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Off Broadway Shows in New York - July 2016

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Off Broadway Shows in New York for the month of July 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 25th July 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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: Closes 10th July 2016

Three absorbing stories of the brain and the uncharted territories of the human mind are woven together with dazzling originality and intellectual philosophy in this new play from Nick Payne, the playwright behind the sold-out Constellations - a beautifully sharp meditation on quantum cosmology. Ever ready to tackle questions that run deep within us all, Incognito is another fine example of Payne's deliciously clever style that makes for a stunning night at the theatre, and one that keeps us guessing for days after. 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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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 25th September 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 3rd July 2016

Two-time Tony Award Winner Matthew Broderick returns to Broadway in this evocative Dublin set play for the Irish Repertory Theatre, as the first production in the newly refurbished theatre. Examining a mesh of city lives that whirl and eddy together, Shining City is directed by Ciaran O'Reilly, with Billy Carter, Lisa Dwan and James Russell starring alongside Broderick. More info

: Closes 14th August 2016

Inspired by the Edward Snowden case, James Graham's Privacy explores our uneasy relationship with internet surveillance and the online personas that we create. This Donmar warehouse co-production stars Daniel Radcliffe (How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Harry Potter). More info

: Closes 30th October 2016

A very special play for children (and parents that remember the books), four of children author's Eric Carle's celebrated stories are woven together in this new stage adaptation. Watch in awe as three cast members use an astonishing 75 puppets within a one-act play to tell the stories of the infamous Caterpillar as well as The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Mister Seahorse and The Very Lonely Firefly. It'll make you hungry for your childhood again! 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! Fuerza Bruta will play its last performance in new York on August 28. More info

: Closes 17th July 2016

Scandal's Joe Morton is Dick Gregory in this brand new play about the trailblazing comic who co-opted his fame into becoming a leading light of the civil rights movement, becoming as outspoken in his politics as in his stand-up routines. More info

: Closes 28th August 2016

Acclaimed Russian theater director Aleksey Burago and The Russian Arts Theater and Studio continues its 2015-2016 season this summer, with the world premiere of a brand new adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky's magnum opus Crime and Punishment More info

: Closes 3rd September 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

: Closes 28th August 2016

Tony winner Bartlett Sher (South Pacific, The King and I) helms this World Premiere from writer J. T. Rogers. Exploring the secret negotiations that led to the 1993 Oslo I Accord between Israel and Palestine, Oslo centers on the young Norwegian couple who played a key role in mediating the meetings. 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

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

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

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

: Closes 17th July 2016

Israel Horovitz brings his latest work to the Cherry Lane Theatre for this world premiere. Led by Oscar winner and five-time Tony nominee Estelle Parsons (Bonnie and Clyde, Roseanne), Babies follows one man's four former lovers who come together at his funeral. 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 3rd July 2016

A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Gynecologic Oncology Unit At Memorial Sloan Cancer Center Of New York City is the MCC debut for playwright Halley Feiffer. A jet black comedy, it follows too lost souls who strike up an unexpected bond at their cancer stricken mothers' bedsides, and stars Beth Behrs (2 Broke Girls). 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 July 2016

​Back before their work on Disney's Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, the songwriting duo Howard Ashman and Alan Menken collaborated on a far more atypical work. Their first musical was an adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut's 1979 novel God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. It's the story of a millionaire with a conscience, who decides to give away his fortune to the needy inhabitants of a small town of Rosewater, Indiana. More info

: Closes 16th July 2016

Theater Breaking Through Barriers present the world premiere new play by McArthur Genius Grant recipient Samuel D. Hunter. The healing follows a group of disabled friends who were taught they could be 'cured' by the power of prayer, by a counsellor at a summer camp they attended in their youth. 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 16th July 2016

A chance to delve into the young female psyche, Phoenix Rising: Girls and the Secrets We Keep is a powerful drama examining the lives of five high school girls and the consequences of an event that ties them together. Based on a series of true stories, this poignant and reflective piece stitches together poetry and movement to invoke the struggle that is violence against women and ultimately, its fear and abuse overcome. More info

: Closes 10th September 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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