New York City Guide
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The earliest documented performance of a play in New York was on Dec. 6, 1732. Since then, there have been plenty of opportunities to see all levels of New York City theater. Use the sites below to research and book Broadway shows and underground productions, and to find comedy clubs, dance troupes and more.
- There are plenty of sites out there that will try to scam you on the price of a Broadway ticket. If you’re buying a ticket to a Broadway show, whatever site you’re on will redirect to Telecharge or Ticketmaster when you elect to purchase tickets. (Smaller online vendors may service off or off-off Broadway shows.) If you need last-minute tickets and understand that you’ll pay more, purchase from a reputable third party.
For New York City theater listings and tickets…
is a comprehensive resource for Broadway and off-Broadway shows. Check out their features, such as the “Week in Review” or “Broadway Grosses,” or view listings and buy tickets. Consider becoming a Playbill member and get special discounts, as well as e-mail updates on promotions.
is essentially the homepage for off-Broadway theater. You’ll find listings, news, and reviews; better still, drop by the virtual coupon
page to get discount codes for various shows. And don’t miss an entire page of outer-borough listings
OOBR (Off-Off-Broadway Review)
provides listings and reviews for off-off-Broadway shows. The site isn’t too fancy, and you should adjust your standards appropriately when you choose a show. But if you’re looking for theater that’s fun, cheap and sincere, start here.
For discounts …
makes it possible to purchase tickets for up to 50 percent off. Producers offer a discount and promotional codes for many shows, and they’re all listed for free. When you purchase your tickets—either online, via phone or at the box office—present the code to get your discount.
(Theatre Development Fund) allows members to buy tickets to Broadway shows for up to 70 percent off. Visit the membership page to find out if you qualify to join. If you don’t qualify, try the TDF-sponsored TKTS Discount Booths, where you can pick up same-day, half-price tickets.
highlights opportunities to see off-Broadway and Broadway shows. Sign up for a membership, and whenever shows are undersold, you'll have the chance to get tickets for just a few dollars. Proceeds provide cash grants to nonprofit theaters.
For last minute tickets …
is the place to go if you absolutely must have tickets to the hottest show on Broadway and money is no object. Ticketsboxusa provides tickets to otherwise sold-out shows and will FedEx the tickets to you so you have them quickly. The downside? Expect to pay twice the face value of the ticket.
is a service that allows users to list tickets they already have for any price they choose. If you find the right show at the right price, it’s a good spot to purchase tickets last minute, or to search for sold-out shows.
For reviews …
The New York Times
Theater page reviews most major on- and off-Broadway shows. Back in days of yore, producers rushed to the Times
building at 1:00 a.m. on opening night to read the review that would make or break them. Now the authority on theater is right at your fingertips.
The New York Post
theater page rivals the Times
’ for relevance in the New York theater community. As an added bonus, the Post
lists past reviews
, so if you missed something, it’s not hard to find. On Thursdays, learn about the dirt backstage with Michael Riedel’s gossip column.
For dance …
, one of the colleges of the City University of New York, lists all of New York’s dance companies categorized by genre and provides links to official company sites as well as street addresses.
Time Out New York
, a resource for any kind of entertainment, also excels in the dance department. Check what’s current or search for upcoming shows.
For improvisational comedy theater and stand-up …
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre
offers weekly improv and sketch comedy shows. Not only can you find performance information on the site, but opportunities for improv classes also may catch your eye. Make it to Level 600, and you’ll be in the show instead of watching.
lists the 10 best stand-up comedy clubs in New York. For each club, you’ll find a brief bio, address and contact information, and a link to the club’s site.
For readings …
in the East Village hosts frequent readings and author talks. It’s also home to the Kraine Theater, where many small New York troupes put on shows.
calls itself “The Ultimate Online NYC Poetry Calendar” and has listings for poetry readings happening all over the five boroughs. Be willing to explore a little, as sometimes you’ll find just a name of a venue and other times the name of the event. Click for more information.
To coordinate theater-themed travel …
helps you book trips to New York that include hotel accommodations, theater tickets, prepaid reservations at theater-district restaurants, and even tickets to museums and other New York attractions. In addition to online services, BroadwayGetaways has an 800 number to call if you have questions.
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