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Off-Broadway shows in NYC

There's so much theatre beyond Broadway — shop Off-Broadway plays and musicals, plus much more entertainment, and discover your new favorite show.
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Discover the hidden gems in New York theatres with tickets to Off-Broadway shows. The city is most famous for the Broadway shows in the theatre district, but every neighborhood in the city is teeming with exciting theatre. Off-Broadway musicals and plays are great for people who have seen all of Broadway's hits, people who want to be the first to see the next big hit in the making, or people looking for different types of entertainment beyond traditional plays and musicals — immersive theatre, experimental art, dance, opera, comedy, and more all thrive off Broadway.

Some of New York's most famous venues outside the Theatre District, like the Metropolitan Opera House, are off Broadway. In addition, all theatres with less than 500 seats count as off-Broadway theatres, meaning you can see a high-quality show in a small, intimate space and be up close to all the action. Many Off-Broadway plays at the Public Theater, Roundabout Theatre Company, Second Stage Theater and Atlantic Theater Company transfer to Broadway, so you'll want to get your tickets now to guarantee your seat at one of New York's coolest shows.

See long-running Off-Broadway hits in NYC like Blue Man Group or Perfect Crime — the longest-running play in New York history. Or look out for new, inventive revivals of Tony Award-winning shows all year long. You can also take a chance on a unique experience, like the immersive staple Sleep No More, or see different kinds of entertainment, like Off-Broadway comedy shows in NYC.

Discover all the diverse theatre the city has to offer. Get tickets to Off-Broadway shows in NYC on TodayTix.

Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between Broadway and off Broadway?

Broadway includes 41 specific Broadway theatres, all with 500 or more seats. All smaller theatres, along with all 500-plus-seat venues besides the designated 41, are classified as Off-Broadway.

Are Off-Broadway theatres smaller than Broadway theatres?

Yes, mostly — a venue must have 500 or more seats to be a Broadway theatre, so all theatres with fewer seats are automatically Off-Broadway theatres, regardless of location. Not all 500-plus-seat venues are Broadway theatres, though; places like Radio City Music Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House are Off-Broadway venues.

What is the longest-running Off-Broadway show?

The longest-running Off-Broadway show currently playing is Perfect Crime, which has run since 1987. The longest-running Off-Broadway shows of all time are the play Line, which permanently closed in 2018 after playing on and off since 1974, and The Fantasticks, whose original production ran continuously from 1960-2002.

How many Off-Broadway theatres are there?

There are hundreds of Off-Broadway theatres all across the city. Only 41 theatres are designated Broadway theatres, and all other NYC venues are off Broadway, meaning there's always plenty of theatre to discover in every neighborhood.

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