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New York Theater

The New York City theater scene is vibrant and diverse. Productions range from enormous musicals on Broadway to one-person shows in the East Village. Broadway theaters are located in midtown Manhattan (generally in the area between 41st Street and 52nd Street, and between 6th and 8th Avenues), and range in size from 500 to 2,000 seats. Broadway shows are often quite grand, with production costs for sets and costumes in the millions of dollars, and casts that often include well-known performers.

Off-Broadway theaters, on the other hand, can be found throughout Manhattan, and are smaller (100-500 seats) and less lavish than Broadway venues. Off-Broadway productions sometimes approach Broadway in terms of scale and polish, but most often have a less slick, more "downtown" feel. Beyond Broadway and Off-Broadway are smaller venues in Manhattan sometimes called Off-Off-Broadway (generally extremely bare-bones facilities with fewer than 100 seats, with very modest productions often staged by up-and-comers) and the occasional notable production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Broadway, Off-Broadway, and Beyond

Click to sort by musicals (), plays (), comedies (), dramas (), family-friendly (), and discounted () events; click to sort by critics' ratings; or see what's at tkts. You can also choose to see only Broadway or Off-Broadway listings. ; or use our NYC Show-Finder.

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $78.00 per ticket
Critics = 2.6
A new musical adaptation of author Chazz Palminteri's solo play, set against the backdrop of racial strife and organized crime in the 1960s.
Running since November 2016.

(Broadway)musical comedy family
Critics = 3.2Audiences = 4.7
Disney presents the long-awaited stage adaptation of its animated blockbuster, featuring the hit songs from the film plus several more written for Broadway.
Running since February 2014.

(Broadway)musical drama
Critics = 3.1
From the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris, a new romantic musical about a brave young woman attempting to discover the mystery of her past.
Running since March 2017.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $38.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.4Audiences = 4.5
At New World Stages in midtown, a spunky and cheerful Gen-X musical for grown-ups featuring a cast of both puppets and live performers...a downsized version of the Tony-winning Broadway production.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedy
Based on historical events, a new rock musical centered on a support group for those who started the war with Iraq.

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $40.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.3
A new Swing-era musical that follows a group of World War II veterans who come together in 1945 to create a swing band for a national radio competition.
Running since March 2017.

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $26.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.1Audiences = 4.9
A new musical based on Carole King's inspiring story, tracking her rise to stardom and featuring many of her award-winning songs.
Running since November 2013.

(Off-Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $44.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.5
The York Theatre Company presents a musical biography of legendary movie tough guy and dance man James Cagney.

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $28.00 per ticket
Critics = 2.8
Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber's worldwide musical phenomenon, based on T. S. Eliot's book, makes its triumphant return to Broadway.
Running since July 2016.

(Broadway)musical comedy family
Critics = 2.6
Young Charlie Bucket wins the opportunity to visit the world famous chocolate factory of candy inventor Willy Wonka in this musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic tale.
Running since March 2017.

(Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $50.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.9Audiences = 4.3
An elegant, minimally staged revival of Kander and Ebb's gritty, satirical musical - lust, treachery, and murder among chorus girls and backstage types in old Chicago.
Running since November 1996. Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $38.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.8Audiences = 4.7
A new rock musical that explores the lasting connection forged between a group of travelers whose planes were diverted to a small Newfoundland town by the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Running since February 2017.

(Broadway)musical drama
Critics = 4.6
A new musical that follows one student's struggle for identity as he becomes involved in the family tragedy of another teen.
Running since November 2016.

(Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $30.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.5
A cynical Pittsburgh TV weatherman finds himself caught in a time loop, forced to repeat the same day until he gets it right in this musical adaptation of the 1993 film.
Running since March 2017.

(Broadway)musical drama
Critics = 4.9Audiences = 5.0
The Public Theater's critically acclaimed production of Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda's new musical explores the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton.
Running since July 2015. Winner of 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

(Broadway)musical comedy
Critics = 4.4
Bette Midler returns to Broadway as outspoken matchmaker Dolly Levi in a revival of this multiple award-winning musical classic.
Running since March 2017.

(Broadway)musical comedy
Critics = 3.6Audiences = 4.6
This musical about a Northampton shoemaker whose business is saved by a wildly flamboyant clientele features a score of catchy songs written by pop star Cyndi Lauper.
Running since March 2013. Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $40.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.4
Direct from its smash London run, a revival of the award-winning musical love story set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon.
Running since March 2017.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedy
Critics = 3.0
Reread the title.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $45.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.0
A topical musical revue the Associated Press described as "Comedy Central's 'Daily Show' set to music."

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $50.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.4Audiences = 4.9
A new musical that tells the true life story of musical icons Gloria and Emilio Estefan and their journey from Cuban immigrants to global superstars.
Running since October 2015.

(Off-Broadway)musical drama
A revival of Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's musical that examines Japan's forced opening to the West in 1853 after 200 years of isolation from the Western world.

(Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $56.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.7Audiences = 4.5
A down-on-his-luck wannabe rock star poses as a substitute teacher in this new musical version of the 2003 film, featuring music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.
Running since November 2015.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedy dramasave as much as $30.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.0
At St. Luke's in midtown, a new musical that tells the story of African-American women through Top-40 music from the '30s through the '90s, including hits like "Oh, Happy Day," "Mama Said" and "I Will Survive."

(Off-Broadway)musical family
Critics = 4.0Audiences = 4.7
A percussion show that celebrates the power of rhythm and the sheer joy of banging on things.

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $66.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.6
Three-time Tony winner Glenn Close stars as faded film star Norma Desmond who recruits a young writer to help relaunch her career in a revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical adaptation.
Running since February 2017.

(Off-Broadway)musical drama
The Barrow Street Theatre is turned into a working pie shop for this revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical theatre classic about a murderous barber and the pie shop owner that helps to dispose of his victims.

(Broadway)musical comedy
Critics = 4.7Audiences = 4.5
From the creators of "South Park," a bawdy, irreverent, hilarious, and heartfelt musical about two missionaries sent to deepest, darkest Africa to spread the good word.
Running since February 2011. Winner of 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedy dramasave as much as $36.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.0
A revival of the longest-running Off Broadway musical of all time.

(Broadway)musicalmusicalsave as much as $50.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.9
Grammy nominee Josh Groban stars in an inspired and critically acclaimed musical adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's "War and Peace."
Running since October 2016.

(Broadway)musical comedy drama family
Critics = 4.7Audiences = 4.7
In Julie Taymor's inventive retelling of Disney's animated hit, puppets and live actors weave a dreamscape of jungle characters as we follow young Simba's rise to the throne.
Running since October 1997. Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $45.00 per ticket
Classic pop songs from the '50s and '60s tell the story of a high school song-leading squad in this comedic homage.

(Broadway)musical drama familysave as much as $46.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.8Audiences = 4.6
In this classic musical - the longest running in Broadway history - a hideously deformed man lives in the cellars of the Paris Opera and takes a beautiful soprano as a student.
Running since January 1988. Winner of 7 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $60.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.6
Tony winner Jessie Mueller stars in a new musical based on the 2007 motion picture that celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the courage it takes to pluck a long abandoned dream off the shelf.
Running since March 2016.

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $50.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.6
Two-time Tony Award winners Patti LuPone and Christine Ebersole star in a new musical that tells the remarkable story of cosmetics titans Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden.

Running since March 2017.

(Broadway)musical comedy family
Critics = 2.7Audiences = 4.7
Now in its second decade, this family-friendly spectacle about the teenage years of the Good Witch and the Green Witch remains one of Broadway's hottest tickets.
Running since October 2003.

Other New York Theater Options


Click to sort by musicals (), plays (), comedies (), dramas (), family-friendly (), and discounted () events; click to sort by critics' ratings; or see what's at tkts. You can also choose to see only Broadway or Off-Broadway listings.



(Broadway)play dramasave as much as $70.00 per ticket
The U.S. premiere of the U.K. hit, a new adaptation of George Orwell’s novel about a dystopian future where critical thought is suppressed under a totalitarian regime.
New in 2017.

(Broadway)play comedy dramasave as much as $48.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.5
Tony nominee Laurie Metcalf and Oscar winner Chris Cooper star in a new play that continues the story of Henrik Ibsen's most cherished work.
Running since March 2017.

(Off-Broadway)play comedy
The Public Theater presents Shakespeare's comedy that brings together a group of star-crossed lovers, an inept band of actors, and the king and queen of the fairies and their impish henchman Puck, who creates romantic and comic havoc for all.

(Off-Broadway)play dramasave as much as $25.00 per ticket
In midtown, just steps from the Broadway district, an inspirational play about America's first black military airmen.

(Off-Broadway) familysave as much as $21.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.0Audiences = 4.8
The nonverbal performance of "blue men" exploring themes of alienation, depersonalization, and paint.

(Off-Broadway)play comedysave as much as $40.00 per ticket
A new political comedy that presents a fast-paced, seriously funny take on faith, politics, and "The Twitter."

(Off-Broadway)play comedy
Critics = 4.3
One professional New York actor has at least 5 shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform in a Shakespearean play.

(Off-Broadway)
Magician and performance artist Derek DelGaudio presents a one-person show that explores identity and illusion.

(Broadway)play dramasave as much as $30.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.1
A new drama that follows the history of a controversial Broadway play and the artists that risked everything to perform it.
Running since April 2017.

(Off-Broadway)play drama
The Public Theater presents Shakespeare’s classic tragedy where the politics and power of ancient Rome turn to spin, betrayal, and violence.

(Broadway)play dramasave as much as $50.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.3
Three-time Tony nominee Laura Linney and Tony winner Cynthia Nixon star in Lillian Hellman's classic play about greed and ambition.
Running since March 2017.

(Broadway)play drama
Roundabout Theatre Company presents the Broadway premiere of Scott McPherson’s award-winning, wildly funny play about the laughter that can shine through life’s darkest moments.
New in 2017. Begins June 8th.

(Broadway)play dramasave as much as $48.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.6
Lincoln Center Theater presents a darkly comic political thriller about the secret talks that led to the 1993 peace agreement between Israel and the PLO.
Running since March 2017.

(Off-Broadway)play dramasave as much as $29.00 per ticket
Critics = 2.5Audiences = 2.2
A psychological murder mystery, running in a very small theatre in the heart of midtown for as long as anyone here can remember.

(Broadway)play comedysave as much as $51.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.2
Oscar and two-time Tony winner Kevin Kline stars in a revival of Noël Coward's backstage comedy that follows an actor dealing with a mid-life crisis.
Running since March 2017.

(Off-Broadway)play comedysave as much as $18.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.0
A Harry Potter parody that follows the lives of the wizard classmates who, unlike Harry and his friends, weren't in the limelight.

(Broadway)play dramasave as much as $57.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.3
A young man cons his way into the lives of a wealthy New York couple in this revival of John Guare's award-winning play.
Running since April 2017.

(Off-Broadway)
Critics = 4.5
At the long-abandoned McKittrick Hotel on the extreme western edge of Chelsea, one of the most unique theatrical events in memory....a site-specific Macbeth-meets-Hitchcock performance piece the NY Times calls a "merry macabre chase."

(Broadway)play dramasave as much as $40.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.5
A stunning new play about the collision of race, class, family and friendship, and the tragic, unintended costs of community without opportunity.
Running since March 2017.

(Off-Broadway) familysave as much as $20.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.5
Professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific "magic" from the world of physics to the Elektra Theatre.

(Off-Broadway)play comedy
Four lost souls share a raucous night together in a downtown Los Angeles bar in a new comedy written by Matthew Perry.

(Off-Broadway) comedy familysave as much as $30.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.0
At the New World Stages in midtown, a family-friendly extravaganza created by Fan Yang (holder of 12 Guinness World Records) wherein many bubbles are blown under hi-tech lighting.

(Family-Event) drama family
At St. Luke's in midtown, a re-telling of C.S. Lewis' classic tale of Narnia, featuring just 2 performers playing the human, animal, and super-natural characters that populate the epic story.

(Broadway)play comedysave as much as $40.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.6
A hit in London's West End, a new comedy about a company of hapless actors making a disastrous attempt to stage a 1920s murder mystery.
Running since March 2017.

(Off-Broadway)play dramasave as much as $41.00 per ticket
Visitors from the past complicate the lives of a couple caring for their estranged, ailing daughter in this world premiere.

(Off-Broadway) comedy
The big kahuna of the city's improv theatres, UCB hosts shows featuring stars from "Saturday Night Live," "Conan," numerous Comedy Central shows, etc, rubbing elbows with the stars of tomorrow. (Or perhaps the day after.)


Critics' ratings represent an average score for reviews published by major NYC and national print sources. To rate the reviews, we use a 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being excellent.

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