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Off Broadway Shows in New York - October 2017

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

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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 30th December 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 10th October 2017

A poignant love story set against the growing shadow of Nazism, Lili Marlene takes us back to the last year of the Weimar Republic where famous Jewish cabaret singer Rosie Penn and aristocrat beau Count Hans Wilhelm Von Kleislet Graff (Willi for short) find their future at stake as fascism rears its ugly head. Described as tightly woven emotional tapestry, Lili Marlene is a quietly beautiful exploration of the era that displays the power of hope and optimism in the face of unknown terror. 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 24th December 2017

Roundabout Theatre Company provide you with a courtside view of the New York Premiere of Anna Ziegler's new drama set in the world of professional tennis, exploring what it is that makes us tick and why. Following the story of six-time US Open champion Tim Powers and his Russian wunderkind opponent Sergei Sergeyev, The Last Match shows All-American Tim's battle to prove himself once more against rising star Sergei's raw talent and nerve. 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

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 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 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

: Closes 12th November 2017

Can murderers ever truly find redemption? This is the question asked in this new revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis' 2000 acclaimed drama. Praised by both Ben Brantley (The New York Times and The Village Voice's Michael Feingold, it was also notable for its directing talent; the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The story focuses on a 30-year-old bicycle messenger who is languishing until trial for murder on Rikers Island, and his friendship with a seemingly innocent man, who claims to have found Jesus, whilst awaiting his own trial. More info

: 27th October

Rescheduled from March due to a scheduling conflict, the popular tribute show heads back to the NYCB Westbury this October for one night only! Performed by Wade Presto of Broadway musical revue Movin' Out, this is a must-see for fans of these two musical icons. The Boss and The Piano Man's back catalogues now stand as indelible landmarks in 20th century American culture, and they've won more awards and sold more millions of records between than pretty much anyone else in history. More info

: Closes 8th October 2017

Playing in rep with her play "F*cking A" for the very first time, Susan Lori Parks' "In The Blood" again explores the themes of sex, vegeance and society, in her interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's explosive The Scarlet Letter. In The Blood takes a different view of the anti-heroine known as Hester; instead of condemned abortionist, this version of Hester is a single mother of five children, all with different fathers. She is also branded with the letter A - this time for adultress. 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 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 26th November 2017

The Tony Award-winning playwright and director Richard Nelson returns to the Public Theater in late 2017 with his newest world premiere drama that places the human cost of the controversial gentrification of New York City in 1958, squarely at its center. The author of the blisteringly popular Apple Family plays and the Tony-winning musicals James Joyce's The Dead and the Broadway version of Chess, his ode to the downtown NYC spirit mixes class drama with civic pride. More info

: Closes 29th October 2017

One of these days...we finally get to see the Honeymooners musicals! This adaptation of the classic sitcom has been in the works for absolutely ages, but it finally makes its world premiere this year as the opener for Paper Mill's 2017/18 season. Written by Dusty Kay and Bill Nuss​, The Honeymooners sees Ralph Kramden and his buddy Ed Norton​ finally strike it big and win a big money jingle writing competition. More info

: Closes 3rd December 2017

Julia Cho's taut drama makes its New York premiere, following its South Coast Repertory in 2016. Tackling the all-too-real threat of on-campus violence, Office Hour asks the audience to empathize with two very different characters; the college lecturer and a troubled student whose violent essays have flagged up concern by both staff and students alike. A prolific playwright, Cho's previous works include Durango, Satellites and 99 Histories, along with her work on Grey's Anatomy. This new production will be directed by Neel Keller. More info

: Closes 12th November 2017

The Greek tragedy gets an LA makeover in this ambitious new staging by Luis Alfaro that takes place in South Central. First premiering at San Diego Repertory Theater in 2015, the MacArthur Genius Grant winning author has cunningly updated Sophocles' tale of patricide and incest to the barrios of SoCal, where the chorus is a heavily tattooed prison gang and the oracle is an unscrupulous life coach. This New York premiere will be directed by Chay Yew at the Shiva Theater. More info

: Closes 22nd October 2017

The difficult relationship between a father and his elderly mother comes under the spotlight in this world premiere play from Max Posner (Judy). Directed by David Cromer, the darkly comic The Treasurer introduces us to Ida Armstrong, an aging lady whose rampant spending of her children's money forces her son to take control of her finances. More info

: Closes 12th November 2017

Nia Vardalos returns to the Public Theater in this well-received drama from 2016, based on the novel by Wild author Cheryl Strayad. Adapted for the stage by Vardalos herself, this touching work is based on the true story of an anonymous online advice columnist, who drew upon her own tragic life experiences to help the thousands who bombarded her with pleas for help. Bring tissues folks, this one is a weepy for sure! 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 19th November 2017

The eminently talented playwright Zoe Kazan is back Off-Broadway this October, with a brand-new drama that tackles the aftermath of a human-made disaster. A timely piece of work that follows America's announcment that they will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, it will premiere at the Claire Tow Theatre for a limited time only. Kazan's previous works include Absalom, We Live Here, and Trudy and Max in Love. Her new drama will be directed by Lila Neugebauer (The Antipodes, The Wolves). 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

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

: Closes 5th November 2017

The Irish Rep present one of the lesser known works of Brian Friel, a giant of Irish writing who was often compared t Chekhov and Tennessee Williams. The playwright's last original work, the Home Place first debuted in Dublin in 2005, and is a typically rich portrait of an Ireland on the brink of huge change, and the English gentry unsure of their place in this brave new world. 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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