should give you an idea of the raunchy, irreverent humor that features in this Tony-winning musical comedy. But if that’s your thing, you won’t be able to turn off your laughter once it starts. The Book of Mormon centers on two hapless Mormon missionaries sent to convert the locals of a Ugandan village, who are not easily persuaded. Spread the good word that The Book of Mormon is a laugh-fest of biblical proportions.
The Play That Goes Wrong
It’s like the world is playing one two-hour April Fool’s prank on the theatre troupe in The Play That Goes Wrong. The amateur players are just trying to make it through their show’s opening night, but then a prop goes missing. And an actor forgets their lines. And the set falls down. You might feel sorry for them if you’re not too busy howling at the mischief, mishaps, and antics that just keep coming. Find out more about The Play That Goes Wrong creators Mischief Theatre.
Grab your whole family and have a laugh together at Mrs. Doubtfire, a family-friendly musical comedy adaptation of the 1993 movie. The main character of Daniel Hillard is a divorced dad who dresses as an elderly British woman and gets himself hired as the children’s nanny in order to spend time with them. Puppets, dancing, and Daniel’s harried attempts to switch between personas without getting caught make Mrs. Doubtfire a winning comedy, poppets! You can’t see the show on April Fool’s Day, but you can see it soon after, from April 14.
This play’s full title — POTUS: Or, Behind Every Great Dumbass are Seven Women Trying to Keep Him Alive — should be a good indication that it doesn’t take itself too seriously. That, and the fact that famous funny women like Lea DeLaria and Rachel Dratch star, alongside celebrities like Vanessa Williams and Julianne Hough. POTUS is about the seven women whose job is to put out an inflammatory president’s public relations fires, at the risk of their own sanity. If you love the no-holds-barred kind of political farce that Dratch and others do on SNL, POTUS is your jam.
Little Shop of Horrors
If your April Fool’s Day pranks usually involve scaring someone, the horror comedy that is Little Shop of Horrors will feed your appetite for laughs. The show centers on Seymour, a flower shop worker whose new pet plant has an insatiable appetite for blood. Beloved actors including Jonathan Groff, Jeremy Jordan, and Conrad Ricamora have stepped into Seymour’s adorably awkward shoes, and Christian Borle adds a heaping helping of zany comedy as the sadistic dentist Orin.
Even Shakespeare’s bleakest tragedies become laugh-worthy when the people performing them are hammered. Each performance of Drunk Shakespeare sees five actors put on a different Shakespeare play, and one of the actors takes five whiskey shots beforehand. We can’t decide whether the funniest part of it all is watching the drunk actor play fast and loose with the Bard’s text or watching the four sober actors bend over backwards to keep the show on track. The audience can drink, too, which makes the laughs come even easier.
The Office! A Musical Parody
If you crack up every time you rewatch The Office, you’ll laugh even harder when you see all the show’s best moments jam-packed into one madcamp romp — with music! Like the show, this unauthorized musical parody begins when a documentary crew begins filming inside the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. But rather than watching camera footage, you get to see the characters crack jokes about each other, Broadway, and even the original The Office actors live on stage.
Friends: The Musical Parody
Though both are from the same creators, Friends: The Musical Parody takes a slightly different approach to its source material than The Office! A Musical Parody (though the result is no less hilarious). Rather than recreating the antics seen on TV, Friends: The Musical Parody throws Ross, Chandler, Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, and Joey into an all-new story about a runaway bride that shakes up their ordinary day at Central Perk. Don’t worry, though — laugh-out-loud references to all the show’s most iconic moments are part of this musical.