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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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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 Tuskegee Airmen were leading lights in the fight for integration and social equality. They were African American men brought together under the Army Air Corps program in the build up to WWII, a time when Jim Crow laws were still operating in many states. One of Off-Broadway's longest running shows, Black Angels Over Tuskegee tells their story with wit and heart, painting a realistic portrait of six men from the 99th Pursuit Squadron. More info

: Closes 20th 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 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 27th 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 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 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 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 8th January 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 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 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 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 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 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 30th October 2016

As part of Theatre Row's Musicals Tonight series, The Lion Theatre presents a new production of the famed Gershwin musical Funny Face. Having received an Obie Award for its 2004 revival, this charming classic musical premiered in 1927 starring Fred Astaire and his sister, Adele. With bumbling burglars, three determined sisters and an over-protective older brother, a merry chase across the tri-state area ensues. Helmed by Casey Colgan, Funny Face is a charming journey to the past, with laughs and music along the way. 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 5th November 2016

Primary Stages Theater Company pays tribute to Pulitzer and Oscar winner Horton Foote (To Kill A Mockingbird) on the centennial of his birth by staging one of his lesser known gems. The Roads to Home centers on three women, Vonnie, Mabel and Annie, whose paths intersect over the course of four years. 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 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 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 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 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

: 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 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

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

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

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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