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Off Broadway Shows in New York - February 2017

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Off Broadway Shows in New York for the month of February 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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A true landmark of New York theater, The Fantasicks is a breezy musical with a sweet and inventive score that's guaranteed to capture your heart. A classic coming-of-age story, The Fantasticks originally opened Off-Broadway in 1960, and ran for an incredible 42 years, playing a record-shattering 17,162 performances​! This current revival started in 2006. One of the most child-friendly shows currently running in New York, this classic is a relatively small scale show with a huge heart! 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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: Closes 4th March 2017

British playwright Anna Jordan brings her 2013 Bruntwood Prize-winning play to the MCC Theater next spring, exploring the themes of lost childhood and the affect it has on adulthood. Premiering in Manchester UK to rave reviews for 'beautiful empathy, and a humanity which stood out to all the judges' as described by the award judges, it has also been shortlisted for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. This new production's cast includes Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (Manchester by the Sea). 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

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: Closes 30th March 2017

The Tuskegee Airmen were leading lights in the fight for integration and social equality. They were African American men brought together under the Army Air Corps program in the build up to WWII, a time when Jim Crow laws were still operating in many states. One of Off-Broadway's longest running shows, Black Angels Over Tuskegee tells their story with wit and heart, painting a realistic portrait of six men from the 99th Pursuit Squadron. More info

: Closes 30th April 2017

A searingly funny, yet poignant new work by playwright Steven Levensen, If I Forget explores an uncomfortable subject for many Jewish American families, both within in the context of the Israel-Palenstine conflict and inside a family gathering. Unspoken truths become familial resentments, and family history becomes heavily revised by each member. Set in the immediate months preceeding 9/11, Levensen challenges us to remember a time before the daily threat of terrorism, and to examine a culture deeply at odds with itself over its history. More info

: Closes 12th March 2017

​Following their collaboration on Vineyard Theatre's The Landing, famed composer John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago) and playwright Greg Pierce (Her Requiem) return to the Off-Broadway theatre with their latest work Kid Victory. A complex work, alternately humorous and haunting, this musical centers on the character of Luke, a teenage boy who went missing for a year, and is struggling to readjust to to the normality of everyday life. More info

: Closes 7th May 2017

Two time Pulitzer Prize nominee Sarah Ruhl (The Next Room, or the vibrator play, The Clean House) presents her brand new play at the Lincoln Center, featuring a star-studded cast​. Leading the cast of this world premiere are Oscar winner Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, The Realistic Joneses) and Tony winner Lena Hall (Hedwig and the Angry Inch). More info

: Closes 30th June 2017

Transferring to the Davenport Theatre this Friday, Shear Madness finds a new home in record time. An old lady has been murdered in her apartment above a hair salon, and it's your job to find her killer! Bursting with boundless energy and an incredibly adept cast of improvising, larger-than-life characters, Shear Madness takes audience participation to a whole new level. Sifting through the clues, you decide which twists and turns the show takes. It's a different mystery experience every single night. More info

: Closes 19th March 2017

2017 sees Atlantic Theater Company co-founder David Mamet present a new play at the Linda Gross Theatre. The ominously titled The Penitent tells the story of a psychiatrist who is asked to testify in a trial involving one of his patients. His career and life is thrown into disaray when he refuses to take the stand. Leading the cast of The Penitent is The Walking Dead's Lawrence Gillard Jr. and True Blood's Chris Bauer. More info

: Closes 25th February 2017

In a first for British playwright Robert Holman, this play is his first to be staged in New York. A touching portrayal of crossed paths and haunting recollections, Holman's work was first performed in London in 2014 to rave reviews, noted for its stripped-back minimalist staging and engaging characters. For its US premiere, Sean Gormley and Rupert Simonian take over the respective roles of Otto and Jonah that were originated by Peter Egan and Alex Waldmann. Geraldine Hughes of UK television and film fame, directs this seminal work at the Lion Theatre this spring. More info

: Closes 12th March 2017

Man from Nebraska is a contemplative drama about rediscovering faith, from Pulitzer Prize winner Tracey Letts (August: Osage County). Tony winner Reed Birney (The Humans) stars as Ken, a middle-aged family man from Nebraska whose sudden crisis of faith prompts him to jet off to London, to try and reconnect with God. More info

: Closes 13th August 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 5th March 2017

A touching romantic comedy that takes place behind the scenes of a Hollywood studio tv show, Fade follows the story of two employees of Latino descent as they traverse a mainly white-dominated workplace. Created by Tanya Saracho, who wrote the acclaimed series How To Get Away With Murder, this two-hander delves deep into the lives of two lower-level workers, a janitor and a junior writer as they bond over their shared heritage and experiences, leading them to a surprising collaboration that they didn't see coming! More info

: Closes 16th April 2017

The Public presents the world premiere of one of the most intriguing new musicals of the season. Penned by idiosyncratic Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, Joan of Arc - Into the Fire tells the story of the legendary French military leader, who since her execution by the English in 1431, at the tender age of only nineteen, has became a towering cultural figure, a canonized saint and a symbol of freedom and liberation the world over. More info

: Closes 1st October 2017

The name Phantom Of The Opera may be synonymous with the Andrew Lloyd Webber Broadway blockbuster, but the story traces its origins back to the gothic novel written by French author Gaston Leroux. Now LA-based theatre company Vox Lumiere is set to give the well-known tale new life by combining silent film and live performance to create a fully immersive and interactive theatre experience, the likes of which you've never seen before! More info

: Closes 8th April 2017

A timely exploration into American gun violence, Courtney Baron's new work asks us to examine our own relationships with the epidemic through the eyes of a middle-aged woman who finds herself inextricably linked with a mass shooting that happened in her home town. Faced with her own personal struggles, she must move back to her home town to sort out her late mother's estate and deal with gossip and speculation over her links to the shooter. A raw and contemporary insight into a tragic phenomenon facing the country, this play is produced by the Keen Company. More info

: Closes 31st March 2017

A loving take off of Lin Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer Prize-winning Broadway juggernaut, Spamilton centers its story on an amalgamation of Alexander Hamilton and Manuel Miranda - 'Lin Manual as Hamilton' - who's on a mission to save Broadway from mediocrity! More info

: Closes 16th April 2017

A razor-sharp tragi-comedy by Alan Hruska, we follow the upheaval and fraught journey of a young chambermaid as she is forced from a comfortable position into poverty and insecurity for love. Helmed by director Rick Lombardo, whose previous works include Albatross at 59E59 in Boston, winning him the 2015 Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Production, this new work will play for a limited season only at New York City Stage 2 from winter 2017. A tale of personal struggle amidst widespread economic turmoil, this will touch many hearts. More info

: Closes 12th March 2017

What begins as a friendly get together of old theater buddies becomes something much more sinister in Wallace Shawn's radical play, which makes its US Premiere at the Pershing Square Signature Center. Leading the cast of this dystopian dark comedy, set in an America where citizens have become state-sponsored assassins, is two-time Tony winner Matthew Broderick (It's Only a Play, The Producers), while Wallace Shawn himself also takes to the stage. More info

: Closes 26th February 2017

African American filmmaker Marvalee Peart makes her playwriting debut with this searing history of the birth of the Civil Rights movement for Black History Month. Set during the lead-up to the Civil War, Northbound examines the stories of some of the movement's most prominent voices and trailblazers, this is the lives of Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubmann, Abraham Lincoln and more in their own words, recreated with passion and in remarkable and moving detail. More info

: Closes 1st April 2017

Jeff Talbott's new play explores one of the playwright's pet subjects; the role of the gravedigger. Developed in 2015 at TACT's newTACTics New Play Festival, this world premiere has been a long-term goal for the company and provides a darker, gritty companion piece to the season's staging of Georgian-era comedy She Stoops To Conquer. A quietly meditative work, the story centers upon a put-upon gravedigger, whose hard work and determination to support his family is struggling to hold back the threat of society to crush him once and for all. 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 30th April 2017

An autobiographical one-woman show, the writer behind comedy shows like Roseanne, Mad About You and (the Emmy-winning) Rugrats, Monica Piper tackles the ups and downs of being an unwilling New York showbiz kid in this captivating show that has already won over audiences on the West Coast. From reliant Jewish princess to self-reliant comedian, this show charts Piper's rise in comedy from her fame-deluged beginnings, and just why she is one of the front-running female writers in the comedy show genre. More info

: Closes 10th March 2017

Part of Theatre Row's Musicals Tonight season, this little-performed 1940 musical by the pen of legendary Broadway composer Irving Berlin and ballet choreography by George Balanchine makes a long-awaited return to the stage in February. A satirical look at the life and politics of Louisiana Governor Huey Long, it includes classic standards such as Sex Marches On; You're Lonely and I'm Lonely; Latins Know How; Outside of That I Love You and Fools Fall in Love. More info

: Closes 26th March 2017

Academy Award-nominated young actress Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Signs , Zombieland and Scream Queens) makes her stage debut in Erica Schmidt's new coming of age play that explores teenage sexuality in the Eighties. Also helmed by Schmidt herself, this world premiere production is running for a limited time only, boasting a talented young cast that also features Isabelle Fuhrman, Joe Tippett and Alex Wolff. Taking place as a parallel storyline between the two girlfriends and two teenage guys as the objects of their affections, a summer of love turns on its head with painful realisations and truths about getting too sexual, too early. More info

: Closes 29th June 2017

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

: Closes 2nd April 2017

After successful runs in Chicago and DC, this marvelous and spiritually invigorating show comes to New York. Starring Max McLean, the show is a deliciously thought-provoking look at the famous novelist and writer, presented in his own words, as we trace his remarkable journey from Atheist to Christian and what he learned about himself along the way. More info

: Closes 6th March 2017

A brand-new musical dedicated to our favorite four-legged companions will bound into the Davenport stage this November, just in time for the holiday season! With music and lyrics by Gayla D. Morgan and a book written by Eric H. Weinberger, this comedy musical follows the fortunes of a high-flying lawyer who gets a puppy as a last-ditch attempt to attract the right woman. However, his new companion proves to be much more than a mere furry prop, leading to all kinds of comical mishaps! David Perlman reprises his 2014 Key West production role as Roland in a love story to melt the stoniest of hearts. More info

: Closes 28th May 2017

James Cagney as you've never seen him before! This tap-happy musical follows the life of Hollywood's most famous tough guy, from his early days as a vaudeville song and dance man to movie superstardom. The original production played the York Theatre last year, where it was extended after its limited run sold out. More info

: Closes 26th February 2017

David Ives (Venus in Furs) brings his adaptation of the classic farce Pierre Corneille's Le Lenteur to the Classic Stage Company. Corneille's play was first performed in 1644, and features enough mistaken identities and star-crossed lovers to make Shakespeare jealous. This Off-Broadway production of Ives' witty take boasts a cast that includes Broadway alum Carson Erod (Peter and the Starcatcher). More info

: Closes 2nd April 2017

Following the rapturous reception of The Ruins of Civilization, playwright Penelope Skinner returns to the Manhattan Theatre Club with her new play Linda. Debuted in London in 2015, Linda is a telling portrait of the prejudice and low self esteem fostered by the beauty industry, following the story of a 55 year old marketing boss whose idea of targeting a much older demographic is rejected by her colleagues. More info

: Closes 2nd April 2017

Tony nominee Marin Ireland (reasons to be pretty, Hell or High Water)​ stars in Martin Zimmerman's exploration of gun violence in America. Produced as part of Roundabout Theatre's Roundabout Underground program, On the Exhale is a startling one woman show about a mother who suffers a horrible loss at the hands of a gunman, yet feels herself inexplicably drawn to the shooting range. More info

: Closes 4th June 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

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

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