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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 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 dramasave as much as $0.00 per ticket
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.
Running since October 2018.

(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 $56.00 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 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.

(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.
Saturday or Sunday matinees, except Running since November 1996. Winner of 6 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.

(Broadway)play dramasave as much as $0.00 per ticket
Critics = 4.2
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.

(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 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.

(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.

(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 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 drama
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.
Running since October 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
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 comedy
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.
Running since October 2018.

(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.

(Broadway)play drama
Critics = 3.8
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.
Running since November 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."

(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.
Running since July 2018.

(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 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."

(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.

(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 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 = 4.6
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 drama
Critics = 3.4
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.
Running since November 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.
Running since October 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.

(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.

(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)musical comedysave as much as $0.00 per ticket
Critics = 3.6
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.
Running since October 2018.

(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.
Running since September 2018.

(Broadway)play drama
Critics = 4.2
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.
Running since November 2018.

(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.

Other New York Theater Options


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(Broadway)musical drama
A new musical that follows the Temptations' journey from the streets of Detroit to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
New in 2019. Begins February 28th.

(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 comedy
A deceased couple attempt to haunt the new inhabitants of their former home and call help by summoning a devious bio-exorcist ghost named Beetlejuice, in a new musical adaptation of Tim Burton's 1988 film.
New in 2019. Begins March 28th.

(Off-Broadway)play comedy
A new comedy that tells the story of Allison, a high school teacher who, after lashing out at her unethical boss, is sentenced to a church-sponsored halfway house.

(Off-Broadway)play comedysave as much as $20.00 per ticket
Colin Quinn returns Off Broadway in a new solo work where he tackles the absurdities, hypocrisies, and calamities on both sides of the political divide.

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

(Broadway)play comedysave as much as $0.00 per ticket
Set during the fall of the Roman Empire, Nathan Lane and Andrea Martin star in a new comedy that takes place just after the conclusion of William Shakespeare's first tragedy.
New in 2019. Begins March 5th.

(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 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 dramasave as much as $45.00 per ticket
A new drama that follows five people confronting mortality in very different ways - and unexpectedly finding those struggles bringing them closer together.

(Broadway)play comedysave as much as $0.00 per ticket
Laurie Metcalf and John Lithgow star in a new play that explores the politics of marriage and gender roles as former First Lady Hillary attempts to salvage her bid for President of the United States during the 2008 primaries.
New in 2019. Begins March 16th.

(Broadway)play comedy
Set in 1969 London, a new play that follows a brash, young Rupert Murdoch on the verge of founding the U.K.'s most influential newspaper.
New in 2019. Begins April 2nd.

(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)play dramasave as much as $0.00 per ticket
Tony winner Glenda Jackson plays the title role in William Shakepeare's classic drama where a dying monarch disposes of his kingdom by giving bequests to two of his three daughters, bringing tragic consequences for all.
New in 2019. Begins February 28th.

(Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $0.00 per ticket
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.

(Off-Broadway)play dramasave as much as $100.00 per ticket
A new play that brings to life the story of legendary conductor and activist Arturo Toscanini, who made headlines around the world when he refused to perform in Italy and Germany as a stand against fascism.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $20.00 per ticket
A revival of Stephen Sondheim's musical that follows composer Frank, his best friend-lyricist, ex-wife, and an unrequited platonic friend back in time to their idealistic beginnings.

(Off-Broadway)play drama
A new adaptation of August Strindberg's classic drama, where the attraction of a landowner's daughter and a farm laborer erupts into a dangerous passion.

(Broadway)musical comedy drama
A new stage adaptation of the 2001 Baz Luhrmann musical film about Christian, a young composer, who ends up falling in love with cabaret actress Satine, the star of the Moulin Rouge.
New in 2019. Begins June 28th.

(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.

(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)play comedy drama
A revival of August Strindberg’s unsparing examination of marriage and the social institutions governing it.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedy
In a musical adaptation of the hit TV series, a documentary TV crew begins filming the lives of the employees at Scranton’s third largest paper company, Dunder Mifflin.

(Off-Broadway)musical comedysave as much as $40.00 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.

(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.

(Broadway)musical comedy
A talented but difficult actor struggles to find work until an audacious, desperate stunt lands him the role of a lifetime in a new musical adaptation of the Oscar-winning 1982 film.
New in 2019. Begins March 29th.

(Broadway)play dramasave as much as $0.00 per ticket
Ethan Hawke and Paul Dano star as two brothers who reunite to discuss their mother's recently abandoned house, leading to the airing of old resentments and some unexpected twists in their relationship, in a revival of Sam Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-nominated drama.
Running since December 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)play comedy drama
A new play by actor/playwright Heidi Schreck that combines a recitation of her scholarship-winning high school speech about the Constitution and the personal history of four generations of women in her family.
New in 2019. Begins March 28th.


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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