1 of 10
10. Once (Broadway)
Though this quasi-love story about an Irish busker and his piano-playing Czech-born sweetheart is adapted from an Oscar-winning film, it stays true to its unplugged, indie roots.
2 of 10
9. The Heiress (Broadway)
Jessica Chastain and Dan Stevens breathe new life into a sturdy all-American tragedy about a woman so blinkered by rejection that she cannot consider the possibility of acceptance, let alone love.
3 of 10
8. The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (Broadway)
Nit-pickers groused about cutting the Gershwins' four-hour opera into a two-and-a-half-hour musical with spoken dialogue. But seeing Audra McDonald belt out classics backed by a 22-piece orchestra, you want to spread your wings and take the sky.
4 of 10
7. Rapture, Blister, Burn (Off Broadway)
Gina Gionfriddo's thoughtful, funny play centers on a middle-aged female academic whose theories about feminism don't quite match up the reality of her own life.
5 of 10
6. Newsies (Broadway)
Disney reinvents its 1992 movie flop for the stage, stopping the presses with new songs, new characters, and some of the most energetic dancing ever to hit a Broadway stage.
6 of 10
5. Tribes (Off Broadway)
In Nina Raine's searing domestic drama, a deaf young man raised in a hearing household makes a break from his fractious family when he learns sign language.
7 of 10
4. Death of a Salesman (Broadway)
Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Andrew Garfield got deserved acclaim, but it was Mike Nichols' sure-handed direction that made this production not just liked, but well-liked.
8 of 10
3. One Man, Two Guvnors (Broadway)
A gut-busting comedy based on an 18th-century classic, and featuring a star turn by Tony winner James Corden as a rubber-limbed everyman trying to appease two overbearing bosses.
9 of 10
2. Giant (Off Broadway)
Michael John LaChiusa's lushly melodic score, coupled with a smartly streamlined book by Sybille Pearson, capture the full Cinemascope sweep of Edna Ferber's epic Texas-set novel.
10 of 10
1. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Broadway)
Veteran Steppenwolf performers Tracy Letts and Amy Morton discover surprising new depths in Edward Albee's 50-year-old drama.