New York Off Broadway Shows

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The Real “Must See” Shows

Don’t let the name New York Off Broadway Shows fool you! I’m going to let you in on a New York Insider Broadway Tip… a real New Yorker knows never to underestimate the entertainment value of an Off Broadway Show!

Famous Broadway Shows that got their start Off Broadway include Hamilton, RENT, A Chorus Line, HAIR, Avenue Q, In the Heights and Little Shop of Horrors. Which would you rather do? Pay $200 per ticket to see it on Broadway after the rave reviews or pay $20 to see the show on it’s true opening night…

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My top picks for Off Broadway Show Tickets For Less:


New York Off Broadway Shows

Avenue Q Off Broadway Musical

Avenue Q Off Broadway Musical

Definitely not for kids (maybe teenagers), Avenue Q has puppets singing songs such as, "I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today," "The Money Song," "Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist," and "It Sucks To Be Me." (Ages 14+)


Blue Man Group

Blue Man Group

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. (Ages 5+)

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Gazillion Bubble Show

Gazillion Bubble Show

The Gazillion Bubble Show will amaze your whole family with mind blowing bubble magic. Step into an interactive bubble world and be dazzled by spellbinding lasers, spectacular lighting effects, and jaw-dropping masterpieces of bubble artistry. (All Ages)

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Cirque du Soleil Toruk

Cirque du Soleil NYC

Cirque du Soleil is taking NYC by storm in 2016, with 3 New Shows:

  • Paramour on Broadway – Love Story based in the Golden Age of Hollywood
  • Toruk – Based on Avatar, Sept 2016
  • Kurios – An ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension, Oct 2016.

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Newsical the Musical

Newsical the Musical

This hilarious 90-minute comedy pokes fun at the latest headlines through sketch comedy and song (a la Saturday Night Live). Audiences can expect to hear topical jokes on everything ranging from Obama’s current tenure to Honey Boo Boo. (Ages 14+)

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Stomp Musical Show

Stomp Musical Show

Amazing interactive musical show and great for kids! The cast performs an eclectic way of making music with everyday household objects – brooms, garbage cans, newspapers and even the kitchen sink. (Ages 5+)

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My Off Broadway Show Story

One of the very first Off Broadway Shows I attended was to support two high school friends of mine, Adam Pascal and Idina Menzel, both of whom I’d heard sing all through our school years. The musical, a rock opera, got rave reviews and went on to become the famous New York Broadway Show, RENT.

Idina then went on to star in Aida, won a Tony Award for Elphaba in the Broadway musical Wicked and is now starring in If/Then Broadway Musical. Adam has since performed in Aida, Cabaret, Memphis and Chicago.

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RENT – Adam and Idina on the left


Avenue Q Off Broadway Musical

Avenue Q Off Broadway Musical

Definitely not for kids (maybe teenagers), Avenue Q has puppets singing songs such as, "I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today," "The Money Song," "Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist," and "It Sucks To Be Me."

Tickets: Avenue Q (tickets from $89)

Synopsis: 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. Avenue Q offers a fresh take on a story we’ve all lived, as we look for a new beginning in an unknown city. Written by Robert Lopez, Jeff Marx and Jeff Whitty, the show features such inspired songs as "It Sucks to be Me," "Everyone’s a Little Bit Racist," "The Internet is for Porn" and "I Wish I Could Go Back to College."

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Closed Off Broadway Shows

Wayra Fuerza Bruta

Wayra Fuerza Bruta

80 minutes on your feet with NO SEATS! Flood your senses with heart-thrashing fun, pulse-pumping live music and breathtaking aerial acrobatics at the show Time Out New York calls “A BONA FIDE THRILL RIDE!” (Recommended Ages 7+)

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RENT Off Broadway Musical Rock Opera

RENT | New York Off Broadway ShowsClosed. Loosely based on Puccini’s opera La Boheme, Rent tells the story of a group of impoverished friends struggling to survive and create in New York’s gritty Alphabet City in 1991. Over the course of one year, Rent follows these starving artists as they strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness, impending gentrification and the AIDS epidemic.

Synopsis: With its single industrial set and a score that shifts easily between pounding rock numbers and pop-style ballads, Rent remains the quintessential rock musical. The show’s narrator (filmmaker Mark) leads the audience through the emotional rollercoaster of its plot. While the day-to-day struggles of scraping by make up the show’s narrative, the heart of Rent remains the multiple love stories that run throughout.

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Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil

Closed June 6 – September 2, 2012
Radio City Music Hall

Back for its second year, Zarkana takes place in an abandoned theatre and follows a magician who has lost his love and with her, his magic has disappeared. As he cries and begs the Gods for her return he is plunged into a world inhabited by surreal creatures.

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Million Dollar Quartet – Off Broadway Musical

Million Dollar Quartet on Broadway TicketsClosed June 24, 2012

Smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session with rock ‘n’ roll icons Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley.

Synopsis: On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Matchbox,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.

Details:

New World Stages – Stage Four, 340 West 50th Street
Opening Night: April 11, 2010, Moved to Off Broadway June 2011

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