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Best Off Broadway Shows 2020

Jersey Boys

Theatre
New World Stages - Stage One
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Running Time
2 hours and 30 minutes

Watch the enthralling journey of the legendary 1960s band, 'Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' as they come together, chart new heights of success and eventually break up. Presented in a documentary-style this jukebox musical offers viewers a behind the scenes glimpse at the life of the band members. The production moved off-Broadway after a 12 year-long run at the August Wilson Theatre.

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The Play That Goes Wrong

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Running Time
2 hours and 5 minutes

After a mega successful West End and Broadway run, The Play That Goes Wrong is currently conquering off-Broadway. The laugh out loud play within a play is written by Olivier Award winners Henry Shields, Jonathan Sayer, and Henry Lewis and produced by J.J. Abrams and Kevin McCollum. The comedy is set in the 1920s and follows the Cornley University Drama Society as they stage a production of 'The Murder at Haversham Manor'. Things don't go quite as planned with a malfunctioning set, misplaced drinks, a lead actor with a concussion and other hilarious disasters.

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Little Shop Of Horrors

Theatre
Westside Theatre Upstairs
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Running Time
2 hours and 1 minute

A revival of a Broadway classic from the 80s, Little Shop of Horrors is an outlandish and comical tale masquerading as a boy-meets-girl saga. Directed by acclaimed director Michael Mayee, Little Shop of Horrors features the late Howard Ashman's original story and lyrics. The hilarious musical follows an out of luck florist who must abide by a ravenous and decidedly evil plant while trying to woo his co-worker. The off-Broadway production stars Jonathan Groff and Tammy Blanchard with Kingsley Leggs voicing the crazed plant.

Closing Date 8th March 2020
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Blue Man Group

Theatre
Aston Place Theatre
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Running Time
1 hour and 30 minutes

Enthralling audiences since 1987, the Blue Man Group is a performance troupe that blends comedy, music and art to create the perfect show. A permanent theatrical production at theAston Place Theatre, Blue Man Group is ideal for families and children. The interactive show utilizes state of the art technology, new music, constantly updated acts, and a talented ensemble to keep the show 'current'. The unique show features three bald men, painted blue from head to toe, as they put together a memorable show for audiences.

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The Gazillion Bubble Show

Theatre
New World Stages - Stage Two
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Running Time
1 hour

A kid-friendly variety show featuring one bubble-themed trick after the other, the Gazillion Bubble Show promises a mighty good time for the entire family. Performed by world-renowned "bubble artist" Fan Yang and his wife Ana, this bright, innovative visual spectacle has been playing since February 2007. The show has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The David Letterman Show, and more, and is a certified NYC favorite. The show is one hour long with no intermission

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Perfect Crime

Theatre
The Theater Center
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Running Time
1 hour and 55 minutes

With over 12,000 performances, Perfect Crime is officially the longest-running play on Broadway. Written in the 1980s by Warren Manzi, this murder mystery has been enthralling audiences since its premiere on 18th April 1987. Perfect Crime stars Catherine Russell, who has famously never taken a day off since the show's opening. The thriller play, directed by Jeffrey Hyatt, follows psychiatrist Margaret Thorne Brent as she gets caught up in a deadly game of cat and mouse with her deranged patient.

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The Imbible

Theatre
The Green Room, New World Stages complex
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Running Time
1 hour and 45 minutes

A Spirited History Of Drinking: Embark on a remarkable journey through the history of cocktails and spirits led by renowned raconteur and mixologist Anthony Caporale. The Imbible is an educational musical that tells the story of how Western Civilization was impacted by the introduction of alcohol. The quirky musical features the fabulous vocals of the Backwaiters acapella group and three complimentary cocktails! The Imbible is a fascinating and educational journey across the globe through alcohol's 10,000-year old history.

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Drunk Shakespeare

Theatre
The Lounge at Roy Arias Stages
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Running Time
1 hour and 30 minutes

A delightfully kooky theatrical experience awaits you at The Lounge at Roy Arias Stages. Drunk Shakespeare brings Comedy Central's Drunk History to the stage as five actors attempt to perform a Shakespearean play. The twist? One of the five actors has had at least 5 shots of whiskey! Watch this outrageously funny theatrical production as the four sober actors scramble to keep the play going alongside a very drunk fifth cast member. To make the experience even better, drinks and snacks are available for audience members throughout the show's runtime.

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Sistas

Theatre
St. Luke's Theatre
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Running Time
1 hour and 30 minutes

Embark on a musical journey featuring hits from some of the biggest stars, including Billie Holiday, Beyonce, and Jill Scott, at Sistas, a musical guaranteed to keep you glued to your seat. The show is set in the attic of a deceased matriarch of an African-American family and gracefully traces the history of African-American women from the 1930s to the 1990s. Directed by Kenneth Ferrone and featuring a talented ensemble, Sistas the Musical is an off-Broadway gem that's been winning hearts since its premiere in 2011.

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Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo

Theatre
Stage 5, New World Stages
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Running Time
1 hour and 15 minutes

Rakugo is a 400-year old Japanese traditional art of comic storytelling and this rare art form is brought to New York City by Katsura Sunshine, who recently emceed the G20 in Osaka. A gifted entertainer, Sunshine utilizes his global experience to put together a truly spectacular theatrical performance. He utilizes only a paper fan and a cloth as props and comes to the stage dressed in a kimono. With naturalistic hilarity, Katsura bridges the gap between the East and West in this delightful comedy.

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Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice

Theatre
Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
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Running Time
1 hour and 45 minutes

Following the lives of two young couples, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is a bittersweet take on the sexual revolution. Written by Jonathan Marc Sherman, the musical follows the two couples as they open their minds to the evolving attitudes about sex. Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice is based on a movie directed by Paul Mazursky. The off-Broadway production is directed by Scott Elliot with music and lyrics by Duncan Sheik.

Closing Date 22nd March 2020
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We're Gonna Die

Theatre
Tony Kiser Theatre
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Running Time
65 minutes with no intermission

A celebration of the things that keep us going in the journey of life, We're Gonna Die is an artistic explosion that's not about dying! Featuring a series of funny and heartbreaking stories and songs, this off-Broadway musical attempts to offer concrete proof that there's more to life than just waiting for the inevitable. We're Gonna Die is written by Young Jean Lee and directed and choreographed by Raja Feather Kelly.

Closing Date 22nd March 2020
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No Strings

Theatre
Theatre Two of the Theatre Row
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Running Time
2 hours

Adapted from Richard Rodgers only musical for which he wrote both the music and lyrics, No Strings is a sensual exploration of Paris from the perspective of a fashion model and a writer. The unlikely duo meets in the city of love and sparks fly! The original Broadway production of No Strings was nominated for 9 Tony Awards and this off-Broadway production is directed by Deidre Goodwin and Robert W. Schneider.

Closing Date 8th March 2020
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Girl Gone

Theatre
Actors Temple Theatre
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Running Time
2 hours and 15 minutes

Or Before A League Of Their Own: Exploring the often overlooked group of women in Baseball, Girl Gone is written and directed by Layon Gray, who previously directed the off-Broadway hit Black Angels Over Tuskegee. Set in 1945, the play follows A League Of Their Own, a baseball group of girls. Two weeks before the big game, their coach is found dead under mysterious circumstances, leaving the girls to fend for themselves. As this powerful drama unravels, lies and deceit come to light.

Closing Date 7th March 2020
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Anne Frank, The Musical

Theatre
Actors Temple Theatre
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Running Time
1 hour and 25 minutes

Based on the life of iconic Dutch-Jewish diarist Anne Frank, this off-Broadway musical offers a poignant and touching look at the life of an extraordinary girl. Featuring soulful music and lyrics by Jean-Pierre Hadida, who also wrote the original French version, Anne Frank, The Musical makes for riveting viewing experience. Anne's short-lived life is brought to the stage by 12 actors, including Kristyn Vario, Lisa Monde, David Serero and more. The musical will premiere on 11th March.

Closing Date 7th May 2020
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Love Life

Theatre
New York City Center
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NA

A fascinating journey through American history, centering on a family that never grows old, Love Life is the only collaboration between Alan Jay Lerner and Kurt Weill. The show is directed by Victoria Clark and is set to open off-Broadway on 18th March. The plot is highlighted with vaudevillian acts and showcases some of Weill's most iconic and beautiful songs, including Mr. Right, Progress, Here I'll Stay, and more. Love Life stars Kate Baldwin and Brian Stokes Mitchell in the lead.

Closing Date 22nd March 2020
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72 Miles To Go…

Theatre
Laura Pels Theatre
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Running Time
2 hours and 30 minutes

Immigration is a hot topic issue, both in the US and the rest of the world, and in 72 Miles To Go, it's both relevant and poignantly portrayed. Although a love story at its core, this emotionally charged play is significant for the way it deals with a sensitive, real-world issue. Written by acclaimed playwright Hilary Bettis, 72 Miles To Go doesn't push an agenda, instead focusing on telling a story and letting audiences draw their own conclusions. The play will open on 10th March 2020.

Closing Date 3rd May 2020
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Emojiland

Theatre
The Duke
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Running Time
2 hours and 20 minutes

Post debuting at the New York Musical Festival, Emojiland is returning to the New York stage for a special, limited engagement at The Duke on 42nd Street. Featuring a diverse community of characters who take each other at face value, the show has different emojis living in Emojiland. When a software update threatens Emojiland, the characters are faced with an existential crisis. Emojiland has been written by Laura Schein and Keith Harrison and directed by Tom Caruso.

Closing Date 19th March 2020
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Cambodian Rock Band

Theatre
Irene Diamond Stage at the Signature Center
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Running Time
2 hours and 15 minutes

Cambodian Rock Band is the tale of a Khmer Rouge survivor who returns to Cambodia after thirty years. Coinciding with his visit is his daughter's prosecution of one of Cambodia's biggest war criminals. The show is backed by a live band playing present day Dengue Fever hits and classic Cambodian ditties. Laced with beautiful music, Cambodian Rock Band moves through time as the father and daughter duo face the music of the past. The show is directed by Chay Yew.

Closing Date 22nd March 2020
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The Perplexed

Theatre
Manhattan Theatre Club Stage 1
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Running Time
2 hours and 15 minutes

A bitingly witty play about wedding and families, the Perplexed is the story of two families whose lives have been precariously connected for over two decades. The show begins when the families gather at a library of Fifth Avenue apartment to celebrate their children's wedding. As expected, nothing goes smoothly. But can the two families put their differences and jealousies aside for a day and get through the ceremony? The Perplexed is written by Richard Greenberg and is scheduled to open in March 2020.

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Chekhov / Tolstoy

Theatre
The Theatre Row
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Running Time
2 hours and 20 minutes

Love Stories: A dual play featuring stories written by two of the world's most revered writers, Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov, Love Stories is a celebration of the power of words. Tolstoy's What Men Live By is the tale of a Russian peasant couple who chance upon a mysterious stranger who impacts their lives irrevocably. Chekhov's An Artist's Story is about a painter who encounters two very different women over the course of a day. The play has been directed by Jonathan Bank and Jane Shaw and adapted for the stage by Miles Malleson.

Closing Date 14th March 2020
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Blues For An Alabama Sky

Theatre
The Theatre Row
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Running Time
2 hours and 45 minutes

After enamoring audiences worldwide, Blues for An Alabama Sky is playing on Broadway for the first time. Written by Pearl Cleage and directed by LA Williams, Blues for An Alabama Sky is a distinctly relevant story about four friends whose lives collide when a seemingly innocent newcomer from Alabama arrives in Harlem. Set in the summer of 1930, when the promises of the Harlem Renaissance were dying during the Great Depression, this play is evocative, passionate and timely.

Closing Date 14th March 2020
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Unknown Soldier

Theatre
Mainstage Theatre at Playwrights Horizons
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NA

Written by Daniel Goldstein, Unknown Soldier is a reflective musical about a woman's quest to uncover the secrets of her family's past. The show opens with Ellen, a young woman, cleaning her grandmother's home and chancing upon a photograph of a soldier. Spanning three generations, Unknown Soldier delicately unravels family lore as Ellen tries to find the anonymous soldier. The show features music and lyrics by Michael Friedman and is directed by Trip Cullman. The show will play at the and is scheduled to close on.

Closing Date 29th March 2020
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Black Angels Over Tuskegee

Theatre
Actors Temple Theatre
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Running Time
2 hours and 35 minutes

The inspiring story of six men on a journey to become United States Army Air Forces pilots, Black Angels Over Tuskegee explores their collective struggle. During the course of the play, their intelligence, brotherhood, patriotism, and dreams are put into question. Going beyond the headlines, the play thoughtfully explores the heart and soul of the Tuskegee Airmen and showcases their courage to excel, despite the overwhelming odds against them. The show is directed and written by Layon Gray and opens on 29th, February 2020.

Closing Date 2nd May 2020
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...What The End Will Be

Theatre
Harold and Miriam Steinberg Center for Theatre
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NA

...what the end will be is written by gifted playwright Jireh Breon Holder who makes a triumphant return after his 2017 debut with Too Heavy For Your Pocket. ...what the end will be is about three generations of men who live under one roof and struggle to deal with their truths; being black and gay. A deeply moving exploration of pain, patience and pride through the determined eyes of fathers and sons, ...what the end will be makes for a riveting watch. The play will begin previews starting June 2020.

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Off Broadway Shows

When it comes to theatre plays, there is one name that is synonymous with excellence; and that is Broadway. It is simply the gold standard when it comes to stage acting and attending a show can be life changing. However, with such acclaim and popularity, tickets can be notoriously hard to come by. This trend led to the rise of Off Broadway, which are productions staged in theatres in Manhattan and with a seating capacity between 100-499.

It became a launchpad for some of the best shows that are currently running on Broadway. Some of the most popular shows of all time on Broadway began their stint in many Off- Broadway theatres. Shows such as Hamilton, Little shop of horrors, Grease, A Chorus Line, Dear Evan Hansen, Rock of Ages, and Rent are some of the notable examples.If you are a theatre enthusiast and wish to catch some fine acting performances, Off-Broadway shows are the place to be. If you are looking to experience Broadway on a budget, then Off-Broadway is the perfect solution for you! From the rising stars of theatre art to some of the biggest directors in the industry, you can find it all on Off- Broadway.

Off Broadway

If you are looking forward to exploring all the niches of theatre art, there is one particular place that has it all and that is the Off Off-Broadway. What started as an avant-garde series of shows playing in small theatres; Off Off-Broadway shows have turned into a place where directors and actors showcase their creativity to the fullest. You can find works that are unsuitable for Broadway, but can be wildly entertaining and captivating.

In places such as The Public Theatre, The New World Theatre, and Cherry Lane Theatre, you can witness some masterful acting in plays such as Animal Farm, Chasing the river, Then she fell. In an Off Off-Broadway performance, you get to immerse yourself in a more intimate setting and witness the play as the director meant it to be. For those of you who are budget conscious as well, this is the perfect way to enjoy a great theatre performance.

How To Get Off Broadway Tickets

    There are various ways to get Off- Broadway tickets, some of the most popular ones are:

  1. Apps & Websites

    A majority of broadway shows partner up with major websites in order to widen their reach. You can often find tickets for Hit shows like Hamilton for cheap. However, Off Broadway shows are even cheaper! You can find a listing of almost all of the shows that are happening in and around Manhattan. Websites such as Headout keep a well curated section of theatre plays and when you purchase from them, you can avail some exciting discounts as well.

  2. TKTS

    The TKTS booth in Times Square is perhaps the most important point of sale for Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. You can get an assortment of shows, some of which are not available on any ticketing website or app. On top of this you are sure to avail some fantastic discounts if you purchase from the TKTS Booth.

  3. In Person tickets

    If your wish is to attend a particular show or event, you can get the best tickets through the theatre ticket counter itself. Often times you may not be able to find tickets to a certain Off-Broadway or Off Off-Broadway show on websites and apps, or even the TKTS stand. However, as the tickets are limited in number you should arrive early to avoid the rush. Ticketing counters open at 9 AM in most theatres.

  4. Rush

    There is a unique way to get tickets to some of the hottest shows on Broadway and Off Broadway. There are tickets called Rush, which are sold on the day of the show. These tickets are not available anytime before the day of the show and can only be purchased that day. You would also be required to pay in cash as a majority of theatres do not accept cards for Rush tickets.

  5. Cancellation Line

    Cancellation Line - h3 If you did not manage to get tickets to your favorite shows, there still might be a way to get them. If you go to the theatre ticketing office you will find that a lot of tickets for certain shows have been cancelled and you can pick up these tickets for a reasonable amount. These tickets, however, are far and few between and you will have to come early and sometimes even settle with seats that have not so great viewing.

  6. Broadway Lottery

    If you are not too keen on watching a show, but would still want to try out your luck, there is nothing better than the Broadway lottery. There are many Off Broadway shows that run both a physical and an online lottery. These run on a monthly basis and for a variety of shows. Plays such as Beetlejuice, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon, Chicago, and Dear Evan Hansen are all available on lottery.

How To Choose The Best Off Broadway Shows?

The Off-Broadway platform is a great place to catch some of the most talented actors and directors in action. Here are some metrics by which you can pick a show.

  • Reviews

    Based on reviews, you should pick shows that have earned acclaim from Broadway reviewers and magazines. More often than not, you can find a detailed review that covers every detail about the show, without spoiling it.

  • Storyline

    Off-Broadway is a place where experimentation is the theme. You will find some of the best Off-Broadway shows have some of the most bizarre storylines and that is the reason for its success. If you are looking to get a good experience, you should choose a show with an exciting and intriguing storyline.

  • Cast

    From Emmy award winning actors to rising starlets, the Off-Broadway platform, covers it all. You can find an assortment of actors in shows and it is important to choose shows that have the right mix of fame and talent.

Best Off Broadway Plays

When it comes to different types of plays, you can rest assured that Off-Broadway has a selection of the finest dramas and musicals. Each production on Off- Broadway is an experience on its own.

The primary difference between a musical and a play is that musicals use songs to tell their story, whereas plays use dialogues or monologues to tell the story. Some of the most popular plays are Little Shop of Horrors, American Moor, and Perfect Crime have been running for years, with some of the most talented cast on stage.

For a jolly experience you should attend a musical. These shows are delightful in their own way and tell the tale in a melodious manner. From hit shows such as Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish to the adapted Frankenstein: A New Musical, you can almost always find a show that suits your tastes. An Off-Broadway show is an experience on its own, as you get to witness the play in a more intimate setting and really feel the show come alive.

Best Off Broadway Musicals

When it comes to Off-Broadway, musicals are its niche. Some of the well known musicals on Broadway such as Hamilton once started off as Off-Broadway shows. Musicals are one of the best ways to tell a story to audiences. Featuring some of the most brilliant collaborations between storytellers and lyricists, you will get to experience a story told in the most innovative of ways. Off-Broadway musicals are some of the most challenging ways to make a play as the small stage itself restricts the orchestra and performers. Often times composers have to come up with ingenious ways to ensure that the score of the performance is not affected by the setting. These restrictions make Off- Broadway musicals some of the best shows you can witness as it showcases what the composer has to do in order to make it a hit.

Best Off Broadway Shows For Kids

If you are travelling with your family and keen on catching a performance that is family friendly and suitable for all audiences, then Off-Broadway shows are the right kind! For many years Off-Broadway has made shows that are hilariously entertaining and strike the right chord with kids of all ages. From shows such as Blue Man group and Gazillion Bubble show, which are mesmerizing and contain some of the best musical scores in Off-Broadway to the highly acclaimed The Play That Goes Wrong, there are a plethora of shows to choose from.

An Off-Broadway show is the perfect way to introduce kids and young ones to the wonders of the theatre world as the small and intimate setting is a great place. It allows them to truly understand the brilliance of acting and not be intimidated by the sights and sounds of a full scale Broadway production.

Know Before You Head To Off Broadway 

  • Go in the Off-Broadway week, where you will get two for one tickets. This happens twice in the year, once in the fall and once in the winters. 
  • If you wish to catch some exciting shows, the Playwrights Horizon and Signature Theatre are your best bets. 
  • You can catch shows that are adaptations of Pulitzer prize winning works. 
  • Off Broadway shows can be as cheap as 10 dollars, however, it all depends on your selection. 
  • There are over 50 Off Broadway shows running simultaneously, hence your options are limitless.

List of Off Broadway Theatres

  1. 45th Street Theatre
  2. 47th Street Theatre
  3. 59E59 Theater A
  4. 59E59 Theater B
  5. Acorn Theatre @ Theatre Row
  6. Actor's Playhouse
  7. Apollo Theatre
  8. Astor Place Theatre
  9. Atlantic Theatre Company/Linda Gross Theatre
  10. Atlantic Theatre Company/Stage 2
  11. Beckett Theatre @ Theatre Row
  12. Cherry Lane Theatre
  13. Claire Tow Theatre
  14. Classic Stage Company
  15. Clurman Theatre @ Theatre Row
  16. DR2 Theatre
  17. Ensemble Studio Theatre
  18. INTAR Theatre
  19. Irish Repertory Theatre
  20. Judith Anderson Theatre
  21. Julia Miles Theatre
  22. Kirk Theatre @Theatre Row
  23. Laura Pels Theatre
  24. Lion Theatre @Theatre Row
  25. Lucille Lortel Theatre
  26. Lynn Redgrave Theatre
  27. Manhattan Theatre Club - Stage 1
  28. McGinn Cazale Theatre
  29. Minetta Lane Theatre
  30. Mint Theatre
  31. Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre
  32. New Victory Theatre
  33. New World Stages - Stage 1
  34. New World Stages - Stage 2
  35. New World Stages - Stage 3
  36. New World Stages - Stage 4
  37. New World Stages - Stage 5
  38. New York City Center -Stage II
  39. New York Theatre Workshop
  40. Orpheum Theatre
  41. Players Theatre
  42. Playhouse 91
  43. Playwrights Horizons/Mainstage Tehatre
  44. Playwrights Horizons/ Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
  45. Public Theatre/Anspacher Theatre
  46. Public Theatre/LuEsther Hall
  47. Public Theatre/Martinson Hall
  48. Public Theatre/Newman Theatre
  49. Public Theatre/Shiva Theatre
  50. Rattlestick Theatre
  51. Second Stage Theatre
  52. Snapple Theatre Center/ The Jerry Orbach Theatre
  53. SoHo Playhouse
  54. Stage 42
  55. Sylvia & Danny Kaye Playhouse
  56. The Duke on 42nd Street
  57. The Pershing Square Signature Center/Irene Diamond Stage
  58. The Pershing Square Signature Center/Alice Griffen Jewel Box Theatre
  59. The Pershing Square Signature Center/Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre
  60. Theatre 80
  61. Theatre at St. Peter's
  62. Ubo Repertory Theatre
  63. Union Square Theatre
  64. Vineyard Theatre
  65. Westside Theatre (Downstairs)
  66. Westside Theatre (Upstairs)