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Off Broadway Shows in New York - December 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Off Broadway Shows in New York for the month of December 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 18th December 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) and has already earned considerable acclaim from critics. 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 19th December 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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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 22nd January 2017

Tony winner Richard Greenburg's (Our Mother's Brief Affair) latest drama follows a novelist's artistic awakening at the hands of one of his creative writing class students. The cast is led by screen and stage star Josh Radnor (How I Met Your Mother). 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

: Closes 8th January 2017

The New Group present Neil Simon's fizzy musical in celebration of its 50th Anniversary. Originally directed on Broadway by Bob Fosse, Sweet Charity follows the travails of a 'taxi-dancer' who yearns for a better life, and includes the songs 'Big Spender' and 'If My Friends Could see Me Now'. Two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster (Anything Goes) stars in the lead role. 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 11th December 2016

First premiering at Berkeley Rep in 2014, award-winning ensemble Universes bring their highly popular musical play to New York this fall for a limited run. A time-relevant exploration into the often fraught relationship between the original Black Panthers and the Young Lords civil rights groups, the action takes place at an art gallery where the two movements hold one of their annual reunions. This exciting and innovative work comes to New York in time for the 50th anniversary of the Black Panthers. More info

: Closes 30th December 2016

When Gerry receives a wedding invitation to a gay marriage asking guests not to wear 'bright colors and bold patterns' he is incensed. Determined to give the couple a piece of his mind his crashes their pre-wedding celebrations and begins a wider debate amongst the guests about identity and new cultural norms. Michael Urie directs this hilarious solo play, created by and starring Drew Droege (Drunk History). More info

: Closes 29th December 2016

Get ready for this wildly quirky new musical from Jacob Richmond and Brooke Maxwell, telling the story of a Canadian high school choir and their fatal ride upon the formidable Cyclone rollercoaster. Wickedly smart and unexpectedly hilarious, this charming meditation on life and enjoying the ride is guaranteed to make you chuckle as it exposes hidden truths to the sound of a fresh and inventive score! More info

: Closes 18th 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 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 18th December 2016

British playwright Mike Bartlett follows up his recent success King Charles III with this searing indictment of the Baby Boomer generation, told over the course of 40 years through the eyes of one family. Starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit Trilogy, The Crucible) and Zoe Kazan, this New York premiere of Bartlett's play is directed by Michael Mayer for a limited run this fall, mounted at the Laura Pels Theater. More info

: Closes 30th December 2016

It's the morning after the night before for Ebeneezer Scrooge. The reformed miser sets about celebrating his first ever holiday as a changed man, determined to throw the best Christmas Party London has ever seen! Only, he's not sure how, especially when it comes to a tipple or two. Summoning Marley once more, the two set off on another ghostly adventure to meet three new Christmas Spirits who teach him the tales behind the libations of days gone by, and those yet to come in this hilarious and informative show from the inimitable, award-winning Imbible team! More info

: Closes 31st December 2016

Oscar nominee Nia Vardolos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) makes her New York stage debut in her own adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's Tiny Beautiful Things. Directed by Tony winner Thomas Kail (Hamilton), this moving and witty play about human connection centers on anonymous advice columnist Sugar, and how her readers' queries help her overcome troubles in her own life. More info

: Closes 18th February 2017

First published in 1933, Miles Malleson's play about infidelity finally gets its world premiere staging Off-Broadway in the closing days of 2016. Produced and staged by Mint Theatre Company, who are renowned for rediscovering lost and previously unseen works, this heartwarming yet poignant play is directed by Jonathan Bank and takes a sympathetic look at a married couple trapped in a rut who decide on drastic action to spice things up in their love life. 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 7th January 2017

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

: 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

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 8th January 2017

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 1st January 2017

A brand-new musical by Drama Desk-nominated playwright Itamar Moses that explores a softer side to the Middle East conflict. When an Egyptian Police band are scheduled to play in Israel, confusion at the border crossing winds up with the band stranded in a remote village overnight. Taken in by the friendly locals, they find that their lives and beliefs aren't as different after all. More info

: Closes 18th December 2016

The latest collaboration between Mark Brokaw and Nicky Silver (Lyons, The Food Chain), This Day Forward opens Vineyard Theatre's new season. A story of love, marriage and the secrets we keep, this comedy begins in the honeymoon suite of newly married couple Martin and Irene. While he is elated at the day's proceedings, Irene is nervous and distracted. She has a confession to make. 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 2nd April 2017

With the stars of the big Broadway musicals all making their names on the stage, it is easy to forget about those who daily await that call to save the day in case of emergency; the standbys and the understudies. Equally talented and committed, these theatre folk are the forgotten heroes behind every performance, often stepping up to the plate at short notice. As part of Theatre Row's Musicals Tonight season, we welcome some of Broadway's current standbys to sing the biggest tunes from their respective shows - unless they're called to do their duty, of course! 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 11th December 2016

​Lot Vekemans' Poison makes its American theatre debut at The Beckett this November. This international hit play, which has been staged all over Europe, Asia and South America, and translated into over ten different languages, sees a couple meet again after a painful break-up. Their attempts at reconciliation mask the painful truths just below the surface, and as the play progresses, old wounds are re-opened and we learn the real reason behind their separation. More info

: Closes 18th December 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

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

: Closes 1st January 2017

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

: 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

Guinness record-holding bubble artist Fan Yang brings his dazzling family entertainment to Off-Broadway. 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 31st 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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