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Off Broadway Shows in New York - April 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Off Broadway Shows in New York for the month of April 2016

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Blue Man Group is one of New York's longest-running shows and one of its hardest to describe! In the show, three enigmatic bald and blue characters take the audience through a multi-sensory experience that combines theater, percussive music, art, science and vaudeville into a form of entertainment that is like nothing else either on or off Broadway. Although there is no main plot, the show is split into themes such as innocence and surprise towards technology, information overload, as well as an elegant dinner involving a Twinkie snack. 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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: Closes 1st May 2016

Set at the mouth of the Mississippi river, Head of Passes transplants the Book of Job to the not too distant future, where the waters are on the rise. Tony winner Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun) stars as God-fearing matriarch Shelah, whose birthday celebrations are overshadowed by a sense of impending, heaven-sent tragedy. More info

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: Closes 13th June 2016

A theatrical experience like no other, Nassim Soleimanpour's acclaimed play has no rehearsals, no set and no director. The night's sole performer arrives on stage with nothing more than the script in a sealed envelope. Among those taking the plunge during this Off-Broadway run are Nathan Lane, Whoopi Goldberg and Martin Short. More info

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Avenue Q is the story of Princeton, a bright-eyed college grad who comes to New York City with big dreams and a tiny bank account. He soon discovers that the only neighborhood in his price range is Avenue Q; still, the neighbors seem nice. More info

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: Closes 1st May 2016

Homeland's Claire Danes and The Office's John Krasinski lead the cast of the sharp new play set in the high stakes world of investment banking. Centered on the desperate scramble for influence after a private equity firm is embroiled in a PR disaster, Dry Powder is written by Sarah Burgess and directed by Tony nominee Thomas Kail (Hamilton). More info

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: Closes 4th September 2016

Connie and Tristan have both volunteered to test a new anti-depessant. They're well aware of the risks but are not prepared for a most surprising side-effect - true love! Exploring the moral obligations of big pharma and the complexities of the human heart, Lucy Prebble's The Effect makes it Off-Broadway debut after winning London's Critics Circle Award for Best New Play. More info

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A classic coming-of-age story, The Fantasticks features two meddling, matchmaking fathers who scheme to get their children together. But once the couple is united, the real drama begins! More info

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: Closes 29th May 2016

What if Robin Hood took place in the formative years of this great nation? This American legend once again lands on the musical stage in 2016, helmed by Tony Award nominated director Alex Timbers (Peter And The Starcatcher, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson) and based on a short story by Eudora Welty. More info

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: Closes 1st May 2016

Following productions in Culver City and London, this kinetic story of the world's first black Heavyweight Champion makes its Off-Broadway bow. Written by Marco Ramirez (Daredevil, Fear of the Walking Dead), The Royale follows Jim Crow-era black boxer Jay Jackson as he prepares to fight The Great White Hope. More info

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The title says it all in New York's most outrageous musical comedy! This hilarious revue features 15 original songs, 8 gorgeous guys and no clothes - a truly winning combination! Hailed by critics and audiences in 27 cities worldwide, don't miss this sure-fire crowd pleaser. Great for groups! 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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: Closes 17th June 2016

The story of the Tuskegee Airmen - six men embarking upon a journey to become pilots in the United States Army Air Force. The play explores their collective struggle with Jim Crow, their intelligence, patriotism, dreams of an inclusive fair society, and brotherhood. The play goes beyond the headlines of the popular stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and exposes the men who exhibited the courage to excel, in spite of all the overwhelming odds against them. More info

: Closes 21st May 2016

This world premiere play by Cate Ryan sees a Tony-winning trio board the creative team in a heartbreaking tale of family choices. Annie director Martin Charnin helms the production, joined by Beowulf Boritt and Ken Billington on the design side. The story follows a married couple, fresh from honeymoon who face a life or death conundrum that changes all of their lives forever. More info

: Closes 29th May 2016

The Woodsman is an origin story like no other and a whole other side to the classic tale of Oz! A brainchild of theatre company Strangemen and Co, it debuted at the Brooklyn's Standard ToyKraf to rapturous critical acclaim and sell-out shows. After doing the Off-Broadway rounds due to high demand, The Woodsman now makes its temporary home on NYC's New World Stages under the direction of James Oritz and Claire Karpen. More info

Remain upstanding, folks, for this water and light spectacular that has taken London and Buenos Aires by storm. You may get wet, you may get dirty, but bring your pals and your comfy shoes, to prepare for a visual and sensory overload that will have you gasping in awe - and possibly to catch your breath! More info

: Closes 5th June 2016

Two stage and screen award-winners join forces in Signature Theatre's brand-new work, set to open in April; Tony Award-winning Daphne Rubin-Vega, the original Mimi from RENT, and the SAG winner Samira Wiley from Orange Is The New Black play just two of a vibrant group of eccentrics who frequent a down at-heel bar in a North Philadelphia neighbourhood. They may get together to discuss art, life and politics, but as the drinks flow, we get to learn their true struggles, hopes and stories. More info

: Closes 4th June 2016

Updating the action to modern day New Orleans, Benedict Andrew offers a fresh take on Tennessee Williams' feverish classic, setting the play's bubbling cauldron of resentment and sexual frustration on a revolving stage. Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) stars as Blanche DuBois, opposite Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby. More info

Lydia R. Diamond's biting and hilarious new play examines the influence that race holds over four Harvard intellectuals on the eve of Obama's 2008 election. Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun) directs, with Joshua Jackson (The Affair, Fringe) and Mahershala Ali (House of Cards, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Pt 1 &2) and Tessa Thompson (Dear White People) starring. More info

: Closes 22nd May 2016

Fresh from a hugely successful run at Washington's Arena Stage, Michael Greif's Dear Evan Hansen has set alight the Off-Broadway scene with its New York premiere. The poignant and thought-provoking musical has thus far received rave reviews from critics for its unexpectedly touching portrayal of misunderstood youth, young love and the search for acceptance, all wrapped up in a perfectly pitched contemporary pop score by the Tony nominated composing duo Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. More info

: Closes 1st May 2016

The final play in the monumental Kings and Country tetralogy presented by BAM, The Royal Shakespeare Company and The Ohio State University, Gregory Doran directs Alex Hassell as the newly crowned King Henry V. Premiering at London's Barbican Theatre last year, this acclaimed production follows Richard II and Henry VI parts one and two, all presented as part of the 600th anniversary of Henry's victorious defeat of the Dauphin of France at the Battle of Agincourt. Once more into the breach dear friends! 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 4th September 2016

Prepare to open your hearts and minds to this brand new musical that explores all the best parts of the 1960s in a kaleidoscopic fantasy. Often referred to as the 20th Century's most progressive decade, the 10 short years saw a boo m in individual freedom, self expression and of course, the birth of flower power. Alongside a curious young girl, we journey through this incredible time through the culture, fashion and unforgettable music of the period on a real Trip of Love! More info

: Closes 4th September 2016

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 experience every single night. More info

Welcome to the heady world of 1920s womenswear where Sam Greevy is at the top of his game as New York City's most in demand designer! But things are going well for his bitter rival, Paul Roms, as he starts to lead the trends with these strange new items such as 'sweatshirts' and 'tracksuits', seemingly drawing inspiration from nowhere! More info

: Closes 25th September 2016

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

The power of art is examined in this New York premiere, the latest work from Pulitzer winner Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) is centered on the 1923 premiere of God of Vengeance, a play that caused a storm of controversy and resulted in the cast being put on trial for obscenity. More info

: Closes 4th September 2016

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 8th May 2016

Scott Elmegreen and Drew Fornarola's new play is razor sharp dissection of social acceptance in modern day America. At the heart of this funny new play is a love triangle, made up of investment banker Ben (Jake Epstein), who likes Emily (Jenna Gavigan), but also likes Chris (Thomas E. Sullivan). More info

Based on the novel by Jean Webster, Daddy Long Legs tells the inspiring story of Jerusha Abbott, a budding writer who is sent to college by a mysterious benefactor. A sweetly scored exploration of self-discovery and independence, this two-person musical is written and directed by Tony winner John Caird (Les Miserables). More info

: Closes 25th September 2016

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 record-holding bubble artist Fan Yang brings his dazzling family entertainment to Off-Broadway. More info

: Closes 18th June 2016

The wickedly funny Ruthless is revived at St Luke's in a newly reimagined form. Condensing the show into a tight 90 minutes, the musical's original director Joel Paley returns to helm this tale of frighteningly ambitious child stars and their pushy parents, which in the age of reality shows and Honey Boo Boo seems more prescient than ever! 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

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