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Off Broadway Shows in New York - January 2018

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Off Broadway Shows in New York for the month of January 2018

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One of the city's most unique live experiences, Stomp has been thrilling New York audiences for over twenty years. This ear & eye-popping show consists of a group of eight incredibly talented performers, who create intricate rhythms from everyday household objects, from garbage can lids and zippo lighters, to buckets and hammers. More info

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One of New York's longest-running shows, the Blue Man Group is a little hard to describe, but we'll give it a go! Take a healthy dose of percussion, mix it in with some vaudeville, a pinch of cutting edge technology, and half a teaspoon of comedy, and you've got... well, the Blue Man Group! Guiding you through this multi-sensory, alternatively amazing and hilarious show are three blue-painted performers, who don't seem to have too much knowledge about life on earth. More info

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Avenue Q is a provocative and subversive coming of age tale told with puppets. Think Book of Mormon meets Sesame Street. Running Off-Broadway since 2009, this three-time Tony-winning institution centers on the character of Princeton, a recent graduate in English, who makes a whole bunch of colorful new friends when he gets an apartment on Avenue Q. More info

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No one in the news is safe! Not to be confused with the Disney musical NEWSIES, this Drama Desk-nominated revue NEWSical is back lampooning current events, newsmakers, celebreties, and politicians - in short, everyone is fair game. With songs and material continually updated to take advantage of the top news stories, composer-lyricist Drama Desk Nominee Rick Crom's topical musical comedy is an ever-evolving mockery of all the news that is fit to spoof - and then some. More info

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In this case, the title really says it all! Naked Boys Singing is New York's most risque musical comedy, and it's a whole load of fun! Don't expect any Chippendale-type antics at this show - this is a traditional musical revue packed with talented singers, and fact that they're gorgeous and seem to have misplaced all their clothes sees almost inconsequential...almost. More info

: Closes 4th March 2018

After an absence from the stage of nearly a decade, Oliver and Oscar winner Martin McDonagh makes a triumphant return with Hangmen, his new play that explores the death of capital punishment in Britain. Already a hit over on the West End, Hangmen is replete with McDonagh's voice, darkly comic, thrilling and uniquely entertaining. You may know him from his work on Seven Psychopaths and In Bruges. If you enjoyed them, the macabre and witty Hangmen is the play for you.​ More info

Start preparing your protest signs, the show that launched a thousand pickets is back in this revival from John Rando, making its Off-Broadway debut. An irreverent portrait of our times, this profanity-laden masterpiece sees everyone's favorite day-time talk show host dragged to the depths of hell where angels and demons battle it out with the same fervor and unrestrained nastiness displayed by the regular human guests. 12 years on from the show's notorious premiere this provocative and surreal work still holds a sway in our public humiliation obsessed culture, providing commentary with unabashed verve, glee, and obscenity. You have been warned. More info

The electrifying Frankie Valli musical begins Off-Broadway, after playing eleven years on the main stem. Soundtracked by hits like 'Big Girls Don't Cry' and 'Sherry', this show is a gritty look one of America's best known group's rags-to-riches story. More info

With a wildly successful ongoing engagement in Chicago, as well as a national tour this fall, the hottest spoof musical of the year is transferring to another venue Off-Broadway to help you get in on the country's love for all things Hamilton! Opening this June for an open run, this newest brainchild from Forbidden Broadway creator Gerard Alessandrini is expected to make waves wherever they visit. And Alessandrini has promised to keep it fresh and up-to-date, with topical references to its namesake around the corner! More info

: Closes 7th January 2018

Hailed as one of the best debuts in years, Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves is an astoundingly original snapshot of female adolescence. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, this play centers on a women's teenage soccer team during training sessions between games, with their naturalistic cross talk encompassing everything from politics to periods. More info

A fresh new romantic comedy is set to land at the Manhatten Theatre Club this fall, with Tony-winning actor and Seinfeld star Jason Alexander starring. Taking the role of a downmarket Providence lawyer named Barry Dragonetti as he deals with a repeat widow whose husbands have an unfortunate knack for dying. Coming to him to help settle her latest spouse's affairs, the fireworks are ferocious, as she is determined to save as much cash as possible, much to Barry's blustering annoyance! Throw in his overbearing mother, contemporary politics and young love, and the laughs break through the roof! More info

: Closes 14th January 2018

All hail the Hufflepuffs! Making a transfer to the New World Stages this July, following its popular engagement at New York's Peoples Improv Theater, Puffs will bring a slice of the Harry Potter magic to the Big Apple. Celebrating the least-featured Hogwarts House and its little known characters (yes, we know Cedric Diggory, but look how that turned out for him), this tongue-in-cheek comedy play by Matt Cox tells the story of the forgotten students and offers another point of view! More info

Following in the footsteps of hit comedy-edutainment shows like Assume the Position with Mr. Wuhl and Colin Quinn's Long Story Short, The Imbible sweeps audiences along a 10,000-year journey through history and across the globe accompanied by craft cocktails and the vocal stylings of The Backwaiters acapella group! More info

: Closes 25th March 2018

Whoever said that money and politics went hand in hand? That's the question at the heart of Sarah Burgess' blisteringly funny new comedy drama that takes aim at the heart of the American political establishment. Directed by Thomas Kail (Hamilton), Kings follows the exploits of a lobbyist who suffers no fools. If they can't win, maintain and use their power, they are beneath her. So imagine her consternation when she is saddled with one Representative Sydney Millsap, a very green politician who is in the throes of naive, newly elected optimism. But the knives come out when Millsap proves to be a formidable person in her own right - and the battle of wills commences. More info

Jordan Harrison's brand-new play heads to the Off-Broadway Vineyard Theatre this fall, as part of an exciting 2017/18 season. The Pulitzer Prize finalist's new comedy takes us to the 14th century and plague-ridden Europe on a remarkable race against time to out-travel the Black Death. Originally commissioned by South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, it received its first staged reading at Chicago's Goodman Theatre's New Stages Festival In 2016. More info

Written by comedian Lisa Lampanelli, Stuffed is honest look at women's relation to food and body image. Set on a simple stage, dressed with a few pieces of furniture and a refrigerator in the background, it's a hilarious and poignant conversation between four different women who have very different attitudes to their own bodies. Together they tackle every food-related topic imaginable, from ridiculous diets to muffin tops. More info

Branden Jacobs-Jenkins makes his Broadway debut this coming season, with a brand-new translation and treatment of Henrik Ibsen's political and moral drama An Enemy of the People, that remains relevant and newsworthy to this day. This new production will be helmed by Thomas Ostermeier, following its premiere in Berlin in 2013. Jacobs-Jenkins's star is on the rise, following this work Everybody and his 2015 play Gloria, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. More info

​Following their collaboration on the Pulitzer Prize nominated Becky Shaw, playwright Gina Gionfriddo and director Peter DuBois re-team for Can You Forgive Her? Closing out Vineyard Theatre's 2016/17 season, this new play takes money as its central theme, allowing Gionfriddo to explore our desire for financial security and American society's levels of income inequality with her trademark wit and dark humor. More info

: Closes 6th January 2018

A blistering adaptation of Anthony Burgess' classic, A Clockwork Orange arrives Off-Broadway after an acclaimed run at London's Park Theatre. Directed by Alexandra Spencer-Jones, this all-male staging injects a homoerotic edge into Burgess' dystopic, ultra-violent world, and wraps the action around bludgeoning fight choreography and an eclectic soundtrack. More info

: Closes 11th March 2018

Honoring the work of the late thrice- Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning Edward Albee, this new revival of his 2004 play is directed by the in-demand Lila Neugebauer, a year after this death. A work that was in fact an extension of his 1959 one-act drama The Zoo Story, this play explores the life of one man, Peter as he and his wife discuss the ennui in their marriage. We then follow Peter him to the zoo for some quiet contemplation, only to have his life shattered completely. More info

Perfect Crime goes well beyond traditional mystery play. It is a sexy, compelling thriller, with well-timed surprises and laughs that relieve a growing dramatic tension. The main character is a Harvard-educated psychiatrist accused of bumping off her wealthy British husband. But when a handsome young detective comes calling to investigate, is everything as straight-cut as it appears? More info

Join Mentalist Sam Eaton on an extraordinary exploration of mentalism, magic, perception and deception are fused together with entertainment and humor each night to bring you a show unlike any other. Prepare to have your mind expanded by his incredible talents taking you to the very edges of what you thought was possible! More info

: Closes 7th January 2018

The Marvelous Wonderettes returns to Off-Broadway in 2016 after a gap of five years. A sunny jukebox musical whose score is composed of 1950's and 60's girl group classics, this new production stars Christina Bianco (Application Pending) and Emmy-nominated Kathy Brier (Hairspray). More info

Guinness World Record holder Fan Yang has been amazing Off-Broadway audiences since 2007. Featuring fantastic next-level laser lighting displays, and a great musical score, The Gazillion Bubble Show is an hour plus of unbelievable soapy masterpieces, which float above the audiences heads in their hundreds and even fully enclose some lucky volunteers. More info

: Closes 1st February 2018

Part of Roundabout's latest Underground season, Too Heavy for Your Pocket is a timely look back at the racially divided lines of the 1960s, and the demonstrators who were brave enough to cross them. Written by Jireh Breon Holder, this play was the recipient of this Laurents/Hatcher Foundation Award​, an annual prize given to an unproduced American play that is socially relevant to our times. More info

One actor has at least five shorts of whiskey and attempts to perform a Shakespearean play in a hilarious and totally unpredictable evening! More info

Join THE RIDE for a super amped-up experience of the streets of New York City - all from the comfort of a technologically-advanced super-bus. See life in the Big Apple as you have never seen before! More info

In this interactive comedy, mingle with mobsters and molls while enjoying a delicious dinner. More info

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