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New York Off Broadway Shows in May 2015

Our selection of the best off broadway shows in New York for the month of May 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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: Closes 22nd November 2015

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, The 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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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 13th September 2015

Ronald Keaton's one man show arrives at the New World Stages, following rave reviews during its Chicago debut last year. Set on the eve of Churchill's 1946 'Iron Curtain' speech, the play finds the wartime leader regaling a small gathering of friends and admirers with his extraordinary life story. More info

: Closes 13th September 2015

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 16th August 2015

Following on from the success of Bad Jews, Roundabout Theatre and Joshua Harmon collaborate again on Significant Other, a touching new play about trying to find Mr Right. It's directed by Trip Cullman (Punk Rock). More info

Mary-Louise Parker (Weeds) and Kenneth Walsh (The Aviator) star in this brand new play which begins with a young woman planting a kiss on the neck of a total stranger. Commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club, Heisenberg is playwright Simon Stephen's follow up to the enormously successful The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time. 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

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

: Closes 13th September 2015

The Disney prescribed model of femininity takes a bashing in Disenchanted, a hilarious musical which takes a swipe at the animation studio's vision of waif-like princesses who all possess supermodel good looks. More info

Jackie Mason lovechild Sheba Mason's Musical on the hilarious love affair between Jackie and her starry-eyed mother - AN OFF-BROADWAY MUSICAL COMEDY. More info

: Closes 27th June 2015

Following their six hour adaptation of The Great Gatsby, Elevator Repair Service ensemble return to The Public with a bold staging of Faulkner's masterpiece. Concentrating on the novel's opening chapter, this non-linear and multi-layered show is told from the point of view of a mentally handicapped man, for whom the past and present are indivisible. More info

: Closes 7th June 2015

Following the incredible success of Hand to God, Robert Askins returns to the Manhattan Theatre Club with his new comedy Permission, which takes a similarly sideways glance at religion in the 21st Century. It revolves around staid married couple Eric and Cyndy who decide to try out the controversial practise of Christian Domestic Discipline, a real life method of maintaining a healthy relationship by way of corporal punishment. 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

This is an Off-Off-Broadway production of the Neo-Futurists' signature show. In Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, a company of actors perform (or attempt to perform) 30 plays in 60 minutes. More info

: Closes 27th June 2015

Christopher B Latro's new play centers on a young man stuck in a loveless, monotonous existence.The appearance of a mysterious child in his life gives him a fresh perspective and leads him to question whether there is some higher power at play. It's a thought-provoking piece which explores the relationship between belief and happiness. More info

: Closes 31st May 2015

After a successful run last year, Sit Down, Shut Up & Eat returns to the Snapple Theater Center for a return engagement in 2015. The laugh-filled production is written by and stars four seasoned New York comedians, and combines their smoothly delivered patter with the format of an Off-Broadway play. More info

: Closes 20th June 2015

Set in the sizzling New Orleans of the 1950s, For The Last Time is brand new jazz musical which has its world premiere at the Clurman this May. Inspired by Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Marble Faun, the story follows a group of young artists whose idyllic creative clique is torn apart when their murky past catches up with them. More info

: Closes 12th July 2015

After 18 years, this stirring Off-Broadway production returns to New York City, yet its messages still ring as clear as ever. Written and produced by Adrian Williamson, an aficionado of the Gospel Stage Play world, My Grandmother Prayed for Me explores topical themes ranging from the degradation of family values to gang violence, drugs and their impact on familial relationships. More info

: Closes 5th July 2015

The Wonder Years' Dan Lauria makes his playwriting debut in Dinner with the Boys, a spicy new, mob-infused comedy. The story centers on Charlie (Lauria) and Dom (Richard Zavaglia), two old-in-the-tooth wiseguy hitmen who are hiding out in New Jersey from a very disgruntled mob boss. 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

: Closes 1st July 2015

Neil LaBute's follow up 2014's The Money Shot will receive its world premiere in May at The Second Stage Theatre. The Way We Get By will mark the New York stage debut of Amanda Seyfried, who has previously stunned in the big screen adaptations of Les Miserables and Mamma Mia. 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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