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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

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(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 dramasave as much as $33.00 per ticket
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 comedy
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.

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $60.00 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.

(Family-Event) family
Critics = 4.5Audiences = 4.0
The old-fashioned Big Top returns to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, running through January 7th
Annually since 1977.

(Off-Broadway) family
Critics = 3.0Audiences = 4.8
The nonverbal performance of "blue men" exploring themes of alienation, depersonalization, and paint.

(Off-Broadway)play comedy
At Second Stage, a struggling Rust Belt town in upstate New York hopes financial salvation will come in the form of a makeover - paint the downtown business district red and hope tourists will come.

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $44.00 per ticket
A revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's classic musical that tells the story of millworker Julie Jordan, carousel barker Billy Bigelow, and their ultimately destructive relationship.
New in 2018. Begins February 28th.

(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)play drama
Joshua Jackson stars in a revival of the Tony-winning play that explores the relationship between an unorthodox speech therapist and one of his students, a young deaf woman hesitant to integrate herself into the hearing world.
New in 2018. Begins March 22nd.

(Broadway)musical drama
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. Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Musical.

(Off-Broadway)play drama
A pair of teenage twins who have a lifelong, but unhealthy, friendship experience an implosion of their relationship as they approach adulthood.

(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.

(Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $44.00 per ticket
A new musical, featuring the music of Jimmy Buffett, about the choices we make - and the people we become - once we've had a change in latitude.
New in 2018. Begins February 16th.

(Broadway)play dramasave as much as $66.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.1
Three-time Tony Winner Mark Rylance stars in the the true story of Philip V of Spain who finds relief from depression by performances of a court musician, the famous castrato Farinelli.
New in 2017.

(Off-Broadway)play drama
A new play by Tony winner Terrence McNally that explores the rich history behind Sergei Diaghilev’s preeminent company the Ballet Russes, including his tempestuous relationship with celebrated dancer Vaslav Nijinsky.

(Broadway)musical comedy drama family
A new musical stage adaptation of the hit animated Disney film, based on the Hans Christian Andersen story of a princess who freezes everything she touches.
New in 2018. Begins February 22nd.

(Broadway)musical comedy
After losing his job on Wall Street, 40-year-old Mitch Shapiro reconnects with his high school friends, putting their old band back together and entering a high-stakes Battle of the Bands.
New in 2018. Begins July 19th.

(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)play drama
Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, the Broadway transfer of the London phenomenon that continues the story of former boy wizard Harry Potter, his friends, and his son, in a time-traveling adventure to save the world from the evil Lord Voldemort.
New in 2018. Begins March 16th.

(Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $50.00 per ticket
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. Winner of 4 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

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

(Off-Broadway)play drama
A new stage adaptaion of Eve Ensler's memoir that chronicles the relationship to her body in the face of a life-threatening diagnosis while working with women in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedy drama
A bio-revue telling the story and singing the songs of the most popular American singing group of the early '60s, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

(Broadway)play
Critics = 3.7
Two-time Tony winner and Oscar nominee John Lithgow returns to Broadway in a solo show that traces his roots as an actor and storyteller, working classic short stories by P. G. Wodehouse and and Ring Lardner - read to him as a child - into his own narrative.
New in 2017.

(Broadway)musical drama
Based on the 1932 novel and 1933 film, a new musical stage adaptaton with a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast.
New in 2018. Begins October 5th.

(Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $50.00 per ticket
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)play comedysave as much as $40.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.0
John Leguizamo schools his son - and the rest of us - on the buried and forgotten history of Latinos in the Americas in this one-man show about uncovering the truth, and recovering from the past.
Running since October 2017.

(Broadway)play drama
A new play from Oscar nominee Kenneth Lonergan that tells the story of four New Yorkers involved in a murder investigation in the lobby of a Manhattan apartment complex.
New in 2018. Begins March 1st.

(Off-Broadway)play comedy
In a future where women are extinct, a male couple deals with an unplanned pregnancy in the world premiere of a new comedy from two-time Obie Award winner Robert O'Hara.

(Broadway)musical comedy
A new musical based on the 2004 film that follows Cady Heron, who joins the American high school food chain and plots to end the vicious reign of Queen Bee Regina and the "Plastics."
New in 2018. Begins March 12th.

(Broadway)play comedy
Critics = 3.4
A California couple invites another couple to dinner during a meteor shower in a new absurdist comedy by Steve Martin.
New in 2017.

(Off-Broadway)play comedy
Set in the teachers lounge of an Ohio high school in the late 1980’s, a group of teachers conduct a series of preparatory meetings for a charity television marathon in a comedy by theater ensemble The Mad Ones.

(Broadway)musical comedy
An English professor of phonetics makes a bet that he can transform a Cockney flower girl into a lady, in a revival of Lerner and Loewe's classic musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's "Pygmalion."
New in 2018. Begins March 15th.

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

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

(Broadway)musical drama
Critics = 4.6
A revival of the hit musical that follows a peasant girl and her star-crossed romance with a young man from the wealthy side of her island, which is ruled by four island gods.
New in 2017.

(Off-Broadway)play comedy
At City Center, a housewarming party spirals out of control when the host's mother arrives with a few surprises in tow.

(Off-Broadway)play drama
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)musical comedy drama
A new musical based on the beloved 1990 romantic comedy about a businessman who unexpectedly falls for a down-on-her-luck Hollywood call girl after hiring her as an escort.
New in 2018. Begins July 20th.

(Off-Broadway)play comedy
A Harry Potter parody that follows the lives of the wizard classmates who, unlike Harry and his friends, weren't in the limelight.

(Off-Broadway)musical drama
In 1920s Maryland, Jackson Jones and his family of swindlers gamble their way to love and riches in this new musical featuring music by members of the Grateful Dead.

(Broadway)musical
A live concert event that fuses rock songs with classical music, featuring an array of rock, Broadway, and opera vocalists, comes to Broadway for a limited 6-week engagement.
New in 2018. Begins March 20th.

(Broadway)play drama
A revival of George Bernard Shaw's classic play that recounts the story of Joan of Arc, a peasant girl who claimed to hear the voices of saints directing her to help the Dauphin of France drive the English out of the country.
New in 2018. Begins April 3rd.

(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 drama
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)
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)musical comedy familysave as much as $60.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.9
A new musical based on the hit Nickelodeon cartoon series, SpongeBob SquarePants and the denizens of Bikini Bottom must rally to save their undersea world from total annihilation.
New in 2017.

(Broadway)musical
Critics = 4.7
Rock icon Bruce Springsteen makes his Broadway debut with a solo acoustic concert which follows the arc of his life and career.
Running since October 2017.

(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 drama
A new musical biography about iconic disco diva Donna Summer, using the songs she made famous, including “Hot Stuff,” “On the Radio,” “Bad Girls,” and “MacArthur Park.”
'New in 2018. Begins March 28th.

(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.

(Off-Broadway) family
Borislaw Bilash (AKA "Captain Chemistry") brings his showmanship to the world of chemistry in the latest example of performance science.

(Off-Broadway) family
Critics = 3.5
Professional physics demonstrator David Maiullo brings his scientific "magic" from the world of physics to Midtown Manhattan.

(Broadway)musical drama
Critics = 4.8
An Egyptian police band arrives in Israel to play a concert when a mix-up at the border leaves them stranded and must seek the help of the locals in this new musical.
Running since October 2017.

(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.

(Broadway)play dramasave as much as $51.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.1
Direct from an acclaimed run in London, a near-future drama about the aftermath of a catastrophe at a nuclear power station, exploring the responsibilities we have towards future generations.
New in 2017.

(Off-Broadway) comedy family
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.

(Broadway)play dramasave as much as $34.00 per ticket
Tony winner and two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington returns to Broadway in a new production of Eugene O'Neill's four-act epic play about a newly sober, charismatic traveling salesman whose renewed outlook on life threatens to upend the lives of his old friends.
New in 2018. Begins March 22nd.

(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 comedy
Classic pop songs from the '50s and '60s tell the story of a high school song-leading squad in this comedic homage.

(Broadway)play comedy dramasave as much as $46.50 per ticket
Critics = 2.4
Oscar nominee Uma Thurman stars as a socialite navigating the dangerous waters of Washington, D.C. politics in a new play by "House of Cards" creator Beau Willimon.
New in 2017.

(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)play comedysave as much as $50.00 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.

(Family-Event) familysave as much as $15.00 per ticket
In a return engagement, a family-friendly production adapted from Eric Carle's popular children's book about a roaming, hungry caterpillar.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedy drama
A new musical that explores the changing role of women over the last 100 years through some of the greatest American standards.

(Broadway)play dramasave as much as $50.00 per ticket
A revival of Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece that follows the interactions between three women who represent different versions of the same woman in her 90s, 50s, and 20s.
New in 2018. Begins February 27th.

(Broadway)play comedy
In 1917 Zurich, a British military official imagines a meeting between James Joyce and Vladimir Lenin, performed in the style of Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest," in a revival of Tom Stoppard's Tony-winning play.
New in 2018. Begins March 29th.

(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.)

(Broadway)musical drama
Critics = 3.6Audiences = 4.0
A new musical, featuring a score by Sara Bareilles, 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 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.


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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