Beyond Broadway: A Tourist's Guide

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'Hamilton' actually started Off-Broadway as did classics like 'Rent' and 'A Chorus Line,' so you may be catching the next big thing. 

"Avenue Q" at New World Stages "Avenue Q" at New World Stages | By Carol Rosegg
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Then She Fell

Members say: Absorbing, Enchanting, Ambitious, Clever, Edgy
90
Critics
93
14 reviews
Members
89
155 reviews

An immersive theater experience that involves a hospital ward, the writings of Lewis Carroll, and just 15 audience members per show out in Brooklyn. Ages 21 and over only.

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'Then She Fell' is a fully immersive, multi-sensory experience in which a small audience explores a dreamscape where every alcove, corner, and corridor has been transformed into a lushly designed world. Inspired by the life and writings of Lewis Carroll, it offers an Alice-like experience for the audience. Audience members can explore the rooms, often by themselves, in order to discover hidden scenes, encounter performers one-on-one, unearth clues that illuminate a shrouded history, use skeleton keys to gain access to guarded secrets, and imbibe elixirs custom designed by one of NYC’s foremost mixologists.

 

Ends Dec 31

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (Tooting Arts Club)

Members say: Great singing, Great staging, Absorbing, Clever, Great acting
89
Critics
85
56 reviews
Members
90
374 reviews

Tooting Arts Club's immersive staging of Sondheim and Wheeler’s iconic musical thriller transfers from London to NYC's Barrow Street Theatre. Now starring Tony nominees Norm Lewis and Carolee Carmello.

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After being wrongfully imprisoned by the corrupt Judge Turpin, escapee Benjamin Barker uses the alias Sweeney Todd to resume work in his barber shop above Mrs. Lovett’s struggling pie shop. He swears vengeance against the judge that tore his family apart, and hatches a plot with Mrs. Lovett that leads them down a dangerous, thrilling path with deadly consequences. Instead of a traditional theater setting, this revival is set inside a 360-degree replica environment of Harrington's Pie & Mash shop. The action takes place downstairs on and around the shop’s service counter and four nearby tables. While there is no formal audience participation, certain seats are very close to the players. Pie and mash is served beginning one hour prior to each performance.

 

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Avenue Q

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Raunchy
88
Critics
90
8 reviews
Members
88
4141 reviews

Broadway's 2004 Tony Award winner for Best Musical continues its hilarious, puppet-filled run Off-Broadway at New World Stages.

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This grown-up musical comedy stars a cast of humans and puppets, and tells the timeless story of a bright-eyed college grad named Princeton. When he arrives in the city with big dreams and a tiny bank account, he has to move into a shabby apartment all the way out on Avenue Q. There he meets Kate (the girl next door), Lucy (the slut), Rod (the Republican), Trekkie (the pervert), superintendent Gary Coleman (yes, that Gary Coleman) and other new friends. Together, they struggle to find jobs, dates, and their ever-elusive purpose in life.

 

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Sleep No More

Members say: Absorbing, Ambitious, Edgy, Intense, Original
86
Critics
84
16 reviews
Members
86
715 reviews

A unique award-winning theatrical event: a site-specific Macbeth-meets-Hitchcock performance piece by Britain's Punchdrunk.

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Running at the long-abandoned McKittrick Hotel on the extreme western edge of Chelsea, 'Sleep No More' is an adaptation of Macbeth. This piece of environmental theatre is comprised of an indoor promenade performance in which the audience walks at their own pace through a variety of theatrically designed rooms for up to three hours.

 

For years a certain boy wizard went to Wizard School. This, however, is not his story. This is the story of the Puffs...who just happened to be there too. A play for anyone who has never been destined to save the world.

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'Puffs, or: Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic & Magic' is a Potter-inspired comedy for anyone who has ever felt like a secondary character in someone else’s story. The play gives you a fresh look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three new heroes just trying to make it through magic school. Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal rejects with a thing for badgers. Their epic journey takes the classic story to new places and reimagines what a boy wizard hero can be.

 

Ends Jul 26

Of Human Bondage

Members say: Great acting, Great staging, Absorbing, Ambitious, Masterful
86
Critics
85
22 reviews
Members
86
119 reviews

Canada's Soulpepper Theatre Company presents the first-ever theatrical adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's 1915 epic of lustful obsession and the pursuit of happiness.

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'Of Human Bondage' tells the story of Philip Carey, clubfooted and of limited means, who's torn between being a doctor and an artist. When he meets tea shop girl Mildred, he quickly becomes obsessed with her. Despite her treating him badly, he turns down more promising relationships and endures a series of calamities. Part of the Soulpepper on 42nd Street festival.

 

Ends Oct 01

Spamilton

Members say: Clever, Funny, Entertaining, Hilarious, Great singing
85
Critics
79
21 reviews
Members
86
316 reviews

A satirical musical about the biggest hit on Broadway, written and directed by Gerard Alessandrini, the funnyman behind 'Forbidden Broadway.' 

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Get ready to laugh at Gerard Alessandrini's parody of 'Hamilton' and all the fan mania it inspires (including his own). 'Spamilton' stars a young virtuoso cast, with special guest stars like Christine Pedi and other 'Forbidden Broadway' divas. 

 

Ends Sep 10

Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie

Members say: Entertaining, Great singing, Delightful, Relevant, Clever
84
Critics
84
22 reviews
Members
84
38 reviews

Irish Repertory Theatre presents a toe-tapping musical exploration of the fascinating, beautiful, and sometimes tragic life of American folk legend Woody Guthrie.

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Performing classics such as 'This Land Is Your Land' and 'So Long, It’s Been Good to Know Yuh,' four actor/musicians bring to life the many people who formed the fabric of Guthrie's story. Not only was he a seminal influence on Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, he also inspired generations of Irish folk singers like the Clancy Brothers and Christy Moore. His songs may have told the stories of the disenfranchised in the Dust Bowl, but his recurrent themes speak of famine, workers’ rights, and emigrant strife. His legacy defined an American era of social consciousness and political expression that is alive and palpable today.

 

Open run

Stomp

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Original, Great staging, Delightful
84
Critics
87
9 reviews
Members
84
826 reviews

This family-friendly percussion show has been a part of New York's theatre scene since 1994 and uses everyday objects to celebrate the power of rhythm and the sheer joy of banging on things.

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Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at 'Stomp,' the inventive and invigorating stage show that's dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.

 

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The Infinite Wrench

Members say: Clever, Entertaining, Quirky, Ambitious, Funny
83
Critics
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0 reviews
Members
83
41 reviews

The New York Neo-Futurists present an ever-changing lineup of short plays, each written by a performer, honed by the ensemble, and randomly collaged with high-energy audience participation.

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After shuttering the long-running 'Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind,' the New York Neo-Futurists are mounting a brand-new weekly series. 'The Infinite Wrench' is a mechanism that unleashes a barrage of two-minute plays for a live audience. Each play offers something different, be it funny, profound, elegant, disgusting, topical, irrelevant, terrifying, or a song; all are truthful and tackle the here and now, inspired by the lived experiences of the performers. With new plays every week, 'The Infinite Wrench' is the Neo-Futurists’ ongoing and ever-changing attempt to shift the conventions of live performance and speak to audiences including those unreached or unmoved by traditional theater.

 

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The Imbible: A Spirited History of Drinking

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Intelligent, Delightful
83
Critics
85
17 reviews
Members
83
75 reviews

Playing in an authentic New York speakeasy, 'The Imbible' sweeps audiences along a 10,000-year journey through history accompanied by craft cocktails and the vocal stylings of The Backwaiters a cappella group.

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Sit back and enjoy the music and drinks while Anthony holds forth on the history and science behind alcoholic beverages, traces their economic and political impact on our cultural development, conducts live demonstrations of brewing beer and distilling spirits, and – like any good bartender – keeps his guests laughing throughout the night! Combining Anthony’s encyclopedic knowledge of beverage history and decades of bartending experience with his skills as a storyteller and entertainer, 'The Imbible' treats audiences to a completely original evening of immersive theatre.

 

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Blue Man Group

Members say: Entertaining, Clever, Funny, Delightful, Quirky
83
Critics
78
3 reviews
Members
83
1003 reviews

The "blue men's" nonverbal performance explores themes of alienation, depersonalization, and paint. Comedy, music, and paint collide in a circus of imagination.

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Blue Man Group combines music, technology and comedy to create a form of entertainment that defies categorization and appeals to people of all ages. Blue Man Group’s shows have been described by critics as “innovative,” “energetic” and “wildly entertaining.”

 

Ends Aug 20

The Government Inspector

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Great acting, Delightful, Clever
83
Critics
82
38 reviews
Members
83
224 reviews

Red Bull Theater presents an adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s deeply silly satire of small-town corruption. A riotous portrait of rampaging self-delusion starring Michael Urie ('Buyer & Cellar,' 'Ugly Betty').

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All politics are local. When the crooked leadership of a provincial village discovers that an undercover inspector is coming to root out their commonplace corruption, the town weaves a web of bribery, lies, and utter madness. Playwright Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation offers a reminder of the terrifying timelessness of bureaucracy and buffoonery.

 

Ends Aug 06

Ghost Light (Lincoln Center Theater)

Members say: Ambitious, Great staging, Clever, Enchanting, Absorbing
78
Critics
71
16 reviews
Members
80
80 reviews

Third Rail Projects, the immersive performance company behind 'Then She Fell' and 'The Grand Paradise,' invites audiences to explore the world on the other side of the proscenium.

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'Ghost Light' is a performance about performance which navigates through a series of real and dreamlike landscapes beyond the footlights, the glitter, and the greasepaint. It is a benevolent haunting that reflects on the smoke and mirrors, superstitions, and stage magic that conjure the mystique of the theater. Note: Audience members will be moving for most of the performance. Standing, walking, climbing stairs, staying in confined spaces, and being separated from your party are all part of the experience. Wear comfortable footwear. Due to adult content, the show is recommended for ages 14 and up.

 

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