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Off Broadway Shows in New York - July 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Off Broadway Shows in New York for the month of July 2017

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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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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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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 3rd September 2017

After the big scale illusions of David Copperfield, and the intimate street magic of David Blaine, the next step in the evolution of magic arrives at the Daryl Roth Theatre. In and Off Itself is a wholly original blend of illusion and storytelling, a series of interconnected stories woven together with magic tricks that don't just aim for a 'wow' moment, but seep into your brain and alter your perception of reality itself. More info

: Closes 16th July 2017

Third Rail Projects brings another immersive theatrical experience to New York, following up last year's Grand Paradise. For six weeks, the company transform Lincoln Center's Clair Tow Theatre into a series of real and imaginary landscapes, inviting audiences into areas of the performance space which are usually off limits to the public in a unique tribute to the magic of the theatre. More info

: Closes 3rd September 2017

Poe Dameron himself Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Inside Llewyn Davis) take son the role of a lifetime in Hamlet. This new staging of The Bard's bloody tragedy is directed by Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home). More info

: Closes 3rd September 2017

The old world and the new collide in Meghan Kennedy's latest play, which arrives Off-Broadway after holding its world premiere in New Haven. Napoli, Brooklyn focuses on the women of the Muscolino family, Italian Immigrants living in 1960's New York, who must find a way to break away from their domineering father. More info

One of the most recommended unproduced plays of 2016 according to the Kilroy List for female and trans authors, Dominique Morisseau's family drama finally gets its staging at the Lincoln Center this June, helmed by Lileana Blain-Cruz. A play that looks at the intersection of race and class in parenting, Pipeline is the latest work following Morisseau's Skeleton Crew, Paradise Blue and Detroit '67 (all encompassing the Detroit Project), as well as Sunset Baby, Blood at the Root and Follow Me to Nellie's. 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

​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 9th July 2017

A world premiere drama by playwright Abe Koogler heads to Manhattan Theatre Club to close out its 2016/17 season, led by Deirdre O'Connell and directed by Daniel Aukin of Fool For Love. Joining on her on-stage will be Eboni Booth of Sundown and Yellow Moon, Bobby Moreno ofThe Year of the Rooster, and Frederick Weller of Mother And Sons. Journey into the dusty New Mexico desert with four strangers, who try to tackle their crippling loneliness - with unexpected results. More info

: Closes 15th July 2017

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins makes a welcome return to the New York stage, as part of the NY City Center's Encores Off-Center season this summer. Helmed by Anne Kauffman of Marvin's Room, the jet-black Tony-winning comedy musical plays for a strictly limited engagement in July, and explores America's deadly history of violence, and obsession with politically motivated murder. From the successful to the failures, all 13 miscreants tell their side of the story. More info

: Closes 16th July 2017

Tony winner Karen Ziemba (Contact, Kid Victory) leads this drama from the pen ​of Pulitzer and Oscar winner Horton Foote. The Traveling Lady is delicate rumination on loss, and a portrait of the American small towns which were disappearing in the oil-boom of the 1950s. The story centers on a sleepy Texas town whose residents get all stirred up by the arrival of an out-of-towner. More info

: Closes 16th July 2017

After wowing at the Williamstown Theatre Festival last year, Cost of Living makes it New York Premiere courtesy of Manhattan Theatre Club. Written by Martyna Majok (Ironbound), Cost of Living follows a set of four characters dealing with physical disabilities and heavy emotional baggage. More info

: Closes 24th September 2017

The King is back in this hilarious new musical from Lory Lazarus! A New York Premiere, Attack of the Elvis Impersonators follows the fortunes of the Ghost of Elvis, newly returned to Earth with one mission, to convert the world to the teachings of Hound Dog, his new religion, bringing peace and joy to all mankind. More info

: Closes 15th October 2017

The modern dating scene with all its painful and hilarious foibles comes to brilliant life in this Off-Broadway comedy musical, transferring from the George Street Playhouse down the street. Slated for an open run, the show welcomes back the Tony-nomated Nancy Opel in the lead role! Recently seen in the hilariously dark musical The Toxic Avenger, Opel once again calls on her considerable comedy skills to play the role of a vivacious 50-something widow, who is thrown into the heady world of social media, sex and swiping right. 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 27th July 2017

A socially relevant and musical that's both parts sweet and sharp, Kirsten Childs' 2000 autobiographical musical drama remains as topical today as it did 17 years ago! Following the journey of Viveca who always felt different from her white peers from kindergarten and all throughout her life, she moves away from suburban Los Angeles and her life as a dutiful daughter, to the bright lights of Broadway, hoping to make it as a dancer, all while facing prejudice and obstacles due to her face. Navigating the ever-changing politics of race and class, she finally learns to be herself in a world that is predominantly white-centered. More info

: Closes 31st December 2017

An intimate version of Sondheim's bloody classic, this Sweeney Todd puts the audience up close and personal with the demon barber, and gives you a chance to sample some of Mrs Lovett's infamous pies (if you dare). Created by the Tooting Arts Club, this inventive production won huge acclaim in London, and was even visited by Stephen Sondheim himself. More info

: Closes 9th July 2017

The new play from Pulitzer Prize and Tony winner Robert Schenkkan (All the Way), Building the Wall is one of the first theatrical works to address the election victory of Donald Trump. Set in 2019, this tense two-hander explores the creeping banality of evil, and how dangerous political rhetoric can translate into previously unthinkable real world actions. 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 2nd July 2017

Two Jewish girls, Alexi - a brilliant violin player and her young friend Violet are forced to act for their lives in a propaganda film in the Terezin concentration camp. At every turn, the girls face a desperate struggle for survival. Soon Violet mysteriously disappears and Alexiís musical ability attracts the unwanted attention of the Nazi commandant. More info

: Closes 3rd September 2017

Popular off-Broadway musical Sistas returns to the St Luke's Theatre! is a nonstop celebration! Produced by three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle and directed by Smash's Kenneth Ferrone, the production follows five women as they prepare to bury the matriarch of their family. Truths, memories and relationships come to the fore, sometimes welcome, sometimes not. Bring your best gal pal, your sister, your mother, even your aunt for this celebration of female family. 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

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

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 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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