When it comes to New York City theatre, Broadway shows tend to steal the spotlight. But you might be surprised to find that some of the Big Apple's best can actually be found off-Broadway. From 1960s hits to modern parodies, here are some of the best off Broadway musicals you should put on your list of must-sees.
This much-loved musical ran on Broadway for over a decade and won four Tony Awards, it's now playing off Broadway at New World Stages. This incredible true story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons features hits like "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off You," and many more.
The 1960s aren't just for the boys, as this charming musical comedy proves. Follow meticulous Missy, boisterous Betty Jean, sweet Suzy, and sassy Cindy Lou on this nostalgic journey back to a simpler time. With their tight four-part harmonies and fun-loving ways, you'll be sure to be singing along with the Wonderettes' renditions of "It's My Party," "Lollipop," "Stupid Cupid," and "Leader of the Pack."
From the team that created Bayside! The Saved By the Bell Musical, "they'll be there for you" in this hilarious musical that pokes fun at -- and pays tribute to -- those six famous Friends who changed television sitcoms forever. You'll feel like you're right there in Central Perk with the whole gang when you buy off Broadway show tickets to this gem. With an incredible cast perfectly captures the characters we all know and love, this show will leave you wanting more (just like Joey when he gets only one pizza).
Ripped straight from the headlines, this production features an ever-evolving roster of songs, sketches, and actors that touch on current events, celebrities, politicians, and more. In the spirit of the now-closed Forbidden Broadway and featuring some of the industry’s most incredible performers, this show truly contains all the news that's fit to spoof.
Clearly, New Yorkers just couldn't get enough of these adorable and inappropriate puppets. While Avenue Q started on Broadway, it's now playing at New World Stages and continuing to delight audiences with its hilarious and surprisingly heartfelt takeaways. It's offensive, it's brilliant, and it's totally lovable. While it's too racy for young kids, this adult take on Sesame Street is much-beloved to many a theatregoer.
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