OFF-BROADWAY LISTINGS, WINTER 2014 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.
Have you ever been almost there? It’s winter in Almost, Maine. Salty waitresses, lost visitors, tough and not-so-tough women and men crack open some beer, start their snowmobiles, pitch a tent, and gather under the northern lights to try to make sense of this strange thing called love. Funny, sexy, sad, and ever-searching, the people of Almost, Maine are stalked by dreams and fears alike as they ante up again and again determined to get past the “almost” to capture the real. Love is local and the world is strange in this midwinter night’s dream. Limited engagement through February 23rd, 2014.
The Gym at Judson, 243 Thompson Street at W 4th Street, NYC
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).
Bedlam's Hamlet has been hailed as "the most direct access to Elsinore possible" by Backstage Magazine, and as "lively, modern, and brisk" by the New York Times. Four actors play all of the roles in this fast-paced, immersive, textually intact production. Following the edict “the play’s the thing,” this innovative theater company distills one of the stage’s greatest classics down to its simplest form—placing the focus on the actors’ performance and the author’s words—and breaks down the walls between the performers and the audience. You've never seen a Hamlet like this before. Also running: Bedlam's Saint Joan has been declared "a production to be treasured" by the New York Times, and "unforgettable" by The Wall Street Journal. It tells the story of Joan of Arc, a peasant girl who claims to have heard voices of angels instructing her to raise the siege of Orléans, to push the English out of France and place the dauphin Charles VII on the throne at Reims. Both shows play a limited engagement through March 9th, 2014.
The Lynn Redgrave Theater at 45 Bleecker Street, NYC
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 March 3, 2014.
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. Through March 30, 2014.
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)
The world’s tastiest new musical will have its premiere this winter in NYC. The Chocolate Show!, arriving just in time for Valentine’s Day, will begin performances on Saturday, February 1 with an official opening night set for Friday, February 14, 2014 at the 47th Street Theatre, 304 West 47th Street between 8th and 9th Avenues. Featuring book and music by Alan Golub & Laura Goldfader, lyrics by Mr. Golub, The Chocolate Show! is directed by Dan Foster, choreographed by Grady McLeod Bowman and under the music direction of Jeffrey Klitz, who also provided the musical arrangements and orchestrations. Tickets for The Chocolate Show! are $39.50 - $59.50 and can be arranged online at www.ticketcentral.com.
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. Open run.
St. Luke's Theatre, 308 West 46th Street, (212-947-8844)
A summer evening. 1979. New York City’s hottest partiers are blowing out their feathered hair and putting on their best polyester threads and platform shoes to head to the grand opening of Manhattan's first floating casino and discotheque. Little do they know that their night of boogie fever will turn into a disaster. Featuring hit songs of the 1970s.
St. Luke's Theatre, 308 W. 46th St., (212-246-8140)
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. 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).
Officer Marcus Moscowicz is a small town policeman with dreams of making it to detective. One fateful night, shots ring out at the surprise birthday party of Great American Novelist Arthur Whitney and the writer is killed…fatally. With the nearest detective an hour away, Marcus jumps at the chance to prove his sleuthing skills—with the help of his silent partner, Lou. But whodunit?
New World Stages, 340 W. 50th Street, (646-871-1730)
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 January 18, 2014.
The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street (between 9th and 10th Aves.), 212-279-4200.
The show is a live performance that uses archival footage to reenact three television interviews Billie Jean King did at pivotal moments in her career – at the height of her career in 1973 and just before and after she was outed as a lesbian in 1981. The play captures her big personality as King manages the pressures of unprecedented success as a woman in a field long-dominated by men. The TV appearances that comprise the text of the play find King speaking with Barbara Walters, pop singer Toni Tennille and James Day, host of a CUNY-TV cable talk show, “Day at Night.” Opens January 26, 2014.
Incubator Arts Project inside St. Mark's Church, 131 East 10th Street Call (866) 811-4111 or visit www.incubatorarts.org
SISTAS: THE MUSICAL
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).
Set at a local university auditorium where the English department holds its monthly "meet the authors" event. Robyn is the shy and studious moderator of the event, and this month's featured author is Dan Anderson of "Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man." With the help of a hunky staged assistant named Stefan, Dan aims to turn this meet the authors event upside down with a highly theatrical, audience interactive sex tip seminar. Will Stefan’s muscles be used for more than moving more than heavy scenery? Will the power of Dan's tips prove too titillating for even Robyn to resist? As with everything at this event...that is for Dan to know, and you to find out.
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.
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