OFF-BROADWAY LISTINGS, SPRING 2013 E-mail show listings to firstname.lastname@example.org and please see bottom of page for our listings guidelines. Not all listings are in alphabetical order. These listings are by no means comprehensive. If you have a show to list, please e-mail us.
NOW PLAYING OFF-BROADWAY
This hilarious comedy and
its innovative puppets won a Tony Award for Best Musical when it
originally played on Broadway after transferring from Off-Broadway. Now
in its sixth year, the show has moved back to Off-Broadway and is still
going strong. Open run.
New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street.
THE ACCIDENTAL PERVERT The Accidental Pervert is the true accounting of one boy’s odyssey to manhood via a childhood dominated by pornography, an addiction accumulated after the boy happens upon his father’s collection of XXX-Rated video tapes in a bedroom closet, just to the right of his golf clubs, above the cowboy boots, behind the sweatshirts, all the way up in the top left hand corner. Andrew Goffman takes his audience on a hilarious and self-deprecating journey into a world of video vixens, X-Rated fantasies, and really "dirty" movies with no redeeming value whatsoever. He found the tapes at 11 years old. The addiction controlled him until he was 26: The year he met his wife. Shows are on Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm.
THE AWESOME 80S PROM The Awesome 80s Prom is the acclaimed interactive experience in the style of Tony n' Tina's Wedding and The Donkey Show set at the Wanaget High's Senior Prom...in 1989! All your favorite characters from your favorite '80s movies are at The Prom, from the Captain of the Football Team to the Asian Exchange Student, from the Geek to the Hottie Head Cheerleader, and they're all competing for Prom King and Queen. And just like on "American Idol," the audience decides who wins, all while moonwalkin' to great retro hits. Come "Back in Time," and join the break-dance circle or just sit back and watch the '80s drama unfold. If you’re lucky, you’ll even get to dance with The Captain of the Football Team. Open run.
Webster Hall,125 East 11th Street, (212-732-7766).
BUYER & CELLAR Alex More has a story to tell. A struggling actor in L.A., Alex takes a job working in the Malibu basement of a beloved megastar. One day, the Lady Herself comes downstairs to play. It feels like real bonding in the basement, but will their relationship ever make it upstairs? Buyer & Cellar is an outrageous comedy about the price of fame, the cost of things, and the oddest of odd jobs. The opening night is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7pm.
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, 224 Waverly Place (off Seventh Avenue South, between Perry and West 11 Streets).
F#%king Up Everything is a rock musical comedy with bongs, thongs and indie rock songs. It's also an old-fashioned boy-meets-girl love story. When these Brooklyn hipsters aren’t true to who they are, they ruin everything. Especially children’s puppeteer Christian Schwartzelberg, when he meets singer-songwriter Juliana, the girl of his dreams. "This musical stands out as a fun, rocking show!" says Backstage. Previews begin March 15, 2013.
The unauthorized parody of the mega-hit "mom porn" bestselling trilogy of Fifty Shades of Grey novels. Either you love the Fifty Shades books, or hate them with a passion, but this show is all about making fun of the phenomenon. Grab your girlfriends and get ready to laugh at this sexy, hysterical romp. Cuff Me! The Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody features a cast of four belting out parodies of hit songs from your favorite artists, all while spoofing the infamous Fifty Shades of Grey books. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday at 8pm. Sundays at 2pm.
Actors Temple Theatre, 339 West 47th St. (between 8th and 9th), (212-239-6200)
Hilarious, soulful and heartwarming, Donna Moore’s Cougar The Musical follows three fabulous-over-40 females in a mad-cap ride from Cougar bar to nail salon to boudoir and back, as they unleash their ‘inner cougar’ and in the process, learn to say yes to self-love, empowerment and the inner knowing that love is ageless! Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.
St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, (212-947-8844)
Meet Jessica Tarver. All her life, she has clung to the gospels of romantic comedy and happily-ever-after. But by her late 20s, she finds herself languishing in Spartanburg, South Carolina, reeling from the sting of a failed business venture, disappointed by her May-December marriage and committing adultery in the bathroom of an Olive Garden. At once a raunchy comedy and a study of modern marriage, mental illness, Christianity, grief and loss, Different Animals follows a few old-fashioned souls as they search for spiritual fulfillment among the churches and chain restaurants of the New South, in the age of social media and monogamy's decline. Through May 26, 2013.
Cherry Lane Theatre, 38 Commerce Street, (866-811-4111)
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. It will make you smile, laugh, and feel like a kid all over again. Open run.
New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street, (212-239-6200).
It is the early hours of June 28, 1969 when a routine police raid on The Stonewall Inn, a popular underground gay bar in Greenwich Village, sparks a full-scale riot. Violent protests and street demonstrations continued for the next several days in what became known as The Stonewall Riots, thrusting a group of unlikely revolutionaries onto the frontlines of history and igniting one of the most influential social and political movements of the 20th Century. Hit the Wall focuses on that wild and enigmatic first night of the riots, placing the audience just on the periphery of the conflict. See Web site for performance dates and times. Through July 7, 2013.
Barrow Street Theater, 27 Barrow Street at 7th Avenue South, (212-868-4444)
Set in post-war Brooklyn, My Name is Asher Lev tells the powerful story of a boy prodigy who must paint at any cost -- against the will of family, community and tradition. It is a luminous portrait of a young artist with a universal theme to follow our passion. The best-selling novel is considered one of author Chaim Potok's finest works. Through September 1, 2013.
Westside Theatre, 407 West 43rd Street, (212-239-6200)
One man's dream through another man's music. Cary Hoffman turns his celebrated PBS Special into a biographical, often hilarious, and poignant one-man musical play about his love and idolization for this hero Frank Sinatra and the perils of wanting to become somebody else. Hoffman captivates the audience with his intimate journey of what it was like growing up fatherless with three musician uncles, who played on some of Sinatra's greatest recordings, turning Sinatra into a fantasy father. Saturdays at 7pm and Sundays at 3pm.
Ha Midtown Theater, 232 West 44th Street, (866-811-4111).
Rick Crom's long-running spoof of current events and pop culture, stabbing the satirical needle into the people in the news. Now starring Christine Pedi, Christina Bianco, and Michael West. See Web site for performance dates, times, and ticket information. Open run.
Created and performed by Tony Award winners Bill Irwin and David Shiner, with music by and featuring Nellie McKay, and directed by Tina Landau. 2003-04 Playwright-in-Residence Bill Irwin reunites with fellow clown David Shiner for a new work combining their inimitable magic, slapstick, and hilarity. See Web site for performance dates and times. Through May 9, 2013.
Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street (between 8th and 9th), (212-244-7529)
PRETENÇIÓN, UN CIRQUE DE BURLESQUE, UN BURLESQUE DE CIRQUE
Following sold-out performances in LA and a critically acclaimed run at the undergroundzero festival in 2009, comes the Off-Broadway premiere of Pinchbottom’s take on a famous circus. According to its creator Jonathan Van Gieson, PRETENÇIÓN is “the place where Mystery sits at a table with Elegance and Imagination orders a round of cocktails before dinner, a world where those drinks are served by a pompous clown. It is a sensual quest for an imaginary yet sexy element that turns burlesque performers from 'Jerkques' (ordinary people) into self-important 'Cirques': infuriatingly magical, unendurably spellbinding artistes who peel away the mundane with every layer of clothing." The cast of PRETENÇIÓN will feature a host of luminaries from the burlesque and theater worlds. Begins March 31, 2013, and will continue to play Thursdays at 10pm and Sundays at 8pm.
Elektra Theatre,669 Eighth Avenue, between 42nd and 43rd Streets.
Winner of five Tony Awards, with a clever book by Rick Elice, this smash hit has just moved from Broadway. If you ever wondered how Peter Pan came to be the boy who never wanted to grow up and became the Peter Pan that James M. Barrie created, well…all the questions you may have had since childhood await you, thanks to Rick Elise’s nonstop, dizzying book and by meticulous, clever, and highly imaginative direction by Roger Rees and Alex Timbers. Oh, how much can be accomplished if people use their imaginations and come up with a lots of funny, clever ideas. Through July 7, 2013.
New World Stages, 340 West 50th Street (between 8th and 9th), (877-321-0020).
Cable television legend Robin Byrd brings her bawdy program to life every Saturday night at 10 pm. She hosts strippers, burlesque dancers, comedians, musicians, celebrities, novelty acts and other sexy performers live onstage. "The Robin Byrd Show" began on Manhattan Cable in 1977, and has played continuously since then. The congenial host quickly became known for mixing x-rated strip shows and porn star interviews with motherly concern for her guests and her audience, frequently reminding late-night viewers to brush their teeth before bed. The Robin Byrd Show Live! follows a similar format, but adds in a plethora of talented and unique live performers to create a sexy live adult variety show. Tickets are $20, with a $15 per person food/beverage minimum.
The Cutting Room, 44 East 32 Street (between Park and Madison, accessible from the #6 train at 33rd Street). www.SpinCycleNYC.com
SILENCE! THE MUSICAL!
The unauthorized parody of The Silence of the Lambs, with book by Hunter Bell [title of show], music & lyrics by Jon and Al Kaplan, and direction and choreography by Christopher Gattelli (South Pacific, Newsies). Now with Sean McDermott (star of Broadway’s Miss Saigon, Grease, Falsettos, and Starlight Express) as Hannibal Lecter. After sold-out extensions, rave reviews, and unprecedented audience demand, SILENCE! The Musical!, is playing an open run at The Elektra. See Web site for ticket information.
After a matriarch's death, the women in the family clean Grandma's attic and find love and old memories packed away, and in the process, hit tunes that trace the history of black women, from the trials of the 1930s through the Girl Groups of the 60s to the empowerment of the 90s. Songs include "Oh, Happy Day," "Mama Said," "I Will Survive," and many more. Sistas: the Musical, the story of African-American women through Top-40 music, is produced by three-time Tony winner Hinton Battle, written by Dorothy Marcic (writer of RESPECT: The Musical, which has played in 20 cities), and directed by Kenneth Ferrone.
St. Luke's Theater, 308 West 46th Street, (212-239-6200).
One of the longest-running Off-Broadway shows in New York's East Village. Percussion, clog dancing, garbage cans, and vaudeville done with a retro British punk twist. A tourist institution since the 1990s. No intermission. Open run.
Orpheum Theater, 126 Second Avenue, (212-477-2477).
Numerous unusual sights await visitors in this installation by British company Punchdrunk. Look for more than 90 spaces, from a chapel to a ballroom. Check Web site for ticket information and show times.
McKitrick Hotel, 530 West 27th Street, (866-811-4111).
Showgirls! The Musical! is the unauthorized musical parody of the cult classic film, Showgirls, brought to you by the twisted minds behind Bayside! The Saved by the Bell Musical! Showgirls! follows the beautiful drifter with a secret past, Nomi, as she goes from stripper to showgirl in Las Vegas. What will Nomi sacrifice on her rise to fame? Who will she sleep with along the way? Will she ever like brown rice and vegetables? Thrust in your seat to songs about fashion ("I’d Look Great In a Versace"), romance ("F*cking Underwater"), songs about dance instruction ("D*ncing Ain't F*cking, Girl"), cautionary tales ("Don’t Lick that Pole, Girl"), and more. Warning: Contains material that may not be appropriate for children under 18. Performs April 27 and May 1, 2, 3, 4, 2013. All Shows at 8 PM. Tickets: $18 Advance/ $20 door. Note: The show will move to the XL Nightclub on May 15, 2013.
Ever wanted to go back in time? Now’s your chance! Witness tabloid stories come to life when you get on board The Totally Tubular Time Machine – New York City’s only interactive, inter-galactic, pop music experience. TTTM is a reality based pop musical that allows you to time travel and party up-close and personal with a cast of “celebrity” pop stars (past and present) performing your favorite hits LIVE: Madonna, Britney Spears, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Vanilla Ice, and more. This party bus of time machines takes off every Saturday night. It’s a blast.
Tea for Three is a witty, winning show by Eric H. Weinberger with Elaine Bromka. What is it like for a woman when her husband becomes the President of the United States–and she finds herself suddenly thrust into the national spotlight? Emmy Award-winning Elaine Bromka explores the hopes, fears, quirks and loves of Lady Bird Johnson, Pat Nixon and Betty Ford in what Mrs. Nixon called “the hardest unpaid job in the world.” Limited Engagement from May 30 to June 29, 2013.
30th Street Theatre, 259 West 30th Street (212-868-4444)
The play is set in 1970 Galveston, Texas. A family is brought together for the first time in years on the day of its patriarch's funeral. As the day turns into night, the impact of the man on his family unfolds in surprising ways leaving each member grappling with the truth. Unbroken Circle, written by James Wesley, is at turns hilarious and deeply moving as it explores how family secrets affect every person in each generation differently. The cast includes Broadway vets Anika Larsen (Xanadu, Avenue Q) and Lori Hammel (Mamma Mia!) and also stars Eve Plumb("The Brady Bunch," Love Loss…) in a highly comedic yet ultimately moving performance as the born-again Christian, Aunt June. Inspired by events from his extended Texas family, playwright James Wesley stars as the troubled Bobby alongside his real-life daughter Juli Wesley. Produced produced by SiriusXM Broadway host Seth Rudetsky and Mary J. Davis. Previews begin on May 29, 2013 for an open-ended run.
St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street (212.947.8844)
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