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Off Broadway Shows in New York - October 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Off Broadway Shows in New York for the month of October 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 21st November 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 who've taken 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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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 16th October 2016

Neil LaBute returns with his 10th work for MCC. All the Ways to Say I Love You is a thoughtful new solo play centered around English teacher Faye Johnson (Tony winner Judith Light). She's been happily married for years, but as she recounts the story of her life to a past pupil, she uncovers some surprising truths about herself. 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 7th December 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 6th November 2016

A former spy begins to lose her mind amongst the suburban banality of post-war Britain in David Hare's (Skylight) masterpiece. Oscar winner Rachel Weisz leads the cast of this first New York revival in 30 years. More info

: Closes 5th February 2017

Prior to his highly anticipated turn in the upcoming revival of Helly Dolly!, David Hyde Pierce takes the lead in this charming new play by Adam Bock, playing for a limited time from this September. An examination into the search for answers following personal struggles, Bock's new play centers on a newly single man who turns to astrology to make sense of his life, following the end of another failed relationship. More info

: Closes 5th November 2016

N. C. Hunter's 1953 play takes the action to Dorset in England, an idyllic countryside setting, where underneath its pastoral pleasantness, the anxiety of the post-war period undercuts the middle-class. Helmed by Austin Pendleton, this Mint Theater Company production stars Polly McKie and Julian Elfer as part of an economically comfortable family who feel somewhat adrift following the horrors of World War II; Julian, a former Foreign Service employee has regrets about his wasted opportunity, and takes the family reunion picnic to make a drastic decision about his future. A family drama that explores fresh starts. More info

: Closes 15th October 2016

George W. Bush is in the dock in this stirring new work by Dick Tarlow with Bill Smith. A fictionalised What If scenario, Bush agrees to stand trial for crimes against the world, namely, the destabilization of the Middle East in recent years following the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. And in a truly surprising turn eight members of the audience will be selected to form a jury to appear on stage, and give a different verdict at each performance, making each staging completely unique! More info

: Closes 5th November 2016

Oliver Goldsmith's 18th century proto-feminist comedy is considered one of the jewels in British theatre history. A laugh-out-loud comedy from start to finish the play first premiered in London in 1773, and regularly finds itself on education curricula and the stage in English-speaking countries across the world. The story revolves around a raucous series of mistaken identities and social faux pas, taking a light-hearted swipe at snobbery between the upper and lower classes of the Georgian era. Plus, TACT have a little surprise in store for audiences..... More info

: Closes 11th December 2016

SNL alum Jason Sudeikis stars as inspiring teacher John Keating in this new stage presentation of the critically acclaimed and much-loved film of the same name. Adapted from his own Academy Award winning screenplay by Tom Schulman, it's the moving tale of an unorthodox English teacher and how he uses poetry and literature to encourage his devoted students to break the boundaries of their strict prep school education and discover a life less ordinary. More info

: Closes 23rd November 2016

Exploring an America on the edge of industrial collapse, Sweat follows the inhabitants of a working class neighbourhood whose economic woes spur on two of their number to commit a terrible crime. Thrilling and deeply felt, Sweat is the latest work from Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined). More info

: Closes 29th January 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 26th October 2016

After wowing in last year's Encores! revival of Little Shop of Horrors, Hollywood star Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners, Nightcrawler) is back at New York City Center. He leads the cast of this concert performance of Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer-winning Sunday in the Park with George, which revolves around painter Georges Seurat and his creation of his most famous painting. More info

: Closes 1st November 2016

A brand new musical for all ages, Molasses in January by Francine Pellegrino is the tale of Anna, a single mother struggling to bring up her two children against the backdrop of the world in tumult. Told during the years 1914-1919, this heartwarming new production follows in the tradition of the Great American Songbook, with original song, dance, and story, it's about learning to laugh and cry and accept that one moment can change your life forever. More info

: Closes 22nd October 2016

Don't miss this highly entertaining peek at campaign chaos, the ultimate tonic to this election cycle. Concerning the divorce of Audrey and Ron and how it affects the rest of the country, expect hilarious songs and hijinks in this tale of the madness of the presidential race! More info

: Closes 29th October 2016

The perfect show for harangued moms everywhere, writer and comedian Dena Blizzard takes a break from her endless laundry folding in this scathingly funny one-woman show that proves life doesn't end after baby - it just gets crazier! Using brutally honest anecdotes from her life raising three children, Dena forthrightly speaks on subjects from sex, to drinking, to bodily functions and hapless husbands, and even shows video clips from other parents sharing their most embarrassing child-rearing confessions.... 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 11th December 2016

​Following her acclaimed turns in Cabaret and Enchanted April, Eighties screen icon Molly Ringwald (Pretty in Pink) takes to the New York stage once again in Terms of Endearment. Famously adapted into an Oscar-winning movie in 1983 starring Shirley MacLaine, this smartly-written tearjerker races the lives of a mother and daughter over the course of 30 years, as they each navigate life's many ups and downs. More info

: Closes 8th October 2016

With the Black Lives Matter movement and reports of police brutality coming out on a horrifyingly regular basis, this startingly topical play by Anthony P. Pennino premieres off-Broadway this September, having been updated using recent stories as reported in the news. Chokehold won the Outstanding Production of a New Play prize at the 2015 Planet Connections festival, and is directed by Tim Cusack. More info

: Closes 23rd October 2016

Best known for his eponymous show on Fusion, comedian Chris Gethard hits the big time with his new Off-Broadway show, which won acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe earlier this year. Career Suicide is a bleakly funny dive in Gethard's battles with depression, and is directed by Kimberly Senior, who helmed the Pulitzer-winning Disgraced in 2013. More info

: Closes 20th November 2016

An autobiographical work from Pulitzer winner Jonathan Larson (Rent), this affecting rock musical is about the strength of the artistic spirit when confronted with failure. This first ever Off-Broadway revival stars Broadway actress Ciara Rene (Pippin, DC's Legends of Tomorrow) and Nick Blaemire (Godspell). More info

: Closes 8th January 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 1st January 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 16th October 2016

A pioneer of early rock 'n' roll and a huge influence of the likes of Elvis, Sister Rosetta Tharpe is almost forgotten today. She's the focus of this brand new play with music by George Brant (Grounded), which explores her impact on music and the segregated America of the 1930s and 40s. More info

: Closes 8th January 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 record-holding bubble artist Fan Yang brings his dazzling family entertainment to Off-Broadway. More info

: Closes 31st December 2016

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 8th January 2017

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 30th December 2016

Forget The Cursed Child, Puffs is THE Harry Potter play to see! Lovingly poking fun at JK Rowling's series, Puffs gives voice to the one group at Hogwarts that never seem to grab the headlines - the students of Hufflepuff! Packed full of references to both the books and the movies, Puffs is an absolute must see for any Potter fan and a hilarious peek into the lives of those characters who form the anonymous background of our favorite stories. 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 11th December 2016

What could be better than an Off-Broadway parody of one of the most enduring and popular TV sitcoms!? The answer is... An Off-Broadway parody with puppets added into the mix of course! Allow yourself to be transported back to the Golden Girls house in 80s era Miami where puppet versions of the feisty Sophia, Rose, Blanche and Dorothy will regale you with familiar tales of ex-husbands, jazzercise and sisterhood. 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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