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Here’s What’s Weird and Wonderful in NYC (Sept. 26 Edition)

September 26, 2019 by Abby Bien
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While we’ve been over here in our little weird and wonderful world — spending nights in virtual realitiesimmersive experiences, and bathtubs — the velvety seats in Times Square have actually been getting pretty wild themselves (improv and illusion on the Great White Way, anyone?). We wanted to take a second to celebrate the shows and events that are pushing boundaries in their respective creative corners.

Shows on Broadway and way beyond are weirder than ever. Check out our curated list of all things weird and wonderful below.

freestyle love supreme
Midtown, Manhattan
Musical, Improvisation

As much as “Hamilton” and “In the Heights” are Lin-Manuel Miranda’s mind come to life, so is “freestyle love supreme.” More than 15 years after its inception, the improv hip-hop musical from Miranda, Thomas Kail, and more arrives on Broadway. It’s time to take your seat.

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The New York Times Food Festival
Midtown, Manhattan
Food & Drink, Talk

Travel to the TimesCenter for live panel discussions that feature cooking experts and Times journalists. They’ll discuss restaurants, recipes, and the biggest food issues of today as a part of the first NYT Food Festival. We’ve got three thought-provoking talks with sprinkles of politics and music thrown in. 

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Beetlejuice
Midtown, Manhattan
Comedy, Musical, Broadway

A strange and unusual teenager’s life changes when she meets a deceased couple and the ghost-with-the-most. Whether you’re already a Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse, Betelgeuse fan or you’ve yet to visit the Netherworld, this show is a blast from the second you walk into the theater.

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David Byrne’s American Utopia
Midtown, Manhattan 
Musical, Broadway

No shoes, choreography by Annie-B Parson, and the Talking Heads pop-rock icon himself. David Byrne is center stage in “American Utopia,” a musical event that we can’t compare to another show on Broadway, because there’s never been anything like it.

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Carmen to Havana and Back
Lower East Side, Manhattan
Immersive, Dance, Musical

Love, jealousy, passion, and betrayal take center stage in an exhilarating 360-degree blend of theater, live music, nightlife, and dance. Get swept away with Carmen and spend your night in Havana (by way of the Lower East Side).

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Scotland, PA
Midtown, Manhattan
Musical, Comedy, Off-Broadway

Revenge is a dish best served with fries. Based on the cult film and the Bard’s “Macbeth,” this is a deliciously dark new musical. When a burger-joint-owning couple gets hungry for more success, they cook up a plan to super-size their lives — no matter what it takes.

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