Celebrity Stars of NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM

Brian Sloan

NYC Off-Broadway Week returns September 25–October 8, offering two-for-one tickets to a diverse and fascinating batch of shows. The program packs some star power, too, as big names light up stages all over town. This year, well-known actors like Ellen Burstyn and Michael Urie are performing in intimate productions at some of the City’s most distinguished small theaters.

Burstyn, who got her start on Broadway 60 years ago, heads to the East Village’s 199-seat Classic Stage Company for Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Blair Brown, another New York stage veteran (currently on Orange Is the New Black), stars in On the Shore of the Wide World, a British family drama covering three generations that’s playing at the Atlantic Theatre Company in Chelsea. Christine Lahti (Chicago Hope, The Blacklist) leads the cast as an abortionist trying to secure her son’s release from prison in one of Suzan-Lori Parks’ Red Letter Plays, presented as part of a yearlong retrospective at Playwrights Horizons. Carrie Coon, who made a splash in the movie Gone Girl and had notable runs on FX’s Fargo and HBO’s The Leftovers, heads to downtown’s New York Theatre Workshop in a new play about motherhood, Mary Jane. And the highly anticipated revival of Harvey Fierstein’s 1980s breakthrough play Torch Song Trilogy—now just Torch Song—about a gay Jewish drag queen in NYC, features TV and film actors Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) and Mercedes Ruehl (The Fisher King).

For more details, check out the full listings below for these star-studded shows. To see all participating productions, visit our NYC Off-Broadway Week page.

Sep
28

Performing Arts
BAM Next Wave

Brooklyn Academy of Music serves up New York City’s most comprehensive and daring survey of avant-garde music, theater, opera and dance each fall.

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Sep
30

Arts & Culture
New York Film Festival

Organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the fall festival presents classics, a full slate of documentaries and full-length features, and other special events.

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Oct
1

Arts & Culture
Archtober

Tours, lectures, films and celebrations of NYC design and architecture.

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Oct
6

Broadway
Wicked

Broadway megahit Wicked shows us how two unlikely friends grew to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch—long before Dorothy dropped into the land of Oz.

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Oct
6

Broadway
Chicago

This quintessential Broadway experience features showstopping tunes and slinky dancing to tell its story of murder, betrayal and all that jazz. The Tony winner spawned a hit movie.

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Oct
6

Broadway
The Lion King

Based on Disney's 1994 animated classic, this Broadway adaptation adds new songs by Elton John to the familiar story, along with jaw-dropping costumes.

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Oct
6

Museums & Galleries
Activist New York

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Oct
6

Off-Broadway
Kinky Boots

Grammy Award–winner Cyndi Lauper and Tony winner Harvey Fierstein coauthored this musical comedy, based on the 2005 indie film hit.

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Oct
6

Broadway
Aladdin

Disney's Broadway adaptation of the movie brings the fantastical world of streetwise hero Aladdin, his love Princess Jasmine, his nemesis Jafar and his magical sidekick Genie to the Great White Way.

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Oct
6

Performing Arts
Target Free Thursdays

This new weekly program presents free rock, pop, classical, jazz, Latin and swing concerts,

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