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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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(Off-Broadway)musical drama
Dylan Thomas' perennial holiday favorite, adapted by the Irish Rep and performed with traditional and contemporary Christmas music.

(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)play drama
Critics = 3.7
Set in a Florida police station, Kendra and Scott, a separated, interracial couple, reunite as they grapple with the disappearance of their teenage son in this Broadway premiere drama.
New in 2018.

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $0.00 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)play drama
Tony and Emmy Award winner Stockard Channing stars in a play that presents a disastrous family reunion as the occasion for a critical look at what has happened to 60s idealists and their children.

(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.

(Broadway)musical comedy
A new musical that tells the story of an average teenager who takes a pill purported to make people more...chill.
New in 2019. Begins February 13th.

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $0.00 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.

(Broadway)play comedysave as much as $0.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.2
Tony winner Janet McTeer stars as legendary leading lady Sarah Bernhardt as she tackles her make-or-break role in the lavish, late 19th century production of "Hamlet," in a world premiere by Pulitzer finalist Theresa Rebeck.
New in 2018.

(Family-Event) family
Critics = 4.5Audiences = 4.0
The old-fashioned Big Top returns to Damrosch Park at Lincoln Center, running through January 27th.
Annually since 1977.

(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.

(Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $0.00 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
Manhattan Theatre Club presents a music-filled play that follows the hopes and dreams of the young singers at the Charles R. Drew Prep School for Boys, an institution dedicated to the education of strong, ethical black men.
New in 2018. Begins December 12th.

(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.

(Off-Broadway)play comedy dramasave as much as $34.00 per ticket
A turn of events forces two men, the personification of the perfect couple, to confront their conflicting views of relationships in the Off Broadway return of Michael McKeever’s play.

(Off-Broadway)play dramasave as much as $20.00 per ticket
A world premiere drama set in 1969 that follows the revolutionary planning of three 20-something radicals in upstate New York disrupted by the arrival of two strangers.

(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
Real-life siblings Tyne and Tim Daly star as a brother and sister grappling with the difficulty of their family’s troubled past in a new drama by Pulitzer Prize finalist Theresa Rebeck.

(Family-Event) comedy family
The well-produced musical version of the Dr. Seuss' holiday classic returns to NYC for a limited run.

(Off-Broadway)play comedysave as much as $20.00 per ticket
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)play drama
At the Public, a genre-bending new drama about the haunting of a black family in America.

(Broadway)musical comedy drama family
Critics = 3.2
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.
Running since February 2018.

(Family-Event) family
At Lincoln Center, the New York City Ballet's spectacular production of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic.
Annually since 1954.

(Off-Broadway)play drama
A new play by Conor McPherson that brings to life the tales of a local community on the brink of change in Bob Dylan’s hometown of Duluth, Minnesota in 1934, featuring the music of Dylan's iconic songbook.

(Off-Broadway)play dramasave as much as $24.00 per ticket
Christine Lahti stars as American feminist Gloria Steinem in a new play that presents the political activist as a symbol of past, present, and future change.

(Off-Broadway)play drama
A new drama that tells the story of a Nigerian-American girl navigating her childhood home in Pennsylvania’s suburbs.

(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.

(Off-Broadway)play comedysave as much as $59.00 per ticket
The story of a war veteran and big game hunter who returns home after almost a decade, a play that offers a searing and darkly comic look at American culture, capitalism, and toxic masculinity.

(Broadway)play drama family
Critics = 4.7
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.
Running since March 2018.

(Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $0.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.1
A new musical about a royal family that must prevent an oracle's prophecy of doom, featuring the songs of the all-female rock band the Go-Go's.
New in 2018.

(Off-Broadway)play comedysave as much as $30.00 per ticket
A new play that follows the clashing ideals of different generations within a family and a tight-knit Punjabi community in Wisconsin amid a flurry of wedding celebrations.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedy dramasave as much as $40.00 per ticket
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)musical dramasave as much as $0.00 per ticket
Critics = 2.5
Based on the 1932 novel and 1933 film, a new musical stage adaptation with a contemporary take on the classic tale of beauty and the beast.
New in 2018.

(Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $0.00 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)musical comedy
A revival of Cole Porter's Tony-winning musical about two divorced and egocentric performers who find themselves starring opposite each other in a musical version of "Taming of the Shrew"
New in 2019. Begins February 14th.

(Broadway)musical comedy
Critics = 3.7
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."
Running since March 2018.

(Broadway)play comedysave as much as $0.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.0
Following a sold-out run Off Broadway, comedian Mike Birbiglia presents his latest one-man show based on his own experience as a father.
New in 2018.

(Off-Broadway)play comedy
Tony winner Glenn Close stars in a powerful and wry comedy that follows the tale of Joan of Arc, as seen through the eyes of her mother who is doing her very best to accept the fact that her daughter is different.

(Broadway)musical comedy
Critics = 4.3
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."
Running since March 2018.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $45.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.0
Reread the title.

(Off-Broadway)play comedy dramasave as much as $10.00 per ticket
A darkly comic solo play about a woman waiting out an imminent tornado in her basement, where she overflows with quirks, stories, and a final secret that puts the reality of domestic violence and guns in America in your lap.

(Broadway)play drama
Anchorman Howard Beale unravels live on screen in his final broadcast, and the network seizes on their newfound prophet when the ratings soar in a stage adaptation of Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning film.
New in 2018.

(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 $0.00 per ticket
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.
Running since November 2017.

(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
Critics = 2.1
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.

(Off-Broadway)play comedysave as much as $15.00 per ticket
A Harry Potter parody that follows the lives of the wizard classmates who, unlike Harry and his friends, weren't in the limelight.

(Family-Event)musical family
Critics = 4.2Audiences = 4.7
For 90 years, as the cider starts simmering and the sidewalk Santas start jingling, generations of New Yorkers have gathered in the city's most spectacular venue to experience a one-of-a-kind theatrical confection.
Annually since 1928.

(Broadway)musical family
"American Idol" alumni Clay Aiken and Ruben Studdard reunite for a family-friendly Christmas-themed variety show featuring classic holiday tunes as well as comedic scenes and sketches.
New in 2018. Begins December 7th.

(Off-Broadway)play comedy
The Off Broadway return of a comedy that centers around an exclusive boarding school in Ghana, where queen bee Paulina's reign is threatened by a new student.

(Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $0.00 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)
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
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 familysave as much as $29.50 per ticket
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 $0.00 per ticket
Critics = 2.4
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."
Running since March 2018.

(Off-Broadway) familysave as much as $20.00 per ticket
Borislaw Bilash (AKA "Captain Chemistry") brings his showmanship to the world of chemistry in the latest example of performance science.

(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 Midtown Manhattan.

(Broadway)musical dramasave as much as $0.00 per ticket
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 = 4.6
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)musical comedy dramasave as much as $0.00 per ticket
A new jukebox musical that tells the story of the early life and career of music icon Cher, using the songs in her memorable catalog.
New in 2018.

(Broadway)play drama
Critics = 4.8
In rural Northern Ireland in 1981, the annual harvest is interrupted by a visitor in a new play by Tony nominee Jez Butterworth.
New in 2018.

(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.

(Off-Broadway)play drama
A new play by Tom Stoppard in which a young researcher contemplates the scientific question of consciousness by looking at the place where psychology and biology meet.

(Off-Broadway)musical drama
A new musical that follows the story of the first women to serve actively in the military - the bilingual American telephone operators who worked during WWI.

(Broadway)play family
An event billed as "the world's best-selling touring magic show" returns to Broadway for a second limited holiday engagement
New in 2018. Begins November 23rd.

(Broadway)play dramasave as much as $0.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.4
Based on a true story, Daniel Radcliffe stars in a new play about a magazine fact checker assigned to a groundbreaking piece about a Las Vegas teenager who committed suicide, and finds most of the story to be fabricated.
New in 2018.

(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.

(Off-Broadway)play drama
A new play that explores a conversation between a young black student and her white professor, when what begins as a discussion on the college junior's paper on the American Revolution turns into tense exchanges on race and reputation.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $44.00 per ticket
At the Westside Theatre, a hilarious original musical comedy about good guy Josh Cohen who is caught in a lifetime battle of bad luck.

(Broadway)musical drama familysave as much as $0.00 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 $0.00 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.

(Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $0.00 per ticket
When Broadway's brassiest stars get word that a student is unceremoniously sidelined from a small-town Indiana prom - and that the press is involved - they gear up to save the day in a new musical comedy.
New in 2018.

(Off-Broadway)play comedysave as much as $11.00 per ticket
At Classic Stage, Bertolt Brecht's political allegory about a Depression-era Chicago mobster, who, with the help of his henchmen, manipulates and murders his way to totalitarian rule of the cauliflower trade.

(Off-Broadway)play comedy
A new comedy that takes a satirical, behind-the-scenes look as a group of well-intentioned white teaching artists scramble to create an ambitious "woke" Thanksgiving pageant that also celebrates Native American Heritage Month.

(Broadway)play comedy dramasave as much as $0.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.0
A memory play that centers around a boutique art gallery in Greenwich Village, the elderly woman with Alzheimer's disease who runs it, her family who struggles to care for her, and a building owner who aims to turn the gallery into a cafe.
New in 2018.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedy dramasave as much as $26.00 per ticket
A new musical that explores the changing role of women over the last 100 years through some of the greatest American standards.

(Off-Broadway)play comedy
Michael C. Hall stars in a monologue play that follows a man who desperately, and hilariously, tries to save his own life - or at least make it into something worth dying for.

(Broadway)play drama
Jeff Daniels stars in Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin's stage adaptation of Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning semi-autobiographical novel about racial injustice in a small Alabama town in the mid 1930s.
New in 2018.

(Broadway)play comedy dramasave as much as $0.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.9
A drag performer navigates both the liberation and assimilation of gay men in 1980s New York, as well as a back-and-forth plea for respect from his overbearing mother in a revival of Harvey Fierstein's powerful play.
New in 2018.

(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 dramasave as much as $0.00 per ticket
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.

(Off-Broadway)play drama
Two individuals, a South Korean and a young North Korean defector, are brought together over the Internet through a shared loneliness and longing to connect in a new play at the Public.


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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