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What is BestofOffBroadway.com?

The Best of Off-Broadway is the most complete and exclusive source for Off-Broadway news, tickets, and show information! Off-Broadway is known for being the birthplace of many of America ‘s greatest plays and musicals. Some of Broadway’s biggest hits like Avenue Q, A Chorus Line, In the Heights, Once, Rent and Spring Awakening started as Off-Broadway shows.

Off-Broadway theatre is less expensive than Broadway and more diverse. Off-Broadway is where New York City theatregoers hear about the most exciting and artistically challenging plays, musicals, and interactive shows first. Go Off-Broadway to enjoy productions in the intimate environment that can only be found there.

BestofOffBroadway.com also provides great discounts to some of New York City’s best Off-Broadway shows. Visit our Off-Broadway Discounts page for more information and to buy tickets.

To learn more about Off-Broadway and to enter to win FREE Off-Broadway tickets, click here to sign up for our email list.

What is Off-Broadway Theatre?

Off-Broadway is known for being the birthplace of many of America’s greatest plays and musicals. The popular Avenue Q puppets initially came to life in the Vineyard Theatre Off-Broadway.

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Of the past decade’s Pulitzer Prize winning plays, seven had their New York premiere Off- Broadway: I Am My Own Wife, Doubt, Ruined, Next to Normal, Clybourne Park, Water by the Spoonful, and Disgraced.

Many of the musicals that you think of as “Broadway musicals” were first presented Off-Broadway, such as A Chorus Line, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Hair, Urinetown, and Little Shop of Horrors. And, of course, the world’s longest running musical, The Fantasticks, is an Off-Broadway classic.

Off-Broadway is also home to many of the interactive shows and events that you’ve heard of. Blue Man Group (now in Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas, and Berlin, too) and Stomp (another international touring sensation), The Awesome 80s Prom, etc., all first became popular Off-Broadway.

And when you think of the actors who have considered Off-Broadway home, you will understand why Off-Broadway is the heart of American Theatre. All of these Broadway, television and/or movie actors have won the Village Voice’s OBIE awards for their performances Off-Broadway:

morganF. Murray Abraham, Danny Aiello, Jane Alexander, Eileen Atkins, Courtney B. Vance, Kevin Bacon, Kathy Baker, Alec Baldwin, Martin Balsam, Lisa Banes, Christine Baranski, Barbara Barrie, Kathy Bates, Brian Bedford, Mark Blum, Philip Bosco, Dennis Boutsikaris, Andre Braugher, Nell Carter, John Cazale, Joseph Chaikin, Kathleen Chalfant, Stockard Channing, Glenn Close, James Coco, Frances Conroy, Michael Cristofer, Hume Cronyn, Lindsay Crouse, Constance Cummings, Jeff Daniels, William Daniels, Ruby Dee, Lea DeLaria, Anne DiSalvo, Olympia Dukakis, Robert Duvall, Jill Eikenberry, Hector Elizondo, Tovah Feldshuh, Conchata Ferrell, Fyvush Finkel, Hallie Foote, nathanElizabeth Franz, Morgan Freeman, Victor Garber, Vincent Gardenia,Tony Goldwyn, Cliff Gorman, Harold Gould, Farley Granger, Lee Grant, Michael Gross, Bob Gunton, Fred Gwynne, Rosemary Harris, Ed Harris, Anthony Heald, John Heard, Paul Hecht, Eileen Heckart, Edward Herrmann, Judd Hirsch, Felicity Huffman, Mary Beth Hurt, William Hurt, Amy Irving, Bill Irwin, Judith Ivey, Dana Ivey, Anne Jackson, Cherry Jones, James Earl Jones, Richard Jordan, Stacy Keach, David Patrick Kelly, E. Katherine Kerr, kathyKevin Kline, Swoosie Kurtz, Nathan Lane, Frank Langella, Linda Lavin, Roscoe Lee, John Leguizamo, Ron Leibman, Christopher Lloyd, Tony Lo Bianco, Joseph Maher, John Malkovich, Camryn Manheim, Nancy Marchand, Roberta Maxwell, Rue McClanahan, James McDaniel, Kenneth McMillan, Colm Meaney, S. Epatha Merkerson, Laurie Metcalf, Donald Moffat, Debra Monk, Isabell Monk, David Morse, Zero Mostel, Brian Murray, Kathy Najimy, Edward Norton, Mary-Louise Parker, Estelle Parsons, James Patterson, Will Patton, Pamela Payton-Wright, Austin Pendleton, Martha Plimpton, Lonny Price, Everett Quinton, Lynn Redgrave, Pamela Reed, Rogemeryluser Rees, Ron Rifkin, William Schallert, Liev Schreiber, Marian Seldes, Josef Sommer, John Spencer, Jean Stapleton, Frances Sternhagen, Meryl Streep, Jessica Tandy, Lynne Thigpen, Sada Thompson, Rip Torn, John Turturro, Christopher Walken, Eli Wallach, Sam Waterston, Kathleen Widdoes, Dianne Wiest, Mary Louise Wilson, Elizabeth Wilson, Joseph Wiseman, Charlayne Woodard, James Woods, Irene Worth, and Jeffrey Wright.

Off-Broadway Theater is where New York City theatregoers go to hear about the newest, most exciting and most artistically challenging plays and musicals first.

greenwichOff-Broadway theatre is less expensive than Broadway shows, more diverse, less amplified, and often in neighborhoods where you can get a meal at a small ethnic restaurant for a modest price.

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How much is Off-Broadway Theatre?

Off-Broadway plays and musicals in New York are less expensive than Broadway productions in NYC. Tickets can start as low as $20. Discounts are sometimes available for Off-Broadway shows. At BestOfOffBroadway.com, we find the best prices for the Best Off-Broadway plays and musicals for you. To see the discounts available, click here.

How can I find Off-Broadway discounted tickets?

If you are on a budget and looking to get Off-Broadway discounted tickets, there are certain deals that may be available to you.

The TKTS Discount Booths offer tickets to Off-Broadway musicals and plays at up to 50% off. With dozens of productions on sale every day, there’s something for everyone!

TDF operates three TKTS Discount Booths in New York City

1. The Times Square Booth sells day-of-performance tickets only.
2. The South Street Seaport Booth sells tickets to evening performances on the day of the performance, and matinee tickets the day before.
3. The Downtown Brooklyn Booth sells tickets to evening performances on the day of the performance and matinee tickets the day before. It also sells tickets to Brooklyn performing arts events.

tktsAll TKTS booths accept credit cards, cash, travelers checks or TKTS Gift Certificates. All locations sell tickets at 50%, 40%, 35%, 25%, and 20% off full-price.

Of course, the TKTS booth only offers last minute discounts. There is no guarantee that the show you want will be available on the day you wait in line. You aren’t allowed to choose your seat locations, and you also may wait in line at the TKTS booth for several hours.

The best way to make sure you see the show you wan,t on the date you want, in the seats you want, is to purchase regularly priced tickets, which you can do by clicking on the Buy Tickets link under the show you want to see. Many shows offer cheaper tickets in specific sections of the house.

Also, check out our featured Off-Broadway discounted shows by clicking here for discounts you can receive in advance. You can save on several of the best Off-Broadway shows, including an award-winning musical, a hysterical new play, an awesome interactive show, and a great new comedy.

What do I wear to an Off-Broadway show?

One of the most common questions we get at BestOfOffBroadway.com is “What do I wear to a Broadway or Off-Broadway show in NYC”? The quick answer to this question is that there are no specific rules on how to dress for Broadway or Off-Broadway shows in New York. There is no required dress code at any of the theaters in New York, and that rule applies to both plays and musicals, comedies and dramas. You don’t have to worry about a formal dress or a suit and tie before going to a play or musical. That said, the most common type of dress for NYC theatre is “business casual”. At BestOfOffBroadway.com, we recommend that you dress for a Broadway or Off-Broadway show as if you were going out on a date! But whatever you wear to your Broadway or Off-Broadway production, we encourage you to dress comfortably so you can enjoy your theatre experience that much more.

Where is Off-Broadway Theatre?

Off-Broadway is located in some of the greatest neighborhoods in New York City, including midtown (right next to Broadway Theaters), Union Square, Greenwich Village and many more. By seeing an Off-Broadway show, not only will you discover a new and exciting piece of theatre, you also get to explore a neighborhood as well.

The largest Off-Broadway theater venue is New World Stages, which consists of five theaters and typically features anywhere from five to seven different shows. It islocated at 340 West 50th St., between 8th and 9th Avenues, right in the heart of midtown.

Other popular Off-Broadway Theaters include:

Astor Place Theater, 434 Lafayette St. (btw. 4th St. & Astor Pl.)

Cherry Lane Theater, 38 Commerce St. (btw. Bedford St. & Hudson St.)

Minetta Lane Theatre, 18 Minetta Lane (Just E. of 6th Ave.)

Playwrights Horizons Theatre, 416 W. 42nd St. (btw. 9th Ave. & 10th Ave.)

St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 W. 46th St. (btw. 8th Ave. & 9th Ave)

Union Square Theater, 100 E. 17th St. (btw. Union Square E. & Irving Pl.)

Westside Theatre, 407 West 43rd Street (at 9th Avenue)

How do I buy tickets to an Off-Broadway show?

You can buy tickets for most shows on this website 24 hours a day. Click here to visit our shows page or choose a show from the drop down menu at the top of this page. Each show’s page will have a link or number where you can purchase tickets.

To purchase discount tickets, click here to view our featured Off-Broadway discounts.

What is the schedule for Off-Broadway shows?

One of the best things about Off-Broadway is that it has a very diverse performance schedule, so you can always find a show to see.

While most Broadway plays and musicals perform a standard 8 show a week schedule, Off-Broadway shows vary significantly. Some shows, like The Awesome 80s Prom, only perform a few nights per week while oher shows perform a standard show schedule. Off-Broadway also has performances several times per day, so there are shows to fit anyone’s schedule. Gazillion Bubble Show often has performances early in the morning on weekends, and shows like Blue Man Group have late evening performances.

To find out the performance schedule of a particular show, just choose the name of the show from the drop down list below or click here to visit the “Buy Tickets” section of our website. If you would like help choosing a show, just give us a call at 1-877-OFF-IS-IN (633-4746).

How far in advance should I purchase tickets?

We strongly recommend that you get your tickets as far in advance as possible. Shows do sell out, and we want to make sure you get the date you want, especially if you are coming with a large group.

I am coming to New York in several months. How often do shows open and close?

Many shows, such as Blue Man Group and Stomp, have been running for several years. You can expect that these long-running Off-Broadway shows will stick around for some time. However, there can be many changes to the Off-Broadway schedule over a period of several months. Many commercial Off-Broadway shows only run for a short period of time, and many non-profit companies have seasons of several shows that are only scheduled to run for a few weeks.

If a show has tickets on sale, it is likely that it will still be running when you arrive. If, for some reason, the show closes after you have purchased your tickets, you will be refunded as long as you purchased your tickets from a reliable ticket vendor.

We suggest you purchase your tickets as far in advance as you can, especially if there are shows you really want to see. If a show you purchased tickets for closes, just know that there will be several new Off-Broadway shows to choose from in its place!

Are discounts available for groups?

Some shows do have discounts available for large groups. Group size and discounts vary per show. If you are interested in group discounted tickets for Broadway or Off-Broadway shows, click here or call us at 1-877-OFF-IS-IN (633-4746).

If you have small groups of only a few people but are still interested in discounts, visit our featured discounts page.

Is there an age limit for attending Off-Broadway theater?

Many people are often curious if specific shows are appropriate for children or are looking for Off-Broadway shows for kids. While some shows are great for kids, like Gazillion Bubble Show, or family friendly, like Around the World in 80 Days or Stomp, some shows may contain adult themes or material not appropriate for children. Also, most theaters will not allow children under 4 to attend.

If you have specific questions about age requirements for specific shows, you should contact the theater you plan to attend. If you are looking for recommendations for shows to take your family to, please give us a call at 1-877-OFF-IS-IN (633-4746).

I bought my tickets! When should I arrive at the theater?

While 15-20 minutes is generally sufficient, theaters do suggest getting there about 30 minutes early if you are picking up tickets at the box office. Please do not be late. Many theaters have policies regarding late seating that may require you to miss the beginning of a show if you are not on time.

Is there an opportunity to get an actor’s autograph?

If you would like to get autographs or take pictures with actors after the performance, simply wait near the theater’s stage door after the show.

Where can I buy merchandise for Off-Broadway shows?

Many of the online retailers that carry Broadway posters, Broadway t-shirts, and other Broadway souvenirs do not stock Off-Broadway merchandise.

If you would like to purchase souvenirs or merchandise from an Off-Broadway play or musical, like shirts, cast recordings, etc., you should plan on purchasing it at the theater when you attend the production. You can also visit a show’s website to see if they have an online store that sells their merchandise. You can also check for merch here.

I would like my show added to BestOfOffBroadway.com. How do I do that?

We add Off-Broadway shows to BestOfOffBroadway.com that satisfy the following requirements:

Plays at a New York City theatre with a seating capacity of 100-499, intends to run an open-ended schedule of performances, or a closed-ended run of more than one week, and offers itself to critics and general audiences alike.

If your show meets these requirements, please click here to email us.

I am interested in advertising my show on BestofOffBroadway.com.

At BestofOffBroadway.com, we offer a unique opportunity that allows theaters and advertisers to promote their shows and services to an Off-Broadway audience. We have several options for you to advertise on BestofOffBroadway.com.

For more information on advertising on BestofOffBroadway.com, please email us at advertise@bestofoffbroadway.com.

I am interested in producing a show Off-Broadway.

Producing theatre is an exciting and interesting job that can be very rewarding. Do you have a show that you would like to produce Off-Broadway? Email producer@bestofoffbroadway.com for more information.

How can I enter to win FREE Off-Broadway tickets?

Each month, we will choose 1 person at random from our email list to recieve 2 FREE tickets to an Off-Broadway show! All you need to do to be eligible is remain a member of our email list.

To sign up, just click here.

After you subscribe, please add BestOfOffBroadway@bmesrv.com to your address book and check spam filters for your confirmation email. You must opt-in using that email to be eligible for our monthly giveaway.

What is Off-Off Broadway?

Off-Off-Broadway refers to theatrical productions including plays, musicals or performance art pieces performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway productions and Off-Broadway productions.

Traditionally, Off-Off-Broadway theaters are defined as theaters that have fewer than 100 seats. Since 2006, many companies that would be traditionally considered “Off-Off Broadway” have started to call themselves “Indie Theater” to promote the unique characteristics of independent theater.

Examples of “Indie Theater” include Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Theater in the East Village, The Flea Theater in TriBeCa, artist showcases, and performances by emerging theater companies that take place in various venues all over New York City.

How can I contact Best of Off-Broadway?

If you have questions about The Best of Off-Broadway, please email info@bestofoffbroadway.com or call 1-877-Off-Is-In (633-4746).

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If you have recommendations or additional information you would like added to the site or to report errors or missing information, please email suggestions@bestofoffbroadway.com.

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If you would like to get your production listed on The Best of Off-Broadway*, please email info@bestofoffbroadway.com.

*Note: We add Off-Broadway shows to BestofOffBroadway.com that satisfy the following requirements:

Plays at a New York City theatre with a seating capacity of 100-499, intends to run an open-ended schedule of performances, or a closed-ended run of more than one week, and offers itself to critics and general audiences alike

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If you have additional questions, feel free to contact us by phone or email at any time. You can call us at 1-877-OFF-IS-IN (633-4746) or email us at info@bestofoffbroadway.com.