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Published June 13th 2011
If a musical or play is billed as being "off Broadway," that simply means it is shown in a theatre or venue that is not on Broadway, that area that encompasses 53rd to 42nd Streets, between 6th and 8th Avenue. Many of these are considered as experimental or otherwise different than the usual Broadway fare, but this does not mean they are not as good as those you'll see on the "Great White Way."
At any given time, you will find 30 or more off-Broadway productions. These include comedies, productions with a religious theme (and some that almost border on sacrilegious), and other subjects. In addition, many Broadway shows that have enjoyed a long run on Broadway itself will move off-Broadway to continue entertaining audiences for a while longer.
A few of the musicals and productions currently being shown off-Broadway are listed below. This list is by no means all-inclusive, but it does give you an idea of some of the production topics or subjects so you can choose one you'll enjoy.
The title of this show is enough to put this production on your must-see list of off-Broadway shows. It is a romantic musical comedy set around 1977 which follows the hilarious goings-on of an affair between the father of an illegitimate child and the child's mother.
Or at least, what is perceived as an affair, according to the "love child" because, as near as she can figure it out, her mother is counting the 702 times she actually saw the father over a 10-year period as the affair; the father remembers the relationship as "one time of playing 'spin-the-bottle'". It's confusing but comical.
This is one of the productions that has a religious theme. It focuses on the premise that Mary Magdalene had a more powerful relationship with Jesus Christ than is depicted in the Holy Bible and other religious writings. The production is reminiscent of the way the musicals "Jesus Christ, Superstar" and "Godspell" were done, so if you enjoy this type of production, you will enjoy The Magdalene.
This is another production that simply reading the title makes you want to see it. If you choose this off-Broadway comedy, get ready to see some flashy dance numbers, rhyming verses that will stay in your mind, and to pick your jaw up off the floor at some of the punch lines to the comedy lines.