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Every week, WGBH Arts Editor  Jared Bowensums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston—and what not to miss on your summer vacation. This week, he's back from New York with a roundup of what's big on Broadway, what's heading that way, and more. 

WAITRESSperformed at the American Repertory Theater through Sept. 27, then it's off to Broadway

Synopsis: It was a small film that resonated big, where a waitress waylaid by a miserable marriage and an unfortunate pregnancy finds peace in pie. In its season opener, the American Repertory Theater adapts the 2007 film "Waitress" into a new musical. It rocks an A-list team: Diane Paulus directs, Tony winner Jessie Mueller stars and the music comes from Sara Bareilles.

Jared says: "The two main reasons I love this show: one, Jessie Mueller plays Jenna…she is just unbelievably ravishing in this role; you are with her from beginning to end…and Sara Bareilles, the great singer-songwriter."

FUN HOME, on Broadway at the Circle in the Square Theater through June 5, 2016

Synopsis: Alison Bechel’s graphic memoir about her childhood spent in a funeral home and her college sexual awakening moves from page to stage in this Tony Award-winning musical.  

Jared says: "This is so interesting, the way it’s conjured…to see an adult looking back at her childhood…it’s an incredibly moving piece."

HAND TO GOD, on Broadway at the Booth Theatre through January 2016

Synopsis: A children’s puppet practice turns side-splittingly demented when a creature named Tyrone comes to life to scandalize a small town in Texas.

Jared says: "This is a very, very funny play, one of the funniest pieces I’ve seen in quite some time. It’s completely subversive…Why this works is it really in a very dark and creative way gets at the worst pieces of our character: our narcissism, our lust, our manipulation of others."

GUSTAV KLIMT AND ADELE BLOCH-BAUER: THE WOMAN IN GOLD, on view through Sept. 7 at New York City’s Neue Galerie

Synopsis: The exhibition tells the story of how Austria’s "Mona Lisa"—and the only woman Klimt painted twice—came to be through sketches and photographs. 

Jared says: "It gives very resounding, full sense of [Klimt’s] creative process."

Which shows are you excited about? » Tell Jared about it on  Facebook or  Twitter.