Dame Helen Mirren has conquered Broadway with her latest turn as Queen Elizabeth II by winning a slew of "smashing" reviews for her role in The Audience.

The Queen star went back to her most famous role for a stint on stage in London in 2013, and the Broadway transfer opened at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre in New York City on Sunday night (08Mar15).

The Audience proved popular in London, and New York's critics have followed suit, hailing Mirren's performance as "thrilling" and "smashing".

The New York Post's Elisabeth Vincentelli gives the play four out of five stars and writes, "To the surprise of exactly no one, Helen Mirren is absolutely terrific... It's always obvious who the real ruler is when it comes to Broadway. Mirren's crown is safe."

Marilyn Stasio of Variety also gives The Audience a glowing review and tips Mirren to take a Tony Award for the role, writing, "Long live the Queen! Long live Queen Helen! Helen Mirren won an Oscar in 2007 for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth... in The Queen... Maybe she'll add a Tony to her collection for her triumphant return to Buckingham Palace."

The New York Daily News' Joe Dziemianowicz, adds, "Helen Mirren is so good as Queen Elizabeth Ii... that the star of stage, film and Tv never needs to worry about a scene being stolen from her... Effortlessly and consistently commanding and composed, Mirren can't be upstaged. She's the jewel in this crown," while Ben Brantley of the New York Times, concludes, "The show... allows the smashing Ms. Mirren to demonstrate her quick-change virtuosity in becoming the queen at different ages, from 1951 to the present, before our very eyes... The compulsively watchable Ms. Mirren brings out the humour and the pathos in this (subject)."

The opening night performance was attended by stars including Neil Patrick Harris, music mogul David Geffen, and Frasier actor David Hyde Pierce.