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NYC's top theater productions of 2016: 'Dear Evan Hansen,' 'Falsettos' and more

On the whole, 2016 was a solid year for theater in New York.

The best productions ranged from daring musicals to wild performance art to Shakespearean history plays.

Scroll through to see the top 10 shows of 2016. Please note that “Hamilton” is not included on the list since it opened in 2015.

10. ‘The School for Scandal’

Red Bull Theater, which has made a niche
Photo Credit: Carol Rosegg

Red Bull Theater, which has made a niche out of producing rarely-seen classical plays, breathed new life into Richard Sheridan's 1777 comedy of manners.

9. ‘Oh, Hello’

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney's comedy routine about
Photo Credit: Peter Yang

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney's comedy routine about two aging, oddball, scruffy New Yorkers who kvetch and kvell about everything, is 95 minutes of gleefully silly, politically incorrect fun. Did I mention that each performance includes a celebrity cameo?

8. ‘Bright Star’

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell' s original musical
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Steve Martin and Edie Brickell' s original musical combined a tenderhearted plot with a well-crafted bluegrass score. In spite of positive reviews, including all-out raves for leading lady Carmen Cusack, it closed right after the Tony Awards.

7. ‘Sense & Sensibility’

Early 19th-century English literature literally glided on skates
Photo Credit: Ashley Garrett

Early 19th-century English literature literally glided on skates in Bedlam's intimate and inventive stage adaptation of Jane Austen's "Sense & Sensibility," which enjoyed an extended off-Broadway run.

6. ‘Blackbird’

Scottish playwright David Harrower's troubling and riveting drama
Photo Credit: Brigitte Lacome

Scottish playwright David Harrower's troubling and riveting drama about a young woman confronting the middle-aged man who she had a sexual relationship with when she was just a minor made a belated Broadway debut with Jeff Daniels and Michelle Williams.

5. ‘Taylor Mac: A 24-Hour History of Popular Music’

Taylor Mac, a gender-bending, freewheeling performance artist, performed
Photo Credit: Teddy Wolff

Taylor Mac, a gender-bending, freewheeling performance artist, performed his 24-hour, decade-by-decade exploration of American song and culture from 1776 through 2016 at St. Ann's Warehouse.

4. ‘King & Country’

The Royal Shakespeare Company traveled to BAM and
Photo Credit: Richard Termine

The Royal Shakespeare Company traveled to BAM and performed four Shakespearean history plays in repertory with a large ensemble and lavish production values.

3. ‘She Loves Me’

This exquisite 1963 musical romance about two squabbling
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

This exquisite 1963 musical romance about two squabbling co-workers who inevitably end up together made a much welcome return to Broadway, with Laura Benanti leading an excellent cast.

2. ‘Falsettos’

Farcical comedy and heartbreaking drama are served in
Photo Credit: Joan Marcus

Farcical comedy and heartbreaking drama are served in equal measure in the triumphant Broadway revival of William Finn and James Lapine's unconventional family musical.

1. ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

Ben Platt gives a breathtaking performance in this
Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Ben Platt gives a breathtaking performance in this smart and deeply felt new musical about alienated teens and powerless parents in an age of overwhelming social media.

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