Where to See a (More Affordable) Show Off-Broadway
New York City has a huge entertainment and theatre industry, as made famous by the numerous Broadway shows. These shows became so popular that a large number of other theatres sprang into business away from Broadway Avenue. As you probably know, this is how the "off-Broadway" movement began. These smaller and less popular theatres became the proving ground for New York's lesser known actors, producers, and directors. Many of the off-Broadway shows through history have become smash hits and found extreme popularity. Others continued to draw in a large crowd because of their more off-beat and irreverent style. But either way, you're sure to be entertained because every theatre and every show in New York is fun, exciting, and interesting, no matter where it is. Oh, and the off-Broadway shows tend to be a bit more affordable, too.
This list of the best and most popular off-Broadway theatres might not cover all of the places in New York (there are so many!), but it should give you a head start if you're looking to find some of the best and more affordable shows in town.
Radio City Music Hall
The "Showplace of the Nation", this historic theatre is not just home to the Rockettes dance company, but also hosts a number of concerts, performances, stage shows, comedy acts, and other events that keep New Yorkers and visitors entertained year-round. Dating back to 1932, and significantly remodeled in 1999, this was once the world's largest auditorium. Now it's a terrific venue to take in a show any time of the year.
1260 6th Ave, New York City, New York, 10020
Lincoln Center Theater
The Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts operates multiple theatres including the Vivian Beaumont Theatre, the Clare Tow Theatre, and the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theatre. This location has put on a variety of spectacular shows that have come up in the ranks over the years.
150 West 65th Street, NYC, New York, 10023
The Westside Theatre, in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, houses two auditoriums: the Upstairs Theatre, which seats 270, and the Downstairs Theatre with a seating capacity of 249. Recently it has put on a production of Little Shop of Horrors, but has housed other spectacular shows as well.
407 West 43rd Street, NYC, New York, 10036
Soho Repertory Theatre
This is a 65 seat, Off-Broadway theater in SoHo.
46 Walker Street, Five Points, NYC, New York, 10013
This is an Off-Broadway theatre in the Hudson Square area.
15 Vandam Street, NYC, New York, 10013
One of the most famous off-Broadway theatres, the Orpheum hosts a number of great shows, most recently of which is the smash-hit Stomp
. The theatre was originally constructed in 1904, and over the decades has hosted plenty of popular productions such as Anything Goes and Little Shop of Horrors.
126 2nd Avenue, NYC, New York, 10003
New World Stages
Located between Times Square and Hell's Kitchen is this complex of 5 theatres hosting a variety of productions. It was created in 1994 but renamed in 2006. It is also home to the Green Room bar and lounge.
340 West 50th Street, New York City, New York
Lucille Lortel Theatre
This West Village theatre dates back to 1926. It was originally a movie theater, but was converted into a stage theater in the 50's. It is owned by the Lucille Lortel Foundation, and it puts on a number of interesting shows.
121 Christopher Street, New York City, New York, 10014
This outdoor theatre in Central Park is home to the Shakespeare in the Park
shows which are free. Opening in 1962, this theatre has been home to a large number of free shows which are loved by adults and children alike. While sometimes the shows are based on Shakespeare's works, other times the theatre hosts musicals and other classic plays.
Central Park, NYC, New York
Astor Place Theatre
This off-Broadway theatre on Lafayette Street in NoHo has hosted a variety of fantastic shows, most recently of which is the Blue Man Group. The building was originally constructed in 1831 in the Greek Revival style with marble columns in the front. It is now a designated New York City landmark.
434 Lafayette Street, NoHo Historic District, NYC, New York, 10003
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