Celebrity Stars of NYC Off-Broadway WeekSM

Brian Sloan
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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.

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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 HopeThe 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.

Wicked
Jan
22

Broadway
Wicked

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. The show derives from the 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire. Dark Monday.

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The Phantom of the Opera
Jan
22

Broadway
The Phantom of the Opera

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous creation, based on a popular French novel, is the longest-running musical on Broadway.

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Chicago
Jan
22

Broadway
Chicago

This quintessential Broadway experience features show-stopping tunes, slinky dancing and a story that revolves around murder, heartache, betrayal, revenge, friendship, fame and all that jazz. You won’t be disappointed by this Tony Award-winning show, which spawned the hit movie.

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The Lion King
Jan
22

Broadway
The Lion King

More than 90 million people around the world have come to discover the thrill, the majesty, the truly one-of-a-kind musical that is The Lion King. And there's no better place to experience this landmark entertainment event than in the city where it all began. Visit the Minskoff Theatre, in the heart of Times Square, and discover the pride of New York.

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The Berenstain Bears Live
Jan
22

Off-Broadway
The Berenstain Bears Live

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Sistas
Jan
22

Off-Broadway
Sistas

The women of a family gather in their recently departed matriarch’s attic to sort through her belongings, and end up telling the story of the black female experience in America

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Activist New York
Jan
22

Museums & Galleries
Activist New York

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Kinky Boots
Jan
22

Broadway
Kinky Boots

Grammy Award–winning singer-songwriter Cyndi Lauper and four-time Tony Award winner Harvey Fierstein coauthored this musical comedy, based on the 2005 indie film hit of the same name. A young man (aided by a wise, witty drag queen) saves his family’s struggling shoe business by producing sexy women’s shoes…for men.

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En el tiempo de las mariposas
Jan
22

Off-Broadway
En el tiempo de las mariposas

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La Nena Se Casa
Jan
22

Off-Broadway
La Nena Se Casa

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