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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.
A fun frolic and fantastic update of the Jules Verne classic. To win a bet, Victorian action hero Phileas Fogg and his acrobatic sidekick Passepartout must circle the globe and return to London inside of 80 days. Unknowingly pursued by a tireless detective convinced Fogg is a robber on the run, the fast-minded, fleet-footed pair traverse 4 continents and 3 oceans in a white-knuckled sprint. 39 characters comedically portrayed by 5 unparalleled actors. Through January 5, 2014.
iLuminate enables performers, choreographers, technicians and artistic directors to produce explosive performances with customized wireless lighting programs.iLuminate's patent-pending technology has been used in numerous performances by Grammy-winning superstars such as Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera and The Black Eyed Peas. Open run.
New World Stages , 340 West 50th Street, (212-239-6200).
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).
Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering radio and television sex therapist. Few, however, know the incredible journey that preceded it. From fleeing the Nazis in the Kindertransport and joining the Haganah in Jerusalem as a scout and sniper, to her struggles to succeed as a single mother coming to America, Becoming Dr. Ruth is filled with the humor, honesty and life-affirming spirit of Karola Ruth Siegel, the girl who became “Dr. Ruth”, America's most famous sex therapist. Starring Debra Jo Rupp. Previews begin October 11, 2013.
A wildly picturesque road trip that crams the 48 contiguous states onto one stage: the play unfolds during a cross-country bike trip from Boston to Santa Barbara -- with stops in big cities and small towns-- as the feckless Penny, looking to add meaning to her life, drops her clingy boyfriend and takes off for the Pacific. Along the way, she befriends a colorful array of bikers in this multi-state, multi-generational, Blue and Red mash-up. Opens October 1, 2013.
Fraser Grace’s award-winning thriller is inspired by accounts that Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, severely depressed, sought treatment from a white psychiatrist. It is a suspenseful and suddenly violent play that highlights issues of our time: the tension between modern ideas and ancient beliefs, the question of whether those who were colonized can live with their former subjugators, and how a man who was oppressed becomes an oppressor. As we watch citizens of countries around the world struggle under dictatorships, this play resonates strongly. Through October 6, 2013.
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street (212.279.4200)
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. Extended through April, 2014. 27 Barrow Street Theatre, 224 Waverly Place (off Seventh Avenue South, between Perry and West 11 Streets (212-868-4444), www.buyerandcellar.com
BILL W AND DR. BOB
In 1929, famous New York stockbroker Bill Wilson crashes with the stock market and becomes a hopeless drunk. Dr. Bob Smith, a surgeon from Ohio, has also been an alcoholic for thirty years, often going into the operating room with a hangover. Through an astonishing series of events, Bill W. and Dr. Bob meet and form a relationship, each helping to keep the other sober. This is the amazing and often humorous story of the two men who pioneered Alcoholics Anonymous, as well as the story of their wives, who founded Al Anon.
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)
Is set in turn-of-the-century Vienna -- the crossroads of civilization -- a major confluence of art, music, science and politics. But, festering beneath the façade of frivolity and joy, the city is rotting at its core, sickened by moral corruption, obsessed with death, and ravaged by a growing hatred of the Jews. Against a backdrop of moral decay, social and political shifts -- Gustav Mahler, the great composer and conductor, falls in love with the talented, tempestuous Alma Schindler; Joseph Stalin meets a dangerous young man over a game of chess; Ludwig Wittgenstein, destined to become a dominant force in world philosophy, runs into an old schoolmate with unpleasant consequences, and in the midst of this, Sigmund Freud faces what he has always denied -- the essential evil nature of man.
The Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theater at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street (212.279.4200)
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).
Tony Award nominee and Broadway legned Carol Lawrence heads the ensemble cast of four in the comedy Handle with Care, by Emmy Award nominee Jason OdellWilliams, directed by Karen Carpenter (Loss, Loss and What I Wore). When a young Israel woman, reluctantly travels with her gradmother to America, fate and hilarious circumstances bring together the young woman, who has little commands of Englsh,and a young American man with little command of romance. Opens Deceber 15, 2013 through February 23, 2014.
No one mourns quite like Italian-Americans. Here is yet another comedy from Anthony J. Wilkinson, and will use some of the same characters from his long-running hit My Big Gay Italian Wedding. The father (Joe Pinnunziato) is now deceased and new characters are introduced, namely Anthony’s gay brother Peter Pinnunziato, to whom he hasn’t spoken in over a decade. The funeral will now join the St. Luke’s line-up and play every Sunday at 7pm after opening. Previews begin June 1, 2013; with opening night on June 16, 2013. Family drama and crazy characters unite when everything that can possibly happen at an Italian wake certainly will. Two-time Emmy Award winner Sonia Blangiardo directs.
St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th St., (212-239-6200).
MY BIG GAY ITALIAN WEDDING Mambo Italiano indeed. Lunacy and laughs ensue in this long-running Off-Broadway phenomenon. Re-opens every Saturday at 8pm on June 22, 2013. Beginning on June 22nd, the "wedding" will play every Saturday at 8pm and its sequel, My Big Gay Italian Funeral, will play every Sunday at 7pm.
St. Luke’s Theatre, 308 West 46th St., (212-239-6200).
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.
After numerous extensions, unprecedented attendance and breaking multiple box office records at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, the highly acclaimed show Nothing to Hide premieres in New York this fall in a limited engagement. Two of the world’s most gifted sleight-of-hand artists, Derek DelGaudio (2011 & 2012 Close-up Magician of the Year) and Helder Guimarães (2011 & 2012 Parlour Magician of the Year) star in this uniquely unconventional magic show, directed by Emmy Award winner Neil Patrick Harris. Through a series of diverse and engaging vignettes, Nothing to Hide leads the audience on an amazing and memorable journey into a world of pure astonishment. Wednesdays 7:30pm; Thursdays 7:30pm; Fridays 7:30pm; Saturdays 2pm, 5pm and 8pm; Sundays 4pm and 7:30pm. Through December 8, 2013.
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Aves.), 212-279-4200.
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
The follow-up to last year’s widely talked about, highly successful and critically acclaimed “Killers” installment, this horrifying, immersive haunted house experience about our obsession and fascination with serial killers both real and fictional. September 27th to November 2, 2013.
Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street (between Rivington and Delancey)
International Studio Theatre is producing this stage version of the 1994 Oscar-nominated film Fresa y Chocolate, now celebrating its 20-year anniversary. In Communist Cuba, something as simple as a friendship between two people can be devastatingly complicated. Diego, a cultured homosexual, becomes obsessed with David, a heterosexual communist student and a would-be writer. Despite his mistrust, David begins to accept Diego, and his hard-and-fast beliefs begin to waver. Based on the award-winning film of the same name and the short story, "The Wolf, the Forest, and the New Man" by Senel Paz, Strawberry & Chocolate puts an unlikely pair under under the spotlight, questioning whether friendship can overcome intolerance. November 1 through December 29, 2013.
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).
The classic, long-running Off-Broadway musical, featuring the timeless song "Try to Remember" as well as "They Were You" and "Soon It's Gonna Rain." Now in Midtown at the Jerry Orbach Theater at Snapple Theatre Center. Open run. The show recently celebrated 20,000 performances in New York City and is billed as "The World's Longest Running Musical." The boy and girl are neighbors who fall in love, break up, and go off to see the world. On their adventures, they grow, and with a greater understanding of what it means to be in love, eventually find their way home to one another.
Jerry Orbach Theater at Snapple Theatre Center, 1627 Broadway at 50th Street, (212-921-7862).
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).
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.
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.
St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street (212.947.8844)
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