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Off Broadway Shows in New York - September 2015

Our carefully curated selection of the Best Off Broadway Shows in New York for the month of September 2015


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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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Stomp is one of New York's most unique entertainment experiences. A rotating cast of eight energetic young performers create rhythms and, yes, music, with their hands and feet and all manner of noisy objects, such as hammers, garbage can lids, buckets, and so on. Their technical skill is truly awesome: this perfectly synchronized ballet of juggled sticks, drums, and what-have-you is indeed thrilling to witness. 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 6th September 2015

Recent polls show that Americans consider Bill Clinton one of the best US Presidents since WWII. Who would have thought it of a man who was impeached? Clinton The Musical examines the dichotomy of the 42nd President of The United States, delving into everything from sex to sax, and Monica to Hillary. It's funny, crude, and a reminder that the world of American politics is a great spectator sport. 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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A witty adaptation of Hitchcock's spy adventure, 39 Steps returns to New York to dazzle audiences all over again. Following the adventures of daring hero Richard Hannay, the play features a cast of only four, who use costume changes, props and every ounce of their theatrical talent to play over a hundred different characters. 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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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

Pulitzer Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire (Rabbit Hole, Good People) premieres his new comedy at New York City Center. Detailing a battle of wits between two elderly women in a care home, it's directed by David Hyde Pierce and stars Emmy winner Holland Taylor. More info

: Closes 10th January 2016

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

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 15th November 2015

The luminous Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o leads the New York premiere of this esteemed play from Danai Gurira. Set during the Liberian Civil War of 2003, Eclipsed is the story of a band of captive wives of a rebel officer. Through adversity they have formed an unlikely sisterhood to deal with the violence and struggle all around them. When a new girl is added to the group, tensions begin to surface quickly in their neglected corner of the compound. Compassionate, witty and deeply moving, it is a portrait of morality during war, and ponders whether the greatest enemy is actually within the brutality of our own side. More info

: Closes 6th September 2015

What makes a Happy Hour cruise around New York Harbor even better than world-class rum drinks? Pirates singing sea shanties, of course! From the team that brought you the smash-hit Off-Broadway musical comedy "The Imbible: A spirited History of Drinking" for their brand new mixture of music, comedy, hijinks, and - of course- cocktails in "The Imbible: Rum Shanties and Pirate Drinks!" Drink up me hearties! More info

: Closes 6th September 2015

John is the first new work from Annie Baker as part of her five year residency for Signature Theatre. Exploring the relationship between a cast of characters in a Gettysburg B&B, it stars Christopher Abbott (Girls) and is directed by frequent collaborator and Tony winner Sam Gold (Fun Home). More info

: Closes 27th December 2015

Fresh from its highly acclaimed Chicago premiere last year, Roundabout Theatre presents the new play by Pulitzer finalist Stephen Karam. A single 90-minute scene, the play explores the gnawing anxieties that beset Pennsylvania family The Blakes as they sit down for Thanksgiving dinner. It's directed by two-time Tony winner Joe mantello (An Act of God). More info

: Closes 27th September 2015

My Big Gay Italian Funeral is the sequel to Anthony J. Wilkinson's popular comedy My Big Gay Italian Wedding. An unfortunate occasion to meet again brings the crazy characters from the original play together again, with hilarious and often cringe-worthy results! More info

: Closes 2nd January 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

: Closes 24th September 2015

With a reign that lasted nearly five decades, Good Queen Bess has long been seen as an iconic monarch, with countless plays, books, films, operas and more based on her life. From fictitious to facetious, she has been represented myriad ways over the last 400 odd years. Now Karin Coonrad and her international Theatre company Compagnia de' Colombari, in collaboration with visionary designer John Conklin, dig deep into the Virgin Queen's own words to find the very heart and soul of Elizabeth R. More info

: Closes 4th October 2015

Critically acclaimed physical theatre virtuoso James Thierre brings his fifth production as a director to the U.S this fall, the 'choreodrama' Tabac Rouge. Concerning the lives of the citizens of a steampunk dystopia and the rule of their tyrannical, self obsessed King, this dark piece twists and turns, creating an evening of thrilling entertainment. More info

: Closes 4th October 2015

Sophocles' desolate tale of determination over duty gets a new colloquial translation by Canadian Poet Anne Carson in this new production starring Juliette Binoche as the titular tragic heroine and directed by Olivier winning Ivo Van Hove. After a successful debut in Europe, this taut and moving work will hold its U.S premiere this Fall at the historic Brooklyn Academy of Music. More info

: Closes 4th October 2015

It's been almost 20 years since the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Rent first lit up Broadway with its bold portrayal of the struggles and self-discoveries of a group of young NYC natives, set to a landmark rock'n'roll score. What better way to celebrate the upcoming anniversary than with a revival near its birthplace? More info

: Closes 3rd October 2015

One of the most controversial figures in American legal history is at the heart of this new play by Joan Beber. It centers on Roy Cohn, right-hand man to Senator McCarthy during the Second Red Scare of the 1950s, as he nears his death. As Cohn slips in and out of reality, he is visited by various illustrious figures from his past including Barbara Walters, Ronald Reagan and his lover Serge. More info

: Closes 1st November 2015

Revolving around the disappearance of a teenage boy, The Absolute Brightness is a tour-de-force one man show from Oscar-winner James Lecesne. One part gripping police procedure and one part moving character study, it arrives at the Westside Theatre following a hugely acclaimed production earlier this year. 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 4th October 2015

Manhattan Theatre Club open their new season with this full-tilt farce from Matthew Lopez (The Whipping Man). Dave Thomas Brown (Heathers The Musical) stars as Casey, an unemployed Elvis impersonator who must reinvent himself as a drag queen in order to make ends meet. More info

: Closes 1st November 2015

Acclaimed playwright Robert O'Hara returns to The Public with a hilarious and provocative new play, which delves into the dramas at the heart of every family. Barbecue centers on The O'Mallerys, as they stage an open air intervention for drug addicted sister Barbara in their local park. Events turn sour, and soon it's the whole family, and not just Barbara, who are under the spotlight. More info

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

: Closes 20th September 2015

Mrs. Smith is back and in a feline frenzy! The outrageously fabulous comedy performer and musician is set to get audiences purring Off-Broadway as she frantically searches for her missing cat Carlyle at the 47th Street Theatre for a limited summer engagement. Get ready to laugh until your sides ache as the sizzling socialite faces her own personal "cat-pocalypse' by re-enacting her life story with a song-and-dance number or five! More info

: Closes 5th September 2015

A wedding is never the most-stress free time in a couple's life, but throw into the pot a huge and fiery Italian family and their disdain for their son's unconventional choice of life partner... Anthony J. Wilkinson's Off-Broadway comedy is back and its satirical take on the controversy surrounding same-sex marriage is as topical and hilarious as ever! More info

: Closes 14th November 2015

Mild-mannered retired bank manager Henry Pulling is quite content with his sleepy surburban existence until his eccentric Aunt Augusta shows up and turns his world upside down. Based on the classic novel from Graham Greene, Travels With My Aunt is brought to the Clurman Theatre stage by the Keen Company. A cast of only four will swap genders, nationalities and costumes to inhabit the play's 25 plus characters. More info

: Closes 20th September 2015

In the tradition of the great Restoration comedies and perhaps one of the finest modern tributes to Comedia Del'Arte, Delirium's Daughters is a splendid blend of tomfoolery and the art of slapstick humour, triumphantly returning to the Theatre Row this Summer. A fast-paced whirlwind of wit and zany antics, Nicholas Korn's latest play is farcical comedy at its finest! 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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